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  • Acme Fire Cult brings permanent cooking on fire to 40FT Brewery in Dalston

    Acme Fire Cult brings permanent cooking on fire to 40FT Brewery in Dalston

    Hot Dinners Exclusive

    Acme Fire Cult are getting ready to launch their first permanent restaurant at the 40FT Brewery in Dalston. 

    Acme comes from chefs Andrew Clarke (Brunswick House and St Leonards) and Daniel Watkins (St Leonards) and, as the name gives away, is largely about cooking over fire. There's also a strong focus on low-waste and a menu that

  • Uncle Zorro is part café, part 70s bar in Covent Garden from the people behind Abuelo

    Uncle Zorro is part café, part 70s bar in Covent Garden from the people behind Abuelo

    The people behind popular cafe Abuelo in Covent Garden are expanding. They'll be launching another cafe, Uncle Zorro, just around the corner and this one also features a basement bar. 

    The ground floor will be the cafe. There you'll find gourmet salads and hot sandwiches as well as the speciality coffee they currently serve up Abuelo. They'll be using a

  • Bunsik expand their corn dog empire to Embankment

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    Updated 21/3/22 with opening date and new dishes

    Our news story on the opening of Bunsik's first place on Charing Cross Road was one of our most-read of 2021. So, we confidently predict you're all going to be interested to learn that the Korean corn dog sensations are going to be opening a second

  • The Roost and their rotisserie chickens come to perch in Finsbury Park

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    A Hot Dinners exclusive

    During lockdown, residents of Highbury and Finsbury Park were sustained in part by a local business, The Roost, serving up superlative rotisserie chicken deliveries. The business has been going great guns since then and, next month, will open its first proper restaurant in Finsbury Park.

    Taking over the old Exquisite site, they're going to be serving up their brined, rubbed

  • Caravan are opening a Brewbar at their North London roastery 

    Caravan have expanded to many parts of London, Canary Wharf being the most recent, but now they're adding something new to their main roastery just off Caledonian Road. 

    Until now, the roastery has been just that - roasting and supplying coffee to all their restaurants (and elsewhere)

  • The Patate bring French beef bourguignon burgers to Covent Garden

    The Patate bring French beef bourguignon burgers to Covent Garden

    They have restaurants north and south in Kentish Town and Battersea but now The Patate are bringing their French burgers to central London, opening in Covent Garden. 

    They're taking over a space that used to be a vegan cafe, so this is a bit of a change, for sure. If you're unfamiliar with them, the idea is to serve up burgers inspired by French cooking techniques. This is

  • The Act sees London's theatreland hit Notting Hill with a live singing bar

    The Act

    The people behind Soho's Freedom Bar and Soho Residence are heading west to Notting Hill for their next, The Act. As the name hints, it'll be a little more than a standard bar, being dubbed a "theatre bar".

    So what exactly is a theatre bar in practice? Apparently, you can expect "live vocals from London’s top chanteurs" and they'll also have pop-up appearances from London stage shows too. All that sounds great particularly if you're a

  • Honey & Co are opening in Bloomsbury

    Honey & Co are opening in Bloomsbury

    There was more than a little surprise when the news was revealed that Honey & Co was closing on Warren Street in April after 10 years. But now we have much better news, in that it's reopening fairly close by, in Bloomsbury. 

    They're taking over what used to be Cigala on Lamb's

  • Someday margarita, taco and pizza bar hits Finsbury Park

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    Finsbury Park residents who've been watching the opening of all the new food and drink businesses at the station over the past few months may have been a little disappointed by how slightly 'chain-y' it is. But something new and independent has flung open its doors and that place is Someday. 

    Run by the same team who own Moth Bar in Hackney, the self-styled margarita and spritz bar genuinely sounds like

  • Passyunk Avenue bring Philly Cheesesteaks to Leake Street in Waterloo

    Passyunk Avenue Waterloo

    14/3/22 - updated with opening news

    We've been fans of Philly cheesesteak masters Passyunk Avenue since they opened in Fitzrovia (and their delivery DIY kits are one of the best we've had) so the news that they've expanded to Waterloo is welcome indeed. 

    After doing a bit of

  • Tatale to open first permanent restaurant at the Africa Centre in Southwark

    Tatale to open first permanent restaurant at the Africa Centre in Southwark

    Updated with new opening date

    He's already been popping up around London with his supper clubs, but now chef Akwasi Brenya-Mensa is getting ready to open Tatale as a permanent restaurant, housed in The Africa Centre in Southwark. 

    With a menu focused around Pan-African cuisine, Tatale takes its name from a Ghanaian dish, the plantain

  • Chestnut Bakery expands to Covent Garden's Floral Street

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    14/3/22 - updated with opening date

    Six months after taking over the old Dominique Ansel bakery in Belgravia, Chestnut Bakery are at it again. The bakery that's already created a stellar reputation for its breads and pastries is taking over the other Ansel site in Covent Garden.

    If you recall,

  • Nightjar Carnaby sees the top bar go central

    Nightjar Carnaby sees the top bar go central

    Nightjar's original near Old Street has been long revered as one of London's greatest bars, and now its getting a sibling in Carnaby. 

    Echoing the original as closely as they can, the decor will be 1920s in vibe and there will be a stage too - live music will be just as big a part of the bar in Carnaby as it is at the first Nightjar.

    The cocktail menus will evoke the early 20th Century,

  • Cavita in Marylebone will be Mexican chef Adriana Cavita's first solo restaurant

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    Mexican-born chef Adriana Cavita is taking inspiration from her family and childhood in Mexico with her first solo venture in London, complete with basement mezcaleria

  • Apricity will be Chantelle Nicholson's sustainable Mayfair restaurant

    Apricity is the Mayfair restaurant from Chantelle Nicholson

    11/3/21 - updated with opening details

    She closed Tredwells, but now Chantelle Nicholson is gearing up for her next opening - Apricity. 

    That name stands for "regeneration, warmth, generosity and light" and that's due to be reflected in the new restaurant which will continue the ethos of her recent Hackney pop-up "...

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