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Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson Relaunches

Spring, it’s a time of new life, new starts and new beginnings. Sure, we can spring clean and set ourselves new goals, but you know what we also like? When menus get a makeover, fitting then that one of London’s favourite afternoon teas, the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Sanderson, is being relaunched today with new whimsical touches and Alice in Wonderland inspired flourishes. The menu (which you’ll find hidden inside vintage books) includes the likes of scones, smoked salmon Scotch quail’s egg with caviar and cream cheese and a stack of King of Hearts parmesan croque-monsieur. As for the […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

The Big Five: Punch Room’s New Menu

Long before punch became synonymous with American frat parties, with its questionable sickly, sweet mix of alcohol and fruit, it was actually the invention of the ultimate drinkers, the 17th century sailors of the East India Company. It was said that they would drink in the region of ten pints a day, but as they reached hotter temperatures, the beer became rancid and flat. So once a shore they set about making a drink using spices and sugar and just like that punch was born. They brought it back it to England et voila. Now Punch Room, the award-winning bar at […]

News

Sunday Roast Takeover at Mustard

There’s nothing better on a Sunday then getting everyone round for Sunday lunch, cooking up a big roast, tucking in and forgetting it’s Monday tomorrow. Brook Green brasserie, Mustard, will be doing just that over the next few months as they invite three of their favourite chefs in to cook up different roasts. Starting on 14th May, Marc Wainwright, Head Chef at Le Vacherin in Chiswick will be celebrating spring with a roast leg of lamb accompanied by duck fat roast potatoes, stem broccoli, glazed carrots, Yorkshire puddings and apple crumble and clotted cream for pudding. The following month (25th […]

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Smokey Tails
Reviews

Smokey Tails’ Bottomless Brunch

What? Smokey Tails, DJ Seth Troxler’s BBQ restaurant at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen now serves up bottomless brunch every Saturday and Sunday. It’s not just bottomless drinks either, the food is unlimited too. New? Smokey Tails took up its permanent residency in Hoxton in April 2016 but the brunch only launched this February. Where? 2-4 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, N1 6NU www.smokeytails.co.uk On the Menu: The menu is succinct, just three dishes to choose from – Mama T’s pancakes with fruit compote and vanilla cream; indulgent French toast with fried chicken and Cherry Cola gammon and fried eggs. First Impressions: Whilst […]

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Weekend
What to do This Weekend

What To Do This Weekend: 20th – 23rd April

For many, this weekend will see the results of months of pounding the pavements, physio sessions and some last-minute carbo-loading but for those of us who aren’t taking part in the London Marathon, this weekend offers a wild new brunch, Earth Day cocktails and a huge new photography exhibition. Marathon or no marathon, we’ll race you to the bar…

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Nathan Outlaw
Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Dine Up Close and Personal With a Michelin-Starred Chef

We all love eating in Michelin-starred restaurants and we love attempting to recreate the food at home (the key here being ‘attempting’) but sometimes our interpretations of dishes aren’t quite like the real deal… You’ll be wanting to make room on your cookery bookshelf because Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw has written up a new cookbook, Home Kitchen. It’s his fourth book but it’s the first to have everything covered – and we mean everything – from meat and fish right through to dessert. He’ll be launching his book with a dinner (how else?!), showcasing some recipes from the book at […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Greatest Sandwich Festival

Oh a good old sarnie. Sometimes, nothing can beat it. We’ve even dedicated a week to celebrating it. Yep, British Sandwich Week is a thing. And now, so is Sandwich Fest – thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign. The festival will see the best of London’s sandwiches all brought to one courtyard, located on Hackney’s Warburton Street. A coincidence? We like to think not. Expect food from the likes of Brindisa, famed for their chorizo roll; Grill My Cheese, who put gourmet twists on the classic grilled cheese; Le Bao, you know, those fluffy cloud like buns filled with a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

10 of London’s Best Tapas Restaurants

We love tapas. There’s something about being able to try a whole range of different dishes that satisfies every single tastebud and subconsciously makes you feel like you’ve eaten less than you probably (actually) have. You’ll soon know your Brindisa from your Barrafina and your Boqueria from your Bocca di Lupo. Work your way through the list or just head to Soho; it’s a good place to start. Prepare for buzzy atmospheres and informality and prepare to queue; most don’t take reservations but are well worth the wait.

Reviews

ROKA Brunch Review: What We Thought

What? Award-winning contemporary Japanese restaurant, ROKA, has just launched a weekend han setto brunch: ten starters to share, a main dish from the robata or main kitchen, sharing dessert platter plus bellini on arrival, although with no eggs in sight it’s really more of a weekend lunch. New? ROKA Aldwych was the fourth ROKA to open in London, marking the Charlotte Street flagship’s tenth anniversary. The brunch is a recent addition to the menu, drawing in a different crowd to the weekday business set. Where? 71 Aldwych, WC2B 4HN www.rokarestaurant.com On the Menu: The brunch menu is designed for sharing, with starters like edamame beans, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

DIY Smores, Table Top Barbecuing and Spanish Gin Cocktails

Southbank is getting a summer pop-up. We’ve seen the urban beach, the roller disco and the helter skelter but this time around there’s a foodie focus as pop-up king, Jimmy Garcia launches The BBQ Club. A walk-up BBQ bar means you can saunter along the river, Aberdeen Angus steak burger in hand, but for the real experience you’ll want to head upstairs to the rooftop dining area. A 6-course tasting menu will be prepared for guests by their very own chef at a Big Green Egg grill (aka the ultimate piece of BBQ equipment) resembling a kind of intimate supper […]

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