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The AA's Restaurant Guide 2020 adds 27 new London restaurants

The new AA restaurant guide for 2020 is out and London is storming ahead of the rest of the country.

London got 27 new entries in the book (there were 140 new entries in total). The guide contains over 2,000 restaurants currently awarded Rosettes for culinary excellence by the AA’s professional inspectors.

New this year for London are the following restaurants:

  • The Rex Whistler Restaurant, SW1
  • H…

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The Duke of York in Haggerston is reopening - and this time it's all about the booze

Updated 17/10/19 with menu and images

If you've been wondering what's going on at the Duke of York on Downham Street (where the old Beef & Brew was) then let us enlighten you.

It's expected to reopen today under new management. Running the show now is Barworks - the folk behind Mare Street Market, The Well & Bucket and more. Hot Dinners spoke to the company's co-owner Marc Francis-Baum wh…

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The Cheese Bar rounds up some of London's best for Mac n Cheese collabs - inc Polpo, Bleecker, Darby's & more...

They've just launched their cheese conveyor belt and now the Cheese Bar is getting ready for their next event - a Mac and Cheese collaboration with some of London's finest, taking place at their home in Camden. On each of the five days, the guest chefs will come up with their own special mac and cheese - the only rule being that the cheese must be British. 

Here's what's planned:

  • 14th Octob…

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Mac & Wild tempt Liverpool Street workers with a new toastie and sausage roll menu

If you work in or around Liverpool Street, you could of course have your usual sarnie from Pret or Birley for lunch today, but a new tempting alternative has just arrived that you might want to check out.

Mac & Wild in nearby Devonshire Square have opened a Grab and Go section filled with (their words) cheese porn worthy toastie treats.

Key to that is a new Toastie and Sausage Roll menu with…

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Behold the Dishoom Bacon and Egg Naan Pizza Pilgrims pizza

This year has been a big year for Dishoom's iconic bacon naan. First, they decided to supersize it, introducing the Bacon Double Naan in April. Now they've gone one further - teaming up with the chaps at Pizza PIlgrims for a special edition pizza - and it's all in aid of charity.

The Dishoom Bacon and Egg Naan Pizza sounds like a food collab made in heaven. Plus, every time you eat one Pizza Pilg…

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Chelsea is getting a new wine bar as Bottles moves west

Wine bar Bottles goes west. There will still be the selection of Italian dishes matched with their large wine selection - and a hidden private dining room too. …

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Hovarda invites Istanbul's Akali Burger to London for lunchtime burgers

For just one month, Hovarda in Soho is bringing Istanbul's best burger to London as Akali Burger take over the lunch menu. In Istanbul, the restaurant started as a fusion diner and a boutique bakery but slowly became known for serving some of the city's finest burgers. 

Every burger comes in an 80g, 160g or 240g sizes (alas it doesn't look like the 800g size is making it over), and…

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Madrid's Amazonico rainforest restaurant is coming to London - updated

Amazonico is best described as a luxe rainforest-themed restaurant - with a menu that takes in European, Asian and South American cuisines. It's been a big hit in Madrid and is now opening in London. …

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Emile on Curtain Road is a residency by the Drapers Arms' Nick Gibson and chef Damian Clisby

10/10/19 - updated with soft launch details

Well, this is exciting. If you've been wondering who's taking over the site vacated by Rok on Curtain Road, then we have the answer. It's going to be a long term, six-month residency Emile - run by Damian Clisby ex Restaurant Director of Petersham Nurseries, and Nick Gibson, landlord of the Drapers Arms.

In an Instagram post, Gibson revealed that he was…

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Test Driving Seabird - What's that in the sky? London's hottest new restaurant.

We head up to the 14th floor of the Hoxton Southwark and fall hopelessly in love with this high rise seafood spot where the decor is pure Miami but the vibe is all London.…

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Slapfish bring their chowder fries and shrimp tacos to London

A US seafood chain - founded by an award-winning food truck chef from Orange County, California - has landed on the shores of Camden. Slapfish is the brainchild of Andrew Gruel - a chef turned restaurateur, who's fairly well known across the pond as a contestant and judge in shows like Food Truck Face Off (yes - we'd watch that).

The company is all about serving up sustainable seafood - thei…

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Copper Chimney Indian restaurant is the latest addition to Westfield

Copper Chimney have several popular restaurants in India and this will be their first in the UK - opening at Westfield London in White City. Expect all of the dishes that have been popular in India, all cooked with the same techniques from the very first Copper Chimney in 1972.  …

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Muse sees Tom Aikens return to fine dining in Belgravia

Chef Tom Aikens has been out of the fine dining game for a while, but his new Belgravia restaurant seems him return to that with a tasting menu inspired by his life so far.…

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Fodder is in residency at Brixton's Shrub and Shutter for a six-month stint

9/10/19, updated with the opening menu

The Brixton-based Shrub & Shutter have announced their next kitchen residency. After Secret Samosa Club winds up, chef Michael Thompson (formerly of Grosvenor House, Pollen Street Social, Claridge’s Fera and Lyan Cub) is bringing in sustainability-focused Fodder for a six-month pop-up from October. Thompson, who until recently was head chef at Ryan Cheti…

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Elizabeth Haigh brings Mei Mei by Kaizen House to Borough Market

We've already brought you the info about Borough Market Kitchen, which sees the market entering food court territory - and one of the more exciting openings there was news about Mei Mei by Elizabeth Haigh, the highly regarded ex-Pidgin chef. Now we have a little more info about what she's planning. It's all based around Singaporean "Kopi Tiams" (meaning "coffee shops") - a big part of Singaporean…

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