Restaurant and Bar News

London Marathon Route Restaurants and BarsWhere to eat and drink along the London Marathon route

If you're supporting a runner on Sunday, we’ve got bar, pub and restaurant suggestions for when your 10 seconds of cheering are over

At George's FlagWhere to celebrate St. George's Day

It’s St. George’s Day today. So dust off your chainmail and red-crossed banners and fly the flag for England by visiting one of these quintessentially English establishments

Broadgate Circle 2015 London Restaurants BarsBroadgate Circle relaunches

The Square Mile has been a hive of activity this week as Broadgate Circle blossoms into a food mecca – but what’s still under wraps? Find out here

Hawksmoor main roomManchester's new wave of restaurants and bars

We took a trip up north to check out Manchester's bevy of recent restaurant and bar openings

Bao Daikon BunBao, The Duck and Rice and Percy & Founders reviewed

As the capital buzzes with news of restaurants launching, we deliver verdicts on newcomers Bao, The Duck and Rice and Percy & Founders

Mango TreeA taste of Thai new year in London

Celebrate Thai new year this week with our pick of the best restaurants for a slice of Siam in London

Craft LondonYau, Loubet and Parle open restaurants today

Three London restaurant heavyweights open new ventures in London for spring

Maze Grill Chelsea London Restaurants Gordon Ramsay Foxtrot OscarRamsay to open Maze Grill Chelsea in May

Gordon Ramsay announces plans for London’s third Maze Grill in Chelsea, on the former site of his Foxtrot Oscar restaurant

Ye White HartWhere to watch the Boat Race

With the weather for the Oxford and Cambridge boat race set to be glorious, here’s our guide to the best riverside pubs for a front-row seat

Dram and smoke pop upHot pop ups happening in April 2015

Even more has popped up since last week. Here's an expanded guide to London's best pop ups this April, from riverside dining to cocktail masterclasses

Foxlow 1Foxlow N16 and Flat Three open

A second Foxlow restaurant in Stoke Newington and the Japanese-inspired Flat Three in Holland Park have both opened, with special offers to celebrate

Easter 2015Eat Everything for Easter

We never need an excuse to celebrate eating, but Easter is a chance to devour with even more ambition. Allow us to enable you too with a mountain of special menus for this weekend

Martin Morales Ceviche Old Street London restaurant barTwo minutes with Martin Morales

With a second, larger Ceviche in Old Street now fully open, we catch up with the man behind the menu: owner Martin Morales

The Ivy Chelsea GardenThe Ivy Chelsea Garden Opens

A new offshoot of legendary Seven Dials restaurant The Ivy is now open on King’s Road, Chelsea

Christmas Day Galvin at Windows view Mayfair St James LondonDazzling daylight dining

Our rundown of restaurants and bars with the best views of London - exactly what you need to toast the longer evenings

Percy & FoundersPercy & Founders opens

The new all-day venue from the Cubitt House group begins its soft launch, with 50% off food until 1 April

Francesco Mazzei L'Anima London City RestaurantFrancesco Mazzei leaves L'Anima

It has been confirmed that Francesco Mazzei is set to leave his current post as chef patron of L’Anima, his award-winning Italian restaurant on Snowden Street, City

Mabel's foodMabel's opens in Covent Garden

The bar and restaurant, in the former Jewel Covent Garden space, is open for brunch, lunch and dinner with drinks in the Den until 1am

QueenswoodQueenswood launches in SW11

A new vegan- and vegetarian-friendly restaurant has opened in Battersea Square, with 50% off food until the end of March

The Richmond - Mussels, Razor Clams, Cucumber and HorseradishThe Richmond Opens in E8

Dalston restaurant The Richmond opens this weekend, from the chef behind Elliot’s in Borough. Read on to discover what Brett Redman has in store for the former pub

Wheeler's Threadneedles HotelOur verdict on Wheeler’s

Following its launch on 9 March, we visit Wheeler’s Rib Room & Oyster Bar to find out if Marco Pierre White can still cause a stir in the City

Bull & LastSpring Unsprung

The first signs of spring seem to have retreated, as temperatures drop in London and weather grumbles increase. Let us guide you to the perfect gastropub to see out the cold snap

Cahoots interiorBest new London bars

We've asked our resident lounge lizard Keith Barker-Main for his tips on London's latest bars - brace yourself for the weekend

burgerThe Big March Burger Off

We bravely try out London's latest burger outlets - Big Fernand and Bleecker St Burger - to establish if they are worth your cash

Woodstock Kushiyaki crabWoodstock Kushiyaki opens

Inspired by Japanese Izakaya bars, the Oxford St newcomer is offering 50% off food until 19 March

Giorgio and NigellaTwo minutes with Giorgio Locatelli

Following November’s gas explosion in the basement of the hotel that houses Locanda Locatelli, we talk to chef-patron Locatelli ahead of its reopening on 14 March

Big Fernand Fitzrovia Percy Street restaurant French burgers LondonBig Fernand opens in Fitzrovia

Free hamburgers on offer 10-12 March to launch the burger joint from France

Wheeler's Threadneedles HotelThree new restaurants launch in the capital

The London restaurant scene has swelled again with three venues launching at locations across the city

Verden Christopher Hruskova foodHot March pop-ups and events

Our hit list of pop-ups and food and drink events this month in London, including Christoffer Hruskova’s two-week kitchen takeover at Verden (above)

 Mark Dyer and Eamonn MansonFormer Rolling Stones hangout The Cross Keys reopens

Eamonn Manson and Mark Dyer (above) have resurrected Chelsea grand dame The Cross Keys, now open on Lawrence Street

Bao Classic BunBao to open on 7th April in Soho

Taiwanese restaurant Bao will open this April on Lexington Street, backed by the family team behind success stories Gymkhana and Trishna

The Parlour cow pie 2015 London restaurant Kensal Rise pie week 2015Pie's the limit

To celebrate British Pie Week, the Square Meal team has tirelessly gorged on pies to bring you their favourites

Moti MahalThe blogosphere's favourite Indian restaurants

To celebrate the release of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, we have asked a crack team of bloggers to recommend their favourite Indian restaurants. Read to the end to be in with a chance of winning a special prize...

