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 opentable.co.uk 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.

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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’.

Fancy trying some of East London’s finest food spots in one day? Then read The Very Hungry Londoner’s review of Eating London’s food tours. Perfect for impressing out-of-towners but equally useful for locals, it stops at some of our favourites like cheese specialists Androuet, the Brick Lane Beigel Bake, and St John Bread & Wine.

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Curries at Pushkar, Birmingham.

Craving curry in Birmingham? There are lots of great Indian restaurants to choose from, including the ever-popular Itihaas in the Jewellery Quarter. Chloe from Gastronomic Gorman went along to their blogger event to try signature dishes like lamb chop masala, butter chicken and lobster panchphoran – ‘a whole lobster served in the shell with a spiced coconut curry sauce’. With food this good, it’s no wonder Itihaas is one of our most booked restaurants in Birmingham!

For a meat-free meal, check out vegetarian food blogger Andy’s review of Pushkar for Dine Birmingham. The award-winning restaurant ‘feels glamorous, yet relaxed’ and with delicious veggie kofta curries and classics like saag paneer on offer, you definitely won’t leave hungry.

Back in August, Nomface reviewed 47 King Street West – one of our top rated restaurants in Manchester. The menu has British and French influences and we like the look of the scallop and chorizo starter and the perfectly pink rack of lamb. The restaurant is currently running an offer of 3 courses and a glass of Prosecco for £25 so if you’re local, why not give it a try this weekend?

Do you write a UK food blog or read one we should know about? Let us know!

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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.
The Blues Kitchen – American soul food, beer, bourbon and live music seven nights a week.
Andy’s Taverna – Loved by locals since the ’60s, Andy’s is the place to go for authentic Greek food.
Mango Room – If you’re craving rum and the flavours of the Caribbean, you’ll love it here.
Namaaste Kitchen – A contemporary Indian bar & grill. Try the Peshawari lamb chops!
Michael Nadra – An elegant modern European restaurant with a gorgeous garden in Primrose Hill.


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For more inspiration, try a search on OpenTable or ask one of our restaurant experts on Facebook or twitter. If there’s somewhere you would like us to cover in our next guide, let us know in the comments!

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Five UK food festivals to visit this month

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Summer is fading fast but the UK foodie calendar shows no signs of slowing down. We’ve picked five of the best food festivals to visit in September so that you can plan your next gourmet road trip!

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Brighton & Hove Autumn Food & Drink Festival – 4-14September

If you missed out on the Easter event, head to Brighton this month for 11 days of market shopping, wine tasting, local chef demos, gourmet bus tours and lots more. There’s a food festival for kids on Hove Lawns this weekend and on September 10th, Hotel du Vin is hosting a Taste of Game wine supper in their bistro. Brighton Restaurant Week runs from September 9th to 13th so look out for special menus and offers from restaurants like GB1, Sam’s of Brighton and Graze.

Ludlow Food Festival – 12-14 September

For over 20 years, Ludlow has showcased more than 160 local food producers in its historic castle grounds. This year’s highlights include talks and demos from local celeb chef Marcus Bean and MasterChef’s Tim Anderson, wine and food tastings, brewery tours, and food trails showcasing local ales, bread and sausages. There’s live music throughout the weekend and plenty for kids to do too.

Manchester Food & Drink Festival – 18-29 September

Now in its 18th year, Manchester’s food festival runs for 11 days with events taking place all over the city. The 2014 line-up includes live music, a street food festival, a Malaysian bazaar, the Big Indie Wine Fest, and a new Cheese and Chocolate Festival. The festival hub will also host a cook-off with former footballer Gary Neville who is set to open Hotel Football opposite Old Trafford later this year.

Liverpool Food & Drink Festival – 19-21 September

Tom Kerridge and Yotam Ottolenghi (NOPI) will join more than 160 local chefs and producers at this year’s festival in leafy Sefton Park. Visitors can dine at the Pickled Walnut’s pop-up gastropub, watch chef demos, do some shopping in the Market Place and Heavenly Chocolate area, and decorate cupcakes in the Kids Zone. Make sure you come hungry because top local eateries like Lunya, Bem Brasil, Mayur, and Malmaison Brasserie will be serving their signature dishes in the Restaurant Arena.

Eat The World Street Food Festival, London – 26-28 September

At the end of the month, the Real Food Festival team are hosting a weekend of international street food on the banks of the Thames. The Southbank festival celebrates London’s diverse street food community so expect a mix of cuisines and cultures, plus three bars selling wine, craft beer and cocktails. This year you can try jerk chicken, paella, Fish Dogs, dosas, gelato, churros, pizza and lots more. Look out for two of our favourites – the Bleecker St burger team and Donostia Social Club, who serve delicious Basque pintxos at a bar on the side of their van.

Looking for a food festival near you? Check out Food Festival Finder’s top September events.

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Meatopia returns to London for two days of beats and BBQ

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After a sold out London event last year, Meatopia returns to Tobacco Dock this September for a weekend of music and meat from some of the top pitmasters in the UK and the US.

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On Saturday, the theme will be ‘Old Skool’, featuring classic BBQ and Southern smoke with electric blues, bluegrass and acoustic jams. On the Sunday, the vibe is ‘New Skool’ so expect contemporary ‘cue, electronica and DJ sets. All the meat will be cooked over logs or charcoal and comes courtesy of Islington butchers, Turner & George.

Described by Time Out as the ’ultimate carnivore’s carnival’, the festival will be hosted by Hawksmoor’s Richard Turner, The Lockhart’s Brad McDonald, and Dirty Bones’ Ross Clarke. This year’s special guests include Home Team BBQ from South Carolina, David Pynt of Burnt Ends in Singapore, and Andre Lima de Luca of BOS BBQ in Brazil. Read More…

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