Last year Harden’s asked the question: “Has London’s dining scene reached tipping point?” after recording a decrease in the capital’s openings and increase in closures in our most recent guide. If the start of this year is any indication of what’s to come in 2018, then the answer may well be an emphatic yes. This […]

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Neighbourhood pizzeria Zia Lucia – dubbed “the best thing to happen around Holloway Road for some time” by our reporters – is opening a second restaurant in west London on Saturday 3 February. Following the success of their Islington original (it’s “mega busy” so “remember to book”) founders Claudio Vescovo and Gianluca D’Angelo will bring their signature 48-hour, slow fermented […]

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One of London’s most high profile openings of 2017, Ikoyi, is introducing quite a sea change (geddit?!) for the new year. The West African-influenced restaurant has announced an entire new menu that is almost completely dedicated to seafood. Retaining the restaurant’s essence, the new dishes are born from creativity inspired by West African ingredients applied to […]

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We have bad news about the Galvin Bros Baker Street stalwart, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe. The restaurant that our reporters say “never lets you down” will unfortunately close on 10 February. It was the brothers’ first venture when it opened 12 years ago. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe is known for its “sophisticated and well-presented” bistro cuisine […]

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On Saturday 3 February 2018, for one day only, the team from Knightsbridge’s Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will be in residence at The Hind’s Head, Bray. The five course menu is £95pp and includes Dinner’s famous meat fruit – a dish that even the restaurant’s detractors love. Chef Director Ashley Palmer-Watts and Head Chef Jonny Glass […]

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Jay Rayner in The Observer reviews Lewisham’s outpost of Sanxia Renjia, a three-strong group of restaurants “celebrating the food of Sichuan and Hubei”… “Sanxia is on a different mission… the staff, like the rest of the menu, are eager. They want you to march across unexplored territory. “The room isn’t much of a looker… Pay attention instead to what is […]

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Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh “Still remarkable in innovation and surprise after all this time” – Martin Wishart’s Leith venture remains a haven of “culinary wizardry”, with “wonderfully imaginative” but essentially classical cuisine, “superbly served” in a room that’s “been attractively updated” in recent times. Top Tip – “go for the bargain lunch to eat some […]

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Rutland’s “first class” gastropub The Kings Arms Inn in Wing has a great reputation for its “passion for providence”. So those looking to eat local will be glad to hear this “lovely original pub” is serving a special delicacy foraged from the surrounding countryside. Not only does this dish have a tiny carbon footprint, it […]

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One of several gastropub collaborations between chef Henry Harris (formerly of Racine, RIP) and James McCulloch (of Harcourt Inns) will open in Clerkenwell later this month. The duo has revived landmark public house The Coach (est. 1790) where Harris will showcase his blend of British and French cuisine. Between Tuesday 16 January and Friday 19 January, […]

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temper City EC2 25 January, 7.30 pm £80 pp Neil Rankin’s Square Mile newcomer will be throwing a Scottish knees up to celebrate Burns Night this year, hosted by comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli. Guests are invited to revel in a celebration of all things Scottish, from the bagpipes and haggis to Deep Fried Mars Bars and Irn Bru. There […]

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