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Polpetto launches new menu and starts taking evening reservations

We've loved Polpetto since it first opened but the tiny restaurant above the French House isn't the easiest place to get a table.  Up until now, bookings have only been taken for lunch with dinner open for walk-ins only.  From September 26th, that's all set to change. Alongside the launch of a new menu, you'll be finally be able to book a table at Polpetto for dinner.

The change is partl…

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[Updated 29 November 2011] Pizarro will open on Monday 5 December 2011.

 José Pizarro's tiny tapas place in Bermondsey, José, already has a huge following but if there's one thing that irks, it's not being able to get a seat. Thankfully, the Spanish chef is about to open a new and bigger restaurant called Pizarro just down the road from José.

Pizarro, which is also on Bermondsey Street will h…

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Welsh beach forager wins Street Food Awards and coveted Olympic Village spot

A Welsh streetfood van in the first year of operation won a coveted trading spot in London's Olympic Village when it came top of the British Street Food Awards 2011 this weekend.

Cafe Môr from Pembrokeshire combines foraged food with sustainable seafood and specialises in seaweed. For the finals of the Awards, which took place at Harvest at Jimmy's, they turned up in a clapboard-style van, built b…

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Test driving the Northall at the Corinthia

What can you tell us about the The Northall?

It's one of two restaurants in the new Corinthia hotel (the other being Massimo), the huge new hotel near Whitehall. It focuses on sustainable British food (the menu shows the provenance of all the ingredients) and is under the direction of Michelin-starred Executive Chef Garry Hollihead (who has previously done time under Marco Pierre White at MPW and…

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Camel ice-cream and exploding cakes at the Experimental Food Society

Want to try some camel ice cream? Yes, that's camel, not caramel. Or perhaps you've always fancied taking a bite out of a chocolate Eiffel Tower? Feeling particularly adventurous? How about some pan-fried lambs testicles? If all is making your mouth water, the festival with a difference from the Experimental Food Society could be right up your street.

The main focus of this off the wall event will…

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Cocoa Club dessert plan Harvest Festival pop-up at Dalston's Avo Hotel

Forget celebrating Harvest Festival with a random selection of assorted canned fruit. Head over to Dalston instead where East London chocolatiers Niko B Organic Chocolates are going to be hosting a very special dessert pop-up dining club at the boutique Avo Hotel this September

The Hackney-based chocolate makers will be putting together a four-course 100% organic, 100% dessert bespoke menu to be h…

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Pont de la Tour puts on Paul Bocuse dinner for 20th birthday celebrations

Tickets have just gone on sale for an amazing one-night-only dinner that will allow London diners to enjoy the cuisine from Lyon's legendary Paul Bocuse restaurant without having to leave the city.

As a celebration of its 20th birthday, riverside restaurant Le Pont de la Tour will be hosting senior chefs from the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon on 11 October 2011 for a very special dinner. The French…

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Michelin-starred chefs take to Old Vic Tunnels for London Restaurant Festival pop-up

We're rather partial to a good pop-up restaurant, but details released last night of one planned for the 2011 London Restaurant Festival sound particularly brilliant. The Minotaur will take over the tunnels beneath the Old Vic offering food from top Michelin-starred chefs from across Europe between 10-25 October 2011.

Run by Kofler & Kompanie, pioneers behind European pop-up restaurant Pret a…

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Nick House and Piers Adam, who own the much favoured by young royals Mahiki as well as running Guy Ritchie's Mayfair pub The Punchbowl, have opened their first gastropub.

The Markham Inn opened very quietly on Elystan Street in Chelsea yesterday.

Chef Mark Blatchford is in the kitchen - and he should know his stuff, having helped launch Soho House New York and worked in Claridges and Racine.

The M…

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Hippodrome Leicester Square reopens in 2012 with casino and Heliot Lounge Bar & Restaurant

The Hippodrome Leicester Square has been many things over the years: most recently it's been host to cabaret The Clique, before that it was a Peter Stringfellow nightclub, in the 60s and 70s it was Talk of the Town.

Right now it's undergoing a £36m refurbishment to turn it into a massive four-floored casino complete with restaurant, private dining rooms and a two-tiered smoking terrace.

The Heliot…

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Dalston’s Ridley Road Market launches podium pop-up restaurant

Honestly, we're rather flummoxed by a press release we've just had in for a pop-up restaurant experience that will be gracing Dalston’s Ridley Road Market for four weeks this September.

Ridley's will be a pop-up with a difference, being a two-storey, outdoor restaurant made out of scaffolding serving up food from the nearby market stalls. Diners will eat at a communal table overlooking the market…

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Canteen to open all day restaurant in Covent Garden

Further proof that Covent Garden is the hottest place to open a restaurant right now comes with today's news that Canteen is opening an all-day restaurant and bar in the heart of Covent Garden.

Canteen Covent Garden, which will run until Christmas, will focus on British food and drink, serving up everything from Welsh rarebit to beetroot-cured salmon with pickled cucumber and horseradish cream, pr…

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Babbo owners to open Fornata in Soho

The owners of Italian restaurant Babbo are to join a mass of new restaurants opening up around Soho.

Their new restaurant will have exposed kitchens on two floors and a focus on food for sharing.  It'll be an all-day affair, starting with breakfast at 8am and finishing up around 1am in the cocktail bar, which will also be available for counter dining. 

You can expect traditional breads a…

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Poilane to launch Cuisine de Bar restaurant in Chelsea

Poilâne, the renowned French Artisan bakery, which already has a shop open on Elisabeth Street is to open its first London restaurant on Cadogan Gardens in Chelsea.

The all-day dining restaurant will, as you might expect, feature bread from its nearby shop and its unique feature will be the eating bar. From there, you'll be able to order tartines and more and watch as the restaurant's chefs prepa…

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10 Cases bistro launches in Covent Garden

A new bistro, the 10 Cases, is launching in Covent Garden. We caught up with co-owner Ian Campbell to find out more about the restaurant.

How did you get started?

The 10 Cases is basically 2 people. Will (Palmer) and I lived together at university and decided then that accountancy wasn’t really going to do it for us. Cooking at University for me evolved pretty quickly from spag bol to finding the…

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