Gastro pubs liven up London dining

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The rise of the gastro pub has become one of the most important dining trends in London, with as many as three new sites opening every week,...

The rise of the gastro pub has become one of the most important dining trends in London, with as many as three new sites opening every week, according to Time Out restaurant critic Guy Dimond. One in four review visits made by Dimond is now to a gastro pub ­ which is pioneering the "casualisation" of dining ­ as opposed to a restaurant. "When I started this job four years ago there was agastro pub opening in London once a fortnight," he said. "Now there are two or three opening every week, easily ­ there has been exponential growth with hundreds now open in London. "The gastro pubs are reallyfilling a gap in the market because they are cheap and fun ­ and provide a more casual way of eating out. "The Eagle on Farringdon Road has been very formative and a lot of people have copied it. "Generally, the gastro pubs are much more relaxed places to eat than restaurants and, generally,you pay £10 a head rather than £20 to 30 a head." Dimond's comments came as Time Out announced its Eating and Drinking Awards finalists, drawn up from reader nominations. Winners will be announced in May. The finalists are: Best gastro pub ­ the Earl Spencer, SW18; Grand Junction Arms, NW10; the Highgate, NW5; the House, N1; Sutton Arms, EC1. Best pub ­ Golden Heart E1; the Greenwich Union, SE10; Royal Oak, SE1; Seven Stars, WC2; Swimmer at the Geafton Arms, N7. Perrier Best Bar ­ Eagle Bar Diner, W1; the Hill, W11; Lonsdale, W11; the Player, W1; Townhouse, SW3.

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