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Casey's cafe & deli has reopened in its new Clapton digs

 

Casey's in Clapton used to describe itself as "a microcafe & deli". But now that they've moved into grander premises, maybe that 'micro' tag isn't needed anymore.

As owner Caitlin Dempsey said of their new shop which opened last week on Lower Clapton Road, named after her family shop back in Ireland, "it's an actual bakery/shop/cafe you can walk around and buy things, if you want."

The…

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Hawksmoor face the new restaurant restrictions by launching The Fillet Box

Excellent news for carnivores this morning as Hawksmoor have just announced the launch of their second Hawksmoor at Home box. The last one came out in July (you can read our Test Drive here) but, as the Hawksmoor folk explain: "As the new restrictions make it a little more difficult to go ‘out out’ we figure people may want to splurge on staying ‘in in’."

The Fillet Box looks the business and con…

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Fink's Gillespie reopens with a new toastie menu and other treats

The duo behind neighbourhood favourite Fink's Salt & Sweet are expanding - but they're not going far. Their second place will be a coffee shop on nearby Gillespie Road.…

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Now you must wear a mask in a pub and restaurant - except while sitting down at your table

We've already heard that pubs and restaurants have to close at 10pm every night from Thursday, and that table service was becoming mandatory. But there's another rule that's coming in too which was announced in the House of Commons debate today.

This time it's all about masks - namely that both diners and staff must wear masks at all times, unless sitting down at your table eating and drinking. S…

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Jolene's next is Big Jo, a new bakery in Hornsey

Updated 22/9/20 with a first look

We'd known for a while that the folk behind Jolene (and Primeur and Westerns Laundry) were planning to open a bakery - and now it's finally here. Big Jolene Bakery - to be known as Big Jo - has now opened and if you're in the Holloway/Hornsey Road area, this is going to be your go-to place for bread and more.

The space on Hornsey Road was an old refrige…

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Test Driving Noble Rot Soho - honouring the past whilst building a glorious future

Noble Rot have unveiled their new restaurant in Soho, taking over what used to be The Gay Hussar. Will it live up to the louche charm of the original? We went along for a preview dinner.…

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Big Mamma are launching Napoli Gang - a delivery-only restaurant

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Pretty much perfectly timed for a week in which we're all waiting for the hammer of lockdown to drop, comes news from Big Mamma. The team who opened the big-hitting OTT restaurants Gloria and Circolo Popolare are launching their first delivery-only restaurant.

Napoli Gang starts delivering this Wednesday, kicking off from a kitchen in Shoreditch. Kentish Town comes on boar…

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All pubs, bars and restaurants in England have a 10pm closing time from Thursday

 

The government have announced that, from this Thursday (24 September), all pubs and restaurants in England will have a 10pm curfew. That means a restaurant or pub has to be shut by 10pm - not just calling last orders. 

There had been talk brewing about a potential London curfew all day, but the confirmation only came right at the end of the day - almost 48 hours exactly before the curf…

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London's pizza joints and cocktail bars win big on the world stage

The news is bleak. We know that. So, frankly, we're going to take the wins where we can find them and over the past week or so London has done rather well on that front. We may be an international laughing stock over our response to Covid, but at least when it comes to pizzas and cocktails we're world-beating.

Pizzas first. The 50 Top Pizza Europe 2020 list came out just before the weekend and Lo…

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GAIL's go big on toast and add Monty's Deli pastrami too

Sometimes there is little better in life than toast a premise GAIL's have embraced as they launch two brand new toast offerings. First up there's the "on toast" menu which, is pretty much exactly as it sounds. That's:

  • Avocado Salsa, Spicy Seeds, Coriander Cress & Tomato Relish
  • Sautéed Mushrooms, Windrush Valley Goat’s Curd & Baby Spinach
  • Goldstein Smoked Salmon, Labneh, Hard-Boiled Eggs,…

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Otto's is getting ready to reopen but you can try their duck press next week

Although it's been more than two months since lockdown ended for restaurants, there are still quite a few that have yet to reopen their doors fully.

One such establishment is Otto's on Gray's Inn Road, which has forged one hell of a reputation for itself for all the Gueridon service it does at your table. The canard press, in particular, has become the stuff of legend. Since the summer, they've b…

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Test Driving JAE by Jay Morjaria at Untitled - Korean drinking food to die for

We head to Dalston to check out Jay Morjaria's permanent residency, JAE, at Untitled bar - where the Korean drinking food makes you want to order everything on the menu.…

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Test Driving the Burger & Beyond At Home kits - burgers, poutine & more

The Burger & Beyond At Home DIY kits aim to give you perfect restaurant-quality burgers in the comfort of your own home. We gave them a go.…

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Nebula Pizza on Hackney Road is as much about the drinks as the pizza

You may be wondering does Hackney really need another pizza place? Certainly, the team behind Nebula, which opened at the weekend, are very much hoping it does.

This new pizza, beer and cocktail joint has taken over a space just off Hackney Road near to ABQ Bar and Mama Shelter. It's a large site - with room for 200 pizza lovers. And the fact that it also has a large courtyard won't hurt it at al…

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