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Holborn Dining Room's Calum Franklin is bringing out a pie book

File this under "now that's something good to look forward to".

We (and many, many others) have often waxed lyrical about Calum Franklin and his preternaturally gifted skills at pie-making. But how - how? - could we ever hope to get to that level of pie crafting? It looks like the answer is on the way because he's about to release a book that's all about pie craft. 

Called The Pie Room (afte…

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Jack Monroe and Matt Tebbutt join forces for Daily Kitchen show on the BBC

Twitter burst into spontaneous virtual applause today with the news that the BBC has commissioned Jack Monroe for its newest cookery programme. Following weeks in which Jack's legions of fans urged The Beeb to bring the author, famous for her budget-conscious recipes, to the screen it seems the corporation has finally taken note.

After a bit of a hiccup yesterday, when Jack herself broke the stor…

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The Clarence in Stoke Newington kicks off a delivery service with pies, dauphinoise & more...

Just pre-lockdown, we wrote about new pub The Clarence, which saw a Stoke Newington institution taken over by the people behind the much-loved Anchor and Hope. Alas, then came the lockdown and they managed only five days trading before being forced to shut. Strange times indeed. But if you didn't manage to make it around there and live locally, you now have a new chance to try their food as they…

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Test Driving Le Marche des Chefs hampers - Hot Dinners At Home

With every restaurant in London shut (except for those doing deliveries), their suppliers are looking for new customers. The good news is that London's foodies are the beneficiaries.…

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Claridge's hotel reopens to put up NHS workers during the Covid-19 crisis

It's sad to witness any businesses closing their doors during the London lockdown. But seeing landmark hotels, which had remained open throughout both world wars, battening the hatches seemed somehow worse.

So we were thoroughly cheered to see the story in today's Standard about the reopening of Claridge's hotel to NHS workers. The folks at the Maybourne Hotel Group told Hot Dinners they'd "asked…

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The Quality Chop House Shop is back in action

Have you been going low on pork pies and confit potatoes? Well, if you're local to Clerkenwell, the painful wait is over. The Quality Chop House shop closed just as the current lockdown began, as many restaurants were unsure of their next moves. But as of today, they're back in action.

There's a slightly new look - things have been moved around to facilitate social distancing - but they're promis…

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There will be no World's 50 Best Restaurants awards this year

As there are no actual restaurants open in many places across the world right now, the people behind the World's 50 Best Restaurants have made the fairly sensible decision to delay their next awards until 2021. After all, even if there are a few restaurants open somewhere, nobody can actually travel to get to them. 

So, the main list is going to be furloughed for a year, assuming that's what…

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Beam cafe is coming to Notting Hill (post-lockdown)

They've already opened successful cafes in Crouch End and Highbury and next up for Beam is a move west to Notting Hill.…

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Cyber Fest - a virtual beer fest - is coming

Obviously, there aren't and festivals happening right now - particularly beer festivals. But that isn't stopping beer delivery service Beer 52. They're launching a virtual beer festival, Cyber Fest, where you can drink along at home. 

You'll be able to order the beers in advance (12 of them) and the virtual festival takes place between 6 and 10pm on 17 April, live-streamed online. There will…

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The Cheese Bar kicks off a mac n cheese delivery service

In these trying times, comfort food is really where it's at, and Camden's The Cheese Bar is certainly delivering on that. As well as sending their Cheese Truck all around London on a mission to deliver cheese, they've also converted the Camden Cheese bar to be a delivery hub for mac n cheese, called MacDaddy. 

There are six types on the menu, which are: 

  • Daddy'$ Dollar - Baron Bigod br…

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Officina 00 in Old Street starts delivering pasta and Instagram pasta masterclasses

After opening last year, Officina 00 has won plenty of praise, not least a rave review by Marina O'Loughlin in The Sunday Times. But if you've been missing your Officina fix since the lockdown, they're about to re-open, this time offering delivery. 

It's a mix of ready to eat, as well as fresh pasta that you can make at home. For the cook at home selection, there's 100g of cavatelli, corzett…

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Mayfair's Benares creates Benares @ Home for fine dining Indian food, delivered

London has its fair share of great Indian fine dining restaurants - but if you've been missing them, one of them is ready to bring that fancy experience to your home. Benares has kicked off Benares @ Home, delivering food from their Mayfair kitchens via the Supper app/website. Dishes include:

  • Classic vegetable samosas chaat with white pea curry, yogurt and tamarind
  • Tandoor grilled prawns dr…

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Patty & Bun are selling Ari Gold and Smokey Robinson burger kits at HG Walter

In a crisis like this we all have to work together, which is just what Patty & Bun and top butcher HG Walter are doing. They've launched The Lockdown DIY Patty Kit to enable you to make Patty & Bun burgers at home.

There are three boxes available with the ingredients to make two classic P&B burgers - the Ari Gold and the Smokey Robinson. All you'll need to do is provide the lettuce an…

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Morty & Bob's are running a live cheese toastie masterclass

We've already talked about the Bread Ahead series of live tutorials (which are proving to be very popular) and now we hear of another venture that sounds like a must-watch. Missing your favourite cheese toasties from Morty and Bob's? Well, they're going to show you how to make these beauties from the comfort of your home. 

Here's what they say you'll need: "semi stale sliced sourdough, coupl…

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The country's on lockdown, and food delivery is the answer

So, we're on lockdown. We knew it was coming and, last night, Boris finally delivered.

What does this mean for London's restaurants and cafes? In the immediate aftermath of the latest government announcement, many of the restaurants that were in the process of moving to delivery decided to close their doors for the foreseeable future. In many cases, they were worried about further changes and als…

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