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Food writer and broadcaster Charles Campion has died

2020 continue to be a kick-in-the-teeth year with the news that respected food writer and broadcaster Charles Campion has died.

The death of the writer, restaurant critic and MasterChef regular was announced on Christmas Eve by his friend and fellow broadcaster Dan Saladino who said he'd "never forget our adventures in the land of boudin noir and the programmes we made together. Farewell friend."…

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Cut The Mustard adds a second cafe in Tooting

Independent cafe Cut The Mustard has been a Tooting success story since 2014 and just before we all entered Tier 3, they managed to launch a second cafe. It's also in Tooting - this time a corner space on Franciscan Road. And the good news is they're doing takeaway.

Part bakery, part cafe, their sourdough is at the heart of the bakery - with porridge, wholewheat and rosemary and polenta options a…

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Ottolenghi opens a festive pop up wine shop in Belgravia

Been caught out by the last delivery dates before Christmas? With most of the big wine retailers now no longer able to deliver wine before the holidays, you'll have to be a little more cunning when it comes to getting in supplies.

So step forward Ottolenghi who today are launching the Ottolenghi Belgravia's Pop-Up Wine Shop. Taking over their deli on Motcomb Street it's the brainchild of Pierre M…

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Maru, a 20-course Omakase restaurant will be replacing the original Taka

This restaurant is taking over the space from the original Taka. It comes from the same people but will have a very different approach - all centred around a 20-course omakase-style tasting menu.  …

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Elliot's has opened a second restaurant, this time in Hackney

 

They've become a favourite in Borough since opening there (with a popular alfresco opening too) and now Elliot's has soft-launched a second venue in Hackney. 

It's very early days for this one, with the new Elliot's open as delivery and takeaway only, serving up their woodfired pizzas and with a menu that looks like this:

  • Garlic butter calzone
  • Ricotta gnocchi, pumpkin & nutmeg but…

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Bellefields restaurant to bring a taste of the Med to Brixton

It's all go at The Department Store in Brixton. The beautiful old space which already has a members club and is home to Canova Hall is now unveiling a new section of the Edwardian department store space, the Department Store Studios.

Coming from family company architects Squire & Partners whose offices are in the building, the latest part of the old store to get a makeover will house shared w…

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Rebublic comes to Chiswick, headed up by an ex-Kricket head chef

Republic is a brand new restaurant that fell under our radar until now - but was recently highlighted in a BBC news story

The restaurant comes from two Kricket alumni, chef Kuldeep Mattegunta and Mustaq Tappewale. The two have spent a decade in the restaurant industry and met at Kricket, where Mattegunta was head chef and Tappewale was GM. Kuldeep Mattegunta has some top level ex…

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Neal's Yard has opened a cheese pop-up in Islington (with a permanent shop to come)

As the focus on more neighbourhood openings continues, there's the arrival of a heavyweight in Islington as Neal's Yard has opened a pop-up shop in advance of a permanent shop in 2021.

The pop-up is open now and plans to remain open until the end of the year - as it really is the season of cheese at the moment. So if you're in Islington, you'll be able to pop down for a selection of their best ch…

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Michelin-starred Veeraswamy is the latest London restaurant to switch to delivery

As we highlighted in the first part of the 2020 Hot Dinners Awards, restaurants pivoting to delivery has been a big thing in the past year. Now, with the advent of Tier 3 we have yet another new entry to the scene.

Welcome, then to Veeraswamy - the UK's oldest surviving Indian restaurant - which has just started offering delivery for the first time. The Michelin-starred restaurant has put togethe…

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Simon Rogan's Roganic closes in London - possible relocation on the cards

News reaches us of another prominent restaurant closure (via The Caterer). This time it's Simon Rogan's Roganic - which make it the second time this restaurant has closed in London. Roganic first opened in 2011 as a long-term pop-up, after which Simon Rogan launched Fera in Claridge's (in 2014). 

The next incarnation of Roganic opened in early 2018 in Marylebone, with Grace Dent saying at th…

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Keeping track of the restaurants that are closing in London

Here at Hot Dinners we mainly focus on the hottest restaurants in town, as well as new openings. But the London restaurant scene is ever-changing and that means some restaurants fall to the wayside. With that in mind, we're keeping track of the notable restaurants that London has lost over the past year.…

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London is heading into Tier 3 from Wednesday - restaurants must close again

As has been threatened for a number of days now, London is confirmed as being raised to Tier 3 restrictions from midnight on Wednesday morning on 16 December.

Put simply, it means that all restaurants, bars and pubs have to shut - and are back to only deliveries and takeaways. Essentially it's the same as Lockdown 2.0.

Obviously, this is a terrible blow for the hospitality industry in London, par…

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The Good Plot deli and restaurant on Westbourne Grove is Mandy Lieu's Notting Hill ethical project

Model Mandy Lieu is behind the transformation of this Westbourne Grove spot into an all-day restaurant and deli aiming to connect Londoners with where their food comes from.…

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Two new Greggs have arrived at St Pancras

Isn't that the way? You wait ages for a Greggs and then two come along at once...

Yes, if you've been hankering for a Steak Bake around King's Cross or St Pancras of late - there are two new Greggs in the station! The first opened on Saturday in the lower ground The Circle in St Pancras, while the second opens today on the first-floor concourse. 

They'll have all the Greggs delights you want…

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Hiden Curry lab is the latest addition to King's Cross' Coal Drops Yard

New to Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross (and takeaway only) is Hiden Curry Lab, a very dayglo yellow shop selling Japanese curry. It's taken over the space that used to be Bodega Rita's and is apparently an homage to Japan's many 'hole-in-the-wall' speciality restaurants.

The menu is the simplest possible. There are two forms of Japanese curry and rice (and pickles), either beef or vegan, created…

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