For those of you who haven’t put pen to paper (or fingertip to keyboard) to complete this year’s Harden’s restaurant survey – here’s something that may incentivise you! Last year we offered a fabulous Paris break for two courtesy of Airbnb and Trip4Real as our grand survey prize, and lucky winners James & Lucy Marsland […]

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Greg and Marie Marchand, the husband and wife team behind Parisian restaurant brand Frenchie, are to open a London outpost in Covent Garden next year. The duo already run Frenchie, Frenchie Wine Bar, Frenchie to Go and a wine shop in the French capital but will traverse the Channel with their new venture, coming to Henrietta […]

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Mayfair’s Le Chabanais has closed just two weeks after Inaki Aizpitarte, the chef behind the estimable Le Chateaubriand in Paris, severed ties with the restaurant. Proof, perhaps, (if proof were needed) that no matter how enthusiastic the hype, a big name with an even bigger price-tag is no guarantee of a sure-fire winner. Signs of […]

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Harden’s, the country’s most authoritative restaurant guide, today (31 March) launched its 25th annual survey of diners. Our London pocket guide and companion volume, Harden’s UK Restaurants, are based on one of the most detailed annual surveys of restaurant-goers in the UK. Over 6,250 people took part last year, contributing some 65,000 reports on more than 3,000 restaurants across […]

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Parisian bistro, Les Gourmets des Ternes, has opened its first overseas outpost in Maida Vale. The establishment will be run by Maximilien Marie, grandson to Francis Marie who opened the celeb-friendly Paris original in 1962. The Formosa Street counterpart has exactly the same décor and menu with a focus on meat, sourced from the family […]

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Claude Bosi, of Mayfair’s Hibiscus, is to join forces with French chef Yannick Alleno to host two special eight-course dinners later this month. The collaboration is of particular interest as Alleno’s credentials include an impressive 10 year stint as head chef at Parisian palace hotel Le Meurice. Since 2008, however, his main goal seems to […]

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