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Evening everyone! This week's featured article is for Candid Cafe in Angel. I'm glad it's candid in the secluded hideaway sense rather than the hidden camera practical joke sense. As it is, you can enjoy your tea and cake while nosing at the people below queuing for terrible goth gigs at Electrowerkz without worrying about Jeremy Beadle suddenly popping up from behind a pot plant. (I apologise for introducing this nightmare scene into your brains, dear readers.)

There's a brand new page for Tre Viet in Hackney, a noisy but highly enjoyable Vietnamese restaurant that will do you a massive bowl of pho AND bring the bill really quickly once you've asked for it. Cracking. Also new is Frank's Cafe in Limehouse, a no-frills greasy spoon with some room for improvement in their set breakfast ingredients.

Denizens of North East London will surely already be celebrating the full reopening of the Goblin line following electrification works - no longer will you have to get the strength-sapping 41 bus through the endless traffic at Turnpike Lane when a quick jaunt from Crouch Hill to South Tottenham will do the trick nicely. Also reopened is the Beehive in Marylebone. I think this is the first week for ages that we've had more reopenings than closures! Hurray!
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Nusa, Broadgate, London EC2

Happy January everyone! This week's featured article is for Nusa Kitchen by Liverpool Street station. If you're looking for a quick lunchtime soup stop, you're in luck! If you're not looking for lunchtime soup however, your options will be limited - unless you are in the market for breakfast soup! (I mean, porridge is technically a soup, right?)

Two new articles on RGL this week: firstly, the rather dimly-lit Flat Iron steak house in Covent Garden, which has good value/quality ratio of steak, but meagre portions compared to somewhere like the Hawksmoor. Secondly we have the Candid Café in Angel, which ironically seems a rather good clandestine meeting spot, tucked away off the beaten track, above an arts space. Alas it stops one letter short of being the best of all possible cafés - keep cultivating that garden!
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Hello, welcome back after a brief hiatus. It is that time of year for the Good Beer Guide updates! (Non-GBG-related changes will be in next week's update.)

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Our featured article is therefore Category Good Beer Guide 2017. Here is a link to the CAMRA website if you want to see what it looks like and/or buy a copy.

There are many new entries to our database:
* The Beehive in Tottenham (a very nice pub I should have added years ago);
* Brewhouse and Kitchen by Angel station;
* The Broken Drum in Blackfen near Sidcup;
* The Four Thieves, a former Antic pub in Battersea;
* The Hare and Hounds in Greenford;
* J.J. Moon's, a Spoons in Kingsbury;
* The King's Arms, another lovely pub I should have added years ago (it's in Bethnal Green);
* The King and Co. in Clapham;
* The King's Stores in Spitalfields near Liverpool Street;
* The Long Pond in Eltham (see main image above);
* The Penny Farthing in Crayford;
* The People's Park Tavern in South Hackney (a large place);
* The Phoenix in the City of London (Throgmorton Street if you must know);
* The Railway Arms in Oxhey (hey! I hear you say, is that even in London? well no, but it's by Zone 8 Bushey station);
* The Rifleman in Epsom;
* The Shaftesbury Tavern in Upper Holloway;
* The Ship in Gidea Park;
* The Upminster Taproom;
* The Wibbas Down Inn, a Spoons in Wimbledon;
* The Woolwich Equitable.

There's also a stub entry for The Radius Arms in Whyteleafe, which wasn't visited in time to get a full write-up.

A noteable re-entry is the lovely Chesham Arms, which was under threat a few years back, but has reopened and is lovely.

Finally, one that actually entered the GBG last year, but we missed it: The Woodman in Woodmansterne.

Pubs pubs pubs pubs. Go to a pub?
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Redemption, Old Street, London EC1

Evening everyone! I hope you all found time to do something interesting over the holiday weekend. We're taking a few weeks off for some beer-related investigations, but there's plenty this week to tide you over until then.

Our featured article is for Redemption in Shoreditch, a vegan restaurant with an interesting (and 100% non-alcoholic) drinks menu. I don't think I've ever heard of a cocktail with lettuce in it before, let alone drunk one.

We've been to Swanley! The station is now in TfL zone 8, giving Oystery access to the Greene King-owned Lullingstone Castle pub, the Blue Harbour fish'n'chip shop (big portions, give the peas a miss), The Chef Chinese Restaurant and Sharon's Card Crafts, which sounds like a must-visit for papercrafters.

