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FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2010)... While most Friday-night curries the country over are washed down with a pint or six of lager, Westminster Indian The Cinnamon Club is offering diners the chance for a more refined start to the weekend. On Friday 8 October the restaurant is hosting a wine dinner, alongside Australia’s oldest family-owned vineyard, Yalumba, and wine buyer Laurent Chaniac, priced at £90 for four courses with matching wines.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2010)... Summer is the time to tuck into lobsters – when they’re in prime condition – and few beat the quality of Scotland's crustacea crop. Which is why we thought this offer from Leadenhall Market seafood restaurant Chamberlain’s worth shouting about. Throughout August, customers can tuck into a Scottish lobster, chosen daily from the tanks of parent company Chamberlain and Thelwell Ltd, with a mixed salad and glass of wine for £19.95.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2010)... Now the grouse season has kicked off, there are few better places to tuck into the tasty moorland bird than Corrigan’s Mayfair. However, if you’re put off by the rather high prices then listen up, as the restaurant is running a special bring-your-own-wine promotion throughout August. For customers dining in the bar area before 7.15pm or after 9pm, and ordering a minimum of two courses, corkage will be free on all BYO wine.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2010)... In terms of annual culinary landmarks, the start of the grouse season – or the Glorious Twelfth as it's known – is one of the most important, ushering in the year’s game season, with partridge, pheasant, woodcock and company soon joining it on menus. This year promises a bumper crop of the moorland bird, and the first arrivals should be pitching up in restaurant kitchens as we speak. Read on to find the best places to enjoy it.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2010)... Wine lovers among you pay heed – it’s not often that an offer like this crops up from a top-end restaurant. From 16-27 August, Michelin-starred Park Lane restaurant Galvin at Windows will be opening a different bottle of vintage fine wine throughout the week and offering it by the glass, at cost price, on a first-come, first-served basis from 8pm. Expect to pay from £20 per glass for some very serious wine, matched by Windows’ top-notch views of London.
Mark the date – this year’s most anticipated new restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, is set to open its reservation lines on 15 October. Details are slowly leaking out about the Knightsbridge site, including the news that a three-course set lunch will cost £25 and à la carte dinner from £55. What's more, a sneak preview of dishes promises the likes of scallops with cucumber ketchup and peas (pictured).
RECENTLY OPENED (August 2010)... While early mutterings suggested that the new City branch of steak restaurant Goodman wouldn’t be open until early September, Square Mile carnivores among you can rejoice, as the site quietly opened its doors last week. Expect the same dedication to top-class meat as at the original Mayfair site, as well as a line-up of well-made transatlantic comfort food – think seafood risotto or Caesar salad. Perfect for a relaxed Friday lunch.
Fans of Polpo will undoubtedly be familiar with Russell Norman, the brains behind the Soho restaurant, who can be found working the floor there most days. August marks the opening of his second site Polpetto, a bijou version of Polpo located above the French House pub on nearby Dean Street. In anticipation of the launch, we caught up with him for a quick Q&A on the new site, plus his third venture, Spuntino, which opens later this year.
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FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2010)... Hot off the press – King’s Cross neighbourhood restaurant Camino has this week launched a second site in Canary Wharf. As part of a soft opening, the restaurant is offering 50% off the total bill from 25-31 August and then 25% off from 1-14 September. Dealing in authentic and well-made tapas, plus a superb Spanish drinks list, enjoy a bargain – but remember to be forgiving of any opening-week glitches.
RECENTLY OPENED (August 2010)... Taking residence in the souped-up basement of Le Méridien Piccadilly, this new lounge bar promises a feast for both your taste buds and retinas. Decked out in bizarre 60s Scandinavian-influenced décor, settle down with a complimentary fruity vodka cup while you pick from a polished and lengthy list of cocktails, including the house special rhume with a view (rhubarb gin, passion fruit, pink grapefruit & cardamom). For those not on the booze, the bar also boasts some astounding coffees.
FOOD AND DRINK EVENT (August 2010)... Beer lovers get ready: The Draft House is expanding eastwards. Already boasting two sites in Battersea, the gastropub-cum-beer-emporium is this week launching by Tower Bridge. And for the first fortnight, the site is offering 50% off the food bill. Tuck into the likes of roast Tuscan sausages with lentils & fennel followed by cheesecake with rhubarb purée for half price, and wash it down with a pick from the vast arsenal of beers.
RECENTLY OPENED (August 2010)... As per every August, the forecast for the bank holiday weekend is anything but auspicious. However, the rain clouds look set to part for Saturday and Monday, and if you fancy making the most of the late summer rays, why not make a beeline for the coast? Of course, no trip to the seaside is complete without some fresh fish, so read on to discover our top ten seaside restaurants in the South East, including Brighton's Due South (pictured).
LONDON RESTAURANT NEWS (August 2010)... If a hectic Bank Holiday weekend has left you in need of a bit of some ‘me time’, why not treat yourself to a bite to eat at the City’s best modern Italian, L’Anima, which has now reopened after a one-month refurbishment. Chef Francesco Mazzei’s contemporary southern Italian cuisine remains as reliable as ever, but a new extension has bumped up the site’s capacity by a third, to a sizeable 120 seats.
LONDON RESTAURANT NEWS (September 2010)... Fifteen years after opening its doors in Wandsworth, Chez Bruce has reopened – albeit only after a six-week refurbishment. The Michelin-starred neighbourhood gem has had a refit of the kitchen and front of house. To find out what customers can expect from the new interior, and to ask about the restaurant’s future, Square Meal caught up with chef-patron Bruce Poole for a quick Q&A. Read on to see his answers.