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The Cat & Mutton

It’s hard to imagine Hackney as the countryside but back in the 1600s, the sight of farmers driving their sheep across London Fields to Smithfield Market for slaughter was as common as people getting slaughtered there on a Thursday night. The soon to be relaunched (it's open again on the 11th April)  Cat & Mutton pub, originally frequented by aforementioned farmers, is named after a bridge on Regent’s Canal, along which sailed coal barges knows as ‘cats’. So historical detour aside, the pub’s new owner is Tom Gibson who runs  Vogue House’s Dalston outpost, Ruby’s on Stoke Newington Road and while the […]

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Rowley Leigh’s One Off Dinner at Le Cafe Anglais

This month chef and food writer Ravinder Bhogal is set to join forces with chef Rowley Leigh for a one off dinner at Le Cafe Anglais.  Set to be the latest installment of ‘Cooking with Rowley’, the series works on the principle of bringing chefs currently without a working kitchen together with Rowley to create a sparkling exchange of culinary knowledge and ideas.   With previous menus including a night of Ottoman cuisine with Allegra McEvedy and a Mexican menu with Tommy Miers,  Bhogal and Leigh are sure to continue the run to great effect with an Indian themed night. […]

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Ruby Jean’s Diner Pop-Ups

It can’t be denied that Londoners can’t get enough of American food – we want those sticky bbq ribs, the burgers that we almost can’t get our hands round, the salted caramel tarts and the sugar laden doughnuts – if it’s the sort of food that is simple but tastes oh.so.good then we are on to it! The latest dose of American cuisine comes from a series of pop- ups from Ruby Jean’s Diner starting this month. With a menu based around snacking and sharing, they will be serving up sandwiches,  fried chicken, 16 different burgers – yes that’s right […]

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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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Skinny Cocktails at Shaka Zulu

‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ goes the classic saying, in lieu of that we think that cocktails must come a close second. They are with you for the good times (champagne cocktails at the Zetter Townhouse), the bad times (Bam Bam’s at Whetherspoons) and all the in-between (becoming a Pimm’s mixologist wizard every summer). The only drawback, as with most delicious activities, is that the tasty treats are chock full of hidden calories (we won’t tell you how many!). To help us keep our uber fit bikini bodies suitable for public places this summer, our friends at Shaka Zulu […]

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Margaux Review

Margaux is a European style restaurant, on Old Brompton Street, which offers beautifully prepared food with the very freshest of ingredients. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday and was buzzing on the Thursday night when we came to visit. Ex-Zuma and Iberica chef, Xavier Castella Vilamajo, is the man behind the impressive menu and his expertise in sea food was apparent in our delicious House-Cured Citrus Salmon Carpaccio starter. His enthusiasm for all things sea born continued into the Line Caught Monkfish which had a perfect melt in your mouth texture; it was served with smoked aubergine, macadamia snow […]

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Margaux Review

Margaux is a European style restaurant, on Old Brompton Street, which offers beautifully prepared food with the very freshest of ingredients. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday and was buzzing on the Thursday night when we came to visit. Ex-Zuma and Iberica chef, Xavier Castella Vilamajo, is the man behind the impressive menu and his expertise in sea food was apparent in our delicious House-Cured Citrus Salmon Carpaccio starter. His enthusiasm for all things sea born continued into the Line Caught Monkfish which had a perfect melt in your mouth texture; it was served with smoked aubergine, macadamia snow […]

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Cambalache’s One Night In Argentina

At the end of April watch as the East End of London magically transforms into the back streets of South America for Cambalache’s One Night in Argentina. Running off the developing trend of immersive wine events and after a sell out debut last year the team are back with a wine tasting like you’ve never seen before. Hosted by some of the team behind Heston Blumenthal’s 'The Big Feast',  Barry Smith and Charles Spence, experience them match different wines with music to enhance the flavour.  This innovative approach to taste only continues in the array of food on offer all […]

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The Storeroom

Following the opening of the restaurant last October, Merchants Tavern is launching a private basement dining room called The Storeroom with food and wine produce from the restaurant lining the walls and a large communal table seating 22 people. The room is flooded with light from street level skyscrapers and at night is transformed into an intimate dining room or party room for up to 40 standing guests. Head Chef Neil Borthwick will create bespoke menus with a focus on sharing – five or seven course tasting menus or a three course feasting menu with dishes such as Salt Cod […]

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Kitchen Theory’s Experimental Dinner Extended

We have some good news: due to its huge success Kitchen Theory have announced that they will be extending their dinner series of 2014. ‘KAISEKI by Kitchen Theory’ at the House of Wolf in Islington until June! So if you were one of those people who missed out on tickets, panic not! And for those who didn’t know about it 1) why not? 2) well here is your chance. Kaiseki also known as kaiseki-ryōri, is the name given to a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner service and can be traced as the origins of the western concept of tasting menus. Since […]

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The Abinger Cookery School Review

I’ve always thought of myself as quite the food connoisseur, quietly judging friends meals and casting a scrutinising eye over food brought to me at restaurants, so when the opportunity to attend a cooking course came up, I thought yes, my time to shine is here! I will create exquisite meals and be the envy of anyone lucky enough to sneak a glance at my marvellous creations. And it turned out that way. Sort of. I headed down to the recently opened The Abinger Cookery School, (ah-bing-err) the evening before the course and was shown around the newly refurbished building […]

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The Abinger Cookery School Review

I’ve always thought of myself as quite the food connoisseur, quietly judging friends meals and casting a scrutinising eye over food brought to me at restaurants, so when the opportunity to attend a cooking course came up, I thought yes, my time to shine is here! I will create exquisite meals and be the envy of anyone lucky enough to sneak a glance at my marvellous creations. And it turned out that way. Sort of. I headed down to the recently opened The Abinger Cookery School, (ah-bing-err) the evening before the course and was shown around the newly refurbished building […]

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