If for some reason Swanley doesn't float your boat (perhaps you are allergic to swans?) there are new articles for Cafe Adagio in Addiscombe, the Tulse Hill Hotel pub (another Greene King establishment), Pepe Italian Street Food (a pizza/pasta takeaway in Soho), The Finsbury pub near Manor Park station and the Somali Town Restaurant in Streatham, where the menu options have a refreshing simplicity (no lettuce cocktails).

The Mimosa cafe in Herne Hill has had an update following a visit, as has the Old Ale Emporium in Harringay (not to be confused with Haringey) and our old Ewok-village friend in Finsbury Park, the Faltering Fullback.

Finally, one sad closure to report: the lovely old Tudor Rose in Marylebone is going to become a restaurant. When I worked nearby I was always happy to spend time in this pub, especially in winter with its open fire and seemingly semi-permanent Christmas decorations hung all around the walls.
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Oval Tavern, Croydon, London CR0

This week, as members of the RGL community prepare to visit the Great British Beer Festival, our featured article is a pub: The Oval Tavern, CR0 6BR in sunny Croydon. It does around five real ales served from the cask, pub quizzes, food, darts, proper locals' pub stuff done well, just like you need sometimes.

We also have three new articles for you. There's Redemption, not the brewery but instead a vegan restaurant in Shoreditch, which I can co-sign on because I have visited myself, though I didn't add it to RGL. But it does tasty food. Note that aside from dairy, honey and other animal products, they are also free of alcohol.

There's also Bloomsbury Farmer's Market, a regular market every Thursday in Torrington Square; and Manor Bar and Grill in Tooting.

We have a significant update to The Prince Arthur in Hoxton, a classic Shepherd Neame pub.

Sadly lots of reported closures this week: The Good Samaritan in Whitechapel; Boho Mexica in Spitalfields; The Duke of Wellington in Marylebone; The Only Running Footman in Mayfair (though it's still a pub, just not gastro, which sounds fine actually); and The Tyburn, a Wetherspoons by Marble Arch.
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Willoughby Arms, Kingston, London KT2

Welcome back! This week's featured article is The Willoughby Arms, KT2 6LN, a pub on the north side of Kingston. Of course, you knew that from the postcode, so I need hardly say. It's a handsome building from the photo, though what were once separate rooms seem to have been knocked through somewhat (as is the style). Go to drink Twickenham ales and watch cricket on the TV, still lovely despite a musty smell.

Two new articles are Sun Luen Snack Bar in Chinatown, with eggy egg tart; and House of Bottles, an off licence in Brixton.

There are big updates to veggie favourite The Gate (their Angel Islington branch), and post-work vertical drinking favourite The Hope Fitzrovia, which used to be a nice pub once upon a time. Still, sounds like it might just be fine on a weekday afternoon if you're ever there at such a time.

Finally, just to mark the reopening of Camberwell's The Bear pub, for which our write-up is sadly rather out of date.
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Wych Elm, Kingston, London KT2

Evening RGL crew!

This week’s featured article is for the Wych Elm, an inviting-looking pub in Kingston, serving good food and Fuller’s range of ales. Speaking of which, I do wish Fuller’s would bring Discovery back, it’s not even listed anywhere on their website these days. Unless the point is to ‘discover’ it ourselves somehow? Let us know in the comments if you've seen it in the wild recently!

There’s a couple of new articles: Rabot is a cacao/chocolate-themed restaurant overlooking Borough Market, where unsurprisingly the puddings are the highlight. Over in Clerkenwell, Foxlow does a very good steak, as one might expect from the dudes behind the Hawksmoor.

Finally, an update to Domali in Crystal Palace, which has turned into a regular brunch haunt for one happy RGL contributor! The vegan BLT definitely sounds worth a try…
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Hornbeam Cafe, Walthamstow, London E17

Hello RGL crew! A quick update this week (the lurgy is improving by all accounts).

Our featured article is the cheerful Hornbeam Cafe in Walthamstow. It's volunteer-run and totally vegetarian, and according to their website they also do environmentally-friendly refills for cleaning products as well as food.

There's a new page for Sea Fare, a chippie in Battersea with a Greek flavour to it. We also have an update for the Masque Haunt, a reliable Wetherspoons by Old Street station - quite handy for Ironmonger Row swimming baths, if you require a post-swim pint/carbohydrate combo (this seems to happen to me a lot).
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Hello all, bit late this week, sorry.

