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Preparing Heston's Blumenthal's Dinner - an exclusive interview with Ashley Palmer Watts

Hot Dinners gets a red-hot exclusive on what we can expect at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal from its Head Chef Ashley Palmer Watts

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Ledbury ousts The Fat Duck as UK's No 1 restaurantNotting Hill restaurant The Ledbury has ousted The Fat Duck from its spot as National Restaurant of the Year, according to Restaurant Magazine. In their 2010 awards, announced in London tonight, The Ledbury beat The Fat Duck and newcomer Bistro Bruno Loubet to the top spot.

The Ledbury jumped from last year's position at 31 to topple The Fat Duck from its position as No 1. Other newcomers were Bist…

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Anne Robinson chairs London Restaurant Festival Big QuizQuizmeister Anne Robinson cowed the unruly masses at the London Restaurant Festival's Big Quiz last night which was held at Le Cafe Anglais.

Changing tack from last year's festival quiz which pitted critics against chefs, this year the questions were opened out to festival-goers who were quizzed on everything from their starters to the companions of current restaurant critics.

Round after round ut…

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Angela Hartnett buys Murano from Gordon Ramsay

It's been the poorest-held secret in restaurant circles that Angela Hartnett wanted her freedom. Today she finally announced that she's buying her restaurant Murano from Gordon Ramsay Holdings and going it alone.

In a statement released today, Hartnett said; "After 17 amazing years working with Gordon and all the team at GRH, the time is right to stand on my own two feet and have my own restaurant…

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Restaurant review charts - week ending 10 October

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 Trullo, Tinello, 28-50, Roussillon, L'Art Du Fromage, Dishoom, Cafe Luc, Kentish Canteen, Eight over Eight and more...…

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Anthony Demetre on Arbutus, Wild Honey and the opening of Les Deux Salons

Chef Anthony Demetre is best known for the highly successful Soho and Mayfair restaurants he runs with partner Will Smith, Arbutus and Wild Honey.  On the eve of the opening of the duo's new restaurant, Les Deux Salons, Hot Dinners caught up with him to find out what makes his restaurants such hits.…

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Bompas & Parr's chewing gum factory for Whiteley's

They've often been likened to modern-day Willy Wonka's now foodie experience-creators Bompas & Parr are going to be opening an pop-up Chewing Gum Factory at Whiteleys Shopping Centre in Bayswater for a week. Visitors to Whiteley's will have a choice of more than 200 flavours they can combine to make 40,000 combinations. How about a Hendricks Gin and tonic flavour or a curry and beer yeast gum…

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A-list chef turnout for Michelin Editor's retirement partyThere was an astonishingly A-list chef turnout last night at Brown's Hotel at a party for the retiring Editor of the Michelin Guide, Derek Bulmer. Brown's, as Bulmer explained, was chosen as it was the hotel he'd been working in over 30 years ago when he read the job advert from Michelin which changed his life.

Hot Dinners saw Claude Bosi, Pierre Koffmann, Heston Blumenthal, Gary Rhodes, Tom Aiken…

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Visitors to this year's Frieze Art Fair in Regent's Park won't have a problem finding somewhere good to eat, when all that deciding which modern masterpiece will look best over the fireplace gives them an appetite. In addition to Mark Hix's pop-up Hix Oyster Bar & Restaurant which will run for the duration of the fair (7-10 October 2010), Sketch's Pierre Gagnaire will also be cooking for the f…

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Getting your 5-a-day with the Innocent pop-up cafe in Old Street

Hot Dinners popped down last night to the Tramshed in Old Street to the launch of London's latest pop-up - the Innocent 5 for 5 Cafe.

With food created by TV chef Gizzi Erskine, the pop up is a full-on healthy affair, with a meal there designed to complete your 5 a day requirements.  Gizzi told us; "The whole point of the Five for Five thing is that we're doing 2 courses for £5 and in your two cou…

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There was a frisson of excitement at last night's launch of the Savoy Truffle Club's London Restaurant Festival pop-up when chef Gavin Billenness's heavily pregnant wife (who'd greeted us all at the start of the evening) went into labour. She rushed off to hospital, closely followed by Gavin who, total trouper that he was, had stayed until the main course was served before making his way to his wi…

Read more: The Savoy Truffle Club London Restaurant Pop-up reviewed

Oxo Tower unveils plans for new riverfront bar opening in November

For a city with a whacking great river running through it, London is pretty poorly served with riverfront bars. So we're relatively excited to hear about the OXO Tower's plans to launch a new bar this November.

The current bar sits behind the restaurant and away from the river. This new bar will boast its own stunning views over London and St Paul’s. We particularly like the sound of the reservabl…

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It's been a good year for Spitalfields restaurant Galvin La Chapelle. In May it was chosen as Tatler's Best Restaurant. In June it won best overall designed restaurant at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards and Best New Restaurant from the Craft Guild of Chefs. Just two weeks ago it picked up Best Newcomer from the Zagat Guide. And just last night it won Best London Restaurant at the AA Hospita…

Read more: Galvin La Chapelle is AA Guide's Best London Restaurant

Critics to cook at London Restaurant Festival's Street KitchenAt Pearl Restaurant last night for an evening hosted by chef Jun Tanaka for Action Against Hunger, we discovered another date to put in your diary over the London Restaurant Festival.

We've already talked about (and tried) some of the food that Jun will be serving up at his Street Kitchen, now we hear that on Thursday 7 October 2010 there will be three special sous-chefs in the kitchen over the af…

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Five minutes with Polpetto chef Tom Oldroyd

Hot Dinners grabs five minutes with Polpetto chef Tom Oldroyd to find out why his Venetian small dishes are a big hit in Soho.…

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