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Rawduck opens today - Restaurant and Bar News Rawduck opens today

Rawduck relaunches near London Fields five months after a structurally unsound building forced the original's closure.

Win Ketel One masterclass tickets - Restaurant and Bar News Win Ketel One masterclass tickets

Hide Bar on Bermondsey Street have partnered with the Dutch crafted spirit Ketel One Vodka to run a series of events, masterclasses and menus which celebrate the food, drink and culture of Holland throughout the week.

Grill the chef: John Burton-Race - Restaurant and Bar News Grill the chef: John Burton-Race

John Burton-Race is set to open his first London restaurant for 12 years this evening. Square Meal caught up with the chef to find out what to expect.

Bank holiday getaways  - Restaurant and Bar News Bank holiday getaways

Why not make a long weekend of it? Our pick of the UK's best country house restaurants.

Albert Roux: the only way is Essex - Restaurant and Bar News Albert Roux: the only way is Essex

According to local reports, Albert Roux has submitted plans to turn a former Post Office on Brentwood High Street into a restaurant.

50% Off Tickets To Foodies Festivals - Foodie Events 50% Off Tickets To Foodies Festivals

Foodies Festival, the UK's largest outdoor celebration of food and drink returns in 2014 with nine festivals.

Grill the chef: Jason Atherton - Restaurant and Bar News Grill the chef: Jason Atherton

Square Meal catches up with the Pollen Street chef ahead of the launch of his latest restaurant, City Social.

BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant - Restaurant and Bar News BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant

Congratulations to chef Nuno Mendes and the team at Chiltern Firehouse for becoming this season’s BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant.

Marathon eating this weekend - Restaurant and Bar News Marathon eating this weekend

Free food for marathon runners this weekend, plus the best spots for a bevvy or a bite along the route.

London celebrates Songkran  - Restaurant and Bar News London celebrates Songkran

This weekend Thailand celebrates Songkran, their New Year festival. Here are some foodie ways to get involved in the capital.

Raising the bar snacks - Restaurant and Bar News Raising the bar snacks

Tony Conigliaro's 69 Colebrooke Row has launched a bar food menu for the first time in its five year history. Square Meal gets a taste...

Rotorino launches today - Restaurant and Bar News Rotorino launches today

This evening sees Dock Kitchen chef Stevie Parle open his Italian restaurant Rotorino in Dalston.

London calling: John Burton-Race  - Restaurant and Bar News London calling: John Burton-Race

John Burton-Race is to open his first London restaurant for 12 years, with The New Angel in Notting Hill set to open on 7 May.

Goodman launches King crab and steak restaurant  - Restaurant and Bar News Goodman launches King crab and steak restaurant

The group behind the Goodman and Burger & Lobster chains is to open a new restaurant on May 6 serving only king crab and steak.

Grill the chef: Mark Hix - Restaurant and Bar News Grill the chef: Mark Hix

We catch up with Mark Hix ahead of his new Hixter restaurant launch to find out what to expect and what's next for the chef.

London Coffee Festival preview - Restaurant and Bar News London Coffee Festival preview

Food and drinks to kick-start your weekend at The London Coffee Festival.

Where to watch the boat race this weekend - Restaurant and Bar News Where to watch the boat race this weekend

This Sunday sees the 160th annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge universities. Here’s our pick of the best pubs along the route.

Grill the chef: Stevie Parle - Restaurant and Bar News Grill the chef: Stevie Parle

Dock Kitchen chef Stevie Parle tells Square Meal all about his upcoming Dalston restaurant, Rotorino.

Review of the reviews: April 2014 - Restaurant and Bar News Review of the reviews: April 2014

Our round-up of the past month’s hottest new restaurant openings, and what the critics had to say about them.

UK Restaurant round-up: April 2014 - Restaurant and Bar News UK Restaurant round-up: April 2014

The past month has seen a stack of new openings across the country. Here’s our pick of the top new UK dining destinations.

The Fat Duck Goes Down Under - Restaurant and Bar News The Fat Duck Goes Down Under

Heston Blumenthal will close his three-Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray for six months this December and pop-up in Melbourne.

Where to treat mum this weekend - Restaurant and Bar News Where to treat mum this weekend

Mum's the word at these top London restaurants and bars that are laying out the red carpet this Mother's Day.

Skye to open in Somerset House - Restaurant and Bar News Skye to open in Somerset House

Skye Gyngell will launch her new restaurant Spring at Somerset House in September, with an ‘indoor garden’ focal point.

Hill & Szrok opens - Restaurant and Bar News Hill & Szrok opens

This new Broadway Market launch (with 50% off food until tomorrow) operates as a butcher by day and restaurant by night.

Introducing the world's best female chef - Restaurant and Bar News Introducing the world's best female chef

Brazilian-born Helena Rizzo has been named the 2014 Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef. Here’s our lowdown on a name to watch...

One Kensington launches  - Restaurant and Bar News One Kensington launches

The team behind Mayfair's Tamarind restaurant has launched this dining space described as a members' club, but without the membership.

MARCUS launches today - Restaurant and Bar News MARCUS launches today

Marcus Wareing has relaunched his restaurant at The Berkeley hotel, with the new name MARCUS and a more casual approach to service.

Jamaica Patty Co launches - Restaurant and Bar News Jamaica Patty Co launches

Caribbean dishes, including the namesake patties, are order of the day at this latest Covent Garden opening.

Q Grill now on soft-launch - Restaurant and Bar News Q Grill now on soft-launch

Camden BBQ restaurant Q Grill opens on soft-launch today, with 50% off food until 27 March.

Win afternoon tea with mum at Sanctum Soho - Restaurant and Bar News Win afternoon tea with mum at Sanctum Soho

To celebrate Mother's Day, we're giving you the chance to win a voucher for a fantastic afternoon tea for two at Soho’s luxury Sanctum hotel.

Ever-changing restaurant to launch - Restaurant and Bar News Ever-changing restaurant to launch

When new restaurant, bar and nightclub Mode opens in Notting Hill, it will be the first to change its style and theme every six months.

Win a luxurious lunch with Hennessy  - Restaurant and Bar News Win a luxurious lunch with Hennessy

Hennessy are giving Square Meal readers the exclusive chance to win a lunch for two at Helene Dorroze at The Connaught and a bottle of travel retail limited edition Hennessy Privé.

A taste of Hedone in Soho - Restaurant and Bar News A taste of Hedone in Soho

Mikael Jonsson, of Michelin-starred Chiswick restaurant Hedone, has taken on a consultant role at Soho wine bar Antidote.

Marcus Wareing announces new restaurant - Restaurant and Bar News Marcus Wareing announces new restaurant

Casual British restaurant Tredwell’s will open on Upper St Martin’s Lane in July.

Interview with Scott Hallsworth - Restaurant and Bar News Interview with Scott Hallsworth

Marble Arch izakaya Kurobuta is set to be one of spring's most anticipated launches. We talked to chef Scott Hallsworth about his plans

The 10 best Irish pubs in London - Restaurant and Bar News The 10 best Irish pubs in London

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! There's no better craic to be had than in these top Irish pubs.

Big Easy comes to Covent Garden - Restaurant and Bar News Big Easy comes to Covent Garden

The Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Crabshack is in soft launch period at Covent Garden’s Maiden Lane, serving surf and turf galore

The hottest new restaurants and bars of 2014 - Restaurant and Bar News The hottest new restaurants and bars of 2014

Check out at a glance which London areas are topping the charts with new restaurant and bar openings.

Heston’s Perfectionists' Café to open at Heathrow - Restaurant and Bar News Heston’s Perfectionists' Café to open at Heathrow

Heston Blumenthal announces plans for The Perfectionists’ Café, set to launch at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 in June 2014

Bravas launches in St. Katherine Docks - Restaurant and Bar News Bravas launches in St. Katherine Docks

Iberian tuna tartare topped with caviar and ponzu sauce is among the modern tapas dishes at this new venue.

UK restaurant round-up - Restaurant and Bar News UK restaurant round-up

This month's round-up of new openings and restaurant news from outside the M25.

Whisky matching event - Restaurant and Bar News Whisky matching event

Experience an exclusive whisky and food matching evening with Highland Park whisky at Duck & Waffle, exclusive to Square Meal readers.

Get your pancake fix this Shrove Tuesday - Restaurant and Bar News Get your pancake fix this Shrove Tuesday

When it comes to pancakes, we only want the flipping best. So here’s our selection of the hottest pre-Lent pancake action around town.

Champagne Thiénot afternoon tea offer at Searcys - Restaurant and Bar News Champagne Thiénot afternoon tea offer at Searcys

You might not have the whole Hollywood lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink like the stars.

Salvation comes to Dalston - Restaurant and Bar News Salvation comes to Dalston

Vietnamese noodle bar Salvation In Noodles is now open on Balls Pond Road, serving hot and cold noodles and sharing plates of street-food.

Assado opens in Waterloo - Restaurant and Bar News Assado opens in Waterloo

Indian and Portuguese influences are merged at Cyrus Todiwala's latest opening on Waterloo Road.

8 Hoxton Square opens its doors - Restaurant and Bar News 8 Hoxton Square opens its doors

The team behind Soho's 10 Greek Street have opened their second restaurant - which has an equally imaginative name.

Go to jail: The Clink opens in Brixton Prison - Restaurant and Bar News Go to jail: The Clink opens in Brixton Prison

The Clink restaurant launches in Brixton Prison today, giving Londoners the opportunity to dine behind bars.

Big Apple Hot Dogs to open King’s Cross deli - Restaurant and Bar News Big Apple Hot Dogs to open King’s Cross deli

Big Apple Hot Dogs creator Abiye Cole takes street food off the streets at Cole & Sons deli on Caledonian Road.

Lawn Bistro chef moves to pastures new - Restaurant and Bar News Lawn Bistro chef moves to pastures new

Ollie Couillaud has left Wimbledon’s Lawn Bistro and taken on the role of executive chef at The Royal Academy.

Avenue relaunched with US twist - Restaurant and Bar News Avenue relaunched with US twist

Avenue restaurant in St James’s has relaunched with a new look, a new chef and a new American-inspired menu.

Beer is back at Brick Lane Brewery - Restaurant and Bar News Beer is back at Brick Lane Brewery

Craft Beer Rising is back and it’s bigger and better than ever with more than 400 beers on offer from over 75 breweries, running until Sunday.

Chiltern Firehouse is alight - Restaurant and Bar News Chiltern Firehouse is alight

The new restaurant from ex-Viajante chef Nuno Mendes is now open in Marylebone.

London's best tapas restaurants - Restaurant and Bar News London's best tapas restaurants

Inject a little Spanish sunshine into your winter with our pick of London's best tapas bars and restaurants.

