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Workshop Clerkenwell opens for evening meals and bar snacks

Looks like East London's coffee houses are expanding their market. Workshop Coffee Co (formerly known as St Ali) is the second place we've heard of in as many weeks (Shoreditch's Ozone was the first) which is extending its menu to include interesting beers, wines and hot food in addition to all manner of fine roasts that they serve up during the day.

Workshop's Clerkenwell branch is now open until…

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London French Dip stall launches at Brixton Market

If you're around in Brixton at the weekend, you might want to swing by the market for a new stall that's opening up this Saturday.

London French Dip will serve up LA-style meat sandwiches in baguettes which have been dipped in the roasting juices. It's run by food journalist Rosie Birkett and her friend Andrew Dolleymore who'll be using quality Scotch beef (PGI) supplied by nearby Clapham butchers…

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Chase Distillery to launch new terrace bar at Harvey Nichols

Chase Distillery have been making a name for themselves recently, not least for their marmalade vodka.  And soon they're coming to town with a new terrace bar in Harvey Nichols. The idea is to evoke the lovely Herefordshire countryside that the vodka's made in, whilst sitting high above the Knightsbridge traffic. To that end, they're cunningly going to blast the terrace with Penhaligons Blenh…

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Valentine Warner launches new pizzas at PizzaExpress

Back in the 1990's a young man by the name of Valentine Warner indulged his love of pizza by working as a waiter in his local PizzaExpress restaurant. Fast forward two decades and Valentine is back at PizzaExpress, this time working in the kitchen designing two new pizzas for the menu.

Valentine's obsession with seasonality, combined with his adventurous attitude to food has contributed to the con…

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Modern Indian with a British influence - test driving Cinnamon Soho

Cinnamon Soho sees chef Vivek Singh bring his brand to Kingly Street in Soho. We popped along to try it out.…

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Eat St goes west with new residency at Chelsea's Imperial Arms

Big news for fans of London's street food collective, Eat St: they're heading for a new London residency, but this time it's Chelsea rather than Peckham. Last year various vans set up shop at the Rye Hotel in Peckham - but they've gone upmarket this year taking over The Imperial Arms on King's Road. The Made in Chelsea crowd won't know what's hit them.

Rough in the Diamond, as the residency is cal…

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Reform Social and Grill opens in Marylebone with British bar snacks

We particularly like the sound of the British bar snacks that'll be on offer at a new hotel restaurant spot, the Reform Social and Grill in Marylebone. Located in the Mandeville Hotel on Mandeville Place, the snacks include duck faggots with game chips, crispy lamb bacon with mint jelly, Welsh Wagyu beef burgers and Isle of Wight tomatoes on toast.

On the drinks front, the bar's cocktail list will…

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Wright Bros' Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim will be GM at Balthazar London

[Update 7/1/13 - with new GM details]

More news on Keith McNally's Balthazar this morning. Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim, currently Operations Director at Wright Bros, has been confirmed as Balthazar's GM.

"Thrilled that my new role as GM of Balthazar London with Keith McNally has now been confirmed yesterday. Extremely excited!" he tweeted this morning."Wright Bros was a great chapter."

More to the…

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Feng Sushi to open restaurant in West Hampstead in June

Quality sushi restaurant chain Feng Sushi has just announced it'll be opening its eighth restaurant this summer - this time in West Hampstead.

The West Hampstead branch will have seats for 34 people inside and 16 seats outside for alfresco dining. 

As you might expect, if you've been into any of their other spots, the menu will include plenty of the company's signature hot dishes such as spic…

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Fred Smith's Double Cheese Stack burger at the Admiral Codrington

When sloaney Chelsea favourite, the Admiral Codrington got a makeover and a new Head Chef to boot last year, Hot Dinners was right in there in the first few weeks to check out this new gastropub restaurant. So far so good. Until it transpired over the intervening months, that we'd made a huge tactical error in not trying chef Fred Smith's burgers when we went. As word spread on Twitter about the l…

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Critics cook for chefs in Action Against Hunger’s 2012

Some of the nation’s finest Chefs gathered last night at Hawksmoor Guildhall for Action Against Hunger’s ‘Too Many Critics’ dinner. Chefs Pierre Koffmann (Koffman’s), Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston), Bruno Loubet (Bistrot Bruno Loubet) Anna Hansen (Modern Pantry) Cyrus Todiwala (Café Spice Namaste) and Jun Tanaka (Pearl), were among the eager diners as were Masterchef contestants, old and n…

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Ex-Roganic chef Ben Spalding to run Roast Sunday pop-ups

If you've been wondering what Roganic chef Ben Spalding's been up to since leaving his job as Head Chef there a few weeks ago, then we have the answer. He's teamed up with Burger Monday's Daniel Young to put on a new series of pop-up lunches called Roast Sunday.

There will be three events in total - May 20th, May 27th & June 10th - held at Beas of Bloomsbury's archway on Maltby Street. "We'll…

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Greg Malouf launches his debut menu at Petersham Nurseries Cafe

He's been in London now for a few weeks and now Australian chef Greg Malouf, who's taken over from Skye Gyngell at Michelin-starred restaurant Petersham Nurseries Cafe, has unveiled some of his first dishes for the menu at Petersham. As you might expect, they combine local, highly seasonal produce with Middle Eastern elements which is what he became known for when he ran MoMo restaurant in Melbour…

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Ozone Coffee Roasters Cafe opens up on Leonard Street, Shoreditch

Clearly Shoreditch just doesn't have enough coffee houses - as a press release has just landed on Hot Dinners' desk from a new spot opening on Leonard Street.

Ozone Coffee Roasters will be open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, serving up dishes like eggs benedict style, baked eggs with sourdough, haloumi, lentils, chickpeas, tomatoes and Labneh, a chilli, red pepper and spinach omelette and a sign…

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Hix Soho to open up for new weekday breakfast

Anyone who watched this week's Great British Menu will know that sea buckthorn is one of those 'challenging' ingredients. So it's particularly interesting to find it on a breakfast menu. The menu in question is the brand-new breakfast menu at Hix Soho which will start opening for breakfast from Monday 16th April.

Head Chef Kevin Gratton is behind the all British breakfast menu which the Soho resta…

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