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The Penny Black

Harking back to the days of the eponymous postage stamp, this new Fulham restaurant will be taking its culinary style cues from traditional British favourites from Cottage pie, Toad-in-the-hole and Lancashire hotpot to Beef Wellington, Roasted turbot and Braised oxtail. Oh yes, and don’t forget the Bubble and Squeak! Conceived as a ‘home away from home’, Sunday roasts of the finest Longhorn beef will be a real family affair, with huge sharing dishes of potatoes and vegetables, perfect for family and extended family to enjoy the camaraderie of en masse dining without the hassle of actually cooking! Head chef is […]

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Mushu

There’s been a whole lot of Eastern promise in the West End of late: the brilliant Inamo sequel with its Wii generation cuisine on Lower Regent Street; the ultra fashionable Ora on Little Portland Street and this month’s star opening, Cocochan on James’ Street. However, for a more ‘January-wallet’ friendly Oriental fix that doesn’t involve a conveyor belt, a chain or dingy doorway in Chinatown, there’s a Fitzrovia newcomer called Mushu that’s looking like a real winner. Admittedly the name Mushu doesn’t bode particularly well but the little Izakaya style bar-restaurant is proving both a daytime draw for the local […]

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Opera Tavern

Whereas once Covent Garden was more about the tourists and theatre diners, it’s now giving Soho a run for its money with its quirky new eateries like the Caring backed Bill’s Cafe in new dining destination St Martin’s Courtyard. A further treat opening at the end of this month, is Opera Tavern in Catherine Street. The new venue comes from the people behind award winning tapas gems of W1, Salt Yard and Dehesa, Sanja and Simon Mullins. The menu is overseen by executive chef, Ben Tish in collaboration with head chef, Jamie Thickett and diners can expect a similar focus […]

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The Restaurant

  This month Oliver Peyton’s restaurant group, Peyton and Byrne, is launching at the Royal Academy of Arts. Created by Design Research Studio under the direction of Tom Dixon, the new restaurant and bar will be the fourth dining space at the Academy from the group. Says Peyton, “The Royal Academy of Arts is one of London’s oldest and best regarded cultural sites. It is a unique place and to work with living artists is an extraordinary opportunity, which brings a new dimension to what we do. We look forward to bringing high quality British food to all visitors, whether […]

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Verru

The Northern European diet is just what the doctor ordered for a new year detox so it’s a good job that new Baltic restaurant, Verru is opening this month on London’s fashionable Marylebone Lane. The establishment marks the first independent venture for executive chef and owner, Andrei Lesment who has cut his teeth in a medley of restaurants worldwide including Pied à Terre and Maze in London. Inspired by his Estonian roots, Lesment has created a menu that merges Baltic and Scandinavian flavours in innovative style. His dishes will include Pan fried red mullet, hop shoots, speck, forest mushrooms and […]

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Spice Market

Talk about drip feeding us information til we're all salivating with expectation. However , newest titbit from the W Hotel's publicity machine is actually more of a mouthful but still guaranteed to leave us hungry for more. Jean-Georges Vongerichten of New York's iconic Spice Market is bringing a sister version to W London. It will be a welcome reprise for the three Michelin-starred Vongerichten. Although he has been credited with "inventing America's answer to nouvelle cuisine" Londoners will be far more likely to associate him with The Berkeley Hotel's much missed Vong restaurant which closed in 2003. And Spice Market […]

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Winners at Sketch

Last minute Christmas shoppers would do well to stop off the at the new pop-up Sketch cafe at the Royal Academy of Arts, the gallery's very fashionable collaboration with Pierre Gagnaire to co-incide with the GSK Contemporary exhibition ' Aware: Art Fashion Identity'. Every week there's £450 worth of Mawi jewellery up for grabs. So, before you dig into your patisserie, check the underside and if you find a golden sticker, it's your lucky day as you can exchange it for a beautiful piece from a selection of necklaces and bracelets from the brand beloved by Alexa Chung and Cheryl […]

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Amaranto

The Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane is set to reopen next month having undergone one serious £125 million makeover during its two year closure. And we're pleased to report that it seems no expense has been spared when it comes to the hotel's brand new destination restaurant either. Amaranto has its own entrance via Hamilton Place and boasts lounge areas, a restaurant and conservatory, bar, private dining room and even a garden terrace. Flexibility is the name of the game here and the idea is that diners can eat or drink in any of the spaces they choose from […]

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Cantinetta

Locanda Locatelli is certainly a hotbed for spawning new culinary talent. In July we reported on the opening of Tintello in Pimlico from Locanda alumni, Max and Federico Sali. Not only did they have the blessing of the entrepreneur and his wife Plaxy but even scored financial backing! And now chef Federico Turri who spent seven years working with Giorgio has joined forces with restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas to launch new restaurant and bar Cantinetta this month in Putney. Turri himself hails from a background of restaurateurs and his family ran a hotel and restaurant near Milan in northern Italy. Mascarenhas […]

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Brawn

It’s been two years but finally we’re getting a follow up to Covent Garden’s Terroirs with the launch of Brawn, new opening from Ed Wilson and Oli Barker, setting up shop in East London’s Columbia Road. The natural wine bar and bistro sits right in the heart of London’s legendary flower market and will be open daily for lunch and dinner and from 8am on Sundays for breakfast. The proportions of the former Victorian furniture-making warehouse with its high ceilings and huge double aspect windows lend themselves perfectly to the 70-seater restaurant which is divided into two spaces. Local artists […]

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