Bibo: a slice of Italy in Putney - Restaurant and Bar News Bibo: a slice of Italy in Putney

Rebecca Mascarenhas will launch Italian restaurant Bibo in Putney on 6 March, adding to her credentials as one of London’s leading neighbourhood restaurateurs.

Holborn Dining Room opens at Rosewood London - Restaurant and Bar News Holborn Dining Room opens at Rosewood London

An all-day, casual British brasserie opens in London's latest swanky hotel, with 50% off food until 28 Feb.

Jason Atherton takes on ex-Viajante site - Restaurant and Bar News Jason Atherton takes on ex-Viajante site

Jason Atherton is backing a new restaurant in Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel, with Lee Westcott heading up the kitchen.

Le Gavroche reopens after refurb - Restaurant and Bar News Le Gavroche reopens after refurb

Michel Roux Jnr's Le Gavroche has re-opened after a refurb that sees the addition of a six-person private dining room.

Roka opens in Mayfair - Restaurant and Bar News Roka opens in Mayfair

Arjun Waney has launched his third Roka outlet, bringing the brand's signature robata grill, sushi and cocktails to Mayfair.

Inside London's most romantic restaurant - Restaurant and Bar News Inside London's most romantic restaurant

This Valentine's Day, we talk to the team behind Clos Maggiore to find out what makes a restaurant so romantic that it gets three proposals a week.

London Fashion Week for foodies - Restaurant and Bar News London Fashion Week for foodies

Our selection of special menus and bespoke cocktails around London this Fashion Week.

Grill the chef: Joël Robuchon - Restaurant and Bar News Grill the chef: Joël Robuchon

We caught up with international super-chef Joël Robuchon to talk Michelin stars, his love of London and what he’s got coming up in 2014.

Valentine's dining: the singles - Restaurant and Bar News Valentine's dining: the singles

Whether you’re looking to meet someone or simply have a night out with your mates, Valentine's isn't just for the couples.

Valentine's dining: the unique - Restaurant and Bar News Valentine's dining: the unique

Get inventive this Valentine's Day, with events ranging from special film screenings to balloon send-offs and Georgian banquets.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with pink Champagne - Restaurant and Bar News Celebrate Valentine’s Day with pink Champagne

Pink Champagne and Valentine’s Day go together like Posh ‘n’ Becks; this year is no exception, with an array of glitzy releases.

Viajante to close  - Restaurant and Bar News Viajante to close

Nuno Mendes is to leave Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel and open Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone.

Norovirus hits Heston's Dinner - Restaurant and Bar News Norovirus hits Heston's Dinner

Heston Blumenthal closes his Knightsbridge restaurant Dinner for a week due to an outbreak of norovirus, five years after the same problem at The Fat Duck.

Celebrate Chinese New Year - Restaurant and Bar News Celebrate Chinese New Year

Our picks of the top places to celebrate the Year of the Horse in London this weekend, including Yauatcha pictured above.

Grill the chef: Nobu Matsuhisa - Restaurant and Bar News Grill the chef: Nobu Matsuhisa

Having just opened his 27th restaurant, the legendary chef speaks to Square Meal about his influences, film roles and the proposed Nobu hotel in London.

Restaurant of the Year - Restaurant and Bar News Restaurant of the Year

Square Meal’s Guide to London’s Best Restaurants & Bars is out now – and our BMW Restaurant of the Year award goes to The Five Fields in Chelsea.

Spanish street food in London - Restaurant and Bar News Spanish street food in London

Spanish chef David Muñoz, who holds three Michelin stars at his restaurant DiverXo in Madrid, has announced plans to open a Mayfair restaurant in June.

Butcher and cookshop for Broadway Market - Restaurant and Bar News Butcher and cookshop for Broadway Market

Broadway Market is to gain a butcher and a restaurant in one, with the launch of Hill & Szrok in mid-March, appropriately set in a former slaughterhouse.

Stevie Parle goes Italian - Restaurant and Bar News Stevie Parle goes Italian

The Dock Kitchen chef has announced that his new Dalston restaurant will be called Sardine and serve southern Italian dishes.

Central eating - Restaurant and Bar News Central eating

Another all-day dining option is due to arrive in the West End in May when The Strand Dining Rooms opens slap-bang in the centre of town near Trafalgar Square.

Win a free lunch at London House - Restaurant and Bar News Win a free lunch at London House

Booking lines are now open for Gordon Ramsay’s London House, in Battersea. Click through for the phone number, and the chance to win a free lunch for two.

Grill the chef: Nigel Haworth - Restaurant and Bar News Grill the chef: Nigel Haworth

We talk to the Lancashire chef as he enters his fourth decade at Michelin-starred restaurant, Northcote.

Salvation In Noodles comes to Dalston - Restaurant and Bar News Salvation In Noodles comes to Dalston

Salvation in Noodles is bringing Vietnamese noodles and street food-style small plates to Dalston.

Dirty Bones arrives in Kensington - Restaurant and Bar News Dirty Bones arrives in Kensington

Hot dogs and on-the-bone food (from fried chicken to rib-eye steaks) by ex-Fat Duck chef Ross Clarke.

Stevie Parle to open Dalston restaurant - Restaurant and Bar News Stevie Parle to open Dalston restaurant

Stevie Parle, the chef behind Dock Kitchen in Ladbroke Grove and presenter of Channel 4’s Spice Trip has announced that he is to open a new restaurant in Dalston in March.

Canvas launches with build-your-own tasting menu - Restaurant and Bar News Canvas launches with build-your-own tasting menu

The whole concept is based around tasting menus at this first London outing for Swiss chef Michael Riemenschneider.

10 top fish restaurants in London - Restaurant and Bar News 10 top fish restaurants in London

Our selection of the best restaurants for fish and seafood in the capital, from long-standing institutions to great new openings.

10 hot bar openings from 2013 - Restaurant and Bar News 10 hot bar openings from 2013

Our selection of some of the finest new bars to arrive in London last year.

All change for Marcus Wareing - Restaurant and Bar News All change for Marcus Wareing

Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley will close throughout January and February for major refurbishment, and reopen in March under the shortened name of Marcus.

20 best new openings of 2013 - Restaurant and Bar News 20 best new openings of 2013

Our pick of the most exciting new restaurant openings of the past year.

Fishy fast food at new KP pop-up - Restaurant and Bar News Fishy fast food at new KP pop-up

Iconic fish restaurant Kensington Place will launch a pop-up restaurant in February. Named FISHBone, it will be a ‘unique fish and seafood spin on the gourmet fast-food trend’ running throughout the month.

Parisian bistro opens in Soho - Restaurant and Bar News Parisian bistro opens in Soho

The owners of Salt Yard have consulted on this new venture run by three French brothers, one of whom was previously general manager at Dehesa. An ex-Bibendum chef is responsible for a menu of ‘French tapas’.

UK restaurant round-up - Restaurant and Bar News UK restaurant round-up

December ushered in some tantalising new openings - and it’s not just the big hitters that are getting their moment.

Tommi's to open second burger joint - Restaurant and Bar News Tommi's to open second burger joint

Following on from the Marylebone original, the second Tommi's Burger Joint site is to open in January 2014 on King's Road. The new site will also serve a special Icelandic beer, Viking, in a reference to the Icelandic heritage of founder Tomas Tómasson.

Pig out at Blackfoot - Restaurant and Bar News Pig out at Blackfoot

This celebration of all things porcine from Tom Ward and TV chef Allegra McEvedy (the team behind Leon) is now open in Exmouth Market.

No members members’ club for Kensington - Restaurant and Bar News No members members’ club for Kensington

The group behind Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Tamarind are to launch an all-day restaurant, bar and social space which is similar in style to London’s private members’ clubs, but require no membership.

Cyrus Todiwala set to spice up Waterloo - Restaurant and Bar News Cyrus Todiwala set to spice up Waterloo

Chef and restaurateur Cyrus Todiwala will open a new restaurant in Waterloo early next year. Named Assado and described as a ‘journey through Portuguese cuisine’, it is a new direction for the Mumbai-born chef, who is known in London for his Indian food.

A lot to grain: London's first polenta restaurant - Restaurant and Bar News A lot to grain: London's first polenta restaurant

A polenta-based restaurant is set to open in Soho later this month, serving a menu of dishes inspired by the grain.

K-Town comes to Old Street - Restaurant and Bar News K-Town comes to Old Street

The founder of Fitzrovia’s Koba and Nizuni has launched a new eatery in the City that will feed London’s appetite for Korean street food.

Craft Beer Co comes to Clapham - Restaurant and Bar News Craft Beer Co comes to Clapham

The fourth branch of Craft Beer Co. opens in the capital today, close to Clapham High Street. There are 20+ beers on tap, and more than double that in bottle.

Andina opens today - Restaurant and Bar News Andina opens today

Martin Morales, the man who brought Ceviche to Soho, has opened a Peruvian eatery in Shoreditch. The restaurant features a BBQ, pisco bar and a games room.

Augustine Kitchen now open - Restaurant and Bar News Augustine Kitchen now open

Honest, unshowy Gallic cooking from Franck Raymond, who was head chef at Covent Garden’s Mon Plaisir for 10 years.

Revamped Imperial opens - Restaurant and Bar News Revamped Imperial opens

King's Road boozer The Imperial Arms has swung open its doors with a shortened name and a seasonal, responsibly sourced menu.

Caviar back on the menu at Green’s - Restaurant and Bar News Caviar back on the menu at Green’s

Green’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar in St James’s has put caviar back on the menu, due to increased demand, three years after it was taken off because the credit crunch and a struggling economy had driven down sales.

Ember Yard from Salt Yard group to open on 3 Dec - Restaurant and Bar News Ember Yard from Salt Yard group to open on 3 Dec

The latest opening from Simon Mullins and Ben Tish, the force behind Spanish and Italian restaurants Salt Yard, Dehesa and Opera Tavern, will launch in Soho on 3 December. As the name hints, the menu heavily features cooking over charcoal, and food will be smoked on-site.

American chefs in London - Restaurant and Bar News American chefs in London

It’s Thanksgiving today, so to celebrate the season, we spoke to two big-name America-based chefs who have each made a piece of London their home: Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud.

Hix bar pops up in Selfridges shoe department - Restaurant and Bar News Hix bar pops up in Selfridges shoe department

The latest opening from serial restaurateur Mark Hix is a portable bar he describes as ‘the smallest cocktail bar in the largest men's shoe-wear department in the world’. The bar is Hix’s second venture in Oxford Street department store, Selfridges; it joins his existing restaurant and Champagne bar on the ground floor.

Boopshi's open permanent site - Restaurant and Bar News Boopshi's open permanent site

London’s first schnitzel and spritz bar has arrived in Fitzrovia. Boopshi’s features an Austrian menu that majors in pork, chicken and rose-veal schnitzels, and all kind of takes on the classic spritz cocktail. Bratwurst, spätzle, oxtail and strudel will also feature.

