Welcome to our weekly round-up of all that’s happening in London’s food and drink scene.
Inside this week: Scotch eggs, spritz, swingers
Forget the referendum, the tastiest Scotch battle this week was London’s fourth annual Scotch Egg Challenge, held at The Ship in Wandsworth. 17 chefs and restaurants took part in the competition, with the prize going to The Cornwall Project’s offering made with hogs pudding. You can try the winning egg at The Cornwall Project’s ongoing residency at the Adam & Eve pub in Homerton. In second place was The Draper’s Arms in Islington with a black pudding and pork egg, while street food trader Yolk came in third with a haggis and pork shoulder egg made with panko breadcrumbs. Given Yolk are currently in residency at Homerton’s Hatch and that Islington isn’t all that far away, we see a crawl coming on...
Tony Conigliaro will open a new bar on Soho’s Old Compton Street later this year. Considered the Heston of the drinks world, Conigliaro is known for the pioneering of molecular mixology, and his innovative and scientific approach to cocktails at Islington bar 69 Colebrooke Row. A new bar from this guy is, therefore, quite a big deal. Details are still sparse, but we know that it will be called Termini and will specialise in aperitivos such as spritz. Follow the new bar on twitter for more details as they’re announced.
Death row dinners
You may have read about a death row-themed pop-up due to launch in Hoxton Square next month. Focused around the concept of last meals, the promotional material and website for the pop-up features pictures of prisoners with menus around their necks and tells diners to prepare to be ‘charged, sentenced, searched and frisked’. When word got out earlier this week, outcry unsurprisingly ensued and the organisers have since issued a response saying that they are considering their next steps. We reckon it’s dead in the water.
Hoxton in Holborn
The original Hoxton Hotel is in Shoreditch. Now they’re opening one in Holborn. Not confusing at all. When Hoxton Holborn opens next week, it brings with it three new eating and drinking spots: Hubbard & Bell will be set in a conservatory and serve food with both French and American influences, another branch of Chicken Shop will take a basement spot, and the team behind coffee-shops-turned-cocktail-bars Shoreditch Grind and Soho Grind will open Holborn Grind.
Italian restaurant L’Amorosa has opened in Ravenscourt Park. It's the project of chef Andy Needham who was previously at Zafferano and has already had a very nice write-up in the Standard. Coming next week is Marcus Wareing’s new British brasserie-style restaurant Tredwell’s in Covent Garden, street food and crazy golf combo Swingers in Shoreditch, and meat-free Fitzrovia spot Ethos. Lined up for the next month is the opening of traditional Greek restaurant Life Goddess in Carnaby’s Kingly Court, and Craft in Greenwich from chef Stevie Parle. Craft will open as a cafe and roastery on 1 October and become a fully-fledged restaurant early next year. It will be Parle’s third opening after Dock Kitchen in Ladbroke Grove and Rotorino in Dalston.
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