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Thumbnail image for London Restaurant FestivalTickets to this year's London Restaurant Festival are now on sale.

The fortnightly festival, which will run from 3 to 17 October, will see a host of events take place across the capital including the restaurant on the London Eye, which this year will be manned by celebrated chefs including Jason Atherton, Simon Rogan, Hélène Darroze and Ashley Palmer-Watts.

Now in its third year, the London Restaurant Festival has been created by the London Evening Standard's food critic Fay Maschler and Simon Davis, who together run restaurant consultancy Private View, (pictured) and this year has the support of VisitBritain and tourism minister John Penrose.

It is a city-wide celebration of dining out and is designed to raise the profile of establishments involved and drive footfall, with around 800 restaurants participating.

A series of new events will be introduced this year including walking gourmet odysseys in Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden and Clerkenwell where diners will walk between different restaurants from course to course; and a tapas passport allowing punters to enjoy a different dish and glass of wine at different tapas restaurants.

Other events will include gourmet odysseys on London buses; a food quiz held at the Criterion on Piccadilly as well as participating pubs; and the Great Food Debate. The festival will culminate in an awards ceremony to be held at the Old Spitalfields Market.

Ticket prices start at £110 and are available from the London Restaurant Festival's website.

Thumbnail image for What the Critics SayGiles Coren enjoys the food at Street Kitchen, a mobile pop-up restaurant, which forms part of the London Restaurant Festival fortnight.

Serving food by Jun Tanaka (Pearl) and Mark Jankel (The Food Initiative), The Times' food critic says he has the the perfect restaurant experience: "No menu, no waiters, no lighting, no music, no waiting around, nothing."

Meanwhile The Sunday Times' AA Gill finds what he calls the top roadside restaurant in Britain in the House of Bruar by Blair Atholl, Perthshire.

"Altogether, the food at Bruar is a miracle of loaves-and-fishes proportions. It's probably the best motorway restaurant in Britain," he  enthuses.

Writing in the Independent, Tracey Macleod finds a "dream of a local restaurant" in Trullo in Islington, north London, which serves high quality Italian food at affordable prices.

Lisa Markwell, writing in the Independent on Sunday, says despite the huge meat-and-potato portions at Moran's in Sheffield and the chef's overuse of salt she'd return thanks to the team's enthusiasm and commitment.

John Lanchester of The Guardian finds well-judged, of-the-moment cooking at a great price at the Hawke & Hunter in Edinburgh and can't understand why the place is empty?

The Observer's Jay Rayner says there's a beer for everyone at the third outpost of London-based pub group the Draft House at Tower Bridge - even one for people like him who don't like really like beer.

The Sunday Telegraph's Zoe Williams dines at Koffmann's where, a challenging pig's trotter aside, she loves the deceptively plain cooking at this smart French restaurant.

London Restaurant FestivalThe second London Restaurant Festival will run in the capital for two weeks in October.

The event was launched last year by the London Evening Standard's food critic Fay Maschler and Simon Davis, who together run restaurant consultancy Private View. It is a citywide celebration of dining out designed to raise the profile of restaurants involved and drive footfall.

Supported by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and tourism body Visit London, the 2010 London Restaurant Festival will run for two weeks from 4-18 October compared with six days last year. Restaurant operators in the capital can register to take part in the event by entering their details on its website.

Last year, the London Restaurant Festival attracted more than 500 operators and saw a myriad of events take place including the high profile pop up restaurant of iconic chef Pierre Koffmann on the roof of department store Selfridges, which ran for more than seven weeks.

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