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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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5 of the Best Mobile Bars

If you’re planning a party outside of a bar and still want to serve up the best cocktails, but don’t really trust your own mixology skills, then the perfect solution is to a hire a mobile bar. Whether you want to set up shop (well bar) in a marquee, a field, beach or your own home these guys will make sure the drinks are flowing and more often than not tailor them to your event.  From botanical bars to cocktails served out of a Land Rover Defender, here are five of the best mobile bars you can hire to make […]

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Bruno Loubet to open Grain Store Unleashed at The Zetter

One door closes and another one opens so the saying goes…  The Easter Bank Holiday saw the last day of service for Bistrot Bruno Loubet in Clerkenwell’s Zetter Hotel but all is not lost. As of next Monday, Loubet will open Grain Store Unleashed – an exciting new pop-up venture in the same location. The new concept shares the same DNA as The Grain Store with its international flavours and veggie focus, however, dishes promise to be even more adventurous and experimental with menus pushing the boundaries set by the King’s Cross favourite. So what can we expect? Well, just to whet your appetite, […]

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Once upon a dine…

Once upon a time in a land far, far away…well North London, a generous restaurant by the name of Almeida hosted an evening of childhood nostalgia where adults can relive their favourite tales all for a good cause. Guests can enjoy a 3 course dinner, inspired by fairytales and folklore of the past and present, whilst raising money for children’s charity NSPCC. Three prestigious head chefs; Tommy Boland of Almeida, Tim Allen of Michelin starred Launceston Place and Tom Cook from Pont de la Tour have each created a dish that will endeavour to show the creativity of a child’s […]

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Pop Into Poppies For Some Oh. My. Cod.

Like any good restaurant Poppies Fish & Chip Shop has been around for a while and owner, Pat ‘Pop’ Newland, began young working in the much loved chippy in the East End. He started from the bottom cutting newspaper to wrap the portions as they were dished out. And now he’s here…… Poppies Fish & Chips are opening their new kiosk at the historic Old Spitalfields Market today. Pop Newland offers it all, from the traditional choice of fresh cod and battered sausages, to jellied eels. And not forgetting the edible, inked newspaper your meal comes in. Of course none […]

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The Election Terrace: Political Cocktails

A month today and we’ll all be taking to the polls to cast our votes and decide the next government.  If you haven’t chosen who you want to vote for yet then M Restaurant have a new way to decide – through cocktails. Well ok, so it might not actually tell you anything about politics, you might actually have to read the manifestos for that, but at least we can all agree that we like cocktails. Today, (luckily with the sun shining) they are opening their Election Terrace on Threadneedle Street which is inspired by the Palace of Westminster’s Black […]

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Melt Room: It’s All About the Cheese

When it comes to comfort food you really can’t beat a grilled cheese sandwich – melted, oozing cheese, thick bread, what’s not to love? Don’t agree? Just look at the photo above and try and tell us otherwise. If only there was somewhere that served them all day…well step in Melt Room the answer to all our cheese-based prayers (and trust us, it’s a few). Opening next month in Soho, it will be serving up gourmet-inspired New York inspired cheese stuffed sandwiches. They’ll be championing the best of British ingredients and using a hot brick method for cooking and pressing […]

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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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Sake Launch At Bar 45

With the London weather looking dim we’re hoping our boss will book us a trip to Japan, because why not. She’s never hinted so the odds seem low. The next best thing is the new sake experience that The London Dorchester Collection currently offer at BAR 45 and American steak restaurant ,CUT, at 45 Park Lane.  The new sake offering is inspired by, 45 Park Lane’s entertaining head sommelier, Vanessa Cinti’s recent qualification as a sake sommelier. This certificate is recognised across the globe and has been awarded by The Sake Sommelier Association.  A ‘Sake Flight’ of three oriental flavours […]

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Bull in a China Shop

A restaurant with a focus on whisky that’s open all day? I’m listening. Bull in a China Shop opens early April bringing with it over 30 choice Japanese and Scotch whiskies to the thirsty masses. Soaking up the alcohol will be a tempting menu of Chinese spiced, whisky glazed rotisserie chicken, black charcoal brioche buns, superfood salads and a host of breakfast bao buns, smoothies and sweet and savoury congee (rice porridge) for early risers. Chef Simon Chan is the man behind the reworked classic dishes, giving them a contemporary twist while the concept of the restaurant itself is from […]

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Hot New Lunch Menu At Scarfes Bar

While we’re embracing that lukewarm transaction between winter and summer Scarfes Bar have been working on a new lunch menu to keep you feeling hot! Head Chef – Palash Mitra – has created some ultimate comfort dishes to put some colour in your cheeks. Mitra uses a range of of local ingredients and also sources fair trade premium spices from a number of growers in India. The lunch menu offers a variety of culinary delights including Memne Chaanp (Lamb Chops with Ginger and Mint) and Aloo Gobhi Mattar (Cauliflower, Marrowfat Peas and Potatoes, Asafoetida and Coriander). Evenings present a mixture […]

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