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Carioca, Brixton, London SW9

Bonsoir, RGLers!

A quick update this week to let you know about our new featured article, for Carioca in Brixton. It's a small Brazilian restaurant in the covered market, whose owners, judging by the decor and the website, are extremely keen on fruit-adorned singer Carmen Miranda.

There's also a new page for Vietnamese cafe Banh Mi 108 on Feltham High Street. The significance of the 108 is a mystery to me - perhaps the name is a tribute to the atomic number of the transactinide metal hassium? I'm more of a seaborgium fan myself. Anyway, bubble tea and banh mi await you in Feltham!
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Stuffins Unlimited, Croydon, London CR0

Evening RGL crew!

This week's featured article is for the legendary Stuffins Unlimited in Croydon. This sandwich shop is clearly inspired by the great 2 Unlimited not just in name, but in its cheerful personnel, quick-moving queue, boshing specials and hardcore rave breakfast baps (maybe). Get Bready For This!

First among a bunch of new articles on RGL this week is a new branch of the Nordic Bakery in Seven Dials. I am still recovering from the last time I had one of their extremely strong coffees at the Golden Square branch (approx 8 years ago). The coffee strength at Coffee Express in Belvedere is as yet unknown, but they'll do a weak cup of tea if you ask for one. (If you're after something stronger in DA17, the Belvedere Hotel pub has reopened.)

Elsewhere, in Brixton's Market Row there's Brazilian food at Carioca, while Earlsfield's Cah Chi will do you a decent beef japchae. Last but not least is the Running Horses pub in Erith. Where is Erith, I hear you ask? Well, I was at that pub myself just yesterday and I ate a large sausage roll, but it was dark outside and I got lost on the way, so I couldn't tell you exactly how I got there. Erith: shrouded in mystery! Or you could get the train.
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Hi there welcome back to another week of interesting things to drink, eat and do south of the river (and maybe like one or two things to the north -- though that lack is entirely my fault by the way).

Senzala, Brixton, London SW9

So the featured article this week is Senzala, SW9 8PS, which is a creperie in Brixton Village Market, that burgeoning community of little foodie units. There are sweet and savourity galettes and crepes served up by Brazilian chefs, and if you're vegan you'd usually steer clear of this kind of thing, but fear not for they do some vegan options too that sound great.

The new articles are: We Brought Beer, a branch of a craft beer shop/stall in Tooting, where you can drink on the premises as well; Frydays, a fish and chip restaurant in Norbury (do you see what they did with the name eh?); and Som Saa, a well-reviewed Thai place in Whitechapel/Spitalfields, so do go read Kake's review, as it sounds great.

There's an update to The Old Dispensary pub in Camberwell.

The Shooting Star near Liverpool Street is now temporarily closed for refurbishment and will reopen under a new name.

Finally, one reported permanent closure is Maotai Kitchen in Chinatown.
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Bushwacker Wholefoods, Hammersmith, London W6

Evening all! A bumper week to catch up after the Bank Holiday.

This week's featured article is for Bushwacker Wholefoods in Hammersmith, which stocks a whole range of vegetarian groceries including Taifun tofu (I wonder if they have curry and pineapple flavour?

New new new! Craft Tooting is a small craft beer shop by Tooting Broadway station. Further up towards Wimbledon Park we have more beer at the By The Horns Brewery Tap, while the Pear Tree pub in Purley has little jars of beer in front of the pumps so you can see what colour it is (I love it when pubs do this). Not quite so new but existing under a different name: The Aleksander in St Margaret's is now The Alba.

The page for Lion Inn in Thornton Heath has had an update, as have ones for the Sugahill cafe in Sydenham and Imperial China on Chinatown's Lisle Street (which seems to be *the* place to meet your blind date?). Places *not* to meet your blind date, unless you want to hang around outside a now-closed pub: the Red Herring pub near St Paul's, and the Devonshire House Wetherspoons in Crouch End.

Finally, pre-gig Brixton favourite the Trinity Arms is temporarily shut for a refurb. It's planned to reopen in August, hopefully in plenty of time for any attendees of 'Progress Wrestling: Chapter 36 - We're Gonna Need a Bigger Room Again' wanting a pre-bout pint of Ordinary.
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Evening all, hope your Bank Holiday was pleasant! I spent mine looking at my local supply of anatomically incorrect dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park.

This week's featured article is for Dexter Burger in Purley, home to interesting veggie burgers with a high rating on the all-important Bun Structural Integrity scale.

We've got new pages for Lamberts in Balham, a restaurant specialising in seasonal British produce, and Tandoori Naan And Chapati, a bakery in Walworth with a seemingly slapdash attitude to food hygiene. I think I'd rather go to Lamberts, myself.

There are Vietnamese food updates in the form of Dat Cang Supermarket and Mama Pho, both in Deptford. Also updated following a visit is vegan-friendly creperie Senzala, over in sunny Brixton.

