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Four London restaurants are celebrating today as they join the ranks of those establishments awarded three rosettes by the AA. They are 1901, Launceston Place, Aubergine and Seven Park Place by William Drabble.

AA Hotel Services’ group area manager, Giovanna Grossi said, 'I am delighted to welcome more restaurants into the higher Rosette awards.’

Of Launceston Place the inspectors said; ‘Chef Tris…

Read more: Four London restaurants given 3 AA rosettes

Today's Evening Standard is reporting that the re-opening of celeb hangout Eight over Eight is being delayed by wrangling over the insurance payout. The King's Road restaurant has been shut since October following a fire. Owner Ricker tells the Standard he runs 'a small chain of neighbourhood restaurants and this amount means a great deal to us. I sincerely hope that this matter can be resolved.'…

Read more: Eight over Eight reopening delayed over insurance wrangles

Lucky old astronauts. Not only do they enjoy a rather fine view of the planet from their orbit, but they’ve just taken delivery of a series of dishes from a German three-Michelin-starred chef. According to the Telegraph, Harald Folhfahrt (no, we didn’t make his name up) has come up with dishes including braised veal cheeks with wild mushrooms, white bean purees, Swabian potato soup and plum compot…

Read more: Pig cheeks in space - astronauts get Michelin food

Borough Market's Wright Bros look for a Soho spot

A Hot Dinners exclusive.

The growth of West Soho as a serious restaurant destination continues apace with news of another potentially exciting restaurant opening. Hot Dinners has just learned that Borough Market resident Wright Bros Oyster and Porter House has plans to expand to the West End. We spoke with their general manager Jeremy this afternoon who confirmed that Wright Bros are in negotiatio…

Read more: Borough Market's Wright Bros look for a Soho spot

Here at Hot Dinners we’ve always maintained that one positive thing about snowy, icy weather is that it’s the perfect time to secure a table at normally hard-to-get-into restaurants. That said, we were a little thrown off by Russell Norman, owner of Polpo, who tweeted last night that he was ‘rammed...thought everyone would go home. They came here instead.’

So if Polpo is turning them away, which o…

Read more: Five hot London restaurants you can get a table at when it snows

2009 may have been a bit of a bad year for Heston Blumenthal, what with the Fat Duck being shut for passing on the norovirus to its customers. But 2010 is already looking up for him as he’s has just been voted Chef of the Decade in a poll of Sainsbury magazine readers – with Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc scoring second and third place respectively. Another winner in the poll was MasterChef which…

Read more: Heston Blumenthal voted chef of the decade

Exclusive: Highbury's hot new supper club

Pop-ups may be passé, but there’s still life in the supper club concept.

News reaches Hot Dinners of a hot new supper club, The Sitting Room, opening in the shadow of the Emirates Stadium in Highbury at the end of this month. Heading up the kitchen is Elisa Beynon, who last year had her first cookery book published, The Vicar’s Wife Cookbook. Beynon was the winner of the Waitrose Food Illustrated…

Read more: Exclusive: Highbury's hot new supper club

The Good Food Guide this week came up with their list of 10 chefs they think will dominate the restaurant scene over the next decade. Four London-based chefs make the grade - Marcus Wareing, Jason Atherton, Angela Hartnett and Shane Osborn. Guide editor Elizabeth Carter said of her chosen few: ‘We were looking at our top 50 list and just wondering who could rise to the top in the next few years.’

N…

Read more: Six London chefs we think are worth watching in 2010

Move over pudding face! Gregg Wallace and John Torode clearly don't have enough pulling power across the pond because the producers of the US version of British show Masterchef have turned to Gordon Ramsay to head up the American search for culinary talent.

Hopefuls, who consider themselves something of a whizz in the kitchen, are being told to turn up at 12 casting sessions across the States over…

Read more: Gordon Ramsay heads up US search for Masterchef

Clearly some people have never heard of the famous BBC April Fool's Day stunt involving spaghetti harvesting.

According to Eat Food magazine, the manager of a Italian restaurant in London came up with a wheeze to make his own spaghetti-strewn Christmas tree as a fun decoration. But Simone Falcon, manager of Rossopomodoro in Covent Garden was astonished to find members of the public making offers t…

Read more: London restaurant's Spaghetti Christmas Tree

Guy Ritchie may not be flavour of the month with his London neighbours complaining about late night revelrie at his boozer The Punchbowl, but being a landlord clearly agrees with him. According to reports in the Evening Standard today, he's intent on bringing his own brand of mockney drinking joint to America with plans for openings in Manhattan and Los Angeles. Ritchie's business partner Nick Hou…

Read more: Guy Ritchie brings his boozer to The Big Apple

Fork magazine tips Corrigan and Hix in 2009 Awards

Christmas has come early for Mark Hix and Richard Corrigan as they scooped two of Fork Magazine’s awards for 2009 today. Hix’s Brewer Street restaurant picked up the gong for Best Restaurant, while Richard Corrigan won Best Chef. Another London restaurant, Polpo, picked up an award for the city’s Best New Opening.

It’s not such good news for The Connaught’s Helene Darroze whose restaurant came und…

Read more: Fork magazine tips Corrigan and Hix in 2009 Awards

Bad weather dampens London's restaurant business

So it’s official - not only does the crap weather ruin your day (or your winter if you’re unfortunate to live in the Lake District) but it’s also responsible for a downturn in restaurant takings. According to a story today on Big Hospitality, the unseasonably soggy weather in November saw key restaurant chains experience their first dip in takings for seven months. On the plus side, bookings for p…

Read more: Bad weather dampens London's restaurant business

Boxwood Cafe and St Alban close their doors

For many top London restaurateurs, it's now a case of 'recession, what recession?' as tables at the best restaurants on a Friday night at 8pm prove incredibly elusive to all but the best organised/connected. But for two London restaurants this week, the cumulative effect of the past 12 months proved too tough to survive.

Gordon Ramsay announced in his interview with Bloomberg that he was closing d…

Read more: Boxwood Cafe and St Alban close their doors

Gordon Ramsay's woes continue this week with the breaking news that his chief financial officer, Nick Fletcher had quietly resigned more than three months ago. The Sunday Express is reporting today that Fletcher, who was brought into Gordon Ramsay Holdings in May 2008 to help shore up the ailing business, resigned his directorship back in September 2009.

Earlier this week, Ramsay's chief executive…

Read more: Ramsay's financial officer resigns from Ramsay Group

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