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Cigar and Cocktail Masterclasses at Voltaire

Can you tell your standard rolling tobacco from the prestigious brands? Ever dreamed of reliving your favourite gangster movie scene where the protagonist puffs menacingly on a cigar? Then you’re in luck! Legendary champagne & cigar bar, Voltaire, is hosting a series of cigar smoking sessions which will turn the most novice of smokers into a cigar connoisseur. Guests will be taught how to identify the different flavours, exotic aromas and inspiring ingredients of the best vintages the world has to offer. Voltaire boasts a stylish, dedicated cigar terrace which offers its own enviable collection of rolled Havanas. Guests will […]

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Verdi

La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, Nabucco… Rigatoni Arrabbiata. Did you spot the odd one out? Today; The Royal Albert Hall unveils its new restaurant, Verdi – an Italian Kitchen as opposed to an Italian composer. Part of the RAH’s £1-million refurbishment, the contemporary style eatery, operated by the well-respected Rhubarb catering company, replaces former incarnation Café Consort. You don’t need orchestra tickets to visit as it’s open to the general public too. As the name would suggest the menu and wine list are Italian and highlights include Sea bream and olive gnocchi with spinach, tomato and caper dressing, Stone-baked pizza with […]

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Sleep Menu at The Corinthia

We’ve all been guilty of sacrificing a bit of sleep for a few extra hour's work or for the even worthier cause of a few extra gin and tonics with friends, but we often forget the power of a full eight hour's nod. However, people who definitely appreciate this are the team at The Corinthia Hotel who will be launching a little project called ‘The Sleep Menu’ this month. Aiming to combat long working hours and sky high caffiene consumption with a specially designed meal plan, hotel guests and visiting diners are guaranteed to finish with a fantastic snooze. Using […]

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Cheyne Walk Brasserie Afternoon Tea

Chelsea favourite, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, has recently joined the afternoon tea brigade and so The Handbook went down to check it out. And, well, we were expecting a little bit more. Whilst the restaurant has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, upstairs was a little more subdued – it had the air of a waiting room – carpeted floor, a few sofas around small low tables and most importantly seeing as there were only four of us in there, no music or back ground noise, just an odd ticking that made it sound like it was raining heavily outside. But in true […]

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The Judgement of St. James

Now 34 years since it took place, The Judgement of Paris shook the wine world to it’s very core. Gathering together eleven wine experts and pitting French Bordeaux against Californian Cabernat Sauvignon, the war was on to discover which wine was superior. Wine drunk, blindfolds untied, the results (to the dismay of the French wine industry) proved the New World Californian wine the victor on all counts. Sacre Bleu!   In homage to this momentous wine event the new St James’s Restaurant Avenue will partner up with award winning wine merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd to create their own spin […]

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Chilli Chilli Bang Bang Festival

Rumours are going round that London is set to have a heat wave of three months this year. Three. Months! But just in case this turns out not to be true (most likely in our pessimistic view) then at least you can experience another sort of heat at Street Feast’s latest venture Chilli Chilli Bang Bang. Happening in Dalston Yard, the two day festival on the 9th and 10th May will be celebrating the almighty chilli pepper – love it or loathe it – you can’t deny it packs a real punch. It’s brought to you by Tweat Up, Jose […]

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Diptyque Easter at 1 Lombard Street

We love a good Easter Egg as much as the next person but we definitely won't be saying no to Diptyque goodie bag filled with fragrant treats instead! 1 Lombard Street is collaborating with the high end fragance collection so that guests can enjoy a 2 or 3 course set menu in the restaurant’s brasserie before ending the night with a goodie bag.  They are on a first come first serve basis though so be quick in booking your place.  Warm, inviting and topped off with a stunning centre piece dome by architect Pietro Agostini, the brasserie is perfect for Easter celebrations, […]

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GB Pizza Co

You might expect a fish ‘n’ chips restaurant to originate out of the seaside town of Margate but definitely not a pizzeria, however, at GB Pizza, the odd anchovy is about as fishy as you get. GB began life in the summer of 2012 as an al-fresco pop-up on the Margate harbour in the back of a VW Campervan and owners Lisa Richards and Rachel Seed went on to launch their first bricks and mortar restaurant on the town’s seafront. The second branch of GB Pizza opens today in the rather more urban environment of Exmouth Market with three-minute quirky […]

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Head Chef Tommy Boland Joins Almeida

The seasons are changing and we have embraced it with welcoming pasty arms; in the spirit of change, London restaurant Almeida, has also had a change but in their case it took place in the kitchen. Tommy Boland will be the new head chef, bringing with him his experience from the kitchens at The Square, Le Cinq in Paris and Tom Aikens.  He has created an ingredient led menu which will offer simple British food with French influences. Think Pan Fried Sea Bream with farfalle, clams and sea vegetable for mains and Chocolate and Jaffa Pave, Orange Sorbet, Muscavado Crumble […]

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Culinary Mischief: Review

The other day we told you about Culinary Mischief – the underground dining experience presented by iL Tocco Food set up by chef Gabriele Bertaccini, and since their next event was to be held in London, we thought we would go down and join in with the feast and report back. The location was announced the day before to keep and element of secrecy to the event – well it is underground dining after all – and we found out that we were going to be dining in the Library at the London Marriott Hotel, County Hall in Westminster. Having […]

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Champagne Jacquart 50th Anniversary

The Handbook joined Champagne Jacquart on their trip across the channel to Reims to visit their house for a little bit of wine tasting and a whole lot of Champagne to celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Champagne Jacquart this year. But first to food, arriving in Paris we headed straight to Mary Goodnight, a Thai restaurant in the 16th district of the city. Having been built in a former train station, the restaurant was surprisingly intimate, I ate sticky pork with rice and mille feuille –separately of course, together would be a little interesting… In the morning we set off […]

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Champagne Jacquart 50th Anniversary

The Handbook joined Champagne Jacquart on their trip across the channel to Reims to visit their house for a little bit of wine tasting and a whole lot of Champagne to celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Champagne Jacquart this year. But first to food, arriving in Paris we headed straight to Mary Goodnight, a Thai restaurant in the 16th district of the city. Having been built in a former train station, the restaurant was surprisingly intimate, I ate sticky pork with rice and mille feuille –separately of course, together would be a little interesting… In the morning we set off […]

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