• White Lyan are having a "wine bar pop-up" at Lantana Cafe in Shoreditch


    You may have been reading about White Lyan's revolutionary new 'wine' offering - the revolution being that they don't actually grapes to make it. Instead the team have been creating drinks based on taking the "flavour profile" of wine and deconstructing it, and then rebuilding it.

    Now they're planning a five day pop up "wine bar". Lyan Cellars will run run for five days next week at Lantana Cafe in Shoreditch. And they've brought in Doug McMaster of Brighton

  • Humble Grape Fleet Street wine bar is opening under St Bride's


    London is in the grip of a wine bar revolution. And there's a huge new one on the way. Humble Grape opened its first wine bar and shop in Battersea last year and now they're planning a second one - this time on Fleet Street.

    They'll be taking over a huge space on St Bride’s Passage, just off Fleet Street which, fittingly, used to be The Press House Wine Bar, once a famous drinking den for journalists. It all sounds very convivial, being tucked away in the

  • Test driving Ellory - an elegant restaurant for London Fields

    03 elloryThe former Mayfields chef has teamed up with the former Spring sommelier for a glowing future in London Fields

  • 67 Pall Mall is a new St James club for oenophiles


    Opening today on Pall Mall is a new private members club devoted to wine. But despite its St James location, the club's aim is to focus on offering fine wine to its members without costing them an arm and a leg. The idea came from founder Grant Ashton deciding he was "fed up of being mugged by punitive London mark-ups on fine wine."

    The club's Master Sommelier is Ronan Sayburn who counts Cafe du Vin, Gordon Ramsay Holdings and the Dorchester Collection

  • Restaurant Gordon Ramsay introduces a new-look wine list


    There's a new wine list at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and it aims to light a small fire under the way in which wine is sold and enjoyed in top restaurants.

    The list is the brainchild of the three Michelin-starred restaurant's Head Sommelier Jan Konetzki. "Classically wine lists in fine dining restaurants can be intimidating," he told us. "We think it is great to have a a lot of different wines but we're also trying to make the wine choice a great experience for our

  • Test driving Noble Rot - a new breed of wine bar with a built-in history

    noblerot mainThis much-anticipated wine bar hits Lamb's Conduit Street and immediately makes itself at home

  • Former Garagistes chef takes over the kitchens at P Franco in Clapton


    When the much-vaunted Tasmanian restaurant Garagistes announced it was closing in Spring this year, folk down under wondered where the respective members of the talented crew would end up. Co owner Katrina Birchmeier moved to NYC to open The Four Horsemen in Brookyn and now Head Chef William Gleave has tipped up in London.

    Gleave (pictured above right) has just been announced as the new head chef at P Franco in Clapton. A quick look at a draf menu includes dishes like

  • Rubedo brings natural wine bistronomie to Stoke Newington Church Street


    So while we were excited to bring you news of the opening of Escocesa on Stoke Newington Church Street a week or so ago, seems we'd completely missed another new opening from recent weeks, Rubedo.

    Rubedo, as owner Federico Carafoli tells us, is a natural wine bar restaurant. "We created Rubedo to share our passion for natural wines and quality

  • Dalston's natural wine box popup B.I.B


    There's always room in Hot Dinners' lives for some crazy pop-up shenanigans in the run up to Christmas and B.I.B sounds right up our street. This Dalston spot will be taking over Brunswick East coffee in Dalston from 6pm every Wednesday to Saturday this November. And the B.I.B? Well that stands for Bag in Box. Yes this is a natural wine box pop-up. It couldn't be more East London if it tried.

    Apparently bagged wines are an economical and ecologically sound

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

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

  • Provisions wine and cheese store opens on Holloway Road


    Opening its doors on Holloway Road today is new wine and cheese store Provisions. It's the brainchild of two ex-Borough Wine blokes - Hugo and Ben. "We want to put the producer at the fore and tell their story to people here," Ben told Hot Dinners. "It’s what got us hooked on them in the first place and what we love about working with them."

    Expect to find around 100 wines in stock from France and Italy. There'll be a wine refill system where a reusable bottle

  • Noble Rot team up with Sportsman pair to open London wine bar and restaurant

    Noble Rot team up with Sportsman pair to open London wine bar and restaurant

    02/11/2015 - updated with soft launch info

    Vats wine bar has been a pleasingly low-key place to quaff wine down on Lamb's Conduit Street since the 70s. In fact, Hot Dinners has rather pleasant, but vague, memories of evenings spent there so if anyone was going to take it

  • Chiltern Firehouse chef takes over at Mission


    A year on from opening Mission in Bethnal Green, from the wonder wine due Sager + Wilde, is hitting its strike with a whole new team both in the kitchen and front of house. Taking over from James de Jong in the kitchen is Australian chef Sebastien Myers. Myer worked under Nuno Mendes at Viajante before heading up the kitchen at Chiltern Firehouse. He's most recently done a stage at Faviken before joining Mission.

    And Seb has gathered an interesting team with him.

  • Margaux owners to open Provencal restaurant Bandol in Chelsea


    Back in 2013 a rather interesting wine bar, Margaux opened its doors in Fulham, billing itself as a gastro wine bar. Fast forward two years and Margaux is now the hangout for the likes of Pippa Middleton & Co and the owners are planning a second venture in Chelsea.

    Bandol will feature a menu of Nicoise and Provencal sharing dishes. Husband and wife team Sylvia Kontek and Vittorio Monge have brought in Zsolt Ferencz from Scott's.

    Dishes on the menu will

  • An honest wine bar serving good wine and food - we Test Drive The Remedy

    remedy mainFitzrovia wine bar The Remedy has a new menu (and wine list). We went down to check it out

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