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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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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

Updated 13/1/19 with menu

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…

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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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Claude Bosi brings his own burger to the Bibendum Oyster Bar

 

He already has two Michelin stars to his name at his eponymous restaurant and now Claude Bosi is getting into the burger business. If you were watching Snackmasters on Channel 4 last night, you might have seen him recreating a Burger King Whopper in his own style - and now he's brought that to his Oyster Bar, downstairs at Bibendum. 

The Bosi Burger is an eight-ounce beef patty, topped…

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Gordon Ramsay stealth opens a Bar and Grill on the old Maze Grill space

This new restaurant from Ramsay is replacing the former Maze Grill on Grosvenor Square. This time it's an all-day restaurant where the focus is very much on steak. …

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London chefs win the Best Dressed Irish oyster competition for 2019

Forget the Met Ball or Ascot, clearly the best dressed list you should be much more interested in is the Best Dressed Irish Oyster competition. Hot Dinners headed over to Wright Bros in Battersea yesterday to help judge the third annual event. Following a series of heats, 12 of the UK's top seafood chefs were in London to battle it out for the title.

We joined chef Henry Harris and the wonderfull…

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Zero-waste Silo comes to CRATE Brewery in Hackney after moving from Brighton

One of the pioneers of the zero-waste Douglas McMaster is moving his Silo restaurant from Brighton to the first floor of the CRATE Brewery White Building. He'll be putting that zero-waste ethos into everything in the new restaurant with an ever-changing menu. …

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The AA's Restaurant Guide 2020 adds 27 new London restaurants

The new AA restaurant guide for 2020 is out and London is storming ahead of the rest of the country.

London got 27 new entries in the book (there were 140 new entries in total). The guide contains over 2,000 restaurants currently awarded Rosettes for culinary excellence by the AA’s professional inspectors.

New this year for London are the following restaurants:

  • The Rex Whistler Restaurant, SW1
  • H…

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The Duke of York in Haggerston is reopening - and this time it's all about the booze

Updated 17/10/19 with menu and images

If you've been wondering what's going on at the Duke of York on Downham Street (where the old Beef & Brew was) then let us enlighten you.

It's expected to reopen today under new management. Running the show now is Barworks - the folk behind Mare Street Market, The Well & Bucket and more. Hot Dinners spoke to the company's co-owner Marc Francis-Baum wh…

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