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Trying out the new menu at Grain Store Gatwick

Airport food is certainly getting more sophisticated - it's come a long way from the days when a soggy panini and a flabby croissant were the best you could expect. Now - after Gordon Ramsey's Plane Food and Heston's The Perfectionist's Café at Heathrow - Bruno Loubet is bringing his Grain Store concept to Gatwick's South Terminal, with a dramatic open kitchen behind a 5 meter long glas…

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We try the MAST Brothers and Rivington Grill Chocolate experience

Here at Hot Dinners we like a good cocktail. We also like chocolate. But mixing these two lovely things together tends to conjure up images of the sickly sweet, syrup-laden glasses that we haven’t looked at since uni. So when we were invited to preview the new Chocolate Cocktail menu at Rivington Grill Shoreditch in association with super-cool New York chocolatiers MAST Brothers, curiosity got th…

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Test Driving Hoppers in Soho - another triumph from the Gymkhana folk

It's the latest restaurant from the people behind Gymkhana, taking over the space left by Koya. Can Hoppers live up to huge expectations? We find out. …

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Truscott Cellar - we Test Drive a fine example of a modern London wine bar

If this bar shows what the future holds for Londoners - then the news is all good.…

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Test Driving Sexy Fish - Richard Caring brings va va voom to Berkeley Square

This was an instant London hit from the moment it held its star-studded party, but the food at Sexy Fish is worthy of its own space in the spotlight…

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Test Driving Bernardi's - much more than just a great neighbourhood Italian

We pop back to Connaught Village for another new opening - this time it's the very impressive Italian restaurant Bernardi's.…

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Test Driving Rivea at the Bulgari's chestnut menu

There are many reasons to love autumn: not least the bounty of seasonal produce on offer, from pumpkins to chestnuts. To celebrate - Rivea London, the Alain Ducasse restaurant in the swanky Bulgari Hotel, is putting on a special chestnut themed menu for the next month.

It might be a high-end place, but they've kept a sense of humour: every dinner begins with a game - a tray of brightly coloured d…

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Breakfast at Burberry's - we Test Drive Thomas's Cafe at Burberry's on Regent Street

The luxury brand Burberry cafe now has a breakfast menu - we went to check it out.…

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Test Driving Joyeux Bordel, The Experimental Cocktail Club's French bar in Shoreditch

 

On a recent brisk Tuesday evening we had the pleasure of test driving Joyeux Bordel cocktail bar. Joyeux Bordel translates in French to ‘happy mess’ and not ‘happy brothel’ as you may perhaps prefer to believe. We left feeling very happy, and thankfully not in a messy state.

Joyeux Bordel is the sixth bar from the legendary Experimental Cocktail Club. A dark door on Curtain Street, a few minutes…

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Different for all the right reasons - we Test Drive The Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square

Ingredients you'll never have heard of and a dining room that makes you want to linger - we Test Drive the new Modern Pantry in Moorgate…

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