London Fashion Week 2015 catwalk Restaurants star-spotting Chelsea diningFashionable eats for Fashion Week

With the shows in full swing, we've strutted around London discovering the capital's most star-studded restaurants

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Fish Fight Sustainable Restaurant Awards 2015Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall triumphs at SRA Awards

The River Cottage star is among those recognised for environmental efforts at the Sustainable Restaurants Awards 2015, held in east London

Shoreditch High Street Bull in a China Shop East London Restaurants Cocktails Japanese Scotch WhiskyChina Shop crashes Shoreditch

The team behind Shoreditch institution The Drunken Monkey annouce an Asian-inspired all-day restaurant and whisky bar, Bull in a China Shop, due this April on Shoreditch High Street

Blacklock exteriorOur verdict on Blacklock

Following its official launch last week, we visit Soho's Blacklock to find out if banging choons and smokin' chops are a recipe for success

Hawksmoor triple-cooked chips steak london restaurants chip weekNational Chip Week 2015

The Square Meal team picks the best chips in the capital

oxford circus oxford street shoppingWhere to Eat While Shopping in the Sales

Here’s our pick of restaurant respite close to London’s top shopping spots to help you refuel while braving the bustle

HotBox sign50% off at HotBox for soft launch

Street food barbecue specialist HotBox is set to officially open its first permanent restaurant on 9 December but soft launch begins today – with 50% off until 8 December.

Tom KerridgeTom Kerridge opens second pub

Two Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge has opened no-bookings sibling venue The Coach

Paddington BearBear necessities: eat and drink the Paddington way

As the Paddington movie arrives in cinemas, we take a look at how to eat and drink around London like the marmalade-loving bear himself

Chiltern FirehouseLondon's alternative Thanksgiving dinners

Don't fancy the traditional? We've picked a selection of London's quirkiest alternative Thanksgiving dinners

Square Meal TastingSquare Meal Tasting 2014: a gastronomic celebration

The highlights of our latest tasting, including some spectacular food and wine combos that sent our taste buds spinning

BMW AwardVote for our BMW Restaurant of the Year

We are set to decide our BMW Restaurant of the Year, just in time for the publication of the 2015 Square Meal Guide to London’s best restaurants and bars – and we need your help

Rare TeaA new leaf: Henrietta Lovell blends bespoke teas for top chefs

We meet Henrietta Lovell, aka the Rare Tea Lady, who blends bespoke teas for top chefs and restaurants

Hamish BrownTwo minutes with Hamish Brown

We catch up with Roka’s executive chef, Hamish Brown, just a couple of weeks after the Japanese robatayaki restaurant has opened in Aldwych

York  And AlbanyWonderful winter pop-ups

The sun has got his woolly hat on and it’s time to come out and play at London’s best winter pop-ups. This year, the tried-and-tested ski chalet is given a run for its money by some Scandi invaders…

Oysters Wright BrothersSeafood and eat it

The season for seafood is well and truly upon us, here’s our pick of the best places to indulge in lobsters, oysters and scallops

Emelia burgerMassimo Bottura pops-up at Shake Shack

Three Michelin-starred Italian chef Massimo Bottura will be swapping elaborate platefuls at his Modena-based restaurant Osteria Francescana for burgers in Covent Garden this weekend

streetsmartCharitable dining: StreetSmart returns

The StreetSmart initiative raises thousands of pounds for homeless charities, simply by encouraging diners to add £1 to their bill

One SixtyThe Big Smoke

The sky may be full of fireworks, but there’s no need to leave the smoke in parks and commons this Bonfire Night. Take a look at our pick of the best smoked dishes and drinks in London’s restaurants and bars

Bloom & WildSquare Meal Rewards

With every restaurant booking you make on, we treat you to Rewards points to spend on luxury gifts and experiences. Take a look at some of our favourite gift picks for autumn

Coworth ParkUK restaurant round-up: November 2014

November sees some tantalising new openings, intriguing developments and fascinating changes of chef in restaurants around the UK

Peyote Day Of The DeadCelebrate Day of the Dead in London

In the UK Day of the Dead is little celebrated in comparison to Halloween, but several Mexican restaurants and bars across London are embracing the festival spirit

Gail'sHorrific Halloween highlights

A city as old as London has its fair share of ghosts and horror stories, which of course means there are few places better for being utterly terrified at Halloween. It is Square Meal’s duty to point out however, that being scared out of your wits is hungry and thirsty work...

21 Bateman StreetGreece is the word for London restaurants

Recently we’ve seen an outing for an underrated and often overlooked Mediterranean cuisine: London is getting its Greek on

Chantelle Nicholson and Marcus WareingTwo minutes with Chantelle Nicholson

We talk to Marcus Wareing's right-hand woman about launchingTredwell's, working with Marcus and bad reviews

HennessyThe time is now

Hennessy X.O preserves its unique character and perfect taste, while offering a totally new experience to savour

My Thai

London boasts a fantastic range of great Thai restaurants to suit every pocket. To make the right choice, look for the Thai select logo

BenaresWhere to celebrate Diwali in London

Our pick of London’s best Indian restaurants offering special menus to celebrate Diwali, as well as a few other favourites.  

Sea Containers at Mondrian London HotelReview of the reviews October 2014

Our round-up of recent restaurant reviews, bringing together what the critics and Square Meal had to say about the latest and hottest openings

Glenmorangie with foodSweet treats

Whisky is known for being brilliant at the end of a meal, but there’s one dram in particular that is perfect with desserts. Enjoy a drop of Glenmorangie Signet with some chocolate and spice and all things nice…

ArtesianLondon tops best bars list

London's Artesian has been crowned at the World's 50 Best Bars

City Social windowAtherton to expand empire

Chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is set to open two new restaurants in 2015

BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant City SocialCity Social takes top Square Meal award

Jason Atherton’s City Social has won the BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant autumn 2014

Swiss HotelsSwiss luxury

A leading light in five-star luxury, Swiss Deluxe Hotels is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

square meal tastingThe Square Meal Tasting is back

Following last year’s sell-out, the annual Square Meal Tasting returns on 19 November, bigger and better than ever before

Rick SteinUK Restaurant Round-Up October 2014

After the expected summer lull, autumn is proving to be particularly strong for new restaurant openings outside London

SwingersCrazy golf comes to Shoreditch

Swingers has launched in Shoreditch, combining crazy golf with food and drink for the first time in London

Michelin stars 2015New UK Michelin stars announced

Which restaurants have gained, maintained or lost stars this time around?

