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According to Eater London’s year-end committee
Omicron brings down the shutters on a year of uncertainty, turmoil, takings, and takeaways
Bread, wine, meat, fish, fruit, veg, and other groceries from shops, provisioners, and restaurants
Some rich and boozy, some light and tangy, some featuring actual mince
Fish and chips and pie and mash; parmos and stotties; oatcakes and stargazy pie
River Café ribollita, St John’s bone marrow and parsley salad, Quo Vadis’s smoked eel sandwich — and more
After over five months of closure London’s dining rooms and cafes opened their doors on 17 May
"That was all that we wanted to do, keep people in jobs"
"The silence on rent is challenging. It’s the biggest issue that seems to just be ignored."
"I have no faith in this government. They have shown almost sneering contempt for hospitality and feel we can be used to do the work they are so incompetent to do themselves."
"It’s crucial that once we can trade again that we are not subject to further lockdowns, therefore it’s imperative those timings are measured and precise."
"The last 12 months have shown resilient businesses are built on decisions they make autonomously, on a controllable level for themselves."
They start 2021 with no idea when they can reopen
"It certainly is not a very merry Christmas to anyone working in the hospitality industry"
The current London restaurant coronavirus rent crisis, explained
"We are in a battle with a way to go yet, steel yourself on your mettle and… onward!"
A peculiar atmosphere of celebration befell the city yesterday as restaurants are more prepared for closure, but no more certain about their future
Bread, wine, meat, fish, fruit, veg, and other groceries
How the best restaurants in the city are reopening — if they are reopening at all
Whether emulating the government or doing their own deals, here are the restaurants continuing the scheme