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Attend the Virtual Food Festival with Rick Stein, Gizzi and more

Now that we're practically in summer it'd be nice to be thinking about heading to a food festival over the coming months. Well now, as part of the new normal, in addition to perusing our Staying In section for delivery inspiration, you can still attend that food festival.

Following the success of the first one that they ran last night, the folk at Rick Stein are holding another Virtual Food…

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Goodburger sees the Coqfighter team turn to beef

The Lockdown isn't stopping new restaurants from starting up in London, as seen by the latest addition to the Coqfighter family. Best known for their super, fried chicken in Soho and Shoreditch (both still delivering now) they've decided to expand into beef - with the launch of Goodburger (nope - not related to the movie).

Here's what you can order right now if you're in Uber Eats range from Shor…

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Nando's are back in London! Four restaurants across the capital start delivering

This is not a drill. Nando's are starting to reopen their restaurants.

Last night, Nando's revealed to a customer that they had quietly reopened seven restaurants in the UK and Ireland - four of them in London.

Having initially opened to "support the NHS and local charities" - they have so far delivered over 10,000 meals to those - the restaurant chain was using that to see how they could safely…

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Jose Pizarro and Lurra both reopen for delivery - it's good news for Spanish food fans

It's a good week for Spanish food lovers in London. Two of the city's best Spanish restaurants are reopening for delivery. So if you can't get to Galicia or Extremadura, then at least you can enjoy the gorgeous food from that region in your home.

First up is José Pizarro who has opened a delivery and collection service from his restaurant Pizarro in Bermondsey. On offer, you'll find a range of cl…

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Test Driving Hide at Home - Michelin-starred delivery to your door

Ollie Dabous' Mayfair restaurant Hide is now delivering high-end meals. We find out how a Michelin-starred kitchen adapts for the new way of things.  …

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Gloria and Circolo Popolare from Big Mamma go takeaway with pizzas & more

Over the past year and a bit, the Big Mamma restaurants Gloria and Circolo Poplare have become huge hits in London. But while it might be a little time before everyone packs into a restaurant like their massive Fitzrovia outpost, that doesn't mean that you can't have a little piece of Big Mamma to take home.

During lockdown, both restaurants are being turned into a mix of deli and pizzeria as a c…

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Cornerstone is selling its salmon pastrami and trout ham

This weekend, Hackney restaurant Cornerstone had its second birthday. But as they're currently closed for business, it was a bit of a quiet affair, marked only with a post on Instagram by chef and owner Tom Brown.

While the restaurant itself is closed, clearly Tom wants to keep busy so he's been making his 'sea-cuturie' cured salmon and trout available for pick up from his restaurant. The salmon…

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Jackson Boxer's Brunswick House delivers a very seasonal menu (and very impressive sandwiches)

He's already serving a delivery menu at Orasay in Notting Hill, and now Jackson Boxer has also kicked off delivery across the river at Brunswick House in Vauxhall. 

It's quite the extensive menu too - made up of both sandwiches and also food to be finished at home. The sandwiches sound extremely impressive, including "Fried Chicken Thigh, Bacon, Comté & Burnt Chilli Mayo (pictured above,…

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Chefs at home - London's chefs are cooking for themselves during lockdown (24 April)

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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Rye by the Water returns to Brentford - and Darby's is delivering

Another much-appreciated local bakery-cafe has reopened for business. This time it's the turn of Rye by the Water in Brentford, which is backed by The Dairy's Robin Gill and Dan Joines. Back in the bakery is head baker Janine Edwards and she's currently baking croissants, pain au chocolates, olive and gruyere bread twists and - of course - sourdough bread.

Like many other bakeries and cafes, they…

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Burger & Lobster returns for delivery

Next up on the comeback trail following lockdown is Burger and Lobster. They closed down originally just over a month ago, but now they've reopened their flagship Mayfair store (we're yet to hear if any more are due to open). 

Obviously it's for delivery only, and while there's a limited menu on offer, Burger & Lobster has always had a limited menu. Right now it's their original burger (…

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A free make-your-own Magnum kit is here

London may not be seeing the return of the Magnum Pleasure Store this year - for fairly obvious reasons - but that isn't stopping them. If you can't come to the Pleasure Store - it's coming to you. 

Magnum are teaming up with Deliveroo for a new Make My Magnum kit. Which is essentially a kit for pimping your Magnum. 

The kit contains a pack of Ruby Magnums (which we've become rather add…

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Patron are launching their Maison Patron delivery service

Poor old Patron barely got a chance to open its second restaurant in Highbury before the shutters came down for lockdown. So we're pleased they've managed to sort out a new home delivery service at both their original Kentish Town restaurant and the new Highbury location.

The Maison Patron menu does sound just the ticket for when you want to pretend your North London flat is actually a bijoux apa…

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Wild Tavern is back, with USDA steak and lobster pasta to take home

 

One of the Test Drives we did in the run-up to The Lockdown, was the rather wonderful Wild Tavern in Chelsea, from the same people behind Goodman and Burger & Lobster. Like many other restaurants, they've been closed since lockdown began but now they've emerged once more, kicking off a takeaway service for local Chelsea residents. 

Their new takeaway menu is mainly about allowing y…

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Nando's is getting Aitch and Jesse Lingard to do Insta cookalongs

You've got to hand it to Nando's - they're exceptionally good at making the most of their huge fanbase. And while they're closed due to the Lockdown, they've enlisted some A-list support for their food.

From this week they'll be getting singers, rappers and sports stars to cook their favourite Nando's dishes on the restaurant chain's Instagram feed. Singer JGrrey starts the six part series this T…

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