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La Pilarica is a Mexican pop-up taking over nights at Loafing Cafe in Hackney

With Loafing Cafe now back up and running in Hackney, they're already launching their first post-lockdown pop-up. 

La Pilarica is a Mexican pop-up created by Federico Perez Diaz and Michael Kutziola, The pair originally met at Frankie’s Bar and Grill in Selfridges back in 2010 - have worked together since, both in restaurants and street food stalls - although this will be their fir…

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Tom Aikens launches Musette delivery service from his Belgravia restaurant

Over in Belgravia, chef and restaurateur Tom Aikens had just started to see amazing reviews come in for his new restaurant Muse, just before lockdown hit. You can read our Test Drive here.

The restaurant is almost entirely counter dining, making it pretty hard to accommodate the new socially distant rules, so it won't reopen until 3 September.  But, in the meantime, he's launched a delivery…

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Hoshi street food finds a permanent home in Spitalfields

 

You may have come across Hoshi before. They've been popping up at Kerb and a number of markets across town, serving up what they dub 'Asian-inspired' street food. Now, as lockdown restrictions are slowly lifted, they're getting ready to open a permanent place in Spitalfields.

The permanent restaurant is billed as fresh fast food and is primarily a takeaway spot. The menu is mainly a cr…

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Test Driving Mr Oyster Boy - Richard Corrigan's Bentleys/Daffodil Mulligan delivery service

 

Richard Corrigan has kicked off a delivery service that features some of the best of the legendary Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill (with a little Daffodil Mulligan thrown in). We take a look. …

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Test Driving the Drapers Arms - our first meal out post-Lockdown

Hot Dinners makes our first foray back into the world of dining out - picking a popular Islington gastropub for the first post-lockdown meal. …

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Nando's is back! Find out where you can dine-in this week.

One of the UK's most successful restaurant groups is returning. Yes, that's right - Nando's is coming back. They've been delivering around London for the past few weeks, but from this week you'll actually be able to dine in a couple of their restaurants. For the moment it's just a couple in town (more are opening across the UK) - and they're both in west London - Westfield London and Park Royal.&…

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Oklava's Selin Kiazim says they'll be dropping their service charge when they reopen

 

Many (but certainly not all) of the UK's workers and businesses have benefited greatly from the government's furlough scheme over the past few months. But hospitality staff haven't had quite the protection that many other businesses got. The proportion of their salary that comes from the service charge was not eligible to be included in the furlough calculation, meaning those staff on furlo…

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The Shepherdess Cafe has closed after 37 years

Another sad closure has been announced as the result of the lockdown - The Shepherdess Cafe on City Road. The cafe has been much-loved by locals for 37 years, but the owners posted a note on Facebook about its demise:

It is with great sadness after 37 years we have decided to close the Shepherdess. Circumstances, Covid-19, increased rents and a lack of sympathy from agents and landlords have all…

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Queen's Park restaurant Milk Beach is expanding - with more alfresco seating and a new bar

A lot of restaurants in London have taken the enforced downtime of lockdown to take stock of their business. And over in Queen's Park, Aussie restaurant Milk Beach has decided that expansion is the way forward.

The team behind the all-day restaurant, which is tucked away on Lonsdale Road mews, have taken over next door Hugo's Restaurant. They'll be doing renovations over the coming two months, du…

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Nourished Communities sells farmers market produce from its Canonbury shop

Folks who live in or around Canonbury in Islington may have spotted what looks to be a rather unusual installation in the window at high-end furniture store Coexistence on Canonbury Lane.

It turns out that the shop has been supporting a company called Nourished Communities, which stepped in to look after suppliers affected by the closure of farmers' markets in London during the lockdown.

The prem…

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KIBOU sees the Japanese restaurant from Cheltenham come to Battersea

KIBOUSushi in Cheltenham have won many accolades for their Japanese cuisine and now they’re bringing an 80-cover restaurant to London’s Battersea, which not only includes their trademark authentic ramen but will come with a standalone whisky and cocktail bar for connoisseurs of Japanese spirits and beers.…

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The Truman Social Club in Walthamstow and The Terrace at Alexandra Palace are two huge new beer gardens

As the reopening of London's restaurants, pubs and bars looms (we're definitely not calling it "super Saturday" though) we've already seen many ways in which restaurants are shifting the way they work, from removing tables, adding more screening and capitalising on outside space. But there are also two huge new additions to the scene that are really making the most of the increased demand for alfresco dining and drinking. …

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Pret is trialling a new evening delivery menu

When many of us were working in London offices, Pret was often invaluable come lunchtime. Now that many (or most) of us are working from home, Pret's looking for new ways to get our attention and their upcoming evening delivery menu is a way of doing just that. 

It'll be available from 5pm (from 7 July) with a few new dishes available. 

On the menu will be salad bowls, including the&nbs…

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The Supermarket of Dreams brings restaurant DIY kits and more to Notting Hill

Over in Notting Hill, there's been an addition to the food shop scene that's a lot more interesting than getting a new Tesco Metro.

The Supermarket of Dreams opened up last month. It's from the same team as the Notting Hill Fish Shop and it's selling all manner of lovely artisan food and - the real usp - meals and DIY kits from restaurants across London.

The launch line-up for those restaurant ki…

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BAO is transforming XU into Call Suzy, a new Chinese takeaway and delivery restaurant

BAO already completely rebranded their main Bao restaurants into Rice Error over the lockdown (you can read our Test Drive here) and now they're also changing things up for their Chinatown restaurant Xu. That's going to be launching Call Suzy, a new Chinese takeout and delivery service.

The food is based on contemporary versions of the dishes Shing Tat Chung, Wai Ting Chung and Erchen Chang…

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