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Two of London’s Favourite Restaurants Collaborate

We are always going to love eating, but if we can eat and do a bit of good at the same time then there is no stopping us. Two of London’s favourite restaurants som saa and Pitt Cue are joining forces to create dishes to serve at each other’s restaurants, throughout April, to raise money for Crisis (som saa’s chosen charity) and Farms Not Factories (Pitt Cue’s), so cue us eating. Co-Head Chefs of som saa, Andy Oliver and Mark Dobbie have worked alongside Pitt Cue founder, Tom Adams and Head Chef, Oscar Holgado to give a twist to som […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Supper Club Hosted by 5 Chefs and 5 Ex-Offenders

Supper clubs are great, but a Social Supper Club with a good cause is even better. That’s exactly what’s happening at the Social Pantry this April. Top London chefs Adam Handling, Alex Head, Anna Barnett, Lee Westcott, Richard Falk and Robin Gill will all join forces with the young offender charity Key4Life. The charity’s ground-breaking work focuses on tackling the root causes of reoffending, and through their collaboration with the Social Pantry, have handpicked five young ex-offenders who have shown a special interest in the food industry to help devise a delicious five-course menu for the Social Supper Club. Selected […]

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Bonnie Gull Soho Seafood Shack Review: What We Thought

What? The work of Alex Hunter and Danny Clancy, this is the second seafood shack to open and follows on from Bonnie Gull in Fitzrovia which has now been opened five years. New? Yes it opened at the end of 2016. Where?  22 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AN, www.bonniegull.com On the Menu: Made up of what they’ve caught in the boats that day, the menu is all about fresh, British seafood and small plates with a handful of sides and puddings thrown in. Expect to find the likes of Cullen skink with Hayle mussels and smoked haddock; wild Brixham brill, celeriac […]

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Food Store: The Feel Good Deli

What? A feel good café deli and juice bar with an Italian twist. New? The Food Store Irving Street opened at the end of February 2017, this is the third branch of the Food Store. Where? Food Store Soho, 9a Irving Street, WC2H 7AT www.foodstorelondon.co.uk On The Menu: On the menu, you’ll find breakfast dishes such as French toast, smashed avocado on sourdough and eggs benedict. The Food Store serves up an extensive range of salads think Caesar and Thai carrot salad; at least three varieties of pizza al taglio alongside dishes such as aubergine parmigiana and chicken escalope. To quench […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Peruvian Bottomless Brunch at COYA

As you probably already know, here at the Handbook HQ, we are big brunch aficionados. Always on the lookout for our next weekend destination, it’s no surprise that we are drawn to COYA Mayfair’s newest offering; Latin-American Bottomless Brunch. Cue angels singing, parades through Mayfair and salsa dancing in the streets. (Not really, but we can wish right?) Launching the first weekend in April –and not as some cruel April Fool’s joke- London’s first Peruvian restaurant will open its doors with the only real decision you need to make; classic bottomless Champagne, firm favourite Pisco Sour or their new twisted […]

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Reviews

The Ivy Soho Brasserie Review: What We Thought

What? The latest from The Ivy Collection’s empire, The Ivy Soho Brasserie is an impressive 200-cover restaurant. New? Yes, brand spanking new, having only opened at the start of February. Where?  26-28 Broadwick Street, Soho, W1F 8JB, www.theivysohobrasserie.com On the Menu: Executive Chef Sean Burbidge has created a British menu, which is nothing if not extensive – you’ve got 14 starters alone to choose from. Expect to find the likes of tuna carpaccio, crispy duck salad, lobster thermidor, steak tartare and The Ivy’s classic shepherd’s pie. For pudding, there is flourless cappuccino cakes and apple tarts, but you know you’ll […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Ale You Need: Wandsworth Common Beer Festival Returns

Winter is officially over, and spring is starting off right; with a beer festival, of course. The annual Wandsworth Common beer festival to be exact, which is returning to Le Gothique at the iconic Royal Victoria Patriotic Building this March for its 9th year. The largest independent beer festival in South London promises to leave you spoilt for choice, with over 100 cask ales and 25 craft ciders to choose from… you could be there a while. The star of this year’s festival promises to be the Motorhead ‘Road Crew’ American Pale Ale, served in specially commissioned tankards. There will be […]

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Openings & Launches

Andi’s Arrives in Stoke Newington

If we were to open our own restaurant, then we’d definitely want Andi Oliver and Kelly Miles on our team. Sorry to break it to you, but we aren’t opening a restaurant… it’s alright though, because they are. Opening on 4th April on Stoke Newington Church Street, Andi’s will be both your new brunch spot and your go-to local brasserie. Why would we want them on our team? Because Andi Oliver, is not only a chef, but also, a musician, pub landlady, supper club queen and a judge on BBC2’s The Great British Menu. Whilst Kelly Miles has 15 years’ […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London’s Big New Foodie Destination

It started with King’s Cross, then it was Victoria’s turn to take the foodie baton but the next big area to keep an eye on is Tower Bridge. A huge multi-million pound renovation of the area is bringing with it luxury apartments on the banks of the Thames… and we’re talking serious luxury. Residents will enjoy perks akin to any 5-star hotel; think 24-hour Harrods concierge, a 20m swimming pool with white gold tiles, virtual golf and a luxurious spa treatment room, but what about food? Who really wants to come home and cook after a long day of business? […]

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Novikov Italian Review: What We Thought

What: The Italian offering from the Novikov group which also has a sushi restaurant and basement lounge bar. New? Novikov celebrated their 5th birthday on the 1st of March with an exclusive party. Where? 50A Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8HA www.novikovrestaurant.co.uk On the menu: Being an Italian restaurant you can expect a healthy choice of cheese, pasta and risotto while fish dishes feature heavily on the menu with options like Sicilian red prawns’ carpaccio with lemon dressing, Sardinian wild boar prosciutto, and Dover sole meuniere with capers and lemon. If you fancy something meatier there is the wood roasted whole suckling […]

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