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Mark Hix's restaurants go into administration

We all know how tough it is in the restaurant business right now, so we're sad to be reporting the demise of Mark Hix's restaurant empire.

The news was broken by The Telegraph over the weekend, which revealed that all of Hix's London restaurants would be closing, along with businesses of his outside the capital. That'll affect three London sites in total - Tramshed in Shoreditch, Hixter Bankside…

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The Feelgood Food Feed - cheery news during the coronovirus crisis

If you're looking for news stories to take your mind off the awfulness of the current coronovirus crisis, you've come to the right place. Here's what the food world are doing to make things just a little bit better.…

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Monty's Deli are running a salt beef bagel delivery service

 

We'll be honest, we completely missed this news when it was first announced - but if we didn't know, there's a good chance you didn't either. So think of this as a public service announcement.

Many restaurants are looking at various inventive ways of surviving during the current crisis, and we rather like the route that Monty's Deli has chosen.

Arguably they're best known for their salt bee…

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Luke Selby and his brothers are taking over at Evelyn's Table

Here's a story to go in the 'things we're looking forward to when the lockdown is lifted' pile. Over on the edges of Chinatown, Evelyn's Table is gearing up for a changeover of chefs that sounds very promising indeed.

The diminutive restaurant, tucked away in the basement of The Blue Posts won a slew of awards when it first opened two years ago (and we were among its fans). But now they've b…

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Get beer from your favourite London restaurants at home, including Bao, Salon and more

The latest lockdown version of "let the restaurant come to you" comes from delivery beer company Biercraft. They've teamed up with a pretty impressive list of restaurants, creating cases featuring the very beer that they used to serve in the restaurants they supplied pre lockdown. 

First up is the BAO collection - that features two of Biercraft's BAO Beer Oolong Lagers, as well as beer…

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Chefs at home - what London's chefs are cooking for themselves in self-isolation

Looking for inspiration? With chefs self-isolating at home, many of them are showing just what's possible in your own kitchen. We've picked five of the best from the past week.  …

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Rice Error, the new rice box delivery service from Bao, is incoming

If there's one new delivery venture in London that everyone has their eye on, it's Rice Error from the people behind Bao.

Up until now, things have been a little hush-hush on exactly what they have planned, but the recent launch of their website has revealed a fair few new things. First off, here's what they say about the overall service:

A delivery service brought to you by BAO. Specialising in…

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The Oystermen have launched a shop that delivers across London

We've already seen that many restaurants are becoming shops during the current lockdown, and the latest to join them is The Oystermen. They may be based right in the heart of London in Covent Garden - but they're delivering across the capital too. 

And it's quite the offering. There's a large range of fish, meat veg and quite the impressive deli and grocery range which includes everything fr…

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Holborn Dining Room's Calum Franklin is bringing out a pie book

File this under "now that's something good to look forward to".

We (and many, many others) have often waxed lyrical about Calum Franklin and his preternaturally gifted skills at pie-making. But how - how? - could we ever hope to get to that level of pie crafting? It looks like the answer is on the way because he's about to release a book that's all about pie craft. 

Called The Pie Room (afte…

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Jack Monroe and Matt Tebbutt join forces for Daily Kitchen show on the BBC

Twitter burst into spontaneous virtual applause today with the news that the BBC has commissioned Jack Monroe for its newest cookery programme. Following weeks in which Jack's legions of fans urged The Beeb to bring the author, famous for her budget-conscious recipes, to the screen it seems the corporation has finally taken note.

After a bit of a hiccup yesterday, when Jack herself broke the stor…

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The Clarence in Stoke Newington kicks off a delivery service with pies, dauphinoise & more...

Just pre-lockdown, we wrote about new pub The Clarence, which saw a Stoke Newington institution taken over by the people behind the much-loved Anchor and Hope. Alas, then came the lockdown and they managed only five days trading before being forced to shut. Strange times indeed. But if you didn't manage to make it around there and live locally, you now have a new chance to try their food as they…

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Test Driving Le Marche des Chefs hampers - Hot Dinners At Home

With every restaurant in London shut (except for those doing deliveries), their suppliers are looking for new customers. The good news is that London's foodies are the beneficiaries.…

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Claridge's hotel reopens to put up NHS workers during the Covid-19 crisis

It's sad to witness any businesses closing their doors during the London lockdown. But seeing landmark hotels, which had remained open throughout both world wars, battening the hatches seemed somehow worse.

So we were thoroughly cheered to see the story in today's Standard about the reopening of Claridge's hotel to NHS workers. The folks at the Maybourne Hotel Group told Hot Dinners they'd "asked…

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The Quality Chop House Shop is back in action

Have you been going low on pork pies and confit potatoes? Well, if you're local to Clerkenwell, the painful wait is over. The Quality Chop House shop closed just as the current lockdown began, as many restaurants were unsure of their next moves. But as of today, they're back in action.

There's a slightly new look - things have been moved around to facilitate social distancing - but they're promis…

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There will be no World's 50 Best Restaurants awards this year

As there are no actual restaurants open in many places across the world right now, the people behind the World's 50 Best Restaurants have made the fairly sensible decision to delay their next awards until 2021. After all, even if there are a few restaurants open somewhere, nobody can actually travel to get to them. 

So, the main list is going to be furloughed for a year, assuming that's what…

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