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Epic SANA Launches In The Algarve

Well we are now in summer. Supposedly. When the sun shines, London really comes into its own, with the roof tops, terraces and parks bustling, but when the weather is like this, sometimes you just need to get out of London and find the sun. Which is fine when you’re off to Epic SANA. Situated just off Falesia Beach, Albufeira and within in easy reach of Faro, and set in a spacious 8 hectares of land, Epic SANA is the newest in the SANA collection and is aptly named Epic, because 1) it is and 2) it is one of […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Keeping it Simple at Hot Pink Grill

Hot Pink Grill has a simple menu idea complete with fresh, uncomplicated ingredients and an eco friendly approach to producing the food. Diners pick from a selection of 12 mains, divided into 4 categories; meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian. They then add one of six sides and an option of either Garlic & Herb, BBQ, Spicy Pink or Hot Pink Pesto sauce. When The Handbook checked out the latest addition to the Wimbledon Broadway we selected the Half chicken with Sweet potato fries and Spicy Pink sauce as well as the Halloumi & 7 Veg Stack (grilled halloumi, red/yellow pepper, aubergine, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Keeping it Simple at Hot Pink Grill

Hot Pink Grill has a simple menu idea complete with fresh, uncomplicated ingredients and an eco friendly approach to producing the food. Diners pick from a selection of 12 mains, divided into 4 categories; meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian. They then add one of six sides and an option of either Garlic & Herb, BBQ, Spicy Pink or Hot Pink Pesto sauce. When The Handbook checked out the latest addition to the Wimbledon Broadway we selected the Half chicken with Sweet potato fries and Spicy Pink sauce as well as the Halloumi & 7 Veg Stack (grilled halloumi, red/yellow pepper, aubergine, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bibigo Review

We featured Bibigo when it launched back in September last year but have only just gotten round to a proper visit. First impressions? LOTS of Oriental diners which boded extremely well and at 7.30pm on a Friday night the place was heaving with a cool fashion forward crowd (hello super limited edition Kenzo sweater to my left). The menu is as hip and healthy looking as the clientele. We started with a couple of the small dishes to share – Sweet & spicy rice cake (with sweet potatoes and okra glazes with chilli sauce) so much better than a bread […]

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Openings & Launches

VOC

VOC Punch House and cocktail bar in King’s Cross’ Varnishers Yard, is expanding its offering this Friday with the opening of brand new restaurant, VOC Grill which promises to help soak up some of the alcohol you might consume at the original. All that and late opening hours, an attractive courtyard area and a large cigar selection too… Promising to continue the ethos of the Dutch East India Company, or Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC), after which the venue is named, the restaurant pays homage to the original trail finding pioneers who scoured the east for new tastes, exotic flavours and […]

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Hotels

Game Set and Match at the Caxton Terrace

Although the weather may not realise it, it will soon be summer and as that approaches so does the Wimbledon Tennis. For those who will be braving the weather, rain or shine, the Caxton Terrace at the St Ermin’s Hotel will be will broadcasting the tennis live from two large outdoor screens showing every minute of the SW19 tennis action. Guests will be able to relax and enjoy the games in style with a glass of English sparkling wine (award-winning Gusbourne blanc de blancs 2007 from Kent at £11 per glass), rose Champagne (Lauren Perrier Cuvee Rose NV at £18 per glass) or […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea at Season

“I’m going to call up Daisy tomorrow and invite her over here to tea.” It’s the moment where Daisy and Great Gatsby first set eyes on each other after several years, afternoon tea at Nick Carraway’s house. And so with London celebrating Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the infamous book it seems only proper that there is at least one afternoon tea honouring this both poignant, and humorous moment in the book. Step in Harvey Nichols and Season at the Fifth Floor with their opulent ‘Roaring 20s Afternoon Tea’. Gatsby sends flowers to decorate Nick’s house, and whilst his were over […]

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Reviews

Getting it right at Rack & Ruin

There is one word to describe Rack & Ruin. Epic. The Handbook went down to check it out in the Kitchen Party in Clerkenwell and we came out saying that it was one of the best meals we had ever had. It was so simple but so brilliant. Less is definitely more. The concept is food at its most honest, forget extensive menus, waiters and waitresses this is all about traditional methods of brine soaking and roasting wood smoked meats, and birds.  Understated and rustic, we sat at an old slightly warped wooden table and were brought over a bowl […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Head Over To Alice’s House

The Alice House in Queens Park is an upmarket pub that is helping to shed the old fashioned image of dingy, derelict pubs where no one under the age of 30 dare enter. It sits on the corner of Salusbury Road a mere 5 minute drive from its sister pub, The Alice House in West Hampstead. Inside are various sofas and dining areas to relax with a spider like mash of wires creating a beautiful lighting fixture covering the ceilings. The food here is simple but exquisite and definitely does not disappoint. The Pea mousse starter was a simple idea […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Head Over To Alice’s House

The Alice House in Queens Park is an upmarket pub that is helping to shed the old fashioned image of dingy, derelict pubs where no one under the age of 30 dare enter. It sits on the corner of Salusbury Road a mere 5 minute drive from its sister pub, The Alice House in West Hampstead. Inside are various sofas and dining areas to relax with a spider like mash of wires creating a beautiful lighting fixture covering the ceilings. The food here is simple but exquisite and definitely does not disappoint. The Pea mousse starter was a simple idea […]

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