Two more Roka restaurants to open in 2014 - Restaurant and Bar News Two more Roka restaurants to open in 2014

Rainer Becker’s modern Japanese restaurant group Roka will open two new sites in London next year, doubling the number of branches in the capital. The first will open on North Audley Street, Mayfair in February followed by another at Aldwych in the summer.

Chicken Shop opens in Tooting - Restaurant and Bar News Chicken Shop opens in Tooting

Following the success of their original Chicken Shop in Kentish Town, the guys from the Soho House Group have launched another one-choice eatery celebrating the delights of roast chicken.

Raymond Blanc to open three new gastropubs - Restaurant and Bar News Raymond Blanc to open three new gastropubs

Raymond Blanc has announced plans to open three new gastropubs in London next year, in yet-to-be-announced locations. Blanc’s White Brasserie company has located the sites – all currently running as pubs – and is currently in negotiations to exchange licenses.

Top chefs take part in Mince Pie Project - Restaurant and Bar News Top chefs take part in Mince Pie Project

The Christmas lights are on, trees are going up - the Mince Pie Project is back. Now in its third year, the charity has become a foodie Christmas tradition, raising £30,000 last year alone by getting top chefs to make mince pies.

Ape & Bird reservations open - Restaurant and Bar News Ape & Bird reservations open

Booking lines opened this morning for Russell Norman’s latest venture, located in the former Marquis of Granby pub on Cambridge Circus. Bookings will be taken for lunch only, with dinner focused solely on walk-ins. Ape & Bird will open on Thursday 28 November.

Craft beer gets social in Shoreditch - Restaurant and Bar News Craft beer gets social in Shoreditch

Following a run in London Fields this summer, beer tasting and education company The Craft Beer Social Club will launch its next pop-up on Wednesday 27 November in Shoreditch, running until Saturday 21 December...

Square Meal Tasting 2013 – the best yet! - Square Meal Wine Tasting Square Meal Tasting 2013 – the best yet!

Square Meal’s 2013 tasting was bigger and better than ever before, with a buzzy crowd sampling more than 250 wines and food from 10 of London's best restaurants.

Big Easy smokes out West End - Restaurant and Bar News Big Easy smokes out West End

A new Big Easy is set to bring the good-time feel and Deep South food that’s made the Kings Road original so popular into the heart of the West End. It will not just be a replica, though. The Maiden Lane site is designed and built for barbecuing...

Kopapa chef brings flavour tripping to Haggerston - Restaurant and Bar News Kopapa chef brings flavour tripping to Haggerston

Selin Kiazim, former head chef at Peter Gordon’s Kopapa restaurant in Covent Garden, has opened a year-long pop-up restaurant and bar at TripSpace studio in a railway arch close to Haggerston station. Trip Kitchen & Bar has a strong Turkish influence, melding Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours.

Free pork feast today - Restaurant and Bar News Free pork feast today

The Pig Idea is a campaign focused on reversing the EU ban on feeding catering waste to pigs, founded by food waste expert Tristram Stuart and Wahaca’s Thomasina Miers. To promote this campaign they are hosting a one-off feast for five thousand people in Trafalgar Square today.

New chicken restaurant hatches in East End - Restaurant and Bar News New chicken restaurant hatches in East End

Clutch will become the latest in a line of chicken-related openings when it hatches in Hoxton before Christmas. The big idea is to take ethically sourced, happy hens from a free-range farm in Wiltshire and give them the deep-fried treatment, using groundnut oil to make things a touch healthier.

New Wright Brothers restaurant goes live - Restaurant and Bar News New Wright Brothers restaurant goes live

The third Wright Brothers restaurant, due to open before the end of November, is the most ambitious yet. Following in the footsteps of the original in Borough Market and the follow-up in Soho, this Spitalfields venture will contain a vast seawater tank in the middle of the dining area.

UK restaurant round-up - Restaurant and Bar News UK restaurant round-up

Concerns about the economy may linger, but November is shaping up to be another terrific month for grand openings and top chefs setting up shop outside London. Is confidence returning to the UK restaurant scene?

Goodman on a roll - Restaurant and Bar News Goodman on a roll

Goodman is to open a new lobster roll deli-style restaurant, to add to its popular steakhouse and Burger & Lobster chains. Although other menu items will be available, it is the rolls which will be the main draw. The restaurant will form part of a new development at 65 Duke Street in Mayfair due to open early next year.

Rabot 1745, Borough Market - Restaurant and Bar News Rabot 1745, Borough Market

It’s all about cocoa beans at this market venue inspired by the original Boucan in the Rabot Estate cocoa plantation on Saint Lucia.

Jason Atherton to hold court in Covent Garden  - Restaurant and Bar News Jason Atherton to hold court in Covent Garden

Jason Atherton talks to Square Meal about his first Covent Garden venture – a restaurant in the former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court building, due to launch in 2015.

Iberica expands to London and Manchester - Restaurant and Bar News Iberica expands to London and Manchester

Not content with launching a third branch of its Spanish mini-chain in Victoria’s Zig Zag complex (currently in development), the team behind Iberica is also looking at sites in Manchester.

Interview with Angela Hartnett  - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Interview with Angela Hartnett

Square Meal talks to Angela Harnett about her recently launched Shoreditch restaurant Merchant’s Tavern, and Mayfair venture Café Murano which opens next week.

Chicago chef Charlie Trotter dies aged 54 - Restaurant and Bar News Chicago chef Charlie Trotter dies aged 54

Square Meal's editor Ben McCormack pays tribute to Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, who has died aged 54.

Jason Atherton gets Social in the City - Restaurant and Bar News Jason Atherton gets Social in the City

Square Meal catches up with one of London’s busiest restaurateurs to talk about his upcoming projects.

Simon Rogan confirmed as Claridge’s chef - Restaurant and Bar News Simon Rogan confirmed as Claridge’s chef

The rumours that Simon Rogan will take over the dining room at Claridge’s have been confirmed today, with the new restaurant launching next spring.

StreetSmart launches 2013 campaign  - Restaurant and Bar News StreetSmart launches 2013 campaign

Homelessness charity StreetSmart’s annual fundraising campaign has launched, with more than 550 London and UK restaurants taking part.

Place your bets for Claridge’s new arrival - Restaurant and Bar News Place your bets for Claridge’s new arrival

We’ve been told that in just over a week, Claridge’s will announce who will fill the shoes of Gordon Ramsay, whose contract to run the hotel’s flagship restaurant ended in June. Square Meal examines the odds on the potential heirs to Ramsay’s throne – and to one of the hottest openings of 2014.

Over to You: readers rate new restaurants - Restaurant and Bar News Over to You: readers rate new restaurants

Aqua Shard, Retro Feasts, Pizza Pilgrims and more: Square Meal readers dish the dirt on the London dining scene…

Restaurants that chefs and restaurateurs miss - Restaurant and Bar News Restaurants that chefs and restaurateurs miss

The restaurant world changes at lightning speed. That’s a good thing when we discover hot new places set to become regular hangouts, but it’s tinged with sadness when we stop to remember treasured restaurants that have been consigned to the culinary history books. We invited 10 of the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs to wax nostalgic about the restaurants they miss most.

Meet autumn’s prizewinners - Restaurant and Bar News Meet autumn’s prizewinners

Find out what our readers thought of the capital’s dining debutants, and discover who has won autumn’s coveted Critic of the Quarter title and other fantastic prizes.

Waney heads down Mexico way - Restaurant and Bar News Waney heads down Mexico way

Aurelia’s two-floor site will be transformed into a swish Mexican offering by owner Arjun Waney. The as-yet-unnamed restaurant, which will launch on 21 October, will feature a counter serving freshly made tacos and a buzzy but luxurious vibe.

Hartnett thinks big - Restaurant and Bar News Hartnett thinks big

Angela Hartnett has been busy this year, adding Hampshire hotel restaurant Hartnett Holder & Co and Shoreditch collaboration Merchant’s Tavern to her portfolio, as well as continuing to run her flagship restaurant, Murano.

Hix in the City: the sequel - Restaurant and Bar News Hix in the City: the sequel

This November, Mark Hix will launch a second version of Tramshed in the City’s Devonshire Square.

Pied à Terre team breaks nu ground - Restaurant and Bar News Pied à Terre team breaks nu ground

Restaurateur David Moore has taken over the old Roganic site on Blandford Street for a pop-up running until April.

Michelin stars 2014 revealed - Michelin Stars Michelin stars 2014 revealed

Fifteen restaurants – including nine London establishments – received their first Michelin star today, as the tyre manufacturer unveiled the 2014 issue of its coveted red book, with two more rising from one to two stars.

New blood: meet the UK’s rising culinary stars - Restaurant and Bar News New blood: meet the UK’s rising culinary stars

Who are the next culinary stars? Around Britain there are a number of young chefs who have bagged highly prized head-chef positions for the very first time – thanks to steely determination, a commitment to hard graft and bags of natural culinary talent. In a field with some stiff competition, here are five UK whizz kids to watch.

UK restaurant round-up: September 2013 - Restaurant and Bar News UK restaurant round-up: September 2013

London may be experiencing an explosion in restaurant openings this month, but there are some eye-catching new arrivals outside the capital that are also well worth noting.

Arbutus’ Anthony Demetre to launch City pop-up at Tower 42 - Restaurant and Bar News Arbutus’ Anthony Demetre to launch City pop-up at Tower 42

This October, Arbutus chef-patron Anthony Demetre will launch a 12-week pop-up in the City’s Tower 42.

The Sign of the Don to open in the City this autumn - Restaurant and Bar News The Sign of the Don to open in the City this autumn

This October, the owners of City stalwart The Don (pictured) will launch a larger, more informal sibling to the restaurant right next door.

Bryn Williams to open bistro in north Wales - Restaurant and Bar News Bryn Williams to open bistro in north Wales

Odette’s chef Bryn Williams will open a new restaurant in his native north Wales this November.

Adam Byatt on the lookout for site for a second Bistro Union - Restaurant and Bar News Adam Byatt on the lookout for site for a second Bistro Union

Trinity chef Adam Byatt has been scouring south London in search of suitable premises for a second branch of Bistro Union – but so far, the ‘right’ site has proved elusive.

David Beckham pulls out of Union Street Café  - Restaurant and Bar News David Beckham pulls out of Union Street Café

Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Café – one of September’s most anticipated new openings – has lost its celebrity stardust after international superstar and erstwhile backer David Beckham pulled out of the partnership at the 11th hour.