Diplomatico RumMeet Tito Cordero and taste rum and canapés

Enjoy complimentary Diplomatico rum

Sopexa surveyFood survey - win a meal

Food survey - win a meal

Cabaret at Scarfes BarCabaret at Scarfes Bar

Cocktails and cabaret at Rosewood London

ViennaWin a trip to Vienna

Fancy a three night city break with flights from London?

Venues & Events LiveVenues And Events Live open its doors

Today sees the return of the legendary Square Meal Venues & Events Live show, unmissable for anyone who organises any kind of event.

Korean kimchiHow to order in Korean restaurants

Do you know your gochujang from your guk? Follow our simple guide to Korean food lingo to up your ordering prowess

Kaspar's Seafood Bar & GrillFine food and fizz with a feline

Champagne Louis Roederer and Kaspar’s at The Savoy are offering one lucky Square Meal reader the chance to win a £150 dinner tab at Kaspar’s and a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier.

Dom Perignon Fit to combust

A special five-course Dom Pérignon Rosé 2003 dinner will be available for fizz fans to enjoy a Magazine throughout September.

Wine List of the Year 2014Wine List of the Year winners announced

Clos Maggiore and Rex Whistler Restaurant have both won Wine List of the Year and Texture has scooped Champagne List of the Year.

Hand & Flowers exteriorUK Restaurant Round-Up September 2014

We’re witnessing a clutch of eye-catching pubby acquisitions by high-profile chefs: for some it’s simply an added string to their bow, for others it’s a complete change of pace.

Bread Street KitchenEnjoy top Leyda wines with food to match

Enjoy top Chilean wines with food to match for just £60

Focus on... Brighton

It’s the go-to seaside destination for those with London fatigue. Here’s Square Meal’s pick of Brighton restaurants

BOBO Social is now open

Burgers, small plates and offbeat cocktails in Fitzrovia

Teas to tease

Embrace the unusual this Afternoon Tea Week, with a selection of alternative afternoon delights

Tom Kerridge at Royal AscotTom Kerridge to launch second food pub

Marlow is to get another pub from the chef-proprietor of two-Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers

Calling afternoon tea addicts

Square Meal took seven food bloggers to Boyds Brasserie at 8 Northumberland Avenue to indulge in its new afternoon tea offering

Action Against Hunger's Five Star Burger

Creating a great burger for a good cause

Dean Street Townhouse grouse dish 2012Where to eat game in London this season

With the Glorious Twelfth upon us, here’s where to get your taste of grouse and more in the capital. Are you game?

Pizza Pilgrims Kingly Court 2014Our verdict on Pizza Pilgrims' expansion

As the dust settles on Pizza Pilgrims' second restaurant, we discover if an expanded choice upstages the pizza

Pizza Pilgrims Kingly Court 2014Our verdict on Pizza Pilgrims expansion

As the dust settles after the launch of Pizza Pilgrims' second West End restaurant, we discover if an expanded choice upstages the pizza

Edinburgh Hill View 2014Edinburgh's best International Festival dining

A global jamboree demands global food, so it’s fitting that Edinburgh is jam-packed with eateries from every corner of the gastronomic planet

Barrafina C Garden 2014 3Review of the reviews: August 2014

Our round-up of recent restaurant reviews, bringing together what the critics and Square Meal had to say about the latest and hottest openings

Where to drink during the Edinburgh Festival

Clapping, laughing, cheering and jeering at comedy shows, live music gigs, cabaret and leftfield artistes is thirsty work...

UK restaurant round-up: August 2014

Our round-up of the UK's newest culinary arrivals and latest chef shuffles

Legends of the Martini

Belvedere Vodka has launched a Martini exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Legends of the Martini includes an exhibition around the famous drink, as well as a bar area and tasting experience.

Legends of the Martini

Belvedere Vodka has launched a Martini exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Legends of the Martini includes an exhibition around the famous drink, as well as a bar area and tasting experience.

Where to eat during the Edinburgh Festival 2014

Check out the city’s great food and drink offering while taking in the Festival, with our pick of Edinburgh’s best restaurants

HixterHixter Bankside opens tomorrow

Mark Hix is set to launch his second Hixter restaurant tomorrow, with plans to open more sites from 2015

Sumptuous short breaks

When looking to escape the strains of everyday living, only the best will do. Here, the Square Meal team chooses its lucky seven boltholes to do just that

Top sushi chef to open in London

Three-Michelin-starred Japanese sushi chef Mitsuhiro Araki will open a restaurant in London this autumn

DF/Mexico launches on Brick Lane today

We talk to Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers about her new Mexico-meets-US venture

Pizza PilgrimsPizza Pilgrims Pizzeria & Friggitoria launches

Street food stars turned restaurateurs James and Thom Elliott will open near Carnaby Street tomorrow

Turning Japanese: Wagyu beef is back in London

Today sees Japanese Wagyu, the world’s most expensive beef, go on sale in London for the first time since 2001

Bridge Over River Clyde Glasgow 2014Where to eat during the Commonwealth Games

With the 20th Commonwealth Games kicking off in Glasgow, here’s our run-down of the Scottish city's gastronomic greats

Great Britain's Great Restaurants

After more than 2,400 votes, the results are in. Click through to see Square Meal's hundred best restaurants outside London

Brighton’s 64 Degrees comes to London

One of Brighton’s most popular restaurants will arrive in Pimlico next month

Searcys the GherkinRestaurant in The Gherkin opens for summer

London will gain another sky-high dining venue, as a restaurant opens at the top of The Gherkin

La Tagliata is now open

A restaurant offering just one main course has opened in Spitalfields

Hawksmoor to open in Manchester next year

Steak restaurant group Hawksmoor will launch its first site outside of London in Manchester’s Spinningfields area

Smoked salmon and salt beef bar to open

Delancey & Co will open in Autumn, bringing a taste of the famous Jewish deli bars of Lower East Side New York to London

Bastille Day with St-Germain

Madame St-Germain is on hand to guide us through the chicest Bastille Day cocktails in London and you could win a top prize when you show us where you have been enjoying the elderflower liqueur

Le Pont de la Tour - Waiter setting tables 1French fancies: restaurants for Bastille Day

Our pick of London's finest French eateries for celebrating Bastille Day today

Barrafina C Garden 2014 2Barrafina Covent Garden opens

Barrafina’s Covent Garden branch launches today, boasting a larger dining space than the Soho original, with some bookable tables.

