Harden’s has released the final shortlist for this year’s definitive London Restaurant Awards, which takes place on 11 September at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square. Nominations for the awards are derived statistically from Harden’s 27-year-old annual survey of UK restaurant-goers.  This year 8,500 people contributed 50,000 nominations within the categories specified by Harden’s. The […]

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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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Rick Stein is guest chef at the first outdoor season from the Pop-Up Picture Company, the film-and-food project co-founded by Tom Kerridge, which pitches camp in the grounds of Cliveden House in Berkshire and Chewton Glen in Hampshire this summer. Kerridge launched the pop-up with three friends in the lead-up to last Christmas, serving set meals accompanied by a season of classic and […]

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Ah the British seaside. Who needs to hop on a plane to the Côte d’Azur when you can have a stay-cation on our own dear coast (weather permitting, of course). One of the best things about the counties of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall is the restaurants, with fresh fish being the highlight you’d hope in […]

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AA Gill reviews Notting Hill’s new vegetarian restaurant Tiny Leaf in the Sunday Times but decides London still needs a decent veggie venue “It’s the good intentions that sink vegetative restaurants. They are selling the goodness of their intentions in the hope that you’re more interested in filling the karma bank than your stomach. The […]

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It’s National Chip Week! And in honour of this most British tradition we’ve rounded up the best places to get a tasty portion of hand cut fries from across the UK – as voted for by you in our 2015 survey…         LONDON’S TOP 10 Toff’s N10 “The freshness and variety of […]

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Throughout December and January Harden’s readers can treat themselves to a free mezze plate at Fitzrovia’s new Levantine restaurant, Ceru. Just a stone’s throw from Oxford Street on Rathbone Place, it is a perfectly located spot for a pick me up, a bite of lunch or dinner with friends during those stressful Christmas and New Year shopping […]

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Rick Stein is to open a seafood restaurant in landlocked Winchester. The 70-cover establishment, expected to open its doors this autumn, will focus on ‘fresh fish, simply cooked.’ Stein’s first UK opening outside Cornwall appears to be something of a family project. Stein’s business partner is his former wife Jill, and the pair’s three sons […]

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Paul Ainsworth – the chef and restaurateur whose fish is considered by Harden’s reporters to be the best in Padstow – is to open his first hotel next spring, reports Caterer & Hotelkeeper. The six-bedroom Padstow Townhouse will add to Ainsworth’s coastal empire, which he runs alongside his wife, Emma. It will open on the […]

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