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The Homage: Review

The Homage Grand Salon at the Waldorf Hilton has recently appointment a new Executive Head chef, the charming Robert Prendergast (Grosvenor Guoman Hotel, Renaissance hotel group and Intercontinental) bringing with him 16 years of experience including years spent in Cardiff, Ireland and Hong Kong. The Handbook were invited down to try out the new a la carte menu which has modern European influences and has a partnership with the Buccleuch Estate beef. The restaurant itself is large and imposing with high ceilings and an ornate gold and white Louis XVI style décor with glittering chandeliers, elegant columns and leather banquets, […]

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The Honor Oak Review

South London’s newest dining experience, The Honor Oak, has recently opened its doors after an expensive refurbishment with the aim to restore it back to its former glory days as a popular community hub in South East London. Whenever a pub opens that bids farewell to the days of the old man pub I breathe a sigh of relief; mustard walls, brown curtains and sticky bars are banished here in lieu of classic moss-coloured walls, hand-cut silhouettes for decoration and industrial looking light features. The menu keeps true to British flavours with Chef Robert Radcliffe in the kitchen drawing on […]

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Yauatcha: Review

Yauatcha on Broadwick Street is celebrating its 10th birthday with a month of secret dishes on the menu focused around the four iconic offerings that it is known for: the Chinese kitchen, teahouse, patisserie, wine and cocktails. As we can’t resist dim sum or a reason to party, The Handbook went over to celebrate last week, when the secret dish was a dim sum platter. We headed downstairs to the main area of the restaurant and for a Tuesday night it was packed, the atmosphere was upbeat, with loud music, dark corners, bright leather chairs, constant chattering from the other […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Yauatcha: Review

Yauatcha on Broadwick Street is celebrating its 10th birthday with a month of secret dishes on the menu focused around the four iconic offerings that it is known for: the Chinese kitchen, teahouse, patisserie, wine and cocktails. As we can’t resist dim sum or a reason to party, The Handbook went over to celebrate last week, when the secret dish was a dim sum platter. We headed downstairs to the main area of the restaurant and for a Tuesday night it was packed, the atmosphere was upbeat, with loud music, dark corners, bright leather chairs, constant chattering from the other […]

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The Cuban Review

Bang in the middle of Camden market, amongst the rockabilly boutiques and cybergoth shops is The Cuban; a South American bar and restaurant. Downstairs the atmosphere is buzzing with people clinking down tequila shots and strutting their stuff on the make-shift dance floor by the mini stage. A quick elevator ride transports you upstairs to the much quieter official dining area, although food can be eaten throughout the venue if you are looking to talk with your friend/parent/Tinder date then avoid downstairs. The live music is great fun and all around us people were getting drawn in and twirling each […]

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The Cuban Review

Bang in the middle of Camden market, amongst the rockabilly boutiques and cybergoth shops is The Cuban; a South American bar and restaurant. Downstairs the atmosphere is buzzing with people clinking down tequila shots and strutting their stuff on the make-shift dance floor by the mini stage. A quick elevator ride transports you upstairs to the much quieter official dining area, although food can be eaten throughout the venue if you are looking to talk with your friend/parent/Tinder date then avoid downstairs. The live music is great fun and all around us people were getting drawn in and twirling each […]

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Eelbrook Review

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago we told you about the new all-day eatery that has just opened on the edge of Eelbrook Common, aptly named Eelbrook, well not one to say no to checking out a new restaurant The Handbook sauntered over to Fulham to do just that. The venue itself is somewhere between a café and a restaurant with twinkling lights, large windows, plain white walls and white tables and chairs. A scattering of cushions and flowers provide splashes of colour, but the minimal décor is so minimal that in places it almost looks unfinished; […]

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Eelbrook Review

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago we told you about the new all-day eatery that has just opened on the edge of Eelbrook Common, aptly named Eelbrook, well not one to say no to checking out a new restaurant The Handbook sauntered over to Fulham to do just that. The venue itself is somewhere between a café and a restaurant with twinkling lights, large windows, plain white walls and white tables and chairs. A scattering of cushions and flowers provide splashes of colour, but the minimal décor is so minimal that in places it almost looks unfinished; […]

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Shaka Zulu Review

Filled with towering statues and tribal prints, Shaka Zulu, has created an immersive dining experience that makes you feels like you have skipped the 12 hour plane journey and landed bang in the middle of the Rainbow Nation. The cocktails are great and even boasts a Rum Blazer which was voted ‘CNN Top Twelve Unusual Cocktails in the World’ thusly awarded as you get a mini pyrotechnic show at your table as they prepare it for you, be warned though, it may look pretty but it kicks harder than a mule. If you can bear to share a cocktail, you […]

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Shaka Zulu Review

Filled with towering statues and tribal prints, Shaka Zulu, has created an immersive dining experience that makes you feels like you have skipped the 12 hour plane journey and landed bang in the middle of the Rainbow Nation. The cocktails are great and even boasts a Rum Blazer which was voted ‘CNN Top Twelve Unusual Cocktails in the World’ thusly awarded as you get a mini pyrotechnic show at your table as they prepare it for you, be warned though, it may look pretty but it kicks harder than a mule. If you can bear to share a cocktail, you […]

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Ben’s Canteen Earlsfield: Review

Chances are if you live in Clapham that after a heavy night you’ve dragged your sorry hung over head to Ben’s Canteen on St John’s Hill for one of their infamous brunches, ordered eggs or a burger and a round of Bloody Marys. Have you been to Ben’s Canteen over in Earlsfield though? Having opened earlier this year, the sister site is larger than its counterpart but still with that simple, laid back charm that Ben’s Canteen is known for. Though both serve evening menus, I feel as if this is the one I would choose to dine in at […]

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Ben’s Canteen Earlsfield: Review

Chances are if you live in Clapham that after a heavy night you’ve dragged your sorry hung over head to Ben’s Canteen on St John’s Hill for one of their infamous brunches, ordered eggs or a burger and a round of Bloody Marys. Have you been to Ben’s Canteen over in Earlsfield though? Having opened earlier this year, the sister site is larger than its counterpart but still with that simple, laid back charm that Ben’s Canteen is known for. Though both serve evening menus, I feel as if this is the one I would choose to dine in at […]

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