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Summing Up the 2019 London Restaurant Industry in One Word

How to capture a year’s worth of dining?

It is the tradition at Eater to end the year with a survey of friends, contributors, rovers of the industry, critics, and professional eaters. This year, the group were asked eight questions, spanning meal of the year to biggest dining grievance. Their answers will appear throughout this week. Responses are related in no particular order; cut and pasted below. Standbys, best newcomers, best meals, and the most exciting dining neighbourhoods in the city have been announced — now the group sums up 2019 with a single word.


Adam Coghlan, Editor, Eater London: Transition.

James Hansen, Assistant Editor, Eater London: Beholden.

Anna Sulan Masing, food writer and Eater London contributor: Jonathan.

Jonathan Nunn, food writer and Eater London contributor: Vaughn.

Nigel Slater, food writer: Brave.

Sejal Sukhadwala, food writer and Eater London contributor: Jackfruited.

Emma Hughes, freelance food writer and Eater London contributor: Sandwiches.

George Reynolds, food writer and Eater London contributor: Plant-based.

Shekha Vyas, food writer and Eater London contributor: Tempestuous.

Hillary Armstrong, food writer and Eater London contributor: #Bigmamma.

Sudi Pigott, food writer and Eater London contributor: Risk-averse.

Apoorva Sripathi, writer and Eater London contributor: Excessive?

Feroz Gajia, restaurateur and Eater London contributor: Vaughn.

Ed Smith, food writer and Eater London contributor: Drifting.

Vaughn Tan, academic and restaurant consultant: Frothy.

Daisy Meager, food writer and Eater London contributor: Unpredictable.

Josh Barrie, writer and Eater London contributor: DMs.

Angela Hui, food writer and Eater London contributor: Wild.

Leila Latif, Eater London contributor: Precarious.

Jonathan Hatchman, food writer and Eater London contributor: Influencers.

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