Breddo’s Tacos replaces Lucky Chip Slider Bar at The Player - Restaurant and Bar News Breddo’s Tacos replaces Lucky Chip Slider Bar at The Player

Street-food taco star Breddo’s – a fixture at some of the capital’s most popular markets and pop-up events – has taken over from Lucky Chip Slider Bar at The Player.

Top prizes still to be won with Be the Critic  - Restaurant and Bar News Top prizes still to be won with Be the Critic

As part of our Be the Critic competition, we have been giving away fabulous prizes to readers leaving restaurant reviews. Find out who has won prizes so far and which treats are still up for grabs.

September set to be a bumper month for new London restaurants - Restaurant and Bar News September set to be a bumper month for new London restaurants

September means back to school for the nation’s pupils, undergraduates and teachers, a return to Parliament for MPs, and an end to the silly season for the nation’s newspapers. With the country returning to the capital with its sleeves rolled up, this month is also a busy time for new restaurant openings in London. This September is no exception, with 30 restaurants – one for every day of the month – launching in London.

Chef Bjorn van der Horst to take the helm at Rosewood London - Restaurant and Bar News Chef Bjorn van der Horst to take the helm at Rosewood London

Swiss chef Bjorn van der Horst is returning to London to head up the kitchens at Rosewood London, formerly the Chancery Court hotel.

Alan Yau takes over The Endurance in Soho  - Restaurant and Bar News Alan Yau takes over The Endurance in Soho

Restaurateur Alan Yau is to relaunch his company’s latest acquisition – The Endurance pub on Soho’s Berwick Street – as a ‘Chinese gastropub’.

Barrafina Covent Garden to launch in New Year - Restaurant and Bar News Barrafina Covent Garden to launch in New Year

Tapas bar Barrafina’s second branch is set to launch in Covent Garden next January, boasting a larger dining space than the Soho original (pictured), with some bookable tables.

‘Ceviche Shoreditch’ set to break new ground - Restaurant and Bar News ‘Ceviche Shoreditch’ set to break new ground

Ceviche’s owner, Martin Morales (pictured), has revealed that he is finalising plans for his second as-yet-unnamed London venture – and Shoreditch diners can expect much more than a carbon copy of the Soho original.

Gourmet gadgetry planned for Richard Caring’s Grillshack  - Restaurant and Bar News Gourmet gadgetry planned for Richard Caring’s Grillshack

Grillshack – Richard Caring's all-day grill, which is due to open in Soho this September – is planning a few technological tricks to wow diners.

Restaurant designer David Collins dies - Restaurant and Bar News Restaurant designer David Collins dies

David Collins – undoubtedly the biggest name in the restaurant design world – has died after a short illness. The 54-year-old had been diagnosed with skin cancer three weeks ago; his death, which took place in the early hours of this morning, was due to complications caused by the cancer.

Tom Aikens to launch new Putney restaurant - Restaurant and Bar News Tom Aikens to launch new Putney restaurant

Chef Tom Aikens (pictured) will launch a new restaurant in Putney later this year, called Kitchenette.

Over to You: summer 2013 - Restaurant and Bar News Over to You: summer 2013

You’ve dined at and dissected newcomers including Oblix, Balthazar and Restaurant Story (pictured) – now find out what others made of the London newcomers…

Russell Norman and Florence Knight to relaunch Polpetto in November - Restaurant and Bar News Russell Norman and Florence Knight to relaunch Polpetto in November

It’s been more than a year since Polpetto closed its doors above The French House pub on Soho’s Dean Street. After keeping Londoners waiting while they searched for the perfect site, Russell Norman and his team have finally revealed that Polpetto 2.0 will relaunch on nearby Berwick Street this November.

Footballers to launch hotel and café chain - Restaurant and Bar News Footballers to launch hotel and café chain

Manchester United footballers Ryan Giggs (pictured holding trophy) and Gary Neville will launch the first of a chain of hotels and cafés this autumn.

The Hit List 2013 - UK Restaurants The Hit List 2013

Here we go again! Based on the expertise from our UK reviewers as well as your comments, we now reveal our Top 50 list of out-of-London restaurants for 2013.

Le Manoir wins BMW Square Meal Best UK restaurant for 2013 - Restaurant and Bar News Le Manoir wins BMW Square Meal Best UK restaurant for 2013

Congratulations to Raymond Blanc and his team at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, which has been named BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant for 2013.

Be the Critic's summer prizewinners - Restaurant and Bar News Be the Critic's summer prizewinners

You’ve debated the merits of Balthazar, salivated over Brasserie Chavot and marvelled at Jason Atherton’s two new ventures – as well as giving us the low-down on hundreds of other restaurants in the capital and around the UK. Now it’s time for us to dish out some prizes.

Silvena Rowe to conquer Middle East? - Restaurant and Bar News Silvena Rowe to conquer Middle East?

Former Quince chef Silvena Rowe is rumoured to be planning to launch a chain of restaurants in Dubai.

Roganic resurrected? - Restaurant and Bar News Roganic resurrected?

The Marylebone site of Simon Rogan’s London restaurant Roganic will close this month as planned – and for the time being, the chef is focusing his energies on his two new Manchester ventures, both located in the city’s Midland Hotel, and his two-Michelin-starred Cumbrian flagship L’Enclume.

Jason Atherton’s empire to expand - Restaurant and Bar News Jason Atherton’s empire to expand

Although no one has signed on the dotted line, it seems almost certain that Jason Atherton will take over the restaurant in Tower 42 when Gary Rhodes packs his bags in September after 10 years at Rhodes Twenty Four.

SHe’s the one for Eva Longoria - Restaurant and Bar News SHe’s the one for Eva Longoria

Word has it that Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is considering a London spin-off of her Las Vegas steakhouse SHe.

Cooking the books: summer 2013 - Restaurant and Bar News Cooking the books: summer 2013

Loved the restaurant? Now you can give the recipes a whirl. The Square Meal team road-test the best new cookery books from Britain’s top chefs.

Bar at The Hand & Flowers to be expanded - Restaurant and Bar News Bar at The Hand & Flowers to be expanded

Tom Kerridge, chef/owner of The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, plans to expand the bar area of his two-Michelin-starred gastropub later this year.

New chefs on the box - Restaurant and Bar News New chefs on the box

Three top chefs and restaurateurs – Russell Norman, Simon Rogan (pictured) and Aiden Byrne – have been tempted to the small screen by the BBC, filming two new series to be broadcast next year.

What your cocktail says about you - Restaurant and Bar News What your cocktail says about you

Sophisticated cocktail, beer bomb or retro spirit – what does your choice of tipple reveal about you? Find out if you’re acting true to type…

StreetSmart celebrates a record-breaking year - Restaurant and Bar News StreetSmart celebrates a record-breaking year

Last night, homeless charity StreetSmart announced it raised £805,000 in November and December 2012 – a record-breaking sum that brings the total figure raised by the charity since it started in 1998 to £6.3m.

Over to You: spring 2013 - Restaurant and Bar News Over to You: spring 2013

Square Meal readers dish the dirt on the London dining scene.

Cooking the books: spring 2013 - Restaurant and Bar News Cooking the books: spring 2013

Loved the restaurant? Now you can give the recipes a whirl. The Square Meal team road-test the best new cookery books from London’s top chefs.

Mark Sargeant returns to London to head up Great Northern Hotel - Restaurant and Bar News Mark Sargeant returns to London to head up Great Northern Hotel

Former Gordon Ramsay chef Mark Sargeant has announced he will oversee the food offering at the refurbished Great Northern Hotel when it opens this month.

Top restaurants around the world - Restaurant and Bar News Top restaurants around the world

Burgers and no bookings may be all the rage in London, but what’s hot on the restaurant scenes of the world’s other major food cities? Square Meal asks the experts abroad.

The Social Eating House - Restaurant and Bar News The Social Eating House

Jason Atherton’s third London offering is an even more laid-back version of his flagship, Pollen Street Social, with decor, vibe and menu judiciously tweaked for a Soho audience.

Story, Bermondsey - Restaurant and Bar News Story, Bermondsey

25-year-old British chef Tom Sellers has worked at René Redzepi’s Noma and Thomas Keller’s New York restaurant Per Se, so big things are expected from his first solo venture, Story.

No new site planned for Roganic - Restaurant and Bar News No new site planned for Roganic

Simon Rogan has announced that he will close his London restaurant, Roganic, on Sunday 23 June as planned – and he currently has no plans to reopen it elsewhere in the capital.

Be the Critic: meet the latest prizewinners - Restaurant and Bar News Be the Critic: meet the latest prizewinners

We've made it easier for you to leave comments on SquareMeal.co.uk and are giving away scores of fab prizes for the best reviews, including a luxury spa treatment at The Dorchester.

Square Meal Survey 2013 - Restaurant and Bar News Square Meal Survey 2013

Tell us about your recent restaurant experiences and you could win £150 to spend at STK (pictured), a Nespresso U machine, plus cocktails and Champagne.

GOAT, Fulham - Restaurant and Bar News GOAT, Fulham

Fulham's old Goat in Boots boozer has a stylish new look and offering as an informal restaurant, cocktail bar and all-day lounge spread over three floors.

Chrysan’s shock closure - Restaurant and Bar News Chrysan’s shock closure

Chrysan, the high-end Japanese restaurant and sibling to international success story Hakkasan, has ceased trading after just seven months.

Shaun Rankin to launch new Jersey restaurant - Restaurant and Bar News Shaun Rankin to launch new Jersey restaurant

Next month, former Bohemia chef Shaun Rankin will open his own venture in the centre of Jersey’s capital St Helier, called Ormer.

Norman’s next move - Restaurant and Bar News Norman’s next move

Russell Norman has acquired the lease of theatreland pub the Marquis of Granby, on Shaftesbury Avenue. When the news was announced, rumours spread that Norman would turn the pub into a pizzeria – but this is not what the restaurateur has up his sleeve, he assured Square Meal.

Bend it like Gordon - Restaurant and Bar News Bend it like Gordon

It’s out with the old and in with the new for Gordon Ramsay: his 11-year relationship with five-star Mayfair hotel Claridge’s will come to an end this June. No matter – Ramsay has other irons in the fire, including a restaurant with his BFF David Beckham.

Dabbous part two - Restaurant and Bar News Dabbous part two

Ollie Dabbous has revealed he is planning a follow-up to his self-titled Fitzrovia smash hit, the current BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year.

Light-fingered diners lift camel toes and cleavers - Restaurant and Bar News Light-fingered diners lift camel toes and cleavers

London restaurants are now so beautifully decked out that it was only a matter of time before things started disappearing. We look at the lengths restaurants are going to to protect their assets.

