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Berners Tavern by Jason Atherton at Edition Hotel

Posted on: September 12, 2013

Berners Tavern Edition Hotel restaurant reviews

Since 12 September, Jason Atherton’s much anticipated fourth London restaurant (after the three ‘Socials’ – Pollen Street, Little and Eating House) has opened its doors. It’s located in Ian Schrager’s equally new Edition Hotel in Fitzrovia. And as you’d expect the dining room is quite a stunner.

The  menu is contemporary British and includes dishes such as Orkney scallop carpaccio with avocado, radish, jalapeño and lime or char-grilled quail served with smoked tomato jam, shallots and parsley. “Fish Fridays” and Sunday Read more »

Covent Garden Restaurant Revival

Posted on: September 10, 2013


Whilst Covent Garden has always been a tourist favourite, restaurant-savvy Londoners often gave it a wide berth, usually landing further West between Soho, Marylebone and Mayfair. But this is no longer the case – after one high profile restaurant opening after the other, Covent Garden has become a worthy restaurant destination in its own right.

Highest rated restaurants in Covent Garden

FoodVerdicts today lists close to 60 Covent Garden restaurants (all reviewed by London’s food critics and bloggers) and the standard is high with more than a third of them reaching a Verdict Read more »

Angela Hartnett's Merchants Tavern to open soon

Posted on: September 9, 2013

Angela Hartnett's Merchant's Tavern restaurant in Shoreditch

[Updated with restaurant website and further details]

Angela Hartnett, the chef patronne of Michelin-starred Murano and business partner of Gordon Ramsay for more than a decade, is planning to open a restaurant on Charlotte Road in Shoreditch 0n 8 October. She partners with the co-founders of Canteen, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone (pictured with Angela)

Merchant’s Tavern

The venue will be called Merchant’s Tavern and will include both an 80-cover restaurant and a bar seating 50. The menu is described as “honest, heartfelt” modern European cuisine Read more »

Hoi Polloi Restaurant to come to Ace Hotel Shoreditch

Posted on: September 8, 2013

Hoi Polloi restaurant Ace Hotel

The arrival of Ace Hotel in London, was highly anticipated by fans of the hip Ace Hotel in New York (which is also the venue of April Bloomfield’s Breslin restaurant). Ace London is located on Shoreditch High Street – check out hotelchatter for pics and an opening night review.

To come up with a new restaurant concept, Ace turned to Pablo Flack and David Waddington, the people behind Shrimpy’s and Bistrotheque. Their restaurant will be called Hoi Polloi and is expected to open on 3 October. It will be a modern all-day brasserie (open from breakfast to nightcaps) with 100 covers Read more »

Ramsay & Beckham could open Pie and Mash chain

Posted on: September 4, 2013

PM Pie & Mash - David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay

For a while the London food scene (including yours truly) had been speculating about David Beckham’s involvement in the new Gordon Ramsay Group restaurant, Union Street Cafe in Southwark. It turns out there is none. Of course all the publicity hasn’t hurt the venue’s advance bookings – we hear Union Street Cafe already has a couple of months’ worth of reservation in the books before opening its doors.

The Gordon & Becks speculation continues however. The duo are said to be working on a pie and mash restaurant, which could develop into a chain. A filing at the Read more »

Gordon Ramsay to open Union Street Cafe

Posted on: September 2, 2013

Gordon Ramsay David Beckham Union Street Cafe

[Updated with opening date and restaurant profile & booking page]

Gordon Ramsay’s latest restaurant is set to open on 16 September 2013.

Union Street Café will be located in a converted warehouse at the intersection of Union Street and Great Suffolk Street in Southwark, a short stroll from Borough Market.

The kitchen will use a mix of seasonal Mediterranean ingredients and produce from local Borough and Maltby Street markets. The menu will change daily but we can expect dishes with a Southern European flavour such as torn pasta with artichoke, pancetta, mint and ricotta; veal carpaccio Read more »

Neil Rankin's Smokehouse in Islington now open

Posted on: August 18, 2013

Smokehouse Islington Neil Rankin restaurant

Since mid August, London has a new destination for meat lovers. Smokehouse on Canonbury Road in Islington specialises in smoked and grilled meats and its menu includes peppered ox cheek, pork mixed grill and rib eye steaks, but also seafood dishes such as lobster and spring onion frittata or monkfish with tomatoes and razor clams.

The kitchen at Smokehouse is headed up by Neil Rankin who has made quite a name for himself in recent years. He was the former chef a successful Soho BBQ joint Pitt Cue Co. before relaunching John Salt with an entirely new menu. At the Smokehouse, Rankin collaborates with Read more »

Tommi's Burger Joint re-opening in Marylebone

Posted on: August 4, 2013

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi Tómasson opened his first hamburger joint in Iceland in 1981 and  is widely known as the guy who brought hamburgers to Iceland. There are around 20 Tommi Hamburger restaurants in Iceland alone!

In June of 2012, together with head chef Siggi Gunnlaugsson, he opened a pop up restaurant on Marylebone Lane and for the first few months, personally flipped burgers each day at the restaurant. Despite fierce competition from other gourmet burger outfits in London [Honest Burgers (Brixton, Camden, Soho), Burger & Lobster (Soho, Mayfair, Farringdon), Bar Boulud], critic reviews were Read more »

Pizza Pilgrims' first restaurant now open

Posted on: August 1, 2013

Pizza Pilgrims Restaurant Open

James and Thom Elliot (aka the Pizza Pilgrims) are on a roll. It all started with a ‘pilgrimage’ through Italy which led to their wildly successful pizza van. Then came the book deal, the TV show and now, at last, a proper, permanent, grown up restaurant.

The Pizza Pilgrims pizzeria opened on 1 August on 11-12 Dean Street in Soho.

At the heart of their menu is the classic Neapolitan margherita. Other street van pizzas have made it to the Soho pizzeria as well, such as the Portobello mushroom and smoked garlic oil, and the spicy Nduja sausage.

The italianità extends to the drinks and Read more »

Grillshack will open in September in Soho

Posted on: July 29, 2013

Grillshack Soho restaurant reviews

With Grillshack, a new casual grill restaurant is set to open in Soho this September. The restaurant will occupy the ground floor and basement of 61-63 Beak Street.

There will be quick counter service to eat in or take away and a menu including burgers, steaks, roast chicken, salads and a range of side dishes. Grillshack promises to be open seven days a week “from 8am till late”.

The team behind Grillshack is led by prolific restaurateur Richard Caring, owner of the Caprice (J SheekeyScott’s34 etc.) and Soho House groups. Caring has teamed up with Mark Askew, formerly Read more »

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