Kin, Fitzrovia, W1

The featured article is Kin, W1W 6DT. This is a veggie cafe near to where I work in London's Owl Country (it's a long explanation, you can call it Fitzrovia if you prefer). They have a sort of classic real-food wholesome vibe but poshed up a bit for yr modern market, tasty food and plenty that's vegan friendly (clearly marked) if that's your thing.

Our one addition is a sandwich shop in Croydon, Stuffins Unlimited. It's a decent selection for hungry council staff, with great fresh bread.

There's a brief update to The Bull and Gate to note that it's been reopened and it's more gastro than grunge nowadays. Certainly, there's no music unless you count jazz on a Sunday afternoon (NB I don't know if they do jazz on a Sunday afternoon, but it's the kind of thing I'd imagine they'd do).

Two pub renamings are The Black Cat in Catford (formerly the Catford Ram), and The Flying Horse on Oxford Street (formerly The Tottenham).

And then there are the pub closures. There's The Fanny on the Hill in Welling; The Smithfield Tavern by, er, Smithfield; The Noble in Crouch Hill (now The Hopsmiths, run by those Late Knights people); The Skylark and The Tin Goose both in Heathrow Terminal 1; O'Brien's in Brentford (now The Northumberland Arms); and The Lord Wargrave in Marylebone (now the Wargrave Arms, though I'm not convinced about that change of name).
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Olde Rose and Crown, Walthamstow, London E17

Hullo all! This week's featured article is for the Olde Rose & Crown in Walthamstow. It's a theatre pub with plenty of handpumps full of tasty beer, and a occasional pop-up pizza truck outside for your carbohydrate needs. What with the Dough Bro dudes down the road at the Wild Card Brewery, Walthamstow is currently spoilt for pop-up pizza truck choice.

Elsewhere there's a new article for the Clapham Junction branch of burrito emporium Tortilla, and an update following a recent visit to Vanilla Black, a fancy 100% veggie restaurant near Chancery Lane.

Slightly sub-par Indian restaurant Monsoon in New Cross has closed, as have two pubs in Farringdon: the gastro-orientated Coach & Horses, and the Sekforde Arms which has finally seen its lease expire. Having spent a number of evenings in there over the years quaffing pints of Ordinary, I've grown quite fond of it and will be sorry to see it go, even though I once saw a mouse running into the kitchen.
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We have a rather pub-heavy week of updates this week!

Prince Albert (Rose's), Woolwich, SE18

Featured article is The Prince Albert, SE18 6NE, a pub in Woolwich which often goes by the name "Rose's". It's a single-room pub, it does crusty rolls, you'll get a pint of real ale, and it's proper trad.

New articles are: The Rochester Castle (the "Roch" if you live nearby) in London's trendy Stoke Newington, a classic 'Spoons and the oldest one that's still part of the chain (also one of the few that's in an actual pub building). There's also the Dalston branch of the Diner chain, which does the usual 50s Americana vibe with a menu to match, though it seems pricy.

Reported closures are The Cock Tavern under Smithfield Market (this one closed over a year ago apparently), and The Tamworth Arms in Croydon. The latter was a lovely old traditional Young's house, though I wouldn't be surprised if it reappears with a major facelift, as per other pubs in that chain (see the featured article from two weeks' ago). We also believe that Na Pura Portuguese cafe in Nunhead has closed.

On the plus side of the ledger, The Railway in West Hampstead has reopened following a period of refurbishment.

Finally, there are updates to two more pubs after recent visits: the weirdly sanitised and family-friendly The Dulwich Wood House in Sydenham; and The Old Orchard in Harefield, which has big terraces and beautiful views.
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Wood Green Cineworld, London N22

Hullo all! It's been a busy week for me - I've moved nearer to the Equator! Lots of other stuff has been happening too.

Our featured article this week is for Cineworld Wood Green, which I personally visited a few months ago to see the amazing/terrible Jupiter Ascending (2015) starring Mila Kunis as 'a young woman discovers her destiny as an heiress of intergalactic nobility and must fight to protect the inhabitants of Earth from an ancient and destructive industry.' Don't get it mixed up with the Wood Green Vue which is just by the tube station. I definitely didn't do this. Meanwhile the old Cineworld in the Trocadero is now the Picturehouse Central, and looks much fancier for it.