Closures to report: the Breadroom bakery in Brixton has literally ended up in Valhalla, while the Cineworld Hammersmith is to be demolished. I cannot confirm or deny that the last film to be shown in this (admittedly rather run-down) Art Deco building was Kung Fu Panda 3.
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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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Craft Beer Co, Brixton, London SW9
Evening everyone!

This week's featured article is for the Brixton branch of the Craft Beer Co, where you'll find the usual vast selection of keg and cask beer. There's seating space on the first floor but be careful when carrying your drinks up the 'fool of a' staircase: your correspondent's other half suffered an Exciting Injury in this manner a couple of years ago. Readers may also wish to note that the excellent Kings College Hospital A&E is but a short bus ride away!

Our RGL crew has been hard at work of late investigating the delights of Tooting - this week we bring you Saravanaa Bhavan, a veggie-only Indian restaurant whose menu includes the intriguingly named 'Business Meal'. There's also a new page for Affogatto, a modern coffee shop in Norbury. Some closures to report too: the miniscule Oriental Chinese Shop in Surrey Quays, and Chinese Family in Greenwich.

Finally, I'm sad to hear of the closure of HK Diner by Leicester Square - the first place I ever tried bubble tea.
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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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Shortwave, Bermondsey, SE1

This week's featured article is Shortwave Cinema in the Bermondsey Square development. It opened a few years ago and is a small single-room cinema with a similarly-sized cafe/bar area out the front. All very pleasant, and it shows some decent films.

Our one addition is Mama Lan, a Beijing street food cafe in "Brixton Village" market. The chicken wings come with bob's special recommendation.

Two reported closures are Puji Puji on Balls Pond Road, and Eurasia grocery in Croydon.
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Happy Monday, RGLers!

This week's featured article is for Villagers Sausages in Beckenham. This butchers specialises in sausages, as you might have guessed from the name. There are plenty of varieties on offer for sausage-lovers - including duck! I don't think I've ever seen a duck sausage before, except for a brief glimpse on one of those specialist Freeview channels. They'll also sharpen your knives for a reasonable rate, if you're worried your cutlery might not be up to handling your mighty sausage.

There's a new article for Blue Turtle Oasis, a coffee shop in Loughborough Junction that's bigger on the inside. Reports that Peter Capaldi has been fiddling with the espresso machine inside have been completely made up by me just now.

Finally, the excellent Viajante restaurant in Bethnal Green is closing at the end of this month, as head chef Nuno Mendes is opening up a new place in Marylebone (which apparently will be very different menu-wise and atmosphere-wise).
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Dirty Burger, Kentish Town, NW5

This week's featured article is Dirty Burger in Kentish Town. This tiny emporium serves the currently-trendy style of semi-posh burgers crammed full with Stuff, but also does fried breakfasts (in a burger bun) until 11am.

New to RGL is Just Falafel, a small, vegetarian-only cafe/takeaway in Covent Garden. I love the menu pictures on their website, there's something very comforting about seeing different combinations of falafels, halloumi and chips photoshopped onto the same background. They even have a picture of some water in a cup in the drinks section, which you can 'share on Facebook'. Amazing.

There are three closures to report this week: Speedy Noodle, a noodle bar in Brixton (now a branch of Foxtons) the Goldhawk pub on the Goldhawk Road near Shepherds Bush, and to finish off this week's theme of unimaginitively-named places, The Bar in Gants Hill is no more.
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Sorry for the lateness, an extended holiday weekend means that we're a bit late getting this out.

Crown and Anchor, Brixton, SW9

This week's featured article is The Crown and Anchor, another "craft beer" pub, this one from the people behind Stoke Newington's Jolly Butchers, but situated between Brixton and Oval. There are plenty of beers both keg and cask, and it seems promising.

New articles are on: The Atlas, a gastropub near West Brompton station; The Holborn Whippet, another craft beer bar from the Euston Tap people; and Patterson's, a fine dining restaurant in Mayfair.

Reported closures are: Sagar, a South Indian vegetarian restaurant in Twickenham; and Chennai, a South Indian cafe in Barking.

One impending closure is Langton's Bookshop in Twickenham, due to close at the end of June.
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Red Lion, Leytonstone, E11

This week's featured article is an excellent pub in Leytonstone, The Red Lion, E11 3AA. Lots of good ales and beers, and tasty food. Heartily recommended.

Three new articles are: The Crown and Anchor, a new "craft beer" pub in north Brixton from the people behind The Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington; The Hatchet, a Greene King pub by Mansion House station largely catering to vertical-drinking City workers; and Store Street Espresso, a well-regarded coffee shop in Bloomsbury.

Three reported permanent closures are: The Ivy House pub in Nunhead; The Northumberland Arms pub on Goodge Street (set to become a Draft House pub in July); and Amano, a cafe not far from London Bridge.
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This week's featured article is Shu Castle, SE1 5TY, a Sichuan restaurant on the Walworth edge of the Old Kent Road.

New additions are: The Oracle's Juice Bar, a vegan cafe in Brixton Market; and two pubs in Penge, one upmarket (The Bridge House) and the other aimed more at locals (Hollywood East).

