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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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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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Thai Smile, Hammersmith, London W6

This week's update features Thai Smile, W6 9NH, a Thai supermarket, though it has plenty of other regional stuff. Pastes! Sauces! Seasonings! Frozen Things! Tofu! Strange herbs!

There are four new articles: Fish Kitchen in Norbiton, like an upmarket chippie; Saints and Sinners pub in Croydon, lacking ale though; Santok Maa's vegetarian Indian in Thornton Heath, with friendly staff, though not fully structurally sound puri; and Bus cafe towards the Selhurst end of Croydon, which is in a bus.

We have significant updates to The Norbiton and Dragon pub; The Willoughby Arms pub in Kingston; The Park Tavern pub in Kingston; and The Boaters Inn pub in Kingston. Someone's been visiting the area, I'll wager...

Temporary closure is reported for The Queen's Head pub in Kingston. Permanent closures are: Snackpot (in Norbiton); Magma Ghanaian restaurant (in Thornton Heath); and The Gatehouse (in Highgate), which is still a pub just not a Wetherspoons so is DEAD TO US.

Finally is the reported reopening of Na Pura Portuguese cafe in Nunhead.
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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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Lord Nelson, Sutton, London SM1

Ahoy London landlubbers! This week's featured arrr-ticle is the mainbrace-splicing Lord Nelson in Sutton. "But Kat," I hear you holler in a sea-shanty style. "I see no ships in Sutton, as it is literally 60 miles from the Sheerness seaside!" Well that may be true, but any landlocked pirates will feel right at home at the salty Nelson, which has its own parrot. So be careful not to divulge the secret location of your treasure chest while quaffing your pint of Young's Ordinary!

Two new non-nautical additions to RGL: the terrifically-named Rock and Sole Plaice fish-n-chip joint in Covent Garden, and La Rochelle, a French restaurant on Croydon High Street that does a decent chicken supreme.

The branch of Palms of Goa on New Cavendish Street has now shut - after two disappointing meals there I can't really shed a tear for it. Any pirates in the area looking for South Indian cuisine would be better off going to Ragam, just round the corner.
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Hello! Plenty of pub updates this week, as Kake's been out in Sutton. Do please note that the many Sutton updates not constitute new pubs to the Good Beer Guide 2013. Those will be updated on the website on 13 September (the book's release date), so look out for them!

Shane's on Chatsworth, Lower Clapton, E5

In the meantime, the featured article this week is Shane's on Chatsworth, a newish restaurant on up-and-coming Chatsworth Road, Clapton, which was much enjoyed by Kat. (It is very much open for business unless you walk by to take your photo on a Monday.)

New entries this past week have been: Aces and Eights, an American-style saloon bar in Tufnell Park which does very tasty pizza; and The Ravensbury in Mitcham.

Significant updates to: The Sekforde Arms, good old-fashioned pub in Clerkenwell; The Marquis of Granby and The Jolly Coopers in Epsom (which is only marginally London); and many pubs in Sutton (The Old Bank, The Little Windsor, The Cock and Bull and The Lord Nelson).

Finally confirmation of three permanent closures: Tas-Ty Snacks greasy spoon in Bermondsey; Spa Fish Bar, a fish and chip shop in the same area; and Bella Italia, a chain Italian restaurant in Epsom.
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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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Duke of Wellington, De Beauvoir Town, N1

This week's featured article is The Duke of Wellington, N1 4BL, an excellent real ale pub with food at the edges of De Beauvoir Town, a short walk from the Dalston stations.

New additions are: Best Kebab, a good kebab shop in Walworth; and Bar Boulud, an American celebrity chef's brasserie in a Knightsbridge hotel.

There's an update to the stub entry for The Ship, a Good Beer Guide pub around the back of Fenchurch Street station.

Temporary closures reported are: The Rye, a gastropub on the southern tip of Peckham Rye Common, which is being refurbished following its summer residency by the Meatwagon (who are taking up a permanent restaurant site in Marylebone W1); and The Shaftesbury Arms, a Young's pub in Richmond, also closed for refurbishment.

Reopening after temporary closure is La Fermata, an Italian trattoria on Tower Bridge Road in Bermondsey.

Permanent closures are: Moshi Moshi, the sushi bar in the Canary Wharf Waitrose; and Sea Breeze Fish Bar, a fish and chip shop in Walworth.

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