The Guardian’s Marina O’Laughlin once dismissed Balham’s Chez Bruce as ‘ultra-bourgeois and a little dated… onefor the Bufton-Tuftons, with their florid, claret-hoofing faces and fear of the new, I sniffed”. Not so anymore. The critic now seems to understand why it has been Harden’s reporters’ favourite restaurant for the past decade – “I’m forced to suspect […]

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It’s St George’s Day this weekend and that means there will be endless articles about where to get the best fish & chips in the country or who bakes Britain’s best pie. Subjects upon which we’ve already registered our opinion. Instead, we’ve decided to bring you the best of modern British cooking. Because being a […]

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AA Gill heads out to The Woodford in search of Ben Murphy’s cuisine (a young chef of just 25 who trained under Pierre Koffmann) and finds that The Only Way is Essex is in fact a real way of life and not, as the Sunday Times’s columnist previously thought, simply a ratings-courting fiction. Incidentally he loves […]

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We’ve teamed up with the good people of Twizoo to announce the top 5 trending restaurants on Twitter each week in London. Twizoo is an app that gives restaurant recommendations based on what people are saying on Twitter, and analyses over 50,000 incoming tweets per week to determine which restaurants are attracting the most buzz. […]

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The Sunday Times’s AA Gill revisits Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy in its new form as Pharmacy 2 in Vauxhall and finds things have changed considerably since the Notting Hill original launched in 1998, when the opening was ‘like a red-carpet premiere, a mob of paparazzi and rubberneckers, double-parked limos, teeth and tits’. “I was surprised at […]

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Pierre Koffmann protégé and former Young National Chef of the Year, Ben Murphy, just 25, will launch his first restaurant, The Woodford, in South Woodford, on 1 March. Backed by Essex restaurateur Steve Andrews, the 100-cover restaurant will span two floors, with a dedicated oyster and seafood bar on the first floor. Ben spent three years […]

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