RestaurantFEED: OpenTable restaurant news

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AA Hospitality Awards – Nathan Outlaw was named Chefs’ Chef of the Year at the prestigious AA Hospitality Awards last week. The Sticky Walnut picked up the Restaurant of the Year award for England, while Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern was chosen as the best in London. New four rosette awards were given to restaurants including The Greenhouse, Texture, Restaurant Story, and Bohemia in Jersey. Check out the new three rosette awards on Caterer.

Busan BBQ's pork belly bun.

Busan BBQ’s pork belly bun.

Street food takeovers in the City – Every Saturday in October, Busan BBQ will be serving their AmeriKorean fusion dishes in the bar at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen. While international DJs hit the decks, the bar team will be mixing Korean-inspired cocktails to complement dishes like the Busan bulgogi beef burger, spicy gochujang ribs, and pork belly buns.

Looking for a new brunch hangout? Le Bun have just announced a month-long weekend residency at New Street Grill and the Old Bengal Bar near Liverpool Street station. You can drop in throughout October for decadent hangover cures like the Eggs Royale bun (poached egg, smoked salmon, spinach and citrus hollandaise), Southern fried chicken and waffles with truffle butter and shaved truffles, and their iconic Bourguignon Bun with bacon salt, truffle mayo and Champagne slaw.

Get pickled at The Well – The Well has teamed up with Buffalo Trace to transform their basement bar into a cosy hideaway specialising in vinegar-based cocktails. The Pickle Jar pop-up is open from October 1st serving picklebacks (bourbon with a pickle juice chaser) and ‘shrubs’ – quirky cocktails made with vinegar-spiked fruit syrups. Try them Martini style or as a spritz with Prosecco and soda.

Shrimper’s Net Catch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Shrimper’s Net Catch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Restaurants opening soon – Autumn is a busy time for restaurant openings and this year is no exception! Here are some of the newcomers we’re looking forward to trying this autumn and winter.

– American seafood chain Bubba Gump Shrimp Co opens at the Trocadero in October.
The Fish & Chip Shop’s City branch opens near Liverpool Street on October 10th.
– Former Gaucho MD Martin Williams will launch M Restaurants near Bank this autumn. The site is split into M Grill (serving steaks), M Raw (sashimi, oysters, ceviche) and M Bar.
Bo Drake, an East Asian BBQ restaurant, opens in Soho in November.
– Dishoom’s third and largest restaurant joins Caravan and Grain Store on Granary Square in November. Perfect for a bacon naan breakfast or cocktails after work.

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Get ready for London Cocktail Week!

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On October 6th, London Cocktail Week returns for seven days of drink-fuelled debauchery with parties, pop-ups and masterclasses all over the city. Check out the full events schedule on the LCW site - they sell out fast, so don’t miss out! Here are some of this year’s highlights:

–  Tanqueray Gin Masterclass – A free gin talk and tasting at Mark’s Bar at Hixter City.
–  Vestal Voyages – A trip down Regent’s Canal on London’s first floating distillery and bar.
–  Eat Meat, Drink Buffalo – A 3-course dinner & Buffalo Trace bourbon tasting at JW Steakhouse.
–  Fever-Tree’s G&T Safari – A walk ‘n’ sip tour of five bars to try five outstanding gin and tonics.
–  Soho Food Walk – A tour of Soho’s finest bites and beverages led by London from Scratch.
–  The Rum Ramble – An unmissable rum-focused tour of five bars with Shake Rattle & Stir.
–  Freixenet terrace at Swingers – Sip cava at the crazy golf and street food pop-up in Shoreditch.

As ever, the LCW wristband entitles you to £4 cocktails at over 200 London bars including Callooh Callay, The Jones Family Project, The Blues Kitchen, and Silk & Grain. It’s a great excuse to revisit old favourites or check out those exclusive hotel bars and speakeasies you’ve always fancied trying. You can use the bar map to plan a cocktail crawl and if you need restaurant recommendations along the way, try a search on OpenTable or ask our experts on twitter.

Wristbands cost a tenner and can be collected from the LCW hub in Seven Dials and new hubs at Bluebird in Chelsea, Mark’s Bar at Hixter City, and The Whisky Exchange in London Bridge.

Follow the London Cocktail Week team on twitter for the latest updates and we’ll see you at the bar!

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Welcome to the family! – New restaurants on OpenTable

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We’ve got a fantastic batch of OpenTable newcomers this month, including some of London’s hottest new openings and dining destinations in Leeds, Brighton and Bath. You can find new-to-OpenTable restaurants near you by searching for your area and clicking the ‘new restaurants’ tab.

Sambal cod at Pond.

Sambal cod at Pond.

Pond – Now open in a former Victorian warehouse in Dalston, Pond has brought the bold fusion flavours of New Hawaiian cuisine to London. Expect exotic cocktails and dishes like sambal black cod, smoky beef ribs glazed with grape tonkatsu, and sake seafood udon.

Mission – The husband and wife team behind Sager + Wilde have opened a new bar serving wines from America’s west coast and a menu of British and Mediterranean small plates and sharing dishes.

Corner Room – At the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green, head chef John Christie and his team serve ambitious dishes that showcase seasonal British ingredients. We like the relaxed, airy dining room and the great value lunch menu which offers 2 courses for £19.

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings – The B&H Group’s handsome new Clerkenwell venture features a relaxed café area, a bar serving their signature cocktails, and a modern all-day British brasserie.

Omnino – The team behind The Bull Steak Expert have opened a new City steakhouse serving prime cuts of Argentine, Wagyu and American beef. If you’re feeling flash, splash out on their Argentine fillet steak served with a lobster tail and black truffle gnocchi.

