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It's over there! [Apr. 18th, 2011|08:20 pm]

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As previously advertised, the RGL blog now lives at Dreamwidth. If you don't already have a reading page over there, you can follow the RSS feed, the Atom feed, or the LiveJournal syndication at rgl_blog.
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New featured article — Angel, SE16 4NB. [Apr. 11th, 2011|01:06 pm]

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This week's featured article is Angel, SE16 4NB, a Samuel Smith's pub on the river, on the border of Bermondsey/Rotherhithe.

Were it not that they don't serve real ale, this would be a fantastic pub; as it is, it is merely a very good one. The upstairs lounge has a great view over the river, and the downstairs is divided into small, characterful areas. Service has always been friendly on our visits.


Recent additions to RGL include Sorabol in New Malden and Ping Pong in St Paul's. We've also updated our writeup of the Queen's Head in King's Cross.

Reported closures are Marie Lloyd Bar in Hackney (now a cafe), Dastarkhan in lower Holloway (now a different central Asian restaurant), East & West Chinese Supermarket in New Cross, Harem on Brick Lane (now a different Turkish restaurant), and Thai Tiger also on Brick Lane (now an Indian restaurant).

Also, several branches of Oddbins have closed, including the Bromley branch — we're not sure which others have closed and which remain open, so do let us know if you have any up-to-date information.

In more cheerful news, the Rifleman in Twickenham has reopened.


Reminder: We're switching to Dreamwidth next week. If you don't already have a reading page over there, you can follow the RSS feed, the Atom feed, or the LiveJournal syndication at rgl_blog.

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New featured article — Uncle Lim's Kitchen, CR0 1UZ. [Apr. 4th, 2011|11:57 pm]

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This week's featured article is Uncle Lim's Kitchen, CR0 1UZ, a Malaysian cafe in the Whitgift Centre in Croydon.

Uncle Lim's is well-loved among London's foodbloggers for its excellent Hainan chicken rice, but it also has other Malaysian specialties such as curry laksa, nasi lemak, and char kuey teow. Although it's on the first floor of the shopping centre, there is step-free access via lifts.


Recent additions to RGL include Tuli and Absolutely Starving on Tooley Street near London Bridge, Champor-Champor on Weston Street at the other side of London Bridge Station, Paul A Young in the City, and Viajante in Bethnal Green.

Reported closures are the Jackdaw and Rook in Balham and Cafe Anjou in Palmers Green. In addition, the Knitting Shop near Arsenal Station is no longer open to casual visitors.


Reminder: We're switching to Dreamwidth soon.

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The RGL blog is moving. [Mar. 29th, 2011|06:09 pm]

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rglondon's paid account here on LiveJournal is expiring on 11 April, at which point we'll be switching to posting on our Dreamwidth mirror only. If you don't use Dreamwidth directly, you can follow the RSS feed, the Atom feed, or the LiveJournal syndication at rgl_blog.

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New featured article — Red Lion And Sun, N6 4BE. [Mar. 29th, 2011|01:42 pm]

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This week's featured article is Red Lion And Sun, N6 4BE, a food-led pub in Highgate. They have two beer gardens, and put on hog roasts in the warmer months.


Recent additions to RGL include St James Supermarket in Bermondsey and King's Cross Social Club in King's Cross.

Two reported closures: Grosvenor Arms in Mayfair and Jaspers in Walworth.

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New featured article — Wilmington Arms, EC1R 4RL. [Mar. 21st, 2011|03:18 pm]

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This week's featured article is Wilmington Arms, EC1R 4RL, a pub on Rosebery Avenue just by Exmouth Market, in Clerkenwell.

It hosts comedy and live music, but also works as a normal pub, with food and real ale.


Recent additions to RGL include Hassan Bros on Tower Bridge Road, Cool Monkey in Holland Park, and the Fountain in New Malden.

The Oakdale Arms in Harringay has closed for good, and Wonderful Patisserie in Colindale may also have closed, though we haven't confirmed this.

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New featured article — Fish Bone, W1T 6NF. [Mar. 14th, 2011|01:19 pm]

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This week's featured article is Fish Bone, W1T 6NF, a fish restaurant and takeaway in Fitzrovia, specialising in fish and chips.


Recent additions to RGL include the Draft House at Tower Bridge, the Marylebone on Marylebone High Street, the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, the Square Tavern in Euston, and Native Hop in Streatham.

One reported closure: the King's Head in Kilburn.

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New featured article — Yellow House Bar, SE16 2UE. [Mar. 7th, 2011|07:40 pm]

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This week's featured article is Yellow House Bar, SE16 2UE, a restaurant/bar located in former pub premises opposite Surrey Quays Station.

It has a proper wood-fired pizza oven, and also does pretty good brunch.


Recent additions to RGL include Halfpipe in Maida Hill, Chinese Family in Greenwich, Simon The Tanner in Bermondsey, and Brick Box in Brixton.

One reported closure: Princess Royal in Croydon.

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New featured article — Canton Arms, SW8 1XP. [Feb. 28th, 2011|07:53 pm]

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This week's featured article is Canton Arms, SW8 1XP, a gastropub near Stockwell Station in South Lambeth.

It's a cut above your standard gastropub, with a head chef whose CV includes the Eagle in Clerkenwell (London's original gastropub) and the Anchor and Hope in Borough.


Recent additions to RGL include BonVelo in Herne Hill, Books For Cooks on Portobello Road, Beanery at Loughborough Junction, and Devonshire House in Crouch End. Also, the East London Line extension to Highbury & Islington opened today. Hurrah!

Reported closures are Cove in Covent Garden, Fat Badger on Portobello Road, Gaff on Holloway Road, Squat & Gobble in Fitzrovia, and Wabi Shebele on New Kent Road.

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"DIY Food" or "Cook your own" category? [Feb. 21st, 2011|07:20 pm]
itsbruce
Would that be useful, at all? Occured to me while writing up Breads Etcetera; I think there's a few other interesting places that would fit.
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