Restaurants: Where shall we meet ... to eat for peace?

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War Child is a charity that was founded in 1993 to alleviate the suffering of children caught up in the war in the Former Yugoslavia. Initially organising aid convoys, it is now involved in medical care, food provision, reconstruction and social welfare, plus educational programmes for children in many countries. They have projects in Sudan, South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Rwanda, Bosnia, Azerbaijan and Nepal.

From Thursday until Sunday 29 November, restaurants across the country will be supporting them through Feast for Peace, an event that allows you to stuff your face while they give upwards of 25 per cent of profits to charity. An impressive number of establishments are taking part; some of these are listed below.

Participating restaurants


Novelli EC1

Clerkenwell Green, London EC1 (0171-251 6606) Fri; and Maison Novelli, 29 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1 (same number), Sat 28 Nov

Haute-cuisine charity. The chef offers a free children's menu, plus staff in UN berets, and "ration boxes" of chocolates.

Polygon Bar and Grill

4 The Polygon, London SW4 (0171-622 1199) Sun 29 Nov

This cutting-edge eclectic venue offers a "modern world feast" at pounds 35 a head, and apparently "features" the Brand New Heavies.

Signor Zilli

41 Dean Street, London W1 (0171-734 3924) Fri

"Traditional Old-Style Italian Feast" from ad-land's favourite pasta house.

Signor Zilli

41 Dean Street, London W1 (0171-734 3924) Thur and Fri

"Liquid Feast": drink yourself Zilli in the knowledge that drinks proceeds go to charity.

Zilli Fish

36-40 Brewer Street, London W1 (0171-734 8649) Sat 28 Nov, 12noon-8pm

"Celebrity Serve": have your prawns dished up by someone famous...

Ciro's Pizza Pomodoro

125 Great Titchfield Street, London W1 (0171-636 2995) Sun 29 Nov

New branch of the popular Kinghtsbridge Italian offers live music and a pounds 22.50 menu.

Lindsay House

21 Romilly Street, London W1 (0171-439 0450) Mon

Richard Corrigan cooks Irish food in elegant surroundings.


87 Regent Street, London W1 (0171-287 1400) date tba

Cool, comfortable restaurant, serving light French food.

Outside London:

The King's Arms

30 Old Amersham High Street, Old Amersham, Bucks (01494 726333) Fri

pounds 25 for a set menu at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

C'est La Vie

17 High Street, Ewell, Surrey (0181-394 2933) Thur

French menus at pounds 20/pounds 25.

Bistro 77

77 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth, Dorset (0976 233360) Thur

Yet to open at time of writing, but offers English/French/New World cuisine menus at pounds 15.

The Country Elephant

New Street, Painswick, Gloucestershire (01452 813564) Sun 29 Nov

Unpretentious and classy restaurant in historic building offers a smoked salmon and champagne breakfast for pounds 25.

Terre a Terre

71 East Street, Brighton, East Sussex (01273 729051) Sun 29 Nov

Vegetarian restaurant that will convert any carnivore.

Pitts Cottage

High Street, Westerham, Kent (01959 562125) Thur

Indian feast which includes children's entertainment.

North Hill Exchange

19-20 North Hill, Colchester, Essex (01206 769988) Thur

European cuisine at pounds 15.

This is an abbreviated list; events are taking place nationwide. Call 0171-916 6000 for details of events near you.

Or send donations to War Child "Feast for Peace", 7-12 Greenland Street, London NW1 0ND; cheques should be made payable to "War Child".