Updated entries are Nincomsoup, a soup-based cafe by Old Street; The Angel, a nearby pub; and The George, a pub in Belsize Park.

Reported closures are: La Grolla, an Italian in Upminster; The King's Arms, a fine pub near Chancery Lane, now a gastropub called The Lady Ottoline; The Sun and Doves, another excellent pub, in Camberwell; and Ruby Grand, a bar in Hammersmith (but also replaced by another pub).
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Sorry for the gap in service, as [personal profile] kake has been rather busy. However, I'm helping out and will run through the weekly updates.

Railway Bell, Hampton, London TW12

The featured article this week is The Railway Bell, TW12 2AP, a Good Beer Guide pub in Hampton.

Since the last update the following pages have been added: The Railway Tavern Ale House, a reopened pub just near Dalston Kingsland with six ales and Thai food; The Breadroom, a cafe in Brixton Market; The White Swan, a Wetherspoon's at Highbury Corner; The Kentish Canteen, a cafe in Kentish Town; Ye Olde Swan, a Greene King pub, and The Red Lion, a slightly better pub, both in Thames Ditton (technically in Surrey); Pizza Napolitana, a takeaway in Croydon; Restaurante Santafereno, a Colombian restaurant in Brixton Village; Moyo-Ma, a Nigerian restaurant in Walworth; Tap East, a microbrewery and bar in Westfield Stratford City (E20); Cook Il Kwan, a Korean restaurant in New Malden; and The Anthologist, a bar in the City. Phew!

Reported closures are: Positively 4th Street, a New York-style bar near Euston; The Queen Dowager, a Young's pub in Teddington; Somers Town Coffee House, a gastropub between the British Library and Euston; and Avella's Cafe, a sandwich shop just off the top of Regent Street.

Future updates should be a little shorter, as we'll try to keep them regular.
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This week's featured article is Royal Standard, CR0 1SS, a lovely little Fuller's pub in Croydon.

It has board games, a dart board, chairs with misericords, excellent pies, and a beer garden; and it's been one of my favourite pubs for quite some time.


The big news on RGL this week is the addition of the Good Beer Guide 2012 category, plus all the pubs in it that we didn't already have listed. 36 new pubs were added to RGL, 18 of them with proper writeups (having been visited by me and/or [personal profile] ewan in the two weeks between my advance copy of the GBG arriving and the official publication date). The other 18 are currently "stub" entries which mainly contain addresses, opening hours, and links to other people's reviews; we'll be filling these in as soon as possible.

Other recent additions to RGL include Okan, a Japanese restaurant in Brixton; Casa Morita, a Mexican taqueria in Brixton; and the Cow, a Geronimo pub in the exciting new postal district E20.

Reported closures are Bombay By Night in Hampton, Donzoko in Soho, and Taste Of India in Covent Garden.

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This week's featured article is Yellow House Bar, SE16 2UE, a restaurant/bar located in former pub premises opposite Surrey Quays Station.

It has a proper wood-fired pizza oven, and also does pretty good brunch.


Recent additions to RGL include Halfpipe in Maida Hill, Chinese Family in Greenwich, Simon The Tanner in Bermondsey, and Brick Box in Brixton.

One reported closure: Princess Royal in Croydon.

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This week's featured article is Canton Arms, SW8 1XP, a gastropub near Stockwell Station in South Lambeth.

It's a cut above your standard gastropub, with a head chef whose CV includes the Eagle in Clerkenwell (London's original gastropub) and the Anchor and Hope in Borough.


Recent additions to RGL include BonVelo in Herne Hill, Books For Cooks on Portobello Road, Beanery at Loughborough Junction, and Devonshire House in Crouch End. Also, the East London Line extension to Highbury & Islington opened today. Hurrah!

Reported closures are Cove in Covent Garden, Fat Badger on Portobello Road, Gaff on Holloway Road, Squat & Gobble in Fitzrovia, and Wabi Shebele on New Kent Road.

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This week's featured article is Taqueria, W11 2RS, a restaurant in Notting Hill/Westbourne Green serving Mexican cafe-style food.


Recent additions to RGL include Butchers in New Malden, Matsuri in St James's, Pescheria Mattiucci in Notting Hill, and Breads Etcetera in Brixton.

Reported closures are Bou Tea in Covent Garden, S & M Cafe on Portobello Road, Efe in Stoke Newington, Yami in New Malden, and the Rifleman in Twickenham.

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This week's featured article is Villandry, W1W 5QB, a restaurant, cafe/bar and food shop, all in one premises on Great Portland Street not too far south of the Tube station.



Recent additions to RGL include the Euston Tap near Euston Station (unsurprisingly), the Prince of Wales Feathers near Warren Street Station, the Hobgoblin in New Cross, the Lukin in Fitzrovia, and Khamsa in Brixton.

Reported closures are Dream Taste in Nunhead, the Royal Oak in Wandsworth, Buffet Brazil in Putney, and Burning Bread in Brixton.

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