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Gordon Ramsay (right), who shocked foodies everywhere when he walked out of Chelsea's Aubergine in July, returns at his own restaurant on 7 September on Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3. Called Gordon Ramsay, the restaurant's mission is to scoop three Michelin stars. Its phone lines open for bookings tomorrow (0171 352 4441), but there will be no three- month wait for tables as at Aubergine - Ramsay is adamant reservations will be taken a maximum of one month ahead to give everyone the chance to sample his mind-blowing dishes. The chef also tells us he's close to sniffing out a site for a second restaurant in the capital.

The Manchester Reform Club, once the haunt of Liberal politicians like Gladstone and Lloyd George, has been given a new lease of life as a brasserie. The 19th-century, building is on King Street. Reform (0161 839 9966) offers Modern European cuisine. Also worth a visit in Manchester is Sarasota (0161 236 3766) on Canal Street - the city's first roof-top eaterie. Doing the Fusion cooking is Lisa Walker, seemingly the city's first female head chef.

If you fancy a break from a hard day's shopping in the capital, Fortnum & Mason - the place where the Royals get their groceries - could have the answer. A Salmon & Champagne Bar opens next week on the mezzanine floor (0171 734 8040) - serving nothing but. Alternatively, Selfridges Food Hall last week launched the latest Yo! Sushi - all raw fish and conveyor belts.

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