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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Michelin finally woke up and awarded Mitsuhiro Araki’s Mayfair restaurant, The Araki, three stars at a ceremony in London this week, making it the first Japanese restaurant in the UK to hold the rating. The Araki was named London’s Top Gastronomic Experience at Harden’s annual London Restaurant Awards ceremony last year and this “world class” […]

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Harden’s has released the final shortlist for this year’s definitive London Restaurant Awards, which takes place on 11 September at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square. Nominations for the awards are derived statistically from Harden’s 27-year-old annual survey of UK restaurant-goers.  This year 8,500 people contributed 50,000 nominations within the categories specified by Harden’s. The […]

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The Araki, a nine-seater Japanese counter in Mayfair that at over £350 a head is Britain’s most expensive restaurant, has been  crowned London’s Top Gastronomic Experience at the first ever Harden’s London Restaurant Awards, justifying sushi master Mitsuhiro Araki’s gamble in closing down his Michelin three-star operation in Tokyo to move around the world. He shared the […]

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The Sunday Times has once again unveiled its ‘Food List’ – the definitive top 100 UK restaurants for food. This supplement, now in its sixth year, is published in association with Harden’s, and based on our annual survey of restaurant-goers. For 2016 there’s been a serious shakeup, with last year’s top two – Marc Wilkinson’s Fraiche in […]

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The tyre men have today (16 September) announced new entries and deletions for the 2016 Michelin Guide ahead of the book’s release later this month. Perhaps the most surprising award was to Umu, a blingy Mayfair Japanese, which was bumped up to a two star rating. It was first awarded a star in 2005 after its […]

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