Just seven weeks – give or take – after Anthea Stephenson was appointed head chef of Russell Norman’s Polpetto, she has left the restaurant. The departure comes after a big relaunch, with a bold redesign and a new menu. A spokeswoman for the Polpo group said there was no statement available as to what has […]

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Polpetto, Russel Norman’s “expressive and experimental” sister restaurant to Polpo, has relaunched with a new head chef. Anthea Stephenson has joined the Soho restaurant having honed her skills at the River Cafe, The Jugged Hare and Sketch, and has devised an entirely new menu designed for sharing and feasting. The chef has also brought with […]

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Spuntino, Russell Norman and Richard Beatty’s take on industrial Italian chic, will open its first airport site at Heathrow Terminal 3. Spuntino has signed an exclusive franchise partnership with TRG Concessions . It means the brand can open sites in UK airports. The first will arrive at Heathrow in December. Spuntino – which means ‘snack’ in Italian […]

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This week, StreetSmart revealed the generosity of restaurants and diners during their 2017 campaign has helped the national homelessness charity raise record funds. An estimated final total of £662,000 was donated across the UK during November and December last year. StreetSmart unveiled the fantastic figure at the Groucho Club in London, where the charity was founded by William […]

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Hard-up London pastry fans are in for a treat in the next few days, as two businesses are handing out free samples in a burst of early-summer generosity. First, the Dominique Ansel Bakery in Victoria will celebrate the fourth anniversary of the invention of the “cronut” – a cross between the croissant and the doughnut […]

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A clutch of London’s most successful restaurant chains are heading up the M40 to open new outlets in Oxford’s Westgate shopping and leisure complex, which reopens after a £440million redevelopment later this year. Polpo (pictured), Russell Norman’s tribute to the Venetian small-plates bacaro, heads the list alongside Sticks & Sushi, Pho, Shoryu ramen, Comptoir Libanais, Pizza […]

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We’ve teamed up with the good people of Twizoo to announce the top 5 trending restaurants on Twitter each week in London. Twizoo is an app that gives restaurant recommendations based on what people are saying on Twitter, and analyses over 50,000 incoming tweets per week to determine which restaurants are attracting the most buzz. […]

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Russell Norman’s Venetian-influenced small plates empire, Polpo, expands ever onward as he announces new sites in Harvey Nics London and Leeds. Polpo Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge is due to launch first on 8 February, taking a space on the luxury department store’s fifth floor, which is already home to Scott Hallsworth’s Japanese izakaya Kurobuta. Despite being […]

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A new twist on London’s ubiquitous chicken shop (there are now over 8,000 of these grungy fast food joints) opened in the badlands of Tottenham on 9 November. Chicken Town by Create is a new, part crowd-funded, food and community project that claims it will ‘tackle child obesity at its source’. It’s a problem that is particularly […]

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Chef Tom Oldroyd (former chef director of Polpo group) steps out from Russell Norman’s shadow and strikes out on his own with his first solo venture in Islington. Oldroyd has just opened on Upper Street. The 40-cover neighbourhood restaurant is split across two floors, with a no reservations café feel downstairs and bistro-style dining upstairs, which […]

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