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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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CoffeE7, Forest Gate, London E7

Evening everyone!

This week's featured article is for CoffeE7 in Forest Gate, a veggie cafe with mild TARDIS-like properties. It is part of the Suspended Coffees scheme, where you can pay for an extra coffee (or tea, or a sandwich), to be claimed at some point by whoever needs it.

If you're after some quality Caribbean food in Finsbury Park, you could do worse than the subject of our newest page, Lulu's Caribbean Cuisine on Stroud Green Road. The menu has an entire 'Jerk Pit' section! I am fairly sure I saw Jerk Pit supporting my ex's mate's skatepunk band at the Bull & Gate in 1999.

The nearly-alliterative BG Zakuska Bulgarian Breakfast in Barking has had an update, as has the Mute Swan pub near Hampton Court Palace. In Angel, One and One (it's had many names over the years; I will always know it as 'the vegan buffet place') has reopened after a refurb, but is apparently not 100% vegan these days, so do make sure your mock duck is indeed mock. Finally, the Devonshire pub in Balham is also having a refurb, and is due to reopen in November.
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Welcome to a new week on RGL!

The Bus, Croydon, London CR0

This week's featured article is Bus, CR0 2BQ. It is a greasy spoon cafe in a bus, up Selhurst way. It's child friendly. Also it's on a bus.

Four new articles are as follows: The Long Room in Tooting, a pub with relatively cheap food; Saravanaa Bhavan in Harrow, a branch of a vegetarian Indian chain, thankfully not too anglicised; Jen Cafe in Chinatown, specialising in hand-made dumplings, a quick turnaround operation with better meat than veg options; and Nusa Kitchen near Liverpool Street station, a fine soup-focused takeaway corridor.

Finally, one reported closure is Oui Monsieur in Stoke Newington, a short-lived French bar/restaurant.
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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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Evening all! A quick update tonight: our featured article is for Affogato, a cafe in Norbury that does all-day breakfasts, waffles and a range of loose leaf teas.

New to RGL is the first combination craft beer/hot sauce establishment I've ever heard of, Hop Burns & Black in East Dulwich. My workplace has an entire fridge shelf dedicated to sauce bottles with skulls and crossbones on them - I will be informing my boss about HB&B ASAP.

There are also updates for the efficient Roti Masters Caribbean takeaway in Croydon, and the newly-refurbished Bear in Camberwell, which seems to have emerged from its makeover unscathed (although it no longer has a quiz night).
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Shahanshah, Southall, London UB1

Hi all, apologies for the late post this week - I spent the weekend gallivanting all over Penge and have only just recovered.

This week's featured article is for Shahanshah in Southall, a popular vegetarian Indian cafe a little way off the Uxbridge Road. The samosas are fresh, crisp and extremely good value, as is the rest of the menu.

There's a new article for the Hilltop Cafe in Sydenham, a greasy spoon which opens at the crack of dawn - including on Sundays (very useful for those embarking on epic Penge adventures). It's also very cheap, but far more functional than some of its trendier competitors in the area.

Finally, two pub closures to report: the Dartmouth Arms in Tufnell Park and the Elephant & Castle (no prizes for guessing where that was).
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Viet Rest, Deptford, London SE8

This week's featured article is Viet Rest, SE8 4NS, a small Vietnamese restaurant/takeaway in delightful Deptford. Kake has visited a couple of times to get takeaways, and it sounds like the glutinous rice with braised pork is the dish to get.

Sigificant updates to the article on Shahanshah in Southall, an Indian cafe/takeaway with fantastic samosas but watch out for unsolicited peas.

Finally reported closure for Golden Day on Shaftesbury Avenue.
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It's a short update this week after last week's blizzard of closures, and my forgetfulness the previous week.

Bunga Raya, Thornton Heath, London CR7

The featured article is Bunga Raya, CR7 6AW. It's a Malaysian restaurant (and takeaway) in glamorous Thornton Heath. The food all sounds very nice from Kake's write-up, so you might want to venture an order if you live in their delivery area (or visit!).

We have one new article, which is Les Delices de Tresor, an Ivorian restaurant at the Deptford End of New Cross Rd, and confusingly located at the front part of a completely separate pub. It's a small space with somewhat variable opening hours.