Much Ado About Muffin

Mozart liqueurs has teamed up with Penkul & Banks to create the ultimate chocolate tea party

A taste of Italy

Visit the historic region of Parma to discover the area’s unique contribution to global gastronomy

On your bike: Tour de France 2014 Stage 2

Phase 2 begins on Sunday 6 July in York and takes in Knaresborough, Harrogate and Hebden Bridge, finishing in Sheffield

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge opens

Hawksmoor goes west, as founders Will Beckett and Huw Gott open its fifth branch in Knightsbridge

On your bike: Tour de France 2014 Stage 3

Where to eat along the route of the final stage of the Tour de France on 7 July, from Cambridge to London

Gymkhana crowned at National Restaurant Awards

Karam and Jyotin Sethi's Mayfair Indian took the top spot at last night's restaurant awards

On your bike: Tour de France 2014 Stage 1

Phase one of the Tour de France kicks off on Saturday 5 July, running from Leeds to Harrogate. Here's where to eat and drink in the vicinity

Mele e Pere launches pub pop-up

Soho Italian Mele e Pere will launch a month-long pop-up in nearby pub Sun & 13 Cantons on Monday

Forza Win launches Peckham site

Popular Italian pop-up Forza Win will open Dispensa in a former cash and carry on 4 July

Their Town

Let dedicated concierge service Essence take care of business. From flights to hotels and unique gifts, Essence can handle the details

Paradise on Earth

Head to the Greek Cyclades islands for a holiday of mythical proportions and discover your perfect island getaway

Just one main course on the menu at new Spitalfields Italian

Italian restaurant La Tagliata will offer just one main course option when it launches in Spitalfields next month

Artois tennis championshipsWhere to eat during Wimbledon

Tennis time is upon us once again. But Wimbledon has plenty more than strawberries and cream to offer

Ascot eating

Our pick of restaurants close to the Ascot racecourse action

Interview: Hawksmoor's Will Beckett and Huw Gott

As Hawksmoor prepares to open its fifth restaurant in Knightsbridge, we caught up with the founders to talk popularity, plans for the future and proud moments

Hotel hopping with St Germain

This month, Madame St-Germain is on hand to guide us through the chicest hotel bars in London and you could win a top prize when you show us where you have been enjoying the elderflower liqueur

The Culpeper pub launches

The team behind pizza pop-up Forzawin is to open the Culpeper pub in Spitalfields today, complete with rooftop vegetable garden

Fire and Feathers launches tomorrow

Algarve-inspired piri-piri chicken is the mainstay of this new no-reservations restaurant in Fulham

HKK 2014Earn 200 Points for June telephone bookings

It’s the summer of rewards here at Square Meal: we’re giving you the chance to collect a whopping 200 points just for dining out at selected restaurants.

Taste of London ticket offer

Taste of London returns to Regent’s Park this 18–22 June, and we have an exclusive offer for Square Meal readers

St John arrives on Maltby Street

Fergus Henderson’s third restaurant, St John Bakery Rooms, will launch at Maltby Street market this Saturday

World Cup fever

As a summer of sport kicks off with the World Cup, London’s restaurants, bars and pubs celebrate with big screens, beer and Brazilian feasts

Daphne's relaunches

The Chelsea restaurant re-opens today with a brand new design, four months after being forced to close due a fire in the kitchen

Eat 17 comes to Clapton

The bacon jam-making Walthamstow bistro gets a burger bar sibling in E9

Verden launches today in Hackney

A new bar in Clapton dedicated to wine, cheese and meat, with the emphasis on lesser-known tipples

ramsay returns_gordon ramsay and davide degiovanniNew West End restaurant for Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay is to open a new restaurant on Heddon Street, close to Piccadilly Circus, this autumn

wahaca cookbook 2012New Brick Lane Mexican from Wahaca founders

Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby launch a new restaurant concept

The UK's most foodie festivals

As the festival season approaches, we put music to one side and round-up the best festivals to get a foodie fix

Review of the reviews: June 2014

Our round-up of the past month’s restaurant reviews, bringing together what the critics and Square Meal had to say about the latest and hottest openings

Heston BlumenthalHeston takes off at Heathrow

Heathrow Airport’s all-new Terminal 2 has launched, including Heston Blumenthal’s latest venture

nathan outlaw 2012UK restaurant round-up: June 2014

Keen on sampling the creations of some of the UK’s most talented chefs? This month’s crop of new and upcoming launches has something for everyone

Boundary 2011London’s best rooftop bars

When the weather’s fine, Londoners love nothing more than getting high. Here’s our pick of the capital’s best rooftop bars

Pavilion launches today

Michelin-starred chef Adam Simmonds opens his new restaurant, Champagne bar and deli on High Street Kensington

Russell Norman launches Polpo Notting Hill

We talk to Russell Norman as he prepares to open his fourth Polpo restaurant this Saturday

All Star Lanes, Brick Lane1Create a cocktail to win

All Star Lanes and Mozart have teamed up with Square Meal to offer readers the chance to win a night on the town at one of the All Star branches in return for coming up with a new recipe for a milkshake made with Mozart chocolate liqueur

Bilbao Berria opens today

MasterChef: The Professionals winner Ash Mair has launched a pintxos and tapas bar on Regent Street

Daisy Green of Portman VillageBest weekend brunches

Forget breakfast. Weekends are all about long, lazy brunches

Tonight: Auction Against Hunger

The UK’s finest chefs will join forces to cook up a storm at an event in aid of humanitarian charity Action Against Hunger

The Palomar is now open

Chefs from Jerusalem's hip Machneyuda restaurant are behind this new Soho venture with Middle Eastern, North African and Spanish influences

Chelsea Flower Show dining

Our pick of the best restaurants close to the Chelsea Flower Show

Galvin versus Galvin

As brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin get ready to compete during their Festival, we test how similarly they think when it comes to food

El Nivel 4El Nivel opens in Covent Garden

Find what looks like a cupboard door to the left of the restaurant’s entrance and ask the sentinel to admit you to La Perla's very different sister bar...

