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En Vogue at Le Caprice Review – What We Thought

If you haven’t heard about Vogue’s exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery celebrating their 100th anniversary then you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past few weeks (we wrote about it here). The must-see cultural event of the year so far, Vogue 100: A Century of Style had been on my wish list since I first heard about it. I was invited by Le Caprice to enjoy their ‘En Vogue at Le Caprice’ package so headed central to absorb some of the hype. Not the first package Le Caprice have run to honour an exhibition (others include Audrey Hepburn […]

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Tom’s Kitchen Mac & Cheese Review – What We Thought

Before winter has bid its farewell for another year, we need to take the opportunity to take advantage of the wintry benefits such as snuggling up with blankets, cosy nights in and, most importantly, comfort food. Tom’s Kitchen is on to a winner with the launch of their special menu devoted entirely to mac and cheese. The menu ranges from the classic to truffle to Euro Mac, with chorizo and chilli, to Piggy Mac, with sticky pork and smoky barbeque sauce. My favourite was the vegetarian option, Stella Mac with squash, ricotta and sage which comes topped with caramelised sunflower […]

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The Montagu Haute Tea Review – What We Thought

In celebration of last month’s London Fashion Week, The Montagu is serving up a Haute Tea, an afternoon tea which takes inspiration from the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Twiggy to reimagine their classic pieces as cakes and biscuits. The china was more reminiscent of the sorts you might find at a WI tea party – floral and bordering on chintzy I was expecting, sleek, plain and well in honour of the tea more stylish. They didn’t stick to the obvious sandwiches to start with though, which I welcomed; the standard cream cheese and smoked salmon was reimagined […]

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Crab Tavern Review – What We Thought

Broadgate Circle on a Thursday night is buzzing. A strong ratio of ten suited males to every female, each celebrating the imminent end of the week and this city hub is as good a place as any to head for a well-earned drink or two and a meal to line the stomach. As someone who doesn’t work in a glass skyscraper, I always love visiting the area, and on this occasion I couldn’t help feeling envious of the huge range of bars and restaurants in such a confined area; Jose Pizarro, Yauatcha, Franco Manca – they’re all here. Busiest of all? […]

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Ascot Fine Dining Review – What We Thought

Ever since Queen Anne saw the potential for a racecourse in 1711, Ascot has been an English institution drawing in the crowds to bet, people-watch and race. Whilst you might think that Ascot is all about the horses, hats, betting and questionable outfits, what you might not know is that when it comes to dining it has that sorted, too. Across the site there are 150 bars and public food outlets, 19 restaurants and 15 private dining facilities. Every year 50,000 bottles of Champagne and 125,000 glasses of Pimms get drunk; they get through 7,500 kilos of English strawberries, 45,000 […]

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Workshop Coffee Review – What We Thought

It’s pretty much a given that any self-respecting artisanal coffee bar features a healthy dose of exposed brick, bearded baristas and Mac-tapping freelancers working away in the corner. Workshop Coffee is no different and on an abnormally quiet day in surrounding Clerkenwell, once we located the benches at the front of the cafe we stepped inside to the buzz of relaxed chatting and the coffee machine hard at work. A new lunch and dinner menu has recently been introduced but when presented with a brunch menu, who can resist? A measured decision led us to go for one sweet plate […]

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Rowley’s Review – What We Thought

Good old fashioned English cuisine is hard to beat. There’s nothing more comforting than sitting down to a hearty shepherd’s pie or tucking into a warm apple crumble. Unfortunately, in London, this can be hard to find, when there are so many twists on dishes and artistic slithers of ingredients – all a little too pretentious. But fear not, dear Londoners, because Rowley’s is here to save the day, and I can say, having met head chef Justin Saunders over dinner, this truly is a no-nonsense, wholesome British restaurant. Walking into Rowley’s one immediately gets a sense of the heritage […]

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Osteria Review – What We Thought

Searcy’s and Anthony Demetre opened Osteria just a couple of weeks ago, on the second floor of the Barbican Centre. Possibly my number one contender for London’s biggest eyesore, my cultural ignorance was perhaps the reason I couldn’t find the entrance for a while. Even once inside the Barbican Centre, it’s a while before you’re in the surrounds of the restaurant. But after a brief detour into the nearby Barbican Cinema and friendly redirection I made it. A ‘Gincognito’ cocktail at the bar I felt was well-deserved after the journey. Fresh coriander in place of mint made a nice change […]

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Skylon Review – What We Thought

Skylon in the Royal Festival Hall have welcomed Tom Cook to their kitchen. Despite his surname instilling a strong sense of confidence, Cook has proved himself at Le Pont de la Tour and Le Gavroche to name but a few so when I was invited down a few weeks into his new job I was excited to see (but mainly taste) how much he has settled in. Thankfully, once inside the ugly concrete box that is the Royal Festival Hall, floor to ceiling windows mean Embankment is the view you get, and it’s not a bad one. Sitting in the […]

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The Ninth Review – What We Thought

Head over to Fitzrovia for dinner and you’ll be spoilt for choice. It really is the place of the moment, and Jun Tanaka has lucked in with a piece of the action with his debut restaurant, The Ninth. The number of karma, spiritual enlightenment and strength of character? All valid, but they don’t give it it’s name. Nine represents the number of kitchens he has worked in (this being his ninth); Pearl, Le Gavroche and The Restaurant Marco Pierre White from starting out as an apprentice, right up to executive chef. The sharing style of dining is where the Mediterranean […]

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The Wine Bar @ York & Albany Review

York & Albany may represent quintessential England with their dining but just a few steps over you find yourself in what feels like the middle of an authentic vineyard with their Wine Bar. Upon entering the intimate space you really feel like you’ve been transported to somewhere much more romantic with cobbled floors, dark wood tables and of course, an abundance of wine. A small kitchen area takes up the corner space of the room and they use it to concoct small plates, akin to tapas except they are made with British ingredients, to quell any hunger as you work through the plethora […]

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Le Garrick Review – What We Thought

Let me tell you about my very real French love affair. It all started in Covent Garden; I was wined, I was dined and I left feeling like I had experienced a true slice of France. I wasn’t in love with a Monsieur Darcy, no, much better, the thing that had left me all a flutter? Le Garrick. The family run bistro and brasserie sits unassumingly and humbly between Garrick Street and Floral Street. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but that’s what’s great about it; red gingham tables line the pavements and inside the small ground floor […]

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