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Gordon Ramsay puts his Chiswick gastropub up for saleOne of the big stories today was the decision by Gordon Ramsay to close his pub in Chiswick, The Devonshire. However, a quick Google on the subject reveals this may looks like a story almost 18 months in the making.

Back at the beginning of 2009, deep in the heart of the recession, the Evening Standard published an article revealing that Ramsay had already earmarked The Devonshire as one of two ven…

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Restaurant Design, Gwyneth's River Cafe day and food bloggers

The most beautiful restaurant in London?

The 2010 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards were announced this week and London restaurants picked up five gongs - pretty good considering there were nearly 400 entries from over 38 countries.

The overall winner in the Best Restaurant category was Galvin La Chapelle. The restaurant's designers were Design LSM who converted the Grade II 19th Century Foundatio…

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Nuno Mendes Interview - chatting with the chef behind Viajante

He's the man behind supercool foodie venue The Loft Project and the chef who took over two years to get his next restaurant, Viajante, just how he wanted it. Hot Dinners meets Nuno Mendes.…

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Savoy Grill and River Restaurant reopening date set for October

Update: The news today (5 October 2010) is that while the Savoy itself will open on Sunday10 October - the restaurants' openings have now been set for 29 November 2010.

After what seems like the longest renovation in history (although it’s actually been less than three years) we finally hear that there’s a reopening date for The Savoy. Not a pencilled-in, hopeful kind of date, but a proper write i…

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Early August opening for new Locatelli restaurant in Pimlico

Strolling through Regent’s Park at the weekend for Taste of London, Hot Dinners bumped into Giorgio Locatelli, taking a break from the slicing machine at Reffetorio. He was, it seems, pretty pleased to be there.

‘It’s a lovely thing to do isn’t it?’ Giorgio told us, adding he wasn’t short of volunteers to help out on the Reffetorio stand. ‘The boys love to come – it’s quite easy to persuade them t…

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Our pick of the 2010 Taste of London Festival dishes and stalls

The Hot Dinners' team spent eight long hours in the field this week - Regent's Park to be exact - to bring you a guide to the best of this year's Taste of London Festival. Here's our pick of the best festival dishes from the restaurants attending, and the food and wine stalls you shouldn't miss:

Dishes:

Top pick: Launceston Place’s Dish 2: Spit roast Old Spot suckling pig and black summer truffles…

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Five minutes with: Guy Watson from Riverford Farm

Hot Dinners finds out what makes a farmer from Devon decide on bringing his own take on the ethical restaurant to London…

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It’s one of the most-anticipated openings this Summer and now Pierre Koffmann has been revealing details of his restaurant, Koffmann’s at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge to trade title Caterer Search.

The 120 seat restaurant, which will open on 28 June, will see Koffmann overseeing the kitchen with Tom Payne as Head Chef. Payne used to work with Koffmann back in the day when he was at La Tant…

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Test driving Byron Burgers Islington

There's been a lot of talk (too much, dare we say it) from food bloggers mainly, and critics, about the quest for the best burger in London. On blogs across the capital, great swatches of digital column inches have been taken up with dissecting patty density, the right consistency and provenance of melted cheese and the quality of the bun itself. We've even heard of people queueing two hours for a…

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If the weather holds up for the Taste of London festival this week - there'll at least be a refreshing way to cool down. After asking the public to come up with suggestions for a special Taste-flavoured ice-cream and receiving hundreds of recipes, a Mojito-flavoured ice cream has been chosen to be served up to the crowds at this year's festival.

The winning recipe was acclaimed by London's Mayor, B…

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There's a great story today in The Mirror - staff at a Tower Bridge restaurant apparently got so fed up with ranty abuse from former cabinet minister David Mellor, that they taped him.

According to the story there’s a bit of history between Mellor and the River Lounge restaurant – he’s complained about the noise coming from the establishment on several occasions. Clearly staff at the restaurant ha…

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Stunning food in the East End with Viajante

We have to admit to having been really excited in a geeky, far-too-interested-in-eating-than-can-be-healthy sort of way about our lunch at Viajante. We'd been following the exploits of chef Nuno Mendes via the foodie blogosphere for over a year while he wowed visitors to his Loft project - an endeavour Mendes had set up following his departure from Bacchus when the gastropub changed direction. Th…

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Following hard on the heels of yesterday’s story about Manhattan restaurateurs heading our way, Hot Dinners now hears that hip hotel chain Thompson Hotels will be opening an 85-bedroom hotel in Belgravia next summer.

Belgraves will open at 20 Chesham Place, SW1 – just off Pont Street in June 2011. And the reason this should excite London foodies, is the fact that Thompson Hotels have a good track…

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Top New York chef Daniel Boulud will be joining 10 London chefs cooking up a storm at this year's London Restaurant Festival in one of the London Eye capsules. The full line-up of chefs taking part in the London Eye capsule restaurant experience were released this morning. They are:

Mon 4 Oct: Richard Corrigan, Corrigan's Mayfair
Tue 5 Oct: Georgio Locatelli, Locanda Locatelli
Wed 6 Oct: Tong Chee H…

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More New York restaurants look to open in London

There are several New Yorkers who must have been watching the successful Spring launch of Daniel Boulud's Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge particularly carefully. It seems that London is fast becoming the go-to place for American restaurateurs wishing to expand their portfolio.

First we heard through an interview with Richard Caring in the Sunday Times that Keith McNally…

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