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Under the table - news and views

Damien Hirst and Mark Hix new combo, her Majesty gets into the burger craze and other essential stories you may have missed

Published on May 29th 2012.


Under the table - news and views

We are not completely sold on the Damien Hirst cow with chicken installation at Mark Hix’s otherwise fabulous new Shoreditch location Tramshed – right opposite the Rivington Grill which he also set up for Richard Carling before the two went their separate ways. Rivington had/has the first Tracey Emin neon messaging on the wall but all these art wars are a bit putting us off our chips, chaps.

To mark the Jubilee, her Majesty has come to an agreement with Gourmet Burger Kitchen to sell the Windsor Sussex cattle that graze around Windsor Castle for their new burgers this summer. A Windsor is priced at a regal £11.95.

Jockey Frankie Dettori has opened a second restaurant – his other link ups are with Marco Pierre White at Frankies – but this time he is in the saddle with Stefano Stecca on the many times failed site in  Sydney Street, Chelsea. It is called Sette, apparently because back in 1997 Dettori won seven races at Ascot in one day.

Farewell Bistro du Vin in Clerkenwell and Soho, as owners of the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin group pull out of their restaurant venture and hand over the leases to Burger and Lobster.

USA chain Sushisamba – a cross fusion between Peruvian,  Brazilian and Japanese – will be beating out the rythmns on the 38th and 39th floor of Heron Towers in Bishopsgate from July. Great views - it is 500 feet up with terraces and will open from brunch.

Meantime is opening the biggest new brewery in the capital apparently since 1936 and will be turning out 1.5 million pints a month from Greenwich (is that London – ed?) along with a visitor centre, bar and kitchen.

Soho’s famous Coach and Horses has gone veggie…so that means tofu chips and welsh rarebit, not to mention courgette chips.

And for sale this week is one of England’s most revered restaurant names the Hole in the Wall in Bath where George Perry Smith and Joyce Molyneux carried a torch for Elizabeth David’s style of cooking through the dark days of the sixties and seventies…or you can buy all the D&D restaurants and make Sir Terence Conran an even richer man – they include Quaglinos, Orrery and Mezzo. Great spaces but apart from being a keen accountant with access to deep pockets, you may also need some bright ideas as to what to do with all that space, or have a lot of friends.

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