Three London restaurants closed last week after their parent company went into administration. Parabola at the Design Museum, Luytens, a casual, lunch-friendly bistro, and Clerkenwell’s British restaurant Albion all closed with immediate effect on June 20. The closure involves three restaurants owned by Sir Terence and Lady Conran, and Peter Prescott. The Conran family will […]

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Theatreland favourite Joe Allen is to celebrate its 40th anniversary with an appropriately star-studded line-up of alumni and guests on Sunday January 29. Rowley Leigh will return to the pass in the kitchen where he started out, flanked by food writers Gizzi Erskine and Lisa Markwell, with TV personality Christopher Biggins meeting and greeting on the door and […]

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⦿ The Observer’s Jay Rayner reviewed Sambal Shiok, Mandy Yin’s Malaysian evenings-only pop-up at Blend café in Harringay, where he was impressed by the Singapore-style laksa. “Boy, is it good. The broth is thick, making it more a stew than a soup. It is the Fisher-Price Activity Centre of food, with just so much to see and do and […]

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