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The Langham launches

A drink billed as "the world's coldest martini" easily grabbed Hot Dinners' attention, so last night we jumped at the chance to test out the Langham's new groundbreaking cocktail.

The Langham's barman, Alex Kratena, has been dabbling with science in an effort to create a new type of drink for the hotel's bar, utilising his new "anti-griddle". It's much like its name suggests - a large plate that f…

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With the much-delayed Savoy hotel launch getting closer, all eyes are now on Gordon Ramsay to see what he can pull off for the formerly much-loved Savoy Grill.

It's fair to say that the opening of Ramsay's last restaurant, Petrus, did really not generate a huge amount of interest outside of the traditional restaurant press. Ramsay was, allegedly, not even in the country for the launch day and whil…

Read more: Ramsay casts a wide net for the new Savoy Grill

While Roux at Parliament Square has had some mixed reviews since its opening, most of the criticisms were aimed at the décor and design as opposed to the cooking itself.  So it was a surprise to hear that head chef Daniel Cox is already moving on after only 10 weeks.  A replacement is yet to be announced, and time will tell if the new chef decides to revamp the restaurant as well as the menu.

The…

Read more: Roux chef moves on, Washington Post reviews London restaurants and more...

True love for Trullo

Islington gets a pinch of River Cafe magic, and we talk to the men responsible...…

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Taking a leaf from the American food movement Outstanding In The Field, Harvey Nichols restaurants across the UK will be taking diners out of the city and into the countryside to eat food where it's produced, on the farm.

The 'Handpicked by Harvey Nichols' event for London will have Jeremy Bloor, Head Chef at OXO Tower Restaurant, escorting Londoners to a dairy farm just outside Sevenoaks in Kent o…

Read more: Oxo Tower Restaurant pop-up in Kent countryside

Hotel Terravina - world class wines in the New Forest

Barely 90 minutes from London's Waterloo station, the Hotel Terravina is a pretty much perfect overnight stay for anyone who is interested in food - and more particularly wine. It's owned and run by Gerard and Nina Bassett whose provenance as far as hotels go is impeccable - Gerard spent six years at Chewton Glen, Nina was a hotel inspector and together (with partner Robin Hutson who now runs Lim…

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Searcy launches new expanded Champagne Bar at Westfield

Hot Dinners was over at Westfield last night for a celebratory glass of Pommery champagne (or two) in honour of the opening of an extension to the Searcy's Champagne Bar.

Recession - what recession? The place was packed with fashionistas - and the odd foodie - cheered to find a comfortable area to charge their glasses with fizz.

The new section of the champagne bar can also be booked for private p…

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Tickets go on sale today for this year's London Restaurant Festival Gourmet Odyssey tours. There are four tours to choose from on Saturday 9 October 2010, and for your £135 you get a glass of Mumm chamapagne in the Met Bar to start and then visit three restaurants in turn for a starter, main course, dessert and accompanying wines.

We reckon the Piccadilly tour, featuring the newly-opened Pierre Kof…

Read more: Gourmet Odyssey Tours for the London Restaurant Festival go on sale

Heston Blumenthal's Waitrose range gets our thumbs-up

Hot Dinners was full of the festive spirit (and food) last night when we attended the Christmas launch for Waitrose in Fitzroy Square. While it was rather surreal checking out the latest gifts and party food for December in the middle of July, what we were mainly looking forward to trying was some of the new Heston Blumenthal range of food developed exclusively for the supermarket.

Scheduled to hi…

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There was an air of confusion on Twitter yesterday when news broke of the opening of another offering from Polpo owner Russell Norman. We'd been aware for a while that Polpo would be opening a second restaurant, Spuntino, at an undisclosed location in Soho - that's being blogged about here.

However it was a bit of surprise to learn that before Spuntino opens, another, smaller Polpo will be launched…

Read more: Polpetto - Russell Norman reveals plans for third restaurant

Iconic London restaurant Christopher’s Bar and Grill looks set to get a bit of an image overhaul following its sale to Ambar Paul, son of the Indian industrialist and British peer Swraj Paul.

In interviews with various Indian newspapers following the purchase, Paul said he was intending to spend up to £1million giving the 18-year-old restaurant a makeover to try and bring down the average age of d…

Read more: Christopher's Bar and Grill getting makeover from new owner

The weather might be slightly off the boil at the moment, but you can pretend you’re in sunnier climes this week (and get a free drink to boot) by taking part in the Tio Pepe tapas trail. Many of London’s finest Spanish restaurants are taking part in the promotion, including Fino, Barrafina, Pinchito Tapas, Moro and Bar Pepito, all of which are offering a free glass of Tio Pepe fino sherry with ev…

Read more: Free sherry at London's best Spanish restaurants

Ye Gods – how is it possible that in summer 2010, a  survey by TripAdvisor could choose London as being the worst place to eat out in Europe? And if that wasn't insulting enough, brace yourself to hear who we beat to win the crap cuisine accolade -  Liverpool and Birmingham. But hey, we’re presumably supposed to be pleased that the 2,963 respondents – including 559 British travellers – gave us a c…

Read more: London the worst city to eat out in Europe allegedly

A few more tantalising details have emerged today about the new Hawksmoor restaurant opening in Seven Dials this Autumn.

In addition to all the usual meaty goodness you’d expect from a Hawksmoor offering, the Covent Garden branch will apparently also feature a Josper grill for seafood so they’re promising some new dishes such as grilled Dublin Bay Prawns or Hand-dived Scallops on the new menu.

Both…

Read more: Hawksmoor to launch Hot Dog at new Covent Garden branch

Soho's new Foodlover's market launches on Rupert Street

Hot Dinners was up in Soho bright and early this morning to see foodmarket impresario Henrietta Green preside over the launch of the new Foodlovers market on Rupert Street (just north of Shaftesbury Avenue). The unusual juxtaposition of sex shops and stallholders gave the market a perfectly Soho look and feel. Apparently it's been adopted already by several restaurateurs who are putting on special…

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