Looking for inspiration during lockdown? With chefs at home rather than in their restaurant kitchens, many of them are showing just what's possible to knock up in your own home. We've picked five of the best examples we've spotted on Instagram from the past week.
Despite the Prime Minister talking about a potential July opening for some hospitality businesses, most people suspect that pubs - particularly those without big beer gardens - will be among the last places to emerge from lockdown. That's a long time to wait for a pint. Which is why East London's Forest Road Brewing Company has come up with an idea.
Their mobile pub will bring you a freshly poured pint direct to your door. Pint
Jeremy King is known for sending out irregular missives, with updates on the business, thoughts on Brexit (spoiler - not positive) and more besides.
Earlier this week, his latest email talked about the difficulty their staff are having with significantly reduced wages. Put simply, the service charge pool (aka the "tronc") is not included in the government furlough scheme, so many staff who
Update - 7/5/20
There are even more Shake Shacks on the way! This time they're opening two Deliveroo kitchens, so they're reaching areas of London that were previously deprived of Shack Burgers and frozen custard. First up is Battersea, opening on 9 May 2020 (delivering to SW11 including Balham, Brixton and Clapham) and that's being followed up by Swiss Cottage in the near future.
Expect more to come and we'll update you as the
We've been reporting on restaurants and cafes reopening for delivery, but we're very heartened to be able to report the reopening of the Selfridges Food Hall today. It feels like one more step back towards normality, helping London prepare itself for when the lockdown is eventually lifted.
In an announcement this morning, the Oxford Street store said it was reopening to serve the local community. They'll also be making it easy
Over the past few weeks, we've been blown away by the many, many efforts from those in the hard hit restaurant community to help others. There have been folk from Michelin-starred restaurants and neighbourhood bistros making food for key workers and the isolated, raising money for the homeless and for those in their own industry and generally more than doing their bit.
So we're not remotely surprised to hear that
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During Lockdown, the KFC Twitter account has been busy encouraging devotees to have a go at their own homemade fried chicken (look for the #ratemykfc hashtag). Presumably, this is to help people get over the fact that all of the KFC restaurants were closed.
This weekend, Hackney restaurant Cornerstone had its second birthday. But as they're currently closed for business, it was a bit of a quiet affair, marked only with a post on Instagram by chef and owner Tom Brown.
While the restaurant itself is closed, clearly Tom wants to keep busy so he's been making his 'sea-cuturie' cured salmon and trout available for pick up from his restaurant. The salmon pastrami and chalk stream farm
Poor old Patron barely got a chance to open its second restaurant in Highbury before the shutters came down for lockdown. So we're pleased they've managed to sort out a new home delivery service at both their original Kentish Town restaurant and the new Highbury location.
The Maison Patron menu does sound
You've got to hand it to Nando's - they're exceptionally good at making the most of their huge fanbase. And while they're closed due to the Lockdown, they've enlisted some A-list support for their food.
From this week they'll be getting singers, rappers and sports stars to cook their favourite Nando's dishes on the restaurant chain's Instagram feed. Singer JGrrey starts the six part series this Thursday, having a go at PERi-PERi chicken
London's Chinatown has certainly been one of the city's hardest-hit areas by Covid-19, having seen its business decimated weeks before the official lockdown started.
So it's good to hear about a new campaign to keep at least the spirit of the place alive, until we can visit again. #BringingChinatownHome is all about allowing Londoners to explore, take inspiration and enjoy Chinatown without leaving their living room.
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