Gordon Ramsay closes The Devonshire pub

Gordon Ramsay Holdings has closed one of its pubs, The Devonshire in Chiswick, blaming the state of the pub industry for its demise. The Devonshire, one of Gordon’s three pubs, opened in 2007 to fairly bad reviews, and has never lived up to expectations. Gordon Ramsay Holdings said: “The Devonshire pub has not been meeting…

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St John team release details of new West End hotel

The team behind iconic London restaurant St John has unveiled more details of its forthcoming hotel in the West End. Chef Fergus Henderson (pictured) and proprietor Trevor Gulliver have taken over the former Manzi’s restaurant and hotel located off Leicester Square. The duo is completely refurbishing the site and will relaunch it as the St John…

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Veteran food critic Egon Ronay dies aged 94

Veteran food critic Egon Ronay has died aged 94 after a short illness. He passed away on Saturday at his Berkshire home with his wife and two daughters by his side. A Catey Lifetime Achievement award winner, Ronay was a legendary name in the hospitality industry, a man who consistently demanded quality and never compromised…

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Welcome to strawberry season

Now’s the time to savour this year’s arrival of the first crop of delicious British strawberries. Too often we’re presented with flavourless imported fruits, the very epitome of evil food miles, so now is the time to get stuck in. Traditionally, these beloved fruits were only around for a matter of weeks, but with new…

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Fancy an omelette? That will be £90 please sir.

Boisdale’s of Bishopsgate London EC2 serves up the world’s most expensive omelette made from gull’s eggs with lobster, crab and truffles. The central London restaurant favoured by Conservative MPs is offering the omelette at £90 for a limited few weeks only. The star ingredient is the rare gull’s eggs, a rich egg that has to…

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New DR Club restaurants offering member benefits

Chewton Glen, Gidleigh Park, the Bath Priory, Hotel Tresanton, Fredericks, we’ve been working hard here at Design Restaurants to ensure we bring our club members the very latest and greatest dining offers and promotions. Just in the past week, we are proud to announce the following world-renowned establishments on board: Gidleigh Park,Devon – complimentary member…

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The DR Guide to Restaurant Definitions

There are so many different types and styles of restaurants these days, as owners and chefs attempt to break the mould and avoid clear cut classification in their quest for providing something different. But sometimes you need to go back to basics, with some simple restaurant descriptions to help you follow your nose. Broadly speaking,…

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Chez Bruce to close this summer for extension

Michelin-starred south London restaurant Chez Bruce is set to close for six weeks in the summer as chef patron Bruce Poole plans to expand into the building next door. The restaurant on Wandsworth Common will close for the extension works on 19 July and will reopen at the end of August. The extra space will be used to add 20…

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