In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Outdoor dining scheme planned for London’s West End
Westminster City Council has unveiled plans for an outdoor dining scheme in London’s West End to help restaurants, cafés and bars to trade more easily.
Gordon Ramsay expects to suffer ‘substantial losses’
Chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay said he expects there will be “substantial losses” next year, but nevertheless remains “optimistic” about the future.
Marco Pierre White launches £7,000 food experience in the Scottish Highlands
Tempestuous chef Marco Pierre White has launched a three-night food experience at Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the Scottish Highlands that costs nearly £7,000 a head.
Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites
We round up the latest restaurant news, from the opening of a new site from the team behind Salon and Levan, to Bibendum’s Claude Bosi getting denied permanent residency in the UK.
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Cornwall has closed
Signalling the nail in the coffin for his UK restaurant empire, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant and chef training school in Cornwall has closed.
Top 10 New York wine experiences
Our man in New York, Roger Morris, rounds up 10 of the best experiences on offer in the Big Apple for wine lovers, from the pairing menu at Eleven Madison Park, to exploring esoteric drops at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.
The Good Food Guide unveils the UK’s top 50 restaurants
The Good Food Guide, published by Waitrose & Partners, has released its list of the top 50 restaurants in the UK, with 11 new restaurants in the line up compared to seven in the previous year.
WLC Eats: Bob Bob Cité
db’s resident sybarite, Lucy Shaw, heads to Bob Bob Cité in London’s financial heart for sensational snails, lashings of Champagne and an exquisite glass of 1983 Yquem.
Unfiltered: Shaun McCarron, The Little Chartroom
Shaun McCarron, co-owner of The Little Chartroom in Edinburgh, on drinking a special bottle of 1988 Cheval Blanc, his admiration of chef Gary Usher, and accidentally spraying himself in the face with vintage Champagne mid-service.
London’s cheapest Michelin star meals revealed
Leroy in Hackney has been revealed to be the restaurant offering the least expensive Michelin-starred food in the UK, while The Fat Duck is the priciest.
Shard denies ‘woman spending £15k on first date wine splurge’ story
The Shard has denied rumours that a woman spent £15,000 on three bottles of wine in one of its restaurants after mistakenly thinking they cost £50 not £5,000 each.