• Dalston restaurant Madam Pigg has closed

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    Its Sunday roasts were legendary and fans were legion, but after a tumultous couple of years, Dalston restaurant Madame Pigg has finally given up the fight.

    In a post on Instagram yesterday chef and owner Adam Hardiman announced that the restaurant had ceased trading. "It’s the end of a chapter," he wrote. "To say how hard I’ve worked to even make it this far has nearly broken me, but I have learnt that there’s more important things

  • Test Driving Acme Fire Cult - cooking with fire in Dalston


    Right next door to 40FT Brewery and Dusty Knuckle, Acme Fire Cult are grilling over fire. We head down to take a look.  

  • Acme Fire Cult brings permanent cooking on fire to 40FT Brewery in Dalston

    Acme Fire Cult brings permanent cooking on fire to 40FT Brewery in Dalston

    Hot Dinners Exclusive

    Acme Fire Cult are getting ready to launch their first permanent restaurant at the 40FT Brewery in Dalston. 

    Acme comes from chefs Andrew Clarke (Brunswick House and St Leonards) and Daniel Watkins (St Leonards) and, as the name gives away, is largely about cooking over fire. There's also a strong focus on low-waste and a menu that

  • Chaiiwala are coming to Dalston Junction

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    Last month they opened their 50th store, in Knightsbridge, with fans including Konan and boxer Amir Khan. Now the UK-based South East Indian cafe chain Chaiiwala have set their sights on Dalston.

    The company was founded in Leicester by a family whose great grandfather was indeed a chai wallah in Delhi back in the 1920s. Since then they've been opening places like crazy across the UK and London.

    In addition to

  • Dan's wine bar opens in Dalston

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    Dalston Junction is becoming quite the oenophiles dream destination with the addition of yet another interesting-sounding wine bar. Joining the likes of Weino Bib and Newcomer Wines is dan's, a self-styled "free-flowing wine bar and shop".

    The man behind it is Dan Long from the online natural wine merchant Natty Boy Wines. But the bar is actually named after the Australian booze merchant Dan Murphy's.

    Dan's background is

  • Want to know where the restaurant in Boiling Point is?

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    What's Boiling Point?

    Released to rave reviews, Phil Barantini's one-take, low budget film Boiling Point is set in a fictional restaurant in Dalston and follows a single night in the lives of the chef (Stephen Graham) and staff (it's available to rent online now).

    And it's pretty authentic?

    It turns out that writer/director Barantini really knows what

  • Ngopi Indonesian cafe opens in Dalston with noodle toasties and banana lattes

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    A Hot Dinners exclusive

    Dalston has a new coffee shop that genuinely sounds like it's adding something new to the area. Its owners are Jakarta-born folk who back in 2018 opened Birmingham's "first and only independent coffee shop with Indonesian vibes".

    Here in London they'll be serving coffee, light meals and beans to go. The menu, includes:

    • Fried Indomie Toastie - instant noodle
  • Corrochios is the new Mexican kitchen at Ruby's in Dalston

    Corrochios is the new Mexican kitchen at Ruby's in Dalston

    It's all change at Ruby's in Dalston on the food and drinks front as they unveil Corrochio's. It comes from Daniel Corrochio, a man who has run Ruby's itself before and now finds himself in charge of their food and cocktails. 

    Corrichio's leans on his heritage, with a menu of Mexican dishes matched with Mexican spirits and cocktails. Planned for the menu

  • The Duchess of Dalston is a new cocktail bar from the Callooh Callay team

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    Opening this month in the old Shep's spot next to Chick 'n' Sours is The Duchess of Dalston. And while new bars are a pound a penny in this part of Dalston, the provenance of this particular bar bodes well.

    It's from the team who brought us Callooh Callay and Islington's Little Bat bar. They're going big on locality and community - which means sourcing local ingredients for their drinks and using the

  • SSAW Collective and Newcomer Wines team up for a Spring residency in Dalston

    SSAW Collective and Newcomer Wines team up for a Spring residency in Dalston

    A promising new pop-up is landing at Dalston's Newcomer Wines for a spring alfresco menu. SSAW Collective (Spring Summer Autumn Winter) is a community of growers and makers focused on ethical and seasonal produce, while Newcomer itself focuses on an all organic, biodynamic and natural wine list. 

    Lulu Cox, former sous at Rochelle Canteen and head of SSAW

  • Three Sheets in Dalston are serving up lockdown sarnies you need to try

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    Since London bars have been closed for what feels like forever, some have changed up their offering during the lockdown.

    One such award-winning bar doing just that is Dalston's Three Sheets. Unable to open to serve up their normal cracking cocktails, they've been operating as a coffee and sandwich bar. And it's the latter part of that offering which has us interested.

    They've started teaming up

  • Test Driving the Jones & Sons steak night delivery meal kit


    Modern British restaurant Jones and Sons is delivering a steak night finish-at-home dinner that's a lot more than simply a great meaty main. We gave it a try. 

  • Filthy Buns is back at The Three Compasses with a new hatch, delivery and burgers

    Filthy Buns is back at The Three Compasses with a new hatch, delivery and new burgers 

    If you've had a craving for Filthy Buns burgers in Dalston, then you'll be pleased to know that not only are the burger slingers back and delivering - but they're also serving from a brand new hatch at the Three Compasses. 

    The new menu has eight meat buns and seven plant-based - so there's a big selection on offer and there are brand new burgers

  • Kraft Dalston sees German Kraft Brewery and Le Bab team up for restaurant and microbrewery

    le bab and kraft brewery at kingsland locke dalston

    Aparthotel company Locke are clearly worth watching. Their Bermondsey building houses the new Dairy, their Aldgate hotel is currently the new home for plant-forward popup ...

  • Dalston's Snackbar launches a comfort food delivery service

    Dalston's Snackbar launches a comfort food delivery service

    Freddie Janssen's Dalston cafe Snackbar has been a big hit since it opened last year, and they've continued to evolve with the pandemic, launching a Snackbar delivery service just a day after the lockdown. Now they've completely reworked that as a permanent part of the cafe - called Snackbar at Home. 

    It's specifically designed for those people working from home - that's most of us, then - and it's all


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