Former Babbo head chef Carlo Scotto is to launch his first solo restaurant, Xier. It will open in Marylebone in December this year. According to Hot Dinners, Xier’s cuisine will be a “take on modern European with a global influence”, echoing Scotto’s time with Corbin & King. Though there will be an Italian leaning – […]

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Chef Neil Borthwick has taken over the historic dining room at The French House in Soho, stepping down as head chef at the Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch. Borthwick opened the Merchants Tavern in 2013 in collaboration with wife Angela Hartnett and Canteen owners Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone. Since then, visitors have appreciated its “value […]

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Angela Hartnett’s Mayfair restaurant Murano will celebrate its 10th birthday this autumn. Murano opened in 2008 and to celebrate a decade of pasta and prosciutto Hartnett will be hosting a series of special events. Angela will be welcoming guest chefs in for one-off dinners, putting on a limited edition birthday menu comprising some of Murano’s […]

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Chefs Selin Kiazim (Oklava) and Pip Lacey (Hicce) join forces to create a truly unique menu at Oklava in Shoreditch next Thursday 1 March to celebrate International Women’s Day.  They met while filming BBC2’s Great British Menu and have wanted to work together ever since. The special £65 menu will include collaborative dishes such as: Sumac […]

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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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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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Angela Hartnett potégé Jessica Simmons pitches up in Kentish Town with her own take on traditional, British steakhouses – as the name would suggest, expect craft beers to go with your beef. Beef & Brew offers a modern interpretation of traditional steakhouse fare, with a focus on provenance and value cuts. The menu eschews loins, ribs […]

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Angela Hartnett’s Café Murano in St James’s may not deliver many shocks when it comes to its simple Italian food, but the venue has quickly become an SW1 staple. So news from the chef that she is to open a second outpost in Covent Garden on 29 June will definitely please the restaurant’s fans. Café […]

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The ‘kitchen table’ sometimes seem to have become almost an industry standard. The latest restaurant to install a counter where foodies can perch and watch the chefs at work is the Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch. Launched by Angela Hartnett, Neil Borthwick, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone, in October last year, the restaurant’s Kitchen Counter will […]

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