Get your tickets for Europe’s biggest burger bash

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To celebrate Mr Hyde’s third National Burger Day on August 27th, the Street Feast team are throwing a huge booze and burger-fuelled party at Dalston Yard. This year’s bash is even bigger and better than last year, with 18 sliders on offer from some of London’s top burger chefs, plus special guests PYT Burger from Philadelphia.

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This year’s line-up sees London restaurants like Dip & Flip, HotBox and Dirty Burger cooking alongside street food stars like Bleecker St, Burger Bear and Mother Flipper. Duck ‘n’ Roll will be representing Club Gascon, Chai Ki will be bringing the spice, and B.O.B’s Lobster will be adding a little surf to the turf.

Once you’ve had your fill of sliders, there will be two burger desserts to try, plus ten bars, ‘Bobbing for Beers’, a pickle eating contest, and burger piñatas to smash up.

Tickets cost £15 and include a pint of Kozel Lager, a Jameson Pickleback and a Breddos Chilliback. Tickets are on sale now and they will sell out fast – don’t miss out!

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Celebrate National Ice-Cream Month with the Gordon Ramsay Group

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There’s still time to celebrate National Ice-Cream Month! If you’re in need of a sweet treat, here’s what the chefs at the Gordon Ramsay Group have in store for you…

At Heddon Street Kitchen in the West End, you can create your dream cone or sundae at the ice-cream bar, which is fully stocked with jars of chewy, fruity, sweet and sour toppings. They’re also serving an indulgent chocolate chip cookie ice-cream sandwich, coated in coconut shavings, caramel and chocolate sauce.

Head chef Owen Sullivan has created some delicious dessert sliders for maze Grill Park Walk and maze Grill Royal Hospital Road. They’re made with cherry ripple doughnuts, clotted cream ice-cream, toasted pistachios and chocolate sauce – the perfect mix of sweet, tangy and creamy!

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Fancy something a little different? Head to London House for nougatine parfait pops or Union Street Café for carrot-flavoured ice-cream cones topped with candied celery and chocolate ‘soil’.

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RestaurantFEED: OpenTable restaurant news

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Robin Gill set to open third London restaurant – Fans of The Dairy and The Manor in Clapham will be heading east this month to try chef Robin Gill’s new restaurant, Paradise Garage. It opens on Paradise Row on July 21st serving dishes like lamb rump with sweetbreads and barbequed sardines with sea greens. If you turn up a little early, you can have a pre-dinner drink at Mission or Mother Kelly’s.

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London in the Sky returns this September – Diners with a head for heights can enjoy dishes cooked by top chefs whilst suspended 25 metres in the air above St Katharine Docks. Bookings are now available online for unforgettable meals cooked by Tom Aikens, Duck & Waffle’s Dan Doherty, Pont St’s Sophie Michell and more. The views across London will be hard to beat – just don’t look down!

Sienna in Dorset has reopened after a refurb from new owner, chef Marcus Wilcox. He has created a new modern British menu and hopes to maintain the Michelin star the restaurant has held since 2010. With room for just sixteen diners, we recommend booking ahead if you’re heading to Dorset this summer.

Tickets on sale for Dalston kebab cook-off – On August 1st, five London BBQ chefs will compete at Abra Kebabra – a one-off kebab cook-off at MC Motors. Tickets are £25, which includes two drinks and a kebab from each of the contestants (including Lucky Chip and Carl Clarke from Chick n’ Sours). As well as kebabs, there will be fireworks, beers from Camden Town Brewery, and Turkish-themed cocktails from local bar Rita’s.

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Restaurants and bars opening soon:

The Lockhart’s Brad McDonald will open Shotgun BBQ in Soho at the end of the summer.
– New cocktail bar and punch house, Her Majesty’s Secret Service, opens in Bristol on July 24th.
Red’s True BBQ opens in Shoreditch next week serving killer ‘cue and their infamous donut burger.
29 restaurants are set to open in Manchester, including Burger & Lobster, Asha’s and Yard & Coop.
– MasterChef winner Tim Anderson opens Brixton izakaya and ramen shop, Nanban, in August.
– Corbin & King (The Wolseley, Brasserie Zedel) will open Bellanger on Islington Green this autumn.

