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Welcome back to another week! Just a short update this time.

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Our featured article is Family Bistro, SW16 4EU, which is a Polish restaurant in Norbury. The pierogi are handmade and worth the wait, for all dumpling fans.

Our one new addition is Byrnes Pie and Eel House, a pie and mash shop in Wallington, with trad styling but relatively recent to the area. Our RGL explorer judges the food to be fine.
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Nico, South Norwood, London SE25
Evening readers!

This Sunday Morning saw a new featured article on RGL for Nico, a cafe in South Norwood. Run Run Run there to sample some poached eggs while Waiting For your Man! Reports of a plant-based burger joint opening next door called All Tomatoes Patties are as yet unconfirmed, but further research reveals that the cafe is named after its resident dog, so all my Velvet Underground puns are in vain.

Luckily our other update is for Project Orange, a rock bar right outside Clapham Junction station, so all is not lost, musical-pun-wise. They serve a wide range of keg beer and cans/bottles, but only bar snacks are available - if I was in charge I'd serve a vegan menu of Polenta Sandman, Ane-Jollof Death, Mock-Duck Feelgood, Breakin' The Slaw and Cucumber Of The Beast. Those definitely don't sound disgusting at all!
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Hello again!

Halwa Poori House, Thornton Heath, London CR7

To whet your appetite, our featured article is Halwa Poori House, CR7 6JF, a Pakistani restaurant in London's glamorous and Croydon-adjacent Thornton Heath. The food of the name involves deep-fried flatbread with potato and chickpea curries and halwa (which I always thought of as a sweet thing, so I guess it's covering all the bases). Casual and relaxed apparently.

We have one new article, Nico, a small cafe in South Norwood. Expect hanging art in both of the major dimensions (2 and 3), a poached egg variation favoured by "Ellie", Ikea furniture, and helpful friendly service.

The one reported permanent closure is Wild Honey, a Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant.
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Big Seff, Winchmore Hill, London N21

Evening RGLers! A quick round up this week.

This week's featured article is for Big Seff in Winchmore Hill, the Turkish restaurant on Green Lanes that most sounds like a guest rapper flown in to do a couple of verses and then have a satisfying breakfast afterwards, perhaps with stuffed filo pastry and halloumi. (For some actual Turkish rap, try "Yok Geri Dönmek" by Ceza - high speed but very light and airy).

Our other update is for Shadi Bakery and cafe in Croydon, where the naans are freshly made to order - but if you're having 'naan of that' then this update also provides news of dumplings on offer (that come with a naan).
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Hack and Hop, Blackfriars, EC4

Evening all :)

This week's featured article is Hack and Hop, a small City pub that impressed our reviewers with its extensive selection of quality ales and sharing platters. Truly it is a pub of distinction!

Speaking of platters, down Croydon way, Seima's Tea Room situated in the Centrale branch of House of Fraser serves a cracking loose-leaf tea and sanger platter.

Another Cronx cafe with updates is a bit of a Blur, to steal callback Kat's introduction to the Parklife Cafe on the edge of Lloyd Park. On this visit, bruschetta with a German twist was well received, accompanied with a generous slug of tea.

We've one reported closure this week - The Polish Kitchen in Cheshunt has been replaced by a pizza and pasta restaurant called Zio's.
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Welcome back to a rather quiet week on RGL.

Rose & Crown, Ealing, London W5

The featured article is The Rose and Crown, W5 4HN. It's a comfortable, low-ceilinged and dimly-lit space, according to our write-up, and you'll get a fine pint of London Pride (it's a Fuller's pub). If you're visiting soon, check out the gnocchi if you're looking for food.

The one reported permanent closure is Ezo Bistro in the concourse of Barking Station. There's still a coffee shop there, though, so fear not if you're passing through.

And... that's it!
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Gidea Park Micropub, Gidea Park, London RM2

Hi RGL readers!

This week's featured article is for the Gidea Park Micropub, where there's plenty of beer and a variety of pork pies on offer. There's a dartboard too, which always worries me a bit when space is at a premium. Like those beds that fold up vertically into a cupboard - it's just asking for trouble.

There's more microscopic beer in Penge, at the Southey Brewing Tap Room, for which we have a new page. The decor may be a little basic but their beers are fresh and tasty, just like Penge itself. There are also two new pages for cafés in Brockley: Fred's and Arlo and Moe are both near Crofton Park station, but which one does 'Sexy Toast'? You'll have to click through to find out...

