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Ice Cream Union open their first parlour at Pavilion Road

We've long been fans of Ice Cream Union, from back in the days when they used to serve directly out of their warehouse in Spa Terminus, just around the corner from Maltby Street. But now the business has truly come of age, opening its first parlour in chichi Chelsea.

The attention to detail and sourcing is key - from the Original Beans Cru Virunga chocolate they put in their Stracciatella to the…

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The Dairy's Counter Culture goes Irish for March and April

The Dairy's next door counter restaurant Counter Culture has been roaming the world in inspiration for its menus. Recently we've had Mexican and Caribbean food - and now they're gearing up for the next. This time, they're going back to their roots - owners Robin and Sarah Gill's Irish roots to be specific, with a two-month Irish menu (which handily coincides with St Patrick's Day). And it's not t…

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Amsterdam's The Avocado Show comes to London, popping up at Bluebird in Chelsea

We already have Avobar in Covent Garden, and now there's a new all-avocado experience coming to London if you just can't get enough of them. This time it's the turn of The Avocado Shop, a pretty popular Amsterdam restaurant (that's also appeared in Brussels). 

As you can imagine - there are a LOT of avocados on the menu (which they pride themselves on getting them from sustainable resources)…

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Caffeinate while you shop when BEAR opens in Jack Wills' Soho branch

Next time you pop into Carnaby Street’s Jack Wills, BEAR’s new in-store cafe will be on hand to ensure you’re fueled up with coffees, croissants or if it’s after 5pm, a glass of something stronger while you flick through the rails. …

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Polpo is selling restaurants as it faces a massive tax bill

It's a sad day today for the London restaurant scene as news broke that Russell Norman's Polpo group was in trouble. The news came in industry newsletter Propel which revealed that Polpo was seeking "to seek a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) and sell two loss-making central London sites as its faces a £500,000 tax bill." 

It's probably not the most unexpected of news. And it certainly ca…

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Michelin-starred street food pop-up Hawker Chan returns for 3 days

If you’ve been kicking yourself for missing Hawker Chan’s temporary visit to London last year - and considering the frankly epic queues, we don’t blame you - then here’s some very important news.

The Michelin-starred street food chef is returning once again to King’s Cross this March! Which means you’ll have a second chance to try his legendary (and very affordable) Singaporean cuisine. And this…

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144 on the Hill is Richmond Hill's newest spot, and they have local mead

144 on the Hill is Richmond Hills' latest swish bar and restaurant, offering a 'turf-to-table' menu featuring local ingredients like honey from Richmond beekeepers, plus vegan and veggie options, and a live music lounge. …

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 Island Poke teams up with LA's Nancy Silverton for their latest collaboration

Hawaiian-inspired Island Poké are keeping things fresh with another collaboration for their ‘Guest Bowl’ series, and this time they've teamed up with top US chef Nancy Silverton, who’s come up with Salmon Poké Nicoise bowl for the occasion. 

The limited edition bowl, inspired by the classic salad dish, will see sashimi-grade salmon paired with sliced new potatoes, cherry tomatoes,…

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The winners of the 2019 World Restaurant Awards are revealed

The winners of the first  World Restaurant Awards have been announced. Firmly placing the laurels on their head for 2019 is South Africa's Wolfgat, whose foraged ingredients and fresh seafood saw them take home Restaurant of the year and win the Off-map destination category. 

Meanwhile, London's very own Noble Rot beat Le Baratin and Roscioli to take first place in the 'Red-wi…

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Basque cooking school Mimo opens first UK outpost in Borough Market

This Basque-based cookery school is making the move to London's Borough Market for its first UK branch, and it's bringing with it classes to help you master pintxos, paella and more Mediterranean classics. …

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Good news - Marcus Wareing has just put his custard tart back on the menu in Knightbridge

One properly iconic London dish is Marcus Wareing's custard tart. Adapted from his own grandmother's recipe, it first hit centre stage when it was picked as the dessert course in the first ever Great British Menu back in 2006. That's when Marcus cooked it for the Queen’s official 80th birthday lunch at Mansion House.

At the time he told The FT, "The challenge is in getting the right balance betwe…

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Bambusa on Charlotte Street will be a new Asian cafe from the Roti Chai group

Looks like Charlotte Street is getting ready to welcome a new all day Asian café. Bambusa is the latest opening from the team that brought us Roti Chai and Chai Ki.

Open from breakfast through to supper "offering an eclectic range of breakfast and all-day dishes with global influences, initially focused on flavours from across South East Asia." That's down to founder Rohit Chugh's past two y…

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Scandi meatballs, sausage roll goals and brilliant brill - London's Instagram food feed

Once more, we showcase the highlights of what's currently shining in our Instagram feed this week and halting any thoughts of a diet.…

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Bleecker's Hospitality Action charity day returns for 2019

 

This year, Bleecker are once again putting all their profits to one side to support Hospitality Action, the charity that supports and build awareness around mental health and addiction in the hospitality industry. Last year they and some restaurant partners across London raised over £10k so we're hoping for even better this year. 

It's something that's particularly personal to Ble…

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