I'm sure I wasn't the only Londoner who woke up yesterday morning slightly relieved that the temperature was a few degrees cooler and the rain was falling. Not only has the recent hot weather meant brutal working conditions for those in kitchens across the capital but as we all know, when the sun shines it effects trade. The past month's weather – twinned with numerous sporting events – hasn't been ideal for restaurants.

Now August is here on Wednesday, it's a reminder that it's a good opportunity to go and dine out and support the industry. And of course, don't forget to take advantage of the CODE app to check out places old and new at special, industry-only prices.

Have a good week.



Never ones to stand still, the JKS siblings are opening another restaurant. Berenjak will be inspired by the small kabab houses of Tehran, and run by the Iranian chef Kian Samyani. An open kitchen will feature a tandoor oven, doner rotisserie and mangal barbecue, making Persian dishes, while the famed Persian drink sharbat will get an alcoholic kick too. Berenjak, on Romilly Street, is planned to launch in October.


Talking of siblings, Alexis Ross, of The Ned and Polpo and his brother Emmanuel, of the Five Points Brewing Company and Mason & Taylor, are joining forces. The pair arrive in Hackney later this month with the opening of Screwdriver on Ridley Road. The restaurant will focus on a menu of pintxos-style dishes cooked on a plancha, and a range of cocktails.

Brain Food

An admirable event to give something back comes courtesy of a special dinner in October to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Research Campaign. Tumour survivor and chef John Lawson will host the dinner at his restaurant Food, in Essex, along with his former teacher Raymond Blanc, and noted fellow chefs Robin Gill and Ollie Dabbous. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday. Click here for more info.


The Drop

The Harts Group has announced that it will open its wine bar The Drop, in Kings Cross, this October. Sam and James Hart, with Crispin Somerville, have planned a bistro menu and an expansive wine list – with expert Aimee Hartley – to demystify the process of choosing bottles. The food will be loosely ‘British’ but with European influences, with head chef Karan Ghosh, formerly of Thomas’ at Burberry. The name is linked to the wine bar’s location, Coal Drops Yard.


On Wednesday, gastropub The Belrose launches in Belsize Park, serving an Italian menu – a welcome addition to that area. Meanwhile still in north London, the popular pop-up Chicken of the Woods is going permanent from Thursday with a tiny 16-seater vegetable-focused restaurant in Crouch End, called Through the Woods. Adam Handling’s The Frog has relocated to a new site in Hoxton Square and added a Bean & Wheat Café and new bar Iron Stag. The second branch of Gunpowder will open at One Tower Bridge next month…

...and closing

…but meanwhile Gunpowder’s Harneet and Devina Baweja have closed their other restaurants Madame D and Gul & Sepoy. Tough times in Clapham for chef Damian Wawrzyniak – he has closed the restaurant Jan, which he had only taken over a month ago. Rent issues are behind the closure. The sushi restaurant Oliver Maki has closed its doors in Soho, although the operators have said they plan to reopen in another central location. Zelman Meats has closed its St Paul’s location; it remains open in Soho and Knightsbridge.

Alex Dilling

Alex Dilling has been appointed executive chef at The Greenhouse. He arrives at the two Michelin-starred restaurant from Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, with early experience with Alain Ducasse. He will, says MARC restaurants’ chairman Marlon Abela, “bring a modern, elegant flair to London’s finest dining experience.”

Zareh Mesrobyan

Zareh Mesrobyan has been named the winner of the Gaggenau UK Sommelier competition, which was judged last Monday. Mesrobyan, who works at Andrew Fairlie, will now represent the UK at the global awards in Beijing in October. The young sommelier impressed the judges with his wine expertise, food pairing information and general service and drinks knowledge.

Modern Italian small plates and pasta restaurant. Our pasta is made in house all day every day.

Dishes take inspiration from all 21 regions of Italy brought together with our unique interpretation all just a stone’s throw from London’s greatest piazza, Trafalgar Square.

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Now three years old Craft London is a unique cafe, restaurant and bar project in a beautiful three story building In North Greenwich.

We are looking for a great General Manager to oversee the whole business including; restaurant, cocktail bar, café, bee keeping, coffee roasting and much much more

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Granger & Co. are looking for talented FoH management staff and Sous Chefs who are passionate about hospitability to join their growing team.

Candidates should be familiar with the all-day dining scene and have worked at similar establishments for at least 2 years’. Granger & Co provide a number of different training opportunities to allow individuals to develop and grow within the company.

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Calling all budding restaurateurs and chefs. The Million Pound Menu is back for a second series, which means you can apply to try and get funding for your first restaurant.

Hawksmoor won the battle of the steak restaurants last week. When a CAU customer was informed over social media that they would not be able to use their voucher at sister restaurant chain Gaucho, Hawksmoor announced on Twitter that anyone with a CAU voucher could redeem it for a free round of drinks at any of their restaurants.

The Dumbwaiter had an invitation cancelled again at the last minute this week by the same PR agency who had overbooked yet another event. Twitter suggests he’s far from the only one this regularly happens to.

Where do you go for dinner in London if you’re Jake Gyllenhaal? It was nice to see the Hollywood actor shied away from the usual celeby hotspots and favoured a proper feeding at Lyle’s. And Jeremy Corbyn swung by Max's Sandwich Shop for a sarnie over the weekend.

From Shad Thames to Soho. Click here for The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.

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