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Test Driving Tayer and Elementary - cocktails, sandos and more are a winning combination

The holder of the best bar in the world for four years and the TA TA Eatery team have joined forces on Old Street. We went down for cocktails, sandos and much more.

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Quality Chop House celebrates its 150th birthday with a greatest hits menu

Who doesn't love a good birthday celebration? Well, the one planned by The Quality Chop House for thier 150th anniversary sounds like it's going to be worth turning up for.

To commemorate serving food to Londoners since 1869, the Farringdon Road restaurant is putting on a special menu of QCH classics "reinterpreted by head chef Shaun Searley".

Dishes will include (brace yourselves):

  • Beef fat bri…

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Tom Kerridge is opening a restaurant at Manchester's Stock Exchange Hotel

Tom Kerridge is opening another hotel restaurant. This time he's teaming up with Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville's company to launch in the new Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester. …

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Applebees Fish pop up on the South Bank for Champagne, oysters, fish and chips

Applebee's Fish may be best known for their Borough Market location (after starting as a stall) but now they're about to head further up the river with a summer-long pop-up at the South Bank, joining Truffle under the Hungerford Bridge. 

There's a lot to the large space, including a circular Champagne and oyster bar as well as a sandpit set up for the odd game of petanque (no, we d…

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Konditor bring their cakes to The City with a new Bank shop

We'll admit, we're quite partial to a Konditor cake, particularly their wonderful Curly Whirly concoction. And now, after a rebrand (they've dropped the "and Cook") they're heading to Bank for their next shop. 

And this store will be familiar if you've visited their others, featuring all the celebration cakes you could ever want as well as salted caramel brownies, desserts and more. They'll…

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Kurabu at Dinings SW3 will serve up street food inspired snacks and drinks in Chelsea

This week, Chelsea is getting a new Japanese 'street food' spot - if you can really count the mezzanine floor of high-end sushi spot Dinings SW3 as 'street'. Well maybe that's as street as Chelsea gets.

Kurabu will be the name of the restaurant's new lounge space, taking over the area that used to be set aside for private dining. It'll be serving a completely new range of Japanese snacks and cock…

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The Market is a huge food hall by the YBFs in the City's 22 Bishopsgate building

The next people to get into the food hall business are The YBF's. They're teaming up with Rhubarb for this huge new food and drink area inside the big 22 Bishopsgate development. …

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Marks and Spencer launch the enormous Daddy of all Burgers

It's not often we'll focus on a supermarket burger - but just look at this! This is the new M&S Daddy of all Burgers and it's really earning that name.…

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Sichuan House opens in Islington

If you've been up and down Islington's Upper Street recently, you'll have seen a new addition (taking over the space only recently vacated by Porchetta). Called Sichuan House, that's exactly what it is - Sichuan cuisine in Islington. …

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Happy Lamb Hot Pot are opening their first UK restaurant in Bloomsbury

Originating in Mongolia, the Happy Lamb Hot Pot company now has branches across America and Canada and they're now aiming their sights at the London restaurant scene.…

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Club Gascon's Pascal Aussignac is bringing Catch Me to Westfield London

Another interesting opening to add to those coming to Westfield London (including Bleecker and Corazon) as Pascal Aussignac's Catch Me is opening there in June.

It definitely shares something with his former Westfield Stratford outlet Chip + Fish, as it's all about seafood. Here's what's promised for the menu, put together by Aussignac and Catch Me head chef Julien Carlon,:

  • King Scallop Cru…

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Tipple and Taste is popping up in Fulham for cocktails and small plates

 

In Fulham, we're liking the sound of new cocktails and small plates bar, Tipple & Taste, that's popping up above the Tommy Tucker Pub. Headed up by chef George Dyer, they'll be looking to pair the food you order with the right cocktail. 

The menu (which will change regularly) sounds promising to start: 

  • Heritage Tomato | Watermelon | Basil | Sherry | Rocket | M…

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Alex Kratena and TÁ TÁ Eatery to open Tayer and Elementary on Old St

When the bartender who ran the World's Best Bar for years prepares to open an all-day bar and restaurant in London with fellow top class mixologist Monica Berg, you better believe people are going to sit up and take notice. And when TÁ TÁ Eatery is in charge of the food? Lucky Old Street.…

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Ooty Station is a casual Indian cafe in Marylebone

 

Fine dining Indian restaurant Ooty opened on Baker Street back in February and now its sister site Ooty Station is opening up right next door. Compared to the more formal main restaurant, Ooty Station is a casual cafe and bar serving Indian-inspired bar snacks, mains, and cocktails. 

Ooty’s Head Chef Manmeet Singh-Bali (who won a Michelin star at Vineet Bhatia) is also behind …

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We Test Drive Bread Ahead's New York baking class

Bagels, pretzels, hot dogs and more - we head over to Chelsea to bake our own bread at the Bread Ahead Bakery School. …

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