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Squires, Canning Town, London E16

Evening RGL crew!

This week's featured article is for Squires, a Nigerian restaurant in Canning Town serving at least two different types of pounded yam! I couldn't say if this is a 'typical Naija restaurant' as stated in the window but there are branches dotted around East and South London if you want to find out for yourself. If your prefer a cup of tea in Forest Hill instead, we have a new page for the Teapot cafe, which does a decent panini too.

Pub news! Famed Fitzrovia pie-haunt the Newman Arms is shut for a refurb, as is the Duke of Argyll (a Sam Smiths) in Soho. The Dartmouth Arms in Tufnell Park, the Widow's Son in Bow, the Lucky Rover in Chessington and the Great Northern Railway Tavern in Hornsey have all recently reopened - the latter is now owned by Fuller's, so expect the beer selection to be a little different.

However: the great pub deity giveth, and it taketh away again. The Taylor Walker-owned Devereux has shut, as has the Three Horseshoes in Southall. Also closed for good is Canal 125 on the Caledonian Road, once home to various club nights run by denizens of Livejournal. As small venues go it was pretty terrible, and I'm amazed it kept going that long. Let's hope whatever replaces it is better!
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Hello! And sorry for the slight delay posting this update; all my fault.

Addis, King's Cross, London N1

This week's featured article is Addis, N1 9DT. It's an Ethiopian restaurant at the bottom of Caledonian Road, with plenty of options for veggies and vegans. Looks like everything was excellent, though you might want to think carefully about ordering falafel.

There are three new entries: a Turkish bakery and cafe called Tuana near Archway; Mi Rancho, a Colombian eatery in Nag's Head Market, Holloway, offering tasty street food in an unpretentious setting; and Black Cat Cafe, a vegan cooperative cafe in Lower Clapton.

Reported permanent closures are La Fermata on Tower Bridge Road, and Verru in Marylebone.

Finally, happier news, the old Duke of Edinburgh pub in Wanstead has been rebranded as The Duke and reopened. Looks promising.
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Railway, West Hampstead, NW6

This week, your featured article is The Railway, NW6 2LU, a fairly decent pub near West Hampstead station.

However, the big news is the addition of the 'trains to' categories, and on the individual stations, to help you find which stations have frequent services to a particular hub. (Here's the original discussion about it.) So there are now:
* Trains to Clapham Junction;
* Trains to East Croydon;
* Trains to King's Cross or St. Pancras;
* Trains to Liverpool Street;
* Trains to London Bridge;
* Trains to Marylebone;
* Trains to Moorgate;
* Trains to Paddington;
* Trains to Victoria; and
* Trains to Waterloo.

We also have three new station pages, as they are now part of the zone system: Cheshunt, Theobald's Grove and Waltham Cross.

Three other new entries are The Maltsters and The Vine, both McMullen's pubs in Cheshunt; and Addis, a decent Ethiopian with good vegetarian selection, near King's Cross.

There are significant updates to Curry Special, a Punjabi restaurant in Newbury Park, and The Eva Hart, a Wetherspoon's in Chadwell Heath.
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Spotted Horse, Putney, London SW15

Afternoon RGLers! Lots to report today:

This week's featured article is the Spotted Horse, SW15 1RG, a Young's pub on Putney High Street. It's quite food-focused and has table-service in the dining room area. There is an actual spotted horse above the door (see picture above) which makes me very pleased.

We have new articles for the Stormbird, a Camberwell drinking establishment with plenty of nice beer on the handpumps (e.g. lovely lovely Thornbridge Jaipur) and the Star of Kings (formerly the Cross Kings) on York Way, which is sadly not so great on the beer front.

The articles for the Jolly Gardeners in Putney and Asadal in Holborn have both been updated with the latest accessibility information, plus what our team of intrepid researchers ate on their recent visits -- spiced lentils, gnocchi, pig's ears and kidneys (not all at once).

The descriptively-named Sichuan Restaurant in Acton has now closed, as has the Farringdon Station branch of Yo Sushi (soon to become a Pret).

There's also a new category on the site, 'Needs Checking'. Places in this category may no longer exist - if you are likely to walk past any of them, do let us know if they are still there! Of course, if by the act of measurement the nature of their reality changes then they may well exist and not exist at the same time if the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics holds. Thankfully the practicalities of wave function collapse probably means we won't have to create a new category 'Unobservable'.
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Venetia's Coffee Shop, Lower Clapton, E5

Sorry for no update last week, as I was on holiday. Last week's featured article was The Parcel Yard, N1C 4AH, Fuller's excellent new flagship pub in King's Cross station.

This week's featured article is Venetia's Coffee Shop, E5 0LH, a coffee shop on Chatsworth Road in Lower Clapton.

Additions are: The Havelock Tavern, a gastropub in West Kensington; and Hardy's Brasserie in Marylebone.

Reported closures are: The New Chandos, a pub in Colindale; So Asia, an Asian buffet in Acton; and Muna's, an Eritrean/Sudanese restaurant in Harringay.
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Pitt Cue Co., Soho, W1

Today's featured article is Pitt Cue Co., W1F 7RB, a barbecued ribs specialist in Soho. Expect long queues, though I've found popping in for a takeaway pulled pork roll is an easy thing to do at lunchtime, and worthwhile for the meat-eaters out there.

There are several new pages. We have four new pubs: Catford Bridge Tavern (you can guess where); The Parcel Yard at King's Cross station; Sylvan Post in Forest Hill; and Tapping the Admiral, just by Kentish Town West.

There is also: Harry Ramsden's Express, fish and chips takeaway at Euston; a greasy spoon in Kennington, Parma Cafe; and another one in Walworth, Cafe Silam.

One temporary closure is The Ship and Shovell, a pub at Charing Cross.

There are two reported permanent closures: V.V. Rouleaux, a Sloane Square ribbon shop; and The Wenlock Arms in Hoxton.
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This week's featured article is Princess Louise, WC1V 7EP, a Sam Smith's pub in Holborn.

It has an interesting interior, including panelling that creates multiple separate compartments around the bar for extra privacy (and extra difficulty of getting in at peak times). Apparently the gents' toilets are quite a dramatic sight too, though I haven't seen them due to not being allowed in there.


Recent additions to RGL include Mai Sushi, a small Japanese restaurant near the British Library, and the Bun House, a locals' pub on Peckham High Street.

Reported closures are Hog In The Pound just off Oxford Street (probably being turned into shops), Bermondsey Kitchen (turned into José Pizarro's new restaurant, Pizarro), and the Brook in Hammersmith (been taken over by the people behind the Bree Louise, will be reopening this autumn as the Duchess of Cambridge).

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