Gastroblog

Tom Kerridge goes semi-vegan with Bad Vegan

Next up for Tom Kerridge in London, following Kerridge's Bar and Grill, will be a very different type of venture. This time he's teaming up with Mark Emms to create Bad Vegan, which will be coming to the top floor of Camden's Buck Street Market. 

The "bad" part of the name comes from the fact that although the menu will be predominantly vegan - they will actually have non-vegan sides an…

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Notting Hill's The Cow pub is facing a battle for survival

Our hearts go out to The Cow pub in Westbourne Grove. Not only are they having to deal with the commercial fallout from not having been open for most of the past 12 months because of lockdown. But now, Westminster Council have begun proceedings to review their licence. According to their post on Instagram, this was instigated "under the grounds of prevention of public nuisance, public safety and…

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Tian Tian Market have opened a massive Asian supermarket in Aldgate

Anyone searching for food shopping nirvana during lockdown should make an instant beeline for Aldgate. That's because a new branch of Tian Tian Market has opened there, and it's freaking massive.

The Asian supermarket's first branch opened in South Quay five years ago and it stocks a wide variety of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese food. But the new one in Aldgate, which opened thi…

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Butcher & Brew arrive in Islington for steaks, beer & more

Butcher & Brew have been established in Streatham for a few years, and now they've also just opened on the opposite side of London on Islington's Upper Street.

Their new N1 spot opened briefly before we were plunged into the current lockdown but now it's back again, currently operating as a craft beer and butchery shop and when things reopen properly, they'll have drinking and dining too.&nbs…

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First Dates' Fred Sirieix is opening a restaurant in Wormwood Scrubs

This week you'll probably have watched him presiding over the teen version of First Dates. But TV's best known GM Fred Sirieix is also about to open a new restaurant. The only thing is you won't be able to try it, unless you're a prison guard at Wormwood Scrubs.

The restaurant is the second opening from The Right Course - a charity programme founded by Fred. It aims to train up prisoners in hospi…

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The Berkeley adds multicoloured beach huts for alfresco dining

When the first lockdown ended, The Berkeley was one of the first to completely reinvent its outside space, turning the back of the hotel into The Garden - a rather beautiful alfresco restaurant. Now, as we emerge from the latest lockdown, they've come up with a new innovation - beach huts in Knightsbridge. 

Taking inspiration from the beachfronts of Whitstable and Southwold, t…

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Test Driving Haar at Home from Restaurant Box - the best of land and sea from chef Dean Banks

From MasterChef The Professionals finalist Dean Banks, Scottish restaurant Haar is now delivering across the UK. We tried out their delivery from Restaurant Box. …

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Here are the upcoming rules on eating out in London restaurants

Restaurants are due to open again from 12 April outside and 17 May inside. Can't keep up with all the changes and restrictions? We're here to help. On this page, you'll find the latest rules and regulations about eating and drinking in London, and we'll update it as soon as things change. Which they most certainly will.…

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Central London's streets are reopening for alfresco dining in April

This is very welcome news. Westminster Council have just confirmed that Londoners can expect a return to dining in the streets of Soho, Marylebone and St James this summer.

The council said that as soon as venues were allowed to open (all being well this will be on 12 April) they'll support the hospitality industry with "the return of temporary measures to enable al fresco hospitality across West…

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Schnitzel Forever moves from delivery-only to restaurant in Stoke Newington

Starting life as a delivery-only place during lockdown, this new venture is getting ready to open as a bricks and mortar restaurant in Stoke Newington.…

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Bone Daddies comes to Putney while Wing Daddies is a spin-off in Kentish Town

Bone Daddies is branching out, starting in Kentish Town, with their new pop-up delivery spin-odd Wing Daddies.

As you can probably imagine from the name, this is all about chicken wings (which are already popular in the original Bone Daddies). It'll be a simple menu, with Korean fried wings with gochujang and sesame as well as sticky teriyaki, black pepper, honey BBQ, chipotle BBQ and b…

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Clapham and Ealing are the latest spots for Yori Korean barbecue

It's restaurants numbers four and five for Yori, who are opening their latest place in Clapham and Ealing. Expect their usual reinvented approach to Korean cuisine.  …

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Test Driving Shuk with Restaurant Box - delivering a weekend feast

Taking an Israeli-inspired approach to their food, we try the Weekend Box from Shuk and Restaurant Box, designed to keep you well-fed for a few days. …

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Four Legs are teaming up with Yard Sale for a cheeseburger pizza

What happens when the creators of one of London's great burgers gets together with one of the city's great pizza groups? Well, you're about to find out.

Next week, Four Legs - the folks responsible for this amazing cheeseburger, are launching the results of their collaboration with Yard Sale Pizza.

The Four Your Legs Only cheeseburger pizza will feature a tomato base, Fior di latte Mozzarella, gr…

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Restaurants will be reopening on 12 April (at the earliest)

So, Boris has made his statement and we finally have a much better idea of when restaurants will open. 

There are to be four stages of reopening in general (although, somewhat confusingly, two dates within stage 1) with restaurants and bars starting in stage two.

Here's how that's looking:

  • 8 March: Schools reopen, people allowed to meet in pairs in a public place for a drink or picnic. …

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