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A model makeover - we Test Drive The Cleveland Arms in Paddington

It's always nice when an overhaul of a lovely old pub manages to retain its character while bringing new talents to the table - we went to check out The Cleveland Arms in Paddington.

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Test Driving Berenjak - Iranian kababs in Soho from the JKS group

JKS Restaurants turn their superpowers to the humble kebab - inspired by Iranian hole in the wall spots. Seems like Soho's not all that far from Tehran after all. …

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Test Driving Casa and Plaza Pastor - outside or inside at Coal Drops Yard?

The Harts Group bring their very popular Mexican restaurant to the impressive Coal Drops Yard area. And they've split it into two. We head to King's Cross to try it out.  …

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Test Driving Barrafina at Coal Drops Yard - a new Catalan-inspired menu is a belter

It's the fourth restaurant for the Barrafina team, taking their Spanish tapas counter dining restaurant to Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross. We pop down to see if their winning streak continues. …

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Test of Time - we make a return visit to Polpetto

Polpetto now has an ex River Cafe chef in the kitchen. We made a return visit to see how the arrival of Anthea Stephenson has changed things at this Soho spot. …

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Test Driving Black Cod and Wagyu - the Burger and Lobster folk democratise more food

The people behind Burger and Lobster are back with another money-saving deal. This time try the very luxe black cod and wagyu beef at affordable prices. We head down to try them for ourselves. …

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Test Driving Jollibee - the Filipino fried chicken chain arrives in London's Earl's Court

It's insanely popular with expat Filipinos the world over - now fried chicken chain Jollibee has opened in London's Earl's Court - we went to try it out.…

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Test Driving Two Lights - the new Modern American restaurant in Shoreditch from the Clove Club team

Obviously, any new opening by the Clove Club team is going to whip London's foodies into a frenzy of excitement - happily the restaurant is cool enough to cope with (and meet) those expectations.…

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Test Driving Rambla's new Menu del Dia

Who doesn't love a cracking set lunch deal? Right now it seems one of the top spots for doing just that in Soho is Rambla. Having heard that they had a new Menu del Dia in place - and it being a while since we were last in - we decided to head back to try it. And it's good to see that the place, besides being rammed, is still turning out freaking fantastic food.

If you haven't been before, this D…

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Test Driving Jolene - three is the magic number for this Newington Green restaurant

They already have two very successful restaurants, but Jolene, the new bakery-restaurant from the team behind Primeur and Westerns Laundry, shows the team are getting even better at what they do.…

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