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Where to eat out for St George's Day in London

Looking for some last-minute inspiration on where to dine out for St George's Day? We asked the five English restaurants given the highest cumulative critic score on Hot Dinners what they recommended on today's menu.

Harwood Arms Fulham
'We have six small Yorkshire rhuburb doughnuts with spiced sugar and whipped cream which come warm from the oven.'

The Old Brewery Greenwich
'Definitely The 'London…

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It certainly is a boom time for London restaurants, and particularly for the big names.  We've had Bruno Loubet's recent success and Gordon's generally well received Petrus (even if AA Gill wasn't too happy) with Bar Boulud London just around the corner.  There are much anticipated upcoming London homes for Michel Roux Junior, Pierre Koffman and Heston Blumenthal.

But if you want to really show of…

Read more: Tom Aikens to launch two restaurants at Somerset House

Bompas and Parr open election waffle house in Soho

Jellymongers and orchestrators of frankly bizarre food and drink events, Bompas and Parr, are opening up a politically-motivated pop-up in Soho tomorrow. The Parliamentary Waffle House at 66-67 Broadwick Street will be open between 22 April and the night of the election.

For just £5, the 'meal deal' ticket on sale here at Ticketweb will earn you the right to a Parliamentary waffle, scoop of ice cr…

Read more: Bompas and Parr open election waffle house in Soho

There’s good news for carnivores in the capital with two new steak restaurants opening their doors this year. If you can't wait for Hawskmoor to open its second restaurant, on the corner of Shelton Street and Langley Street in Covent Garden, in September, you can try the first London branch of JW Steakhouse which will be opening at Grosvenor House.

 JW’s chef will be Paul Hallett, formerly of the…

Read more: London's new steak challenge at the Grosvenor

Update - as the restaurant is now open - read the reviews of Koffmann's.

According to news from Richard Vines at Bloomberg this morning, Pierre Koffman is returning to the kitchen full time with a brand-new London restaurant. The new restaurant is to be called "Koffman's" and will open in the Berkeley Hotel basement, in the space recently vacated by the Boxwood Cafe.

Koffman joins Bruno Loubet as…

Read more: Pierre Koffman returns to the London restaurant scene

Very interesting news reached Hot Dinners today regarding Michelin-starred chef Georgio Locatelli. Apparently Locatelli has signed up to open one of two landmark restaurants in the luxury Renaissance Marriott hotel currently being built as part of the St Pancras redevelopment. This would be Locatelli's second restaurant in London.

Back in February this year, developer Harry Handelsman whose compan…

Read more: Giorgio Locatelli to open second restaurant in St Pancras

London Restaurant Festival 2010 Launches

All of foodie London appeared to be at the Ivy this evening to celebrate the official launch of the London Restaurant Festival 2010.

Hot Dinners spied chefs Thomasina Miers, Rowley Leigh, Jun Tanaka as well as Pierre Koffman whose rooftop restaurant at Selfridges was last year’s festival hot ticket. There were also plenty of critics and food writers in attendance, including Matthew Fort, The Guard…

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A round-up of the week's restaurant news in London

Following the men-only Masterchef final, The Telegraph kickstarted a debate into whether men should be in charge of the  kitchen, with Christopher Hirst taking the men's side and Rose Prince voting against. Even the Independent got in on the act.

As the dust settled on this season’s finale, the news broke this weekend that winner Dhruv Baker, who…

Read more: Gordon Ramsay offers Masterchef's Dhruv a job

It's rolling pins at dawn as the spat between Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay escalates.

Earlier this week, Oliver was quoted in the Radio Times as saying he didn't approve of chefs 'who swear at their staff. Sometimes you feel it’s their personal problems coming out'. It doesn't take a great leap to imagine this could be aimed at the famously sweary Ramsay.

Then last night, Gordon Ramsay was doors…

Read more: Gordon Ramsay disses Jamie Oliver's restaurant

The opening of the new Vue cinema at Westfield Shopping Centre has been such a huge success in attracting large crowds to the centre in the evenings, that it's spurred on a series of well-regarded restaurant chains to open there in the run-up to Summer.

Michael Gutman, Westfield’s managing director UK/Europe, told Property Week that six new restaurants had just signed contracts with the shopping c…

Read more: Westfield attracts Royal China and Jamie Oliver

Is Theo Randall thinking of opening somewhere new in London? We ask only because when Hot Dinners caught up with the InterContinental Hotel's chef at the recent La Dolce Vita fair in London, he was particularly evasive when we quizzed him on his plans for the year.

As you'll see from our chat, it does seem like the chef has plans for something exciting - he just wasn't prepared to tell us just yet…

Read more: What's Theo Randall planning for 2010 in London?

Jason Atherton has apparently finally taken the plunge and left Maze, just as his book Maze: The Cookbook is being published. In a short piece in tonight’s Evening Standard, it’s being reported that Atherton will leave next month after eight years working with Gordon Ramsay Holdings.

The timing also couldn’t be more acute for Ramsay who just launched another branch of Maze in Melbourne two days ag…

Read more: Jason Atherton has left Maze and Gordon Ramsay

As the dust settles on his announcement earlier this year to shut El Bulli for two years, Ferran Adria this morning announced that he'll be opening a pop-up, tapas-style restaurant in central London.

'There's only so much apple caviar or frozen chocolate air you can do before you want to simplify things and just make a decent tortilla,' Adria told Hot Dinners. 'I just want to sit in my kitchen, op…

Read more: Ferran Adria to open tapas restaurant in London

Bar Boulud London – the first London restaurant to be opened by New York celebrity chef Daniel Boulud, has named the chef and front of house who’ll be in charge when it opens at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge this May.

Heading up the kitchens is Dean Yasharian, who’s worked with Boulud for six years and was in charge of Bar Boulud in New York. Supporting Yasharian as front of house w…

Read more: Bar Boulud London names its chef and manager

Hey, we’re not picky – we’ll take plaudits where we can get them, so when Michael Tomasky, columnist for New York Magazine and blogger for the Guardian praised London’s restaurants in a roundabout kind of way, we were happy to get the praise.

In a blog for the Guardian today, Tomasky uses President Sarkozy’s visit to America to soundly trash the restaurant experiences he had in Paris recently. ‘I'…

Read more: Final insult – London’s restaurants better than Paris

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