Charity diners pay £36K to dine at The Shard - Restaurant and Bar News Charity diners pay £36K to dine at The Shard

Last night, a group of London diners bid a record-breaking £36,000 for dinner at Oblix at The Shard on its opening night, cooked by Rainer Becker. The extraordinary bid was part of annual charity bash Who’s Cooking Dinner, which sees 20 of London’s hottest chefs cook a gourmet meal for charity – then auction themselves off to diners.

Eric Chavot dishes details on Mayfair venture - Restaurant and Bar News Eric Chavot dishes details on Mayfair venture

Chef Eric Chavot has revealed more details about the dishes diners can expect at his comeback London restaurant, Brasserie Chavot.

Jun Tanaka's Street Kitchen goes permanent - Restaurant and Bar News Jun Tanaka's Street Kitchen goes permanent

Next Tuesday, Pearl's former executive will launch a permanent version of his food truck Street Kitchen in Shoreditch's Hackney House.

All change at Rotunda - Restaurant and Bar News All change at Rotunda

As the regeneration of King’s Cross gathers pace, so Rotunda has upped its game with a new chef and a new menu featuring exceptional meat sourced from its Northumberland farm.

Demand high for tables at soon-to-open Story - Restaurant and Bar News Demand high for tables at soon-to-open Story

Reservations for chef Tom Sellers’ highly anticipated first solo restaurant are not yet being taken, but that hasn’t stopped diners calling the restaurant to try to secure a sought-after table. Since making details of its booking line public, the restaurant, which opens on 9 April, has been inundated with calls from restaurant-obsessed Londoners.

Long-awaited New York import Balthazar opens - Restaurant and Bar News Long-awaited New York import Balthazar opens

After much anticipation, the London version of New York hotspot Balthazar has officially launched in Covent Garden – and is already booked up until March.

Meatliquor raises record-breaking amount for StreetSmart - Restaurant and Bar News Meatliquor raises record-breaking amount for StreetSmart

They started their business on the streets, now restaurateur duo Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins – the brains behind Meatliquor, Meatmission and Meatmarket – have broken records for homeless charity StreetSmart, raising a staggering £14,000 in December alone – the largest amount of money ever raised in a one-month period by a UK restaurant.

The inside track: where chefs eat in London - Restaurant and Bar News The inside track: where chefs eat in London

For the annual Square Meal Restaurants & Bars guide, we asked chefs and restaurateurs who work in different areas of London to tell us where they eat, drink and shop when off duty. Get a true insider’s guide to the London eating scene.

Restaurant critic Michael Winner dies - Restaurant and Bar News Restaurant critic Michael Winner dies

Michael Winner, who was best known as a film-maker and restaurant critic, died yesterday aged 77.

A new beginning for Restaurant Mark Greenaway - Restaurant and Bar News A new beginning for Restaurant Mark Greenaway

One of Edinburgh’s best-known restaurants, formerly Restaurant Mark Greenaway at No.12 Picardy Place, relaunches today in a new location in the city’s Old Town.

D&D opens two restaurants in Leeds - Restaurant and Bar News D&D opens two restaurants in Leeds

Restaurant group D&D London – which owns veterans of the capital’s dining scene including Coq d’Argent, Launceston Place and Bluebird Café, as well as newcomers such as Angler, in the City – will launch two new ventures in Leeds this spring.

Oblix unveiled as Zuma team’s Shard project  - Restaurant and Bar News Oblix unveiled as Zuma team’s Shard project

Restaurateurs Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney have revealed more details about their forthcoming venture in The Shard. Oblix, which will open on the building’s 32nd floor, will be a New York-style grill serving spit-roasted and charcoal-grilled meats, and wood-fired breads and pizzas. In similar style to Zuma, the restaurant will also feature a separate lounge bar.

La Tasca to start new cava-and-tapas chain - Restaurant and Bar News La Tasca to start new cava-and-tapas chain

Spanish-restaurant chain La Tasca will launch an individually branded cava-and-tapas bar in Brighton at the end of this month, with a view to rolling out sister sites around Britain in the coming year.

Dabbous wins BMW Restaurant of the Year 2012 - Restaurant and Bar News Dabbous wins BMW Restaurant of the Year 2012

Ollie Dabbous's self-named Fitzrovia restaurant – which offers a 'thrillingly refreshing' dining experience, according to Square Meal's editor Ben McCormack (pictured, right) – has been revealed as the BMW Restaurant of the Year 2012, beating contenders such as Chrysan, The Delaunay and Quo Vadis. Congratulations to Ollie (pictured, centre, with BMW's Paulo Alves, left) and his team at Dabbous.

Restaurants to look forward to in 2013  - Restaurant and Bar News Restaurants to look forward to in 2013

Welcome to dreary January: with its grey skies, plummeting temperatures coupled with Londoners’ spare tyres and empty bank accounts, it’s officially the most depressing month of the year. But don’t despair – Square Meal has 10 reasons to be cheerful in the form of soon-to-open big-ticket restaurants. Buckle your seat belts and prepare for an exciting gastronomic journey in 2013…

Hibiscus starts the New Year with a new look - Restaurant and Bar News Hibiscus starts the New Year with a new look

Claude Bosi’s Michelin-starred Mayfair establishment Hibiscus is seeing in the New Year with a smart facelift.

StreetSmart donations doubled for December - Restaurant and Bar News StreetSmart donations doubled for December

The Cabinet Office has announced it will match every £1 donation to StreetSmart from participating restaurants throughout December, giving an extra boost to the homeless charity’s 2012 campaign.

Simon Rogan takes on Manchester - Restaurant and Bar News Simon Rogan takes on Manchester

L’Enclume’s Simon Rogan has announced he will open two restaurants in Manchester next year – both in the city’s Midland hotel.

Langan’s and Odin’s art auction - Restaurant and Bar News Langan’s and Odin’s art auction

On 12 and 18 December, Christie’s auction house in South Kensington will sell off the core art collection hung at legendary London restaurants Langan’s Brasserie and Odin’s. The restaurants’ prodigious art collections number hundreds of works, and this series of auctions will see 230 of them go under the hammer.

Claude and Cedric Bosi to launch second gastropub - Restaurant and Bar News Claude and Cedric Bosi to launch second gastropub

Hibiscus chef Claude Bosi and his brother Cedric, who jointly run The Fox & Grapes on Wimbledon Common, are planning to launch their second gastropub venture in February 2013 – this time in Fulham.

Spain’s finest launch first London restaurant - Restaurant and Bar News Spain’s finest launch first London restaurant

In February 2013, London’s Halkin hotel will prepare for the launch of the first international venture from Juan Mari and Elena Arzak – the feted father-and-daughter team behind Basque legend Arzak.

Be Square Meal's Amateur Critic of the Year 2012 - Restaurant and Bar News Be Square Meal's Amateur Critic of the Year 2012

Square Meal is preparing to crown its Amateur Critic of 2012. Leave comments on SquareMeal.co.uk and you could win a weekend for two at South Lodge Hotel, including a gourmet wine dinner at its Michelin-starred restaurant (pictured).

Two Fat Duck chefs killed in Hong Kong car crash - Restaurant and Bar News Two Fat Duck chefs killed in Hong Kong car crash

Two senior Fat Duck chefs were killed in Hong Kong last Monday morning in a collision involving two buses. The men – British chef Ivan Aranto Herrera Jorge, 34, and Carl Magnus Lindgren, 30, from Sweden – had gone to Hong Kong to take part in a private event with Heston Blumenthal.

The Clove Club to open in Shoreditch Town Hall next February - Restaurant and Bar News The Clove Club to open in Shoreditch Town Hall next February

The team behind 2011 hit Upstairs at the Ten Bells has revealed the name of their new venture, which will open as the flagship restaurant in the revamped Shoreditch Town Hall next February. Chef about town Isaac McHale (one half of the Young Turks chef collective) and Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith (who ran private dining club The Clove Club), are to open a two-room restaurant and bar, also to be called The Clove Club.

Book a StreetSmart restaurant via Square Meal  - Restaurant and Bar News Book a StreetSmart restaurant via Square Meal

Square Meal has pledged to donate £1 to homeless charity Streetsmart for every online booking made via squaremeal.co.uk. Watch our video to find out more.

Jason Atherton gets Social in Soho - Restaurant and Bar News Jason Atherton gets Social in Soho

Pollen Street Social owner Jason Atherton will open a second London restaurant, called The Social Eating House, in March 2013 – this time in Soho.

Chabrot heads east - Restaurant and Bar News Chabrot heads east

French restaurant Chabrot Bistrot d’Amis, in Knightsbridge, is to open a second branch next year, this time in Smithfield, east London.

Honest Burgers goes large - Restaurant and Bar News Honest Burgers goes large

The team behind Honest Burgers plans to launch a third branch of its popular burger joint next year, this time outside London.

Pearl chef seeks new gem - Restaurant and Bar News Pearl chef seeks new gem

Jun Tanaka, executive chef at Pearl since 2005, has left the restaurant with a view to opening his own central-London venue next summer.

Martin brothers set their sites on Canary Wharf - Restaurant and Bar News Martin brothers set their sites on Canary Wharf

Unstoppable restaurateurs Ed and Tom Martin (pictured) are preparing to open the 11th site in their restaurant-and-pub empire – this time in the heart of Canary Wharf.

Roganic on the hunt for new Marylebone site - Restaurant and Bar News Roganic on the hunt for new Marylebone site

Simon Rogan has confirmed that his Marylebone fine-dining restaurant Roganic will move to another site when its lease comes to an end next summer. The restaurant, which opened on Blandford Street in June 2011, was originally billed as an ‘extended pop-up’ due to its location on a site that is up for redevelopment next summer. However, the chef wants it to live on in a new location.

Covent Garden’s revamped J Sheekey Oyster Bar goes large - Restaurant and Bar News Covent Garden’s revamped J Sheekey Oyster Bar goes large

J Sheekey Oyster Bar, the younger sibling of celeb haunt and stalwart of the London scene J Sheekey, is undergoing a refurbishment that will almost double the restaurant’s capacity.

Michelin stars 2013: the reaction - Michelin Stars Michelin stars 2013: the reaction

Square Meal examines the changes to the gastronomic landscape and talks to the chefs and commentators involved, including L'Enclume's Simon Rogan.

Michelin stars 2013: the round-up - Michelin Stars Michelin stars 2013: the round-up

Eight London restaurants – including hot property Dabbous (pictured) – were awarded their first Michelin star today, after the tyre manufacturer accidentally leaked the news on its website one week early. The only London restaurant to move from one- to two-star status was Sketch: Lecture Room & Library, in Mayfair. Meanwhile, outside London, eight UK restaurants were awarded with one star, and two were upgraded to two stars.

Yau brings modern Bangkok to the Angel - Restaurant and Bar News Yau brings modern Bangkok to the Angel

Naamyaa Café, the latest offering from Alan Yau (of Wagamama and Hakkasan fame), is set to open in Islington on 22 October.

