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Test Driving Caractere in Notting Hill

Emily Roux and former Le Gavroche Head chef Diego Ferrari are the husband and wife team behind this Notting Hill restaurant. We head down to check it out.

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Test Driving Hicce at Coal Drops Yard - built for sharing

Former Murano head chef Pip Lacey has gone it alone with a new restaurant overlooking Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross. We check it out. …

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Test Driving Gridiron London - The old Met Bar gets a new life

The replacement for the Met Bar features an array of top food and drink names at Gridiron. We head over to take a look. …

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Kitchen W8 has had a big revamp - we take a look

This classic Kensington restaurant is about to turn 10 years old. It's had a complete refurb, so we popped down for a look and to try the autumn menu.…

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A model makeover - we Test Drive The Cleveland Arms in Paddington

It's always nice when an overhaul of a lovely old pub manages to retain its character while bringing new talents to the table - we went to check out The Cleveland Arms in Paddington.…

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Test Driving Berenjak - Iranian kababs in Soho from the JKS group

JKS Restaurants turn their superpowers to the humble kebab - inspired by Iranian hole in the wall spots. Seems like Soho's not all that far from Tehran after all. …

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Test Driving Casa and Plaza Pastor - outside or inside at Coal Drops Yard?

The Harts Group bring their very popular Mexican restaurant to the impressive Coal Drops Yard area. And they've split it into two. We head to King's Cross to try it out.  …

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Test Driving Barrafina at Coal Drops Yard - a new Catalan-inspired menu is a belter

It's the fourth restaurant for the Barrafina team, taking their Spanish tapas counter dining restaurant to Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross. We pop down to see if their winning streak continues. …

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Test of Time - we make a return visit to Polpetto

Polpetto now has an ex River Cafe chef in the kitchen. We made a return visit to see how the arrival of Anthea Stephenson has changed things at this Soho spot. …

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Test Driving Black Cod and Wagyu - the Burger and Lobster folk democratise more food

The people behind Burger and Lobster are back with another money-saving deal. This time try the very luxe black cod and wagyu beef at affordable prices. We head down to try them for ourselves. …

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