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Guy Ritchie's new Fitzrovia pub The Lore of the Land serves beer and venison from his country estate

Film director Guy Ritchie's pub empire is expanding. This Fitzrovia pub serves his beer in the pub downstairs and features an upstairs dining room where venison from his Wiltshire estate is on the menu.

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Clapham's Counter culture gets a new vegan residency with Alter

It's time for a change at Counter Culture, the small restaurant next to The Dairy (and by the same people) which runs regularly changing residencies. This time it's the turn of Alter, for an all-vegan takeover. Alter is founded by Andy Hogben, who has previously worked at Dabbous, Som Saa and Kym’s and offers vegan food with street-food influences. 

The menu will change over the pe…

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Yard Sale are going vegan - but not just for January

It is - as they say - Veganuary, when you're encouraged to go fully plant-based for a month. But Yard Sale Pizza are going one step further. They already have one popular vegan pizza on the menu - now they're adding three more as permanent additions. 

The new pizzas are: 

  • American Hot - Tomato sauce, vegan mozzarella, vegan pepperoni (which they've created themselves) & guindi…

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Tokyo Pizza brings Japanese pizza and sake to Maida Vale

Expect pizzas made with Japanese ingredients at this new Maida Vale spot.…

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Tower Hill is the next opening for nikkei grab & go restaurant Waka

They're already in White City and (re) opened in the City late last year - now Waka are bringing their next Nikkei (Peruvian/Japanese) outlet to Tower Hill, on the edge of St Katharine Docks. …

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Ogam Korean tapas bar has opened in Islington

 

While wandering through Angel over the Christmas break, we spotted this restaurant that opened somewhat under the radar in December. Owner Tae Yeol Kim was apparently International Korean cup Championship 2015 Winner Bartender and is also a Korea traditional alcohol Ambassador. Ogam will serve up a Korean tapas menu (obviously) in a small restaurant that's primarily counter seating. At…

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Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts leaves Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck group after 20 years

It's all change at the Fat Duck Group in 2020 following an announcement on New Year's Day by their executive head chef of Dinner at Heston, Ashley Palmer-Watts that he was leaving.

Posting on social, the chef at the two Michelin-star restaurant said: "After 20 incredible years, it is time for me to move on from Bray for a new chapter and to take on fresh challenges. I will initially be spending s…

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Louie sees top US chef Slade Rushing and Paris Society opening on the old Robuchon site on West Street

New Orleans chef Slade Rushing has moved to London to open Louie in the old L'atelier de Joel Robuchon site in Covent Garden, joining forces with Parisian powerhouse restaurant group Paris Society.…

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Din Tai Fung bring their dumplings to Centre Point

After launching to huge fanfare in Covent Garden, a second Din Tai Fung was always on the cards. Now they're taking over the space that used to be Vivi at Centre Point where you can get more of their amazing xiaolongbao.…

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Recent restaurant closures 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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Pizza Pilgrims Victoria will be an immersive journey through Italy

Brothers James and Thom are drawing on the Italian journey they made before opening their first pizzeria to inspire the design of their 12th restaurant.…

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Club Mexicana Taqueria brings vegan tacos & more to Soho

After pop-ups and residencies across London, Club Mexicana are bringing their vegan Mexican food to Kingly Court. …

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Sessions Arts Club is opening in a restored Grade II courthouse in Clerkenwell

It's early news on this one - but we hear that Clerkenwell is getting a promising new restaurant in 2020. It sees painter Jonny Gent, restaurateur Jon Spiteri (one of the founders of St John) and architect Russell Potter (SODA) restoring an old Grade II courthouse for a mix of a creative studio and a restaurant with bar.

The building has already been partly restored…

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Blacklock's fourth restaurant will be on Covent Garden's Henrietta Street

Good news for the many, MANY fans of Blacklock. The chops purveyors are expanding their group again.

They've set their sights on Covent Garden for their fourth restaurant. According to industry website Big Hospitality, Henrietta Street is where they're looking. If that's the case, they'll be looking at stiff competition with Flat Iron on the same street also going for the carnivore market.

We'll…

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Russell Crowe is writing and starring in a Marco Pierre White biopic

It's a plot you couldn't make up if you tried. But former hellraiser chef Marco Pierre White apparently has a major movie being made about his life.

The chef was talking to Irish newspaper the Sunday Independent this weekend when he mentioned that Ridley Scott is behind a biopic based on his life and that A-lister Russell Crowe would be playing him.

"I have just signed the deal," Marco told the p…

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