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Boutique cinema chain Curzon Cinemas will almost double the number of its screens in the capital, from 12 to 20, as part of a £6 million expansion plan and design makeover.

Little Chef blamed the weak economy and branch locations for poor performance

Little Chef hits the hard shoulder

Little Chef is to close 67 of its 161 outlets in a move expected to lead to between 500 and 600 job cuts.

Little Chef to close 67 outlets

Roadside restaurant chain Little Chef is to close 67 of its 161 sites in a move expected to lead to the loss of between 500 and 600 jobs, it announced today.

Step white up: Narcissi are starting to raise their heads above the ground

Now's the time to bag a bargain at your nearest garden centre, says Emma Townshend

Tom Rosenthal: Child of Privilege, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

With starring roles in Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner ("You must have seen it, why else would you be here?") and in the Royal Court's production of Chicken Soup With Barley under his belt, Tom Rosenthal, 23, is a young man experiencing a purple patch.

World's top eaterie? A tiny café in Norfolk

That's according to Delia Smith, who has put her stamp of approval on the simple food at Wiveton Hall

Minor British Institutions: The Scotch egg

You know you have a British institution, minor or major, when its origins are lost in a sizzle of contradictions. The invention of the Scotch egg is claimed by and for, among others, Fortnum & Mason, India, and Sir Walter Scott.

The 10 best frying pans

It’s the quintessential British pan, but even if you’re more Heston services than Heston Blumenthal, a good fryer is a crucial bit of kitchen kit...

Kate Moss organises pre-wedding meal for families

Kate Moss is organising a pre-wedding meal for her and her fiance Jamie Hince's families.

Heston Blumenthal: An obsessive? Maybe, but only in the kitchen... and the lab... and the gym

The Michelin-starred chef has rejected scientific gastronomy in favour of traditional English fare for his first London restaurant. But his search for the perfect chip could continue in New York. Emily Dugan meets Heston Blumenthal

Seaweed grows on us as chefs add it to menus

We should all eat more nutritious algae, say its champions

Eric Lanlard: ‘People think a cake is like a stew: that you can add this or that’

My earliest food memory... Making fairy cakes or chocolate Rice Krispie cakes when I was about six or seven. My mum was a very good cook, as were most of my family, and I learnt a lot from them at a very early age.

The Ledbury, 127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ

An understated alternative to Gordon Ramsay

24-hour room service: L'Albereta & Restaurant Gualtiero Marchesi, Lombardy, Italy

As I lay there being pummelled by a silent Italian masseuse using micro-algae, white and green clay, essential oils and mother tinctures (mud, to you and me), I thought: "How very different this is to my own dear beauty therapist."

The MasterChef boom – why £400 gadgets are beating the slump

Britain may be in the depths of an economic slump but sales of expensive kitchen kit are rising like a well-made loaf. Demand for professional small appliances at John Lewis has soared a sizzling 233 per cent.

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The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

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HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

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'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

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Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

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Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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