We have an update to the West Norwood Library & Picturehouse following a visit, which revealed some decent vegan options on the menu. We've also paid the Phoenix at Rainham pub a visit following its recent change of management. They also have a dartboard, hopefully one with a bit more space for their patrons to fling their 'arrers around.

Finally, the Parma Cafe greasy spoon in Kennington has closed, and is now a sushi bar. I wonder if there any establishments that have gone in the other direction, from sushi to spoon?
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Kikirocs, South Woodford, London E18

Happy Sunday y'all!

This week's featured article is Kikirocs in South Woodford - by day, a child-friendly cafe, by night, a cocktail-friendly bar. Why not stop by for a Kake-recommended bagel with a side of coleslaw?

I recently found out that MEATLiquor has vegan options, so we truly are taking over. However not at the MEATliquor W1G location, as it has been permanently closed, though other branches remain open.

That's all til next time - have a great week :)
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Koya, Cannon Street, London EC4

Good evening ya'll!

If you're looking for advice on where to seek out Japanese noodles in the City, "udon" well in reading this update. Koya serves up udon in a variety of temperatures in a rich and salty broth. Expect solid competence in a modern setting, with efficient service.

Two new articles have been added: Ma La, a Sichuan restaurant in Westminster which can accommodate small and large groups, though you might benefit from scattering across smaller tables if you want to reach the lazy susan. There's also Planet of the Beans, a child-friendly cafe in Selsdon serving an interesting interpretation of eggs royale.

Updates have been made to Ealing Park Tavern, where a pint of lime and soda is £2 and the mains are tasty, albeit on on the small side. Updates have also been made to The Speaker, a small pub in Westminster with a good selection of beers that passed the RGL drinkable taste test.

If you're looking for Stanfords, an excellent map shop in Covent Garden, note it's moved around the corner from Long Acre to Mercer Walk.

That's it for a fortnight as we prepare for and recover from Croydon Fun Weekend :)
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Welcome back to another week on RGL.

Cedar, South Wimbledon, London SW17

The cedar of Lebanon (cedrus libani) can reach 40m in height, with a trunk up to 2.5m in diameter. It's mentioned several times in the Hebrew Testament, so it has been around in the area for a while now. It's also the national emblem of the modern country of Lebanon, prominently featured on its flag. Which is presumably why our featured article, a Lebanese restaurant, is called Cedar, SW19 1BA. If our review of this restaurant has to be summed up in a single phrase, it would presumably be: "pretty good".

The one new article is the intriguingly named Kikirocs, a cafe by South Woodford station. Expect delicious coleslaw.

Finally, we have a significant update to the entry for The King's Head pub in Earl's Court. It's a Fuller's pub, which means the beers are solid and it's a nice place.
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Little Green Dragon, Winchmore Hill, London N21

Happy new year from all at RGL! I hope your 2019s have all been good so far.

Kicking off the featured articles for the year we have a friendly micropub in Winchmore Hill: the Little Green Dragon has plenty of real ale, real cider and real pickled eggs. It comes well recommended by our reviewer, so worth a visit if you're up that end of Green Lanes.

There's a new article for Nick's Cafe bang in the middle of Bromley Mall, a good lunch option that does Turkish breakfasts, and cheese that 'actually tasted of something'.

I'm sad to hear that Kris Wines in Kentish Town has shut for good - it was a great little spot for acquiring unusual beers. The Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green is also closing its premises, as the business is moving to online-only. That worked out well for Mr J. Bezos in the 90s, so fingers crossed for them.
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Hello and welcome back again, once again belatedly (on my part)!

Arroz caldo (Filipino congee) at Sunrise, Romford, London RM1

This week's featured article is Sunrise Jacket Potato and Oriental Food, RM1 3AB, a Filipino cafe in a Romford shopping mall. It's casual and utilitarian but clean, and the food is good, though Kake advises to avoid the chicken dishes.


After the Good Beer Guide pub blowout of the last few weeks, there are only two new articles: Jishal Goan in Wembley (again pretty basic, but with more underwhelming food), and Everyman Crystal Palace, a new outpost of the upmarket cinema chain.

There are significant updates to The Case Is Altered pub in Harrow Weald which has a large beer garden, and The Crown and Sceptre in West Kensington, a small many-pillared space.

