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6 Of The Best Fish and Chips Hangouts

Fish & chips is a classic British dish; it’s what custard tarts are to Portugal and lamb tagine is to Morocco. And you don’t have to venture to coastal towns to get some of the best that England has to offer – London has a selection of lip-smackingly good fish & chips right on its doorstep, and we’ve rounded up the top six to get your hands on  

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5 Dog Friendly Restaurants in London

Dogs are for life, not just for Christmas, don’t you know? And more and more places are making it easier for you to incorporate your furry friend into your social life, there’s even going to be a dog walk this London Fashion Week in one of London’s top hotels! So to make your life easier, we’ve rounded-up our five favourite pooch-perfect eateries in the capital. M RestaurantsWhy: If man is a dog’s best friend then surely M Restaurants must be their favourite restaurant as the innovative venue revels in throwing unique events, geared towards honouring our canine chums. Events include Doggy Disco where […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Mushroom Tasting Menu at Plateau

One member of The Handbook team has already decided that their new year’s resolution will be to celebrate every ‘national whatever day’ of the year and so far we’ve stumbled across days celebrating donuts, kissing and friendship in preparation for her mammoth task. We’ve now got one more to add to the list, with the launch of a marvellous Mushroom tasting menu at Plateau, in celebration of mushroom month! The mushroom tasting menu will run throughout September as part of Plateau’s monthly changing ‘gourmand’ tasting menu series. It will include five courses as well as wine pairing options – try […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pizza Locadeli Pops up in Angel

In the words of icon and all round food appreciator, Jennifer Lawrence, “where’s the pizza?!” Well it’s in Angel as popular Italian restaurateurs, Locanda Locatelli announce the launch of a new pizza pop up, Pizza Locadeli. Steering away from the fine-dining feel of the parent restaurant, Pizza Locadeli will offer guests offer a relaxed, Trattoria-style dining experience in a spacious and vibrant setting. Classic dishes like Margherita and Caprese will be on the menu alongside a few surprises too. Showstoppers will include the Tartufo, made with Taleggio and fresh black truffles, and the Seaside, made with tomato, mozzarella, prawns, swordfish, clams […]

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Openings & Launches

Ma’ Plucker Opens

You know what autumn means, it means good bye summer salads and hello big old meals of comfort food, food for the soul in particular southern classics. And this autumn you need to take yourself over to the new Deep South haunt, Ma’ Plucker which is serving up chicken, in wait for it…three ways. You’ll find it on Beak Street (where else?) in Soho and the order of the day is chicken with a side of R&B and a whole lot of soul. The concept is simple, choose your base – salad, house bun or maple waffle. Next up choose […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The World’s first Michelin Starred Delivery Service Launches

We have all, at some point, experienced the tragedy of ordering take-away and upon opening the containers been devastated to find our delicious bounty of food in a sorry state. We’re talking soggy chips, damp spring rolls and moist pizza crusts – no way to live. Well there is light at the end of the tunnel with the launch of SUPPER, the first ever Michelin starred delivery service. State of the art Japanese bikes will weave their way through traffic, ensuring faster delivery times plus (and most importantly) a great deal of research and expense has been made to ensure […]

Reviews

Fu Manchu review – what we thought

I was intrigued by Fu Manchu after first discovering it back in April when The Handbook covered its launch and was excited to be able to finally head down to see it in person. Fu Manchu is a trendy dim sum restaurant that popped up in the railway arches by Clapham North station. The face of the venue’s villainous namesake, Fu Manchu, looms perilously on the wall over guests as they enter, and although the venue is relatively small, the high archways give the impression of a much more spacious area.I’m not normally a fan of open brickwork but it […]

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Reviews

Smith & Wollensky Review: What We Thought

New York restaurants are making their mark on the capital this summer, we’ve already seen the opening of the dark, mysterious Hotel Chantelle and dined on candy floss coated chicken and then in June we saw the arrival of America’s beloved steak house Smith & Wollensky.  First opened in New York in 1977 by Alan Stillman, who had already found success with a little known chain T.G.I.F,  Smith & Wollensky was named after two randomly chosen surnames from the directory and was recognisable from its signature green and white colouring. 38 years later it made the move over to London […]

Reviews

Smith & Wollensky Review: What We Thought

New York restaurants are making their mark on the capital this summer, we’ve already seen the opening of the dark, mysterious Hotel Chantelle and dined on candy floss coated chicken and then in June we saw the arrival of America’s beloved steak house Smith & Wollensky.  First opened in New York in 1977 by Alan Stillman, who had already found success with a little known chain T.G.I.F,  Smith & Wollensky was named after two randomly chosen surnames from the directory and was recognisable from its signature green and white colouring. 38 years later it made the move over to London […]

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6 Pop-ups Not To Miss

Pop-up is definitely starting to feel like a very over-used term but who cares when there are some absolute gems out there waiting to be discovered. Traditionally the reserve of hipster hangouts like Dalston and Shoreditch, the pop-up is becoming increasingly popular across our glorious capital. Whether you’re looking for seafood on a boat, an inner-city Eden or the chance to brush up on your DIY while sipping a Pilsner, we’ve got the definitive guide to some of London’s very best pop-ups.

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