Simon Rogan FeraFera at Claridge's

We review the highly anticipated Fera during its opening week

The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch launches

Expect BBQ meats, fried alligator, bourbon and live music

Noodle House foodThe Noodle House, Covent Garden

We head to the West End to review the newly opened Noodle House

Roots and Bulbs 1London Juice Bars

With a host of dedicated bars opening around the capital, juice is running free in London

Rivea London intrRivea London launches

Alain Ducasse launches the new Rivea London at the Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge

History of gin exhibition launches

Beefeater gin distillery will open an interactive visitor centre this month, telling the story of gin and London’s long-running fascination with it

Tee-off Father's Day with Glenmorangie the Spirit of The Open

Glenmorangie - the Spirit of The Open - has teamed up with luxury gent’s tailor Thomas Pink to create an extraordinary golf experience and selection of gifts for one Square Meal reader to enjoy with their dad this Father's Day.

Grill the Chef: Lee Westcott

Square Meal talks to Lee Westcott ahead of the launch of Atherton-backed Typing Room in Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel.

Vintage performance

Does age matter? Wine lovers now have a unique opportunity to find out by tasting rare bottles of Sandeman vintage port at The Sign of The Don.

Swiss Bliss

Enjoy pristine central European high culture with added mediterranean charm in Ticino, Switzerland.

Simon Rogan Claridges 2013Fera launches

Simon Rogan's much-anticipated new restaurant Fera has launched in Claridge's.

City Social launches today

Jason Atherton's latest restaurant opens tonight in the City, at level 24 of Tower 42.

UK restaurant round-up: May 2014

Exciting additions to the UK restaurant scene this month.

Bloggers awards 2014Food and drink bloggers take top awards

Top food and drink blogs recognised at national awards

Discover the Origin

Discover the Origin is a campaign designed to raise awareness about five tried-and-tested products that all bear Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status.

Austria for all seasons

Austria’s reputation as a world-class skiing destination is well known, but this beautiful country has so much more to offer.

rene redzepi noma 2011Noma returns to top spot at World’s 50 Best

Noma regained its crown last night as chefs and leaders of the gastronomic world gathered in London’s Guildhall for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.

Mixing with Matt Whiley

We talk to big-name bartender Matt Whiley ahead of the launch of Peg & Patriot in Bethnal Green's Town Hall Hotel.

octopus and asparagus iberica canary wharf 2011Ibérica launches in Farringdon

The third restaurant from Spanish food importers and tapas specialists Ibérica opens today on Turnmill Street.

Music ConciergeMusic Concierge: Food Soundtrackers

Providing music for restaurants across the world, we bend the ear of Music Concierge founder Rob Wood

RawduckRawduck opens today

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

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.

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.

Gidleigh Park Christmas 2007 011Bank 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

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

Twickenham 2013Grill 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

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

London celebrates Songkran

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

London MarathonMarathon eating this weekend

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

Rotorino launches today

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

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...

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

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

mark hixGrill 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 FestivalLondon Coffee Festival preview

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

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

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

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

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

Heston BlumenthalThe 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.

mews of MayfairWhere 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 gyngellSkye 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

mikael jonsson_hedone 2012A taste of Hedone in Soho

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

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.

Marcus Wareing announces new restaurant

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

Scott HallsworthInterview 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

st patrick's day 2012 istockThe 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

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

tbj_homepageA second spot for Tommi's Burger Joint

Burgers with some Icelandic extras on the side come to Chelsea, as Tommi’s launches a sibling of its Marylebone restaurant.

new openings infographicThe 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 Blumenthal HeathrowHeston’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

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

UK restaurant round-up

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

Jamie Oliver 15Apprenticeship Week dining adventures

Our guide to excellent dining options with a socially-conscious twist, for National Apprenticeship Week

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.

Champagne ThienotChampagne 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.

Highland ParkWhisky 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

nuno mendes Chiltern Firehouse is alight

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

craft beer mercedes destination 2013Beer 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.

FinoLondon'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

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

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.

LeGavroche ExteriorLe 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

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

Twickenham 2013Jason 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.

clos maggiore daytimeInside 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.

Old BillingsgateLondon Fashion Week for foodies

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

James Lowe to launch in Shoreditch

Former Young Turk James Lowe will launch his first restaurant, Lyle's in the Tea Building on Shoreditch High Street this May.

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.

Bluebird restaurantValentine'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.

Cutty SarkValentine'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

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

nuno mendes Viajante to close

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

UmuValentine's dining: the traditional

This first in our Valentine's series is all about classic fine dining with your loved one.

Heston BlumenthalNorovirus 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

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

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

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

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.

Stevie Parle goes Italian

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

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.

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

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

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

bones 2014 2 webDalston’s Bones

The team behind The Grocery bring a new rotisserie and small plates joint to Kingsland Road.

Salvation In Noodles comes to Dalston

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

Dirty bones 2014 web 1Dirty 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.

Canvas 2014 - 2 WEBCanvas 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.

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.

Wright Brothers10 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.

Rosewood London bar 201310 hot bar openings from 2013

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

nopi food 201110 healthy menus for January

Eat out without feeling the guilt at these 10 London restaurants with special detox menus for a naturally healthy outlook.

marcus wareingAll 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.

the shard 201220 best new openings of 2013

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

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.

Kensington PlaceFishy fast food at new KP pop-up

Iconic fish restaurant Kensington Place will launch a pop-up offering ‘unique fish and seafood spin on the gourmet fast-food trend’

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.

mark greenaway  UK restaurant round-up

Despite being such a busy month, we saw December ushering in some tantalising new openings.

tbj_homepageTommi'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.

