Re-launch

  • plum meat fruit dinner by heston londonAfter six long months following the fire at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is finally ready to reopen. We caught up with Chef Director Ashley Palmer-Watts to find out how exactly they've spent all that 'free' time and what's going to be on the menu when the doors have opened.

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  • tamarind mayfair reopens

    So there was us thinking that London's Indian restaurant scene was at peak excitement with the opening this Autumn of Kahani, Kricket White City and the new Gunpowder at Tower Bridge not to mention the imminent openings of Kutir, Farzi Cafe and London Jukebox.

    But then we heard about what was going on at Tamarind Mayfair. The Mayfair spot closed its doors eight months ago for a major refit. When it reopens next month it'll not only have a swish

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  • henrietta bistrot covent gardenAs Ollie Dabbous focuses his attention on his new restaurant Hide, the boutique hotel where he ran Henrietta will now be opening a more informal restaurant with the former Head Chef of Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels at the helm.

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  • the good mixer camdenExpect live music, top beer and plenty of pies at this iconic North London pub's revival.

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  • neighbourburger

    They've been closed all week but now we know what Neighbour in Kentish Town has been planning. They're switching their offering and turning into more of a burger joint.

    In a Facebook post today the neighbourhood spot said: "We try our best to be great neighbours, and great neighbours listen to what their neighbours want. You guys spoke - we listened!"

    To that end they're going to expand their range of burgers from the current one on the menu to

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  • georgesbar

    Opening today with a swanky new look courtesy of the David Collins Studio, is the bar at Marcus Wareing's The Gilbert Scott. And it has a new name and menu to match its elegant redesign.

    George's Bar - it's named after the building’s original architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott - was already pretty impressive looking, but it really does look gorgeous now. And to match the surroundings, the cocktail menu's had a going over too.

    Bar Manager, Dav Eames's

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  • truscottarmsextIt was a tragic day when The Truscott Arms was forced to close, and not just for lovers of its famous roasts. Now, the upmarket boozer is back to great fanfare, and not least of all because the former head chef of top Kensington French restaurant Racine will be leading the charge…

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  • cliftonpub

    What: The Clifton

    In a nutshell: The Clifton in St John's Wood is saved and reopening as a new pub.

    Summing it all up: Haggis sausage rolls, Wild Grouse ketchup and roast cod with arrocina beans will be some of the dishes on offer to those who visit The Clifton, St John’s Wood’s newest pub.

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  • dotori

    There are waves of excitement are rippling over north London this week following news that the Korean restaurant Dotori is about to reopen.

    The beloved Finsbury Park restaurant, which was always notoriously busy throughout its eight year run, shut unexpectedly in summer last year. The closure was made even more mysterious by the fact it followed a lengthy period of refurbishment, including refitting the basement to accommodate more diners, which were never in short

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  • matsuri

    It’s all change for Matsuri St James as it finally shuts up shop for the last time after 23 years, reopening its doors several months and £2.5m later with a brand new name and menu.

    The new restaurant, called Onodera, will branch off from its predecessor’s signature teppanyaki dish of meat and veg, cooked on a flat iron grill Japanese style. The new menu will offer a much broader range of Japanese delicacies, with a modern twist. There’ll be a considerable sake list,

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  • Hix's Tramshed is re-launching and the chicken and steak just got a lot bigger

    There's change afoot at Mark Hix's Shoreditch spot Tramshed, which is about to relaunch. Originally started as a chicken and steak place, that premise remains the same - but everything got a lot bigger. The first of the two main events is the "Yard of Beef" - that's a huge 1.5kg of 28-day aged rib of beef on the bone for £95 (serving a minimum of 3-4). There's also the Big Bird - a huge Capon chook

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  • swaninn

    We hear that Michelin-starred chef and his brother, Cedric, have just bought a new pub. They're take over the Swan Inn in Esher which will be welcome news, we expect, for the locals.

    Head chef will Justin West, who has previously worked with Claude while the pub manager will be Joseph Hendriks who was at the brothers' previous west London pub, The Fox & Grapes in Wimbledon Village.

    The food sounds pretty lovely;

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  • cafeavin

    The team behind much-loved London restaurants Galvin have launched HOP in Spitalfields market. Opening in place of Galvin Cafe a vin, Galvin’s HOP will swap wine for beer bringing fresh Pilsner Urquell Tank Beer (served in the same style as at Duck & Rice), a range of craft beers, wine on tap by OW Loeb and an entirely new menu featuring classic pub dishes as well as a range of premium hot dogs.

    The menu at HOP will feature pub dishes and it's been designed by

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  • hedonepic

    Well it's all change at Hedone which, in a surprise announcement today, revealed that it's to shut and reopen in a radical new form.

    The restaurant is going to close for 10 days. During that time it'll get new furniture and the dining room will have a minor makeover, but when it reopens it aims to be quite a different restaurant. To start with there'll be far fewer seats. Right now it seats 40, but when it reopens Hedone will seat just 18 in the main room and up

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  • Waterloo's Fire Station opening following a big revamp

    One of Waterloo's most recognisable bars has been undergoing a big revamp over the past few months. For those of us who have lived in London for a while, most have been to The Fire Station at some point (it's one of the most obvious meeting points close to Waterloo Station). And now The Fire Station is getting ready to reveal the results. 

    The intersior design is yet to be fully revealed. But we are

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