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Mazes and Mezze at Mezzah Lounge

This week The Handbook went to Harrods to try out Middle Eastern fare in the Mezzah Lounge. Before we get on to how the food was the first thing that we should point out to all those who aren’t that familiar with Harrods, is that it is on the fourth floor, near the lifts, you don’t want to end up as we did going round and round and round the Harrods maze looking for it, of course you don’t let on to this and just pretend you really did want to spend half an hour looking at the luxury linen. […]

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Flower Pop at Gaucho Sloane

Argentine cuisine meets the Chelsea Flower Show in Gaucho Sloane’s special Botanical Menu, created with a nod to Britain’s most floral festivities. From flower-themed cocktails to petal salads, The Handbook reviews this gardener’s feast. Beginning with cocktails, the Rose Martini arrived with yellow flowers sprinkled on its surface. This was rather a pity as the cocktail became difficult to drink without chewing on petals. The Turkish delight taste was good, but a little overpowering. However, weaknesses on this side were compensated for by the brilliant Pommelina cocktail, a mix of vodka and citrus fruits that was possibly the best we’ve […]

Reviews

Flower Pop at Gaucho Sloane

Argentine cuisine meets the Chelsea Flower Show in Gaucho Sloane’s special Botanical Menu, created with a nod to Britain’s most floral festivities. From flower-themed cocktails to petal salads, The Handbook reviews this gardener’s feast. Beginning with cocktails, the Rose Martini arrived with yellow flowers sprinkled on its surface. This was rather a pity as the cocktail became difficult to drink without chewing on petals. The Turkish delight taste was good, but a little overpowering. However, weaknesses on this side were compensated for by the brilliant Pommelina cocktail, a mix of vodka and citrus fruits that was possibly the best we’ve […]

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Openings & Launches

The Fish & Chip Shop

Next month, Des McDonald, former CEO of Caprice Holdings, opens first solo venture, The Fish & Chip Shop. The team that includes Executive Chef, Lee Bull, formerly of Le Caprice and Tower Isho, formerly of J Sheekey, all vow to serve only fresh fish approved by the Marine Stewardship Council. A selection of line and hook caught cd, plaice, haddock and pollock will arrive daily from Brixham and be cooked in a batter of Camden beer. Chips are hand cut and double fried in refined rapeseed oil – go for traditional salt and vinegar or experiment with hand prepared sauces […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Too Many Critics Charity Event for Action Against Hunger

On Sunday 9th June, critics are set to eat their words at Action Against Hunger’s charity event Too Many Critics. With a rendez-vous at the Coq d’Argent, food writers from top publications will set down their pens and don their aprons to prepare a special dinner under the critical eyes of the chefs they normally berate. Set to raise awareness for the global hunger crisis, Too Many Critics is the brainchild of the humanitarian charity Action Against Hunger as it collaborates with 200 other charities in the ‘Enough Food For Everyone IF’ campaign. As foodies, critics and chefs congregate, the […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Botanical Gin Garden at Carom Soho

From tomorrow Thursday 23 May until October, Tanqueray Gin is hosting a secret summer cocktail garden of living botanicals at Carom Soho. An elegant glasshouse space promises imaginatively infused cocktails and delicious pan-Indian dishes beside the garden’s fragrant living wall of herbs and flora. Guests will be greeted by an intoxicating aroma of blossom as they sit on antique garden benches amongst terracotta pots, pretty jam jars of fragrant wild flowers, hanging pots of herbs, and green bottles sprouting verdant foliage. A glass roof pyramid will reveal the sky above, accented with trailing living plants and greenery and an enormous […]

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The Miller

The team behind The Sebright Arms in east London has turned its attention to a new venue. It has just re-launched The Miller in London Bridge and following on from the success of the Sebright which arrived in 2011, The Miller aims to bring this formula southside to Bermondsey. The newly kitted out venue promises to champion provenance and quality with a menu developed by Street Kitchen. The Kitchen has created a bespoke range of hot dogs using rare breed free range meats sourced directly from UK farms and supplied by The Butchery Ltd local to Bermondsey. Traceability of ingredients […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Elgin – Maida Vale

You don’t particularly notice the décor at The Elgin, which is a good sign; this pub/restaurant is all about the food and service, which is outstanding. It’s not a pub in a traditional sense – you walk straight into a bright, airy and bare-bricked room, with sturdy wooden tables featuring the standard flickering candle. If I was asked what The Elgin looked like, I’d say ‘lots of wood’, which isn’t the most descriptive of phrases, but probably sums it up. This Maida Vale bar and grill is the sort where regular diners are greeted like old friends, and the service […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Elgin – Maida Vale

You don’t particularly notice the décor at The Elgin, which is a good sign; this pub/restaurant is all about the food and service, which is outstanding. It’s not a pub in a traditional sense – you walk straight into a bright, airy and bare-bricked room, with sturdy wooden tables featuring the standard flickering candle. If I was asked what The Elgin looked like, I’d say ‘lots of wood’, which isn’t the most descriptive of phrases, but probably sums it up. This Maida Vale bar and grill is the sort where regular diners are greeted like old friends, and the service […]

Openings & Launches

The Five Fields

Today the countryside comes to Chelsea with new 40 seater restaurant, The Five Fields in Blacklands Terrace. It takes its name from its location which was known as The Five Fields back in the 18th century – as recorded by cartographer John Rocque. The modern, seasonal menu is inspired by those original green fields and focusses on rare herbs and vegetables, grown in the restaurant’s own East Sussex gardens. Two menus will be available for dinner, a three-course prix fixe menu and an eight-course tasting menu. Chef-owner Taylor Bonnyman, who previously worked at two Michelin-starred Corton in New York, has […]

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