Finally, a note on the closure in 2014 of The Corrib Bar in Camberwell.
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Welcome friends!

Door Hinge, Welling, London DA16

This week's featured article is The Door Hinge, DA16 1TR in Welling. It's a micropub, something new in the London area (and yes, Welling is technically London), but part of a new fashion in pubs. (There's even one in Nunhead now, if you want to try a micropub closer to the centre.) Needless to say, this first London effort in Welling offers many fine smaller independent breweries with casks on stillage, and a few seats.

New articles are After Taste Chinese takeaway by the Elephant and Castle, which our RGL correspondent calls a silly name, but perhaps given the food confusion it is apt. We also have a page for Central Restaurant in Finchley Church End, a rather large Romanian restaurant.
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Dear all, welcome back to another sunny week of RGL updates. There's not too many today.

Oaka at the Mansion House, Kennington, London SE11

This week's featured article is the unwieldy-sounding Oaka at The Mansion House, SE11 4RS, a sort-of-pub sort-of-bar sort-of-Asian-fusion-restaurant near Kennington station. It's run by Oakham Ales and it's in the former Mansion House pub building, hence the name. The beers are good quality, and the food is competent, so there's that.

One new article is Agege Bread, a Nigerian bakery and takeaway in Deptford. It's good value, but if your dish has tripe, it may not be the finest cuts.

We've also got an update on long-standing vegetarian cafe Food for Thought in Covent Garden, which remains as good (and good value) as ever.
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Hello all! This week we travel a world of food.

Maida, Streatham, London SW16

There's a new featured article again this week, which is Maida, SW16 6AB. It's a good value Somali cafe/restaurant where you can load up on as much tender lamb as you want.

New articles are: Ergon, a Greek restaurant/deli in Marylebone; Bunga Raya, a good Malaysian restaurant and takeaway in Thornton Heath; VQ, a 24hr cafe in Bloomsbury; Castle kebab shop in Walworth; and the Guy's Hospital branch of dependable coffee stall AMT Coffee.

Permanently reported closures are, sadly, the very excellent locals' pub The North Pole on the Isle of Dogs, and Moyo-Ma, a Nigerian restaurant in Walworth.
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Morning all! A brief update this week to let you know about this week's featured article for the Genesis Cinema in Stepney, which was certainly one of the better things I recall about living in Mile End several years ago, and has been spruced up since then. You can find all RGL's cinema entries (for both independently-run and chain cinemas) on the Cinemas Category page.

There's also a new article for Finger Licking, a small Ghanaian restaurant by West Croydon station that also does takeaway. The honeycomb tripe comes recommended by our Tripe Correspondent, so perhaps I'll make the trip down there for the Ghanaian leg of the 2014 Dining World Cup? (If anyone has any restaurant suggestions for Bosnia-Herzegovina I'd be very grateful...)
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hiba express

This week's featured article is Hiba Express, WC1V 6JQ. It's a Lebanese restaurant near Holborn station, does good takeaway food. bob likes it, in any case. Thanks to Bec for the photo.

We have two new articles: Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park E9, an upmarket greasy spoon; and Pieds Nus in Marylebone, a so-called 'pop-up' taking the place of the old Roganic (so it could be there for several years), featuring fine dining with a 'barely-cooked' (low temperature/slow-cooked) gimmicky twist (hence the 'naked' in the name) from those Pied à Terre people. However, yr correspondents can confirm it was super extra tasty, especially the breads and the artichokes and the meats and the fish, but stay away from the duck egg, potato and cheese thing.

Finally, Panda Panda in Deptford is more-or-less closed, i.e. it's not a Vietnamese place anymore, just a standard sandwich shop.
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Kennington Bookshop, London SE11

This week's featured article is The Kennington Bookshop. If I need to explain what or where that might be, I shall despair. However, bookshops are lovely and so you should visit it and buy things there, either new or second-hand.

Reported closures are Pappadom Indian takeaway in Camberwell, Peninsula Chinese restaurant in North Greenwich, and Ministry of Spice Indian takeaway on Greenwich-Lewisham borders.

