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Sonora Taqueria is the new Netil Market place from the Pollo Feliz folk

Over lockdown, Netil Market's Pollo Feliz did a roaring trade in deliveries with East Londoners becoming more than slightly obsessed by their tortillas. So much so, that they've been able to expand with a bigger stall and a new direction. As first reported by Eater, they've become Sonora Taqueria.

Sonora, as they explain, is "a taquería and tortillería focused exclusively on northern Mexican fo…

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Brat does brunch - Tomos Parry kicks off the weekend with lardo on flatbread

They came back from the lockdown all guns blazing with a hugely popular Hackney pop-up in addition to the original Shoreditch restaurant and now Tomos Parry's Brat is about to try something new. It's launching a brunch menu for the first time. 

Their amazing grilled flatbreads will kick off the menu, this time served with lardo and rich egg yolks, which is frankly quite enough for us to be s…

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Andrew Wong's Bloomberg Arcade restaurant, Kym's, is closing for good

It's almost two years to the day that we first gave Hot Dinners readers a first look inside Andrew Wong's new City restaurant Kym's. Now, the sad news is that the Bloomberg Arcade restaurant is not going to be reopening.

In a post on Instagram, the restaurant said: "It is with a heavy heart that we have decided not to reopen Kym’s. The decision comes after careful consultation with all partners a…

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163 Upper Street will be a new wine bar and kitchen from Highgate's Wine Cellar team

The team behind The Wine Cellar on Highgate's Swain's Lane are opening this new wine bar and kitchen, serving up a wide selection of wines and food designed to go with them.…

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Japan Centre is launching ramen restaurant Heddon Yokocho

Next up from Japan centre is a new ramen restaurant, inspired by the Yokocho alleys of Japan and based in Heddon Street. They'll have a range of ramen from across Japan, in a restaurant with a 70s feel. …

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Arenella is the new Italian restaurant at Islington's Chapel Bar

Islington's Chapel Bar, most recently a private-hire space, is about to open a new restaurant for autumn. Called Arenella, it's being described as an autumnal terrace that will be open every weekend. 

The Chapel Bar team have previous in the business, having also been behind the now-closed Sicilian restaurant Lena in Shoreditch which was named after owner Alex Foley's Sicilian mum. Arenella…

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Cafe Bao is Bao's King's Cross all-day bakery and it's all about Yōshoku cuisine

For their fourth opening, in King's Cross, the folk at BAO have decided to switch things up with an all day cafe serving breakfast for the first time and with its own bakery.…

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Test Driving The Windmill in Mayfair - so much more than (excellent) pies

This Mayfair pub, best known for its pies, has been taken over by the team behind the Guinea Grill. We went down to see what changes they'd made.…

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Here are the current rules on eating out and drinking in London

 

Thinking of going out to a restaurant, pub or bar but can't keep up with all the changes and restrictions? We're here to help. On this page you'll find the latest rules and regulations about eating and drinking in London, and we'll update it as soon as things change. Which they most certainly will.

When can I go out to a restaurant, pub or bar?

Right now, you can visit any restaurant, pub o…

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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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