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Paul bakery is back - with 10 shops opening for takeaway and delivery across London

Next up on the comeback trail is Paul, the French bakery with sites all across London. As of now, seven of their bakeries are open again in: Canary Wharf, Hampstead, Holland Park, South Kensington, Hammersmith, Marble Arch and Wimbledon, Three more join them on Monday - Chelsea, Earls Court and Islington.

The bakeries are open for both takeaway and delivery serv…

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Lina Stores, the 75-year-old Italian Soho stalwart, launches its online deli

They were open in Soho for over 75 years before the lockdown hit, but that isn't keeping Lina Stores down. If you've been missing one of London's top Italian delis, the news that they've re-opened as an online-only shop should certainly help.  

And it's a very fully-stocked online shop too, kicking off with something they've become best-known for - their pasta. They have fresh pasta ava…

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London's Chinatown keeps its spirits up by getting chefs and restaurants to share recipes

London's Chinatown has certainly been one of the city's hardest-hit areas by Covid-19, having seen its business decimated weeks before the official lockdown started.

So it's good to hear about a new campaign to keep at least the spirit of the place alive, until we can visit again. #BringingChinatownHome is all about allowing Londoners to explore, take inspiration and enjoy Chinatown without leavi…

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Arabica's new Mezze To Your Door service includes DIY falafel and more

We've made no bones about how much we enjoy the food at Arabica. So much so that if we're not popping into their King's Cross restaurant, we're grabbing stuff to go at their deli in Selfridges (obviously all of this pre-lockdown).

So we're quietly thankful that they've joined the growing ranks of restaurants offering a delivery service. Once a week they'll be sending out everything from falafel k…

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Klose & Soan from Winemakers Deptford kick off food delivery

One thing we've noticed since the lockdown began is that dining at home is becoming more and more interesting as restaurants devise new dishes and ways to deliver them into the hands of punters. If you've been feeling left out of this in South East London, then you'll be pleased to know that the latest to make this move are Klose and Soan, in charge of the food at Winemakers in Deptford (and…

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Test Driving Benares at Home - the Mayfair Indian restaurant comes to your doorstep

In its normal setting, Benares is a fine-dining twist on Indian food in Mayfair, but how does that translate to an at-home setting? We decided to find out. …

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Ceres in Stoke Newington re-launches online with a new Southern European menu

Originally set up as a supperclub by owner Camille Tardieu, with southern European food inspired by her Sicilian and Provencal grandmothers, Ceres has been a popular Stoke Newington restaurant ever since its opening in late 2018. But if you've been missing them since they closed at the beginning of the lockdown - then you'll be very pleased to hear that they're on the way back. 

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On the Pass by Warren's sees the Cornish butcher selling London restaurant meat to the public

The closure of London's restaurants has had a huge impact, not least on the top quality food producers supplying the industry. But now one butcher in Cornwall has come up with a genius idea for boosting business.

Philip Warren, down in Launceston, has been a byword in butchery excellence for many years. More recently it and the farms it works with, have built up a strong business supplying top Lo…

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Old Chang Kee are now delivering their curry puffs across London

Old Chang Kee's Singaporean curry puffs have a lot of fans (pre-lockdown, they sold 1.5 million of them worldwide every month), and have been very popular here thanks to their restaurants in Covent Garden and Fitzrovia. But if you've been missing those curry puffs, then you'll be very pleased to hear that they're now being delivered all across London. 

The puffs are frozen (hence the cross-L…

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The Athenian goes plant-based for their latest souvlaki deliveries

 

More and more restaurants are going delivery-only during the lockdown, but we haven't seen quite as many vegan restaurants make the move, so far. One that is shifting is souvlaki merchant, The Athenian. They're launching a whole new delivery service on Deliveroo called Athenian Plant-Based (really on-the-nose with the naming).

On the menu, they'll have, available as a wrap or in a box:

  • Sig…

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Chefs at home - London's chefs are cooking for themselves in self-isolation (17 April)

Looking for inspiration? With chefs self-isolating at home, many of them are showing just what's possible in your own kitchen. We've picked five of the best from the past week.  …

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Selfridges launch DIY food kits to keep you busy, including halloumi, bacon and more

 

Have you been furloughed and currently have a little more time on your hands? Selfridges think that now might be the time to kick off a project or two, so they have a range of food kits to get stuck into at home. 

First up are the cheese-making kits - four kits with everything you need to make goat's cheese, Scottish Crowdie, Mediterranean and halloumi. So yes, that's right - you could…

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Peckham's Coal Rooms are back as Fat Boy BBQ (bringing their Sunday roasts too)

Peckham's Coal Rooms are back - but not quite as they were before the lockdown. While the main restaurant is closed, they've just launched a new spin-off called Fat Boy BBQ. As you might imagine, it's all about American-style BBQ food. On the menu they're promising:

  • Dirty South Short Rib (Korean BBQ glaze and red chilli pickles) 
  • The Peckham In & Out Burger (Single or double beef p…

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Jackson Boxer's Orasay is now delivering to Londoners

Over the past few weeks, Jackson Boxer has been tormenting foodies by posting pictures of sandwiches he's been doing at his restaurant Orasay for lucky regulars.

But now, he's extending the joy. He's just started a new delivery service whereby you can order all manner of deliciousness delivered to your door.

"I change the menu every day based on what I feel like cooking, but not a total overhaul,…

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Farang launch their new Larder service with meal kits, ready meals and more

Over in Highbury, top Thai restaurant Farang has an interesting new offering during Lockdown. With just the one chef - owner Sebby Holmes - in the kitchen, they've launched Farang Larder this week.

As the name suggests they'll be offering a range of food, drink and meals to fill up your store cupboard and fridge.

There are five recipes kits. Choose from red, green, jungle and massaman curry kits…

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