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The Meat Co Review

As you may have guessed from the name, The Meat Co is a restaurant whose expertise lies in all things carnivore friendly with an impressive menu of steaks, ribs and burgers. Before any vegetarians reading recoil in horror, it’s not all doom and gloom though as the talent in the kitchen have waved their creative magic to all aspects of the menu. Situated in the popular shopping district by Shepherd’s bush station, the South African restaurant covers two floors and an outside terrace but the best place to dine for ambience is upstairs with the glassed off open plan kitchen. […]

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Spring

It’s been a long while coming but Skye Gyngell’s first solo venture, Spring, will finally open next week in the New Wing of Somerset House. But while the name is a touch out of season, the ingredients promise to be seasonal to the max. All about ‘lucky 8’, (sort of) the menu will comprise eight starters, eight main dishes and five desserts. Opening dishes will include Grilled langoustine with seaweed butter, Roasted turbot with porcini and bone marrow and Fillet of beef with brown butter, anchovy and wild greens.  Desserts feature Buttermilk cream with rye shortbread and damson ice cream […]

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Rankin Eat Film at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, will be injecting some much needed glamour into a night at the cinema next week as a result of the Eat Film event hosted by the world renowned photographer Rankin. Part of the London Restaurant Festival, the evening will showcase a special screening of Rankin’s favourite film Cinema Paradiso at the Princess Anne Theatre, followed by a three-course dinner prepared by BAFTA 195’s Head Chef Anton Manganaro. Located in the iconic venue which is home to famous awards, it will be hard not to appreciate and celebrate the artistry that goes into great film-making. Combine this with […]

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Macaron and Martini masterclass

Think British food and you think fish and chips, pies, jellied eels (we’ve tried them…never again), Sunday roasts and of course afternoon tea with scones and copious tea – we’ll go for Lapsang. Well move over scones, see ya later tea because there is a new duo in town, the sophisticated more decadent version, macarons and martinis and Ohlala Macarons is leading the way with their masterclass. Taking place on the 11th October, they’ve teamed up with the quintessentially British label Antoni & Alison to host an afternoon of indulgence. In the super cute and charming ‘Ye Olde Worlde Super […]

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Almeida: Review

When it comes to restaurants you think most things have already been covered, we’ve had dining in the dark, mystery menus, eating whilst precariously perched in the sky and way underground, but the Almeida over in Islington have created something brand spanking new; they have done away with the wine list, making them the first restaurant in London to do so. Instead they have a wine wall, where diners can go up and choose their wine based on the tasting notes or they can leave it up to the sommelier to make the choices based on what they are eating […]

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Rule Britannia: The Britannia Re-Opens

For someone that spent the majority of their childhood years in Malaysia eating rice and noodles, I do enjoy a good British pub. There is nothing that sums up English life to me more than rounding off a busy week with a Sunday lunch, kicking back with friends and family watching the rest of the world go by. With that in mind, there is no pub more British in spirit than the aptly named Britannia, which has recently re-opened in Kensington. Built on the site of an old brewery, the Britannia is steeped in history and has been serving the […]

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The Halloween Ball in WC2

Halloween: the most terrifying night of the year. However, we cannot help but notice in recent years, this holiday (can we call it a holiday), has not been all that scary, What’s more, it is so easy to get wrong and if interpreted incorrectly can end up being cheesier than One Direction and 5 Days of Summer combined. Yes, in the past few years, Halloween has not lived up to its reputation, with blatant attempts of horror and hideous excuses for costumes (adding cat ears is not a costume) taking all the allure out of the evening. What the evening […]

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Herman ze German

Note it’s the wurst is coming, not the worst that would be all wrong, as this is the best thing to happen for all lovers of German sausage… ahem. That’s right Herman ze German is back with their third restaurant and this time they are setting up shop on Charlotte Street. Launching next week and the largest yet, it will be able to seat 90 people over two floors, although if you’ve been to either of the other venues (Villiers Street and Old Compton Street) you’ll recognise the white tiles on the counter and the brass mincers decorating the walls. […]

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London Cocktail Week

It’s finally here: London Cocktail Week! Cocktail aficionados across the capital can rejoice as it’s   back for the fifth year and with over 250 bars and drinking dens taking part, it is seven days of drinking, partying, pop-ups, talks and master classes. So buy your wristband, get your hangover cures ready and prepare your liver for a week of merriment. Here are some of The Handbook’s favourite events going on: The Ampersand Hotel Cocktail Tea If you’ve had one too many cocktails and need a little sustenance then head to The Ampersand in South Kensington for a spot of tea […]

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Spiaggia

It may be the end of the summer but life’s still a beach in Fulham Broadway thanks to new Italian restaurant and bar, Spiaggia (meaning ‘beach’ in Italian just so you know) opening this month.  The ground floor restaurant features a menu by Mish Haddad packed full of little plates of Italian tapas including  arancini, salmon carpaccio seared tuna and pollo pops (crunchy chicken nuggets stuffed with cheese) alongside salads, pasta dishes and ‘spiedini’ – skewers from the robata grill and ‘piadinas’ – thin Italian flatbreads with fillings like Salami Napoli, Mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes and Provolone cheese and […]

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Etch Food Residency at The Proud Archivist

This latest London pop-up promises to be a cut above the rest as Etch Food takes up residency at The Proud Archivist. The love child of MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 winner Steven Edwards and the (rapidly) rising star Josh Stanzl, Etch Food aims to offer customers a totally original dining experience. Serving up creative and attractive food, that doesn’t compromise on quality, in a fun and interactive atmosphere. And so what better place to do this than The Proud Archivist? A venue that is both stunning and unusual, it offers not simply a table to eat at but also a […]

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Ohlala Macarons’s Tea Room Pops Up

Anna, Duchess of Bedford was an expert at setting trends, fashionable one might say, after all she was the one who came up with afternoon tea because she got hungry between breakfast and supper, which you know was probably scandalous back in 19th century, cake between meals – how daring! Well now after years of tea and scones, there is a new decadence in town, macarons and old James Bond’s favourite, martinis, courtesy of Ohlala Macarons.   They’ve teamed up with the quintessentially British label Antoni & Alison to host an afternoon of indulgence. In the super cute and charming ‘Ye Olde […]

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