Heston Blumenthal has received just over £200,000 in compensation following the temporary closure of the Fat Duck for two weeks last year. That’s good news for Heston, but according to the Daily Mail, some of the guests who suffered food poisoning are still waiting for their payout.

Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled for Heston and Delia, who’ll be appearing in a three minute ad slot during Corrie t…

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Bar Pepito opens its doors in King's Cross

To King’s Cross recently, where the owner of Camino has extended across the courtyard at the Regent Quarter to open up an Andalusian bodega/sherry bar called Bar Pepito.

Every conceivable kind of sherry is on offer, and at the launch Gonzalez Byass’ brand manager, the fabulously-named José Argudo López de Carrizosa, had flown in from Jerez to talk us through the best of them.

Two we particularly l…

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Lunch with Simon Parker Bowles

The restaurateur behind Green's in Mayfair and the City tells us what he thinks of restaurant reviewers, how London restaurant fashions have changed over the decades and why he’s not impressed with eating out fads.…

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Eating out at Viet Grill

It's already touted as the kind of place other chefs love to eat, with Mark Hix being a particular fan, so when Hot Dinners was invited down to try out the recently revamped Viet Grill earlier this month, we jumped at the chance.

Situated on the Dalston/Hoxton boundary on the Kingsland Road, Viet Grill is the sister restaurant of the nearby Cay Tre.  Aimed at a more casual audience, Viet Grill has…

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Tickets for the Taste of London festival go on sale today and we can reveal the restaurants who've already signed up for this summer's event:

Almeida & Restaurant Sauterelle
Asia de Cuba
Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill
Busaba Eathai
The Cinnamon Club
Club Gascon
Colony Bar & Grill
Le Gavroche
The Grill at The Dorchester
Launceston Place
Min Jiang
The Mo…

Read more: Taste of London Festival 2010 restaurants revealed

Twilight star Kristen Stewart made her debut appearance on America’s Jay Leno show this week and much of the chat was about her recent trip to London.

Leno, a known foodie, wondered what Kristen thought of the London dining scene. ‘I actually don't mind it,’ she told Leno, adding ‘It's got a bad rap. I know you’re really into food and you’re really into food and you don’t like eating there.’


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Great interview with El Gordo in today's Observer Food Monthly in which Gordon and interviewer Simon Garfield go over a number of knotty issues that have beset Ramsay over the last year or so. Reassuringly, the chef is characteristically blunt on all counts.

On losing money with his Paris restaurant: "The reason I lost €1.3m in Paris is because the French have become fucking lazy. They want to wor…

Read more: Gordon Ramsay on Petrus, Marcus and lazy Parisians

La Dolce Vita Festival - the best of Italy in Islington

To Islington this weekend, just a hop skip and a jump away from Hot Dinners HQ to La Dolce Vita Festival of Italian food and wine at the Business Design Centre. Lucky old us had a guided tour around some of the best stands in the show and our favourite things were as follows:

The idea of Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi's beer jelly trifle, made with Birra Moretti. For the recipe, see La Cucina Caldesi…

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Gordon Ramsay was in Qatar this week to open a branch of maze at the Pearl-Qatar, the first maze to be opened outside a hotel. The Gulf Times caught up with him to find Ramsay uncharacteristically frank about the factors that led to his restaurant in Claridges losing a star in the 2010 Michelin guide.

‘During the recession we cut corners, Ramsay told the paper. ‘We simplified the menu to entice cu…

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One of the best value wine pairing dinners in London?

Hot Dinners was recently invited to try out Dinner with Jordi – one of a new series of private dinners with wine-pairing at Vivat Bacchus in Farringdon. The Jordi in question is the Barcelona-born head-chef, Jordi Vila, whose training includes stints at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and El Bulli.

Held once or twice a month, these dinners are fast-becoming hard to book and maybe that’s because they’re…

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The dates for the second London Restaurant Festival have just been announced. This year’s festival will run from 4-18 October 2010. ‘Our passionate commitment to encourage as many restaurants as possible to participate in the London Restaurant Festival in 2010 is now well underway,’ said festival co-founder Simon Davis.

'We want hundreds of restaurants across the capital to be running their own Fe…

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This week Twitter has been groaning with critics and bloggers being very gloomy indeed about the state of London’s burger joints. But lo – there is light on the horizon with news in this week’s Time magazine that popular burger purveyor Shake Shack may be coming our way. Hot Dinners has been to their Madison Square Park venue and can vouch for these stateside sliders.

Are you there Moriarty?

Read more: London's burgers and a Clerkenwell pop-up

The Gospel According to Mark Hix

On the eve of the opening of his new restaurant at Selfridges, Hot Dinners talks to golden boy Mark Hix, currently the darling of the London restaurant scene…

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The finalists for this year’s Restaurant and Bar Design Awards have just been announced and London has no less than 27 venues in the shortlist.

They are as follows:

Independent Restaurant – Tom’s Kitchen, Galvin La Chapelle, Viet Hoa and Boundary.

Multiple Restaurant – Comptoir Libanais, Canteen, Bangalore and Wahaca

Independent Bar or Club – The Parlour, Profile, liquidnation and Circus


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Rose Gray co-founder of London's River Cafe dies

Rose Gray, the co-founder of River Cafe died today (Sunday 28 February). Rose, who had twice undergone treatment for breast cancer, founded the River Cafe with Ruth Rogers (pictured here to the left of Rose) back in 1987. It quickly leapt from being the work canteen for Ruth's husband, architect Richard Rogers, to one of those restaurants which has an impact on the nation's cooking habits. Which s…

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