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Sauterelle Review: What We Thought

Last time I visited Sauterelle I knew I was onto something good, first of all there is the location, right in the middle of Bank making it perfect for lunch meetings or drinks after work with my finance friends. Secondly the fact that it isn’t just in Bank, it’s in the magnificent Royal Exchange originally the city’s prime trading floor, architecturally it’s beautiful, when you go, promise you’ll look up and take in the beautiful design, ornate ceilings and grand arches. Thirdly, the food was superb.   So this year after a refurbishment, we decided it was about high time […]

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6 of the Best Classic Cocktail Bars

We all know that London is famous (or infamous depending on how bad your hangover was the morning after) for its gin and its beer. However, our glorious capital is less well known for being a champion of the cocktail and is, in fact, the birthplace of such classics as the white lady and the collins as well as more modern favourites like the espresso martini and the bramble. So, in the light of this and the fact it’s National Cocktail Week, we’ve compiled a list of six of London’s finest cocktail bars at which you can sample some of […]

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6 of the Best Classic Cocktail Bars

We all know that London is famous (or infamous depending on how bad your hangover was the morning after) for its gin and its beer. However, our glorious capital is less well known for being a champion of the cocktail and is, in fact, the birthplace of such classics as the white lady and the collins as well as more modern favourites like the espresso martini and the bramble. So, in the light of this and the fact it’s National Cocktail Week, we’ve compiled a list of six of London’s finest cocktail bars at which you can sample some of […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

London Restaurant Festival Comes to Town

As the evenings get shorter we love to put our pajamas on as soon as we walk through the door in the evening. Whack on the kettle and heat up a big bowl of soup and we’re going nowhere fast.  London Restaurant Festival is making us re-evaluate what it is exactly about eating out which is so great. Trying amazing food we wouldn’t be able to cook ourselves is a huge part of it but there’s also the social side of it – the buzz in a restaurant as everyone oohs and aahs over their meals, whips out their phone […]

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Cheyne Walk Brasserie Review – What We Thought

I’m no Champagne expert but when I know that I like something, I know that I like it. On a Monday evening just a little out of the ordinary I headed to the Royal Borough (Chelsea) for a Thiénot Champagne tasting and dinner at Cheyne Walk Brasserie. River views and residential surroundings give this old Victorian pub a neighbourhood feel, albeit with said neighbours being the likes of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. In anticipation of National Champagne Week, the Brasserie spruced up their usual Wine Club with the more bubbly variety. Perched on a red velvet chaise longue (yes […]

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5 Great British Menu Restaurants

This year the Great British Menu is in aid of the WI and there’s a wealth of fantastic chefs competing to secure a dish at the banquet. A few of them are from jolly old London, heading up the kitchens at some of The Handbooks favourite restaurants. Here’s our guide to all of them:

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5 Great British Menu Restaurants

This year the Great British Menu is in aid of the WI and there’s a wealth of fantastic chefs competing to secure a dish at the banquet. A few of them are from jolly old London, heading up the kitchens at some of The Handbooks favourite restaurants. Here’s our guide to all of them:

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Rudie’s Opens in Dalston

Think Jamaica: don’t think Usain Bolt, don’t think Bob Marley, think instead Rudie’s.  Opening on the 7th October in Dalston, it’ll be serving up real jerk dishes, Jamaican cooking with a contemporary twist, easy vibes and a whole lot of Jamaican sass. The signature dishes ‘real jerk’ will be marinated for 24 hours in a secret blend of herbs and spices then smoked using pimento and sweet wood before being cooked over coals in jerk drums – see what they mean about real? They’re taking their time, it’s all chill here, good food done slowly. Other dishes include Jamaican street […]

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James Bond Inspired Afternoon Tea

We can’t say we’d ever want our Earl Grey shaken but a James Bond inspired afternoon tea promises drinks to be stirred not shaken. On the 26th October we will be able to feast our eyes on our favourite tuxedo-clad secret service agent as Daniel Craig hits the big screen for the fourth time. Fingers crossed that the white trunks will make another appearance but we won’t hold our breath. In the meantime we Brits will turn to the only thing we know in times of suspense, anticipation or downright boredom; tea. Luckily for us the ‘stirred not shaken’ afternoon […]

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Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel Review – What We Thought

When I learned of the opportunity to review a hotel in the city of Exeter, I knew I had to take it. I’m a massive fan of the Devon city, as it’s full of historical sights, dainty tea rooms and plenty of independent shops – all perfect for a weekend getaway! I had been invited to stay for the night at the Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel and after a long week of working a bit and socialising a lot, I was in need of a rest. I arrived into the hotel’s lobby and was immediately impressed. The reception is grand, […]

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