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Chris Pople
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Club Zetter and the Zetter Hotel, Clerkenwell
This week came the news that Bruno Loubet, the Bordeaux-born chef who worked with Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire before running a series of fine dining restaurants in London throughout the 90s, has closed the Grain Store in Kings Cross, his last restaur...

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Darjeeling Express, Soho
It's a sign of how good Darjeeling Express is, and how great its draw to hungry Londoners, that despite its off-the-beaten-track location on the 3rd floor of a rather soulless food/shopping mall, they were turning people away for the walk-in tables for the ...

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The Goods Shed, Canterbury
Nine times out of ten if you asked any dedicated foodie scenester waiting at platform 13 at St Pancras late morning for the Javelin train where they were headed for lunch, they'd give the same answer - The Sportsman. Stephen Harris' pub on the coast near Fa...

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The Pipe and Glass, Yorkshire
Nestled in a sleepy East Yorkshire hamlet, surrounded by acres of beautiful countryside, and blessed with a kitchen garden groaning with vegetables, berries and herbs, the Pipe and Glass would seem, on the face of it, to have everything going for it. And it...

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Bell's Diner, Bristol
Whenever I have a great meal at a restaurant with basic décor - somewhere fun but functional like the Apollo Banana Leaf , perhaps, or the communal tables and strip-lighting of Silk Road - I think how utterly unimportant things like interior design are, and...

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Oxalis at Platform One, East Dulwich
Whenever I see anyone attempting to dismiss a review of a PR-comped meal as somehow unrepresentative or worthless, I think of the Mitchell and Webb show sketch about the fake moon landings : "Well, to start with, of course, we'll need to build a massive roc...

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Cowboy Star, San Diego
Surely one of the most glorious incarnations of the restaurant, if you are a normal functioning human and enjoy the consumption of red meat and powerful cocktails, is the US Steakhouse. The first place to go looking for these of course has always been, and ...

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Bite Me Burgers, Holborn
Cha Chaan Teng is a huge, ugly basement restaurant off huge, ugly Kingsway in Covent Garden, which - as far as I can tell - has remained relatively unbothered by paying customers since it opened in September last year. I didn't like it much then , and a qui...

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Red Rooster, Shoreditch
Please don't think that this review is the result of the fact I've not had a truly terrible meal for a while and I'm short on some kind of slating quota. I never want to have bad meals - nobody does. Quite the opposite; I spend most of my life trying - with...

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Summers, Kilburn
Pop quiz! What do the following restaurants have in common: Lyle's Hereford Road Anchor and Hope 32 Great Queen Street The Canton Arms The Camberwell Arms The Marksman Sparrow ...and possibly a great many more that I can't quite bring to mind at the moment?...
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