Krug launches four-day pop-up the Krug Institute of Happiness - Restaurant and Bar News Krug launches four-day pop-up the Krug Institute of Happiness

21 SEPTEMBER 2012: This December, Krug Champagne is launching a four-day dining experience called the Krug Institute of Happiness – with dishes cooked by Michelin-starred chef Nuno Mendes.

Rumble in the Kitchen: Marcus Wareing victorious - Restaurant and Bar News Rumble in the Kitchen: Marcus Wareing victorious

Last month, London’s chefs, waiters, sommeliers and food writers went toe to toe in a series of charity boxing matches. Square Meal goes access all areas.

Three-month encore for The Cube by Electrolux  - Restaurant and Bar News Three-month encore for The Cube by Electrolux

14 SEPTEMBER 2012: Following a hugely successful three-month residency atop the Royal Festival Hall, pop-up restaurant The Cube by Electrolux has extended its run to 1 January 2013 – and chefs including Tom Aikens and Nigel Haworth and Lisa Allen (chef-proprietor and head chef of Lancashire’s Northcote restaurant) are preparing to do stints in the kitchen.

Chefs and food critics take each other on for Rumble in the Kitchen - Restaurant and Bar News Chefs and food critics take each other on for Rumble in the Kitchen

13 SEPTEMBER 2012: On Thursday 20 September, chefs including Marcus Wareing, front-of-house staff such as Galvin at Windows’ general manager Fred ‘Sugar Fred The Stinger’ Sirieix, and one lone food critic will slug it out in a series of charity boxing matches.

Arkady Novikov to launch second London restaurant in October - Restaurant and Bar News Arkady Novikov to launch second London restaurant in October

1 SEPTEMBER 2012: Following the success of Novikov, which opened in November last year, Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov is to open a second London venture – this time in Knightsbridge. The new restaurant – pitched on the former site of the Brompton Quarter Brasserie (pictured) – will be launched in partnership with London-based restaurateur Valeria Zilkha, and it will be an all-day neighbourhood offering serving contemporary European and Asian cuisine.

The Shard unveils its restaurant offering  - Restaurant and Bar News The Shard unveils its restaurant offering

25 AUGUST 2012: Three restaurant and two bars – all backed by high-profile restaurant groups – are set to open in The Shard next spring. One restaurant, from business partners Rainer Becker (Zuma, Roka) and Arjun Waney (La Petite Maison, Aurelia), will be a contemporary rotisserie and grill (with a separate bar), located on the 32nd floor. The other two, developed by Aqua Restaurant Group, will bring the concept of Soho’s Aqua Kyoto, Aqua Nueva and Aqua Spirit to the Shard.

New York-based chef April Bloomfield to cook at St John Hotel this October - Restaurant and Bar News New York-based chef April Bloomfield to cook at St John Hotel this October

23 AUGUST 2012: New-York based British chef April Bloomfield (pictured) will return to the UK this October for a two-day residency at St John Hotel.

Hakkasan takes hold of the City - Restaurant and Bar News Hakkasan takes hold of the City

13 AUGUST 2012: The Hakkasan Group is getting ready to launch two new restaurants this autumn – both in the City. The first, Chrysan (pictured), will be a high-end Japanese restaurant overseen by multi-Michelin-starred Japanese chef Yoshihiro Murata and due to open in September; the second, HKK, will be an evolution of the Hakkasan brand – a high-end kitchen that the company hopes will become a ‘centre of excellence’ for Chinese cuisine. Its launch is planned for later in the year. Square Meal caught up with Niall Howard, CEO of Hakkasan Group, to find out more.

Young Turk Isaac McHale to storm Shoreditch Town Hall - Restaurant and Bar News Young Turk Isaac McHale to storm Shoreditch Town Hall

10 AUGUST 2012: Isaac McHale (pictured), one of chef collective the Young Turks, is preparing a permanent solo project that will open in Shoreditch’s historic Town Hall this November. The as-yet-unnamed restaurant will be the flagship restaurant of Shoreditch Town Hall, which is currently undergoing extensive renovation. The restaurant will be funded through public investment, otherwise known as ‘crowdfunding’: by the end of August, McHale and his business partners hope to raise £250,000 from investors, who will receive a 25% stake in their new company, St Vibes, in return.

Top chef Nathan Outlaw to open in the capital - Restaurant and Bar News Top chef Nathan Outlaw to open in the capital

Two-Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw will launch his first London venture at The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge this October. The chef’s flagship restaurant, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, in Rock, Cornwall, is consistently voted one of the top restaurants in the UK; this year, it ranked number eight in Square Meal’s ‘Hit List UK’, which celebrates the best restaurants beyond the M25. However, the chef’s London venture – called Outlaw's Seafood & Grill at The Capital – will be more akin to the informal style and simple seafood dishes of the chef’s other Rock restaurant (of the same name).

Jamie Oliver hits out at government school-dinners policy  - Restaurant and Bar News Jamie Oliver hits out at government school-dinners policy

Top British chef Jamie Oliver has reiterated his anger at budget cuts made by the coalition government to school dinners as part of its spending review. Speaking at a press conference for international journalists covering the cultural side of London during the Olympics, Oliver told Square Meal editor Ben McCormack: ‘The government has relaxed the rules around the food served in academies, which in my mind is unforgiveable,’ adding, ‘I know we’re in a recession, but this was a cash-neutral decision.’

Two-Michelin-starred Italian chef to breathe new life into the Baglioni - Restaurant and Bar News Two-Michelin-starred Italian chef to breathe new life into the Baglioni

High-end hotel restaurant Brunello at the Baglioni is to be replaced this autumn with a new concept headed by two-Michelin-starred Italian chef Moreno Cedroni (pictured).

Galvin brothers open two restaurants north of the border - Restaurant and Bar News Galvin brothers open two restaurants north of the border

9 JULY 2012: London chef-restaurateurs the Galvin brothers will open two restaurants in Scotland this summer, both at The Caledonian Hilton Hotel, on Edinburgh’s Princes Street.

Restau-RANT: are tasting menus just chefs' vanity? - Restau-RANT: our columnists get their teeth into London dining Restau-RANT: are tasting menus just chefs' vanity?

What’s your ultimate nightmare? For food writer Tanya Gold, it doesn’t get any worse than the restaurant tasting menu – a minefield of foam, slime and exploding brains.

Over to You: summer 2012 - Review of the restaurant reviews Over to You: summer 2012

Square Meal readers dish the dirt on the London dining scene. Find out which dining experiences wowed London's foodies in summer 2012 (such as Ceviche, pictured), and which caused them to sharpen the knives...

The Hit List UK 2012 - Restaurant and Bar News The Hit List UK 2012

29 JUNE 2012: The results are in. After counting up the votes of our readers and of our 25 regional reviewers, here are the top 50 restaurants outside London

Upstairs at The Ten Bells, Shoreditch - Restaurant and Bar News Upstairs at The Ten Bells, Shoreditch

28 JUNE 2012: Last year's red-hot gastronomic destination, originally set up by cooks' collectives Young Turks & The Clove Club, has been reopened by a clutch of its original founders with a new head chef in the shape of Ledbury alumnus Giorgio Ravelli. Playful modern-British dishes are the kitchen's forte, but the real genius of this outfit is the way it successfully combines a casual atmosphere with smart food. Young Turks have more projects in the pipeline for 2012, so watch this space.

Hakkasan heads to the City  - Restaurant and Bar News Hakkasan heads to the City

28 JUNE 2012: Hakkasan is poised to launch two restaurants in the capital this year. First up is Chrysan – a fine-dining sibling to the group’s other Japanese venture, Sake No Hana – due to open in September. Then in October, Hakkasan will launch HKK, a modern Chinese restaurant. Though separate, both venues will be located at Broadgate – this being the City, expect plenty of private dining room and chef’s table action, plus expense-account prices.

Recession brings open-and-shut cases - Restaurant and Bar News Recession brings open-and-shut cases

28 JUNE 2012: Ilia, Bennett Oyster Bar and Brasserie, Senkai, Assemblage (pictured)… 2012 has seen high-profile closures of short-lived ventures. Find out what the experts have to say about the phenomenon.

Purnell’s wins BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant award 2012 - Restaurant and Bar News Purnell’s wins BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant award 2012

27 JUNE 2012: Congratulations to Glynn Purnell, whose self-titled restaurant has won the BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant Award 2012. Square Meal’s editor Ben McCormack presented the BMW award to Purnell and his team at the West Midlands restaurant. ‘Glynn Purnell more than anyone has put Birmingham on the culinary map,’ he said in a speech. ‘He thoroughly deserves this award.’

Taste of London 2012 in pictures  - Restaurant and Bar News Taste of London 2012 in pictures

27 JUNE 2012: More than 47,000 people headed to Regent’s Park last week for the 2012 Taste of London festival – and Square Meal was there, sharing the experience.

Spalding goes solo  - Restaurant and Bar News Spalding goes solo

25 JUNE 2012: Chef Ben Spalding hasn’t let the grass grow under his feet since leaving Simon Rogan’s two-year pop-up, Roganic, at the end of March. ‘I’m hoping to open my own restaurant early next year,’ he revealed to Square Meal. ‘Plans are in the early stages, but it will be a 60-cover restaurant in central London. My aim is to create something that’s world class but fun and accessible, with an informal style at lunch and 20-course menus at dinner.’

Be The Critic: summer 2012 - Restaurant and Bar News Be The Critic: summer 2012

24 JUNE 2012: We all need a little help from our friends when choosing a restaurant. Get your grumbles off your chest or give credit where it’s due by leaving a comment on squaremeal.co.uk.

Chinese gets extreme - Restaurant and Bar News Chinese gets extreme

20 JUNE 2012: Rule-bending chef Alvin Leung is bringing his self-branded style of cooking, ‘X-treme Chinese’, to our shores. Bo London is coming to Mayfair in September and will be the celebrated Hong Kong chef’s first overseas venture. Expect big things.

Angela Hartnett to launch New Forest restaurant in 2013 - Restaurant and Bar News Angela Hartnett to launch New Forest restaurant in 2013

14 JUNE 2012: Michelin-starred Angela Hartnett is set to launch a new restaurant in the New Forest’s Lime Wood Hotel early next year. The celebrated London chef will be collaborating with Luke Holder, currently head chef at the Hotel’s flagship Dining Room, to create an entirely new restaurant within the original space.

Founders of Disappearing Dining Club open permanent restaurant - Restaurant and Bar News Founders of Disappearing Dining Club open permanent restaurant

11 JUNE 2012: The team behind the Disappearing Dining Club – which started life as a dinner party-style pop-up held in unusual spaces across the capital – is launching a permanent restaurant on Brick Lane, called Back in 5 Minutes.

