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Marcus Wareing

Following an extensive refurbishment over the last few months, the all new Marcus Wareing  restaurant is set to open next week in a stunning new contemporary space at the Berkeley Hotel in leafy Mayfair.   Designed to ‘strip away the formalities and barriers that are commonly associated with top-end dining’, the new Marcus promises an ‘all-new, accessible, Michelin starred dining experience.’ The restaurant seats 105 with 12 in the Private Room and 10 at the Chefs Table. Robert Angell Design International is behind the new look, the idea being to celebrate the venue’s grand architecture and opulent interiors – embracing […]

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Edwin’s

This new addition to Borough, opening today, is a 40 cover neighbourhood style brasserie located above the hustle and bustle of the High Street. The restaurant takes its name from former occupant of the site, pub landlord Edwin Brady who ran a pub-cum-museum-of-curiosities there from 1893 which featured a large collection of stuffed animals and skeletons. Known as The Hole in the Wall, it closed in 1901 following complaints about fliers advertising for corpses! Edwin’s is the first restaurant for the local owners Shane Ranasinghe, Michael Robinson, Isaac Tooby and Neil Watson of independent pub company Parched Pubs (The Roebuck […]

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Counter Club at Spuntino

Calling all food lovers, so really calling everyone – big news: on the 24th April Soho restaurant Spuntino will host the very first Counter Club. But what is the Counter Club I hear you ask? Well it is created by the team who are behind the Quintessentially Supper Club and it is a veritable feast – that’s what it is! 24 guests will sit down to 10 courses including classic sliders and ribbon steak – will indulge in 4 Quintessentially Vodka cocktails and half a bottle of wine (that’s each – not between the 24 of them – that wouldn’t […]

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Clipper Coffee Merchants

Launching this month is Clipper Coffee Merchants, a bulk brew coffee bar in Shoreditch funded by donations from the surrounding firms in the area’s technological hub plus Kickstarter Crowdfunding. It showcases a range of single origin coffees sourced directly from growers across the world. Clipper is rooted in the founders’ belief in touring each farm’s processing mills to connect with the workers. The venue will centre on a continually changing single origin menu, using beans sourced from small farms around the world in conjunction with James Gurr of Ozone Coffee Roasters. The raw and earthy space will allow coffee lovers […]

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St. Ermin’s Spring Tea with unlimited bellinis: Review

Last Sunday The Handbook took a little trip to St Ermin's Hotel in St James for a spot of afternoon tea. With it being the first warm day in months and with sun actually shining we found though that the Tea Lounge was a little oppressive and heavy; purpley walls with white gilding, gave way to a brown carpet covered in beige hexagons, whilst the chairs were a print of yellow, grey and brown – a pattern overload so to say.  And yet the china that the tea was served on was light and white, decorated with delicate blue and […]

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St. Ermin’s Spring Tea with unlimited bellinis: Review

Last Sunday The Handbook took a little trip to St Ermin's Hotel in St James for a spot of afternoon tea. With it being the first warm day in months and with sun actually shining we found though that the Tea Lounge was a little oppressive and heavy; purpley walls with white gilding, gave way to a brown carpet covered in beige hexagons, whilst the chairs were a print of yellow, grey and brown – a pattern overload so to say.  And yet the china that the tea was served on was light and white, decorated with delicate blue and […]

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Amaranto launches new brunch

Think brunch and you probably think eggs, granola, a fry up or pancakes – well Amaranto at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mayfair –have gone way passed that, way, way passed with their new brunch. They have over 50 courses to choose from -that’s right the big five zero.  Available on Saturday and Sundays from 7am for the early risers and until 3pm for those who are feeling the effects of the night before, the brunch includes savoury classics such as fried eggs with truffle; a tea smoked wild salmon and spinach frittata; and Kedgeree.  And in keeping with the […]

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Marani

Georgian cuisine is coming to Mayfair this month with the launch of Marani. This family-run traditional Georgian restaurant on Curzon Street promises to celebrate Georgian culture and history and lift the lid on the country’s food.  Chef Tekuna Gachechiladze will revive authentic recipes and showcase a lighter, contemporary style of Georgian food. So what’s on the menu? Starters include Khinkali Soup – spicy broth with traditional Georgian meat dumplings and mushrooms and Khachapuri – traditional Georgian cheese and egg bread and hot and cold meze such as Gebjalia Salad (homemade soft cheese with cherry tomatoes, baby greens and mint oil), […]

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St. Patrick’s Day at The Lucky Pig

St. Patrick’s Day is always a good excuse for a party and this year there's no where better to have one than at The Lucky Pig.  Head down to the Fitzrovia bar and get into the party spirit with a fantastic range of offers available. With ‘Craic’ cocktails for £5 before 8pm wet your whistle before indulging in some true Irish spirit with McGargel’s Finest Brew. Scrumptious Pizzettas will also be on offer for those feeling a little bit peckish.   Later on Camden based four piece gypsy, flamenco and rock and roll band The Din will play until you’re […]

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Clutch

Just opened on Ravenscroft Street off Columbia Road, expect gourmet copper buckets of healthy(er) fried chicken prepared using the finest grade groundnut oil. Produce is sourced from a small free-range farm in Wiltshire where eggs are produced in clutches. The menu offers a choice of half or whole buckets of fried chicken coated in peppery buttermilk or soy and garlic plus Wingit by the Dozen (in two different flavours, ‘Honey and Sesame’ and ‘Sour and Spicy’) and Love Me Tenders, soaked in lemon and parmesan or curry leaf and sesame. A selection of sides include Mother Hen stuffing, Roasted corn […]

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