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Veteran meat expert Richard Turner and chef Colin McSherry are to open Gridiron, an open-fire restaurant on Old Park Lane, later this month. It’s a bit of an all-star line-up – as well as Turner’s experience, McSherry has worked at The Clove Club, Ledbury and Fat Duck, cocktails will be by Max and Noel Venning of Three Sheets, and Fiona Beckett is compiling the wine list. Gridiron is in partnership with COMO hotels.

EartH Kitchen

Next month will see the launch of EartH Kitchen, a restaurant inside a former cinema on Stoke Newington Road: the art deco building is bang up to date as it is already the space for Evolutionary Arts Hackney. With Chris Gillard, who was executive chef at St John Group, and Auro Foxcroft, founder of Village Underground, running the 150-seater restaurant with an emphasis on seasonal produce and classic cocktails, it sounds like a hit.

Brasserie of Light

Talking of art deco, that will be the design trope for a new restaurant and bar within Selfridges run by Caprice Holdings. Brasserie of Light will open in November and will feature interiors by Martin Brudnizki, a vast artwork, ‘Pegasus’, by Damien Hirst and a cocktail inspired by the Queen of Time statue outside the department store’s entrance. The menu is all-day brasserie classics.


Golden Square is the location for Folie, an all-day restaurant from ex-Boundary Hotel manager Guillame Deproix, due to open next summer. He has backing from Thierry Costes of the famed Parisian restaurant, and Folie will have the look of that city’s brasseries. The name hints at what the restaurant calls ‘an excellent experience with a touch of madness’ and will feature a Mediterranean menu adapted for the “wellness generation”.

Michelin stars

Congratulations to all those who won and retained Michelin stars in last week’s announcement – especially Clare Smyth who went straight in with two stars for her restaurant Core within a year of opening. And to London’s newly one-starred places; Sabor, Ikoyi, Brat, Hide, Roganic and Leroy.

Craft Guild of Chefs

There were two worthy winners at the National Chef of the Year awards too – Kuba Winkowski, head chef at The Feathered Nest Inn in Oxfordshire won overall, and Henry Wadsworth, 23, chef de partie from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons was announced as the new Young National Chef of the Year.


On 1 November, the team behind Peruvian restaurants Chicama and Pachamama are opening a Shoreditch outpost, Pachamama East. Meanwhile on 20 October the Asian fried chicken concept Jolliebee launches in Earl’s Court, while The White Haus in Farringdon is a new pub with cuckoo clocks and vintage cable cars, serving from 9 November.

... and closing

After its eponymous chef left in August, it was perhaps inevitable that Marianne would close – and the small Notting Hill restaurant has now shut its doors. Also no longer trading is the Shoreditch branch of Rök, the Scandinavian open-fire restaurant – its Islington branch still open.

Sat Bains

Wednesday is World Mental Health Day and one of our best loved and noted chefs, Sat Bains, is leading a social media switch-off for one week – with the idea that a period away from the sometimes competitive, sometimes negative channels is good for our psyches. Other are chefs involved too and will buy a green ribbon badge – proceeds will go to the Mental Health Foundation. Will you take the one-week challenge?

Ryan Chetiyawardana

Two big pieces of news from Ryan Chetiyawardana, the noted drinks expert. Last week he announced that his much-loved bar Dandelyan is to close permanently. The four-year-old bar, within the Mondrian on the south bank, also was crowned winner of the title World’s Best Bar in the last few days. We look forward to hearing what Mr Lyan's brand does next.

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Brasserie of Light, a new destination restaurant and bar, will open as part of the final chapter of Selfridges’ £300 million investment in its London store.

Contemporary, artistic and elegant, the brasserie will feature London’s largest scale artwork by Damien Hirst, offering all day dining in a chic, Art-Deco brasserie.

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The Dumbwaiter hears that Soho House is planning to open houses in both Rome and Milan over the next few years. And there are rumours they will open a Cecconi’s in both locations...

To Blacklock Shoreditch on Wednesday, which has recently opened in the former Rivington Grill site opposite Mark Hix’s Tramshed. The Dumbwaiter spotted Gizzi Erskine, Angela Hartnett and Tom Oldroyd all enjoying their chops at Gordon Ker’s third London outpost.

A new Adams family? For his next restaurant project at the Belmond Cadogan, Adam Handling has appointed Adam Simmonds to run the restaurant when it opens later this year.

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