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Hot on the heels of our exclusive that Pitt Cue Co would be running a BBQ trailer under Hungerford Bridge on the South Bank for four months, launching on Friday, comes news that another barbecue joint is opening up in London - this time on Hoxton Square.

Red Dog Saloon will open in early June and is billing itself as 'the most authentic American BBQ restaurant in the capital'. That's fighting talk…

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Heston Blumenthal creates Ultimate Burger for Waitrose

The genius marketing partnership that is the tie-in between Heston Blumenthal and Waitrose continues with news today that Heston has created a very special burger for the supermarket...just in time for barbecue season.

The immodestly-titled Ultimate Burger will be in stores this week and costs £4.49 for a two-pack.

It's a wholly different type of burger to anything you'll find in supermarkets, as…

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Pitt Cue Co launch barbecue trailer on London's South Bank

We know how fond Londoners are of their meat, so we'll expect queues round the block when Pitt Cue Co unveil their BBQ trailer on the South Bank this coming Friday (20 May).

The trailer is the brainchild of Jamie Berger (one of the UK's first importers of Cobra beer) and young Winchester chef Tom Adams. Berger's mum comes from the deep south of America, hence the predisposition to fire up the barb…

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Wright Bros Soho launch two oyster summer feasts

We'll have to admit, until we went to Wright Bros Soho last week, we thought oysters should be firmly off the menu from May to August because of the old 'No R in the month' rule. Restaurant owner Robin Hancock and manager Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim took it upon themselves to thoroughly disabuse us of that notion in a most delightful way. Turns out it's actually Britain's native oysters which are v…

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Finding out what's new at Taste of London 2011

It's always one of our favourite foodie events of the summer and this year's Taste of London looks set to be an unmissable affair.

Hot Dinners spent a lovely lunchtime this week flitting between three of the restaurants who'll be at this year's festival for the first time, Scott's (which is serving up octopus carpaccio with slow roasted datterini tomatoes, capers and rocket, shrimp burger and str…

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Selfridges' Project Ocean lines up top chefs for workshops

As part of its Project Ocean season to promote sustainable fishing, Selfridges has persuaded a frankly stellar line-up of top chefs to put on seafood demonstrations at its Oxford Street Store over the coming month.

Every Thursday, names such as Fergus Henderson, Bruno Loubet, Jason Atherton and Angela Hartnett will put on free cookery demonstrations in Selfridges' Food Hall. If you don't manage t…

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Hot Dinners talks to MasterChef 2011 winner Tim Anderson

Hot Dinners caught up with MasterChef 2011 winner Tim Anderson to find out what sort of restaurant he is planning on opening, why he had to quit his job and where he likes to eat out in London.…

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Trying the Unusual Pairings at Maze

Why are you trying Maze now? Isn’t everyone else headed in the opposite direction to Pollen Street Social?

Well yes, the departure of Jason Atherton to open his own restaurant has meant the spotlight’s been off Maze recently, but new chef Alex Marks has put together an Unusual Pairings menu he wanted us to try and we’ve never liked following the herd.

Who is Marks and what should we know about him…

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While everyone else in London was gawping in front of the TV at Made in Chelsea, the rest of the SW1 set were gathering at the Langham Hotel for Tatler's restaurant awards.

Somewhat surprisingly the posh mag moved out of its comfort zone and picked a few places we wouldn't have expected of them, including Columbia Road's Brawn as Best Newcomer and Polpo owner Russell Norman won Restaurateur of the…

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Gelupo launches same-day gelato delivery in London plus Harvey Nicks pop-upHere's a great idea for London bosses, guaranteed to turn sweltering office slaves into your adoring minions - gelato delivered to your door. From today, Gelupo, Soho’s award-winning gelateria, will be offering Londoners same-day delivery on any of their fabulous daily flavours if you order online before 5pm. It's also a pretty nifty idea if you're looking for an effort-free but impressive dessert…

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News round-up: Indian pop-ups, Borough traders evicted and more

Earlier this week, Hot Dinners popped over to the Oval for the launch of Sriram Aylur's Quilon pop-up. This will be the first time that the Michelin-starred Quilon has appeared anywhere other than its current St James location. It'll be in place for the international tests in the Oval this summer - so that's seven days in total.  However, there is a catch - if you want to eat at the pop-up, y…

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When it first opened a year ago, Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental drove London foodies – ourselves included – into a frenzy of excitement over their burgers (the charcuterie was pretty good too).

So we’re happy to announce that as part of their celebrations for the restaurant’s first birthday they’ll be offering diners a special birthday burger consisting of Moroccan spiced lamb patty with swee…

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Bubbleology launches bubble tea cafe in Soho

It's not every day you get invited to sample 'bubble tea', a milky or clear tea-based drink primarily distinguished by its thick layer of chewy tapioca pearls at its base. Bubble tea originated in Taiwan, and it's all the rage in New York right now, apparently.

Nevertheless, Hot Dinners put aside any preconceptions, and headed down to Rupert Street to attend the launch of Bubbleology, the newest e…

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Trying out Marcus Wareing's The Gilbert Scott at St Pancras

What is The Gilbert Scott?
The Gilbert Scott is a new venture from Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing. But there’s a reason his name isn’t over the door - he’s staying at the Berkeley, while The Gilbert Scott is presided over by Wareing’s protege Chantelle Nicholson who, together with head chef Oliver Wilson, has created a menu which draws on all kinds of historical British dishes from yesteryear…

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Five minutes with Bistro du Vin’s Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn

We sit down with Jason Atherton to find out what we can expect from his new restaurant, Pollen Street Social, and why it’s the stuff of his dreams.…

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