After nearly three years chef/restaurateur Tom Oldroyd is following up his Islington hit Oldroyd with a new venture in Hackney. Though fans love the “fabulously tasty, daily changing menu” at his Upper Street spot there is a quibble that the joint is just too small, so his takeover of The Duke of Richmond pub and dining […]

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Sam and Sam Clark of Moro and Morito are launching a brand new bespoke outside catering company, Casa Moro, and new private dining room space in Hackney Wick, open in May this year. Sam and Sam Clark opened their epic Exmouth Market “institution” 20 years ago, with its “scrumptious” little sister restaurant opening in 2010 and […]

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Next Month Zoe Adjonyoh, Founder of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, will bring her West African flavours to London Fields, with a new residency at The Institute of Light. Her business began in 2010 in east London at the Hackney Wicked arts festival with a home-made sign saying ‘Zoe’s peanut butter stew’ – she’s come a long way […]

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Beavertown brewery announced this week that it has closed its Texan BBQ joint, Duke’s Brew & Que, after five years. The hip, and often crowded Haggerston spot was where the brewery founders concocted the first batches of Gamma Ray, Neck Oil, Smog Rocket, 8 Ball and Black Betty, brewing up these now well-known beers in the […]

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A sister bar and restaurant to Hackney hangout Wringer & Mangle will open a stone’s throw from Old Spitalfields Market on 11 September. The original launched two years ago in London Fields in a disused former laundry. Wringer & Mangle Spitalfields is spread over two floors offering dining upstairs, a lunchtime deli counter and cocktails […]

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Chef Nuno Mendes has teamed up with Barworks to launch a new neighbourhood venue in Hackney’s Keltan House, incorporating a bar, restaurant, deli and café. Mare Street Market opens this winter (date still TBA). Nuno, of course, made his name at Bethnal Green’s Viajante (RIP) and has gone on to head up Chiltern Firehouse in […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed Plot in Tooting, “a sliver of a restaurant serving terrible cocktails and great food in one of south London’s traditional covered markets”. “Thick curls of squid, crusted with a chorizo crumb on a salad of tomatoes that taste of something, is a bit of textural fun. It’s followed by a dainty […]

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Cartel, a new taqueria and late-night tequila bar in Battersea, is the latest in the new wave of Mexican taco joints that is sweeping across London. Named in what seems a clear reference to the Mexican narco wars involving drug cartels that have cost 100,000 lives in the past 10 years, the venue must also be an early front-runner in the “poor taste […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed The Holy Birds in Shoreditch, which serves duck, goose and guinea fowl, “but mostly, to be honest, chicken“. The quality of the poultry was not to be questioned, but he was far from impressed by the cooking. “Sure, the skin is dark, but only in places. Elsewhere it’s soft and floppy. […]

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