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Quality Wines launch Arrosto - their Italian spit roast chicken delivery arm

Physical restaurants may not be able to open at the moment, but that hasn't stopped them coming up with exciting new delivery options.

Straight out of the gate this morning is Quality Chop House's Quality Wines, which today announced that it's launching Arrosto. They're delivering what's described as; " elegant comfort food in these uncomfortable times".

Chef Nick Bramham has been inspired by the…

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There's another lockdown - here's what's changing

Here we go again. As of today, we're all in another national lockdown - and that means the rules are changing. Without beating around the bush - here's what you need to know:

  • There's a stay at home order in place - which means only going out for "basic necessities" (which includes food), exercise or certain other exceptions.
  • Restaurants can still deliver food and are open for takeaway and click…

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Vergine Maria in Ealing will be a new vegan pizzeria from the folks at Santa Maria

Coming from the same team as London's top tier pizzeria Santa Maria, this new vegan pizzeria is great news for London's veggie crowd.…

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Reenie's ice-cream parlour opens in Primrose Hill

What's a thespian to do, when all the theatres are shut? According to London actress Sirine Saba, it's the perfect time to make a sideways step into hospitality. Sirine has just opened Reenies, an ice-cream parlour in Primrose Hill, next to longstanding veggie spot Manna.

"Reenie’s is our Covid baby," explains Sirine, "conceived and born out of a desire to connect with, uplift and delight our com…

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Fergus and Margot Henderson head up New Year Honours for London's hospitality industry

Kate Nicholls, Fergus Henderson, Margot Henderson

After the year we've just had, it's a huge relief that one of our final news stories of 2020 turns out to be a positive one. Three restaurant folk have been singled out in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

The first, as restaurant-goers, you may not have heard of. But Kate Nicholls who heads up the restaurant industry trade association UKHospitali…

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Pizza Pilgrims launch Slice on the South Bank with big NY-style pizzas on offer

 

We may be right in the middle of a lockdown at the time of writing (without it actually being called it a lockdown) but Pizza Pilgrims have still managed to launch a brand new restaurant. 

This one's a bit of a departure for them, as it's a completely new venture called Slice which is going to be popping up on the South Bank (taking over the space from Yo Sushi) from now until the end…

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The most-read stories on Hot Dinners in 2020

It's been a very different year, all things told, with the forced closure and the big switch to delivery and collection being one of the biggest sea-changes to hit the London food scene since we can remember. Here's what you were mainly reading about on Hot Dinners in 2020. …

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Food writer and broadcaster Charles Campion has died

2020 continue to be a kick-in-the-teeth year with the news that respected food writer and broadcaster Charles Campion has died.

The death of the writer, restaurant critic and MasterChef regular was announced on Christmas Eve by his friend and fellow broadcaster Dan Saladino who said he'd "never forget our adventures in the land of boudin noir and the programmes we made together. Farewell friend."…

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Cut The Mustard adds a second cafe in Tooting

Independent cafe Cut The Mustard has been a Tooting success story since 2014 and just before we all entered Tier 3, they managed to launch a second cafe. It's also in Tooting - this time a corner space on Franciscan Road. And the good news is they're doing takeaway.

Part bakery, part cafe, their sourdough is at the heart of the bakery - with porridge, wholewheat and rosemary and polenta options a…

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Ottolenghi opens a festive pop up wine shop in Belgravia

Been caught out by the last delivery dates before Christmas? With most of the big wine retailers now no longer able to deliver wine before the holidays, you'll have to be a little more cunning when it comes to getting in supplies.

So step forward Ottolenghi who today are launching the Ottolenghi Belgravia's Pop-Up Wine Shop. Taking over their deli on Motcomb Street it's the brainchild of Pierre M…

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Maru, a 20-course Omakase restaurant will be replacing the original Taka

This restaurant is taking over the space from the original Taka. It comes from the same people but will have a very different approach - all centred around a 20-course omakase-style tasting menu.  …

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Elliot's has opened a second restaurant, this time in Hackney

 

They've become a favourite in Borough since opening there (with a popular alfresco opening too) and now Elliot's has soft-launched a second venue in Hackney. 

It's very early days for this one, with the new Elliot's open as delivery and takeaway only, serving up their woodfired pizzas and with a menu that looks like this:

  • Garlic butter calzone
  • Ricotta gnocchi, pumpkin & nutmeg but…

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Bellefields restaurant to bring a taste of the Med to Brixton

It's all go at The Department Store in Brixton. The beautiful old space which already has a members club and is home to Canova Hall is now unveiling a new section of the Edwardian department store space, the Department Store Studios.

Coming from family company architects Squire & Partners whose offices are in the building, the latest part of the old store to get a makeover will house shared w…

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Rebublic comes to Chiswick, headed up by an ex-Kricket head chef

Republic is a brand new restaurant that fell under our radar until now - but was recently highlighted in a BBC news story

The restaurant comes from two Kricket alumni, chef Kuldeep Mattegunta and Mustaq Tappewale. The two have spent a decade in the restaurant industry and met at Kricket, where Mattegunta was head chef and Tappewale was GM. Kuldeep Mattegunta has some top level ex…

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Neal's Yard has opened a cheese pop-up in Islington (with a permanent shop to come)

As the focus on more neighbourhood openings continues, there's the arrival of a heavyweight in Islington as Neal's Yard has opened a pop-up shop in advance of a permanent shop in 2021.

The pop-up is open now and plans to remain open until the end of the year - as it really is the season of cheese at the moment. So if you're in Islington, you'll be able to pop down for a selection of their best ch…

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