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The Handbook Meets: Amelia Singer

We know we love to drink wine but how much do we really know about wine itself? While we may be able to pass as not total novices by loudly declaring we need to let the bottle breathe, we still have a while to go. Someone who knows everything there is to know about wine is wine consultant and presenter of ITV’s The Wine Show, Amelia Singer. Amelia is also the founder of self-titled wine business, Amelia’s, which organises and hosts bespoke wine tastings and events. Described as ‘the female Jamie Oliver of the wine world’ we met up with Amelia […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Duck ‘n’ Roll Opens 3rd Restaurant

When it comes to poultry in London then chicken seems to take the centre stage, just as gin dominates the drinks world, chicken dominates the bird world. Well now the understated vodka of the poultry world is making itself heard, we’re talking about duck and today will see the opening of Duck ‘n’ Roll in Camden market. A street food venture set up by Michelin-starred chef Pascal Aussignac and his business partner Vincent Labeyrie, this will be the third permanent site for the restaurant that champions duck – you’ll also find them at #Dinerama in Shoreditch and Trinity Kitchen in […]

Openings & Launches

The Holy Birds: London’s Best Dressed Bird

This November, Petticoat Lane Market is going to see the arrival of The Holy Birds, a restaurant specialising in poultry, but not just chicken, nope you’re going to see the likes of duck, grouse, wood pigeon, quail and pheasant all on the menu. It’s the work of brothers, Jon and Gerry Calabrese (Wringer & Mangle, The Hoxton Pony, Hoxton Gin); except this time they will be joining forces with their father Salvatore Calabrese aka ‘The Maestro’ the legendary bartender. Taking inspiration from London’s music and art scene in the 1960s The Holy Birds will be split across two floors and […]

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Restaurant Ours Review – What We Thought

The problem with such a talked-about restaurant and a very successful launch party is that, once the celebrities fizzle out, a restaurant has to live up to the hype. We’ve heard mixed things about the food at Restaurant Ours so headed along to South Kensington to check it out. New? Restaurant Ours opened with a bang (and the flash of paparazzi bulbs) with a glitzy launch party back in April. Welcoming everyone from Paris Hilton to Daisy Lowe with Rudimental DJing, the chatter surrounding Ours has barely slowed down. Since the April opening there has been no end to the […]

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Guides

8 London Restaurants That Have Just Won a Michelin Star

Yesterday was one of the most important days in the restaurant industry; the results of the UK Michelin Guide were announced. Now, more than a century since the first Michelin Guide was published, the notoriously hard to attain (and even harder to maintain) stars have once more been sprinkled sparingly out across the UK. Heston will be pleased The Fat Duck regained its three stars after a stint Down Under, whilst London saw a spate of new stars given out to London stalwarts as well as a handful of new talent. The trend for understated, unfussy dining was recognised in two new Hackney restaurants […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Boma Bridge Restaurant Opening

Boma Restaurants is one of many groups opening up venues in London, however, they have a focus that sets them apart. Apart from exclusively operating in the South West, Boma zones in on a concept that these days seems all too rare; neighbourhood.  Just like its two sibling restaurants, Boma Bridge will be built upon neighbourly values; focus on local hospitality and building relationships with everyone around and involved in the business. The same approach goes for the food. The person leading the food will be executive chef Jack Reynolds. Applying his agricultural and pastry background, he’s designed a menu […]

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The Omnivorous Party

‘Taking in everything’. This is just one of the definitions of ‘omnivore’, the others didn’t sound so dramatic, therefore they’re useless. Consider the definition for a minute. Now add food into the equation. It leads to one thing, and one thing only…gluttony. So being presented with the idea of an omnivorous party, well, we were dancing on the ceiling and needless to say, leapt on board.  The Omnivorous Party is just one part of Omnivore Festival, I know, it just keeps getting better. Omnivore is a travelling festival which showcases chefs from around the world, exploring the boundaries of each […]

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Openings & Launches

The Grill at McQueen Opens

This month, two former Hawksmoor chefs will be joining forces with Shoreditch venue McQueen to launch a new 50-cover steak restaurant, The Grill at McQueen. The menu will be created by former Hawksmoor Head Chef, Richard Sandiford, whilst Richard James (also ex Hawksmoor) will head up the kitchen. The menu will feature an extensive selection of steaks, with sauces including stilton and bone marrow gravy and cuts including D-Rump. Starters will include roasted beef, watercress and whipped Graceburn cheese and Yakisoba BBQ braised belly pork with red slaw, stilton and candied walnut, whilst other courses will include calves liver steak […]

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Openings & Launches

London Cocktail Week Begins

It’s Monday morning so you might not want to think about cocktails right now, but sorry this is a special occasion. It’s the start of the seventh London Cocktail Week! The Cocktail Village will be back with over 200 bars from across London serving up cocktails for £5 (but make sure you have your LCW pass, get them on the website) and there will be events happening across the city – we would list them all here, but that would be a very long list, so here are five our favourite events happening this week! Jones Family Project: The Shoreditch bar […]

Guides

The Best October Pop-Ups and Supper Clubs

October is here and with it brings pop-ups that celebrate the game season, the oyster season and hot cocktails. There’s are also award-winning burgers, exclusive supper clubs and drinks masterclasses – get your diary at the ready and make note: 

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Bombay Palace Returns

With a whole host of awards under its belt, if you’re after Indian food then Bombay Palace definitely needs to be on your list. Having opened back in 1981, the restaurant has recently undergone a remodelling and is now opening its doors once more.  You’ll now find a lounge and bar, as well as a private dining area with space for up to 45 diners; it’s smart with crisp white tablecloths, large artworks and shimmering pendant lights. Award-winning Harjeet Singh carries on as head chef and he certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to Indian cuisine having […]

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Guides

What To Do This Weekend: 30th September-2nd October

This weekend is filled with food and beer and lots of it. Are we complaining? Certainly not. Start with cookie shots from Dominique Ansel’s bakery, party with Jack Daniels, get yourself a free beer from Camden Town Brewery, celebrate World Sake Day and finish with STK London’s Champagne brunch party. 

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