Here is our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 17 October 2021. ***** The Evening Standard Jimi Famurewa is the first critic to publish a review of Russell Norman’s Brutto (although Marina O’Loughlin’s Instragram feed tells us she was there at the weekend, so […]

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Our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 15 August 2021. ***** The Sunday Times “There’s something about this way of cooking that’s hugely cheering, regularly delivering the sparkiest, most happy-making experiences.” Marina O’Loughlin reviewed Oren in Dalston, and had “a blast”. (So did “everyone […]

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Our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 20 June 2021. ***** The Guardian “I’ve done a lot of smiling graciously, but being relentlessly supportive of restaurants couldn’t last forever… For the first time since the pandemic, I am openly narked about a not-very-good restaurant. […]

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Here is our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics are writing about, for the week ending 11 April 2021. England now has a ‘roadmap’ of dates for the re-opening of restaurants and pubs, which are allowed to re-open from 12 April to serve single households seated outdoors: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary All of Wales […]

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Here is our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics are writing about, for the week ending 28 February 2021. England remains in national lockdown, although with a ‘roadmap’ of dates for restaurants and pubs to re-open from 12 April at the earliest, and then only open to serve single households seated […]

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Here is our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics are writing about, for the week ending 24 January 2021; the first few round-ups of the year are often short due to reviews being replaced by articles on Veganuary and Dry January, but reviews are especially thin this year with so many […]

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Our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics are writing about, for the week ending 13 September 2020. Check with your local and favourite restaurants before heading there; many are still operating strict timings due to reduced cover numbers and social distancing requirement, with reduced menus and booking systems (even if they […]

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Our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics are writing about, for the week ending 2 August 2020. Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes in England were permitted to re-open on Saturday 4 July after over 100 days of enforced closure. Some establishments remain closed – the owner of the three Market Halls, […]

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Our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics are writing about, for the week ending 14 June 2020; the country remains in lockdown, with restaurants, cafes and bars officially closed due the coronavirus outbreak since March. Gradual easing of lockdown rules recently means that restaurant and bars can start planning for possible […]

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Our weekly round-up of where the national and local restaurant critics are reviewing and what they are recommending, for the week ending 15 March 2020. Gymkhana, London W1 Jimi Famurewa of The Evening Standard visited Gymkhana, “reopened in bolstered form after a kitchen fire forced it to close for eight months” and declared that “it […]

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