Leading sommeliers from two of our survey’s most talked about restaurants have announced ‘An Unexpected Pairing’ – a duo of events designed to challenge preconceived ideas about what makes a great wine and a great sommelier. Sunaina Sethi, co-owner and wine buyer for Mayfair’s “sensationally subtle” Gymkhana, and Sandia Chang, co-owner and sommelier for Fitzrovia’s “phenomenal” Kitchen […]

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Jay Rayner weighs in on the north/south restaurant divide question The Observer’s critic-in-chief heads to Manchester to try out the new Hawksmoor and stumbles across a veggie dining room, 1847, serving great food – well, apart from the desserts. Read our roundup of restaurant news in Manchester and enter our Hawksmoor Manchester competition.     […]

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Yet another Italian restaurateur pitches up in Mayfair (hot on the heels of Antonio Mellino’s Quattro Passi and Giovanni “Johnny” Micaulis’s Assunta Madre). Andrea Reitano has opened a casual Italian dining spot, Caffe Rei, on Hay Hill later this year with dishes inspired by his ‘Nonna’ and ingredients flown in every day from the motherland. […]

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