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Porky’s BBQ: Review

Following on from the success of their Camden branch, husband and wife team  Simon and Joy Brigg launched a second restaurant over on Bankside recently and so The Handbook team went down to check it out. Inside the restaurant is all exposed brick walls, high sturdy wooden tables and stools, twinkling lights, it’s stripped back but still welcoming and reflects the simple but well-honed menu. We chose however, to sit outside but unfortunately Porky’s is situated on a street which doesn’t seem to catch the sun, so whilst we could see people walking in the light by the river our […]

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Andalusian Supper Club

Want to make the most of your evenings during the week or just don’t want to cook? Well you’re in luck, this week The Jam Tree, Clapham will be hosting two supper clubs with Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker heading up the kitchen. Last year saw Dhruv cooking up Malaysia, Mexican and Asian cuisine and this time he is going slightly more adventurous with an Andalusian theme. The evening will start with cocktails in the garden before heading to the light and airy Bookcase Bar where Dhruv will serve up four courses including dishes such as Andalusian shrimp and spring onion […]

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La Tagliata

The City is getting a little slice of Italy today with the launch of La Tagliata. The new restaurant specialises in its namesake tagliata – that typically Italian dish of thinly sliced steak. The menu concept, by head chef Antonio Tonelli, is super simple – the tagliata coming served with Parmesan, cherry tomatoes and rocket plus rosemary roasted potatoes or patate del pastore (potatoes cooked slowly in garlic and stock). Vegetarians eat baked Scamorza, an Italian cheese similar to mozzarella. Otherwise, there’s a pasta starter, handmade daily, with a choice of three seasonal sauces and typically Italian desserts such as pannacotta or […]

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Valentine Warner Pops up at New Tom’s

Calling all food fans, acclaimed chef Valentine Warner will be hosting an unmissable one-off dining event on 23rd July at the new Notting Hill pop-up from Tom Conran, New Tom’s. You might recognise Valentine from his hit TV series, What To Eat Now, on BBC Two. He went on to lead to a further TV series and two accompanying books which led to him being dubbed the Russell Brand of cooking – which is a good thing, we think. Valentine will give a quick talk about the preparation and cooking of the menu before serving up a delicious 4 course […]

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Vegan Afternoon Tea Review

If there is one thing London does well it’s an afternoon tea, seeing as England is the creator of the mid-afternoon pick me up, we certainly should be. But after over 150 years of enjoying them, creative types have started trying to re-invent them. We’ve seen Mad Hatter themes, Chelsea Flower themes, Halloween, Musical, Christmas, even an Asian afternoon tea! What we haven’t heard of is a vegan afternoon tea, until now that is. The newly launched restaurant "RAW" at La Suite West offers a new health focused option when it comes to dining which has recently extended its menu […]

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Vegan Afternoon Tea Review

If there is one thing London does well it’s an afternoon tea, seeing as England is the creator of the mid-afternoon pick me up, we certainly should be. But after over 150 years of enjoying them, creative types have started trying to re-invent them. We’ve seen Mad Hatter themes, Chelsea Flower themes, Halloween, Musical, Christmas, even an Asian afternoon tea! What we haven’t heard of is a vegan afternoon tea, until now that is. The newly launched restaurant "RAW" at La Suite West offers a new health focused option when it comes to dining which has recently extended its menu […]

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Le Restaurant de Paul

Fancy a bit more than a pain au chocolat, meringue or millefeuille fraises? If so, or your appetite won’t be quite satisfied by a salad or sandwich, head to the new Le Restaurant de Paul from July 15th. Bedford Street in Covent Garden welcomes Le Restaurant de Paul, a development of the renowned French PAUL bakery and patisserie already present in many cities all around the world. Offering plentiful portions of traditional French dishes such as Coq au Vin, Confit de Canard aux Olives and Entrecote a la Bordelaise (steak and chips for those of you without a translation dictionary […]

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Bentley’s Review

Bentley’s, on Swallow Street, is situated in a historic Victorian building on the borders of Soho and Mayfair. The restaurant came to life in 2005, when it was taken over by talented chef and restaurateur Richard Corrigan. He refurbished the venue to its former glory, making the building one of the oldest and most prestigious seafood restaurants in London today. Their passion and skill for seafood is clear as soon as you taste the food; our favourite was the Bentley Lobster which was full of flavour and a definite recommendation. A close second were the delicious oysters, but if you […]

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Bentley’s Review

Bentley’s, on Swallow Street, is situated in a historic Victorian building on the borders of Soho and Mayfair. The restaurant came to life in 2005, when it was taken over by talented chef and restaurateur Richard Corrigan. He refurbished the venue to its former glory, making the building one of the oldest and most prestigious seafood restaurants in London today. Their passion and skill for seafood is clear as soon as you taste the food; our favourite was the Bentley Lobster which was full of flavour and a definite recommendation. A close second were the delicious oysters, but if you […]

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Cubitt House Alfresco

Starting tomorrow is the first ever Grosvenor Film Festival hosted by The Nomad Cinema. With four dates, 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th July, they’ll be showing classic films such as Goldfinger and When Harry Met Sally.So as not to disturb the neighbours it will be a silent cinema with wi-fi headsets, we’re guessing that means you can control the volume, so won’t have to listen to any loud popcorn eaters. It’s not just the cinema we’re excited for though, the Cubitt House will also be there (they’re the guys behind pubs such as The Orange and The Grazing Goat) serving […]

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Paradise Review

It is rarely that you come across a restaurant that delivers whole-heartedly, but luckily for us Paradise by way of Kensal Green is one of those places. From charming and friendly staff to delicious good and varied and creative cocktails, Paradise is a real winner, heck even the décor had us impressed with its shabby, chic design. After having perused many, many a menu seeing a Cherry and Nectarine Salad as a starter was an unexpected surprise which impelled us to try it. It stood its ground as an enjoyable dish with perfectly ripened fruit, baby spinach, peanuts and an […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Paradise Review

It is rarely that you come across a restaurant that delivers whole-heartedly, but luckily for us Paradise by way of Kensal Green is one of those places. From charming and friendly staff to delicious good and varied and creative cocktails, Paradise is a real winner, heck even the décor had us impressed with its shabby, chic design. After having perused many, many a menu seeing a Cherry and Nectarine Salad as a starter was an unexpected surprise which impelled us to try it. It stood its ground as an enjoyable dish with perfectly ripened fruit, baby spinach, peanuts and an […]

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