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Hackney's The Spread Eagle is going completely vegan with Club Mexicana

There's no stopping the vegan train as more and more places are adding vegan dishes to the menu. And one pub is going one step further and becoming totally vegan. Hackney's The Spread Eagle is teaming up with Club Mexicana for a fully vegan menu. 

And on that menu is:

  • Sopa de tortilla, Corn esquites and pan seared ‘scallops’
  • Deep fried cheeze with Valentina hot sauce
  • Loaded cheezy nachos an…

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Pasta Evangelists backed by Coren, Leigh and Sitwell in their pasta delivery business

With the rise in popularity of fresh pasta joints like Padella, Pastaio and Flour & Grape, it's not surprising someone's cottoned on to Londoners' passion for pasta and come up with a home delivery service.

Pasta Evangelists have won the backing of food folk like Giles Coren, Prue Leith and Waitrose magazine editor William Sitwell to support their new business.

The premise is simple, but geni…

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Authentique Epicerie & Bar to open on Fortess Road

All-French team join forces to open this wine bar on Fortess Road, which will also sell French food and serve as a wine store too.…

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Bob Bob Ricard is getting cheaper with an off-peak menu

From this week, that legendary "press for Champagne" establishment Bob Bob Ricard is bringing in what they're calling "off peak" pricing. Put simply it means you'll get a cheaper menu as long as you're not travelling - sorry, eating - at peak periods. Here's what that means:

  • Monday all day circa 25% off ("off-peak") 
  • Tuesday lunch 25% off, Dinner circa 15% off ("mid-peak")
  • Wednesday lunch 2…

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Try top Swedish cocktails at Linje Tio’s pop-up at 100 Wardour Street

Top Swedish bar Linje Tio knows a thing or two about making the most of long, dark winters: it’s booze, and lots of it. Now you’ll be able to get a taste of their unique cocktails when the acclaimed bar - which made it to number 44 on The World's 50 Best Bars’ top 50 list last year - temporarily pops up at 100 Wardour Street.

Cocktails will be full of warming, Scandi flavours perfect for staving…

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Bea Vo is bringing Butterscotch to Marylebone (and afternoon tea too)

This is from Bea Vo (who originally set up Bea's of Bloomsbury) and it's the second Butterscotch in London after the successful opening at White City. Expect all kinds of afternoon tea, a porridge bar and more sweet treats. …

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Via Emilia on Hoxton Square is all about the pasta

If you want the best egg pasta in Italy, so they say, you have to go to the Emilia Romagna region where it was created. But if you can’t *quite* justify getting on a plane yet then Hoxton Square’s new Italian Via Emilia looks like the next best thing, and in traditional Italian style, they’re keeping it ultra simple with eight pastas, one pudding and a wine list that’s short but sweet.…

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Evans and Blanc brings Champagne and sharers to House of Fraser

Been up to the third floor of House of Fraser recently? If you have, you might have noticed a new addition in the form of Evans & Blanc, an art deco-themed Champagne bar and restaurant kitted out with plenty of gins, fizz and cocktails, plus seasonal dining.

Here’s some of the food you can expect:

  • Chicken mac and cheese with smoked cheddar
  • E&B Reuben Sandwich with Russian sauce and skinn…

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Test Driving Nuala: a serious City Road restaurant that delights

Nuala on City Road has something of a dream team working there. We went to see what the results are like when a longheld plan finally comes together. …

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Street trader Popina are opening their first cafe and deli on Duke Street

Farmers' market stalwart Popina are moving into bricks and mortar with their first cafe and deli just south of Oxford Street…

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Rosa's Thai Cafe Soho goes veggie for three months

More good news for vegetarians as Rosa’s Thai Cafe Soho becomes the latest restaurant to swing to more plant-focused dining, temporarily moves to an all veggie menu until April.

The three-month pop-up, called Rosa's Thai Veggie, will feature a couple of brand new dishes that we're loving the sound of, like tofu satay, panang tofu, tom kha mushroom soup and laab mushrooms, a veggie riff on a tradi…

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International ramen chain Ippudo opens in Charing Cross

With more than 240 restaurants in 13 countries around the world, including Japan, slick ramen chain Ippudo is no stranger to new openings. Now they're opening the doors on their third London branch in Charing Cross, where they'll also be providing takeaway until the evening.…

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Award-winning pizzeria Santa Maria comes to Fitzrovia

Santa Maria Pizza have earned them plenty of accolades and awards since opening in Ealing in 2010, and later in Chelsea. Now they’re finally making the move to Central London, and boy are we ever excited……

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Jose Pizarro brings a warming paella menu to Bermondsey

We have to admit, at this time of the year, good comfort food really does make it easier to bear the cold weather. So the news from Jose Pizarro's, Pizarro in Bermondsey about the introduction of a paella menu is just the sort of thing we want to hear. 

There are three paella dishes on the menu, including the ones pictured above - "‘rabbit & chicken in escabeche" and "black rice, pr…

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Farang is going permanent in Highbury - we catch up with Sebby Holmes to find out more...

Ever since it opened early last year, the praise has flooded in for Seb Holmes's Farang in Highbury. With a background of Smoking Goat and The Begging Bowl, as well as a lot of street food under his belt Holmes brought some properly authentic Thai food to the area. 

However - there was always the worry that it wouldn't be a permanent venture. Farang was set up on the site of Highbury It…

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