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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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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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Head Chef Matthew Harris celebrates 20 years at Bibendum

This April, the Bibendum veteran and protege of founding partner Simon Hopkinson, Matthew Harris will celebrate his twentieth year holding the position of head chef at the restaurant.  Cooking since its opening back in 1987 and taking over the kitchen in 1995 he brought a contemporary flair to the menu that has remained to this day. Robust and unfussy, Matthew Harris is a supporter of classic French cooking made with seasonal British produce- there is no element of passing trend or fad about it.    To celebrate his time at Bibendum, Harris has joined forces with Simon Hopkinson to create […]

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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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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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Chocolate Selfies at Harvey Nichols

The selfie- whether you love them or hate them we’re all definitely guilty of indulging occasionally.  Maybe it’s a sly, post hairdresser snap or a full length, duck pout selfie – the whole world’s at it and to make matters even better now we’re even doing it in chocolate. Definitely something to be seen to be believed, head down to the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols in the next four weeks where they will be using the latest in 3D printing technology to create personalised chocolate selfies for everyone. Perhaps not one for the camera shy, the process involves stepping […]

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Unique Craft Beer Launches At The Jam Tree

If the recent uncharacteristically sunny evenings have you searching desperately for the nearest pub garden rejoice in the new summery addition to The Jam Tree pubs in the form of their very own craft beer.  Brewed at The Park Brewery in Kingston upon Thames, the much awaited ‘Jam Tree American Pale Ale’ will make its appearance on the bar from the 21st March. Taking inspiration from American craft beers and the increasing number of microbreweries springing up around Britain this goes one step further- or smaller- being made literally 8 miles away from the Chelsea branch of the pub. Made […]

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Champagne Dinner at Umu

Champagne lovers rejoice at the news of a special Champagne tasting dinner at Umu restaurant next month. Located at 14-16 Bruton Place, Umu is reknown for serving up timeless Japanese cuisine in the very heart of Mayfair. So in the capable hands of Umu’s Head Sommelier Ryosuke Mashio and Michelin starred Chef Yoshinori Ishii head down to see them on the 18th of April to enjoy an exceptional six course meal with each course paired to a specially chosen Champagne. With menu highlights looking to include Exmoor Caviar, Wild Welsh Eel and Iberico Pork Presa this will be a serious treat […]

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Amaranto launches new brunch

Think brunch and you probably think eggs, granola, a fry up or pancakes – well Amaranto at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mayfair –have gone way passed that, way, way passed with their new brunch. They have over 50 courses to choose from -that’s right the big five zero.  Available on Saturday and Sundays from 7am for the early risers and until 3pm for those who are feeling the effects of the night before, the brunch includes savoury classics such as fried eggs with truffle; a tea smoked wild salmon and spinach frittata; and Kedgeree.  And in keeping with the […]

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St. Patrick’s Day at The Lucky Pig

St. Patrick’s Day is always a good excuse for a party and this year there's no where better to have one than at The Lucky Pig.  Head down to the Fitzrovia bar and get into the party spirit with a fantastic range of offers available. With ‘Craic’ cocktails for £5 before 8pm wet your whistle before indulging in some true Irish spirit with McGargel’s Finest Brew. Scrumptious Pizzettas will also be on offer for those feeling a little bit peckish.   Later on Camden based four piece gypsy, flamenco and rock and roll band The Din will play until you’re […]

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