News reaches us of dinner for an excellent cause. Chef John Lawson will be hosting a dinner alongside former mentor Raymond Blanc OBE and fellow protégés Robin Gill and Ollie Dabbous in aid of the Brain Tumour Research Campaign. Taking place at Lawson’s restaurant, Food, in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, the brain cancer survivor will cook with his fellow […]

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A thousand restaurants across the world will put sustainability on the menu this week as they take part in the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s (SRA) One Planet Plate campaign, launching on 24 March. Chefs and restaurateurs will serve dishes that highlight what their business is doing to address problems within the food system – problems highlighted […]

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Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton “I couldn’t take any risks for my wife’s 50th birthday weekend… so I placed my trust in Raymond’s impeccable hotel and restaurant… result: perfection!” M Blanc’s “magnificent”converted Elizabethan manor boasts a “dream location” in a picture-book village south of Oxford and, “if you want to spoil someone with […]

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Clos Maggiore WC2 “You feel that love is in the air!” at this “very special” destination (yet again the survey’s No. 1 choice for a romantic occasion), especially in “the inner sanctum” – “the lovely glass-roofed courtyard at the back, hung with blossom, a roof that opens in fine weather, and with an open fire […]

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This is a guest blog by our friends at the Sustainable Restaurant Association, who launch a new campaign in August to get restaurants serving more veg and better meat. Mushroom risotto, butternut squash tart and pasta with tomato sauce. Three dishes stuffed away in the corner of the menu miles away from the long, eye-catching […]

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French haute cuisine, the wellspring from which culinary magic seems to flow across the world, has been sidelined of late in favour of rusticity, simplicity and (let’s face it) dirty great burgers. But can the classics ever truly go out of style? Surely we all just need a gentle reminder of France’s culinary prowess? Well, […]

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High-flying young chef Danny Gill has returned to his home town of Lincoln to buy the pie shop where he first worked as a 15-year-old kitchen porter. Brown’s Pie Shop, around the corner from the city’s cathedral, is a Steep Hill institution that celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. Described in the latest Harden’s Survey as “a taste of […]

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Former Danesford House head chef Adam Simmonds has opened a 12-month pop-up in Soho to test the market ahead of a permanent opening in the capital. Test Kitchen, near Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Frith Street, will be just that – a counter where diners are expected to feed back to chefs on the dishes […]

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A pair of chefs with impressive kitchen credentials have teamed up to open a tiny venture in Mayfair inspired by the new wave of bistros in Paris. Launching in May, Neo Bistro will accommodate just 25 diners, with banquette tables that can be reserved and counter seats for walk-ins. Following the Parisian lead, it will offer a daily changing […]

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Sommelier-turned-restaurateur Xavier Rousset is launching his third solo venture, Comptoir Café & Wine, in Mayfair next month. It follows the success of Blandford Comptoir in Marylebone – praised in the latest Harden’s Survey for its “superb wine list” – and Burgundy specialist Cabotte in the City, both of which opened last year. Tucked away behind Bond Street station […]

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