“Peerless” female chef, Marianne Lumb, wins Top Gastronomic award – Corbin & King recognised for their lifetime achievement • Top Newcomer Jamavar (“not just one of the best Indians in town, but among the best of any cuisine”) narrowly beats 108 Garage • Borough Market’s Kappacasein (“elevating melted cheese into high art”) is the capital’s […]

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Michael Bremner, chef-patron of Brighton’s “foodie mecca” 64 Degrees, has launched a new beach-front restaurant overlooking the old West Pier. The restaurant is named Murmur – from the word murmuration, which is the shape that the starlings make when they flock and fly between the city’s two piers. Serving ‘healthy and honest food’, the beach-front restaurant […]

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Covent Garden members’ club Library has launched a new restaurant combining literature and food. Every 6-8 weeks a new guest chef will take over the kitchen at Saint Luke’s, producing a unique menu to coincide with their up-coming cook book release. Adopting a cookbook format, Saint Luke’s has a rotating food menu – with book-markers […]

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Matthew Worswick has been announced as the new head chef of The Latymer – Pennyhill Park’s luxurious and highly fêted country house hotel dining room in Bagshot. He takes the reins from Michael Wignall who left for Dartmoor’s lauded Tudorbethan manor Gidleigh Park in January. Matthew, who previously led the kitchen team at The Lawn, Thornton Hall […]

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Sad news reaches us today (27 October) that Durham’s Bistro 21, an “old favourite” for many of our survey reporters, has closed for good. And the reason why Terry Laybourne’s stalwart of 24 year’s standing has shut up shop? Falling staff numbers. The parent company of the restaurant, 21 Hospitality Group, said the departure of […]

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Housed within the Beeb’s old Kensington House building, the K West Hotel and restaurant has always had great potential as an elegant dining destination. Perhaps now, with the appointment of a new and very young (25-year-old) head chef, Rhiannon Ball, it will realise some of that potential. Ball is one of the UK’s youngest head chefs and […]

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Next month will see the opening of yet another Polpo as Russell Norman expands his small-plates empire into Chelsea. The 40-cover all-day restaurant, with 70-seater al fresco dining terrace, will occupy a Grade II listed Georgian property in Duke of York Square. For those wishing to avoid the “tedious” queues that are ever-present at these Venetian tapas […]

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Polarising comedian, gobby Essex lad, author, political activist – whatever you think of Russell Brand it’s hard to avoid the man these days. Now the one-time BBC radio host is stepping into the restaurant industry, opening a cafe on Hackney’s New Era Estate. Brand campaigned to keep the east London estate out of the hands […]

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For those who just can’t wait for MasterChef to start again next year, there’s a pop-up opening today (2 September) that will scratch your itch. Over the next five weeks, winners and finalists – old and new – will be running a temporary restaurant and bar at the Blue Fin building in Southwark. Tickets have already sold […]

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With the Scottish independence referendum imminent, who knows what the future may hold? Perhaps the next time we travel to visit our northern neighbours we will need to go armed with passports? Edinburgh is a particular highlight for those who love eating out, being the best-provided dining conurbation outside the Smoke. So just in case […]

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