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Three Course Lunch at The Caxton Grill

We can often start the New Year feeling a little sluggish, are waistlines and wallets a little worse for wear, but the Caxton Grill has come to the rescue, so that we needn’t hide from restaurants until February. Throughout January the Caxton Grill at St Ermin’s Hotel will be offering a three course lunch for just £15 between 12pm and 2 pm, Monday to Friday. With dishes such as Chicken consommé soup, Greek Salad and Lemon sorbet this is definitely the perfect lunch to treat yourself to, without feeling you like you have overindulged. Reservations: 0800 652 1498 www.caxtongrill.co.uk

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Sanderson Sessions NYE

NYE is practically upon us and so is the 2012 finale of Sanderson Sessions (Singtank, AlunaGeorge, Citizens!, Karin Park and Saint Lou Lou) with a NYE party featuring an intimate performance from Marina and the Diamonds in the Sanderson Hotel’s courtyard garden.  This year saw the Welsh singer-songwriter who rose to fame with her debut album, The Family Jewels, making No.1 in the UK albumb chart with second album, Electra Heart. Guests will be hosted in Long Bar, Suka and the garden and greeted with a glass of Champagne on arrival while food platters will be available to purchase throughout the […]

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Sushi des Artistes

South Kensington recently welcomed Sushi des Artistes, an eclectic new cabaret inspired Japanese-European fusion restaurant on Sloane Avenue. It’s the sister restaurant to the flagship in Marbella, brainchild of owner Jay Joden, Chefs Saito Taka and Ryu Oikawa and Chef and Director Borja Goizueta. Executive Head Chef Saito Taka and Ryu Oikawa’s menu fuses Mediterranean with traditional Japanese cuisine. Their signatures include ‘Nothing At All’ grain fed fresh Chateaubriand sashimi with fresh wasabi, ‘Shall We Dance’ three kinds of foie gras nigiri and ‘Club Celebrity’ a touch of fresh black truffle and crispy soft shell crab tempura. As the name […]

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Del Mercato

The directors of Vinopolis have launched a brand new food concept to run alongside their renowned liquid based offering. A series of vaulted railway buildings once the yard of an old tool hire company, have been transformed into Del Mercato Ristorante, Trattoria, Panificio and Bar with a  functional interior of exposed brickwork with steel, glass and wood details. The Ristorante menus spearheaded by Stefano Motta (Briciole, Latium and Restaurant SD26 in New York) and feature typical dishes like Seared tuna in guanciale with aubergine cream; Pumpkin gnocchi, venison ragù, Castelmagno fondue and crispy artichokes and Grilled octopus with chickpea sauce […]

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A Burns Night to remember

After Christmas and New Year celebrations January can be a bit of a downer but the recently refurbished Vinopolis has got our backs. It is hosting an evening of Scottish delights on 25 January to celebrate Burns Night! Proceedings start with a whisky cocktail in the Tapas Bar and there follows a dedicated whisky masterclass where you will get to taste three carefully selected Scottish favourites. Next up is a two-course meal hosted by one of the Vinopolis experts who will present the perfect whisky match and deliver the traditional Address to the Haggis and a toast to the lasses! […]

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Ben’s Canteen

Located on leafy St John's Hill, but a stone’s throw from Clapham Junction amidst a buzzing throng of independent bars and restaurants, Battersea neighbourhood joint Ben’s Canteen is the go-to hang-out for hip locals and those from further afield as well! Ben’s weekend brunch has already attained legendary status – try the famous BC Burger (made from Orkney beef and topped with Ben’s special burger sauce and smoked chedder) with hand cut chips and we promise you’ll be smitten! The Breakfast Scotch Egg, Popcorn prawns with spicy mayo and Pulled Pork Baps are also proving firm favourites. Now midweek nights […]

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A happy Renaissance Xmas

If you needed an excuse to go to the pub this Christmas (as if?) then this is most certainly it! This year, Renaissance Pubs are making Christmas even easier. Pop in for a drink this December and you can buy your Christmas tree at the same time. The Rosendale in West Dulwich and The Avalon and Abbeville in Clapham will have a veritable Narnia of premium non-drop Nordman Firs, with soft needles, available from 10am – 8pm every day until 24th December. And if you bag yourself a tree,  Renaissance will give you a free glass of their special recipe […]

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Garufin

Recently opened in Holborn’s Lamb’s Conduit Passage is Garufin – a new restaurant and café-bar bringing international regional cuisine to WC2. It’s inspired by Argentina’s relaxed neighbourhood restaurants and bars and serves up small plates and traditional dishes from Patagonia Noroeste. The brainchild of Gustavo Vazquez and Alberto Abbate (Santa Maria del Sur and Casa Malevo) and new business partner / Executive Chef Ernesto Paiva, Garufin is the sister restaurant to Islington’s Garufa. Split into a café and restaurant over two levels, the ground floor houses the, ‘no-bookings’ café-bar, with exposed original brickwork, black and white tiled floor and high […]

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Naamayaa

Alan Yau’s Naamyaa Café and sister restaurant to Busaba Eathai, is open for business in Islington. The all-day-dining, modern Bangkok style café offers a collection of food that captures the spirit of Bangkok. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu showcases Siam heritage classics, Bangkok street food and Western café staples, retaining Siam traditions and absorbing the colonial influences from its neighbouring countries and the new world. Naamyaa refers to the sauce that is cooked in traditional terracotta pots to be eaten with kanom jin – fresh rice noodles that form a staple of the menu. Designed by David […]

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Lupita

Authentic Mexican restaurant, Lupita which launched in Villiers Street two years ago, has recently opened the doors of its second London restaurant in Spitalfields. However, it began life almost 50 years ago as El Farolito, a traditional taquería in a town just west of Mexico City in the Colonia Condesa. Starting out as a small charcoal grill run by two grill men, within a year, its popularity had grown to such an extent that people from all over Mexico City came to try the infamous “charcoal tacos” – a Central American dish dating back to the early 1900s. Nowadays, all […]

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