Mazzei trades the City Mayfair – Renowned Italian chef Francesco Mazzei will join the team at Sartoria as chef-patron when it re-launches later this year following an extensive refurbishment.  This will be Mazzei’s first role since leaving L’Anima in March after seven years there as chef-patron.

Got some UK food news we should know about? Tell us on twitter or in the comments below.

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Welcome to the family! – New restaurants on OpenTable

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Give your old favourites a break this month and check out these OpenTable newcomers. There are some fantastic new restaurants to try in London, plus dining destinations in Sheffield, Brighton and beyond.

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Smith & Wollensky – US chain Smith & Wollensky have opened their first UK steakhouse just off the Strand. With a menu of prime dry-aged steaks, seafood and award-winning wines, it’s perfect for date night or a pre-theatre supper. Save room for their creamy New York cheesecake!

Café Murano – Angela Hartnett has opened a second Café Murano, this time in the heart of Covent Garden. Expect Italian wines, cicheti, and dishes like Ligurian fish soup and braised lamb with Tuscan beans.

Pidgin – Hackney’s newest hot spot is Pidgin, a modern British restaurant with ex-Smokehouse chef Elizabeth Allen at the helm. The menu changes weekly and currently includes braised goat, ‘crab crackling’, and a pickled cherry jam doughnut with White Russian ice-cream.

Meat & Shake – Satisfy your burger cravings with Meat & Shake’s Truffle Shuffle, spicy Luchador or chicken Ruby Murray. Not a burger fan? No problem – try their hot dogs or their delicious Philly cheesesteak.

Cha Cha Moon – Just off Carnaby Street, this popular noodle bar is the perfect place to refuel after a day of shopping. We like their crispy duck salad, the fiery laksa, and their classic Singapore noodles.

LOBOS Meat & Tapas – Treat your favourite carnivore to a meal at this this buzzy new meat and tapas bar in Borough Market. Try small plates, slow-roasted Castillian lamb, and incredible cuts of Iberico pork.

Also new in London: Clapham dim sum bar, Fu Manchu; Dolls House (Peckham); The Refinery Regent’s Place; Camino Bankside; Bouillabaisse in Mayfair; and VQ Bloomsbury (open 24 hours a day!).

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Smith & Baker Dining Room – With rave reviews from diners and critics alike, this is the place to come for a mind-blowing meal in Sheffield. Chefs Richard Smith & Jack Baker believe in seasonal ingredients cooked simply and their daily changing menu is a real treat for foodies.

Bellota – No time for a trip to Spain this summer? No problem! Head to Brighton for a day at the beach followed by cava and tapas at Bellota. During the day, you can order a fantastic value ‘menu del dia’, and in the evening, try Spanish classics like hand-carved jamon, garlic prawns and paella Valenciana.

Department of Meat and Social Affairs – This Northampton eatery serves proper milkshakes, craft beers, sticky ribs, and classic burgers made with top quality British beef. Perfect if you need a comfort food fix.

Chelsea Bar & Brasserie – This Cheltenham favourite is open seven days a week, serving beautifully presented modern European dishes in the brasserie and fine wines, beers and cocktails in the bar.

Purple Poppadom – At this elegant restaurant in Cardiff, chef Anand George creates Indian dishes with a modern twist. Try the crispy Keralan calamari, fragrant Malabar biriyani and rose petal crème brûlée.

Need more inspiration? Find great restaurants in your local area on OpenTable.

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The insider’s guide to London’s top tapas bars

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Last month, our friends @LondonEating flew to Madrid for a weekend of sunshine, food markets, wine and jamon. Now that they’re back in Blighty, we tracked them down to chat about London’s top tapas bars.

