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Kerbisher & Malt

Brook Green fish and chips institution Kerbisher and Malt has just opened a second site in Ealing which has evolved so customers at the 60-cover restaurant can book in advance, enjoy table service, dine al fresco on sunny days, and take away too of course! Owned by classically trained chef Saul Reuben (OXO Tower, Racine) and entrepreneur Nick Crossley, like its sister restaurant, the new venue offers a menu of both traditional and modern dishes, focused on fresh produce including sustainable fish such as coley and Pollock and served battered, crumbed in matzo meal or simply grilled. There’s also crispy […]

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Dukebox

Come September, those feeling the loss of Public can take solace in the opening of Dukebox just off the Fulham Road – boasting a team responsible for some of London’s – and Chelsea’s – most successful venues including, yes, you’ve guessed it, Public, beloved of Prince Harry, Pippa Middleton and Katy Perry. Dukebox which will have a capacity of approximately 250 people, promises to combine a New York warehouse-style interior with eccentric theatrical touches with nods to fantastical and idiosyncratically British design. The overall effect will invoke a grown-up’s playground, celebrating the elements of fun and surprise with nostalgic details […]

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The Aubin Edible Cinema

Following the success of Pan's Labyrinth in May Soho House Group is hosting another Edible Cinema screening at Shoreditch’s The Aubin Cinema on 25th and 26th August, showing 'Spirited Away' – a Japanese animated fantasy coming-of-age drama. Guests will receive a series of numbered 'packages' containing a variety of food, drink and other sensory aids to be experienced throughout the film – all corresponding to events occurring in the story and consuming each package will either mimic the action on screen or enhance the guests' viewing experience! Guests will also be served an imaginative Sapphire Rosato cocktail inspired by the […]

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Dach & Sons

Taking inspiration from New York speakeasy PDT (Please Don’t Tell – the one you have to enter through a phone box!) comes Dach & Sons in Hampstead, the new hot dog, craft beer and whisky joint from Fluid Movement – the guys behind behind Purl and Worship Street Whistling Shop. It’s housed in a listed building dating back to the 1800s and featuring boldly reimagined period details – with a ground floor restaurant and cocktail bar upstairs. On ground, a low wooden bench complete with 1960s stools sits underneath the window at the front and a neon hot dog sign, […]

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Death By Burrito

September sees the opening of Death By Burrito, contemporary Mexican grill and cocktail bar from Shay Ola of the experimental Rebel Dining Society. Located at Catch bar in the heart of Shoreditch, experimental cocktails will form an inseparable part of the dining experience. Mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (Worship St Whistling Shop, Purl and 69 Colebrook Row) has developed an exclusive Tequila Only cocktail list featuring Jose Cuervo Tradicional to run alongside the street-food style menu. Ola and Chetiyawardana have carefully created a concise, simple menu to include large and small plates, sides and cocktails. Gorge on Braised Pork Belly Burritos and […]

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The Shaftsbury

Richmond’s former The Shaftesbury Arms has recently undergone a total redesign, new menu and name tweak to boot. With a nod to great British eccentricity, vintage pieces and old photographs are mixed with oversized Chesterfield wingchairs, Warhol-style prints of first class stamps and Union Jack detailing. Outside, an all-weather garden (with covered areas and heaters to keep out the chill) is decked in red, white and blue and there’s even a vintage trunk on the way out where you can grab a cosy blanket or two – just in case! The food is similarly British and the new menu has […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

It’s war at Renaissance

South London group, Renaissance Pubs’ new menu sees the home nations fight it out for 2012 and a free pickled egg with every pint into the bargain! Until the end of The Olympics, Renaissance is celebrating British Food Fortnight with a brand new old-school bar menu and some good old competitive spirit pitting the dishes of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales against each other. We’re talking Welsh Rarebit, Isle of Mull Cheese, Haggis, Cumberland sausage, Dublin Bay prawns and lots more. Wash it all down with Irish stout, Scottish whiskey and Cornish Yarg ale. Until 12 Aug. www.renaissancepubs.co.uk

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Balans Earl’s Court Music Nights

Catch the last of Balans Earl’s Court’s summer music night showcase series tomorrow, Wednesday 8th August. The venue will welcomes the John Crawford Trio, led by the eponymous and critically acclaimed young jazz pianist. Celebrated performances to his name include the Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada, London stalwart, Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. All Music Nights at Balans Earl’s Court start at 8pm and finish at 11pm. For reservations call 020 7244 8838. www.balans.co.uk  

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Barbarella

Next month Chelsea restaurant and club Barbarella – London’s original den of iniquity is set to relaunch under new ownership and management. The restaurant and nightclub has undergone a glamorous £2 million refurbishment and promises to become the place to see and be seen once again. The Chelsea institution will open to invited members and guests with a series of launch parties and  autumn events. Barbarella is set to combine decadent style with luxurious and laidback comfort with a 100-seater restaurant serving classic food alongside a selection innovative cocktails. Every night the restaurant will turn into a nightclub with DJs […]

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Bag-in-Box at Vinoteca

This summer Vinoteca launches Bag-in-Box Monday nights, an innovative and environmentally friendly way to enjoy premium quality wines at great prices across all three of its venues in Soho, Marylebone and Farringdon. Every Monday night throughout August, September and October, to save on the pounds as well as carbon footprint, customers are invited to try the three Bag-in-Box wines with their dinner at shop prices which is a saving of roughly 60% off their wine bill. Prices start at £7.75 for the 2010 Touraine Sauvignon. Customers can either opt for one of Vinoteca’s already recycled bottles on arrival in exchange […]

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Heckfield Place

Fresh from the hothouse that is Petersham Nurseries, Skye Gyngell is branching out. She will be taking on the role of Culinary Director at Heckfield Place, Hampshire – a country house hotel due to open March 2013 – and at a new London restaurant, due to open later this year supplied with produce from Heckfield Place’s estate. Skye’s distinctive philosophy will inform every aspect of dining at both sites from sourcing and menus through to plating and presentation. Heckfield Place will boast a three-pronged dining offering: The Beckwith, The Restaurant and The Stables. Skye’s dishes will showcase the finest ingredients, […]

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Duck & Waffle

Next month Duck & Waffle restaurant is set to launch on the 40th floor of the City’s Heron Tower. Open 24/7, it is inspired by broad European and British influences with a menu focused on sampling and sharing. Head chef will be Daniel Doherty, formerly of The Old Brewery at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, The Empress in Victoria Park, The Ambassador in Exmouth Market and Roux Fine Dining. Doherty’s modern take on European cuisine will emphasise local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable British ingredients. The menu will evolve throughout the day, kicking off with breakfast from 6am-11am, encompassing dishes […]

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