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Chefs at home - London's chefs are cooking for themselves during lockdown (24 April)

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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Rye by the Water returns to Brentford - and Darby's is delivering

Another much-appreciated local bakery-cafe has reopened for business. This time it's the turn of Rye by the Water in Brentford, which is backed by The Dairy's Robin Gill and Dan Joines. Back in the bakery is head baker Janine Edwards and she's currently baking croissants, pain au chocolates, olive and gruyere bread twists and - of course - sourdough bread.

Like many other bakeries and cafes, they…

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Burger & Lobster returns for delivery

Next up on the comeback trail following lockdown is Burger and Lobster. They closed down originally just over a month ago, but now they've reopened their flagship Mayfair store (we're yet to hear if any more are due to open). 

Obviously it's for delivery only, and while there's a limited menu on offer, Burger & Lobster has always had a limited menu. Right now it's their original burger (…

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A free make-your-own Magnum kit is here

London may not be seeing the return of the Magnum Pleasure Store this year - for fairly obvious reasons - but that isn't stopping them. If you can't come to the Pleasure Store - it's coming to you. 

Magnum are teaming up with Deliveroo for a new Make My Magnum kit. Which is essentially a kit for pimping your Magnum. 

The kit contains a pack of Ruby Magnums (which we've become rather add…

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Patron are launching their Maison Patron delivery service

Poor old Patron barely got a chance to open its second restaurant in Highbury before the shutters came down for lockdown. So we're pleased they've managed to sort out a new home delivery service at both their original Kentish Town restaurant and the new Highbury location.

The Maison Patron menu does sound just the ticket for when you want to pretend your North London flat is actually a bijoux apa…

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Wild Tavern is back, with USDA steak and lobster pasta to take home

 

One of the Test Drives we did in the run-up to The Lockdown, was the rather wonderful Wild Tavern in Chelsea, from the same people behind Goodman and Burger & Lobster. Like many other restaurants, they've been closed since lockdown began but now they've emerged once more, kicking off a takeaway service for local Chelsea residents. 

Their new takeaway menu is mainly about allowing y…

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Nando's is getting Aitch and Jesse Lingard to do Insta cookalongs

You've got to hand it to Nando's - they're exceptionally good at making the most of their huge fanbase. And while they're closed due to the Lockdown, they've enlisted some A-list support for their food.

From this week they'll be getting singers, rappers and sports stars to cook their favourite Nando's dishes on the restaurant chain's Instagram feed. Singer JGrrey starts the six part series this T…

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Paul bakery is back - with 10 shops opening for takeaway and delivery across London

Next up on the comeback trail is Paul, the French bakery with sites all across London. As of now, seven of their bakeries are open again in: Canary Wharf, Hampstead, Holland Park, South Kensington, Hammersmith, Marble Arch and Wimbledon, Three more join them on Monday - Chelsea, Earls Court and Islington.

The bakeries are open for both takeaway and delivery serv…

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Lina Stores, the 75-year-old Italian Soho stalwart, launches its online deli

They were open in Soho for over 75 years before the lockdown hit, but that isn't keeping Lina Stores down. If you've been missing one of London's top Italian delis, the news that they've re-opened as an online-only shop should certainly help.  

And it's a very fully-stocked online shop too, kicking off with something they've become best-known for - their pasta. They have fresh pasta ava…

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London's Chinatown keeps its spirits up by getting chefs and restaurants to share recipes

London's Chinatown has certainly been one of the city's hardest-hit areas by Covid-19, having seen its business decimated weeks before the official lockdown started.

So it's good to hear about a new campaign to keep at least the spirit of the place alive, until we can visit again. #BringingChinatownHome is all about allowing Londoners to explore, take inspiration and enjoy Chinatown without leavi…

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Arabica's new Mezze To Your Door service includes DIY falafel and more

We've made no bones about how much we enjoy the food at Arabica. So much so that if we're not popping into their King's Cross restaurant, we're grabbing stuff to go at their deli in Selfridges (obviously all of this pre-lockdown).

So we're quietly thankful that they've joined the growing ranks of restaurants offering a delivery service. Once a week they'll be sending out everything from falafel k…

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Klose & Soan from Winemakers Deptford kick off food delivery

One thing we've noticed since the lockdown began is that dining at home is becoming more and more interesting as restaurants devise new dishes and ways to deliver them into the hands of punters. If you've been feeling left out of this in South East London, then you'll be pleased to know that the latest to make this move are Klose and Soan, in charge of the food at Winemakers in Deptford (and…

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Ceres in Stoke Newington re-launches online with a new Southern European menu

Originally set up as a supperclub by owner Camille Tardieu, with southern European food inspired by her Sicilian and Provencal grandmothers, Ceres has been a popular Stoke Newington restaurant ever since its opening in late 2018. But if you've been missing them since they closed at the beginning of the lockdown - then you'll be very pleased to hear that they're on the way back. 

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On the Pass by Warren's sees the Cornish butcher selling London restaurant meat to the public

The closure of London's restaurants has had a huge impact, not least on the top quality food producers supplying the industry. But now one butcher in Cornwall has come up with a genius idea for boosting business.

Philip Warren, down in Launceston, has been a byword in butchery excellence for many years. More recently it and the farms it works with, have built up a strong business supplying top Lo…

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Old Chang Kee are now delivering their curry puffs across London

Old Chang Kee's Singaporean curry puffs have a lot of fans (pre-lockdown, they sold 1.5 million of them worldwide every month), and have been very popular here thanks to their restaurants in Covent Garden and Fitzrovia. But if you've been missing those curry puffs, then you'll be very pleased to hear that they're now being delivered all across London. 

The puffs are frozen (hence the cross-L…

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