Finally, in long-awaited happy news, The Ivy House pub in Nunhead is now community-owned and open again, after a battle with developers.
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Fish and Grill, Croydon, CR0

This week's featured article is Fish and Grill, CR0 1DP. It is a fish and meat restaurant in Croydon, related to some upmarket ones in Chiswick and Sutton. It does good fish, you'll be pleased to hear.

New entries are: Sutton and Sons, a fish & chips shop in Stoke Newington; the Bookseller Crow on the Hill, a book shop in Crystal Palace; and Good Taste, a deli also in Crystal Palace.

Following the closure of the inner South London loop from London Victoria to London Bridge via Peckham Rye, and its replacement with an extension to the London Overground's East London Line, taking it from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction, there are updates to the South London Line and East London Line entries.

The one reported closure is Maggie's Bar in Stoke Newington, which closed years ago.

Finally, The Catford Bridge Tavern has reopened after a brief period of closure, and we may be thankful, though I heard today that Mr Lawrence off licence in nearby Brockley is going to close in the New Year. It is a rollercoaster ride of alcohol-related emotions in south London.
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Lituanica, Barking, London IG11

Morning RGLers - how is it suddenly December? I'm sure it was June a minute ago.

This week we're headed Eastwards for our featured article! Lituanica, IG11 8EY is the Barking branch of a Lithuanian and Eastern European grocery chain, that also does hot food for takeaway. Kake is especially fond of their cheese and onion peanuts, but there are plenty of dumplings, unusual fish and salads to choose from if for some reason you do not find peanuts delicious. Or even deadly! Please do not eat the cheese and onion peanuts if you are allergic to peanuts. They may be tasty, but probably not worth dicing with death for.

Two newbies this week: Nizuni Go, a small Japanese restaurant and takeaway in Marylebone with great yakisoba and a terrible website, and Castella Fish Bar, a friendly local chippie in Croydon that does big fat chip shop chips.

Closures: Hippy grocery shop Unpackaged is temporarily shut as it is moving from Amwell Street to the depths of Haggerston. Also, Shad Thames is now minus one swanky Indian restaurant as Lovage has served its last samosa.
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Tin Goose, Heathrow Airport, TW6

Morning RGL! Apologies for the slight lateness of this week's post, your correspondent was out investigating the beverages and attractions of E20 (verdict: AWESOME, reasonable-sized Olympic Park latte is £2.40).

This week's featured article is the Tin Goose, TW6 1AP, a surprisingly decent pub inside Heathrow Terminal 1. Last week you could see 38 buses from the pub's window, this week you can see PLANES. Best of all it opens at 5am!

New to the site is the excellently-named Saucy Sausage, a greasy spoon in Addiscombe with a decorative flair for ketchup sachet arrangement.

Closures: Patterson's, a posh-nosh restaurant in Mayfair is having a bit of a revamp and is 'closed until further notice', while Peaches House, a Caribbean takeaway in Walworth is consigned to the folder of RIP. However rising zombie-like from the grave is Manchurian Legends! Remember we said it was closed the other week? Well, even the best London-based review blogs can jump the gun sometimes. We're sorry, still-open Manchurian Legends!
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Great Northern Railway Tavern, Hornsey, N8

This week's featured article is the refurbished and reopened Great Northern Railway Tavern, N8 7QB on Hornsey High Street.

New articles are: Deli Spice, an Indian takeaway in Lower Clapton; Cakey Muto, a cake shop and licensed cafe on the same street; The Manor Arms, a gastropub in Streatham; and Red Sea, a restaurant in Shepherd's Bush offering food from countries located around that stretch of water.

There's an update to The Old Red Lion, now an Antic pub near Kennington station.

Finally The Rye in Peckham has reopened after a significant refurbishment.
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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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Quinns, Camden

This week's featured article is Quinns, NW1 8NY, in Kentish Town (near the Camden borders). It's been an occasional feature in the Good Beer Guide (mainly for its selection of bottled beers), and it's still very yellow.

The two new articles are both the result of takeaway orders: Amera Rani, an Indian restaurant in South Croydon who do delivery; and China Red, a Chinese takeaway in Croydon.

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