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.

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Like last year, all of the chefs and restaurants will produce dishes in taster sized portions so guests can try as many of them as possible. Meat lovers can look forward to BBQ specials from Lucky Chip, Big Easy, The Jugged Hare, Shake Shack, Barbecoa and more. We’re looking forward to Q Grill’s pigs cheeks with foie gras butter and the pit smoked lamb buns from Flesh & Buns.

Meatopia is held at Tobacco Dock on September 6th and 7th. Tickets are on sale now, priced at £30 for a day ticket or £55 for a weekend pass. Kids under 14 go free and you can also order your MeatBucks in advance to spend on food on the day. VIP tickets cost £150 and include 5 dishes, an open bar, access to the VIP lounge, and an exclusive VIP burger.

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Welcome to the family! – New restaurants on OpenTable

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Fancy trying somewhere new? Check out some of the great restaurants that are now on OpenTable!

Chef Tom Sellers and his team at Story.

Chef Tom Sellers and his team at Story.

Restaurant Story – We are thrilled to welcome Tom Sellers’ critically acclaimed Restaurant Story to the OpenTable family. Tom has worked with legendary chefs like Thomas Keller and Rene Redzepi and his innovative British menu is a real treat for adventurous eaters.

Tom’s Kitchen – Tom Aikens has opened his fifth modern British brasserie. The new restaurant in St Katharine Docks is open all day serving excellent breakfasts and seasonal British dishes.

Salt ‘n Pepper - Heading for Leicester Square? Skip the chain restaurants and head to Salt ‘n Pepper for cocktails, curries and delicious charcoal grilled kebabs, lamb chops and seafood.

La Tagliata – This new Spitalfields restaurant serves a set menu of home-made tagliatelle followed by traditional Italian tagliata – slices of British beef sirloin with rocket, parmesan, cherry tomatoes and balsamic reduction. Save room for classic desserts like panna cotta and tiramisu.

Forge – Just a stone’s throw from Bank station, Forge is a new hot spot for work-hard-play-hard City slickers. Swing by for after-work drinks and dishes like cider belly pork and spit-roast chicken.

The Bayou – Now open in Camden, this Creole bar and kitchen is open all day serving brunch, cocktails and Southern American classics like gumbo, crab cakes and fried chicken.

Jamie’s Italian – You can now book online at Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurants in Canary Wharf, Kingston, Piccadilly Circus and Westfield Stratford. Perfect for a mid-week treat!

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Camp & Furnace - Housed in a former warehouse in Liverpool, this urban food space serves a Scandi-inspired menu during the week, roasts on Sundays, and meat, drinks and disco on Saturdays.

Cau – Bringing the best of Buenos Aires to Bristol, Cau is a meat lover’s paradise that specialises in Argentinean beef. If you don’t fancy a steak, try their empanadas or tuna carpaccio.

Cane & Grain – Set over three floors in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, this is the latest venture from the team behind Dog Bowl. Start your night with ribs and craft beer in the ground floor Rib Joint and work your way up to the second floor Liars Lounge for cocktails.

James Martin Restaurant – Fans of celeb chef James Martin can now book a table at his restaurant in Malton, North Yorkshire. Head chef Craig Aitchinson showcases the finest Yorkshire produce in dishes like braised beef cheek and Gressingham duck with heritage carrots.

Macdonald Aviemore Resort – After a day of golf or relaxation at this resort in the Scottish Highlands, you can satisfy your steak cravings at Scottish Steak Club, enjoy a taste of Italy at Giovanni’s, or try top quality Scottish produce at Aspects.

Still hungry? Search for restaurants in your area on OpenTable or ask our experts on twitter.

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Ride there with Uber in the OpenTable App

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Need a ride to your restaurant booking? No problem! We’re pleased to announce our new Ride there with Uber feature. Starting today, you will be able to view availability and estimated pricing of Uber vehicles near your home or a restaurant, and tap to request a ride to your destination via Uber - all within the OpenTable app.

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The Ride there with Uber feature displays on your upcoming reservation and confirmation screens for bookings made within three hours of a reservation time. And, to make your life even easier, the OpenTable app will automatically tell your driver where to go so you can focus on more important things like what to eat when you get there!

Ride there with Uber is currently available in the OpenTable app for both iOS and Android devices in cities that Uber serves across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, Germany, and Japan.

At OpenTable, powering great dining experiences is our mission; getting you to them is Uber’s. We hope you’ll appreciate the convenience of our latest – and quite literally – mobile feature.

Josh Garnier is the Mobile Product Manager for Android and Windows Phone.

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RestaurantFEED: OpenTable restaurant news

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Duck & Waffle chef to host dinner at Pizarro – Struggling to get a table at Duck & Waffle? On September 16th, their head chef Dan Doherty Head  is hosting a special one-off dinner at José Pizarro’s Bermondsey restaurant. The menu is priced at £40 a head and includes cod fritters with allioli, jamon Iberico with pan con tomate, and Presa Iberica with padron peppers.

Riverside restaurants turn out the lights – As part of the Totally Thames festival, some of London’s finest riverside restaurants will be hosting ‘Blackout’ dinners throughout September. Diners can enjoy a candlelit meal at Le Pont de la Tour, Butler’s Wharf Chophouse, Cantina del Ponte, and Blueprint Café.

