Food news round-up: April

– Heston Blumenthal is rumoured to be opening a restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. The chef’s new eatery would be in good company as the hotel is already home to The Park and the Michelin starred Foliage.

– Gordon Ramsay Holdings has announced the appointment of Boxwood Café chef Stuart Gillies to oversee the relaunch of The Savoy Grill. Following in the footsteps of former chef patron, Marcus Wareing, Gillies will create a classic British grill menu.

– Until June 15th, the Spanish Institut del Cava has teamed up with 20 gastropubs across London to offer diners the chance to enjoy two glasses of Cava for the price of one. The establishments taking part include The Gun; The Only Running FootmanThe White Swan; The Empress of India; Norfolk Arms; and The House.

Nonna’s in Sheffield has launched a new cookery book called Strada della Nonna’s. Restaurateur Gian Bohan said, ‘Among my earliest memories is my grandmother making pasta with what seemed like the longest rolling pin in the world, which is now on display in our deli in Sheffield. It’s a story I have always wanted to tell, and now the ambition has been realized.’ The book is on sale now in the restaurant and at Harvey Nichols.

Madsen, South Kensington’s popular Scandinavian restaurant, has been awarded its first AA Rosette after being open for less than six months. The rosettes are awarded to restaurants that stand out in their local area and focus on good quality ingredients, so Madsen’s attention to detail and unique menu was a guaranteed winner. Head Chef Rene Madsen recently launched a ‘Nordic diet’ menu which features low-calorie fresh fish dishes – perfect if you’re trying to lose a few pounds before a holiday!

– Top London burger joint, Eagle Bar Diner, is about to serve their millionth burger and to celebrate the achievement they’re giving away two flights to New York. If you dine there in the next few weeks, you’ll be given an entry card to fill in and hand over once you’ve finished your meal. Fingers crossed!