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Countdown to the London Restaurant Festival | townfood - recipes, restaurant reviews and food news

Countdown to the London Restaurant Festival

It’s just three weeks to go until the ‘citywide celebration of eating out’ lifts off in London. The London Restaurant Festival is an opportunity for the city’s eateries to raise their profile and showcase their cooking. This is the second year that it has been running, and the organisers aim to have around 800 restaurants involved, compared to last year's 450.

The restaurants that participate all put on ‘festival menus’ for the duration of the 15 days that the festival runs. The menus are intended to be a way to experience a restaurant that you haven’t tried before, but at a price that won’t be too damaging on the bank balance. All menus are a minimum of two courses and available for the duration of the festival.

Alongside the festival menus are a number of events happening around the city. For example ‘Gourmet Odysseys’ take you, in one lunchtime, on either a walking or bus tour to three different restaurants where you’ll meet the chefs and eat your starter at the first, main at the second and pudding at the third. The prices range from £85 for walking tours, up to £135 for the route master bus version. They seem to be booking up pretty quickly though, so get in while you can.

Other events include The Big Debate – well-known foodies such as AA Gill and Janet Street-Porter discuss for and against the question ‘Is French food a spent force?’ There is also a London Restaurant Festival Market in Central London (no further clues as to location given) that is free for all to attend.

The festival runs from 4th-18th October. You can book tables at participating restaurants and find out more about the other events on their website: http://www.visitlondon.com/londonrestaurantfestival/