Angelina, London E8 Jay Rayner for The Observer visited Angelina despite the “acute flashbacks” he suffered when told it was a fusion of Italian and Japanese food; it took him right back to the “unmitigated disaster” that was Shumi in 2003. Luckily for him, and us, Angelina avoids any such disaster: it “feels like a […]

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James Cochran is to launch a five-course tasting menu at his Islington restaurant 1251. Cochran, 2018’s ‘Champion of Champions’ on the Great British Menu, launched 1251 last year in a spot previously occupied by the esteemed Chinese Laundry. He did so after receiving strong reviews at his eponymous E3 restaurant, which he left following a […]

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London bakery Bread Ahead is to open a restaurant, baking school, and wholesale retail unit in Wembley. Bread Ahead, which has branches in Borough Market, Soho, and Chelsea, is planning to launch a 220-cover restaurant later this summer. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be available. The menu will feature sourdough pizzas, roast chicken with sea […]

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South London cafe group Megan’s is to open at Battersea Power Station as part of the site’s extensive and lavish new development. Megan’s, which has four existing dog-friendly, brunch-focused sites in Fulham, Parsons Green, Clapham and Balham, will serve the same food and drink as at its other branches – “wholesome fare”, including shakshuka, halloumi […]

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Jay Rayner Instead of a review this week, Jay looks back over his 20 years as The Observer’s restaurant critic in an article that ranges from 1999 (the year MPW retired, Jamie O debuted his Naked Chef show, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay hit its stride and The Fat Duck won its first Michelin star), through the […]

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