Growth rate of independent London restaurant openings softens as baby ‘roll-outs’ gain ground • Marianne Lumb’s Marianne and The Araki win big in Harden’s survey • Ratings slip for Heston’s Dinner and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay • East London still where the action is… but South is catching up! The giddy pace of independent London restaurant […]

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When our reporters praise Bray’s Hind’s Head it is because the picturesque pub is “thankfully not over-Hestoned” but The Sunday Times’s Lisa Markwell has the opposite problem – she can’t find any evidence of Blumenthal’s pseudo-scientific cooking at all, nor the influence of his trusty lieutenant Ashley Palmer-Watts – and it leaves her disappointed… “I […]

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The Clove Club in Shoreditch pipped Notting Hill’s The Ledbury to be the top-ranking British establishment on the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which was announced in Melbourne this week. Eleven Madison Avenue in New York, run by Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm, was crowned the world’s best restaurant, leapfrogging defending champ Osteria Francescano of […]

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Heston Blumenthal has bagged a Lifetime Achievement award in the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants shindig. He will know whether the refurbished Fat Duck has returned to the Top 50 when the full list is announced in Melbourne on April 5. It does seem a bit odd if it doesn’t. The award comes as the Bray […]

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Heston Blumenthal heads a line-up of industry heavyweights mincing words on the food and drink stage at FT Weekend Live, the pink-un’s first foray onto the festival scene, at Kenwood House in Hampstead on Saturday (September 3). Mr B will explain how British culture, science and history shaped the ideas that led to his restaurants, […]

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What better way to celebrate Easter Sunday than a lavish roast with all the trimmings? We’ve rounded up some of the best places across the UK to go for Sunday Lunch, according to our 2016 survey. From the traditional beef and Yorkies in a country gastropub to three course menus in some of London’s top […]

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Well it’s time to say a fond farewell to 2015, and what a year it’s been. The possibility of a pop-up that allows diners to pet foxes, a cereal café causing a riot, celebrity chef spats, and endless controversy as restaurant after restaurant was accused of unfair practices over tipping and service charges. From scathing […]

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Heston Blumenthal’s temple of molecular gastronomy, The Fat Duck in Bray, reopened on 29 September following (in our opinion) a well-deserved refurb’. The world famous Berkshire pub conversion has never had an extensive remodelling in its almost 21 year history and the kitchen and dining room were perhaps a little out of date – especially […]

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Former Heston Blumenthal protégé Christopher White has left the Fat Duck to open his first solo venture The White Spoon in Cheltenham on 18 September. His new restaurant will be inspired by his time with the Merlin of molecular gastronomy but offers a more ‘approachable and laid-back’ (and considerably cheaper) menu. Having worked at both the Fat […]

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Chefs, restaurateurs and industry types last night made their annual pilgrimage to London for the unveiling of the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. As usual, the ranking offered few surprises. El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, reclaimed the top spot (which it last held in 2013) while Denmark’s Noma slipped down into third […]

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