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Pont St at Belgraves Hotel Review

Pont ST at Belgraves Hotel is a restaurant that promises beautifully prepared seasonal fare in a beautiful Knightsbridge location, it was established as a replacement to the hotel’s previous HIX Belgravia. With a kitchen headed by Sophie Michell of TV’s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’ fame, she promises a ‘distinct style’ of light seafood, drawing inspiration from Californian, Australian and Mediterranean sources. Based around seasonal fare, done simply, this passion for food suggested an eclectic range of dishes which piqued our curiosity instantly. Coupled with an interior, designed by Tara Bernerd, the venue promised an elegant evening ahead. With our expectations well and […]

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Rowley Leigh’s One Off Dinner at Le Cafe Anglais

This month chef and food writer Ravinder Bhogal is set to join forces with chef Rowley Leigh for a one off dinner at Le Cafe Anglais.  Set to be the latest installment of ‘Cooking with Rowley’, the series works on the principle of bringing chefs currently without a working kitchen together with Rowley to create a sparkling exchange of culinary knowledge and ideas.   With previous menus including a night of Ottoman cuisine with Allegra McEvedy and a Mexican menu with Tommy Miers,  Bhogal and Leigh are sure to continue the run to great effect with an Indian themed night. […]

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Ruby Jean’s Diner Pop-Ups

It can’t be denied that Londoners can’t get enough of American food – we want those sticky bbq ribs, the burgers that we almost can’t get our hands round, the salted caramel tarts and the sugar laden doughnuts – if it’s the sort of food that is simple but tastes oh.so.good then we are on to it! The latest dose of American cuisine comes from a series of pop- ups from Ruby Jean’s Diner starting this month. With a menu based around snacking and sharing, they will be serving up sandwiches,  fried chicken, 16 different burgers – yes that’s right […]

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Champagne Jacquart 50th Anniversary

The Handbook joined Champagne Jacquart on their trip across the channel to Reims to visit their house for a little bit of wine tasting and a whole lot of Champagne to celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Champagne Jacquart this year. But first to food, arriving in Paris we headed straight to Mary Goodnight, a Thai restaurant in the 16th district of the city. Having been built in a former train station, the restaurant was surprisingly intimate, I ate sticky pork with rice and mille feuille –separately of course, together would be a little interesting… In the morning we set off […]

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Margaux Review

Margaux is a European style restaurant, on Old Brompton Street, which offers beautifully prepared food with the very freshest of ingredients. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday and was buzzing on the Thursday night when we came to visit. Ex-Zuma and Iberica chef, Xavier Castella Vilamajo, is the man behind the impressive menu and his expertise in sea food was apparent in our delicious House-Cured Citrus Salmon Carpaccio starter. His enthusiasm for all things sea born continued into the Line Caught Monkfish which had a perfect melt in your mouth texture; it was served with smoked aubergine, macadamia snow […]

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Margaux Review

Margaux is a European style restaurant, on Old Brompton Street, which offers beautifully prepared food with the very freshest of ingredients. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday and was buzzing on the Thursday night when we came to visit. Ex-Zuma and Iberica chef, Xavier Castella Vilamajo, is the man behind the impressive menu and his expertise in sea food was apparent in our delicious House-Cured Citrus Salmon Carpaccio starter. His enthusiasm for all things sea born continued into the Line Caught Monkfish which had a perfect melt in your mouth texture; it was served with smoked aubergine, macadamia snow […]

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Cambalache’s One Night In Argentina

At the end of April watch as the East End of London magically transforms into the back streets of South America for Cambalache’s One Night in Argentina. Running off the developing trend of immersive wine events and after a sell out debut last year the team are back with a wine tasting like you’ve never seen before. Hosted by some of the team behind Heston Blumenthal’s 'The Big Feast',  Barry Smith and Charles Spence, experience them match different wines with music to enhance the flavour.  This innovative approach to taste only continues in the array of food on offer all […]

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Kitchen Theory’s Experimental Dinner Extended

We have some good news: due to its huge success Kitchen Theory have announced that they will be extending their dinner series of 2014. ‘KAISEKI by Kitchen Theory’ at the House of Wolf in Islington until June! So if you were one of those people who missed out on tickets, panic not! And for those who didn’t know about it 1) why not? 2) well here is your chance. Kaiseki also known as kaiseki-ryōri, is the name given to a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner service and can be traced as the origins of the western concept of tasting menus. Since […]

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May Dinners at Blenheim Palace

In answer to that famous question of who from history you’d most like to have dinner with, we wonder how many people would answer Winston Churchill? Famous for his sparkling wit and no nonsense approach we are sure he’d make fantastic dinner party company and it appears Blenheim Palace do to! Inspired by the Briton, the  30th May will see a Churchill Dinner complete with the next best thing in the form of a Churchill lookalike. With some of Churchill’s favourite dishes on the menu, guests will start off with a smoked salmon blini and champagne reception before enjoying roast […]

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Grill Club at The Shed

This April, London restaurant The Shed will unite with The London Shooting Club to host the next installment of their ever popular grill night.  Launched last summer, providing a service that specializes in providing access to the finest shooting experiences in the UK, the evening will be using the spoils of The London Shooting Club’s latest trip to Scotland. With fresh venison collected personally, the evening will be a gastronomic journey starting with  an introduction on The Shooting Club’s techniques from the club's founder Steve Jones.    They will then hand over to the more culinary side of things with […]

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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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