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Spring Lamb at Arch London

Is there more of a Spring time ingredient than lamb?  The Hunter 486 restaurant at Arch London certainly don’t think so and next month will be launching a menu of the meat done every single possible way you can think of.    Using meltingly tender new season lamb they will serve dishes ranging from confit shoulder of lamb with grilled kidneys to a roast loin of baby lamb served with aubergine, mint compote and sarladaise potatoes.  Other dishes will include braised lamb shank with flageolet beans, smoked sausage and toasted crumbs, making each option even more delicious than the one […]

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Secret Dinner: PRiMAVERA

So if we told you to buy tickets for dinner, but we couldn’t tell you what was on the menu or where it was, other than there were 6 courses and 6 wines, would you buy them? Yes you would, and why? Because it comes courtesy of Culinary Mischief by il Tocco Food; set up by Italian chef Gabriele Bertaccini, they have been delighting diners in New York, LA, Phoenix and Italy. Then  last October the secret dinners first came to London and received rave reviews from some of London’s finest critics, and you know they are a tough crowd […]

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Ping Pong Westfields: Review

Monday night – I battled my way through the commuters at Waterloo, dodged travellers on the escalators on the Jubilee line and managed to escape the clutches of the sales people in Westfields, Stratford – you know the sort, the ones who tell you that ‘you really do need this dead sea salt/natural fungi/ coconut/olive/peanut oil’ because it will wonderfully transform you from a tired, worn out Londoner into a goddess of some sort…. Yep sure. Anyway I had got through this mini marathon and finally made my way to my destination: Ping Pong which has recently opened up in […]

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Café De Paris

Piccadilly’s Café De Paris, with its glittering history, spanning more than nine decades – it first opened its doors in 1924 – is renowned for both its sparking performers and its guests as well from royalty and members of the aristocracy to eminent political figures and stars of stage and screen. On descending the sweeping steps visitors cannot fail to be caught up in the nostalgia of a bygone era. Gloriously ostentatious décor features twin staircases curving down from the balcony – based on the Palm Court of the Lusitania ocean liner no less ­– and a dance-floor modelled on […]

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Shay Cooper joins The Goring

Listen up – there is a new chef in town, well by town we mean The Goring, and not entirely new, he has already been cooking at The Bingham… but you get our drift. That’s right Chef Shay Cooper has recently joined The Goring hotel in Belgravia, and he comes well equipped with a Michelin pedigree, Hotel Chef of the Year award and 3 AA Rosettes which he earned at The Bingham in Richmond, it is also where he was awarded his first Michelin Star. His aim is to keep with traditional British cuisine that The Goring is infamous for, […]

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Cheese and Wine at The InterContinental

Is there any greater pleasure than wine and cheese? We don’t think so. So if you’re a bit of an aficionado grab your likeminded friends (we are sure you’ll find many willing participants) and head over to InterContinental London Park Lane for the new Italian cheese and wine pairings on the menu.    Curated by Head Sommelier Yuri Gualeni, the board will take form as a journey around Italy featuring four carefully selected Italian wines with regional cheeses. Starting the tour in the North and moving on to the stronger stuff in the South the selection will start with a mild goat […]

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Steak Escargot at Cheyne Walk Brasserie

Cheyne Walk Brasserie on Chelsea Embankment have recently launched their new spring menu,  a new season calls for a new menu of course, with the addition of a very special steak, forget your normal sauces, béarnaise, peppercorn and red wine,  this is all about steak escargot – that’s right a snail sauce. The 21 day aged rib eye steak is topped with garlic butter, a dark port and red wine reduction and fresh snails; the sauce was created by head chef Olivier Ripert who said:  “We wanted to capture spring in a simple but intriguing flavour combination. We’ve created something […]

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Openings & Launches

Mother’s Day 2

With less than a week until Mother's Day it is time to start planning what you are going to do treat your mother! But panic not, we have it sorted, in the second part of our Mother's Day events we have found some of the best afternoon teas and menus which are bound to give you major brownie points. All you have to do is book it! So from Prosecco and ping pong at Bounce to a massage at The Ritz, take your  pick!     Almeida    Almeida is a cosy restaurant perfect to hide away in this Mother’s […]

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Diciannove in the City : Review

Since their launch back in September last year , Italian restaurant Diciannove in the City has maintained a steady flow of positive reviews.  Never one to miss out on a good Italian the Handbook hotfooted it to Blackfriars on Wednesday to check out what all the fuss was about.  Entering through the front entrance of The Crowne Plaza hotel we were curious how the restaurant would stand out from the four star venue. Quite quiet for a Wednesday evening , most of the diners were presumably guests from the hotel but a few larger groups were dotted around looking like […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Diciannove in the City : Review

Since their launch back in September last year , Italian restaurant Diciannove in the City has maintained a steady flow of positive reviews.  Never one to miss out on a good Italian the Handbook hotfooted it to Blackfriars on Wednesday to check out what all the fuss was about.  Entering through the front entrance of The Crowne Plaza hotel we were curious how the restaurant would stand out from the four star venue. Quite quiet for a Wednesday evening , most of the diners were presumably guests from the hotel but a few larger groups were dotted around looking like […]

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