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Brat at Climpson's Arch is going to be a permanent fixture

When London emerged from its first lockdown all those months ago, one of the first restaurants to completely reinvent itself was Tomos Parry's Brat. While the original restaurant stayed where it was (with a bit of table rejigging) they complimented it with a sister restaurant at Climpson's Arch, correctly assuming that alfresco dining would be very much a big thing in 2020.  

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The Roasting Shed now have a roastery and cafe on Hornsey Road

Lucky Hornsey Road folk. They've waited patiently for a great place to get coffee and pastries and, like London buses, two came along in quick succession.

Tucked in right beside the super popular Big Jo is The Roasting Shed which opened for business before Christmas. The artisan roasters, who also have a espresso bar over in Hackney Bridge, are roasting their own coffee and selling it in their ne…

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Farina Pizzeria are returning to Notting Hill

Back in June, it was revealed that popular Notting Hill Pizzeria was shutting its doors - with founders Edy Piro and Paolo Petrillo announcing plans to make a comeback at some point. That point has arrived and Farina are opening a brand new pizzeria on Notting Hill Gate, just up the road. 

They're all about Neapolitan pizzas with 48-hour fermented dough and showcasing San Marzano tomato…

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PizzaExpress are the latest to launch a DIY pizza delivery kit

Following in the footsteps of indie businesses like Pizza Pilgrims and Homeslice, pizza giants PizzaExpress are the latest to enter the pizza DIY kit business.

Launching next week, fans of the chain's Margherita and American Hot will be able to get kits delivered to their home. There are three kits on sale, allowing you to make two of one type of pizza or one of each. They include dough, a tin of…

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Restaurant designer Martin Brudnizki launches a furniture shop

It may be slightly overcompensating, but if you're really missing restaurants and want to recreate that vibe in your own home, you could look at buying some of restaurant designer Martin Brudnizki's new furniture range.

Brudnizki has been responsible for creating the looks of some of London's best-known restaurants. Sexy Fish, 45 Jermyn Street, The Ivy and Holborn Dining Room, to name just a few,…

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Chef Albert Roux OBE has died

The UK restaurant world lost a major player this week with the death of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO. His passing was announced this morning in a notice issued by his family which stated: "The Roux family has announced the sad passing of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who had been unwell for a while, at the age 85, on 4th January 2021."

Albert's son, Michel Roux Jr said his father "was a mentor for so many peop…

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EggRun has designs on London's egg in a bun market

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if that's the case, the folks at Eggslut should be tickled pink by the launch of new egg-based bun business, EggRun.

EggRun first began life as a delivery service back in the Autumn, while it's waiting to open its first City restaurant at Monument on Fish Street Hill.

Executive chef John Skotidas (who also runs the kitchens at Mazi and Suz…

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Evening Standard critic Jimi Famurewa co-hosts the new Waitrose podcast Life on a Plate

With podcasts (and newsletters) being the big media story of recent lockdowns, news of another foodie one should prick interest.

Life on a Plate from Waitrose launches tomorrow. It's hosted by Evening Standard restaurant critic Jimi Famurewa and Waitrose Food Editor, Alison Oakervee. We're told that every episode will see the pair interview a well-known guest, exploring their life through food.

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Rudy's is opening a vegan diner in Islington (next to their vegan butcher)

After the launch of their vegan 'butcher' (which has proven to be very popular indeed), Rudy's are also getting ready to bring their vegan diner to Islington (when restaurants open up again). 

It'll be right next door to their butcher shop, on Islington's Upper Street. As with the original diner in Camden, you can expect a vegan spin to American diner classics, using the vegan meat substitut…

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Quality Wines launch Arrosto - their Italian spit roast chicken delivery arm

Physical restaurants may not be able to open at the moment, but that hasn't stopped them coming up with exciting new delivery options.

Straight out of the gate this morning is Quality Chop House's Quality Wines, which today announced that it's launching Arrosto. They're delivering what's described as; " elegant comfort food in these uncomfortable times".

Chef Nick Bramham has been inspired by the…

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There's another lockdown - here's what's changing

Here we go again. As of today, we're all in another national lockdown - and that means the rules are changing. Without beating around the bush - here's what you need to know:

  • There's a stay at home order in place - which means only going out for "basic necessities" (which includes food), exercise or certain other exceptions.
  • Restaurants can still deliver food and are open for takeaway and click…

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Vergine Maria in Ealing will be a new vegan pizzeria from the folks at Santa Maria

Coming from the same team as London's top tier pizzeria Santa Maria, this new vegan pizzeria is great news for London's veggie crowd.…

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Hot Stone is expanding with a second restaurant, in Fitzrovia

Exquisite sushi, top-level Kobe beef and ishiyaki cooking is on the way for Fitzrovia residents.…

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Reenie's ice-cream parlour opens in Primrose Hill

What's a thespian to do, when all the theatres are shut? According to London actress Sirine Saba, it's the perfect time to make a sideways step into hospitality. Sirine has just opened Reenies, an ice-cream parlour in Primrose Hill, next to longstanding veggie spot Manna.

"Reenie’s is our Covid baby," explains Sirine, "conceived and born out of a desire to connect with, uplift and delight our com…

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Fergus and Margot Henderson head up New Year Honours for London's hospitality industry

Kate Nicholls, Fergus Henderson, Margot Henderson

After the year we've just had, it's a huge relief that one of our final news stories of 2020 turns out to be a positive one. Three restaurant folk have been singled out in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

The first, as restaurant-goers, you may not have heard of. But Kate Nicholls who heads up the restaurant industry trade association UKHospitali…

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