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Happy Face and SUPERMAX promise pizza and late night cocktails for King's Cross

The team behind Spiritland are opening their second King's Cross venue over on Handyside Street, featuring a ground level pizza restaurant and basement late night licence cocktail bar.

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Andina Bakery put on an evening tapas menu with wine by Noble Rot

Well, what a treat for West Londoners. We hear that Andina Bakery over on Westbourne Grove is gearing up to open in the evenings with a rather special offering.

The Peruvian bakery has teamed up with Keeling Andrew & Co, the new wine import company set up by the founders of Noble Rot. They'll be creating a series of tapas to go along with a weekly changing wine list, with dishes like:

  • Pork s…

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Cornerstone and more bring home OFM Awards at the 2018 ceremony

It's always one of the biggest foodie events of the year, where a huge amount of chefs and restaurateurs from across the country gather together in London for a damned fine night out. It's also one of the most efficiently-run awards ceremonies around (sticking to 30 minutes - a template for how awards ceremonies should be run).

Last night's event was no exception with the evening's festivities pr…

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Neil Borthwick leaves Merchants Tavern for The French House in Soho

 

Big news today. Neil Borthwick announced on Instagram today that he has left Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch and from next week will be in Soho cooking at The French House.

"I stepped down as head chef at Merchants Tavern earlier this year," the chef (pictured here with wife Angela Hartnett) tweeted. "and I want to say a big thanks to all the team for their hard work and dedication over the…

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Million Pound menu is coming back - and here's who we know is taking part...

Last year's Million Pound Menu was a big success - so much so that BBC is bringing it back for a new series due next year.

If you're unfamiliar with the concept, it sees Fred Sirieix mentoring restaurants with a view to getting investment from key backers. Each week saw two restaurants open in Manchester on two days - one day was the soft launch, the next was the real thing. If they impressed the…

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Mikkeller Bar and Rick Astley are opening their Shoreditch bar tomorrow

They're an unlikely pair but gypsy beermaker Mikkel Borg Bjergsø has teamed up with 80s pop icon Rick Astley to open a super hip beer bar in Shoreditch. I know!! …

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The Connaught has a new townhouse which the martini trolley will visit

We're sure there are plenty of high net work travellers who'll be most impressed by the baby grand piano or the Mark Newson pedestal for Taschen books in The Connaught's new townhouse. Us? It's all about the martini trolley.

The Mayfair hotel has just unveiled a new three-storey mews house for VIP guests. The Mews gives guests their own home in Mayfair - just with all the attendant services of th…

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La Barra is serving up tacos and cocktails on Brixton's Market Row

This Market Row spot is the first bricks and mortar space for Joshua Whiting - one half of popular quesadilla team Killa Dilla - and he's planning slow roast meat tacos and pre-batched cocktails for the Brixton crowd.…

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Ex-Babbo Head Chef to open Xier in Marylebone

Carlo Scotto's first solo venture, on Thayer Street, will be a two tiered affair with a casual ground floor space XR and then a first floor fine dining experience Xier with a tasting menu.…

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Tamarind Mayfair prepares to reopen with Amaya and Chutney Mary head chefs on board

So there was us thinking that London's Indian restaurant scene was at peak excitement with the opening this Autumn of Kahani, Kricket White City and the new Gunpowder at Tower Bridge not to mention the imminent openings of Kutir, Farzi Cafe and London Jukebox.

But then we heard about what was going on at Tamarind Mayfair. The Mayfair spot closed its doors eight months ago for a major refit. When…

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Netflix signs up Clare Smyth, James Knappett and Jay Rayner for The Final Table chef competition

With all the excitement about London's very own Asma Khan appearing on Netflix's Chef's Table, another huge Netflix cooking show almost slipped past us. The Final Table sounds like the chef competition to end all chef competitions - and there are several key British and Irish food folk involved.

In a nutshell, the premise sees 12 teams of two chefs from all over the world competing for a space at…

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Roe opens in Pop Brixton - with seafood and an Irish influence

Simon Whiteside originally opened Hook in Camden and now he's bringing his seafood expertise to Pop Brixton with his own restaurant, Roe. Expect sustainable seafood on an ever-changing menu that showcases his Irish influences.…

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The five-storey Onima is coming to Mayfair and hoping to bring a little of Mykonos with it

This Mykonos-inspired restaurant is a five-storey affair in Mayfair, micing restaurant, bar and private club. And it has what sounds like a pretty great roof terrace too. …

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Two new Chinatown restaurants JinLi and Modern Shanghai announced for the Central Cross development

A modern Sichuan and a Shanghai noodle and dumpling offering will be the first two restaurants to open in Chinatown's new Central Cross development.…

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LINO sees the former head chef of The Dairy take on an all day restaurant and cocktail bar by Smithfield

With the former head chef of The Dairy heading up the kitchen team, this new all day restaurant and cocktail bar in the City looks worth checking out.…

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