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Cheese, Glorious Cheese at Verden

Cheese, glorious cheese…here at The Handbook we cannot get enough of the stuff which is we were delighted to hear about Verden, a new restaurant led by Head Chef Tom Fraser (ex-Scott’s) in Clapton. The restaurant, which has its very own cold-room vaults in the basement, specialises in three of our favourite things: cheese, wine and charcuterie. Make sure to wrap up warm as customers are more than welcome to enjoy the vaults themselves, selecting homemade cheeses, to either eat-in or take-away.   Whilst the cheese is definitely something that we are going to be checking out, we were intrigued […]

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The Lancaster’s Afternoon Tea

When it’s this sort of weather there is nothing better than to get out of the cold and set yourself up with good company and better food. With this in mind we headed over to The Lancaster who have recently launched their new afternoon tea. Served in the lounge – which is the perfect setting with dark wooden panels, an open fire and sofas you can just sink into- the tea is classic yet with little contemporary twists and nostalgic sweet inspired cakes. First we were brought Novus loose teas and a mini sand timer so that each type could […]

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Oh My Cod at Randall & Aubin

You are all probably well aware that it is Christmas soon, and that the festive season is almost upon us as you have to check that your ears aren’t playing tricks on you as the first Christmas song starts blaring from supermarket speakers. But did you know that a much more important season is also taking place? I am of course talking about cod season! Well someone that is well aware is iconic seafood restaurant Randall & Aubin who has launched their Oh My Cod menu. Lunchtime visitors can treat themselves to Large Premium In-Shore Cod & Chips with House […]

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Hunting Without the Gathering with York & Albany

Grab your shooting jacket and head to York & Albany’s winter cabin this week, where you will be treated to a hunting lodge complete with wild game and plenty of fun. Set in the cosy courtyard of the restaurant and inspired by the age of hunting grounds of the surrounding Regent’s Park, you will be in for a rural retreat with the added bonus of not having to leave the confines of London. Combine this with outdoor heaters, scented candles and live music and this whole hunting thing suddenly became a whole load more enticing. Tweed, tartan and taxidermy will […]

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Festive Treats at Winterville

After weeks of speculation, the first inklings of the food on offer at Winterville has been released and here at The Handbook, we are not disappointed. For those that haven’t already heard Winterville, which is taking place in Victoria Park, seeks to re-boot the festive format combining outdoor ice rinks, huge ferris wheels and horse drawn carriages with spiegeltents (Dutch travelling dance halls), roller discos and craft beers. No Christmas fair is complete without a mandatory food market going on at the side and Winterville’s will certainly not leave you wanting for more. With Voodoo Ray’s famous pizza slices and […]

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Frescobaldi London

Following my namesake and having spent the summer inter-railing around Italy exploring Florence, Venice and Rome, the opening of Frescobaldi, the first standalone restaurant in the UK from the Frescobaldi family was one that I was not going to miss. And despite spending three weeks, exploring every nook and cranny of Florence, the closest I got to Tuscany where the food is inspired from, was the wine I had been sampling, so I was looking forward to a taste of it. Whilst most reviewers have described the food at Frescobaldi’s as authentic Italian (which it is), there is much more […]

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Frescobaldi London

Following my namesake and having spent the summer inter-railing around Italy exploring Florence, Venice and Rome, the opening of Frescobaldi, the first standalone restaurant in the UK from the Frescobaldi family was one that I was not going to miss. And despite spending three weeks, exploring every nook and cranny of Florence, the closest I got to Tuscany where the food is inspired from, was the wine I had been sampling, so I was looking forward to a taste of it. Whilst most reviewers have described the food at Frescobaldi’s as authentic Italian (which it is), there is much more […]

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Après-Skate at Fortnum’s Lodge

Forget après-ski, this year it is all about après-skate and Fortnum’s Lodge is the perfect place in which to practice. Based in the west wing of Somerset House, Fortnum’s Lodge will be on guard to provide the people with London with a fun and festive winter retreat- you don’t even have to have tickets for the ice rink to get in on the action, meaning no unwanted falls…at least not from the ice itself- we can’t say the same after a few of their cocktail tipples! Open from 10am until late, The Lodge, is a family friendly restaurant where you […]

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Christabel’s Mad Hatter Brunch

You must have heard about Christabel by now? You know the catering and events genius who also hosts her own supper clubs and brunches? Well now she is heading over to Notting Hill to host her Mad Hatter Brunch at the Little Yellow Door – the pop-up based on a fictional flat share. Taking place on Saturday 29th November (between 1pm-6pm), rather than fall down the rabbit hole like Alice, guests just have to knock on the elusive yellow door, where they will be able to sit down to crispy bacon with maple syrup, scrambled eggs with spicy honey and […]

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Our Guide to… Thanksgiving

On the never ending quest to find something to party about, when the events run dry over here we are happy to look further afield and across the pond, to borrow Thanksgiving from our US neighbours. With delicious food, autumnal decorations and a perfect excuse to have everything pumpkin flavoured, Thanksgiving on the 27th November is the perfect warm-up before the main event of Christmas. We have created our guide of the best Thanksgiving events happening in London. Sports Bar & Grill’s Festive Celebrations Throw yourself into the full spirit of the US by watching live NFL games on the […]

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The Handbook’s Guide to… The Top Brunch Spots

The best part of any weekend is brunch. Be it munching on Eggs Florentine, or sipping on Bloody Mary’s whilst nursing your hangover and discussing the night before, the weekend is not complete without one of these stupendous affairs. But with so many brunch menus to choose from, how do you distinguish the eggs from the bacon? Never fear, as usual The Handbook is here to help with a list of top favourite brunch hang outs. 

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The Handbook’s Guide to… The Top Brunch Spots

The best part of any weekend is brunch. Be it munching on Eggs Florentine, or sipping on Bloody Mary’s whilst nursing your hangover and discussing the night before, the weekend is not complete without one of these stupendous affairs. But with so many brunch menus to choose from, how do you distinguish the eggs from the bacon? Never fear, as usual The Handbook is here to help with a list of top favourite brunch hang outs.  Aqua Shard Brunch over at Aqua Shard is a lavish affair, with the dizzying heights this isn’t one for those suffering from the night […]

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