If you are a proud lover of food then head to the capital for The London Restaurant Festival taking place on the 1st to the 15th October 2013. It is one of the biggest food events in the country, designed to not only raise the profile of the establishments involved but celebrate London’s diverse range of restaurants. With special menus on offer and events taking place, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
All of the chefs involved in The London Restaurant Festival have dedicated their time to putting together special menus for the two week event. The menus can be viewed on the event website and are organised according to the average price of the dishes, making it easier for you to find the perfect place to eat out. The LRF menus will be available throughout the festival period and it is recommended that you book tables in advance online.
As well as offering special festival menus, many of the restaurants will be putting on events over the two week period. These events usually sell out pretty quickly, so if you want to secure a place it is best to book online in advance.
Eat Film is an event that has been created in partnership with BAFTA 195 Piccadilly. It will take place on Monday 7th October and will be hosted by the one and only Jonathan Ross. The London Restaurant Festival and BAFTA 195 Piccadilly asked Jonathan to curate a three course meal inspired by his all-time favourite movie ‘Spirited Away.’ During the evening you will not only get to watch the film, but indulge in the three course meal cooked by BAFTA 195 Piccadilly’s head chef Anton Manganaro.
Twelve restaurants across North London, The City and the West End will be taking part in Graze this year. Basically diners can pick up a specially designed London Restaurant Festival Graze passport which entitles them to a complimentary drink with every Graze dish they purchase at participating restaurants. Graze runs from the 7th to the 20th of October.
Gourmet Odyssey is a cleverly designed event which takes diners on a restaurant road trip! The first course will be eaten in one top London restaurant, the main in another and the dessert in a final third restaurant. Each course is served with champagne carefully selected by Laurent-Perrier. Attendees will travel to each restaurant as a group on the Routemaster buses provided. Each gastronomic journey has its own theme, adding another special element to the event. Gourmet Odyssey will take place on the 5th, 12th and 19th of October.
The Tapas Tour is set to inject London with a little Spanish passion. Explore the city’s finest tapas restaurants using your specially designed passport to guide the way. The Tapas Tour is running on the 5th, 12th and 19th of October.
If Tapas isn’t your thing, then why not head on a Japanese journey? This event is running on the 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th of October. Like with the other events you are given a unique LRF Japanese Journey passport which allows you to visit up to six restaurants in a single day to indulge in Japanese dishes and drinks.
Fancy trying a few Italian small snacks? Book a place at the Cicchetti Trail event where you can visit up to six Italian restaurants in a day using your LRF passport. Many of London’s finest Italian and Venetian restaurants are participating in the events which are planned for the 5th, 12th and 19th of October.
Whether you fancy indulging in old favourites or trying out new cuisines, the London Restaurant Festival is the perfect place to do it. The event has been a huge success over past years and is set to be even bigger and better this October!
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