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St John and Cub chefs join forces for Hot 4 U, delivering across London

One of the few positives of being forced into lockdown is that we're seeing a new streak of inventiveness in some of London's most talented chefs. That certainly seems the case with the launch of brand new delivery kitchen Hot 4 U.

It's been set up by Matthew Scott, head chef of Cub, and Eddy Tejada, previously at St John and Silo - and it's the first time the two have cooked together.…

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Nasi Economy Rice is reopening as a Malaysian deli

You've got to feel for the many London hospitality businesses who opened their doors in the weeks running up to lockdown. All that excitement, passion and energy followed by an abrupt closure and then, nothing. Mandy Yin's Nasi Economy Rice was one such place, opening for business just 10 days before Boris made the call to close all restaurants.

But, in the manner of a phoenix rising from th…

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Chefs at home - what London's chefs are cooking for themselves during lockdown

Looking for inspiration during lockdown? With chefs at home rather than in their restaurant kitchens, many of them are showing just what's possible to knock up in your own home. We've picked five of the best examples we've spotted on Instagram from the past week.  …

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Flor reopens in Borough, and they're bringing the brown butter cakes

We had a bit of a preview yesterday as Flor - the sister restaurant to Michelin-starred Lyles - started selling pastries through Dalston's Snackbar. But now Flor itself has joined the steady stream of re-opening restaurants. 

Flor will only be opening for takeaway to start with - starting with soft-serve ice cream, wine, bread and pastries as revealed on an Instagram post:

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Keeping track of London restaurant reopenings with deliveries, takeaway & more

We're keeping track of all the key London restaurants that are re-opening since the lockdown. Here's how they're responding, with new delivery and collection services. …

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Flor's amazing lardy buns are now being sold at Dalston's Snackbar

Well, this is a red-letter day for anyone who's been hankering after a Lardy Bun from Flor or the sourdough from Lyle's. We're still waiting to hear when they're returning from lockdown, but from today they'll be selling Flor pastries and the sourdough bread from Lyle's at Dalston's Snackbar.

Posting on their Instagram account, Snackbar founder Freddie said: "If you’ve ever had their bread and bu…

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Boris hints that restaurants and pubs may open sooner than July, and the 2m rule is being reviewed

The rules around the relaxing of the lockdown have been somewhat vague, as anyone who's been to Barnard Castle knows. Until yesterday, while restaurants were open for delivery, we knew that they wouldn't be opening up for diners until 4 July at the earliest. There was also no solid information about pub openings. Yesterday, that changed thanks to Boris Johnson's appearance at the Commons Lia…

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Test Driving the Lotus Grill - a space saving BBQ that's perfect for Londoners

If you've been wanting to have a barbecue but are - like a lot of city folk - short on space, then the Lotus Grill could be the perfect summer accessory.…

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Jancis Robinson wins big in the 2020 James Beard Awards

Over in America, the 2020 James Beard Award have been announced and there were several British names up for contention.

If you haven't heard of the awards, think of these as a stateside Oscars, if you like, of the food world. They started 30 years ago and since then have become a barometer of what's hot (and cool) in the culinary world, recognising chefs, restaurants and food writers alike.

This…

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Padella enter the DIY game with cook-at-home pasta kits

The good news is that Padella is going to be doing pasta deliveries from this weekend. The bad news is that, to begin with, you have to be in either Hackney or Islington to avail yourself of the service.

If you do happen to be in either of those boroughs then you can order up one of two pasta kits to cook up at home in less than five minutes. The options are their famous pappardelle beef shi…

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Kaké by Chisou is Chelsea's new luxury delivery option

With delivery and dining-in rather than out becoming the new normal, it's not at all surprising that some London restaurants are catering to the luxury end of the market.

Enter Kaké by Chisou - a new high-end option for the Chelsea set. As a spin-off from the sushi restaurant, it's a delivery-only option specialising in "super luxury donburi (rice bowls)...Think the best fatty tuna, wagyu beef an…

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Santa Maria's Brentford Pizzeria is in a car showroom

In today's "I'm sorry - what?" news we have intel on a brand new Santa Maria outlet - which has opened in a car showroom. Yes, they've set up their Brentford Pizzeria right in the heart of Duke of London which sells classic and luxury cars. Don't fancy a Jaguar E-Type? Can we interest you in a margherita instead?

At the moment, it's for delivery only, but there will be seating for up to 30 inside…

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Honest Burgers launches Honest Chicken, delivering from King's Cross

Last week, we heard the news that Honest Burgers have been reopening branches, and delivering burgers all over town. But that's not the only thing they've been getting ready for in lockdown - they've taken the opportunity to open a whole new operation - Honest Chicken. 

As you might have guessed - it's the chicken alternative to Honest, using Somerset chickens, sustainably raised and free-ra…

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The Goring gets ready to reopen with a new Secret Garden but no Nathan Outlaw

We've talked a lot about restaurants and bars being closed during lockdown, hotels - not so much. But an email received over the weekend reminded us that London's hotels have been busy behind the scenes, getting themselves ready for the time when they can receive guests again.

The Goring, just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, and a favourite dining spot of Her Majesty, has been using the…

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Bao's Rice Error and Cocktail Rescue Test Drive

The mighty BAO has entered the food delivery game, with a twist. We take the brand new Rice Error for a Test Drive.  …

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