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Test Driving Rivea at the Bulgari's chestnut menu

There are many reasons to love autumn: not least the bounty of seasonal produce on offer, from pumpkins to chestnuts. To celebrate - Rivea London, the Alain Ducasse restaurant in the swanky Bulgari Hotel, is putting on a special chestnut themed menu for the next month.

It might be a high-end place, but they've kept a sense of humour: every dinner begins with a game - a tray of brightly coloured d…

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Test Driving Joyeux Bordel, The Experimental Cocktail Club's French bar in Shoreditch

 

On a recent brisk Tuesday evening we had the pleasure of test driving Joyeux Bordel cocktail bar. Joyeux Bordel translates in French to ‘happy mess’ and not ‘happy brothel’ as you may perhaps prefer to believe. We left feeling very happy, and thankfully not in a messy state.

Joyeux Bordel is the sixth bar from the legendary Experimental Cocktail Club. A dark door on Curtain Street, a few minutes…

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Different for all the right reasons - we Test Drive The Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square

Ingredients you'll never have heard of and a dining room that makes you want to linger - we Test Drive the new Modern Pantry in Moorgate…

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A well priced neighbourhood steakhouse - we try Kentish Town's Beef & Brew

We head to Kentish Town to try the new high street steak and beer joint…

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Test Driving Lurra - Galician steak and a whole lot more

We head over to Connaught Village (just a little to the west of Marylebone) to check out the next from the people behind Donostia. They've expanded just across the road with Lurra, offering a new focus on Galician food - particularly steak.…

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Test Driving Wright Brothers South Kensington – London’s iconic oyster restaurant goes neighbourhood

We take a look at the fourth Wright Brothers in South Kensington, their first attempt at creating a seafood restaurant which focuses on neighbourhood dining.  …

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Test Driving Le Pont de la Tour - a riverside favourite gets a big overhaul

Le Pont de la Tour has just thrown open its doors to the public again - we head down there to see what's new.…

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Test Driving Piquet - Allan Pickett does French cuisine with British ingredients

We head to Fitzrovia to try out the new restaurant from Allan Pickett, who's cooking a very impressive menu of French cuisine using British ingredients.…

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Russell Bateman's Meet The Makers dinner at Selfridges

Hot Dinners popped along to Oxford Street last night to one of a series of dinners being held at Selfridges for the store's Meet the Makers series.

Last night was the first of a two night stint by National Chef of the Year Russell Bateman of Colette's restaurant at The Grove. Bateman was introduced by his former boss Daniel Clifford from Midsummer House in Cambridge and Alyn Williams while Clare…

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World's best bar snack menu? Trying out SNAX at Artesian

Artesian at The Langham has been named World's Best Bar three years in a row, so clearly they're doing something right when it comes to cocktails. But now this world class cocktail lounge has a bar food menu to match.

We reported recently on the arrival of the SNAX tapas menu, created by the hotel's Executive Chef Chris King, in consultation with Michel Roux Jr. Frankly the pictures looked am…

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