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Dabbous is closing, but they have plans brewing for a new restaurant

Once billed as one of the hardest restaurants to get into in London, Dabbous is closing in June as they get ready to open a new restaurant elsewhere. 

What it does mean, however, is that Ollie Dabbous has a new restaurant on the way - and this is in addition to the restaurant at Henrietta. At the moment, little has been revealed about the new spot, other than it will open in late 2017 or early 20…

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The Cheese Truck becomes the Cheese Bar in Camden Stables Market

27/2/17 - updated with launch details

Of the many food trucks going permanent in London that we’ve witnessed lately, we must confess we’re extra glad to find out one of will be The Cheese Bar, purveyor of intensely comforting grilled cheese sandwiches.

After three years selling out of an old ice-cream van, The Cheese Truck will be reborn as The Cheese Bar, dishing out gooey grilled toasties aplen…

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DIY dessert calzones and BYOB at Pizza Pilgrims Shoreditch

27/2/17 - updated with launch details.

What: Pizza Pilgrims Shoreditch

In a nutshell: BYOB + pizza

Summing it all up: Pizza Pilgrims are opening another branch, this time in East London. Diners will also be able to bring chocolate bars to be turned into dessert calzones, and the local offy will have a fridge of Italian wine so you can BYOB in style.…

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Taking a tour of Victoria's Nova

After years of languishing in the tourist thoroughfare to Buckingham Palace and the coach station, Victoria is finally having its moment in the sun as a food destination, thanks to Nova. We take a look at a few of the new restaurants in one night.…

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Claude Bosi is opening Claude Bosi at Bibendum in South Kensington

27/2/17 - Updated with more news about the opening

Late last year, we had been hearing two rumours - one that Claude Bosi of the recently closed Hibiscus was re-opening in South Kensington, and the second that Bibendum was about to land a big name chef. Then we discovered that the two stories were actually related, as Claude Bosi at Bibendum is on the way.

Bibendum is, of course, the impressive M…

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Hawksmoor bring back the three martini lunch

The very idea of a three martini lunch these days may be very rare indeed - but Hawksmoor are having none of that. Determined to bring back the boozy lunch they're adding three martinis to the lunchtime menu, teaming up with Hepple Gin and Valentine Warner. So if you fancy three stiffeners before lurching back to the office, here's what they're offering:

  • Walter Riddell (Hepple Gin, Cocchi Americ…

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Urban Food Fest moves indoors to Selfridge’s Food Hall with a new deli

What: Urban Food Fest

In a nutshell: Pizza, wafflewiches and other street food find a new permanent indoor home

Summing it all up: Selfridges’ Food Hall is about to become home to Urban Food Fest, the deli for the street food market usually found in more the more bracing outdoor climes of Shoreditch. There’ll be jam jar cocktails, foccacia pizza and lots more, with a rotating menu, and it’s open ‘til 9 most nights.…

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TT Liquor cocktail bar, shop and tasting room opens on Kingsland Road

TT Liquor, a cocktail bar, spirits shop and tasting room on Kingsland Road, Shoreditch is the latest establishment set to join the burgeoning East London bar scene. A veritable theme park of booze now open to the public. 

Named after founders Alastair Tatton and Stephen Thompson (the brains behind Discount Suit Company and The Sun Tavern), TT Liquor promises visitors an entire cocktail experience…

Read more: TT Liquor cocktail bar, shop and tasting room opens on Kingsland Road

Piebury Corner is opening a pie deli in King's Cross

A Hot Dinners exclusive. 

What: Piebury Corner King's Cross

In a nutshell: Top notch pie and mash in King's Cross.

Summing it all up: Famed pie sellers Piebury Corner are opening a new pie shop and deli to serve up some of the best pies in town, alongside mash and roast potatoes and all washed down with craft beer. It's a much bigger spot than the original too.…

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Allan Pickett brings traditional British food to Swan at Shakespeare’s Globes

Allan Pickett is busy yet again. While his first solo venture Piquet, was warmly reviewed it is, alas, no more. But now he’s just been announced as the new executive chef at Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe.

He’ll be bringing with him his specialism in French food, having trained under the likes of the Galvin and Roux brothers, as well as an uncanny knack for hunting down the best British ingredients an…

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Koftas, goshts and currys at Soho’s Tamarind Kitchen

What: Tamarind Kitchen

In a nutshell: Tamarind Kitchen reimagines dishes from its Michelin-starred counterpart for more a relaxed dining experience.

Summing it all up: Tamarind Mayfair is opening a sister restaurant on Wardrour Street, bringing with it goshts, currys and koftas galore, as well as a sharing platter with a trio of tandoor-cooked game.…

Read more: Koftas, goshts and currys at Soho’s Tamarind Kitchen

Historical El Vino opens modern new wine bar in London Wall

What: El Vino Mason’s Avenue

In a nutshell: Historical wine bar and shop with a Spanish, Portuguese and South American slant, serving tapas and larger plates

Summing it all up: It's been around since the dawn of time, but now historic London wine bar company is changing gears to open a much more modern bar in the City at London Wall…

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Chick n Sours launches the huge Macho Nacho burger

Now THAT's a burger. News has just reached us of this very special burger going on the menu at Chick n Sours for the whole of March. It's the Macho Nacho Burger and is "fried thigh, Chengdu chicken, kimchee cheese, Vietnamese pickles". Plus, profits from the £12 burger will go to the Cook for Syria fund. So you might want to start planning when you're popping down for one now.

The Macho Nacho Bur…

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Duck and Waffle Local is coming to St James's Market

What: Duck and Waffle Local

In a nutshell: Duck and Waffle is reborn at ground level. 

Summing it all up: There's a new Duck and Waffle coming to town with all the favourite dishes from the original but at ground level in St James's Market. And expect things to be very speedy this time around.…

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Lucky Chip and Breddos team up for The Wall burger

Two of London's best are getting together for this mighty burger - on sale for March only.

An American/Mexican hybrid called The Wall (you can guess what that's based on), it's an aged beef patty, brisket birria, American cheese, burnt morita chile, sesame seed salsa, jalapeño, lemon, onion. All that plus for each burger sold they'll be donating £1 to Save the Children charity for their U.S borde…

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