Pix Ganton Street – Inspired by the pintxo bars of San Sebastian, Pix serves bite-sized tapas, Spanish wines and cocktails. Try their new bar off Carnaby Street for a Basque-style evening with friends.

Coming soon: There are two high profile openings to look forward to this month – Sea Containers at the Mondrian London and Corbin and King’s Colony Restaurant at the Beaumont Hotel.

The dining room at Contini Cannonball.

The dining room at Contini Cannonball.

Contini Cannonball – Victor and Carina Contini have opened a Scottish restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town serving dishes like chargrilled venison and twice-baked crab soufflé.

MEATliquor – After the runaway success of their restaurants in London and Brighton, MEATliquor has opened a new booze and burgers joint in Leeds. Drop in for a Dirty Hippy or try new dishes like the London lamb chops and Das Schweinhund, a sauerkraut-topped pork wurst in a bun.

Ponte Vecchio – With great views of Pulteney Bridge, this is the place to go for a traditional Italian meal in Bath. Their alfresco terrace is the perfect place to watch the sun go down over the river.

River Cottage Canteen – Just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral, the latest River Cottage Canteen serves coffee, cakes, local cider and fresh seasonal dishes throughout the day and evening.

Rickshaw – Planning a late-summer trip to Brighton? Rickshaw serves Asian-inspired cocktails and dishes like Japanese gyoza, fragrant Thai curries, and Korean spring onion and seafood pancakes.

If you need more inspiration, search your local area on or ask us for tips on twitter.

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Five of the best places to drink whisky in Edinburgh

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After a few months of scorching sunshine (and then a lot of rain), we’re ready to move into autumn and swap summertime cocktails for warming whiskies. Edinburgh has been involved in the whisky industry for centuries and now that the festival tourists have moved on, it’s the perfect time to visit for a weekend of sightseeing and great food. If you fancy a wee dram while you’re there, here are five places to try.


Whiski Rooms Bar & Bistro – In addition to serving some of the finest Scottish food in the city centre, The Whiski Rooms is also home to an award-winning bar and a shop that hosts regular whisky tastings. If you’re not sure what to drink with dinner, the menu leads the way with whiskies paired with dishes like steak and ale pie, haggis and smoked pork belly.

The Dining Room at The Society – Where better to indulge your passion for whisky than at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s own restaurant? In their smart Georgian dining room, you can enjoy contemporary European dishes matched with wonderful wines and one-of-a-kind whiskies.

Scotch at The Balmoral – At the five-star Balmoral Hotel, you can dine in style at the critically acclaimed Number One or Hadrian’s Brasserie and then retire to the bar for a nightcap. Scotch serves over 400 malts, blends and vintages from all over Scotland, each accompanied by a specially selected snack like wild boar salami, smoked almonds or dark chocolate.

Wildest Drams – At this restaurant in the Old Town, you can pair Scottish craft beers and rare single malts with glorious game dishes from their new autumn menu. Try wild shot grouse and whole ale-braised partridge or venison that they smoke in-house. Tables get snapped up fast so book ahead!

The Caley Bar at The Caledonian Hotel – A popular choice for after-work drinkers and whisky enthusiasts, The Caley stocks over 250 malt whiskies, including their own malt, and a great selection of bourbons and whisky cocktails. The hotel is also home to The Pompadour, an elegant French restaurant overseen by the Galvin brothers, and the Parisian-inspired Galvin Brasserie de Luxe. (We highly recommend the latter for a steak-frites lunch!)

If whisky’s not your thing or you need more inspiration, try a search for more Edinburgh restaurants.

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Blog bites: What we’re reading

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Give the takeaways and old favourites a break this month and try somewhere new! We’ve rounded up some recent reviews from our favourite food bloggers to help you get inspired.

Pollo Peruvano at Chotto Matte. (Photo credit: Jason Bailey)

Pollo Peruvano at Chotto Matte. (Photo credit: Jason Bailey)

Before jetting off to Ibiza this month, Bianca from Pretty Hungry managed to squeeze in a sun-soaked breakfast at Caravan on Exmouth Market, fish and chips at Poppies, and a pre-theatre feast at Chotto Matte, a Japanese-Peruvian restaurant in Soho. We’re definitely adding their Nikkei sashimi and Pollo Peruvano to our ‘Must Eat’ list.

If you live near Kensal Green and haven’t tried Parlour yet, take a look at this glowing review from London Eater. Chef Jesse Dunford Wood’s famous ‘cow pie’ is as good as ever and we love the Eton Tidy that you get to mess up yourself. In the blogger’s own words, ‘The fantasy cooking is top-notch and I think this is truly a hidden gem’. Read More…

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Where to eat near… Camden Market

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Photo Credit: FerWoo @ Flickr.

Photo Credit: FerWoo @ Flickr.

This month, we’re heading to Camden to join the tourists, teenagers and rock ‘n’ roll locals browsing the market stalls. There are bargains to be found in the high street market but it’s worth crossing the bridge to explore the vintage fashion and quirky jewellery stalls in the Stables and Lock Markets. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, here are ten of the best places to eat nearby.

Q Grill – Great for brunch or a BBQ blow-out. Try their slow-smoked ribs and spicy wings.
La Patagonia – For an evening of Argentinean wine, empanadas and charcoal grilled steaks.
Seawise – This family-run gem serves ultra-fresh seafood and Camden’s finest fish and chips.
York & Albany – Gordon Ramsay’s stylish British restaurant and bar near Regent’s Park.
Gilgamesh – A glamorous spot for cocktails, celeb spotting and delicious pan-Asian dishes. Read More…

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