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l Marcus Wareing, who won a Michelin star at London's L'Oranger - and was sacked after a bust-up with its owners - is taking over at 33 St James's, with the financial backing of his long-time mentor, Gordon Ramsay. The restaurant will re-open as Petrus (0171 930 4273) within the next fortnight. Wareing says he will be introducing a few modern touches to the old-fashioned dining room, and promises that his cooking will be "lighter and more refined" than ever.

l Fish, chips and opera may sound like a peculiar combination, but starting tomorrow Scottish Opera will stage a number of shows in Harry Ramsden's (0131 551 5566) in Edinburgh. Further performances are on 16 November, 14 December and 18 January.

l Still one of the trendiest joints in town, the Atlantic Bar & Grill (0171 734 4888) in London is introducing a regular wine-tasting lunch to woo serious foodies. The menu is offered only on the last Friday of every month - starting 30 October - and each of the four courses will be accompanied by a carefully matched wine. The cost of all this indulgence? A mere pounds 37.50.