Brigadiers, London EC4 Jay Rayner departed Brigadiers smelling of “roasted spices, garlic and happiness”. It’s the latest opening from the “extremely professional” JKS Restarants, “one of the slickest outfits in the business” (Gymkhana, Hoppers, Lyle’s), located “within the dead-eyed Bloomberg arcade in the City”, and “feels like a direct response to the financial institutions surrounding […]

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Veteran restaurateur Luke Johnson, of Pizza Express, The Ivy, Le Caprice and J Sheekey fame, is one of a small number of bidders for steak chain Gaucho, according to Sky News. The struggling group filed for administration last month and closed all Cau Restaurants, as reported by Harden’s. The entrepreneur joins American buyout firm Carlyle among […]

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Just a week after the announcement of a second Gunpowder – the new restaurant will open at One Tower Bridge later this month – founders Harneet and Devina Baweja have revealed more about their plans to open an Indian bakery and wine bar. Custard, inspired by the old coffee houses of Kolkata, will also be […]

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We are but days away from the Glorious Twelfth. Soon, Britain’s rural enclaves will be rife with the sound of shotgun fire. And after Yorkshire’s moors and sweeping Scottish hills are punctuated by gunshots, a flurry of feathers and heady glasses of whisky, grouse will be whisked to the country’s best restaurants. Game season will […]

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There’s a lamentable crop of reviews this week – Tom Parker Bowles failed to appear in The Mail on Sunday, there’s just one review from The Telegraph, Grace Dent would rather be in east London and The Times reviewers probably just wish they hadn’t bothered. Rovi, London W1 (****) Fay Maschler for The Evening Standard […]

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The owners behind the popular Gymkhana, Hoppers, and Trishna restaurants are growing their empire yet further. The JKS siblings, Jyotin, Karam and Sunaina, will open a Persian restaurant in Soho in October. This comes soon after the arrival of Brigadiers in the City – a vast labyrinth of an establishment that has been met with press raves since […]

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Edinburgh restaurateur Tony Crolla is set to open a £3 million fish and chip restaurant in a former church. Crolla will launch a “contemporary”, 270-cover restaurant across three floors at St John’s church in Victoria Street. The restaurant, as yet unnamed, will offer an affordable menu, with traditional British dishes each given an inventive twist. […]

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