Busan BBQ’s Korean fried prawn po’ boy. (Photo by wilkes888)

Korean bar bites at Plateau and Old Bengal Bar – Street food heroes Busan BBQ are serving their delicious AmeriKorean fusion dishes at Old Bengal Bar near Liverpool Street this month. Every Monday and Tuesday, you can swing by for Korean-inspired cocktails and street snacks like bulgogi beef burgers, sweet and spicy pork belly buns, and a Korean fried prawn po’ boy sandwich.

In Canary Wharf, Plateau Bar & Grill have teamed up with Korea Foods to create a menu of Korean bar bites. If the sun’s out, head for their pop-up English garden terrace and snack on Doenjang pork skewers, gochujang-rubbed ribs, and mini fishcakes with kimchi mayo.

Marcus Wareing to open new Covent Garden restaurant – Next month, chef and restaurateur Marcus Wareing will open Tredwell’s on Upper St Martin’s Lane. Set over three floors, the restaurant will offer British food with ‘worldly influences’ in a relaxed West End setting. Head chef Andrew Ward will be cooking dishes like lamb chops with minted bean chutney, crayfish with black rice and quinoa salad, and salmon with cauliflower, chili and soy.

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Late summer food festivals – If you’re looking for day trip inspiration this month, there are some fantastic food festivals happening in Brighton, Oxford, Hampton Court and Norfolk. If you’re looking for a festival near you, try this handy new Food Festival Finder.

If you’re a Jamie Oliver fan, don’t miss The Big Feastival in the Cotswolds at the end of August. This year there’s music from Jamie Cullum and Fatboy Slim, food from celeb chefs and top restaurants, and live entertainment and a Little Dudes’ Den to keep the kids entertained.

The Ambrette opens in Canterbury – After a five-year search for the perfect site, chef Dev Biswal has opened a third branch of The Ambrette in Canterbury. Like its sister restaurants in Margate and Rye, it serves Indian-inspired dishes made with locally sourced ingredients like Kentish pork and venison and foraged kelp and sea aster. It’s already getting great reviews from OpenTable diners.

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OpenTable launches TV advertising campaign

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We’re thrilled to announce the launch of OpenTable UK’s first TV advertising campaign!

If you were catching up on your favourite shows over the weekend, you might have spotted our new adverts but if not, here they are for your viewing pleasure.

The ads focus on our free mobile apps and how they can help you discover, research and book a table at over 4,000 UK restaurants. In just a few minutes, you can find somewhere nearby, check out the menu, read the reviews and make a reservation.

Whether you’re stuck in a meeting or having a few drinks with friends, you’re only a few taps away from a great meal. Your booking is instantly confirmed by the restaurant - no phone call required.

We’ll be popping up in your ad breaks over the next few weeks and you might spot us when you’re out and about in London too. Thanks to the team at Rothco for helping us make our vision a reality.

If you haven’t got the OpenTable app yet, you can download it here.

For full details of the ad campaign, visit our Press Centre.

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Blog Bites: What we’re reading

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With half the country jetting off on holiday, this is the perfect time to eat out! It’s easier to get a table at the hot new openings and you’ve got more chance of finding a seat in the sun or by the river. Need some inspiration? Check out where some of our favourite food bloggers have been eating recently.

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If you feel like trying something a little different, check out The Very Hungry Londoner’s review of LIMA Floral which recently opened in Covent Garden. With help from three fellow foodies, Fiona tried dishes like sea bream ceviche and lamb with yellow and blue potato. Her conclusion? ‘All the dishes were beautifully presented, little works of art, with vibrant colours, tastes and textures on every single plate. I loved the variety and playfulness of it all. I will definitely go back.’

One of our new discoveries this month is Mehreen’s blog, Wrap Your Lips Around This. If you’re looking for somewhere to ‘sip, nibble and people watch’ in the West End this summer, take a look at her review of 21. Their terrace tables are the perfect place to enjoy a few cocktails and some Italian stuzzichini.

There’s no shortage of great restaurants in Chelsea but if you fancy something really special, try The Five Fields. It gets rave reviews from OpenTable diners and A Girl Has To Eat recommends it for an evening of ‘relaxed sophistication, yummy food and spectacularly presented plates’.

Roast cod at Augustine Kitchen, via The Foodaholic.

Roast cod at Augustine Kitchen, via The Foodaholic.

Back in July, The Foodaholic blogged about his return trip to Battersea bistro, Augustine Kitchen. He wasn’t won over by his first visit but this time he couldn’t fault the classic French cooking. The standout dish? Roast cod with quinoa and an orange-rosemary sauce. ‘Cooked perfectly, skin off, and with one side so crunchy and a little salty – it left the mouth salivating…Every mouth was such a delight to eat.’

Argentinean steakhouse chain, CAU, recently opened in Bristol and invited some local bloggers down to try out the menu. Despite a few niggles, Bristol Bites declared the food ‘outstanding’ and recommends the Tira de Ancho – ‘an amazingly rich and tender spiral cut of rib eye, grilled slowly to keep it tender’. If you’re not hungry enough for steak, the small plates look good too.

Nadine from Eating Edinburgh revisited one of her favourite Italian restaurants, Locanda de Gusti. They recently moved to new premises on Dalry Road and it looks like the food is as good as ever. The homemade ravioli looks lovely but we’ve got our eye on the huge grilled seafood platter!

Got a food blog we should know about? Let us know in the comments!

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