Restaurant: Taste of things to come Hot, happening and opening soon

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l Southwark's Borough Market will stage the Food Lovers' Fair next week (6-8 November). More than 50 food producers will have stalls at the event, selling farm cheeses, rare breed meat and game, smoked foods and unusual breads and pastries. Sophie Grigson, the Two Fat Ladies, the Nosh Brothers and Valentina Harris will all be giving cookery demonstrations.

l The name Whittard of Chelsea is almost synonymous with tea, so it's no surprise that it has opened the t-bar (0171 224 1165) on Baker Street. The cafe serves 45 teas, from sticky toffee pudding flavour to rose petal. Sandwiches and cakes are also served, but it's not all frilly tablecloths; bright spotlights fall on a chrome bar and tall stools. If popular, more will open across the country next year.

l The Boardwalk (0171 287 2051) in Soho has always been a run-down (if welcoming) drinking haunt. Now thousands have been spent on evoking "glitzy New Orleans" inside - brass railings, old wooden tables, even a waterfall. And Kenny Miller, author of several Cajun cookbooks, is the new chef, cooking Deep South dishes such as pecan-encrusted catfish, alligator kebab, and jambalaya.

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