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Dinner in a cellar

Andrew and Mary Jane Fishwick, the peeps behind Maida Vale’s The Truscott Arms are opening a new venue this June in Belsize Park called The Truscott Cellar (ok so maybe not an actual cellar), a contemporary wine bar with food from chef Aidan McGee. The husband wife duo holds the title for Best Roast in Great Britain so we’re expecting great things from this new launch. Michel Schranz Design and Architecture which has worked with both Tracy Emin and Damian Hirst is developing the two floor site with a sustainable British wood theme and plenty of dark marble. The wine […]

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Pret a Diner at Café Royal

Calling all foodies! As of next week, the culinary creatives behind Pret a Diner are to stage a brand new pop-up residency at The Club at Café Royal set within the iconic Regent Street hotel. Café Royal’s Executive Chef, Andrew Turner will team up with two New York based chefs Patti Jackson (behind Michelin star restaurant, Delaware and Hudson in Brooklyn) and West Village resident Ryan Tate who netted himself a Michelin star within six months of opening his Le Restaurant venue. The trio will create a selection of sharing snacks followed by one course from each chef while the […]

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The Handbook Meets…Thomasina Miers

From living in Mexico City to returning to London and opening 15 restaurants, 3 bars and 2 street kitchens, Thomasina Miers is at the head of the Mexican cuisine scene. We catch up with the founder of Wahaca to discuss dream cocktail parties, sustainability and inspiration. Who would you invite to your dream cocktail party? Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Freud, Richard Curtis, Michael Hutchence for starters… What are your three favourite ingredients to shake a cocktail with? Lime, mezcal and whisky – not necessarily all together! If you had to choose one dish to eat from the Wahaca menu which […]

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Polo season at M Restaurants

If you love it then you’ll know that polo season is almost upon us and with it the quintessential fixture in our summer calendar, Chestertons Polo in the Park, three days of chukkas, cocktails and fingers-crossed, sun.. If you don’t know that much about it, then now is your time to learn with a little help from M Restaurants as this year they are the official partners. And to celebrate they are transforming their bar into the Chukka Lounge complete with polo mallets, saddles, a turfed floor and they’ll be screening classic polo matches which you can watch whilst sipping […]

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Library presents Edible Stories

Edible Stories has enabled all our childhood and culinary dreams  to come true at once. Take your imagination to tea and dine with your favourite childhood literary characters at private members club LIBRARY and if you are not a member don’t fear! The event is available to non members for the month long pop-up, starting on the 17th April. Each week poses a different theme starting sweetly with Charlie and The Chocolate factory, in the middle there’s Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables and the month ends with Matilda. Watch the plot enfold before your eyes and in your mouth […]

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Top Hat Is Top Of The Pop Ups

Top Hat Catering have whipped up some edible delights and are popping (I mean cooking) their way to the top. They have given themselves a makeover and want to celebrate their brand new look with a Pop Up dining event at the Top Hat kitchen. The top chefs have cooked for the U.S ambassador but don’t shy away from intimate events like small family weddings. So, yes, this delectable food is available for you! To kick of the show Top Hat are introducing Pork Belly lollipops with a brambly apple sauce and pork crackling. The main event includes the delectable […]

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Gordon Ramsay opens Maze Grill

Gordon Ramsay is going from strength to strength as his restaurant group opens its 14th UK restaurant with the launch of maze Grill, a vibrant 55-cover restaurant inspired by the grillrooms of Manhattan. The venue will offer the concept’s signature rare breed steaks (which vary in price from £28 to £130) fish and poultry from the grill like Grilled Loch Duarte Salmon with celeriac remoulade & French beans plus a selection of small plates and salads. Sushi fans can rejoice at the extensive selection of sushi and sashimi available like Spicy tuna tartare with chilli garlic, spring onions and wonton […]

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Cuisson luxury afternoon tea

Wherever you look in London people are reinventing the classic British custom of the afternoon tea, whether it is themed around a childhood classic tale or focuses on the likes of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show.  Bespoke dining company Cuisson is getting in on the act as they host a one-of-a-kind pop-up afternoon tea in association with Laurent-Perrier. Cuisson have transformed a former jewellery shop inside the ornate Burlington Arcade, into a decadent dining space, where even the previous shop’s jewellery cases will be used as cake displays. The afternoon tea itself will be served on exquisitely designed fine bone china tea-ware from Wedgwood for […]

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Ametsa Afternoon Tea

Everyday, we at The Handbook, long for lunch. We munch through our Sainsbury’s sandwiches with great haste in order to get back to our brilliant blog writing. Our post lunch tummies are usually satisfied. But today we just know we’re going to feel a little lacklustre as we’ve heard that the Ametsa with Arzak Instruction have launched their Michelin-starred afternoon tea menu at The Halkin by COMO. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction features Elena Arzak – voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2012. High five to girl power! Arzak collaborates with her father Juan Mari Arzak, Mikel Sorazu, Igor […]

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Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fundraiser

Every time we go to the Southbank Centre we come home amazed, a little bit tiddly and with dreams of ditching our editorial jobs for a life of music and performance. Then we catch ourselves on and realise we can’t sing…or dance. The next best thing is writing about it. On the 18th of April the Southbank Centre is honourably holding a fundraiser for the Battersea Arts Centre’s Phoenix Fund. This event is headlined by Bridget Christie and Stewart Lee and includes an evening of live entertainment with some of the UK’s leading comedians, musicians and performers. Stewart was the brains […]

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It’s Hampton Court’s 500th anniversary party & you’re invited!

It’s not often you get invited to a party at a palace but this Easter, Hampton Court is marking its 500th anniversary with a fabulous weekender. The royal venue has been home to some of Britain’s most infamous monarchs from Henry VIII, to Elizabeth I and Charles II, each of whom would arrive via the famous Cardinal Wolsey built West Front, so in the spirit of that tradition, five royal carriages specially recreated by the Pinewood Studios team, will be parking up outside. Wherever they venture, visitors will encounter characters from the palace’s history with ‘Time Plays’ featuring William Shakespeare […]

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