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Islington's Compton Arms reopens with a new landlord and refined pub classics menu

The pub that inspired George Orwell's famous Moon Under Water essay has been taken over by the landlord who runs The Gun in Hackney and he's brought in help to serve up some interesting bar food too.

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Core by Clare Smyth storms on to the 2019 Good Food Guide's Top 50 list with a perfect 10 score

Autumn may be a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness but it's also the time of year for restaurant awards. Hardens are about to have theirs. Michelin are gearing up to announce their stars and that's followed by the Tatler Restaurant Guide coming out. But the first out of the doors is the publication of the annual Good Food Guide and, in particular, its list of the 50 best restaurants in the U…

Read more: Core by Clare Smyth storms on to the 2019 Good Food Guide's Top 50 list with a perfect 10 score

Casa and Plaza Pastor are coming to King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard

The Coal Drops Yard is increasingly looking like the place to be with Casa & Plaza Pastor arriving, courtesy of the ever-expanding Harts Group empire. Expect tacos and more Mexican food from the people who brought you El Pastor. …

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Due East restaurant is opening at Bethnal Green's new East London Hotel

A fancy new hotel, the East London Hotel, is opening in Bethnal Green. It's bringing along with it the Due East restaurant - an all-day affair that pays a lot of attention to the food and drink being produced out east.…

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Quality Chop House's wine bar kicks off a small plates menu

We reported on Quality Chop House opening a wine bar back in July - but now they're taking things a little further. Their former Sous Chef Nick Bramham will be putting together a new menu for the place, serving up small plates every Tuesday - Saturday night. Here's what's on the menu:

  • Focaccia & Extra Virgin Olive Oil £3
  • Salumi £7
  • Guindilla, Olive & Anchovy Skewer £2
  • Vesuvio Tomatoe…

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The Chinese Laundry is back with a six month residency at The Mountgrove Bothy

 

When it first opened on Islington's Upper Street, Chinese Laundry quickly developed a fan base. Giles Coren loved it, saying in the Times; " they have done exactly what hipsters do, and they have done it brilliantly. So welcome to Chinese Laundry – Britain’s first Chinese Hipster Restaurant". And Olive magazine dubbed it "Quirky, fun and super-friendly".

But when fire damaged the building a…

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Test of Time - we make a return visit to Bentley's in Piccadilly

Just in time for the start of Britain's native oyster season, we make a return visit to Bentley's for lunch in the oyster bar.…

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Rambla win the 2018 Croqueta Challenge - with a sweet croqueta

Every year the quality of entries to the annual Croqueta Challenge gets better and better and for this year's event, which took place at Ember Yard in Soho tonight, contestants were thrown a new challenge - to make both savoury and sweet croquetas for their entry.…

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Counter Culture's next stop on their World Tour is the Caribbean

They've been to Mexico and the South of France, but next up on the world tour at Clapham's Counter Culture is The Caribbean. Every stage features menus influenced by one of the chefs’ own backgrounds. This time it's Jack Barwick who was born and raised in the Cayman Islands and who won Bookatable's young chef of the year 2017.

They say:

Jack's menu will showcase the very best of the Caribbean wit…

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A trio of top mixologists are opening Little Mercies cocktail bar and restaurant in Crouch End

A trio of top mixologists are behind a new cocktail bar and restaurant opening in the heart of Crouch End. And yes, there'll be a boozy weekend brunch.…

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Paris tea masters Mariage Frères are opening a five-storey tea emporium in Covent Garden

France's oldest tea emporium has been operating in Paris since 1854. Now legendary tea company Mariage Frères is coming to London. They'll be offering up five storeys of tea-based wonder in Covent Garden. …

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Temper City has a reinvention - it's all about steaks, tacos and fish now...

 

It's all change at Temper City, one of Neil Rankin's three restaurants in town.

As reported by Big Hospitality back in August, Rankin announced the intention to drop the curry themed menu (which we were rather partial to) and replaced it with something much more similar to the original Temper in Soho. So this means that curry and the thali menu are out - but steak and tacos are in.&nbs…

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Test Driving RedFarm London - Pac Man dumplings and so much more arrive from NYC

With their Pac Man dumplings, the New York Red Farm became a huge hit. But there's much more to the restaurant than that - and we went along to their new Covent Garden location to see what they can cook up.  …

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New York's Red Farm settles on Covent Garden for its London restaurant

The people behind Pac Man dumplings are coming to London. Expect a modern take on Chinese dim sum with a few NYC influences too. …

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A three course dessert bar pop-up is about to open in East London

Sweet toothed Londoners should make a note in their diary now for a pop-up dessert experience that's hitting London in a few weeks. The Whisk Dessert Bar doesn't mess around with savoury stuff, instead you can enjoy three courses of desserts.

Pastry Chef Simon Jenkins has worked with everyone from Raymond Blanc to Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing. And his desserts do sound intriguing. There's fre…

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