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Burger & Beyond add more DIY kits, with Truffle Tots and Krispie Fried Chicken on the menu

 

One thing that has seen something of a boom during the lockdown is the humble DIY meal kit. We've seen some excellent ones appearing over the past few months, not least the Burger & Beyond Bacon Butter Burger kit, which we were rather taken with

Yet, much as we like a good burger, there's more to enjoy at Burger & Beyond. Until now, there's been a distinct lack of sides in th…

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N5 Kitchen is a weekend pop up at Maison Bleue by Highbury Fields

Spare a thought for London's catering companies. All their work stopped the minute events were cancelled and, unlike restaurants, who knows when large gatherings might be back in our diaries again?

One such company, who's moved to a different way of doing things is N5 Kitchen. This Islington-based catering company has started popping up at Maison Bleue Cafe near Highbury Fields every weekend.

The…

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Upcoming London Bridge restaurant Sollip kicks things off as a Korean grocery

A Korean husband and wife duo with experience at The Arts Club and The Ledbury are opening their first restaurant in London. …

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Frenchie starts delivering - including their bacon scones

Next up on the home delivery front is popular Covent Garden restaurant Frenchie - who are kicking off delivery this weekend. 

Most importantly, this means that you can order chef Greg Marchand's amazing bacon scones and have them delivered right to your door (three for £12) or the alternative goat's cheese scone, if you fancy.  

Otherwise, it's a set menu affair with three courses…

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Chefs at home - what London's chefs are cooking for themselves during lockdown

Over the many long weeks we've been in lockdown (wait - is that still actually on?) we've really enjoyed bringing you our weekly roundup of what London's chefs have been making for themselves at home.…

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Brigadiers becomes the retro off-licence Daru Shop, selling

There's something of a change happening to Brigadiers, the city bar/restaurant that's run by the people behind Gymkhana. As it'll be a while before it can return completely to normal, it's being transformed into a retro Indian off-licence - aka the Daru Shop. 

Everything will be served through a hatch and there are two very important elements. First, you'll be able to get a takeaway pint of…

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The Cookdown releases recipe books from London chefs to help the homeless

This is a good idea which, in turn, actually does good. During normal times, the charity StreetSmart would be raising funds for the homeless through donations added to the bill in restaurants. But while restaurants remain shut, they've had to diversify. 

The plan they've come up with is to get some of London's top chefs to create online recipe books - the sale of which will raise funds…

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Test Driving Around The Cluck - chef James Cochran's celebration of fried chicken

James Cochran's Islington restaurant 1251 has opted for a menu celebrating fried chicken for its delivery option during lockdown. We gave his burgers a go.…

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London's West End to be pedestrianised for outdoor summer dining

 

If you've been wondering how on earth restaurants in the centre of London are going to reopen, when restrictions lift next month, well we now have more of a clue.

Westminster Council today published a detailed document listing the measures they're planning on taking to help businesses reopen - particularly those in the hospitality industry - while also adhering to current government guideli…

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Tom Kerridge is bringing his Drive & Dine Theatre to London this summer

At a time when there appear to be no summer festivals on the foreseeable horizon, we have to say that this new wheeze from Tom Kerridge and the Pub in the Park team sounds like a perfect substitute.

Drive & Dine Theatre will be a mash-up between a drive-in cinema and a food festival and it's coming to London for the summer. On the movie front, there'll be the world’s largest mobile HD LED scr…

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From The Ashes BBQ sees three chefs unite for a BBQ hatch in Hackney Wick

 

Challenging though the lockdown has been, every now and again it delivers a ray of sunshine and this new opening in Hackney Wick is certainly it.

From The Ashes BBQ comes from three chefs - Frank Fellows, Martin Anderson and Curtis Bell who had been left unemployed due to the lockdown and decided to started their own business, having all met previously when they worked at Temper.

As they sa…

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Dishoom are delivering a bacon naan kit

When Dishoom opened again for delivery, we noticed the curious absence of the mighty bacon naan. The main reason for this is simply that it doesn't travel well - so they've found a way around this. Behold - the bacon naan kit!

The kit contains everything you need to start the day well by creating two freshly baked bacon naan rolls. Each kit has smoked streaky bacon from Ramsay of Carluk…

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Indian Accent is the latest casualty of the Coronavirus lockdown

As many restaurants in London get ready to reopen - with the proposed 4 July date approaching fast - we're starting to hear more and more about the restaurants that didn't survive the lockdown. The latest to add to these is the acclaimed Indian Accent. The news was announced on their website, saying:

This difficult decision was made as a last resort after carefully considering all the factors in…

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Yard Sale and Mangal II team up for a kebab/pizza mash-up

If you've ever been stuck wondering whether you fancied a pizza or a kebab more - then the answer is simple. You need Yard Sale's latest collaboration which allows you to have both at the same time! 

The pizza group have teamed up with Dalston institution Mangal II for The Mangoal II. As the name suggests, the collaboration was going to be to celebrate Euro 2020 - but now it's celebrati…

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Daniel Humm adds his EMP lobster boil to Davies and Brook's delivery menu

Having bounced back to life with the fried chicken box that everyone wants to try, now Claridge's restaurant Davies and Brook is expanding its delivery menu.

New this week is a Louisiana-inspired Lobster & Shrimp boil box which, they say, is "an evolution of a dish we premiered at Eleven Madison Park."

The original dish was devised by chef Daniel Humm for EMP's Hamptons pop-up back in 2017. B…

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