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Biggest news of the week without doubt is the Times story that the Post Office Tower restaurant is to re-open. Apparently BT are already on the hunt for a household name to take on the revolving restaurant at the top of the tower. Hot Dinners had the good fortune to be taken to the restaurant several times during the seventies and while we can't remember a jot about the food, we do remember the he…

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Five minutes with Sat Bains

Hot Dinners catches up with Nottingham's Sat Bains to find out where he's eaten well this year and why the customer is always right…

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Talking to Ed Martin about gastropubs

Hot Dinners finds out what makes the perfect gastropub from Ed Martin

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Exclusive: Trevor Gulliver talks about the new St John Hotel

When news slipped out on the internet last week that the St John empire was expanding westwards to Soho with the addition of a new restaurant and 16-room hotel, Twitter was on fire. But the only news to be had was a brief interview in Design Magazine which was swiftly put where only subscribers could see it.

In an attempt to liberate that information, Hot Dinners has been pursuing Fergus Henderson…

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One of the biggest restaurant stories to hit the internet this week has to be the news that Fergus Henderson is expanding again. Henderson whose Smithfield resturant St John currently sits at number 14 on the San Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurant list, already has a second restaurant St John Bread and Wine in Spitalfields.

An eagle-eyed blogger spotted a St John awning over a building site j…

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Sriram Aylur from Quilon

Hot Dinners talks to chef Sriram Aylur, chef at the Michelin-starred Quilon, about his new beer-matching menu and how a maturing cuisine is resulting in those all-important stars for Indian chefs in London.…

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He's one of the world's most celestial of chefs already, with 15 Michelin stars to his name, but it seems that Alain Ducasse has other-worldly ambitions. In an interview with this month's Yes Chef! magazine, Ducasse, who is already working for the international space programme, admits to wanting to launch a restaurant on another planet.

'Making any kind of food can be an exciting challenge...That'…

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First London Restaurant Festival Awards results

To Shoreditch last night for the inaugural London Restaurant Festival Awards where the great and the good of London’s restaurant scene – and Hot Dinners – gathered to celebrate the best of the bunch. Fay Maschler had promised us awards which  would ‘reward attributes like bravery, passion, discovery, ceremony, wit and warmth.’ Among the guests there we spotted critics Giles Coren and Tracy Macleod…

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Ferran Adria hints at fewer El Bulli tables to come

To the Restaurant Show at Earls Court today where celebrated chef Ferran Adria from El Bulli had words to strike fear into anyone who's still trying to get a reservation at his restaurant. It seems that Adria has been in talks with his El Bulli colleagues about the future of the restaurant and one option is to make the whole thing more intense. In practical terms, that may mean opening the restaur…

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Top chefs cook Sunday lunch at the London Restaurant Festival's Big Roast

Another landmark event at this year's London Restaurant Festival was The Big Roast, held this Sunday at Leadenhall Market.  Nine of the city's top chefs got together to cook Sunday lunch for hundreds of people lucky enough to get a ticket.  With all of those involved personally overseeing all the cooking, it was a good opportunity to see some of London's leading chefs in action. Hot Dinners went a…

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All aboard – Hot Dinners takes the Pall Mall Gourmet Odyssey bus

Who could resist the idea of having a meal where every course is served by a different London restaurant and the mode of transport between each is the much-beloved Routemaster bus?

Clearly, plenty of foodies were attracted to the idea of a Gourmet Odyssey – one of the key events of this year’s London Restaurant Festival – with crowds milling around the Metropolitan Hotel reception yesterday mornin…

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Chocolate Unwrapped at the May Fair Hotel

In between feasting with the great and the good at the London Restaurant Festival, Hot Dinners spent an all-too-brief hour to do the rounds at Chocolate Unwrapped – the public-facing part of National Chocolate Week.

Held at London’s May Fair hotel, it featured talks and tastings from a variety of chocolatiers. We caught most of a talk by the charismatic Paul A Young, whose book on chocolate – Adve…

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Starter for 10: Critics vs chefs at Vinopolis

Hot Dinners rounded up yesterday’s coverage of London Restaurant Festival events at the Starter for Ten Quiz at Vinopolis which pitted critics against chefs. In the quizmaster’s chair was none other than Bamber Gascoigne, who claimed kinship with LRF co-founder Fay Maschler as it was his uncle Quentin Crewe whose position at the Evening Standard’s restaurant critic Fay took over, way back in 1972.…

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Pierre Koffmann's Selfridge's pop-up restaurant launches

Hot Dinners reports back from lunch at Pierre Koffmann's pop-up reincarnation of Tante Claire, high on the rooftop of London's Selfridges store.

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Quaglino's hosts London Restaurant Festival opening party

The first London Restaurant Festival opened in style last night with a glitzy party at London’s revamped Quaglino’s restaurant, hosted by Vanity Fair. Chefs and celebs were in attendance – as were the restaurant’s famous cigarette girls, brought back for the evening by D&D London.

Among the guests scarfing down canapés such as H Forman smoked salmon on pumpernickel, boudin of pike and lobster…

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