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The Ledbury makes staff redundant and will remain closed 'indefinitely'

While restaurants cling on as best they can until they're allowed to reopen, some have - like Leonardo di Caprio in Titanic - let go of the liferaft and slowly slipped away. It's fair to say that some permanent closures probably aren't particularly unexpected (like Wahlburgers) but others most definitely are.

So we're both surprised and saddened to hear today that two Michelin-starred The Ledbury…

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It's nearly time for the return of the McDonald's breakfast

If there's one thing the lockdown has taught us very clearly, it's the "you won't miss it until it's gone" lesson. This was proved with McDonald's which was something of a guilty pleasure before lockdown, but the simple quarterpounder with cheese had transformed into the holy grail by the time it returned a couple of weeks back. And it's the same with the breakfast - because we'd kill for a Sausa…

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American chain The Cheesecake Factory is coming to London - here's what you need to know about it

Update - 9/6/20

Fans of the Cheesecake Factory rejoice (and by the original reaction to this story - there are a lot of you)! More cheesecakes are coming to London - and beyond.

They've just added the Banoffee Cheesecake ("swirled with buttery caramel, topped with a caramel drizzle on a crunchy vanilla crumb") to the menu at Creams, and on 19 June, there will be a new Blueberries and Cream flavou…

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Mei Mei is coming back to Borough - and delivering nationwide too

 

If you're a fan of Elizabeth Haigh's Mei Mei, as we were, or didn't manage to visit it in Borough Market before the lockdown - we have some good news. 

Not only will Mei Mei be back in action in Borough Market this week, but there's a growing range of goods on its website that you can order for delivery nationwide.

The Mei Mei market and deli sells Sambal chilli paste with shrimp,…

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Yauatcha's rainbow dumplings are helping feed hungry kids

Well, now - aren't these pretty? These gloriously rainbow coloured potstickers are a dish to order that'll not only brighten your day but start someone else's off well too.

Yauatcha have brought them in for the month of June and, for every box purchase, they'll donate a whole month of breakfasts for a child via the charity Magic Breakfast.

The seven rainbow dumplings are:

  • Red - filled with Szech…

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Test Driving Wright Brothers At Home - from the shore to your door

While we wait for London's seafood restaurants to reopen for business, Wright Brothers are bringing their amazing seafood from the fish markets of Brixham right to Londoners' doors. We took a box to check it out.…

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Richard Corrigan starts Bentley's delivery service with Mr Oyster Boy

Right now, we can't think of anything we'd like more than to perch up at the marble counter at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill with a glass of fizz and oysters being shucked in front of us.

But, while we wait for that day to arrive, we can at least take advantage of chef/owner Richard Corrigan's new delivery service. Mr Oyster Boy, which launches this week, will bring a range of dishes from that…

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Fink's Salt & Sweet finally reopens, following a pre-Covid flood

We were delighted to see our local spot Fink's Sweet & Salt reopening its doors late last week. The popular Highbury cafe and store has been shut since October following a devastating mains pipe burst which flooded the area.

Reopening anywhere in the current times brings added pressures and, of course, right now Fink's is takeaway only, with social distancing measures in place. Their hatch ha…

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Golden Union is returning to Soho with a new buttie menu

We've already heard about how Soho is hoping to pedestrianise over the summer to give it a post-lockdown boost and now there's news of the return of a Soho staple - Golden Union. The much-loved fish and chip shop has been in Soho for 12 years and it's returning with something new - a buttie menu. 

On that menu will be:

  • King Prawn buttie with chilli jam and rocket
  • Panko Chicken buttie,…

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22 June may be the reopening date for pub gardens and restaurant terraces

Are we within weeks of seeing the UK's restaurants and pubs reopening? That's the considered opinion of The Financial Times which, over the weekend, reported that Ministers have identified June 22 as a potential date to reopen them and 'save the summer'.

Key to that would be the existence of some sort of alfresco element with pub gardens and restaurants' outside spaces being the first to reopen.…

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Trivet pastry chef co-launches London Loaves with a Ritz alum

 

We have two pieces of Trivet-related news today.

First, their pastry chef Arran Schaffer has moved on to create a new project with ex-Ritz pastry chef de partie Derya Adema, called London Loaves. It's a micro-bakery in Stoke Newington, currently popping up at the Flowers N16 Garden centre on Church Street. Derya tells us that they set up London Loaves as a passion project and they…

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Pied a Terre is delivering Michelin-starred vegan meals

Vegans were already well catered for at David Moore's Pied a Terre, with dedicated a la carte and tasting menus on offer. Now, they've kicked off their delivery service and this has started with an all-vegan menu too. 

Here's this week's selection:

  • Chickpea, kidney bean and cumin hummus with pink peppercorns
  • Salad of broad beans, borlotti, cannellini, fennel and mint
  • Chilled roasted to…

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Chefs at home - what London's chefs are cooking for themselves during lockdown (5 June)

Over the many long weeks we've been in lockdown (wait - is that still actually on?) we've really enjoyed bringing you our weekly roundup of what London's chefs have been making for themselves at home.…

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The Ledbury unveils an impressive provisions box

There are a few meat and provisions boxes doing the rounds at the moment, not least The Blacklock box or the impending one from Pitt Cue. But now the same people behind those, Warren's Butchers, has teamed up with The Ledbury for one that sounds pretty special.

It's a combination of supplies made for the restaurant and some elements prepared by The Ledbury's Brett Graham himself:

Here's what's in…

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Andi Oliver brings Andi's Wadadli Kitchen and Caribbean food to Clapton

Great British Menu's Andi Oliver is getting ready to deliver. This time she's teaming up with The Crooked Billet in Clapton to launch Wadadli Kitchen and it's all about Caribbean food. Here's how they describe it:

Andi's Wadadli Kitchen is real Caribbean home cooking. Food from the heart of all the islands, from Antigua to St Lucia, Cuba to Jamaica, Martinique to Guyana. The influences are broad…

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