Two branches of Burger & Lobster planned this year  - Restaurant and Bar News Two branches of Burger & Lobster planned this year

22 MAY 2012: Burger & Lobster, the recession-busting offshoot of Goodman steakhouse, has announced its purchase of the capital’s two Bistro du Vin sites, in Clerkenwell and Soho. Goodman hopes to turn its Soho acquisition around in time for the Olympics, while the Clerkenwell venue will be launched later this year. What’s more, it is understood that both venues are considering taking some bookings.

Wahaca to launch temporary restaurant at Southbank Centre - Restaurant and Bar News Wahaca to launch temporary restaurant at Southbank Centre

16 MAY 2012: Wahaca will open its eighth venture at London’s Southbank Centre this June to coincide with the Festival of the World, which will see the venue transformed into a bustling port city filled with street art and installations. The two-storey, temporary restaurant will be built from recycled shipping containers, with a 130-seater dining room, plus a bar and terrace.

The Cube by Electrolux comes to London - Restaurant and Bar News The Cube by Electrolux comes to London

8 MAY 2012: Following successful outings in Brussels and Milan, The Cube by Electrolux concept is preparing for a four-month residency atop the Royal Festival Hall from 1 June. Six of the UK’s top chefs, including Sat Bains, Claude Bosi, and Tom Kitchin, will cook a minimum of five courses for 18 guests, who will see them at work in the open-plan kitchen. Expect fantastic views and mind-blowing food at another London event that’s bound to sell out quickly.

Noma celebrates hat-trick at World’s 50 Best awards 2012 - Restaurant and Bar News Noma celebrates hat-trick at World’s 50 Best awards 2012

1 MAY 2012: Noma was last night crowned the World’s Best Restaurant for a third year in a row at the S. Pellegrino 50 Best Awards. The judges praised the Copenhagen restaurant, saying: 'Noma has changed diners’ perceptions of Nordic cuisine and created a maelstrom in the culinary world. It’s a restaurant of extraordinary pedigree, where passion and honesty are reflected in every mouthful.’

StreetSmart 2011 raises £760,000 for the homeless - Restaurant and Bar News StreetSmart 2011 raises £760,000 for the homeless

26 APRIL 2012: Homelessness charity StreetSmart broke its own record on Monday night when it announced that its 2011 campaign raised a total of £760,000. The record-breaking sum was celebrated by the charity’s supporters and trustees at a star-studded bash at London’s Groucho Club.

Noma comes to Claridge's - Restaurant and Bar News Noma comes to Claridge's

24 APRIL 2012: It’s set to be the hottest gastronomic event of 2012: Claridge’s have announced that it will be playing host to world-beating chef René Redzepi (pictured) for 10 days during the London Olympics.

USA’s Thomas Keller and Spain’s Elena Arzák honoured at S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Awards 2012 - Restaurant and Bar News USA’s Thomas Keller and Spain’s Elena Arzák honoured at S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Awards 2012

23 APRIL 2012: Heavyweight chefs Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Per Se) and Elena Arzák (Arzák; pictured) will receive prestigious gongs at the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best awards on 30 April.

Spaghetti House launches new-look boutique venue - Restaurant and Bar News Spaghetti House launches new-look boutique venue

APRIL 2012: Long-standing London chain Spaghetti House has launched a ‘boutique’ version of its family-friendly Italian restaurants in Kensington, to update its offering for diners’ changing expectations.

A rush of blood to the head chefs - Restaurant and Bar News A rush of blood to the head chefs

APRIL 2012: In March, fearless chefs Tom Aikens and Jason Atherton joined 1,200 other contenders for the fourth annual Vertical Rush, a tower run in aid of housing charity Shelter.

Lucky Chip to open permanent slider restaurant - Restaurant and Bar News Lucky Chip to open permanent slider restaurant

APRIL 2012: Street-food sensation Lucky Chip, whose burgers (named after the Hollywood glitterati) have proved a hit both at Hackney’s Netil Market and nearby boozer The Sebright Arms, is opening a permanent restaurant, called Slider Bar, in Soho very soon.

Marco Pierre White hunts for Britain’s best restaurateurs - Restaurant and Bar News Marco Pierre White hunts for Britain’s best restaurateurs

APRIL 2012: Although it seems unlikely that there are any restaurateurs out there who haven’t yet had their 15 minutes of fame on programmes from Raymond Blanc’s The Restaurant and MasterChef: The Professionals to Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Marco Pierre White has gone and got himself some volunteers for a new show that aims to find the UK’s best specimens.

Fourth venue for Terroirs team - Restaurant and Bar News Fourth venue for Terroirs team

MARCH 2012: Serial small-plates restaurateurs Ed Wilson and Oli Barker (pictured, left and right) – the brains behind Terroirs, Brawn and Soif – are launching a fourth site later this year. The Covent Garden venue, called the Green Man & French Horn will open in September and will offer food and wine of France’s Loire region, with an emphasis on fish and seafood.

Feng Sushi wins Sustainable City award for most sustainable restaurant  - Restaurant and Bar News Feng Sushi wins Sustainable City award for most sustainable restaurant

MARCH 2012: Sushi chain Feng Sushi has won the award for Sustainable Food at the 2012 Sustainable City Awards. This year, the Sustainable Food category focused on fish and was judged by pioneering Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons chef-patron Raymond Blanc, who is passionate about the issue. Feng Sushi’s managing director Silla Bjerrum (pictured) accepted the ‘green gong’ on behalf of the chain at the awards ceremony, held in the City.

Sonny’s to be relaunched by Kitchen W8 team  - Restaurant and Bar News Sonny’s to be relaunched by Kitchen W8 team

MARCH 2012: The Square’s Philip Howard has teamed up with restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas for a second time to launch a restaurant in Barnes – their local patch. The duo’s first professional venture together was with smart neighbourhood locale Kitchen W8, which they opened in Kensington in 2009 and which won a Michelin star last year. Now, the pair are relaunching Sonny’s, which Mascarenhas has owned for 26 years. Howard is a long-standing regular at the Church Road restaurant; when the new-look version – to be called Sonny’s Kitchen – opens in May, he will oversee the kitchen and menus.

Up-and-coming chef launches new restaurant at Sanctum On The Green  - UK Restaurants Up-and-coming chef launches new restaurant at Sanctum On The Green

MARCH 2012: Teenage chef Luke Thomas has launched a new restaurant at Berkshire’s Sanctum On The Green (formerly Inn On The Green), called Luke’s Dining Room, which opens today.

Twenty Michelin-starred chefs cook charity dinner for the highest bidder  - Restaurant and Bar News Twenty Michelin-starred chefs cook charity dinner for the highest bidder

MARCH 2012: On Monday 5 March, 20 chefs from London’s hottest restaurants, including Pollen Street Social, Zuma and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, cooked at an exclusive dinner that raised £330,000 for Leuka, a charity that funds scientists working towards a cure for leukaemia and other blood cancers.

The Fat Duck starts diners’ culinary experience with online animation - Restaurant and Bar News The Fat Duck starts diners’ culinary experience with online animation

MARCH 2012: The Fat Duck has launched an animated online experience to whet the appetite of people who manage to secure a booking at the world-renowned restaurant in the three months leading up to their reservation.

Diners have their say at UK’s first ‘interactive’ restaurant - Restaurant and Bar News Diners have their say at UK’s first ‘interactive’ restaurant

MARCH 2012: TV chefs Jonathon Davies (winner of ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish 2010) and John Burton-Race (best known for his appearances on the BBC’s Ready Steady Cook) are launching the world’s first ‘interactive’ restaurant – a restaurant funded and ‘run’ by the public.

Vinoteca to open Soho branch  - Restaurant and Bar News Vinoteca to open Soho branch

FEBRUARY 2012: Vinoteca, which has branches in Clerkenwell and Marylebone, is launching a third site this April, on Soho’s Beak Street.

Martin Creed to unveil a new look for The Gallery at Sketch  - Restaurant and Bar News Martin Creed to unveil a new look for The Gallery at Sketch

Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed, who is known for his acclaimed installations, sculpture, music, dance and film, will transform Sketch’s Gallery restaurant as part of a year-long artistic project for the venue that coincides with its 10th anniversary.

Eyre Brothers chef records his life story for British Library food archive - Restaurant and Bar News Eyre Brothers chef records his life story for British Library food archive

FEBRUARY 2012: David Eyre, executive chef of Eyre Brothers, has been interviewed by the British Library as part of its archive of recordings to document the changing nature of food production, manufacture and consumption in 20th-century Britain. Eyre’s interview is one of 300 that have been conducted over a 10-year period. Other high-profile chefs who have contributed to the project include Albert Roux, Prue Leith, Fergus Henderson and Antonio Carluccio.

Bristol’s sherry brand launches tapas bar - Restaurant and Bar News Bristol’s sherry brand launches tapas bar

FEBRUARY 2012: Harveys Cellars – of Harveys Bristol Cream fame – has relaunched as a bar-restaurant serving a range of sherry options, including Harveys’ VORS collection and sherry flights, with tapas pairings.

No need to queue at London’s first self-service pub - Restaurant and Bar News No need to queue at London’s first self-service pub

FEBRUARY 2012: Long waits to order drinks might be a thing of the past if the concept behind The Thirsty Bear, London’s first self-service pub, takes off. The Blackfriars pub, formerly the Stamford Arms, opened at the end of January and boasts beer taps on every table – all controlled by iPads.

Exmouth Market sees Medcalf revamped - Restaurant and Bar News Exmouth Market sees Medcalf revamped

JANUARY 2012: Nearly a decade after opening in Clerkenwell, Medcalf has treated itself to a swish refurbishment. The beige colour scheme, battered leather armchairs and rustic woods have been replaced by smart violet banquettes and slate-grey walls – although the low-hanging filament bulbs and eclectic abstract artwork remain. The restaurant has also launched two new menus in addition to their signature daily offerings of refined but gutsy British dishes. Saturday brunch (available 10am-4pm) includes no-nonsense plates such as Arbroath smokie with lemon butter and brown bread, or roast Blythburgh ham with fried eggs and chips, while the bar menu boasts Trealy Farm charcuterie platters and Welsh rarebit.

Seniors wins best chip-shop crown - Restaurant and Bar News Seniors wins best chip-shop crown

JANUARY 2012 Congratulations to Seniors, in Lancashire, which was named Best British Fish and Chip Shop 2012 at the 24th annual National Fish and Chip Awards, held in London. Richard Corrigan presented owners Alastair and Dominic Horabin (pictured) with the title. Alastair Horabin (far left) said: ‘This is an honour beyond our wildest dreams. I'm overjoyed for the whole team and I'm proud to be their boss.’ Second place went to Hanbury’s in Devon, while Quayside, in Whitby, came third. The finalist for London and the South-East was Seafare, in Guildford.