One reported permanent closure is Cafe Adagio in Addiscombe, and a possible closure is The Station House in Chingford, but no one is sure if it's temporary or permanent.
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Handpumps at the Red Lion, Bromley, London BR1

Beer fans celebrate! All the new Good Beer Guide 2019 entries have been uploaded. There are 306 in total, so why not visit a local watering hole, or wander to a new 'hood to quench your thirst?

New articles include Lounge 101, an Indian restaurant and bar in Ruislip with some interesting ideas about service. If you're round Ruislip way and fancy a beer, there's Hop and Vine, a micropub which as expected is small, but happy to make room for canine friends. Finally, the West Norwood Library and Picturehouse in, you guessed it, West Norwood, opened its doors, though we've not visited yet.

Updates have been made to Somali Town Restaurant in Streatham. It serves up hefty portions of food, though with slightly carbonized anjero on this visit.

In closure news, Halcyon Books in Greenwich has permanently shut. Masaledar, an Indian restaurant twixt the Tootings Bec and Broadway is also shut, although we're uncertain if this is temporary or permanent.
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Santok Maa's, Thornton Heath, London CR7

Good evening ya'll!

This week's featured article is Santok Maa's, a totally vegetarian and vegan-friendly Indian restaurant in Thornton Heath. It serves a good selection of savoury food as well as sweets, and has been visited frequently by Kake. I'd like to sample the house speciality of Nairobi bhajia (battered potato slices) which is allegedly too large a portion for one, which feels like a challenge!

We've got a heap of new pub pages:


But wait! There's more! Updates have been made to even more pub pages:


In non-pub news, updates have been made to Sunrise Jacket Potato and Oriental Food, a Filipino cafe in Romford, beating Fish in a Tie for this week's best business name, which truly is saying something. 

Reported closures this week are Bull and Last on the edge of Hampstead Heath, although it's only temporary. Permanent closures have been reported for central Croydon's Roti Masters as part of the redevelopment of St George's Walk, and Beer Rebellion in Crystal Palace.
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Naughty Piglets, Brixton, London SW2

Greetings!

This week's featured article comes with a warning - for cauliflower content! Thankfully at Brixton's Naughty Piglets there are other non-hideous foodstuffs available. Ham! Cod! Hazelnuts! Not all at once though. (A ham-cod-hazelnut combo would still be preferable to cauliflower).

Our list of vegan-only establishments continues to expand with a new page for Thenga Cafe in Bloomsbury, where you can try a coconut milk masala tea. There's also vegan food available at the Brookmill pub in Deptford, including the always-mysterious vegan mayonnaise. How do they manage it? We will never know (i.e. I don't want to know).

A little further eastward are two pub updates, following a visit to Greenwich: I remember the Pilot having a pleasantly spacious beer garden, but perhaps skip their eggs florentine if you're having breakfast; you might be better off with a scotch egg at the Cutty Sark, which would go nicely with a pint of Young's Ordinary, and depending on the weather, a picturesque view across the river.

Finally, the Bull & Last is closed for a refurb. Hopefully this will include eradicating all traces of cauliflower from the premises.
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Domali, Crystal Palace, London SE19

Hello welcome back to another week of Randomness. This week's featured article is Domali, SE19 3AH, a narrow cafe/bar in Upper Norwood's Crystal Palace neighbourhood, where you can find mostly vegetarian food as well as some draught beers. Expect to find our local correspondent in there for weekend brunches.

The two new articles are... Roti Joupa in sunny Clapham, a Trinidadian place, primarily a takeaway though there are a few stools from where you can view beach scenes and palm tree decals, though I suspect the food will be the main way you commune with its Trinidadian origins. Sounds like tasty good value to me.

The other new article is Craft Beer Co. in what they like to call Covent Garden. It's been recently done up, and Kake has managed to get a photo of it with no people in, which is not how you'll generally see the place (as it's quite popular).

Four reported permanent closures are for: The Sandrock in Shirley; The Castle in Holborn; the Nordic Bakery in Covent Garden; and Bread Ahead in Covent Garden.
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Browns of Brockley, London SE4

Evening all!

This week's featured article is for Browns of Brockley, a small cafe that is situated, funnily enough, in Brockley. Right by the station, in fact! If you're not a regular to Brockley, then Browns is likely to have had at least one refurb since you last visited if not more. They also don't take cash at all - no risk of getting a 1 Euro cent coin back instead of a penny.

There's an update for Cafe Adagio in Addiscombe where our correspondent enjoyed the homity pie, but can a homity pie ever be a true pie if it doesn't have a lid? (NB I advise caution before entering the #piedebatezone.)

