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The World’s Best Bar is coming to London

From 15-22 August the team will reinvent the Mayfair hotel’s bar as a 19th ​century Irish drinking tavern with pub-style stools, and nightly ragtime music. The Dead Rabbit’s beverage director Jillian Vose will create cocktails including the Irish Coffee and the Pyscho Killer, made with Irish whisky and cocao nib-infused Campari.

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The Pilgrm hotel announces restaurant details

Jason Catifeoglou says the project will be a ‘reinterpretation’ of the traditional hotel when it opens in Paddington this Autumn. The Pilgrm will feature a Victorian-inspired coffee house and 30-cover Lounge restaurant with an open kitchen. The eclectic menu will include a British charcuterie selection from Borough Market’s Cannon &

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Friday Five: The week’s top news

– Bruno Loubet is to close his celebrated London restaurant Grain Store next month in a move that will see him retire from full-time cooking.​​ – Carl Clarke’s newest fried chicken restaurant CHIK’N has reopened with increased kitchen capacity following a brief closure after it served 10,000 customers in its first week.​​

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Jean-Georges at The Connaught will offer takeaway pizza

The Connaught in Mayfair is to start offering takeaway pizzas for the first time when French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opens his eponymous new restaurant at the hotel on 27 July. The menu will be full a la carte (no tasting menus here), with a selection of pizzas to-go with toppings

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Paul Evans joins Mallory Court as head chef

His appointment follows the departure of Paul Foster from the role last year,​​ after he left to crowdfund his first restaurant Salt. Evans says he hopes to ‘make his mark’ at the restaurant, which held a Michelin star for over a decade under former head chef Simon Haigh, but lost

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Ross Stovold joins The Torridon as head chef

The chef won a Michelin star at the Isle of Eriska hotel in Argyll in 2014, but moved south to work at Seaham Hall in County Durham last year. He is now heading up the kitchen at The Torridon’s 1887 fine dining restaurant, with a daily-changing menu placing vegetables centre

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The must-attend on-trade drinks show is back

What do you need to know?​ Dates: Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 July Time: 10am-5pm on both days Where: Olympia Grand Hall, London, W14 8UX How to visit: Register at​​ Read on for a small taster of what’s on offer – and check out the full programme at​​

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Brasserie Bar Co secures £20m funding towards expansion

The French-style group, which includes the Brasserie Blanc restaurants and White Brasserie gastropubs, plans to use the loan to expand to 59 sites by 2022. It follows a £3.5m rebrand of the Brasserie Blanc estate​​ in 2014-16 which saw the chain ditch its white tablecloths in a bid to modernise

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