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Foxlow, Clerkenwell, London

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It’s pantomime season, so let’s embrace the theme, with a cast of traditional stock characters. To cheer for, we have a couple of home-grown food heroes, Huw Gott and Will Beckett, whose excellent Hawksmoor group of steak restaurants recently scored a multi-million-pound investment from a private equity firm, taking the affable duo from bar-owners to moguls in a few short years. Their first opening since the buyout is called Foxlow, a casual neighbourhood eatery in the creative hub of Clerkenwell.

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Ransome’s Dock is one of those names that dinged around the heads of London foodies in the 1990s as a little dream of ‘neighbourhood dining’.

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