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.

On The BabK-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.

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

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

Rum Kitchen comes to Carnaby

Soho gets calypso cocktails, a beach-shack bar and Caribbean classics including jerk-chicken wings and salt-fish fritters, as The Rum Kitchen opens.

Craft Beer CoCraft 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.

cevicheAndina 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 2013Augustine 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

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

Mark Hixter BarHixter opens today

Mark Hix's latest restaurant throws open its doors today in Devonshire Square, replicating the chicken-and-steak combo of Tramshed.

Ember Yard from Salt Yard group to open on 3 Dec

The latest restaurant from Simon Mullins and Ben Tish, the force behind Salt yard, Dehesa and Opera Tavern will open in Soho on 3 December. As the name hints, the menu will draw inspiration from Spanish and Italian methods of cooking over charcoal, and will feature on-site smoking.

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.

American chefs in London

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

Boopshi's open permanent site

London’s first 'schnitzel and spritz bar' arrives in Fitzrovia, featuring an Austrian menu that majors in pork, chicken and rose-veal schnitzels.

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.

Chicken Shop TootingChicken Shop opens in Tooting

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

RokaTwo 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.

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.

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.

raymond blanc 2008Raymond 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.

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.

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.

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 Covent Garden.

Free pork feast today

The Pig Idea, a campaign focused on reversing the EU ban on feeding catering waste to pigs, is hosting a feast for 5,000 in Trafalgar Square today.

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.

Oysters - Wright BrosNew Wright Brothers restaurant goes live

The third Wright Brothers restaurant, due to open before the end of November, is the most ambitious yet.

andre garrett at cliveden 2013UK restaurant round-up

November is shaping up to be another terrific month for grand openings and top chefs setting up shop outside London.

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

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

Clove Club launches Typhoon Haiyan appeal

The Clove Club is leading an appeal for aid to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last Friday.

Cooking the books autumn 2013_carrot orange saladCooking the books: autumn 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.

Twickenham 2013Jason Atherton to hold court in Covent Garden

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

octopus and asparagus iberica canary wharf 2011Iberica expands to London and Manchester

Not content with launching a third branch of its Spanish mini-chain in Victoria, the team behind Iberica is also looking at sites in Manchester.

Charlie Trotter late Chicago chef 2013Chicago 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 2013Jason 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 Claridges 2013Simon 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.

StreetSmart2013StreetSmart launches 2013 campaign

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

Gordon Ramsay on claridge's roofPlace your bets for Claridge’s new arrival

Claridge’s is gearing up to announce Gordon Ramsay's successor. Square Meal examines the odds on the potential heirs to Ramsay’s throne.

Aqua Shard Atrium BarOver 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…

Alastair LittleRestaurants that chefs and restaurateurs miss

We invited 10 of the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs to wax nostalgic about treasured restaurants that have now closed.

angela hartnett flipped 2013Hartnett 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.

david moore and ed dutton_pieds nusPied 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.

Be the Critic winner_Massimo B autumn 2013Meet autumn’s prizewinners

We reveal who has won autumn’s coveted Nespresso Critic of the Quarter title and other fantastic prizes.

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.

tramshed hix 2012Hix in the City: the sequel

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

young chefs_liam finnegan 2013New blood: meet the UK’s rising culinary stars

With Michelin poised to announce its 2014 stars, Square Meal introduces five young chefs making their mark on the UK dining scene.

Anthony DemetreArbutus’ 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.

Manchester House 2013UK restaurant round-up: September 2013

Find out why the Manchester dining scene is red-hot right now; plus get the latest restaurant news from elsewhere in the UK.

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.

bistro union 2012Adam 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.

The PlayerBreddo’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.

bryn williams victorinoxBryn Williams to open bistro in north Wales

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

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.

Robyn and Robert Wilson_Bleeding Heart 2013Interview with Bleeding Heart’s Robyn Wilson

Restaurateurs Robert and Robyn Wilson reminisce about the London dining scene since the 1980s, and share their future plans.

Top prizes still to be won with Be the Critic

This year, we have given away a clutch of fantastic prizes to readers leaving online reviews – and there are still plenty up for grabs.

bjorn van der horst 2013Chef 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.

Union Street CafeSeptember 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.

Alan Yau 2013Alan 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 C Garden 2014 2Barrafina Covent Garden opens today

Barrafina’s Covent Garden branch launches today, boasting a larger dining space than the Soho original, with some bookable tables.

Ceviche‘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.

Grillshack 2013 logoGourmet 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.

restdesign3Restaurant designer David Collins dies

David Collins – undoubtedly the biggest name in the restaurant design world – has died after a short illness.

Tom AikenTom Aikens to launch new Putney restaurant

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

story 2013Over 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

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.

Manchester UnitedFootballers 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.

BubbledogsEat like a hipster

Don’t know your beef-dripping fries from your cock scratchings? With our primer, you’ll soon be smashin’ burgers and picklebacks with London's hipsters.

raymond blanc 2012Le 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.

OrmerOrmer, Jersey

Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin opens up a standalone restaurant in St Helier, showcasing his highly innovative cooking and love of Jersey produce.

jamie oliver taste of london 2012Jamie Oliver's Diner, Piccadilly

Jamie Oliver is at it again. This time he's popped up in Piccadilly with a new diner dishing out American treats from burgers, dogs and fro-yo milkshakes.

Father's DayTreat your dad to something special

Let Square Meal take the stress out of finding the perfect Father’s Day present this year with our selection of gifts that he’s sure to love

Midnight ApothecaryUnusual alfresco bars for sun-enchanted evenings

From floating boats and paddling pools to funky rooftops and deckchairs in the garden, dive into some of the capital’s quirkier alfresco watering holes.

Tanner & CoTanner & Co, Bermondsey

Named after Bermondsey's old tanneries, leather-clad Tanner & Co serves nostalgic British grub, from crispy Spam fritters to roast joints from the carving trolley.

five fields 2013The Five Fields, Chelsea

Chelsea's quiet new arrival, The Five Fields, promises playful and ambitious modern British cooking from top-notch, NY-trained chef Taylor Bonnyman.

simon rogan roganic 2011Roganic 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.

eva longoria_SHe steakhouse 2013SHe’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.

