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  • Islington's LeCoq spreads its wings for rotisserie relaunch

    Islington's LeCoq spreads its wings for rotisserie relaunch

    Good news for fans of LeCoq’s rotisserie roasted chicken - the Islington brasserie is reinventing itself as a full-time rotisserie restaurant.

    Hibernation season is still quite a ways off yet, but for fans of LeCoq it might be time to embrace the elasticated waistband already. Previously only available on Sundays, their golden (spit) roast dinners, including their Sutton Hoo chickens, will soon be available to

  • Return visit: Test Driving brunch on Bellanger's new terrace

    bell 600It's all change at this Islington brasserie with a new menu and a new terrace

  • Test Driving Rok Islington - North London's new smoking hot restaurant

    rok peachRok have opened their second restaurant in Islington - we went to try it out

  • 69 Colebrooke Row is having a street party with Bellanger and Oldroyd


    We've got to say, we like the way street parties are going. They're no longer the kind of thing where the best you could expect food and drink-wise would be some curling sarnies, pasta salad of dubious origin and some lukewarm sauvignon blanc.

    And the one that has Hot Dinners' name written all over it (not literally) is the Colebrook Row street party in Islington this weekend. Tony Conigliaro’s cocktail bar 69

  • Zia Lucia, A new pizza place is coming to Holloway Road

    Zia Lucia, A new pizza place is coming to Holloway Road

    07/06/16 - Updated with soft launch info.

    We've been in the Islington area for a long time now and we've really noticed that the past few years or so have seen a real improvement in Holloway Road's food scene. So we look with interest to the opening of a new pizzeria, Zia Lucia, which is different enough to get our attention...  

    The pizza bases are 48-hour slow fermented doughs. And

  • Rok Smokehouse's second restaurant will be on Islington's Upper Street


    Jay Rayner praised the "the sheer pleasure" of their food. Grace Dent eulogised their "highly devourable sharing plates". And on the back of such success Shoreditch smokehouse Rök are now opening their second restaurant. They're taking over a Grade II listed building halfway up Upper Street where they'll open a 60-seat restaurant and bar in July.

    Rök Islington will launch with a seasonal summer menu by executive chef Matt Young featuring aged beef rump with

  • JaguarShoes Collective are popping up After Hours at Manze on Chapel Market

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    JaguarShoes Collective are expanding their empire further north, taking over pie and mash spot Manze on Chapel Market for two months. Every evening the beautiful art deco cafe will transform into a cocktail speakeasy. They'll be serving up prohibition era style cocktails with a modern twist - such as Hanky Panky - Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Fernet Branca Menta. They're also promising plenty of oysters too. If you're heading out after work, head down there

  • Test Driving Galley - a sexy new spot on Islington's Upper Street

    galleymain2Seafood with a huge dash of sex appeal, Galley brings va va voom to N1

  • Galley hits Islington's Upper Street with ex Randall & Aubin head chef


    The revitalisation of Islington's dining scene continues apace with news of another interesting restaurant opening on Upper Street. Galley restaurant and bar takes over the space occupied by United Ramen and is a venture by brother and sister team Oriona Robb and Marcel Grzyb.

    Marcel's been Head Chef at Soho’s Randall & Aubin for a decade and, as you might expect given his background, he's put together a menu with a strong focus on seafood.

    His sister

  • Corbin and King's Bellanger restaurant is opening on Islington Green

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    Updated 7/12/15 with menu, photos and opening date

    Hot Dinners got a sneak preview of Bellanger this week and even with days of fitting out to go, the place looks fantastic. They've opened up the front of the dining room, adding a semi-private dining alcove, put booths all down one side. There'll be 10 seats for counter dining and a large dining room towards the back which has been

  • Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House brings artisan hot chocolate to Chapel Market


    The chocolate houses of London's past may have been dens of debauchery and political intrigue, but a new one planned for Islington's Chapel Market will be an altogether more respectable place. Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House is the first bricks and mortar spot for popular Broadway Market stallholders Jasmine Kershaw and Juliet Sampson.

    The new cafe and shop will serve what the pair declare to be indulgent proper hot chocolate - made on site using

  • MEATliquor reveal plans to open in Islington off Upper Street

    MEATliquor reveal plans to open in Islington off Upper Street

    Updated 13/10/15 with pics.

    Well it seems that there well and truly is a god. It's not a secret that Hot Dinners is based in Islington, so when news popped into our inbox that MEATliquor was planning on opening their fourth restaurant here, well to say we were pleased isn't the half of it.

    They're going to open where in the site where Pipsdish once was - an

  • Sutton and Sons fish and chips comes to Islington

    Sutton and Sons fish and chips comes to Islington

    Fish and chips aren't just for Fridays. Stoke Newington based chippy Sutton & Sons is proving such a success (also opening in Boxpark in Shoreditch) they're opening a new site in Islington's Essex Road. It's an street that's not blessed with great places to eat and owners Danny and Hana Sutton are confident they'll soon become a local favourite. 

    The menu - based around freshly caught, hand picked fish from

  • BIRD chicken shops expand to Islington and Camden


    A Hot Dinners exclusive

    Super popular East London fried chicken shop BIRD is building on its success with two new openings planned for North London this Autumn. Their first will be in October in Islington on the Holloway Road (where The Bailey used to be) The second will be in Camden in November - we'll bring you more news on that when we get it.

    Expect to see a new menu for BIRD Islington. Hot Dinners got the scoop on at least three new

  • Giorgio Locatelli's Pizza Locadeli pop-up is coming to Islington


    The roving pizza popup set up by Giorgio Locatelli with his wife Plaxy, which was in Marylebone for a three week stint last September, is once more on the move.

    This time the Michelin-starred chef is going to be throwing pizzas in Islington (well at least his staff will). Pizza Locadeli will take over the old Post Office space on Upper Street for three months. The space around it is currently being redeveloped as Islington Square - part of a multimillion pound new


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