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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Giles Coren in the Times revisits Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (the original on Royal Hospital Road) and finds the three Michelin star level service to be just a bit much… “Smartly redone a couple of years ago in the art deco style, it must look great when empty, but it was so rammed with waiters that I […]

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Growth rate of independent London restaurant openings softens as baby ‘roll-outs’ gain ground • Marianne Lumb’s Marianne and The Araki win big in Harden’s survey • Ratings slip for Heston’s Dinner and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay • East London still where the action is… but South is catching up! The giddy pace of independent London restaurant […]

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Jay Rayner in The Observer doesn’t so much review Marylebone newcomer Fancy Crab as eviscerate it… “Fancy Crab isn’t good. It’s a terrible waste of their money and our money and everybody’s time. “The restaurant’s shtick is the enormous red king crabs, fished from the cold waters of the North Pacific around Alaska, which can […]

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After nearly two years of preparation (we first heard of her proposed solo venture back in 2015) Ramsay’s golden girl Clare Smyth has finally unveiled her first restaurant. Core by Clare Smyth opened on 1 August on the former site of Notting Hill Kitchen, in a grand and rambling old townhouse on Kensington Park Road. The ethos, for […]

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⦿ Marina O’Loughlin of The Guardian reviewed Lorne 7/10 in Victoria, which lived up to the impressive CV of its founding partners, Katie Exton (sommelier and front of house) and Peter Hall (chef), who have worked at the Square, the River Cafe, Chez Bruce, Brawn and San Francisco’s celebrated Benu. “It’s the beef short rib that would make me a […]

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In what may be an unprecedented move, Marcus Wareing has promoted husband-and-wife team Mark and Shauna Froydenlund to the roles of joint chef patrons – should that be “chefs patron” or even “chefs patrons”? – at his Knightsbridge flagship restaurant in the Berkeley hotel. Long-time Wareing lieutenants, the couple have worked at the restaurant since its […]

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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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Clare Smyth, often described as Britain’s leading woman chef, has signed a lease on a property in Notting Hill and will open her heavily anticipated new restaurant there this spring or summer. Smyth quit Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea’s Royal Hospital Road last April after almost 10 years at the helm – which made her the only woman […]

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Former Clare Smyth protégé, Steven Ellis, is due to open his own restaurant in Windsor next month, after 10 years spent in kitchens like Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, The Star Inn, Harome and Jamie O’s Fifteen. The Oxford Blue, a high end gastropub, will launch towards the end of May. The restaurant managers, husband and wife team […]

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