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Test driving the Mall Tavern in Notting Hill

Why's The Mall Tavern of interest?

The Mall Tavern has quietly grown in reputation as a neighbourhood joint worth travelling to. Chef Jesse Dunford Wood has trained up under some top names including Sydney's Mark Best, Michel Roux Jnr and Rowley Leigh. This year he was named Rising Star in the Tatler Restaurant Awards and when he invited Hot Dinners to come and take a look at what he was up to, we…

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Trying out Street Kitchen in the City

Street Kitchen, the travelling gourmet Airstream van dishing up lunch for Londoners has a new pop-up home nestled in the heart of the City, and Hot Dinners was invited along to check it out.

A breath of fresh air for workers tired of Pret A Manger salads, Street Kitchen first caught everyone’s eye at the London Restaurant Festival. Since then, it’s been quietly popping up all over the capital with…

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Test driving Roganic's epic ten course menu

What is Roganic?

Simon Rogan is best known for his Cumbrian restaurant L'enclume, a Michelin-starred restaurant which has carved out a serious reputation for serving challenging food from locally sourced ingredients. It's a restaurant praised highly by foodies and one which most recently made an appearance on Coogan and Brydon's The Trip.

Roganic is Rogan’s new London restaurant, run by head chef…

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Test driving stylish Italian Massimo at The Corinthia Hotel

What is Massimo?
It’s a new London Italian restaurant run by Massimo Riccoli, who also runs the fish-only Rosetta in Rome.

Where is it?
Just near Embankment tube – inside the new Corinthia Hotel, another of the surprisingly numerous five star hotels to open in London in the past few months.  The Corinthia itself looks every bit the star, with plenty of staff just waiting to cater to your every…

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Trying Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House, Marlow

What is Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House?
Adam Simmonds is the fine dining restaurant at Danesfield House, a luxury hotel situated in a massive 19th century mansion overlooking a bend in the Thames just outside Marlow. As you'd expect in this neck of the woods fellow diners are either hotel guests or local well-to-dos, but they should include foodies looking for an out-of-the-ordinary hotel dining…

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Trying the Unusual Pairings at Maze

Why are you trying Maze now? Isn’t everyone else headed in the opposite direction to Pollen Street Social?

Well yes, the departure of Jason Atherton to open his own restaurant has meant the spotlight’s been off Maze recently, but new chef Alex Marks has put together an Unusual Pairings menu he wanted us to try and we’ve never liked following the herd.

Who is Marks and what should we know about him…

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Trying out Marcus Wareing's The Gilbert Scott at St Pancras

What is The Gilbert Scott?
The Gilbert Scott is a new venture from Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing. But there’s a reason his name isn’t over the door - he’s staying at the Berkeley, while The Gilbert Scott is presided over by Wareing’s protege Chantelle Nicholson who, together with head chef Oliver Wilson, has created a menu which draws on all kinds of historical British dishes from yesteryear…

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Testing Gordon Ramsay's Petrus Masterclass

Backseat Batalis rejoice! A new chef masterclass series - otherwise known as culinary bootcamp for beginners - has been launched at Gordon Ramsay’s plush Belgravia eatierie Petrus. Diners are taken straight into the heat of the kitchen in full lunch service swing in a class designed to take the chef’s table experience up a notch.

Hot Dinners was invited along to learn a few tricks of the trade.

Wh…

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Hot Dinners test drives the Riding House Cafe

Hot Dinners tries out the New York inspired restaurant in Fitzrovia.…

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Hot Dinners tastes tapas at the Opera Tavern

The past year or so has been something of a magic makeover for Covent Garden as it gradually transformed from being a culinary wasteland where only those who thought a tofu burger or Cornish pasty were the giddy heights of what the food world could offer would enjoy eating there, to something of a dining destination in its own right.

Recently we've witnessed the opening of some serious restaurants…

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