Jay Rayner in The Observer keeps things on The Straight and Narrow, a piano bar and restaurant in east London’s Docklands… “Food and music are meant to go together. Jazz, which is what I have spent most of my adult life at the keyboard wrestling with, was born in restaurants like this. “The Straight and Narrow has […]

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Husband and wife chef duo Jake and Cassie White will swap London’s dining scene for the wilds of Cumbria with the launch of Pentonbridge Inn, a pub with rooms, located 17 miles north of Carlisle. The pair are hot-footing it from Marcus Wareing’s Marcus at The Berkeley in London – incidentally now run by another husband and […]

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The Shard’s Northern Chinese restaurant Hutong, which offers “exceptional vistas from the 33rd floor” welcomes new head chef Fei Wang. Originally from Chengdu – the capital of China’s Sichuan province – he introduces a refined and contemporary take on authentic dishes. Offering a different approach to most Cantonese-inspired Chinese menus in London, Hutong serves food from […]

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After nearly two years of preparation (we first heard of her proposed solo venture back in 2015) Ramsay’s golden girl Clare Smyth has finally unveiled her first restaurant. Core by Clare Smyth opened on 1 August on the former site of Notting Hill Kitchen, in a grand and rambling old townhouse on Kensington Park Road. The ethos, for […]

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As we head into high summer all thoughts turn to Wimbledon. It’s not a suburb, fair to say, which would ever have found fame with its cuisine, but over the years things have improved with the addition of The White Onion (from the folks behind The French Table), The Ivy Café, Dip & Flip and Franco Manca. Although notably […]

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Seafood specialist, pop-up caterers The Oystermen will officially open their first permanent mooring, The Oystermen Seafood Bar and Kitchen, on Monday 4 July in Henrietta Street, Covent Garden. With just 26-covers we predict a few queues, but when there’s six oysters and a glass of bubbly for £10 on the menu, 3-5 pm every day, it should be […]

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Hot on the smoky heels of temper Soho, comes temper City – the second venture from barbecue maestro Neil Rankin and business partner Sam Lee. The original temper opened in Broadwick Street in November last year to a string of plaudits from foodies and critics alike, including Jay Rayner who dubbed it one of London’s […]

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More exciting cocktail news this week as Flemings Mayfair announces a new drinks list inspired by the forthcoming film release of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. These literary libations are now available at the hotel’s art deco Manetta’s Bar, which can be accessed via a new entrance on Clarges Street. L’Oriental: A scarlet-red aperitif, L’Oriental […]

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Richard Corrigan’s “opulent” fine dining HQ, Corrigan’s Mayfair, will add to its appeal with a new standalone bar launching in late June. Dickie’s Bar is a collaboration between the Irish chef, Gregory Buda from The Dead Rabbit, New York – voted the World’’s Best Bar (World’’s 50 Best, 2016) and Richard Ryan, founder of Drinksology. The […]

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London offers plenty of opportunity for al-fresco dining but when the good weather hits those tables fill up fast. To stand an outside chance of snagging a table in the sun this summer, take a look at some of the new terraces that have opened in the capital of late… If you want to see […]

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