New to RGL are two veggie cafes in Fitzrovia: the miniscule Kin off Great Portland Street, and Ethos near Oxford Circus, which sells by the slightly pricey 100g. Even more costly however is the loss of Beatroot on the other side of Oxford Street, a fine veggie cafe which has closed due to the redevelopment of the bottom end of Berwick Street. In further sad news for vegetarians, Food For Thought on Neal Street has closed too.

The RGL crew has paid a visit to the Hagen and Hyde, an Antic pub in Balham which does a reasonable food menu, as you'd expect. There's also an update to Manchurian Legends in Chinatown following a dinner visit.

The Grove in Golders Green has closed and is now a mysteriously goth-looking bar called 'Wallace'. Finally, the Melton Mowbray Fuller's pub on Holborn has been done up and rechristened as the Inn of Court. And that's your lot for this week! Even if I hadn't been unpacking boxes I'd be exhausted after all that.
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Gojo, Ladbroke Grove, London W10

Afternoon everyone!

This week's featured article is for Gojo, an Ethiopian bar and restaurant near Ladbroke Grove. If you wend your way down the rather precarious staircase, you'll be rewarded with all manner of lovely-sounding things to go with your injera, including gomen wot, misir wot and shiro wot. Captain Sensible would be delighted*!

Oui Madame in Stoke Newington is now Oui Monsieur! Honorifics aside, no other changes are apparent. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose! Finally, Portal in Clerkenwell closed earlier this year.

The RGL blog will return after the May Bank Holiday - see you then.

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Welcome back after a wee break. The next update will be after Easter, so in a couple of weeks.

Les Delices de Tresor, New Cross, London SE14

This week's featured article is Les Delices de Tresor, SE14 6TJ. I know what you're thinking from the photo, you're thinking that's a pub! Well, it is a pub still, down the back, but this front bar is now given over to an Ivorian restaurant. It's a one person operation, so expect some flexibility in the opening hours, but it will serve some if not all of your fufu and stew needs.

New entries for Singer Tavern, a Barworks pub at the bottom of City Road, where it meets Finsbury Square: a big spacious place but with a good drinks range. Plus there's On the Hoof Bistro in sunny Sydenham, a friendly little cafe near the station which does excellent Sunday roasts. Finally, Orchard, a veggie cafe on Sicilian Avenue by Holborn, rocking the 70s wholefoods vibe.

There's an update to the Bloomsbury (or Bloomsbury Tavern, if you will), a Shepherd Neame pub which is located in... well, I'd call it St Giles or Holborn, but knock yourself out.

Finally, we regret to report the impending closure in June of Food for Thought, a classic veggie cafe in Covent Garden, basically the origin of that very 70s wholefoods vibe we detected at Orchard (although they do it much better at FfT), and a proper old timer on the scene.
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banh mi hoi-an

Morning everyone!

This week's featured article is for Banh Mi Hoi-An, E8 1BP, slap bang in the middle of Hackney on Graham Road. It may be small but the banh mi baguettes are fresh and the spiciness level is just right - excellent value if you're in the area.

There's a new article for Martin's Place, a small bistro on Uxbridge's Windsor Street which also does good value food at lunchtime. Perhaps best to avoid the omelettes though. We also have updates to the articles for the White House Wetherspoons in Stockley Park and the Cafe Below, located in the crypt of St Mary Le Bow church on Cheapside. Apparently St Mary Le Bow used to be haunted due to all the black masses being held there in the 12th century (tsk!), but after it burned down in the Great Fire of London (and was subsequently rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren), the curse was lifted and the ghosts scarpered! So you can safely enjoy a nice vegetarian meal in the crypt without having spooky chains rattled at you.

Finally, Thai Rapide on Clerkenwell Road has closed, and is now a kebab place called Chifafa.
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Hello, it's that time of year, time for the new Good Beer Guide and all the new pubs it brings. The category page for this book is therefore, of course, the featured article.

Before we get into that, there's one new unrelated article, which is Banh Mi Hoi-An in London's trendy Hackney, which will do you a decent noodle salad.

