East Grinstead’s “lovely country manor house” Gravetye Manor will close on 2 January for four months to develop a new space for the hotel’s restaurant. Reopening in May 2018 the new look restaurant, under head chef George Blogg, is being designed by architect Sir Charles Knowles, in collaboration with interior designer Claire Nelson (The Ledbury and Elystan Street) […]

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Harden’s has released the final shortlist for this year’s definitive London Restaurant Awards, which takes place on 11 September at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square. Nominations for the awards are derived statistically from Harden’s 27-year-old annual survey of UK restaurant-goers.  This year 8,500 people contributed 50,000 nominations within the categories specified by Harden’s. The […]

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The Cinnamon Club SW1 From 12 August £38 pp Kick off shooting season on the Glorious Twelfth at Vivek Singh’s classy Indian – set within the Grade II listed Old Westminster Library. On the menu: Tandoor Smoked Breast of Grouse with bitter fenugreek, corn stir-fry and tamarind-cumin jus. This dish, marrying the flavours of the subcontinent with resolutely British […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed The Other Naughty Piglet, a branch of Brixton’s Naughty Piglets inside Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new theatre in Victoria, The Other Place, where he found “a kind of modern British cooking with wallops of umami”. “Sometimes the cleverness is textural. A pile of white crab meat sits atop a heap of […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer hit the jackpot with a visit to Riley’s Fish Shack, “two full side-access shipping containers fitted out steampunk-style” overlooking St Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth, near Newcastle, which he declared “the eating experience of the year”. “It is the pristine quality of fish cookery you always hope to find in one of those fancy, raised […]

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⦿ Fay Maschler of the Evening Standard reviewed Elystan Street 4/5, Phil Howard’s new restaurant in Chelsea, where she ate some “sublime” dishes but gasped at the prices and missed having a tablecloth. “Smoked mackerel velouté with Porthilly oysters — from the River Camel estuary — with leek hearts and eel toast is a secular […]

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⦿ September 27 will see the opening of Phil Howard’s new venture, Elystan Street, in the backstreets of Chelsea. The site will be remembered by some as Tom Aikens – another chef who had a Michelin 2-star pedigree and struck out on his own in this quiet backwater, a short stroll from The Conran Shop […]

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Japanese-born, French-trained chef Yu Sugimoto has taken over the kitchen at Mayfair dining temple The Square following its sale by founding chef Phil Howard earlier this year. Sugimoto spent nine years at Le Meurice in Paris, where he rose to head chef, after beginning his career at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Restaurateur Marlon Abela, who […]

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Chef Phil Howard – perhaps best known for his 25 years at the helm of The Square, Mayfair – has announced that he and Rebecca Mascarenhas have paired up once again to launch a new restaurant. Elystan Street will open on Chelsea’s Elystan Street this September, previously the site of the stylish, but relatively short-lived Tom Aikens […]

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