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Restaurant review: Angela Hartnett is at the helm of Shoreditch's latest high-ticket opening, the Merchants Tavern

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PipsDish, 15 Exeter Street, London WC2 (020-7240 7232)

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Restaurant review: The Leconfield offers English food with sexy Breton touches - but watch your waistband

The Leconfield, New Street, Petworth, West Sussex

Restaurant review: The Seafood Restaurant, Riverside, Padstow, Cornwall

Does Rick Stein's flagship Padstow place float Amol Rajan's boat?

Restaurant review: Berners Tavern is grown-up and gorgeous but won't suit everyone

It's been a while since I did this. The shuffle past sharp-suited doormen into the shock-and-awe lobby. The jostling at the bar alongside cocktail-sipping gobshites. The awkward attempt to interact with waitresses dressed in scanty black mini-dresses. The realisation that I'm the only female in the place wearing trousers, a dodo among flamingos.

Restaurant review: Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Café is a terrific Italian but what's the Beckham connection?

Union Street Café is not a café, and isn't strictly in Union Street (see address below) but it's certainly the most talked-about new restaurant of the autumn. This, you'll doubtless know, is because it was rumoured that its owner, Gordon Ramsay, the former footballer who once had a trial with Rangers, was going into partnership with David Beckham, the well-known foodie.

Restaurant review: Chop Shop and Grillshack are the restaurant equivalent of instant coffee - just add customers

You know a food trend is big when the venture capitalists move in. Where there's meat, there's brass: gourmet burger chain Byron was recently on the market for £100m, while the admirable Hawksmoor group sold to private equity investors for £35m. That's an awful lot of beef-dripping fries.

Restaurant review: South Street Pantry - 'family friendly' doesn't have to mean bland and overpriced

Lisa Markwell visits The Cape in Beaconsfield and the South Street Pantry in Bishop's Stortford and finds that - although they both feature jaunty bunting, mismatched furniture and a counter laden with cakes - there the similarity ends

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