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June 26, 2019

If you haven’t ventured into Moio yet you really should. It combines the warmth of a neighbourhood restaurant with the talents of a top chef and sommelier. 

The Stoke Newington High Street restaurant (which overlooks Church Street) serves modern European food and it’s getting rave reviews.  It’s the latest business to join the Local Buyers Club, offering a 10% discount to members. (Info here)

Moio i...

January 23, 2019

A restaurant in Newington Green is serving up a slice of Southern Italy and it’s become hugely popular with London-based Italians.

Trattoria N16 has been trading for around 12 years but a year ago co-owner Demetris Demetriou bought his partner out of the business and went from silent partner to running the show.

The business, which serves up hundreds of pizzas on a typical weekend day, has a te...

January 18, 2019

We sat down with the man behind whimsical Shoreditch bar Callooh Callay and its more grown-up sister Little Bat Bar in Islington to hear his remarkable story.

Richard Wynne has an eye for business and a knack for hospitality. The 39-year-old from Stoke Newington, has been working in the bar industry for 20 years and runs two of North London’s most popular and award-winning bars.

The Little Bat Bar w...

November 2, 2018

Things are heating-up at neighbourhood restaurant Andi’s as it prepares for a relaunch with a nod to its founder’s Caribbean heritage.

Andi’s on Stoke Newington Church Street is about to become Andi’s Wadadli Kitchen – Real Caribbean home cooking. Its new menu includes Chocolate Curry Goat, a recipe Andi has spent two decades perfecting!

Other dishes will include Plantain Fritters, Orange and Ginger...

October 11, 2018

A new partnership between one of London’s most exciting Italian-food pop-ups and a popular wine bar is going great guns in Old Spitalfields Market.

This summer Bottles opened its second bar and joined forces with restauranteurs Sood Family, which until recently was running in Nuno Mendes’ The Kitchens.  They describe the vibe as: “Italian warmth with London edge".

(Upstairs at Bottles)

The bar is fas...

September 11, 2018

TV presenter and restaurateur Andi Oliver has hit out at the lack of equality in cooking shows which means men are the only ones enjoying adventures.

The 54-year-old, who is one of the judges on The Great British Menu, said she’s determined to break the mould and adventure will form a major part of her next TV project.

In an interview about her life with the Local Buyers Club, she said: “There aren’...

June 1, 2018

Two years ago, Dan Anton spent a month zipping off the beaten track in Burma on a scooter and sampling amazing regional cuisine.

Now he runs Lahpet - a stylish restaurant in Shoreditch and a street food kitchen at Old Spitalfields Market. Together with his Burmese business partner and chef Zaw Mahesh, they’re introducing exciting flavours to the East London foodie scene and making Burmese food more...

May 5, 2018

As the sun comes out a little more we know just the spots to enjoy some alfresco dining.

Our top-15 list includes an award-winning parkside café, a foodie-bar with a view of the canal, a restaurant with a stunning walled garden, a brand new East London market and some fabulous places to soak up the hubbub of a busy high street and people-watch.

Here they are, in no particular order.

The pretty walle...

April 10, 2018

An amazing array of talented chefs have set up in and around Stoke Newington – offering a refreshing, more colourful option to big chains.

Despite massive rents and competition from generic brands, the area has independent restaurants which are brimming with character and flavour. Whether you fancy a quick burger, exquisite Mediterranean, French or Thai food, handmade Italian or a taste of Jamaica...

February 26, 2018

At the tender age of 27 Sebby Holmes is already a published author and restaurateur with a promising career as a TV chef ahead of him.

The down-to-earth chef, who shares an agent with Jamie Oliver, launched Farang Thai restaurant in Highbury recently with help from a £4,000 loan from his granddad and he hasn’t looked back.

It’s one of over a hundred independent businesses to join the Local Buyers Cl...

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