Twickenham 2013Jason 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.

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_quinceSilvena Rowe to conquer Middle East?

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

simon rogan 2012New chefs on the box

Three top chefs and restaurateurs – Russell Norman, Simon Rogan (pictured) and Aiden Byrne – will be filming two new series to be broadcast next year.

cooking the books summer 2013_cevicheCooking 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.

Hand and Flowers 1Bar 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.

Cocktail people_all drinkers 1What 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 video 2012_richard baconStreetSmart celebrates a record-breaking year

Last night, homeless charity StreetSmart announced it raised £805,000 last winter – a record-breaking sum that brings its total figure to £6.3m.

ColbertOver to You: spring 2013

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

Cooking the books 2013_atul kochhars curries of the worldCooking 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 SargeantMark 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.

Global dining 2013_Quay_SydneyTop restaurants around the world

With the World's 50 Best Awards taking place in London tonight, Square Meal looks at what's hot in the world’s other major food cities.

Rainer BeckerInterview with Rainer Becker

The German chef turned restaurateur talks to Square Meal about Zuma, his love of Japanese cuisine, and Oblix – his dream ticket in the Shard.

social eating house 2013The Social Eating House

Jason Atherton’s third solo venture (opening tomorrow) is even more laid-back than Pollen Street Social, with decor, vibe and menu tweaked for a Soho crowd.

story 2013Story, Bermondsey

25-year-old British chef Tom Sellers has worked at Noma and Per Se, so big things are expected from his first solo venture.

simon rogan roganic 2011No new site planned for Roganic

Simon Rogan has announced that Roganic will close in June as planned – and will not reopen elsewhere in the capital.

the cheese 2013Be the Critic: meet the latest prizewinners

Meet our latest Nespresso Critic of the Quarter and win upcoming prizes including a luxury spa treatment at The Dorchester.

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 2013GOAT, 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 2012 - P1040873Chrysan’s shock closure

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

russell norman 2013Norman’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.

wahaca spoon amnestyLight-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.

Gordon Ramsay on claridge's roofBend 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.

ollie dabbous 2012Dabbous 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.

shaun rankin 2013Shaun 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.

The Shard 2012Charity diners pay £36K to dine at The Shard

Last night, at charity event Who's Cooking Dinner, a group of London diners bid a record-breaking £36K for dinner at Oblix when it opens in spring.

eric chavot 2013Eric Chavot dishes details on Mayfair venture

The renowned chef reveals more information on the food diners can expect at Brasserie Chavot.

street food3Jun 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.

RotundaAll change at Rotunda

As the regeneration of King’s Cross gathers pace, so Rotunda has upped its game with a new chef and new menus.

Tom Sellers 2013Demand 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.

Balthazar NYLong-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.

MeatliquorMeatliquor 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.

Introducing Lavazza

We are delighted that our competition has a new sponsor in Lavazza, meaning this year will see even more prizes up for grabs.

my london montage 2013The inside track: where chefs eat in London

For the annual Square Meal Restaurants & Bars guide, we asked London's chefs and restaurateurs to tell us where they eat, drink and shop when off duty.

michael winner_2013Restaurant critic Michael Winner dies

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

mark greenaway  A new beginning for Restaurant Mark Greenaway

Chef Mark Greenaway has relaunched his Edinburgh restaurant in a new location.

The Shard 2012Oblix unveiled as Zuma team’s Shard project

Restaurateurs Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney have revealed more details about their forthcoming venture in The Shard.

angelica at trinity leeds 2013D&D opens two restaurants in Leeds

Restaurant group D&D London will launch two new ventures in Leeds this spring, including Angelica (pictured).

dabbous 2013 bmw winnerDabbous wins BMW Restaurant of the Year 2012

Congratulations to Ollie Dabbous, whose self-named Fitzrovia restaurant has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned BMW Restaurant of the Year 2012.

ChampagneLa 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.

claude bosiHibiscus 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.

arzak 2012Restaurants to look forward to in 2013

Despite the January gloom, Square Meal has 10 reasons to be cheerful in the form of exciting restaurants opening this year.

Royal China Club Baker StreetGourmet paradise: get a taste of Hong Kong in London this Chinese New Year

A trip to Hong Kong is a must for food lovers everywhere, with its fantastic restaurants, cool bars and great nightlife. But for a Hong Kong experience closer to home, try scintillating special menus at some of London’s best Chinese restaurants.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in London

Where do you go on the night of the year when everyone comes out to play? Square Meal narrows down the choice to the best 10 parties in town.

square meal amateur critic award 2013Amateur Critic of the Year announced

It’s time to acknowledge the best reader comments on – and announce the Amateur Critic of the Year.

anatomy of a restaurant 2012Anatomy of a Restaurant

Marina O'Loughlin pinpoints the coolest trends of the 2012 London dining scene and merges them into one destination...

simon rogan 2012Simon 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.

streetsmart 2012StreetSmart 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.

Langan's BistroLangan’s and Odin’s art auction

On 18 December, more than 200 artworks from legendary restaurants Langan’s Brasserie and Odin’s will go under the hammer.

arzak 2012Spain’s finest launch first London restaurant

The Halkin is preparing for the launch of the first international venture from the feted father-and-daughter team behind Basque legend Arzak.

claude bosiClaude 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.

the pass 2012 matt gillanBe Square Meal's Amateur Critic of the Year 2012

Square Meal is preparing to crown its Amateur Critic of 2012. Leave comments and you could win a gourmet weekend for two at South Lodge Hotel (pictured).

isaac mchale daniel willis and johnny smith_shoreditch town hall 2012The 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.

Fat DuckTwo 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.

streetsmart video 2012_richard baconBook a StreetSmart restaurant via Square Meal

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

jason athertonJason 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 Bistrot d'AmisChabrot 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 brixton 2012Honest 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.

eric chavotEric Chavot returns to London dining scene

The French chef, best known for his success as head chef at Knightsbridge’s The Capital, will return to London in January with Brasserie Chavot.

cookbooks autumn 2012_pierre koffmann souffleCooking the books at Christmas

The Square Meal team road-tests the best new cookbooks from top UK chefs. Whip up signature restaurant dishes over the Christmas break.

