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Bombay Brasserie review – what we thought

I’m surprised that the staff at Gloucester Road station isn’t all on the plump side as the area surrounding it is chock full of fabulous restaurants, including Bombay Brasserie. The high end Indian is a stone’s throw from the tube station which makes it easy to waddle back to after an evening of working through the menu.The restaurant has recently undergone a refurbishment with an updated menu including brunch and the hard work has paid off. We began our evening in the bar area which is low lit and intimate making it ideal for a cheeky cocktail (get in the spicy […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Urban Edibles Supper Club

We have all heard of dumpster diving and if you ask us, it’s not exactly an activity we would love to try. However, rummaging around for unsold Tesco chicken wraps is not the same thing as some fine-dining foraging. In fact, Urban Edibles are offering a decidedly upmarket new wild food Supper Club, centring on carefully crafted small plates and cocktails created with locally foraged herbs, vegetables and flowers. Now that, we can get on board with! Urban Edibles will be taking place at Ask For Janice, the Modern British All-day restaurant and bar that looks onto Smithfield’s Market. Guests […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Mai Tai Masterclasses

Here at The Handbook, we all love a good cocktail, so when we found out about this Mai Tai Masterclass gracing the London scene, we just knew we had to tell you about it! London’s first Polynesian inspired restaurant and bar, Trader Vic’s, is launching a series of ‘Rum Cocktail Master Classes’ for the summer. Trader Vic’s is known worldwide for its famous 1944 Mai Tai cocktail, which boasts rum as a main ingredient and so is the perfect venue for those wishing to learn from the experts! The master class will begin with an introduction to the world of rum. […]

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Openings & Launches

The Notting Gill Chippy Opens

Ok so we might not be near the sea, (the urban beaches haven’t quite mastered that yet) and we might not be on holiday, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t pretend and embrace the summer tradition of fish and chips. It seems like Kensington Place agrees too as they’re launching their first fish and chip pop-up on the 1st August, The Notting Gill Chippy – see what they did there? Opening on Kensington Church Street until the 29th August, charming The Notting Gill Chippy will be serving up Chef Tim Peirson’s take on the fish and chips. So yes […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cinnamon Kitchen Meets Pizza Pilgrims

This is the sort of culture clash that we like to hear about, a meeting of east meets west with the team up between Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen and the Italian inspired Pizza Pilgrims. From the 3rd to the 7th August the Pizza Pilgrims will be parking their Piaggio van in Cinnamon Kitchen’s alfresco terrace to serve up pizzas from noon until 9pm each day. As you can guess these pizzas aren’t your typical Italian offering, nope instead you’ll find Tandoori Chicken, green chilli and cheese and lamb Rogan Josh calzone.  They’re all priced the same too (a mere £8) […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Fishdog Pop-up

Normally seen at street food markets, festivals and of course in the signature 1971 Citroen H Van, Fishdog from Mark Hix is staying put (well for three weeks) with the start of their residency at Farringdon’s much loved pub, The Hat and Tun next week. Running every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening from the 29th July – 14th August, they’ll be serving up seriously good seafood but with their comfort food twist. You’ll find a selection of their signature dishes including spicy crab chips and the cheekily named Holy F***ed fish balls, croquettes served with spicy mayonnaise made from another […]

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6 Of The Best Healthy Restaurants

While we are normally perfectly content gorging on ice creams and burgers, in order to get those #summerbods it’s important to eat healthy. Also, it just feels good to leave a restaurant knowing you haven’t eaten triple your daily calorie allowance. The Handbook has got you covered with a guide to 6 Of The Best Healthy Restaurants in London – check it out below!

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

6 Of The Best Healthy Restaurants

While we are normally perfectly content gorging on ice creams and burgers, in order to get those #summerbods it’s important to eat healthy. Also, it just feels good to leave a restaurant knowing you haven’t eaten triple your daily calorie allowance. The Handbook has got you covered with a guide to 6 Of The Best Healthy Restaurants in London – check it out below!

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Openings & Launches

The Handbook Meets….Tom Aikens

At 26 Tom Aikens was the youngest British chef to be awarded two Michelin Stars, he’s written three books, made several appearances on television including reaching the final banquet of 2013’s Great British Menu in aid of Comic Relief. He’s cooked for the likes of David Cavalier’s in Battersea, Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire, Pied-à-Terre and Joel Robuchon in Paris and now has four of his own restaurants. We caught up with him to talk cooking inspirations, obscure London restaurants and food crazes. Did you feel a sense of pressure or relief at being the youngest person to receive 2 Michelin stars? […]

Openings & Launches

Yeah! Burger opens in Shoreditch

Everyone loves burgers right? It’s common knowledge that when there’s a new burger residency in town, everyone’s going to be talking about it and this week sees the launch of Yeah! Burger’s third residency. Following on from serving up burgers in Kings Cross and Hackney owners Adam Creissen and Scott Hopkins be heading over to Shoreditch’s Strongroom Bar and Kitchen for a year-long residency. They’re launching a new menu which will focus on fresh seasonal produce, side dishes , a dedicated salad menu and of course burgers. These aren’t just any burgers though, they aren’t just your standard bacon and […]

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Brew Review – What We Thought

It’s always best to address the elephant in the room from the very start. Brew. The name that conjures up images of coffee, cake and dare I say, cyclists.   Upon arrival I glanced at the menu with caution. Was I going to find a Lance Armstrong apple sauce?Or a Eddy Merckx mezze? I hoped not. After a thorough inspection of the choices my heart beat returned to its normal pace. The menu was clean – phew. I decided to go with pizza, but surely you can’t go wrong with pizza?  The Hellfire Pizza, which is what I ordered, involves a […]

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Reviews

Brew Review – What We Thought

It’s always best to address the elephant in the room from the very start. Brew. The name that conjures up images of coffee, cake and dare I say, cyclists.   Upon arrival I glanced at the menu with caution. Was I going to find a Lance Armstrong apple sauce?Or a Eddy Merckx mezze? I hoped not. After a thorough inspection of the choices my heart beat returned to its normal pace. The menu was clean – phew. I decided to go with pizza, but surely you can’t go wrong with pizza?  The Hellfire Pizza, which is what I ordered, involves a […]

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