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Test driving the Northall at the Corinthia

What can you tell us about the The Northall?

It's one of two restaurants in the new Corinthia hotel (the other being Massimo), the huge new hotel near Whitehall. It focuses on sustainable British food (the menu shows the provenance of all the ingredients) and is under the direction of Michelin-starred Executive Chef Garry Hollihead (who has previously done time under Marco Pierre White at MPW and…

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Test driving the Admiral Codrington in South Kensington

What can you tell us about the Admiral Codrington?

Once the roaming ground of the determined and thirsty Sloane ranger, the Admiral Codrington has somewhat sobered in its reputation, and clientele of late, and adopted a much more tranquil and food-focused approach.

Still first and foremostly a pub, The Admiral’s front bar area is nicely decorated with dark wood panelling and rich upholsteries. Hea…

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Gooseberries and fig leaves arrive on the new ZTH bar menu

It's our favourite bar in London at the moment, so when Hot Dinners were invited to try the new cocktail selection at the ZTH bar in the Zetter Townhouse, we were more than eager to rush down to the Clerkenwell bar.

The new cocktails have been designed by Zetter/69 Colebrooke Row master mixoligist Tony Conigliaro and stick to the ZTH's mantra of simple, seasonal cocktails based around the travels…

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Tasting pichounettes at Angelus

On a balmy London evening, Hot Dinners were invited to try out the Pichounettes at West London's Angelus, the fine dining restaurant just a few minutes walk from Paddington station.

What on earth is a pichounette?

Essentially it's a bunch of small dishes combined to make one great big plate. The Chef at Angelus, Martin Nisbet, has pulled together two plates of sweet or savoury pichounette selecti…

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Test driving the Devonshire Arms in Chiswick

What can you tell us about the Devonshire Arms?

As an ex-Gordon Ramsay location ‘at the wrong end’ of a leafy Chiswick street, new gastropub The Devonshire Arms may have some cynics to convince.

Stocking the kitchen with a heavyweight in the form of David Philpot, previously of Le Caprice and Dean Street Townhouse, was the first step to impressing West Londoners – and we at Hot Dinners were lucky…

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Test driving Baity Kitchen in South Kensington

What's so interesting about Baity Kitchen?

Described as a ‘mood food’ deli , Baity Kitchen is quietly turning heads with a simple, middle Eastern based menu in well-heeled South Kensington.

Although this casual spot’s deli offerings may not immediately turn heads, this is more than run-of-the-mill grab-and-go eaterie.  Baity Kitchen is taking a leaf out of popular gourmet takeaway spots such…

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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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