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MasterChef's Natalie Coleman planning East End restaurant

Hard on the heels of winning this year's MasterChef, popular winner Natalie Coleman is out and about at the moment promoting the show's new book. Hot Dinners bumped into her on her rounds to talk about her plans for the future.

As you'd expect, she does have plans to open her own place - but unlike other winners her dreams are still a way off.

"I want to open something like Tom Kerridge [Hand and…

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Churchill's Port House pops up on Greek Street

If you've been down Greek Street recently and wondered what the Churchill port house is that's popped up at no 26, then let us enlighten you.

It's a three floor temporary educational experience and bar by Churchill's port where visitors can learn about different styles of port through regular tastings led by the winemaker and founder of Churchill's, John Graham.

For a few months they'll be serving…

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Gizzi Erskine hosts a Twisted Christmas at Hawker House

What better way to get in the mood for a thoroughly London Christmas than heading over to Hawker House who'll be hosting Gizzi Erskine's #TwistedChristmas on 14 December.

Traders already confirmed include Breddos, Luardos, Rola Wala, Slider Bar, SmokeStak, Sorbitium and Yum Bun. But the real fun comes with the entertainment Gizzi has lined up for you. There's go go girls The Meyer Dancers, a trans…

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Green's puts caviar back on the menu at Duke Street

Is this a sign of London's improving fortunes? Three years after it was taken off the menu due to customers feeling the pinch, caviar is now back at Green's Restaurant & Oyster Bar. It was originally taken off in 2010 as a reaction to "the way the economic situation was putting a strain on customers' wallets" a spokesperson told Hot Dinners today.

In celebration of its return, the St James res…

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Experimental Group to Open Covent Garden Wine Bar - Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

Giving us yet another reason to head to Covent Garden, the people behind the Experimental Cocktail Club will open their next London venue towards the end of the year called Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Seven Dials.

Sharing its ‘supernatural’ name with its much-acclaimed Parisian sister site on Rue Lobineau, the wine-bar-cum-restaurant will offer a comprehensive wine list (developed by sommelier…

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Pork restaurant Blackfoot is coming to Exmouth Market

(Updated 28/11 with soft launch details)

A new restaurant is coming to Exmouth Market, celebrating all things piggy. Blackfoot is from Tom Ward and Allegra McEvedy, both previously at Leon and is aiming for a neighbourhood restaurant vibe.

Their signature dish will be porchetta sandwiches for the lunchtime Farringdon crowd- "loin and belly stuffed with fresh herbs and spices, rolled and…

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Mark Hix launches pop-up Mark's Bar in Selfridges

Mark Hix already has a "Hix" restaurant on the ground floor of Selfridges but he's just added a second pop-up for anyone browsing the store's just-launched men's shoe department.

It's much, much smaller than the other Mark's Bars though - as Hix himself says: ""It is great to have the smallest cocktail bar in the largest men's shoe wear department in the world." 

Despite being small in statur…

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Forget the cronut - Selfridges' biskie is the new sweet treat in town

We've had the cronut, the doissant, even the controversial duffin - now Selfridges on Oxford Street wants in on the action and is launching the biskie. The biskie is a cookie/cake/biscuit combo layered with icing, jams or caramels and was created for the store by two sisters Annabel and Emily Lui who run the Cutter and Squidge bakery.

As you might expect in the run up to Christmas, there's a festi…

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Heathrow's Giraffe one of the world's best airport restaurants?

American website Daily Meal has just released its list of the Top 35 airport restaurants around the world. We thought it might make interesting reading, particularly given the news a few weeks ago that Heathrow's Terminal 3 would be getting a Heston Blumenthal restaurant next year.

But then we looked at the list. At first glance, Britain doesn't fare too badly with three in the top 20 - but seriou…

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Real British hospitality - Russell Norman on his plans for the Ape & Bird pub on Shaftesbury Avenue

(2/12 - Update - we've now been to the Ape and Bird - check out our Test Drive.)

They brought us the joys of cicheti and Negronis when they introduced Londoners to the joys of a Venetian bàcaro with Polpo. Now Russell Norman and business partner Richard Beatty are turning their attention to the classic London pub.

Last week Russell announced that they'd taken over the old Marquis of Granby on Shaf…

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