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SO|LA is taking over from Rambla as Victor Garvey goes Californian

Rambla is no more - SO|LA is rising from its ashes. Victor Garvey has decided to close his Soho restaurant and replace it with a brand new place focusing on West Coast USA cuisine. 

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Other Side Fried come to Brixton for their first permanent restaurant

They started serving up fried chicken in Brixton five years ago and now Other Side Fried are back with a permanent restaurant under the arches. …

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Test Driving Arabica King's Cross - a place to return to again and again

This Levantine-inspired all day space in King's Cross has a modern Middle Eastern menu you'll want to work your way through.…

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IT Ibiza comes to London, taking over a Mayfair gallery space

Dinner, aperitivo, art and Balearic DJs arrive on the ever-changing Mayfair restaurant scene from Ibiza.…

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The very Christmassy Miracle is popping up again at the Henrietta Hotel

 

Ready or not, we're starting to gear up for Christmas (and once 5 November is passed, be prepared for a deluge of Christmas fare). One very popular event that's back is also one of the kitschiest - the Miracle pop-up bar is coming back to the Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden.

They're popular across the States, but once again, The Henrietta is hosting the only UK pop-up. So you can expect a…

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Islington gets dinner and a movie with Odeon Luxe & Dine

We've slowly been hearing what's planned for N1's Islington Square (taking over the old post office site off Upper Street) and now we've confirmation of at least one restaurant - but it's not a standalone one. 

Odeon Luxe & Dine is Odeon's latest attempt to bring dining and a movie together. So if the very idea of people eating away while you try to enjoy the latest superhero movie drive…

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Italian and Japanese deli Vallebona pops up in Coal Drops Yard

Interesting foodie news for anyone near King's Cross. Wonderful foodie store Vallebona has just opened a pop-up shop down at Coal Drops Yard.

Run by Stefano Vallebona and his wife Naoko, the company - which began life as a stall in Borough Market back in the 90s - has for a while been a major foodie destination down in Wimbledon. It supplies all manner of amazing Italian and Japanese produce, and…

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Market Hall West End is London's biggest food court yet

The march of the food court continues with the latest Market Hall coming to Oxford Street. A huge site, this features 11 food traders, 4 bars and a roof terrace too. …

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The Oystermen, Master Wei and Jamie Oliver all win in the OFM awards 2019

 

Always one of the better food awards that happen at the tail end of the year, tonight was the turn of the Observer Food Monthly awards. 

As ever, they're awards which try to spread the love around the whole country, with Bank Tavern in Bristol the best place for a Sunday Lunch, 288 Bar and Wok being a great restaurant for cheap eats and Danny Wallace, working for Gary Usher's Kala…

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Top chefs head up the Mayfair Literary Festival

The upcoming Mayfair Literary Festival has a couple of events that London's foodies might want to get on their radar.

28 October

The Fumoir at Claridge’s is the setting for a talk called “Tales from Couture” from legendary fashion illustrator and Claridge’s artist in residence David Downton.

1 November

Tales from the kitchen sees chef and food writer Ravinder Bhogal heading a panel of some of the…

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Mark Jarvis and Xavier Rousset take over Gunmakers in Marylebone

He may have left the sadly departed Neo Bistro and Stem behind (with Anglo still going strong), but Mark Jarvis has already started on his next venture. He's joined forces with Xavier Rousset (Blandford Comptoir and Cabotte) to re-open Gunmakers in Marylebone, a pub that's been around for 300 years at this point. 

The plan is to open a 40 cover restaurant below the pub and add six bedrooms u…

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Test Driving Decimo - classy high-rise dining in King's Cross

He already has a Michelin star in Bristol and now Peter Sanchez-Iglesias has arrived in London, with the flagship restaurant Decimo at the top of The Standard hotel in King's Cross. We went down to check it out. …

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Padella and Patty&Bun team up for a cacio e pepe pasta burger

Every now and again there's a collaboration between restaurants that makes you stop in your tracks. Last week it was the bacon naan pizza from Dishoom and Pizza Pilgrims - and this week it's the turn of Patty&Bun and Padella.

They're teaming up for the mighty burger that you see above. It's an aged beef patty, topped with Pici Cacio e Pepe (that's Padella’s famous pasta dish ma…

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Cahoots gets a new Ticket Hall and Control Room - all still set in the 1940s

They already have a hidden 1940s immersive cocktail bar in a tube carriage - now Cahoots is about to grow. They're opening up two new spaces in Soho, keeping the 1940s theme - with a ground floor cafe and a hidden cocktail bar below. …

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Four Legs at the Compton Arms launch their Sunday roast menu

They've already secured a place in the London burger hall of fame, so it'll be interesting to see what Four Legs - the residency at Islington's Compton Arms - do with Sunday Roasts.

Kicking off this weekend, the mains will be:

  • Roast beef with potatoes and Yorkshire pudding
  • Whole/half roast chicken with fries and aioli (for 2-4)
  • Whole John Dory with brown butter and capers (for 2)

That whole roa…

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