Street food collective KERB lost their regular spot at the Gherkin earlier this year but they’re back with a bang with a two-date Christmas special on the 5th and 12th of December. If you work nearby, ditch your sad sandwich, grab your favourite colleagues and treat yourself to some of London’s finest street food. Traders will include familiar favourites like Big Apple Hot Dogs, Bleecker St Burger, Spit & Roast, Tongue ‘n Cheek and Fundi Pizza.
Drake & Morgan (The Happenstance, The Anthologist) will open their latest bar-restaurant in Holborn next February. The new addition, The Fable, is inspired by fairy tales and Aesop’s fables so expect sparkling crystal, twinkling candelabras and a scattering of storybooks and flowers. Like its sister sites, The Fable will be open all day with a menu that moves from breakfast all the way through lunch, afternoon tea, after-work drinks and dinner.
Some of London’s top restaurateurs are set to launch new restaurants in 2014. Rainer Becker will open Roka Mayfair on North Audley Street in February, followed by Roka Aldwych in the summer. Goodman are opening a lobster roll deli on Duke Street, Iberica have plans for new sites in London and Manchester, and Raymond Blanc has announced plans for three new gastropubs in the capital. You can find more restaurants opening in 2014 at the bottom of our Coming Soon list.
Forget the Christmas sandwich, what you really need is a Christmas burger. Naturally, the guys at Hawksmoor have you covered. Between their festive buns, you’ll find a juicy slab of buttermilk fried turkey, a Ginger Pig sausage patty, crispy smoked bacon, sprout tops, spiced cranberry ketchup AND Ogleshield cheese. It will only set you back £12 at their Spitalfields bar and that includes some delicious turkey gravy for you to dip it in.
Over at Honest Burgers, their Christmas burger features a slab of deep-fried Camembert (with cranberry sauce, obviously) and if you’re eating at their Portobello Road restaurant, you can try out their new mini battered sausages, complete with homemade curry sauce. Check out some pics on the excellent Burgaffair blog.
December openings – If you thought things were winding down for the winter, thing again! Next month’s newcomers include Salt Yard’s new baby, Ember Yard; the pork-focused Blackfoot in Exmouth Market; and Martin Morales' new Peruvian restaurant, Andina, in Shoreditch. Soho will be particularly busy with French bistro Blanchette, a new Rum Kitchen, and Bobby Chinn’s House of Ho all set to open their doors before Christmas.