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Stepney City Farm Café becomes The Allotment Kitchen

It's all change over at the popular Stepney City Farm where the longstanding farm-to-fork café is getting a do-over. It's going to reopen in the summer as The Allotment Kitchen run by the dynamic duo of Betty Gilbert and Lucy Cuthbert. The pair both have extensive restaurant experience (Deliciously Ella and Timmy Green being two examples) and will be serving up a seasonally inspired menu with ing…

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Angelina in Dalston is launching a Friday delivery feast

They've been busy preparing meals for the vulnerable in Hackney and now Angelina in Dalston are ready to kick off their new delivery service. The restaurant, which was highly recommended by Jay Rayner, will continue to prepare meals Monday - Thursday to support the charity Made in Hackney. Then on Friday, they'll be preparing a feast for local delivery. 

it'll be a seven-course menu for…

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Chik'n is back, delivering from Baker Street

 

It's not Chick n Sours - yet - but if you've been hankering for some of Carl Clarke and David Wolanski's superlative fried chicken, then the re-opening of Chik'n on Baker Street should do the job. They're back up on Deliveroo now, with the usual burgers and tenders including:

  • BBQ Deluxe - Chicken Fillet, BBQ, Cheese, Lettuce, Smoky pink pickle
  • Chik'n Classic - Bacon & Cheese, Chicken F…

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Test Driving Arros QD's delivery options - paella, prawns and more...

Top Spanish chef Quique Dacosta's London outpost has moved into delivery during the London lockdown, but they have three different levels on offer. We put a few of them to the test. …

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Twisted London open their King's Cross restaurant ahead of schedule

Often, a story we write is all about a new restaurant opening. And eventually Twisted London's new King's Cross venue will actually open as a counter service restaurant. Just not today. Instead, they'll launch as a delivery-only spot, like they do from their original Shoreditch location. So all the interesting dishes they come up with that are usually only available in East London should be now o…

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Patty & Bun is back, delivering from Hackney, Notting Hill and London Bridge

We've already put their DIY burger kit through the paces (you can read all about that here) but if even that's too much work, you'll be pleased to know that Patty & Bun are next up on the London restaurant comeback trail. 

They've just re-opened three restaurants for delivery - London Bridge, Hackney's Richmond Road and Notting Hill's Pembridge Road. All the usual classics…

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Chefs at home - London's chefs are cooking for themselves during lockdown (1 May)

Looking for inspiration during lockdown? With chefs at home rather than in their restaurant kitchens, many of them are showing just what's possible to knock up in your own home. We've picked five of the best examples we've spotted on Instagram from the past week.  …

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Selfridges is reopening its food hall for the first time since lockdown

We've been reporting on restaurants and cafes reopening for delivery, but we're very heartened to be able to report the reopening of the Selfridges Food Hall today. It feels like one more step back towards normality, helping London prepare itself for when the lockdown is eventually lifted.

In an announcement this morning, the Oxford Street store said it was reopening to serve the local community.…

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Prime Feasts is a mammoth box of meat from Goodman, Burger & Lobster and Beast

We've already written about how the people behind Goodman have been setting up an impressive take-home menu from Wild Tavern in Chelsea - but now they've gone several times bigger. Their Prime Feast box combines food from their three main restaurants - Zelman Meats, Goodman and Burger and Lobster and includes:

  • 2 x Burger & Lobster Nebraskan Beef Burgers, 2 x burger buns, secret burger s…

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Tonkotsu is back, reopening Tonkotsu East in Haggerston

Tonkotsu is coming back! Yes, that's right, if you've missed their excellent ramen, chicken kara-age, gyoza and so much more, then you'll soon be able to order it for delivery. They're starting with the Haggerston branch for now (which will be staffed by people who live close by), and will review how that goes before launching more branches. …

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Pret is reopening more London stores

Update - more London stores are about to open. 

After opening 10 Prets across London, they're about to launch a further 20. Opening on Friday 1 May, they'll be available on Deliveroo and Uber Eats, as well as for takeaway. So if you really need a Super Club and a coffee - here's where to go:

  • Battersea - 80-82 St John's Rd
  • Borough High Street - 11-13 Borough High Street
  • Brixton - 417 Brixton…

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Holborn Dining Room chefs team up with Drings Greenwich raising funds for the NHS

Over the past few weeks, we've been blown away by the many, many efforts from those in the hard hit restaurant community to help others. There have been folk from Michelin-starred restaurants and neighbourhood bistros making food for key workers and the isolated, raising money for the homeless and for those in their own industry and generally more than doing their bit.

So we're not remotely surpr…

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Smokestak are back with a weekly barbecue extravaganza

They may not be back completely, but Smokestak will be returning every Saturday for the next few weeks and they're doing it in style. After a trial run last Saturday, they'll be back every week with a menu that sees them going back to basics with old-school barbecue action.  

Here's what's on the menu. The first four meats are by the 100g and we want all of it, frankly. 

  • Smoked sa…

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Test Driving the Pizza Pilgrims Frying Pan Pizza Kit

If you don't have a pizza oven but you really want piping hot great pizza at home, this DIY frying pan pizza kit from Pizza Pilgrims is definitely worth a go.…

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KFC are reopening some branches for delivery - updated again!

Updated 23/4/20 with more branches

During Lockdown, the KFC Twitter account has been busy encouraging devotees to have a go at their own homemade fried chicken (look for the #ratemykfc hashtag). Presumably, this is to help people get over the fact that all of the KFC restaurants were closed.

But now, there's a glimmer of hope for anyone desperate to get hold of a bucket. Slowly, but surely, some…

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