After last week's pub update deluge, there's yet more news! It's all change in Stratford for the Langthorne pub, which is now called the Abbey Tap, while the Vauxhall Griffin has been renamed to the Griffin Belle. We have one reopening, the Case Is Altered in Harrow Weald, but on the closures list we have the Phoenix in Rainham (hopefully only temporarily), the Yardbird in the shopping centre by Hammersmith station (where will Eric Clapton get a pint of Greene King IPA now??), the Grapes in Sutton (Wetherspoons fans in Sutton will have to be content with the Moon on the Hill instead) and finally the Drunken Monkey in Shoreditch, which is to become the Goose Island Brewpub. If I had to choose between having an inebriated monkey or an inebriated goose in the pub with me, I think I would go with the goose (potentially more violent, but easier to catch).
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Hello all! It's the busiest week of the year at my work, so thinking about places to eat and drink is always a pleasurable divertissement.

Mandalay Golden Myanmar, Kilburn, London NW6

This week's featured article is the extravagantly-named Mandalay Golden Myanmar, NW6 2DB, where you can enjoy all your favourite Burmese food... or is it Myanmarese? I understand there's quite a bit of politics behind the naming of the country, and who would have guessed 10-20 years ago how we'd be thinking about Aung San Suu Kyi nowadays, eh? Ah well, there's still the food, and I'm certainly intrigued to try tea leaf salad, despite some of Kake's adjectives.

Two new entries are for The Hercules, which is the bar in the old Pillars of Hercules pub building, and Naughty Piglets, a wine bar ant tapas-y restaurant in Brixton with a twee name.

Loads of updates pages, mostly for pubs...
* Kulu Kulu in Soho, a Soho sushi place;
* The Duke of Argyll in Soho;
* The Newman Arms in Fitzrovia;
* The King William IV in Leyton;
* Browns of Brockley, a cafe in Brockley;
* The Nightingale on the Green in Wanstead;
* The North Star in Leytonstone;
* Domali, a cafe/bar in Crystal Palace;
* The Crown and Sceptre in Streatham;
* The Duke of Wellington in Belgravia;
* The Dog and Fox in Wimbledon "Village" if you will;
* The Aeronaut in Acton;
* The Roebuck in Hampstead;
* The Sir Richard Steele in Belsize Park;
* The Ivy House in lovely Nunhead;
* The Rye in Peckham;
* The Herne Tavern in East Dulwich; and
* Babur Indian restaurant in Forest Hill.

Finally, there are two reported permanent closures, being The French House, a French cafe in Crystal Palace (not the Soho pub!), and Mr Lawrence in Brockley, a sad loss to the area, which has been on the decline for some time but had been a fixture there for many decades.
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Half Moon, Herne Hill, London SE24

Wotcher dudes :)

Our featured article is the Half Moon in Herne Hill. After a three and a half year closure due to flooding, it was reopened last March. The live music venue has gone and the pub now also acts as a hotel, bar and kitchen. Why not stop by for breakfast, though maybe skip the continental buffet.

A new article has gone up for Horn of Africa, twixt Brockley and New Cross. The menu on offer appears to vary on the day - who doesn't love a surprise?

Updates have been made to the Victoria Inn in Peckham. Expect a bit of work with your bacon roll here.

That's all for a fortnight as we explore old haunts in search of exciting and updated content :)
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Communitea, South Norwood, London SE25

Who among us can truly said to be good? What is goodness? At this week's featured cafe, Communitea in South Norwood, the 'Good Sandwich' may hold the answers. Is morality a measurable scale upon which we are judged, with those passing a certain tally of good deeds ending up in a restaurant pun utopia while those falling short are destined to dine forever at mundanely named establishments? There's vegan cake, so perhaps a Brioche With Death won't be required to find out.

For those neither waxing nor waning, the Half Moon in Herne Hill has an update following a breakfast time visit, as does Santok Maa's in Thornton Heath, a vegetarian Indian restaurant with excellent bhel puri. Finally, Umana Yana (also in Herne Hill) has a new page, in which you can read about Guyanese rotis and scotch bonnet sauce.

That's it until next week - in the meantime here are some roti restaurants that haven't made it to Herne Hill yet: A Roti Nowhere, The Roti Mandalay, Crop Roti-ation, Why I Atta, Paratha The Rapper, Paratha Fashion, Peppermint Chapati, Don't Leaven Me This Way.

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