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Jolene returns to Newington Green and is launching Jo to Go set meals

Next up on the comeback trail is Newington Green's Jolene (sister restaurant to Primeur and Westerns Laundry). The restaurant is opening in phases starting from Wednesday 20 May, kicking off with "breads, pastries, soups, pastas, savoury pastries, wine" and more added as they get into things. So if you're in the area and have been missing their lovely bread - this will be very pleasing news to he…

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Chefs at home - what London's chefs are cooking for themselves during lockdown (15 May)

Looking for inspiration during lockdown? With chefs at home rather than in their restaurant kitchens, many of them are showing just what's possible to knock up in your own home. We've picked five of the best examples we've spotted on Instagram from the past week.  …

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Le Relais De Venise launch a delivery steak & chips sarnie called La Baguette

When you've made your name by sticking to a tried and tested formula, it would take something pretty momentous to change that. But that's a pandemic for you.

For 60 years, Le Relais de Venise has really been a one-dish restaurant. They serve up a simple menu of salad, steak and frites and dessert. And that's it.

But these are trying times we're in and so the company have decided to bring in La Ba…

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The Fortnum's food and drink awards winners for 2020 are revealed

You aren't going to see many awards ceremonies this year, what with everything being closed and the whole social distancing thing. But that didn't deter Fortnum & Mason last night. Their awards are primarily about food writing, so this year they moved the ceremony online, presented by Claudia Winkleman as usual, and with a special guest appearance from Stephen Fry. 

So here's who won an…

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Jake Finn was about to open Lila - now he's delivering food to all of London

 

Obviously, the lockdown has meant big changes for many - not least the restaurants that were due to open in the last couple of months. One of those was to be Lila, a restaurant that's going to open in Notting Hill. It's by Jake Finn who was formerly at La Petite Maison, The Ritz, Coya, and Social Eating House. 

But as with many restaurants, he's moved to delivering instead - kicki…

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Selfridges' Brass Rail restaurant reopens for takeaway

Following the reopening of Selfridges Food Hall two weeks ago, probably the most-asked question was, "But when is The Brass Rail reopening?"

The restaurant, which first opened way back in 1966, has been serving New York-style sarnies for over 50 years. So its many fans will be pleased to hear that it's now back in business. The restaurant is now open and doing and offering of Hot Salt Beef S…

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Test Driving the Burger & Beyond Stay at Home burger kit

The new Burger & Beyond DIY kit aims to give you perfect restaurant-quality burgers in the comfort of your own home. We gave it a go.…

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Bread Ahead launch interactive online baking workshops

 

One result of the lockdown is that it seems to have turned an awful lot more people into budding bakers. But if you're finding that learning from books or the odd Instagram live tutorial isn't quite doing it for you and you don't know what you're doing wrong, then Bread Ahead may have just the thing.

Their Instagram Live tutorials are already popular but they're now taking that one step for…

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Dumplings' Legend reopens for business delivering xiao long bao and more

Well now, this is welcome news. Given how much Chinatown suffered in a drop off in trade the weeks before lockdown, any signs of revival there are doubly appreciated.

So we're delighted to reveal that one of our favourite hangouts in London, Dumplings' Legend, is back up and running.

The restaurant announced yesterday that it had moved to delivery, with "Stir-fry and Xiao long Bao and our favouri…

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MEATliquor is back, delivering burgers to London

We're writing more and more about restaurants that are slowly reopening after the initial pandemic shutdown and the latest to join them are burger merchants MEATliquor. …

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Homeslice are back, serving up pizza for delivery from Marylebone and Shoreditch

 

13/5/19 - updated with Shoreditch details.

The next restaurant to return from lockdown is Homeslice pizza - starting with Marylebone and following up with Shoreditch. They're open for both delivery and collection, setting up shop on Supper and Deliveroo.

It's a limited menu as they've adapted for social distancing rules - so here's what you can expect:

  • Margherita - tomato sauce base, mozza…

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Yes, it's true. McDonald's is finally reopening...

Updated 13 May 2020 with Drive-Thru news

It's the news that a lot of folk have been waiting for. McDonald's today confirmed that it will be reopening its first UK restaurants within the next two weeks.

In a statement, the fast-food giant said it would reopen 15 restaurants on 13 May. They would be serving up a limited menu (no breakfast to start with for anyone craving a sausage and egg McMuffin)…

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Clipstone has reopened, preparing meals for Fitzrovia (and delivery too)

The Woodhead Group are already having big success with the Quality Chop House delivery service (even though we're experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms from going so long without one of their pork pies). Now the same group have reopened another restaurant - Clipstone in Fitzrovia. 

They're both open as an online shop, but also as a shop providing food for the locals. If you're nearby, they…

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Gymkhana is reopening for delivery (alongside Hoppers, Trishna and Brigadiers)

 

Returning triumphantly in February after recovering from a major fire, the revamped Gymkhana was open for just over a month before being closed again due to the lockdown. But no more - one of the best Indian restaurants in town is gearing up for another reopening. 

Like many central London restaurants, they'll be appearing on the Supper website/app and all their classic dishes should b…

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Rice Error, the new rice box delivery service from Bao, is here

Updated 12/5/20 with new location opening dates

If there's one new delivery venture in London that everyone has their eye on, it's Rice Error from the people behind Bao. First off, here's what they say about the overall service:

A delivery service brought to you by BAO. Specialising in rice boxes using award-winning Chi Shang rice from Taiwan. The design of the boxes are inspired by the popu…

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