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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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Test Driving Issho-Ni at Home - turning your home into an izakaya

This East London Japanese restaurant and bar doesn't just want to deliver sushi - they're bringing the whole experience to your home.…

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Fancy a Supersizers dinner out with Giles and Sue?

Well, this sounds like fun. If you're a fan of the TV show Supersizers, then here's your chance to step back in time with Sue Perkins and Giles Coren.

The pair are offering a dinner out as part of a charity auction Asks for Masks. The whole thing aims to raise funds to get PPE to places where gaps remain, from hospitals to care homes, hospices to GP hubs.

In a post on Instagram Giles says "Sue an…

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Blacklock at Home is your chance to recreate the Blacklock experience (if you can get your hands on it)

it sold out in 10 minutes last week and the same this week - before we could even write up a story. But it's still worth letting you know that Blacklock at Home is back - and that you should get yourself ready to order in when the next batch is available (every Monday). 

In case you missed the news, this is your opportunity to re-create the Blacklock experience in your own home. Together wit…

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Hackney now has a roving pub service serving freshly poured pints

Despite the Prime Minister talking about a potential July opening for some hospitality businesses, most people suspect that pubs - particularly those without big beer gardens - will be among the last places to emerge from lockdown. That's a long time to wait for a pint. Which is why East London's Forest Road Brewing Company has come up with an idea.

Their mobile pub will bring you a freshly poure…

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Little Duck Home Kitchen is the home version of The Picklery in Dalston

As we now know, restaurants aren't going to return in any kind of dine-in version until July at the earliest, so there will be an increasing amount hoping to (at least temporarily) morph into an at-home service. The latest of these is Little Duck - The Picklery who have just launched Little Duck Home Kitchen. 

The Dalston restaurant, from the people behind Ducksoup and Rawduck, have lau…

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London's bars and restaurants won't open before July (but they're still delivering)

Like pretty much the whole country, those working in the London hospitality industry tuned into the Prime Minister's broadcast tonight, to see if there was a sign of when restaurants and bars might be open.

And it does look as though there's a light, however flickery and faint, at the end of the tunnel. Outlining the new Covid alert system, Boris explained that if deaths and infection cases…

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Chefs at home - London's chefs are cooking for themselves during lockdown (8 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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Angela Hartnett's Cafe Murano starts delivery from Bermondsey

Ever since we spotted her talking on Instagram about getting ready to do takeaways, we've been waiting for Angela Hartnett to release more details. In an email to customers today she finally revealed that she'll be doing a delivery service for Cafe Murano.

Using the group's latest restaurant to open - the one in Bermondsey - they'll be doing all manner of ready-made meals and fresh pasta both to…

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Corbin & King look to help staff by giving them 50% of all voucher sales

Jeremy King is known for sending out irregular missives, with updates on the business, thoughts on Brexit (spoiler - not positive) and more besides.

Earlier this week, his latest email talked about the difficulty their staff are having with significantly reduced wages. Put simply, the service charge pool (aka the "tronc") is not included in the government furlough scheme, so many staff who worked…

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Shake Shack's burgers are back in London

Update - 7/5/20

There are even more Shake Shacks on the way! This time they're opening two Deliveroo kitchens, so they're reaching areas of London that were previously deprived of Shack Burgers and frozen custard. First up is Battersea, opening on 9 May 2020 (delivering to SW11 including Balham, Brixton and Clapham) and that's being followed up by Swiss Cottage in the near future.

Expect more to…

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