Now this leaves us with all the new pubs for this year, so brace yourselves:

* The Aeronaut in Acton (also a brewpub!);
* The Argyle in Clerkenwell (Hatton Garden area);
* The Black Horse in High Barnet (also a brewpub!);
* The Clarence in Mayfair;
* The Constitution in Pimlico;
* Craft Beer Co. in Brixton (ell, can't complain about the beer selection I guess);
* The Crooked Billet in Upper Clapton;
* The Crown in St Margaret's, Twickenham;
* The Elephant and Castle in Kensington;
* The Flying Pig in East Dulwich;
* The George in South Woodford;
* The Grapes in Sutton;
* The Grove in Ealing;
* The Hops and Glory in Canonbury (Essex Road);
* The Hour Glass in Brompton;
* The Huntsman and Hounds in Upminster;
* The King's Head in Tooting;
* The Leyton Technical in Leyton;
* The Lighthouse in Battersea;
* London Fields Brewery Tap Room by the park of that name in Hackney (really a brewery);
* The Lord Aberconway by Liverpool Street;
* The Misty Moon in High Barnet (ex-Spoons, obviously);
* Oaka at the Mansion House in Kennington (the Oakham Ales pub);
* The Old Bell on Fleet Street;
* The Old Loyal Britons in Greenwich;
* Old Tom's Bar under the Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market;
* The Pig and Whistle in Southfields;
* The Prince of Wales in Clapham;
* The Railway Bell in New Barnet;
* The Royal George by Euston Station;
* The Shortlands Tavern in Bromley;
* The Sporting Page in Chelsea;
* The Station Hotel in Hither Green;
* The White Lion in Warlingham;
* Williams Ale and Cider House in Spitalfields; and
* Woodin's Shades around the corner on Bishopshate, by Liverpool Street Station.

There are also two stub entries which will be filled out by Kake in the next week or two:
* The Door Hinge in Welling (a micro-pub!); and
* The Hare and Billet in Blackheath.
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Hello friends. This week your correspondent is sitting at Heathrow waiting for a flight out of this place, but for those of you staying behind you could do a lot worse than our featured article this week...

Dar Marrakech, Stratford, London E15

It's Dar Marrakech, E15 4QZ, a Moroccan/Lebanese restaurant in sunny Stratford. Load up on their Lebanese mezza, where they're happy for you to chop and change to your greedy heart's desires.

We have two new pages. One is for Granger and Co. in Clerkenwell. It does incoherent fusion food in a nice, sort-of-gastropubby way. Most importantly, the food is tasty.

We also have FARM:shop (sic) in Dalston. It's a cafe though, not a shop. Also, it's a cafe, not a farm (although it does have a garden, some chicken coops and a 'mushroom farm') so I guess we can allow that bit. No food sampled on this visit, but will be interesting to try their local Dalston produce.

There's one updated article, on Mapps Cafe, a basic caff near Hackney Wick. Decent grub, good for local workers needing to load up before a heavy day.
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Gate Islington

Afternoon everyone! A quick update this week.

Our weekly featured article is for The Gate, EC1V 4NN, a busy, upmarket vegetarian restaurant in Islington. They have lots of options for people with different dietary requirements (i.e. not just mushroom risotto) and do a really good blueberry brioche pudding.

There are also two new articles: the tongue-twisting City Sweet Centre in Manor Park, which sells Indian sweets and savoury snacks, and Maamala's in East Ham, a cheap and cheerful South Indian cafe. I will leave it up to you to guess which one of these has a coin-operated massage chair!
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Trishna

Afternoon everyone! This week's featured article is for Trishna, a fancy Indian restaurant in Marylebone which has a Michelin star, but manages to be relaxed and good value for money. I'd definitely recommend a visit if you have several hours to spare and a hearty appetite.

New on RGL this week is the Gate in Islington, a classy vegetarian restaurant which will happily suit omnivores, vegans and gluten-avoiders alike. Slightly less fancy is Galleria, a Persian restaurant also in Marylebone (a short walk away from Trishna, on the other side of the High Street - you can probably guess mine and [personal profile] ewan's maximum lunch break radius), which will supply you with more rice than you could possibly ever want in one meal.

Finally, some good news for North Finchley residents: the Bohemia pub has reopened.
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Cirilo, Whitechapel, London E1

Morning all!

This week's featured article is for Cirilo, E1 8JG, a small Filipino restaurant in Whitechapel (on the western end of Cable Street). You might just be able to see the DLR go past through the window, as you eat your massive plate of pancit guisado.

We've got new articles for Marylebone's uber-trendy Chiltern Firehouse (great food and cocktails, but massively overpriced), and for the refurbished Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell, which despite its new-ish coat of paint remains a cracking little pub and club/gig venue -- unless you have a phobia of Alvin Stardust.

Finally we have one closure to report: the Crown and Goose in Camden.

Have you been to any new pubs, cafes or restaurants this Spring? Let us know about them in the comments and we'll go and check them out.

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