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The Lobster Festival

Lovers of lobster will be delighted to hear of an event dedicated to the crustaceans! They take centre stage at The Grill on the Market in Smithfield this March – for a month long Lobster Festival. Blimey! From Monday, the restaurant will serve whole lobster, either grilled with garlic butter or Thermidor style. Get one of the 1 ¼ pound beasts with home-cut chips on the side for a steal at £17.50. You’re guaranteed maximum freshness with the lobsters arriving at the restaurant lively and snapping! Enjoy the meal with a refreshing glass of crisp white wine to make the most of […]

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Who’s Cooking Dinner

Next Monday, 4 March, 20 chefs from London’s finest restaurants will be heading to the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane to cook dinner for Leuka’s annual Who’s Cooking Dinner fundraiser from in aid of Leukaemia research.  The event has been taking place for over a decade and every year, the world’s top 20 chefs prepare a four course meal for 200 diners. The twist is that it’s only after a draw during the pre-dinner reception that guests discover which chef is cooking for them. Diners can also bid for the culinary masters to cook dinner for them at a […]

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Eat the World at Limewharf with Anna Hansen

Vyner Street’s Limewharf is pleased to announce that the first of its biannual three-week season of salon-inspired, food-focused events. Eat the World will launch next week 6 March with The Modern Pantry’s Anna Hansen. The thematic pop-up kitchen will encourage 50 guests to engage in lively debate and conversation, with special musical performances, commissioned events and digital installations each night. Running on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings guests will dine around the Worldscape. Designed by architect, Alex Haw, it's a colossal sculptural table which mirrors the world's geographic contours. Culinary surprises created by Hansen and Limewharf’s Thomas Ermacora will be […]

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Scott’s welcomes Spring

Have you noticed the weather getting slightly warmer recently? No, neither have we, but apparently Spring is just around the corner, and to speed up the process, Scott’s has designed a new menu for their private dining room. The Mayfair restaurant, specialising in seafood and seasonal game, has put together a collection of fresh new dishes to reflect the (hopefully) impending warmth. Enjoy delicacies such as fillet of cod with globe artichokes, smoked tomatoes and capers, Cornish lamb and spring vegetable pie with champ, or slow roast duck with braised peas, bacon, pearl onions and orange. Available from the 11th […]

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An Abundance of Oysters

It’s oyster season! Mark Hix, of HIX Oyster & Chop House, as arranged an evening around the trickiest member of the shellfish family. To help you through the daunting prospect of downing your first oyster the Wright Brothers’ Robin Hancock is there to guide you through the menu which celebrates oysters from all around the British Isles. Of course paired with Champagne the menu stands at £95 per head all inclusive. Recommended for those looking for something little different from the regular tasting menus. Reservations: 020 7017 1930  www.hixoysterandchophouse.co.uk  

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Negronis at Banca

Negroni fans can now get that bitter Campari aperitif fix from a specially dedicated Negroni Cocktail Menu just launched at Banca restaurant in Mayfair. The new menu features TEN cocktails – four classics and six more contemporary variations – at a tenner each and all served in an reassuringly old fashioned glass. Traditionalists can order the Classic Negroni: a traditional blend of Tanqueray Gin, Bitter Campari and Antica Formula or Negroni Sbagliato: a concoction of Bitter Campari, Martini Rosso and Prosecco, however, if you’re up for a bit of exploration check out the Campari Shakerato: a mix of Bitter Campari […]

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A Regular Cornish Cornucopia

Most of us in Britain know about, and celebrate with vigour St Patricks Day but there are many other Saint's days which get celebrated in style in different areas around the UK. Cornwall, well known for being a sticker to their traditions, have always celebrated St Piran's Day on the 5th March. This year the tradition is coming to the capital through The Capital Hotel where their Outlaws restaurant has organised a special menu in honour of the day. Expect the freshest Cornish produce possible, with delicious and intriguing sounding dishes such as Davidstow Crackler Rarebit.  www.capitalhotel.co.uk

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Smiths of Smithfield – the City Solution

When wandering around London a lot of time and energy is spent on Google searching for the best place to head for a nibble and a drink or two. More often than not there is a panic and you end up in a grotty pub with a dubious glass of house white and some mixed olives from the massive jar behind the bar. Last night however The Handbook may have found a solution to this problem. Smiths of Smithfield launched last night a new floor which is especially for those who want a relaxed drink in a comforting environment. The […]

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The Return of The Goat

Fulham residents can breathe a sigh of relief as their favourite pub The Goat in Boots is soon to return as, simply, GOAT. A whole new concept promises to keep the traditional easy pub atmosphere but with a stylish look and a new food menu to arouse anyone’s interest. An emphasis on vintage glamour has been designed by Finch Interiors and ties in with the food where Head Chef Marco Muselli has perfected a New York-Italian fusion menu. Given that the team behind the whole concept has been involved in some of the most popular venues London has to offer […]

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Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

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The Primrose Ball at Bowood

This March, Bowood Hotel in Wiltshire will host an extraordinary event in aid of Dorothy House cancer hospice. ‘The Primrose Ball’, a black tie charity event, takes place on the 16th March on the country estate of Lord and Lady Lansdowne. The evening will kick off with a glass of Champagne on arrival, followed by a three-course dinner and a Grand Charity Auction hosted by Homes Under The Hammer’s Martin Roberts. The delightful swing and jazz band The Hipcats will finish off a wonderful evening with some foot-tapping tunes. All proceeds raised will go to Dorothy House hospice, a charity that […]

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The Clove Club to open in Shoreditch

Exciting news for fans of Upstairs at The Ten Bells! The team behind the celebrated Spitalfields restaurant are set to open a new venue in Shoreditch Town Hall, spreading their winning combination of great music and finely crafted cuisine. The Clove Club originated as a popular supperclub in Dalston – we couldn’t be happier to hear it is to become a permanent restaurant. The new dining destination will be part of the regeneration of the Grade II listed town hall into an arts space and creative hub – The Clove Club is surely set to continue the success of creators […]

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