Renowned French chef Laurent Tourondel (perhaps best known in the States where he has ventures in Miami, North Carolina and New York) announces his first foray into Europe with a dining room at opening in London’s Hotel Café Royal on Regent Street. Further afield, Tourondel owns restaurants in Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and the Caribbean. The as […]

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Acclaimed New York chef Dan Barber has lined up a stellar squad of London restaurant heroes for a month-long residency of his food-waste project wastED on the roof at Selfridges. Gordon Ramsay, Clare Smyth, Pierre Koffmann, Isaac McHale of Clove Club and Brett Graham of the Ledbury are among the leading London-based chefs who will put in a shift […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed Veneta, just off Piccadilly, which, while “not an actively bad restaurant”, brought his culinary year to a disappointing end. “I long ago stopped taking notes in restaurants, figuring that if I couldn’t recall what I’d had for dinner that spoke volumes. With this one I had to dig out the […]

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Distinguished chefs from as far away as China, Japan and Australia will line up alongside stars from Europe and closer to home at Obsession, the two-week gastro-festival hosted by Northcote restaurant and hotel in Lancashire early next year. Now in its 17th year, Obsession runs for 17 successive nights from Friday January 20. Tickets tend […]

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The team behind east London high-flying former pop-up The Clove Club has announced plans to open a “Britalian” restaurant and bar in St John Street near Smithfield meat market next month. Orkney-born chef Isaac McHale said Luca would present British produce “through an Italian lens”, with dishes such as ravioli of grouse with potato and […]

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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. Trending Restaurants 17-23 September […]

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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. Trending Restaurants 22 May-3 […]

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Exciting news from the world of London cocktail clubs, the Experimental Group (behind Chinatown’s ‘so-hip-you-can-hardly-find-it’ drinking den The Experimental Cocktail Club) is opening a Shoreditch site. The new bar Joyeux Bordel will launch on Curtain Road on 16 April. Young Turk Daniel Willis – now of The Clove Club – is consulting on the music. It’s […]

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Skye Gyngell – formerly of the Petersham Nurseries Café – is to open her first solo London venture ‘Spring’ on 14 October. The 100-cover restaurant, set within Somerset House’s ‘New Wing’, will occupy an elegant 18th century dining room that hasn’t been open to the public for 150 years. Attached to the restaurant will be a parlour serving ices […]

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