Welcome back to London! How was your trip?

We struggled with the 40° heat but Madrid is a beautiful city, full of galleries, food markets and tiny back-street bars where you can get a great glass of wine for a few euros. We took a ‘tapas, taverns and history’ tour with Madrid Food Tour which was fantastic – highly recommended for a food-focused intro to the city.

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So, if we’re looking for great tapas in London, where should we start?

If we could only pick one, it would be Barrafina – either the Frith Street original or their restaurant on Adelaide Street, which took the number one spot at the National Restaurant Awards this year. It can be tricky to get a seat, but the good news is that they’re opening another restaurant on Drury Lane this month.

We also love Bar Tozino, a jamon bodega under the Maltby Street arches, and Camino for classic tapas dishes like gambas al ajillo and huevos rotos. Iberica in Marylebone does wonderfully creamy black rice with seafood and other Spanish dishes with a modern twist. Then there’s Josè, Salt Yard – the list goes on!

Are the best tapas bars in central London then, or are there some neighbourhood gems?

 There are some really good affordable options outside of Zone 1, like Boqueria on Acre Lane, Black Pig with White Pearls in Stokey, and our local favourites – Bar Esteban in Crouch End and La Fabrica in Finsbury Park. We’ve also heard great things about Bravas Tapas in St Katharine’s Docks.

Croquetas and Castilian lamb at LOBOS Meat & Tapas.

Croquetas and Castilian lamb at LOBOS Meat & Tapas.

Are there any new tapas bars we should add to our To Do list?

The slow-roast Castilian lamb at LOBOS Meat & Tapas should definitely be on your hit list this month, and you also need to visit Jose Pizarro Broadgate for some prawn fritters and presa Iberico.

Where can we find the best croquetas in London?

The croquetas at Josè are some of the best I’ve had anywhere. Depending on the day, they range from the classic ham to salt cod or blue cheese and honey, but they’re always perfect. The Serrano ham croquetas at Iberica are also very good and if you’re in Covent Garden, Opera Tavern do lovely crab croquetas.

Has tapas hit London’s street food scene yet?

Yes indeed! We’re huge fans of Donostia Social Club who sell Basque-inspired dishes and pintxos from a blue-and-white van at street food markets and Pop Brixton. Their scallops with pisto are incredible.

Looking for a tapas bar near you? Try a search on OpenTable UK or ask us on twitter.

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Table for one: Solo dining on the rise

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Up until recently solo dining was a rather daunting prospect, with most diners preferring to scoff a sandwich at their desk or order a takeaway, rather than taking the plunge and dining out alone. But over the last few years, things have changed and now more diners than ever are choosing to dine solo.

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Bocca di Lupo, Soho. Photo Credit: Social Concierge

Our research shows that single cover reservations have more than doubled in the last two years and restaurants are finding new ways to cater for the growing number of solo diners. We discovered that 87% of Brits would have no problem dining out alone and just 7% said they would negatively judge someone they saw eating by themselves.

With our busy lives and hectic schedules, taking the time to enjoy a meal by yourself can be a great way to relax and enjoy a little ‘me time’. 46% of the people we surveyed said they would take along a book to read, while only 36% said they would play with their phone.

Judi James, one of the UK’s leading psychologists and body language experts, explains:

“It is no surprise that eating out alone is fast becoming an attractive idea. In a world where we are constantly in conversation with colleagues, clients, friends and family, either face to face or via social media, people are increasingly craving solitude. As a result, societal attitudes towards solo dining have changed and much of the stigma has been shed. Eating out alone is now viewed by many as a liberating, rather than lonely experience.”

So if you fancy a solo supper, where should you go? Our research showed that solo diners preferred restaurants where they can dine at a bar or counter, like London’s Bocca di Lupo, Blixen, The Riding House Café and Arbutus. Casual dining spots like Busaba and Tsuru also proved popular.

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