An ambitious new restaurant is to be launched in Cambridge this autumn under locally born chef Tristan Welch, formerly of Le Gavroche and Pétrus. Parker’s Tavern will be the destination restaurant in the University Arms, a 192-room revamp of the 1834 hotel overlooking Parker’s Piece, a city-centre playing field famous as the birthplace of Association Football, as […]

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⦿ In the Observer, Jay Rayner reviewed Barbecoa, the new Piccadilly flagship from Jamie Oliver (pictured, left, with Raymond Blanc), a grand and expensive “meat and smoke extravaganza“. “It feels like a big New York brasserie crossed with a branch of Hawksmoor. The real action is downstairs in a basement space which laughs in the […]

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Ben Murphy, a protégé of Pierre Koffmann, has been appointed chef at Launceston Place, the South Kensington restaurant most famous as Princess Di’s local. Murphy, 26, made an immediate impact with his first restaurant, the Woodford, in northeast London last year, but quit after only 10 months. His predecessor at Launceston Place, the highly regarded […]

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The Raby Hunt near Darlington was the biggest winner in yesterday’s (snooze-worthy) 2017 UK and Ireland Michelin Guide announcements, with chef James Close bagging his second star. Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in Bray returned to three-star status, having been omitted from last year’s guide during its residency in Melbourne. There were no other multi-star promotions this […]

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Gardening enthusiasts will this weekend head to the Chelsea Flower Show to see what the Royal Horticultural Society has on offer for 2015. And one might think that being so close to Sloane Square there would be no shortage of handy dining destinations for the green-fingered throngs. But, despite the constant upgrading of this most well-heeled […]

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The Truscott Cellar in Belsize Park, a new 60-cover wine bar from Andrew and Mary Jane Fishwick, the owners of Maida Vale’s much-lauded Truscott Arms, will open towards the end of June. Spearheading the kitchen is Dinner by Heston and Launceston Place graduate Aidan McGee. Michel Schranz Design and Architecture, well known for working closely with (now […]

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