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Fancy an Oktoberfest themed craft beer cruise down the Thames?

Looks like bobbing about on the river, eating and drinking, is making a comeback. No longer the preserve of tourists, a number of more interesting businesses are now after the foodie pound. In Paris, Alain Ducasse this weekend launched a floating restaurant on the Seine (after losing the Jules Verne Eiffel Tower contract). Here in London, the London Shell Co has been earning rave reviews for its…

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A MasterChef finalist caters a trip to the underworld at Pedley St Station

Who doesn't love a bit of immersive theatre? And this latest - which features dinner from a MasterChef finalist - does sound rather good. it's the second event to take place at Pedley Street "station" - aka an arch in Shoreditch -  where Funicular Productions have set up a special "luxury train carriage" for these kind of events. Last time it was a murder mystery, this time it's being billed…

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The Chipping Forecast returns to Soho in a permanent spot

The fish and chips restaurant with the great name used to be on the market at Berwick Street. Now they're coming back to Soho for good. …

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Sticks’n’Sushi's huge new King's Road place will feature The Kings Room restaurant within a restaurant

Taking over three storeys on the King's Road, the Danish company's new sushi and yakitori sticks spot will feature a private dining room with a difference - you get your own chef, staff, music and even lift!…

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Islington's Compton Arms reopens with a new landlord and refined pub classics menu

The pub that inspired George Orwell's famous Moon Under Water essay has been taken over by the landlord who runs The Gun in Hackney and he's brought in help to serve up some interesting bar food too.…

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Core by Clare Smyth storms on to the 2019 Good Food Guide's Top 50 list with a perfect 10 score

Autumn may be a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness but it's also the time of year for restaurant awards. Hardens are about to have theirs. Michelin are gearing up to announce their stars and that's followed by the Tatler Restaurant Guide coming out. But the first out of the doors is the publication of the annual Good Food Guide and, in particular, its list of the 50 best restaurants in the U…

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Casa and Plaza Pastor are coming to King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard

The Coal Drops Yard is increasingly looking like the place to be with Casa & Plaza Pastor arriving, courtesy of the ever-expanding Harts Group empire. Expect tacos and more Mexican food from the people who brought you El Pastor. …

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Due East restaurant is opening at Bethnal Green's new East London Hotel

A fancy new hotel, the East London Hotel, is opening in Bethnal Green. It's bringing along with it the Due East restaurant - an all-day affair that pays a lot of attention to the food and drink being produced out east.…

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Quality Chop House's wine bar kicks off a small plates menu

We reported on Quality Chop House opening a wine bar back in July - but now they're taking things a little further. Their former Sous Chef Nick Bramham will be putting together a new menu for the place, serving up small plates every Tuesday - Saturday night. Here's what's on the menu:

  • Focaccia & Extra Virgin Olive Oil £3
  • Salumi £7
  • Guindilla, Olive & Anchovy Skewer £2
  • Vesuvio Tomatoe…

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The Chinese Laundry is back with a six month residency at The Mountgrove Bothy

 

When it first opened on Islington's Upper Street, Chinese Laundry quickly developed a fan base. Giles Coren loved it, saying in the Times; " they have done exactly what hipsters do, and they have done it brilliantly. So welcome to Chinese Laundry – Britain’s first Chinese Hipster Restaurant". And Olive magazine dubbed it "Quirky, fun and super-friendly".

But when fire damaged the building a…

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Rambla win the 2018 Croqueta Challenge - with a sweet croqueta

Every year the quality of entries to the annual Croqueta Challenge gets better and better and for this year's event, which took place at Ember Yard in Soho tonight, contestants were thrown a new challenge - to make both savoury and sweet croquetas for their entry.…

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Counter Culture's next stop on their World Tour is the Caribbean

They've been to Mexico and the South of France, but next up on the world tour at Clapham's Counter Culture is The Caribbean. Every stage features menus influenced by one of the chefs’ own backgrounds. This time it's Jack Barwick who was born and raised in the Cayman Islands and who won Bookatable's young chef of the year 2017.

They say:

Jack's menu will showcase the very best of the Caribbean wit…

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A trio of top mixologists are opening Little Mercies cocktail bar and restaurant in Crouch End

A trio of top mixologists are behind a new cocktail bar and restaurant opening in the heart of Crouch End. And yes, there'll be a boozy weekend brunch.…

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Paris tea masters Mariage Frères are opening a five-storey tea emporium in Covent Garden

France's oldest tea emporium has been operating in Paris since 1854. Now legendary tea company Mariage Frères is coming to London. They'll be offering up five storeys of tea-based wonder in Covent Garden. …

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Temper City has a reinvention - it's all about steaks, tacos and fish now...

 

It's all change at Temper City, one of Neil Rankin's three restaurants in town.

As reported by Big Hospitality back in August, Rankin announced the intention to drop the curry themed menu (which we were rather partial to) and replaced it with something much more similar to the original Temper in Soho. So this means that curry and the thali menu are out - but steak and tacos are in.&nbs…

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