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Marcus Wareing shifts the Berkeley to a British focused menu

Following on from the very British affair that is the Gilbert Scott, Marcus Wareing is changing the direction of his flagship restaurant at the Berkeley.

The two star Michelin restaurant has traditionally had a modern French menu but, following the trend for ultra-local sourcing of British seasonal produce, that's about to change. Apparently Wareing has been inspired by the search for recipes for…

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Time Out Eating and Drinking 2011 awards winners revealed

It's clearly awards season with the AA Awards being announced last night, Michelin next week and now Time Out reveals its own winners. They've been drip feeding us the shortlist for a number of weeks, but now the winners have been announced as:

Best new restaurant: Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Best new fine dining: Pollen Street Social

Best new cheap eats: Manchurian Legends

Best new local restaurant: Ma…

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Galvin brothers pick up top chef's gong at AA Awards

Chefs, restaurateurs and hoteliers were out in force at London's Park Lane Hilton last night for the AA Hospitality Awards where London and the South East did pretty well thank you very much.

Probably the most important announcement of the night was that Surrey restaurant The Latymer at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot would be joining the ranks of just seven other restaurants in the country given the fu…

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Harrods opens new Steakhouse restaurant in the Food Halls

It's all go at Harrods. Not only are they about to welcome uber-chef Thomas Keller for his French Laundry pop-up, but they've just opened up a brand-new meatfest experience in the foodhall. The Steakhouse features steaks made from 21-day, dry-aged Aberdeen Angus beef.

If you take a look at the picture (right) you'll see the fridges housing the cuts of meat. Diners get a choice from a range of fill…

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Details for the soft opening dates for Hawksmoor Guildhall have just been tweeted by co-owner Will Beckett today. It's 50% off all food, so well worth trying to get a table for it.

The soft opening will run from Tuesday 18th-Friday 21st October and then from Monday 24th-Friday 28th October. It covers breakfast (8-10.30), lunch (12-3) and dinner.

You can book tables of up to 10, no bigger and make…

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The Rookery bar and restaurant to open on Clapham Common

(Updated) The Rookery, a new dining and drinking spot, is opening soon in Clapham Common. We caught up with Mark Angell, who's behind the project, to find out his plans.

"It's a small venture, with no big backers," he told us, "just people that want to do things properly. We're aiming to offer something along the lines of a great NYC neighbourhood bar in Brooklyn or the Lower East Side with high s…

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News reaches Hot Dinners today of two rather interesting appointments in the restaurant world.

The first is finding out who the Head Chef will be in the Asian Room at upcoming Mayfair spot Novikov. That position has been filled by Jeff Tyler, who comes to London via the Mandarin Oriental in Marrakech. His credentials sound pretty impressive, having spent the early part of his career learning…

Read more: Head chefs announced for Mayfair's Novikov and Fulham's Manson restaurants

Harvey Nichols launch cocktail pairing menu for British Food Fortnight

In honour of British Food Fortnight (17 Sept - 2 Oct 2011), the Fifth Floor Bar at Harvey Nicks is serving up a marvellous-sounding cocktail and food pairing menu throughout September.

You can try:

  • a Chase Vodka Lady Marmalade with Alderton Marmalade cured ham
  • a Tipsy Pig cocktail with Williams Apple Gin and Rhubarb Liqueur which is paired with a pork pie
  • a Bloody Mary Martini teamed up with a Sc…

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In addition to all the official events happening over the fortnight that is this year's London Restaurant Festival, Hot Dinners was given an exclusive early look at  some of the more interesting fringe events taking place.

Boris pizzas
Pizza Express will be putting on two new £10 pizzas for the month - a Boris pizza 'with mop of grana padana' and Red Ken with an 'abundance of red tomatoes'. Th…

Read more: Boris pizzas, butchery demos and ski bar all part of London Restaurant Festival's Side Orders

London's top chefs to cook for Redhook's Cornish Grill lunchclub

If your idea of a perfect Sunday lunch starts with someone else making it for you, then you'll probably like the idea behind The Cornish Grill, a new lunchclub lauching at Redhook in Farringdon this coming Sunday.

It's the brainchild of South-Western food supplier Matt Chatfield who launched The Cornish Grill pop-up restaurant at the Manor House Pub in Clapham this summer, serving up some of th…

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If you weren't lucky enough to get a table at the upcoming French Laundry pop-up at Harrods next month, another chance to book has just turned up. Every night of the ten-night pop-up, a table for two will be up for grabs for charity.

Guests are being invited to bid in a charity auction in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for the table of two for any date between 1st October t…

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Test driving Wolfgang Puck's Cut at 45 Park Lane

What is Cut?

This is the first London restaurant for American celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck - the man behind Spago and the chef who's the official caterer for the Academy Awards. On paper it's a steakhouse in a luxury hotel, in practice our lunch here was one of the best meals of the year.

Where is it?

Cut is the hotel restaurant for 45 Park Lane, a new-build boutique hotel which is part of the D…

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Bill Granger heads up London Restaurant Festival's Eat Film

Can't wait till November to try out Bill Granger's new restaurant? Then the London restaurant festival will give you an opportunity to meet the man as he presents his fave foodie movie as part of this year's events.

Eat Film is a regular event for the London Restaurant Festival, where a food-related movie is matched up with a dinner. This year they're joining up with cookery writers, getting them…

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Polpo's Russell Norman to open Jewish deli Mishkin's in Covent Garden

Update - find out more about the menu here.

Polpo's Russell Norman and Richard Beatty have, after much speculation, finally announced their fifth restaurant in just over two years. 

Steering away from the Italian influenced Polpo and Polpetto, but still retaining the New York inspiration, the pair are opening Mishkin's: "a kind of Jewish deli with cocktails".

The Polpo group's head chef Tom…

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The Balcon Parisian brasserie to open on Pall Mall

We're rather excited to learn this morning about a beautiful new dining room which is set to open in London next month. The Balcon, which will be on Pall Mall, sounds absolutely fabulous. Designed by Russell Sage, the man behind Hot Dinners' favourite bar of the moment, the Zetter Townhouse - it'll be a 'grand brasserie' offering Anglo-French food.

The Head Chef Chef Vincent Menager has worked und…

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