Be the Critic's autumn prize winners

How was it for you? That’s what canny London diners really want to know from fellow foodies – especially now they’re faced with more choice than ever before. Nicky Evans invites you to join Square Meal’s critical community, where you can have your say and win incredible prizes.

jun tanaka 2012Pearl 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.

rumble in the kitchen_fred v marcus wareingRumble 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.

ed and tom martin 2012Martin 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.

Naamyaa CafeYau 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.

roganic interior2Roganic on the hunt for new Marylebone site

The Marylebone restaurant will continue trading elsewhere after the lease on the two-year 'extended pop-up' ends next summer.

J Sheekey Oyster BarCovent 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.

magazine montageWhat you can do on the new-look

Square Meal has a new look and offers more restaurant inspiration than ever before. Find out what you can do.

krug institute of happiness 85 swains laneKrug launches four-day pop-up the Krug Institute of Happiness

Join Viajante's Nuno Mendes at the Krug Institute of Happiness this December.

the cube by electrolux 2012Three-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.

rumble in kitchen 2012Chefs and food critics take each other on for Rumble in the Kitchen

In October, chefs including Marcus Wareing slugged it out in charity boxing matches.

The Shard 2012The Shard unveils its restaurant offering

Three restaurant and two bars – all backed by high-profile restaurant groups – are set to open in The Shard next spring.

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.

april bloomfield 2012New 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.

ChrysanHakkasan 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.

Restaurant Nathan OutlawTop 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.

young turksYoung 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.

wahaca cookbook 2012Cooking the books summer 2012: cookbook reviews

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

jamie oliver 2012 copyright David LoftusJamie 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.’

TonkotsuTonkotsu, Soho

This chic ramen bar comes courtesy of the brains behind City Japanese Tsuru Sushi and is as authentic as they get. Expect communal tables and the plainest of menus, which deals in the very Japanese idea of doing one thing really well – in this case, three variations of slurp-worthy noodles. With more ramen bars planned for later this year – including Bone Daddies, from ex-Zuma chef Ross Shonhan – check out Tonkotsu to get ahead of the curve

moreno cedroni_baglioni_2012Two-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).

caledonian hotel 2012Galvin 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.

the ten bells_young turks pop-upUpstairs 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.

glynn purnell bmw award summer 2012Purnell’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.’

alvin leung 2012Chinese 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.

ben spalding 2012 copyright paul winch-furnessSpalding 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.’

assemblage 2011Recession 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.

taste of london 2012 montage22Taste 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.

purnells 2012The 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

Sake no HanaHakkasan 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.

restaurantcriticBe 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

Back in 5 Minutes 2012Founders 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.

krug6Angela 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.

burger and lobster 2011Two 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 southbank 2012Wahaca 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 2012The 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.

50 best award 2012_noma teamNoma 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.’

elena arzak 2012USA’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.

street smartStreetSmart 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.

rene redzepi noma 2011Noma 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.

Ten English restaurants for St George's Day

Our pick of ten of London's best English restaurants, ideal for some patriotic eating this St. George's Day.

Eat a meal by Michel Roux every night of the week

Diners with a taste for Michelin-starred menus can now indulge in food by master chef Michel Roux Sr without breaking the bank.

spaghetti house kensington 2012Spaghetti 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.

sliders pic_limited copyright_spring mag 2012Lucky 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.

vertical rush tower running event_jason atherton and tom aikensA 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.

kitchen wars marco pierre white 2012Marco 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.

motorola tablet prize 2012Be The Critic with

This year, Square Meal is pulling out all the stops to encourage our readers to leave their comments. If you’ve been to a restaurant, tell people about it on and you could win fabulous prizes, including a Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition tablet, worth £329.99.

Hawksmoor steakRaising the steaks: the renaissance of London steak houses and burger bars

Move over frippery and fanciness – good, honest beef is back. Chris Harding considers what’s driving the resurgence in London’s steak and burger restaurants.

jose pizarro cookbook 2012Cooking the books spring 2012: cookbook reviews

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

feng sushi sustainable city awards 2012Feng 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.

phil howard and rebecca marascenhas 2012Sonny’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.

soif 2011Fourth 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.

who's cooking dinner 2012Twenty 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.

fat duck animation 2012The 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.

the restaurant experience 2012_croppedDiners 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 logoVinoteca 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.

David Eyre_Eyre Brothers_2012Eyre 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.

artist martin creed_sketch 2012Martin Creed to unveil a new look for The Gallery at Sketch

FEBRUARY 2012: 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.

the thirsty bear 2012No 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.

diner complaints 2011Square 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…

harveys cellarsBristol’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.

medcalf 2012Exmouth 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.

Tom AikensTom 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.

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.

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.

Mark Hix 2010Mark 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.

suda2011Som 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.

The jewel in Knightsbridge’s crown

JULY 2011: Bulgari, purveyor of luxury goods to the luxuriously wealthy, will open one of its five-star hotels in Knightsbridge in April 2012. This latest offering (Bulgari also own hotels in Milan and Bali) will be located opposite Zuma on Knightsbridge Green; as well as the usual spas and suites, the hotel will also offer guests and locals a modern-Italian restaurant . It won’t be the only designer-restaurant collaboration in Knightsbridge: the Armani Caffe on Old Brompton Road already mixes trendy tailoring with fashionable plates. However, the hotel and restaurant should see this most flagrantly fashionable of areas raise its game even further.

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.

fourth wall 2011‘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.

latin america carnival dancer_trendsLondon 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.

Seniors best fish and chip shop 2012Seniors 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.

cut interiorRestaurants 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.

Odette'sHey, 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.

thomas kellerThe 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.

JoseJosé 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.

Private Rooms at Buckingham Gate1Courtyard 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.

noma 2011Noma 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’.

DinnerDinner 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.

jose_pizarroEx-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.

Heston BlumenthalIce 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

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