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We Review The Frog By Adam Handling

What? Having made a name for himself by winning whole host of awards and for creating officially (not so officially) the best dish in London- the cheese and truffle doughnuts, Adam Handling opened his second restaurant and the flagship site for the group: Frog by Adam Handling. A more grown up affair than Frog E1 this new site even has a hidden bar below the restaurant, Eve. New? Yes, it opened mid-September of this year. Where? Part of the group of restaurants that has taken Covent Garden from tourist destination to foodie hub, you’ll find Frog By Adam Handling just […]

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We Review: M Restaurant, Victoria

What? “Ah, meester Bond, I’ve been expecting you. Here’s your table, I’ll get you a menu”. Okay, so it’s not quite Dr No, but there’s something distinctly Bond-Villain-Lair about M Restaurant on Victoria Street, a hidden subterranean hideaway beneath the mysterious ‘Zig Zag Building”. But is it Stromberg’s Atlantis or just a Zorin’s Blimp? Where? The restaurant is based in the strikingly isometric Zig Zag on Victoria Street, a building that wouldn’t be out of place on a Bond movie location scout’s long-list, though the activities within are that other face of world domination, mainly hedge funds. The Look: It’s all very Tinker, […]

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Jasmine Indian Afternoon Tea at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

What: When Anna Russell first had a hankering for a mid-afternoon snack we bet that she never thought that her creation of afternoon tea would be reinvented with spicy Indian flavours, but that’s exactly what’s happened. Culinary visionary, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, has created the Jasmine Indian afternoon tea and we went to see if we thought it was worthy of the Duchess’ approval. New? The tea launched at the start of October but ever the multitaskers Taj 51 has several afternoon teas on the go including a Sherlock Holmes themed one and Alice in Wonderland tea. Where? In the slightly […]

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We Review Chutney Mary Brunch

What? A stunning Indian restaurant serving up traditional dishes with a clever, contemporary twist. New? No – you may remember its previous incarnation in Chelsea, where it enjoyed a gaudy couple of decades from 1990 until 2015, at which point it moved to its current location in Mayfair. Where? In the heart of grand, old St. James’s Street – on the vast site where Marco Pierre White’s Luciano’s used to be. 73 St James’s Street, Mayfair, SW1A 1PH, www.chutneymary.com On The Menu: One of the first restaurants to put a modern spin on Indian cuisine, Chutney Mary is still pushing out powerful flavours, riotous […]

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We Review: The Connaught Hotel

What: I’ve had the privilege of visiting and reviewing a number of incredible hotels since founding The Handbook twelve years ago, but even I shrieked a squeal of genuine delight (yes literally) when invited to review the Connaught Hotel. Because while it’s underdoubtedly ‘up there’ as one of the most old school of London’s hotels, it’s also one of the most superbly slick five star hotels ever to recieve a seal of royal approval (not only was it renamed after one of Queen Victoria’s sons, but the Queen Mother and Prince Charles are both fans) and, arguably a little less importantly, […]

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The Handbook Reviews Batty Langley’s

What? Batty Langley’s appears in a moment as you turn onto the cobbled stones of Folgate Street, leaving noisy Bishopsgate behind. Immediately on the left of the street, there’s the Londoner’s favourite, The Water Poet pub; adjacent to it is the entrance to Batty Langley’s hotel. Walk in and be immersed within the design world of the eponymous Batty Langley, an eminent 18th century architect of the area. The building tells his story, which is well worth immersing yourself in for the day and night, although if you are escaping, Spitalfields Market, the sensible luxury of the City and the […]

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We Review The Bletchley…Shhh

What: The Bletchley is an immersive, World War 2 themed pop-up where you use your cunning and deductive skills to earn yourself tailor-made cocktails. New? The original pop-up covertly opened in March 2017 and after 7410 applications it went permanent in July. Where? The code cracking experience begins before you even arrive, as the first task is to actually find The Bletchley – we were clearly dealing with pros. After shiftily casing World’s End Market a few times we bit the bullet and went inside to ask the for help. It was revealed to us that The Bletchley is hidden in an […]

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We Review Camino Shoreditch

What? Hispanophile Richard Bigg has opened his fifth London Camino, bringing the group’s relaxed Spanish atmosphere and authentic tapas to Shoreditch, where they opened their first bar 22 years ago. New? Yes, it officially opened on 3rd October – but in the few weeks since its arrival, it has already established itself as a sound eatery among London’s Spanish populace. Where? 2 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BL. www.camino.uk.com On the Menu: In true Spanish style, the menu offers a plethora of nibbles and meat, cheese and seafood plates to share. Alongside generous glasses of Spanish wine, diners can load up […]

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We Review Cub, Mr Lyan’s New Restaurant

What? Cub is the highly anticipated restaurant from Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan), his team and Doug McMaster of Brighton’s pioneering zero-waste restaurant Silo. Here, as with Silo, the focus is on sustainability both in the dishes and in the interiors. Its other quest is to blur the boundaries between food and drink. Whilst blurring food and drink might sound (dare I say it) pretentious, in reality what it means is that drinks aren’t just there to accompany or elevate dishes, they are served in their own right, sometimes without food. New? Yes, it only opened last month. Where? Taking […]

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We Review Bronte

What: Pan-Asian cuisine in the heart of Charing Cross; the name is from the first Duke of Bronte otherwise known as Lord Nelson of Trafalgar whose statue is located mere metres away from the restaurant. If that ever comes up in pub quiz remember to credit us with that titbit of knowledge. New? It’s survived it’s first year, having opened in July 2016. Where? The Grand Building, 1-3 Strand, WC2N 5EJ www.bronte.co.uk On the Menu: If you go at breakfast you can expect more of a European feel to the menu than pan-Asian with salmon and scrambled eggs, and light fluffy buttermilk pancakes […]

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We Review Coal Rooms

What? The Peckham-based team behind the Old Spike Roastery, Spike + Earl, Aside and coffee-based charity Change Please have added another site to their collection: Coal Rooms a bar, café and restaurant in Peckham. New? Yes, it opened this August. Where? Right next to Peckham Rye station, Coal Rooms occupies the Grade II listed, former ticket office which was part of the station during the 1930s. 11a Station Way, Peckham, SE15 4RX, www.coalroomspeckham.com On the Menu: Making the most of the on-site butchery, the menu revolves around meat with side plates to accompany. Start with smoked pigs head, blood pudding, […]

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Sake and Caipirinhas at Temakinho

What: London’s first Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant, serving sushi with exotic twists, colourful caipirinhas and plenty of sake. New? Having opened in February, Temakinho’s vibrant style has slotted in nicely to Soho’s dining scene. Where: Halfway between Theatreland and the neon mile. In other words, the perfect location for a restaurant constantly in Mardi Gras mode. 10 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4TF, www.temakinho.com On the Menu: Spanning three sides, Temakinho’s menu isn’t afraid to mix things up. This isn’t one of those sushi restaurants obsessed with authenticity – you’ll find a real mix of traditional and experimental flavour combinations. The starters span ‘Petiscos’, […]

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