Our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 15 August 2021. ***** The Sunday Times “There’s something about this way of cooking that’s hugely cheering, regularly delivering the sparkiest, most happy-making experiences.” Marina O’Loughlin reviewed Oren in Dalston, and had “a blast”. (So did “everyone […]

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Here is our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 25 July 2021. ***** The Sunday Times “What to do when the restaurant you’ve travelled quite far to review probably shouldn’t be open to paying guests yet?” Marina O’Loughlin turned the tables on The Hotel […]

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Here is our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 18 July 2021. Today (19 July) marks “Freedom Day” in England, with all Covid restrictions in pubs and restaurants now lifted. ***** The Guardian “I sighed with a heady mix of peak elation and existential […]

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Here is our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 4 July 2021. ***** The Observer “Despite its name, there’s nothing humble about this superb Soho yakitori chicken shop.” Jay Rayner‘s visit to Humble Chicken was a “huge amount of fun”, not least because the […]

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Here is our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 27 June 2021. ***** The Sunday Times “Oh goody, more men playing with fire, more white boys cooking Thai food,” thought our intrepid Marina O’Loughlin when viewing the restaurant’s website ahead of this week’s review, […]

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Our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 20 June 2021. ***** The Guardian “I’ve done a lot of smiling graciously, but being relentlessly supportive of restaurants couldn’t last forever… For the first time since the pandemic, I am openly narked about a not-very-good restaurant. […]

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Here is our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics are writing about, for the week ending 6 June 2021. ***** The Guardian Grace Dent was in Liverpool, surrounded by the familiar voices of her childhood. “There’s an increasingly vibrant restaurant scene” here, thanks to the billions “spent on rejigging and rebuilding […]

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Our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics are writing about, for the week ending 30 May 2021. ***** The Sunday Times “In years of doing this gig I don’t think a week has gone by without someone complaining — via whatever platform — about the bill.” After a quick detour about […]

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Here is our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics are writing about, for the week ending 18 April 2021. Some magazine articles were written weeks ago, but the newspapers produced a small, but welcome, crop of actual reviews. England now has a ‘roadmap’ of dates for the re-opening of restaurants and […]

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Here is our weekly round-up of what the national and local restaurant critics are writing about, for the week ending 1 April 2021. England remains in national lockdown, although with a ‘roadmap’ of dates with restaurants and pubs closed until 12 April at the earliest, and then only open to serve single households seated outdoors: […]

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