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The Lockhart Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Marble Arch for a little bit of good old fashioned South Western American food at The Lockhart. We arrived as the restaurant was filling up, a few people at the bar and families and couples around the small white wooden tables which were adorned with mismatch crockery. The restaurant itself is minimal think exposed bricks and wooden floors- yet it is still cosy, with twinkling candles and warm soft lights. We snuck off downstairs to the bar, naturally, to start with cocktails. Forget sugary pinks and chemical greens these cocktails are all about […]

Openings & Launches

Bompas & Parr Launch ‘The Soyer Memorial Library’

Following the launch of Bompas & Parr’s own publishing house, Bompas & Parr Editions, on 8 November 2013 Bompas & Parr will launch a small library, featuring some of its more luxurious cookbooks drawn from the studio’s in-house culinary library, including Dali’s, Tolouse-Lautrec’s, and romance-novelist Barbara Cartland’s cookbooks. Dedicated to Alexis Soyer, Victorian celebrity chef, philanthropist, showman, and one of Bompas & Parr’s culinary heroes, the library will become a permanent feature at the Bompas & Parr studio, and will regularly open to visitors. Sam Bompas comments: ‘Soyer was one of the greatest culinary innovators known to mankind and god […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Fish Market’s Festive Funfair Terrace

Fish Market has put a fun, festive twist on their covered terrace area from now until Christmas. The terrace will be covered in twinkly fairy lights and snow globes, and blankets will be supplied so guests can cosy up on the heated terrace while they enjoy a mug of hot, spiced cider, or a special alcoholic snow cone. There will also be a retro tombola, where guests can try their luck at winning one of the prizes on display. A wintery haven in the heart of the bustling city, Fish Market will introduce a funfair-inspired menu: head chef Barry Macmillan […]

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Openings & Launches

The Sign of The Don

Robyn and Robert Wilson, founders of London's Bleeding Heart and The Don restaurants, are launching new bistro and bar, The Sign of the Don close to Bank Station and adjacent to The Don itself. The new venue sits on the site of the original Sandeman Port and Sherry Cellars. Chef James Walker (Le Pont de La Tour) has created a menu of modern British dishes with a nod to the site’s Spanish and Portuguese heritage. Starters include Confit duck Scotch egg garnished with Sandeman port jelly, while main courses feature King Prawns with chilli and Fino sherry, 12-hour Confit suckling […]

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Asia de Cuba afternoon tea review

After wandering up and down St Martins Lane dodging the tourists we finally found St Martins Lane Hotel. We should have guessed really that it would be the building with no sign, and neon yellow glass. It’s cool, quirky and unashamed. What we assume were stools in the shape of gold teeth lined the foyer, huge oversized vases stand in the corner and cheeky little gnomes hold up small tables. But we weren’t there to stand and admire the foyer, no we were there for the Cuban afternoon tea at Asia de Cuba. Starting with the cutlery being presented in […]

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Asia de Cuba afternoon tea review

After wandering up and down St Martins Lane dodging the tourists we finally found St Martins Lane Hotel. We should have guessed really that it would be the building with no sign, and neon yellow glass. It’s cool, quirky and unashamed. What we assume were stools in the shape of gold teeth lined the foyer, huge oversized vases stand in the corner and cheeky little gnomes hold up small tables. But we weren’t there to stand and admire the foyer, no we were there for the Cuban afternoon tea at Asia de Cuba. Starting with the cutlery being presented in […]

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Il Baretto

Local Marylebone Italian restaurant, Il Baretto is back – bigger and better than ever, having also acquired the site next door to create a larger full service bar, with increased dining capacity. The re-development has been overseen by interior designer, David D’Almada and the space features dark mahogany tables, leather banquette seating, with an open glass wine cellar, all set against the backdrop of white walls and exposed brickwork. The layout has been changed too so diners will now be able to watch pastry chefs at work crafting the desserts. The upstairs bar, which now extends into the site next […]

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Culture

Sissi Pop-up at PAD London 2013

Back by popular demand, Sissi is once again catering for this year’s PAD London Art & Design fair. The pop-up is a Sissi & Roberta joint venture casual but classy Italian restaurant. The menu features a wide selection of food, including a few vegetarian options. Some of the highlights are hand-make truffle tagliolini, hand-made spinach and ricotta gnocchi with sage butter, and grilled paillard of chicken breast with rosemary, French beans and petit pois. The dessert trolley features classic Italian tiramisu and panna cotta, as well as a cheese board and cake of the day. The Sissi pop-up also serves […]

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Openings & Launches

Far Rockaway

Brand new venue Far Rockaway, named after the buzzing Queens NY resort of the late Fifties and early Sixties, occupies a 400-capacity space on Shoreditch’s lively Curtain Road. Under the curatorial eye of Ben Oakley’s Gallery and Kevin Martin Hoxton Gallery, a roster of top-flight street artists including Xenz, Above, Lucas Price, Cranio, Cept and Guy Denning have created unique works of art from hand-painted totem poles to murals and sculptures. Neon artist Andy Doig has re-interpreted Far Rockaway amusement park’s signage in a new original work using 100 feet of coloured glass requiring 30,000 volts of electricity but artwork […]

Culture

Hush’s ‘Classics in the Courtyard’ Film Screenings

Due to popular demand, ‘Classics in the Courtyard’ is returning to the Hush courtyard on 2 November. A different film will be screened in the al fresco courtyard every Saturday until 29 March. Worried it might be a little cold for an outdoor cinema? The Hush courtyard will be equipped with plenty of patio heaters, and cosy blankets and winter warmer cocktails will be available so you can snuggle up and enjoy the film. Hush also has an a la carte menu, which features comforting dishes like ‘Slow roast pork belly with Mayfair cassoulet’ and ‘Risotto of tiger prawns with […]

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Sauterelle at The Royal Exchange Review

The Royal Exchange: a beautiful and imposing building, we all know it is there in Bank, but how many of you know that inside is the Grand Café and that upstairs, there is Sauterelle? You don’t? Well you should. Last week The Handbook went for a little supper at Sauterelle. Our table looked out over the Grand Café below with its marbled floor and huge ceilings which is perfect for people watching and general spying on the diners below, which between our courses we did a lot. Sauterelle itself is a little more closed with low, warm lighting and small […]

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Reviews

Sauterelle at The Royal Exchange Review

The Royal Exchange: a beautiful and imposing building, we all know it is there in Bank, but how many of you know that inside is the Grand Café and that upstairs, there is Sauterelle? You don’t? Well you should. Last week The Handbook went for a little supper at Sauterelle. Our table looked out over the Grand Café below with its marbled floor and huge ceilings which is perfect for people watching and general spying on the diners below, which between our courses we did a lot. Sauterelle itself is a little more closed with low, warm lighting and small […]

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