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The Lambert Arms Review

We all love London with its ability to cater to all people at all times but if there’s one thing it has a shortage of, it’s space, luckily we have the countryside to take care of that. Roaming fields, unintimidating wildlife and the ability to actually see the stars at night, sans pollution galore. But city folk don’t tend do to well in camping situations, with no AC, no memory foam mattresses and no bar, it’s not ideal. Country houses are what it’s about so The Handbook ventured North West to Oxfordshire where The Lambert Arms is located for a […]

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A Slice of Sicily

You know what we could all do with right now? A little slice of Sicilian sunshine… but seeing as that is unlikely we’ll take Sicilian tomatoes, Sicilian lemons and all other sorts of Sicilian food with the opening of Iddu. Part caffe, part restaurant and part alfresco dining, Iddu is opening on Harrington Road and is founded by Luca Del Bono the man behind The South Kensington Club which sits adjacent to it.  Serving up fresh, natural, flavours with Mediterranean flair alongside Sicilian wines and Sicilian-roasted coffee beans the day will start with granolas with organic yoghurt, egg-white frittatas with […]

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Queenswood – Battersea’s new hotspot

Love Soho nook Damson & Co and live south of the river? Well come next month, Battersea dwellers are in for a treat as the peeps responsible are launching Queenswood, a new neighborhood resto in Battersea Square. The 70 cover, all-day restaurant and bar promises well sourced, healthy and exciting dishes with globe-spanning influences. Female head chef, Aude Placktor hails from Paris and her starters will feature the likes of Corn and coconut cakes, elephant ear and shitake mushrooms, avocado and almond flakes, Steamed clams, Guadeloupe style with coconut, ginger, chilli, okra and spring onion while mains include Mirin and […]

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A Secret Mexican Party…

When you think of Coyote Ugly, what probably comes to mind is a hot, scantily-clad Piper Parabo giving it her all dancing atop a bar, right? And when you think of Mexico, it’s all margaritas, mezcal and moustaches, yes? So if some (very wise) guy decided to combine the two that’d be pretty darn awesome, huh? Step forward Peyote Ugly. Feeling revitalised having spent a few weeks dancing around campfires, playing the banjo and generally soul-searching in the Chihuahuan Desert, Peyote Ugly is returning to Mayfair’s naughtiest Mexican joint on 24th February for a second instalment of tequila-fuelled mayhem. Sombreros […]

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Open Sesame

Nope, not inspired by a dodgy magician – rather the market stalls and smoking grills of the Middle East from beachfront shacks of Istanbul to the crowded alleyways of Jerusalem– coming atcha in April in Covent Garden. Sesame has got serious form though being the brainchild of Noam Bar, one of the founders of Ottolenghi. Noam grew up in Israel so knows a good thing about the regions culinary offerings and factor in the support of his Ottolenghi colleagues – Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi – and it will doubtless be a sure fire winner. The team researched the best […]

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To Market, To Market (but SLOW-ly)

If you’ll do anything to avoid the beep beep beep of the post-work supermarket rush (preferring to rootle around in the depths of your kitchen cupboard for tins which have been there since c.1996 and give yourself borderline scurvy), then this one is for you. From 1st March, Rosewood London will be holding a weekly ‘Slow Food & Living Market’ in the hotel’s grand courtyard. S.L.O.W. (Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wholesome) will not only sell exceptional quality produce but aims to revive traditional marketplace culture by encouraging the re-establishment of relationships between us urbanite consumers and our rural counterparts. Newly appointed […]

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Balans Soho Society Review

If you love mini doughnuts served with pots of cream and jam to dip them into then you are going to like this review but good things come to those who wait so let’s start at the beginning. Balans Soho Society serves as a bookend to the strip of restaurants directly opposite Westfields Shepherd’s Bush (the other bookend is The Meat Co which is also excellent; clearly this is a good area for dining). It’s one of five venues and is relatively new to the area, the first originating in Soho. Don’t be fooled by some of the cocktails that […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Balans Soho Society Review

If you love mini doughnuts served with pots of cream and jam to dip them into then you are going to like this review but good things come to those who wait so let’s start at the beginning. Balans Soho Society serves as a bookend to the strip of restaurants directly opposite Westfields Shepherd’s Bush (the other bookend is The Meat Co which is also excellent; clearly this is a good area for dining). It’s one of five venues and is relatively new to the area, the first originating in Soho. Don’t be fooled by some of the cocktails that […]

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Big Fernand: the hamburgé is coming to get you

You’ve tried the hamburger so now it’s time for the hamburgé! The Gallic twist on the US burger is crossing the channel and installing itself in Fitzrovia’s Percy Street next month. Much as we love a good ole burger, they’ve never been particularly chic but Big Fernand is set to change all that bringing the bistro to the burger with super-fast service, quirky vibe and oodles of Parisian savoir faire. The new venue promises to take the American classic and blend it with a ‘grand’ helping of French gastronomy. We’re talking artisan buns – made in London to a French […]

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Our Guide to… Getting Battered

No not that kind of battered, you don’t need a guide on where to get drunk. We’re talking pancake batter, obviously. Flip them, toss them, roll them in sugar or drown them in chocolate – pancakes are a wondrous thing. Yes, we may eat them more times than we care to admit when it comes to the weekend, but there is still something extra special about Pancake day/Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday. As ever London has stepped up to the occasion: eating challenge, insane creations and unique flavours, here are some of the best places to get well and truly (pancake) battered: […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Our Guide to… Getting Battered

No not that kind of battered, you don’t need a guide on where to get drunk. We’re talking pancake batter, obviously. Flip them, toss them, roll them in sugar or drown them in chocolate – pancakes are a wondrous thing. Yes, we may eat them more times than we care to admit when it comes to the weekend, but there is still something extra special about Pancake day/Shrove Tuesday/Fat Tuesday. As ever London has stepped up to the occasion: eating challenge, insane creations and unique flavours, here are some of the best places to get well and truly (pancake) battered: […]

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