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Vintage Britain food and drink celebration comes to the South Bank

From the 29th – 31st of July 2011 the Southbank Centre will play host to a celebration of vintage Britain - bringing a taste of British food, fashion, music, art and dance from eight decades spanning the 1920’s right up the 1980’s.

Food and drink feature heavily, which is reassuring to know as the notion of tea-dancing, discoing and acid-house raving your way through eight decades certainly works…

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Heston Blumenthal's new Xmas hidden clementine Christmas pudding

Last July we ran a story about Heston's Christmas pudding, and how it was destined to be the hit of Christmas.  "too early!" you cried, and while yes, it is a little hard to visualise Christmas in summer, Heston's Christmas pudding with the whole candied orange inside became a massive Christmas hit - the foodie equivalent of the sold-out toy that every child wanted.

It's July again, so it mus…

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Caterer Search, the restaurant industry's top trade website, unveiled its 2011 awards at a chef-studded event, The Cateys, held at Grosvenor House Hotel last night. It's a big deal for chefs and restaurateurs alike, as they're being judged by their peers.

Key restaurant award winners were:

  • Restaurateur of the Year - Independent:
    Philip Howard, chef-patron of the Square and co-owner of Kitchen W8…

Read more: Ledbury, Square and Garrison top Cateys Awards for 2011

Test driving the Mall Tavern in Notting Hill

Why's The Mall Tavern of interest?

The Mall Tavern has quietly grown in reputation as a neighbourhood joint worth travelling to. Chef Jesse Dunford Wood has trained up under some top names including Sydney's Mark Best, Michel Roux Jnr and Rowley Leigh. This year he was named Rising Star in the Tatler Restaurant Awards and when he invited Hot Dinners to come and take a look at what he was up to, we…

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Perth eco-restaurant Greenhouse to open in King's Cross

It's going to be a bit confusing, what with the existing Greenhouse restaurant in Mayfair, but eco-restaurateur Joost Bakker is determined to open a branch of his popular Australian restaurant Greenhouse in London this year.

The aim of the original Perth-based restaurant (they also ran a pop-up restaurant in Sydney this year) is to create no waste at all. So expect vegetables grown on the roof and…

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Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole is teaming up with music mogul Jay-Z to open a sports bar and restaurant in central London.

Part of the rapper's 40/40 chain, the London venue will work along similar lines to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen foundation, aiming to give jobs to young people who have been unemployed for a long period.

Talking to The Sun, Cole said; 'I'm delighted to be working with Jay-Z. I have…

Read more: Ashley Cole and Jay-Z to open London restaurant The 40/40 Club together

New this week - Bistro du Vin, Devonshire Arms, the Gallery and more...

Here's Hot Dinners' latest guide to the week ahead. This week, a whole host of new openings hit the city, including an expansion of Bistro du Vin in Soho, Devonshire Arms from the people behind Islington's Drapers Arms and loads more…

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Restaurant review charts - week ending 3 July

Our latest bi-weekly round up the new restaurant reviews where we look at just how it affects restaurants' overall score - with new reviews for Jose, da Polpo, The Gilbert Scott, Opera Tavern, Red Dog Saloon, Quince, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, the Corner Room, Casa Batavia, Hawksmoor, Massimo, Keu and more...…

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Trying out Street Kitchen in the City

Street Kitchen, the travelling gourmet Airstream van dishing up lunch for Londoners has a new pop-up home nestled in the heart of the City, and Hot Dinners was invited along to check it out.

A breath of fresh air for workers tired of Pret A Manger salads, Street Kitchen first caught everyone’s eye at the London Restaurant Festival. Since then, it’s been quietly popping up all over the capital with…

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50% off food at the Devonshire Arms

Nick Gibson, owner of Islington gastropub the Draper's Arms, has a loyal North London following and is looking to replicate his gastropub success over in Chiswick. As part of the opening, there's 50% off food in the preview period July 4-11. To book, call 020 8742 2302. The pub can be found at 126 Dev…

Read more: Weekly deals - Devonshire Arms soft launch & North Bank dinner deal

Cloudy Bay Shack returns to Parsons Green with Skye Gyngell as chef

Denizens of west London have been blessed for a number of summers now with the annual arrival of the Cloudy Bay Shack. Imagine if you will, your local park being taken over for the weekend by a great winery. Then, if that wasn't joy enough, there's food courtesy of a newly Michelin-starred chef to boot.

If you're in, or around, or even the other side of town from Parsons Green, it's worth heading…

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If you're in town this weekend for the Gay Pride parade on Saturday 2 July, pop along to Archer Street in Soho where they'll be hosting a party for Pride revellers.

The street has just had permission to close for the day for a proper street party. Jacob Kenedy's restaurant Bocca di Lupo will be serving up snacks including hot sausage sandwiches, while anyone who wants to cool things down a little…

Read more: Bocca di Lupo and Gelupo host Gay Pride party on Archer Street

Test driving Roganic's epic ten course menu

What is Roganic?

Simon Rogan is best known for his Cumbrian restaurant L'enclume, a Michelin-starred restaurant which has carved out a serious reputation for serving challenging food from locally sourced ingredients. It's a restaurant praised highly by foodies and one which most recently made an appearance on Coogan and Brydon's The Trip.

Roganic is Rogan’s new London restaurant, run by head chef…

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If you're inspired by Marina O'Loughlin's review of street food in the Metro, you might want to put Wednesday 6th July and Sunday 10th July in your diary.

For one night only, Richard Turner, Head Chef and Will Beckett, co-owner of Hawksmoor will be taking over Pitt Cue Co for the evening, between 6 and 10pm. That night, you'll be able to work your way through the BBQ truck's usual menu, as well as…

Read more: Hawksmoor night at Pitt Cue Co on the South Bank

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