Square Meal’s 2011 restaurant survey  - Restaurant and Bar News Square Meal’s 2011 restaurant survey

JANUARY 2012: Nearly half of all London diners’ gripes about the restaurant experience relate to service – or lack of it – according to Square Meal’s annual survey of complaints. Nicky Evans reveals the gory details…

London restaurant trends to look out for in 2012 - Restaurant and Bar News London restaurant trends to look out for in 2012

JANUARY 2012: Square Meal is predicting big things for 2012, from a South American invasion to headline-grabbing openings from Corbin & King (of The Wolseley and The Delaunay fame) and Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings. Plus, trends that were starting to emerge at the tail-end of 2011 are really establishing themselves in 2012 – expect to see increasing numbers of iPad wine lists, plus budget-tastic gourmet lunches with wine included. Want to be in the loop when it comes to developments on the London dining scene? Read on for the low-down.

Mark Hix to open Hix Belgravia with Thompson Hotels - Restaurant and Bar News Mark Hix to open Hix Belgravia with Thompson Hotels

NOVEMBER 2011: Gold-fingered chef and restaurateur Mark Hix is to work with another hotel – this time American group Thompson – when it launches its first UK venture in January. The hotel will offer a Belgravian branch of Hix’s eponymous restaurant in Soho, with a fun menu that’s more ‘off-piste’ than the chef’s usual true-Brit cooking style. A second version of super-cool cocktail destination Mark’s Bar is also in the pipeline, with a cigar garden thrown in for good measure. With words like ‘edgy’ and ‘bohemian’ being bandied about, Hix #2 looks set to be anything but a staid hotel dining room.

‘Wandering bar’ The Fourth Wall comes to London - Restaurant and Bar News ‘Wandering bar’ The Fourth Wall comes to London

OCTOBER 2011: A pop-up version of basement mixology den Bourne & Hollingsworth, in Fitzrovia, The Fourth Wall is a new bar that pitches up at a different, secret location every weekend. The interiors replicate the 1920s’ living-room feel of its older sibling, with flowered wallpaper and tablecloths and mismatched, wartime furniture – but, like a stage set, this bar is dismantled at the end of the weekend, to reappear elsewhere. Contact The Fourth Wall to find out about its next location: as the weeks progress, finding it promises to be increasingly challenging.

Hey, good looking... round-up of restaurant revamps - Restaurant and Bar News Hey, good looking... round-up of restaurant revamps

OCTOBER 2011: Having spent the summer pounding London’s pavements in order to update our restaurant reviews, we couldn’t help noticing exciting changes afoot at some of the city’s restaurants, many of which have closed their doors in order to re-emerge in autumn with a shiny new look, such as Odette's (pictured). Here’s a list of ones to watch.

Restaurants to look out for in autumn - Restaurant and Bar News Restaurants to look out for in autumn

SEPTEMBER 2011: September means back to school, and not just for pupils: restaurant launches will be back in full swing from tomorrow, with the opening of Wolfgang Puck’s Cut at 45 Park Lane (pictured). After that, hold onto your hats, as big-ticket restaurants will be coming to London thick and fast. Here’s a selection of the biggest upcoming openings in London this autumn.

Polpo founder spreads his tentacles further - Restaurant and Bar News Polpo founder spreads his tentacles further

AUGUST 2011: Russell Norman will launch the fifth version of his hugely successful small-plates empire in November. Mishkin’s – which will take its inspiration from Jewish delis of New York’s Lower East Side, with a pinch of Brick Lane thrown in for good measure – is to be located on Catherine Street, and will continue the restaurateur’s move into Covent Garden, which started with da Polpo. There’s more good news for those put off by the no-bookings policy operated at Mishkins’ older siblings Polpo and Sputino: this joint will take bookings.

The French Laundry comes to London - Restaurant and Bar News The French Laundry comes to London

AUGUST 2011: American chef Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant The French Laundry is to pop up in Harrods this autumn. The Napa Valley institution – which was named World’s Best Restaurant in 2003 and again in 2004 – will be recreated in the store from 1 October for 10 days only, in the Georgian Restaurant on the fourth floor.

Jason Atherton spills the beans about Ramsay split - Celebrity Interviews & Profiles Jason Atherton spills the beans about Ramsay split

JULY 2011: With spells at some of the world’s top restaurants under his belt, Skegness-born Jason Atherton struck out on his own earlier this year with Pollen Street Social, one of the most talked-about restaurants of 2011. He spoke to Square Meal about the venture – and revealed all about his bust-up with Gordon Ramsay.

New dining area and 'motel room' hit Mahiki - Recent London restaurant openings New dining area and 'motel room' hit Mahiki

JULY 2011: This Sloane-meets-tiki playground for the famous and the wannabes has added a ‘motel room’ to the mix, complete with karaoke machine for the lyrically inclined. Join the models, OK! faces, Chelsea hoorays, flash Ferraris and the occasional Windsor in the Polynesian Lanai bar and order mini Mahiki burgers or other American diner classics in its new dining area, before continuing the party downstairs.

River Cottage to open in Plymouth - Restaurant and Bar News River Cottage to open in Plymouth

JUNE 2011: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will launch a new branch of his River Cottage restaurant in Plymouth later this year. The restaurant will be located in the city’s Brewhouse development, a converted Grade-I listed building containing restaurants, shops, and apartments. The TV chef plans to source 90% of the kitchen’s ingredients from within 50 miles of Plymouth, and to make the most of the city’s natural resources, including sustainable fish from the Devon coast.

Tom Aikens to cook for the British Olympic Ball  - Restaurant and Bar News Tom Aikens to cook for the British Olympic Ball

JUNE 2011: On 7 October, Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens will take to the kitchen of Kensington Olympia’s Grand Hall for the annual British Olympic Ball, a dinner attended by sporting celebrities, forthcoming Olympic competitors and royalty. After the meal, diners will be entertained by singer Tom Jones, before bidding for prizes at an auction to raise funds for Team GB.

José opens in Southwark - Restaurant and Bar News José opens in Southwark

JUNE 2011: José Pizarro’s dashing tapas and sherry bar fits assuredly among the hip eateries of Bermondsey Street, displaying the same easy charm as its owner. Pizarro’s food is the real deal: quality ingredients with few surprises. Daily market specials are displayed in glass cabinets, while Spain’s greatest hits, including top-notch charcuterie and tortilla, are chalked up on the board above the bar. The menu proper boasts rich ham croquetas, lamb meatballs with thick tomato sauce, and ever-popular Padrón peppers.

Som tam specialist arrives in Covent Garden - Restaurant and Bar News Som tam specialist arrives in Covent Garden

MAY 2011: This autumn, St Martin’s Courtyard will welcome Thai newcomer Suda to its coterie of dining destinations. The restaurant will feature all-day dining options and a bar ‘dedicated’ to som tam – a salad of green papaya, peanuts, eye-popping birds’-eye chillies, tomatoes and green beans that’s just one of the country’s many delicacies. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s the first of its kind in London.

Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate opens for summer - Restaurant and Bar News Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate opens for summer

MAY 2011: With the sunny weather set to continue through May, the Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate has chosen a perfect time to open its doors. Located down a cobbled mews, head along to the quaint open-air garden and terrace for some barbecued Middle Eastern food, washed down perhaps by a summertime cocktail or two.

Noma crowned World’s Best Restaurant for second year running - Restaurant and Bar News Noma crowned World’s Best Restaurant for second year running

APRIL 2011: René Redzepi’s Noma has been crowned the World’s Best Restaurant for the second year running. The Copenhagen restaurant, whose team of foraging chefs steadfastly uses only ingredients native to Scandinavia, was praised by the judges for its ‘meticulous attention to detail, fastidious approach to service, wicked sense of humour and unrivalled creativity’, all of which results in an ‘emotive, intense, liberating way of eating, unlike any other’.

The Playboy Club set to open in London - Restaurant and Bar News The Playboy Club set to open in London

FEBRUARY 2011: After a 30-year absence, the Playboy Club – once a destination of choice in the Swinging Sixties – returns to London on Saturday 4 June. The private members’ club will include a casino, a nightclub called the Cottontail Lounge, a cocktail bar from mixologist Salvatore Calabrese and a restaurant. In preparation for the launch, we caught up with executive chef, and star of Iron Chef UK, Judy Joo to talk about the food, the feel and those 'demure' Playboy bunnies.

Hotel du Vin to open London bistros - Recent London restaurant openings Hotel du Vin to open London bistros

FEBRUARY 2011: Boutique hotel group Hotel du Vin is to open a number of London bistros, called Bistro du Vin. The first Bistro du Vin will be opened in Clerkenwell in April, to be followed by a further site in Kensington later in the year. The menus will be identical to those found in each Hotel du Vin, with wines selected by wine and spirits director Ronan Sayburn MS.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal opens its doors - Restaurant and Bar News Dinner by Heston Blumenthal opens its doors

JANUARY 2011: The hugely anticipated launch of Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental has now opened. Check out the funky interior, from which guests will be able to see into the state-of-the-art kitchen and watch the 45-strong team of chefs at work. Sadly, this is as close as all but a lucky few will get to Dinner for the time being. The booking lines for each new calendar month open three months beforehand, so get dialling.

Ex-Tapas Brindisa chef José Pizarro to launch solo sherry bar - Restaurant and Bar News Ex-Tapas Brindisa chef José Pizarro to launch solo sherry bar

JANUARY 2011: Spanish chef José Pizarro, co-founder and former executive chef of Tapas Brindisa, is preparing to launch his first solo venture on nearby Bermondsey Street in April. Called José, the newcomer will be inspired by the tapas joints of Barcelona’s bustling Boquería market in style and decor, with limited, informal seating and a focus on the freshest ingredients. The menu will change daily but will stick to simple and traditional tapas, with sherry a speciality of the wine list.

Ice cream while you wait at Dinner - Restaurant and Bar News Ice cream while you wait at Dinner

JANUARY 2011: Heston Blumenthal’s hotly anticipated Mayfair restaurant, Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental, will feature a Victorian-style ice cream trolley that makes ice cream for diners on the spot, the chef’s right-hand man has revealed. Ashley Palmer-Watts, who has developed Dinner’s concept and menus with Heston for the past two years, and who will head up the kitchen when it opens its doors on 31 January, expects the machine to be a ‘real showstopper’.

Even odds for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to lose a Michelin star - Restaurant and Bar News Even odds for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to lose a Michelin star

JANUARY 2011: William Hill has given even-money odds on Restaurant Gordon Ramsay losing one of its three Michelin stars when the 2011 Great Britain & Ireland guide is published next week.

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