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Allan Pickett brings traditional British food to Swan at Shakespeare’s Globes

Allan Pickett is busy yet again. While his first solo venture Piquet, was warmly reviewed it is, alas, no more. But now he’s just been announced as the new executive chef at Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe.

He’ll be bringing with him his specialism in French food, having trained under the likes of the Galvin and Roux brothers, as well as an uncanny knack for hunting down the best British ingredients an…

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Historical El Vino opens modern new wine bar in London Wall

What: El Vino Mason’s Avenue

In a nutshell: Historical wine bar and shop with a Spanish, Portuguese and South American slant, serving tapas and larger plates

Summing it all up: It's been around since the dawn of time, but now historic London wine bar company is changing gears to open a much more modern bar in the City at London Wall…

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Chick n Sours launches the huge Macho Nacho burger

Now THAT's a burger. News has just reached us of this very special burger going on the menu at Chick n Sours for the whole of March. It's the Macho Nacho Burger and is "fried thigh, Chengdu chicken, kimchee cheese, Vietnamese pickles". Plus, profits from the £12 burger will go to the Cook for Syria fund. So you might want to start planning when you're popping down for one now.

The Macho Nacho Bur…

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Duck and Waffle Local is coming to St James's Market

What: Duck and Waffle Local

In a nutshell: Duck and Waffle is reborn at ground level. 

Summing it all up: There's a new Duck and Waffle coming to town with all the favourite dishes from the original but at ground level in St James's Market. And expect things to be very speedy this time around.…

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Lucky Chip and Breddos team up for The Wall burger

Two of London's best are getting together for this mighty burger - on sale for March only.

An American/Mexican hybrid called The Wall (you can guess what that's based on), it's an aged beef patty, brisket birria, American cheese, burnt morita chile, sesame seed salsa, jalapeño, lemon, onion. All that plus for each burger sold they'll be donating £1 to Save the Children charity for their U.S borde…

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Number 177 Bar & Kitchen brings a slice of Berlin to Hoxton

What: Number 177 Bar & Kitchen

In a nutshell: Hoxton meets Berlin in this venue for food, drink, art and music

Summing it all up: With an emphasis on animal-free and gluten-free dining, plus a few burger and craft beers on tap, graffiti and a gallery, Number 90 Bar & Kitchen does a good job of transplanting a slice of of ultra-hip Berlin culture onto Hoxton Street, craft beers and all.…

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Florentine hits the South Bank with ostrich eggs and superfood cocktails

What: Florentine

In a nutshell: All day dining, soundtracked by live music and DJs on the South Bank

Summing it all up: Ostrich eggs, flatbreads, slow-cooked Sunday roasts and more artisan produce than you can shake a stick at is the order of the day at this new restaurant near Lambeth North tube.…

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Caribbean-inspired Soul Food Sisters​ is Clapham’s King & Co's new pop-up​

What: Soul Food Sisters 

In a nutshell: Caribbean meets European in Clapham’s King & Co’s newest residency

Summing it all up: Jerk roast chicken, scotch bonnet menemen and rum jerk halloumi gives you an idea of the kind of Caribbean-meets-Europe fusion pub grub that sisters Elly and Becca Perry will be dishing up - along with plenty of bottomless, boozy brunches.…

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Here's how to eat at the First Dates restaurant

If you (as Hot Dinners most definitely are) a fan of TV show First Dates and have ever wondered what it might be like to be on the show, then we can reveal a relatively pain-free way of finding out. The show's producers are looking for couples to eat background daters - and are willing to fun part of the cost of your dinner.

The filming takes place at the Paternoster Chop House by St Paul's and i…

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Test Driving Aster - Victoria goes Scandinavian

One of the latest restaurants to open in the huge Nova development, Aster, sees D & D going all Scandinavian. We take a look.…

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Hot Pot comes to Chinatown with lobster hot pots and more

What: Hot Pot

In a nutshell: Asian Hot Pot cooking in Soho

Summing it all up: Pick your favourite ingredients, add a broth and start cooking your food in front of you. That's what's coming to Soho with Hot Pot.…

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Chai Thali delivers Indian street food and cocktails to Camden

What: Chai Thali

In a nutshell: All day Indian street food in Camden

Summing it all up: With 150 covers, this sizeable new restaurant and bar will be dishing out street food from the subcontinent, plus frozen kulfi and carrot halwa, turmeric lattes and an array of cocktails with an Indian twist.…

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Din Tai Fung is coming to London, bringing their xiaolongbao with them

What: Din Tai Fung London

In a nutshell: Taiwanese steamed bun powerhouse comes to London

Summing it all up: The hugely popular Taiwanese dumplig restaurant is coming to London with steamed soup dumplings and lots more...…

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Chicago Rib Shack serve up at Soul Store West in Kilburn

What: Soul Store West

In a nutshell: Ribs and music in North London hotel

Summing it all up: There's a hotel, diner and cocktail bar coming to Kilburn and Chicago Rib Shack are supplying the food side of things…

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Heston's Hinds Head in Bray is getting a big revamp

The Fat Duck isn't the only Heston hosted hostelry in Bray, there's also the very highly rated (and considerably more affordable/ easy to get into) The Hinds Head. And now we hear that changes are coming to the restaurant. 

First of all, expect new menus - focusing on a choice of 3, 4 and 6 courses. Alas, they're keeping details of those quiet, but we'll share info about them as soon as we can. W…

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