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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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The Good Egg are now doing a Bake Your Own Babka kit

Right up there among some of London's very best baked delights is the chocolate babka from Stoke Newington's The Good Egg. But if you've been missing your babka fix since the lockdown began, then The Good Egg have your backs. They've just launched a Bake Your Own Babka Kit to let you recreate it all at home. 

The kit comes with everything you need - flour, sugar, yeast, butter, egg, chocolat…

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Test Driving the Patty & Bun lockdown DIY burger kit

Have you been missing Patty & Bun? They've just released their DIY burger kit, so we took on the task of making the perfect Patty & Bun burger from home. …

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Chefs at home - London's chefs are cooking for themselves during lockdown (11 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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Eat and cook with other Londoners at The Deli Cat - a virtual supper club

Online wine tastings, where you try wine (sent to you in advance) from the comfort of your own homes, have been around for years. But the current Lockdown has encouraged food and restaurant folk to try something similar.

The Initiative are a hospitality group behind various openings in London's burgeoning food market scene. Now they're running a weekly event where chefs and folk stuck at home can…

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Darby's in Nine Elms is opening its hatch as a bakery and deli

8/4/20 - Update - after temporarily closing, the Darby's hatch is now up and running again.

Down in Vauxhall, Robin Gill and his team at Darby's are opening their hatch, having turned the restaurant into a baker/butcher/deli and wine shop in response to the Covid crisis.

"We have wonderful ingredients that we do not want to go to waste," Gill wrote on Instagram, "given that the supermarket shelve…

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Leon has launched its new delivery service, Feed Britain

They may have closed all their London restaurants, but now Leon are back with a completely new service that delivers right across London. Called Feed Britain, they're looking to make it easier for people to order essentials, including ready-cooked meals, while also supporting the produce industry and the NHS. 

The new service covers three areas - essentials, fruit & veg and family meals…

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Côte launch Côte At Home - bringing their restaurants to your door

We've been talking a lot about what London's more independent and high-end restaurants are doing since the lockdown but, of course, the chains are finding it hard too. So it's interesting today to see how Cote is mixing things up. As first reported on Big Hospitality, they're about to launch Côte at Home.

The new side to the business "delivers high quality produce from our kitchen, cellar and but…

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Dominique Ansel Bakery extend their Cronut delivery range for Easter

In the past few weeks, we've seen more and more restaurants, cafes and bakeries open all over town, offering delivery for the first time. But every so often there's something that you really want but you just happen to be outside the delivery zone. Well, if a Cronut is what you crave, then Dominique Ansel Bakery is here to help.

For the Easter weekend, they're extending delivery to a much wider L…

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Mark Hix's restaurants go into administration

We all know how tough it is in the restaurant business right now, so we're sad to be reporting the demise of Mark Hix's restaurant empire.

The news was broken by The Telegraph over the weekend, which revealed that all of Hix's London restaurants would be closing, along with businesses of his outside the capital. That'll affect three London sites in total - Tramshed in Shoreditch, Hixter Bankside…

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The Feelgood Food Feed - cheery news during the coronovirus crisis

If you're looking for news stories to take your mind off the awfulness of the current coronovirus crisis, you've come to the right place. Here's what the food world are doing to make things just a little bit better.…

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