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Dieci Review

Dieci is a lovely, intimate dining experience in the hotel of No. 10 Manchester Street that sits inconspicuously amongst the charming houses of the Baker Street area. Inside there are plush cushions and velvet lined seats to relax in either open booths or tables for two. Executive Chef Cristian Gaimarri was the man in the kitchen serving up fine Italian food with starters like Piedmont Fassone beef tartar served with sautéed mushrooms and Umbrian black truffle! We stuck straight into the mains and decided on the Tomato gnocchi with burrata and rocket. Burrata cheese is a personal favourite of mine and […]

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Lily Vanilli’s home brew

East London institution, Sebright Arms, is collaborating with baker Lily Vanilli in the latest of its Seabright Homebrew series. Previous collaborators include artist Pure Evil. Using its homebrewing kit, a ‘nano-brewery’ which allows for beer to be brewed in very small batches, Vanilli created Wit beer, a unique batch of light and summery wheat beer. The kit invites experimentation and encourages brewers to create more niche brews. Vanilli’s fruity syrup was concocted using hand-picked English raspberries and gorse flowers which was then brewed in partnership with LAB (London Amateur Brewers) to create the final version. The beer will be officially […]

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Launceston Place awarded 4 AA Rosettes

Exciting news, Kensington and Chelsea favourite,  Launceston Place has reason to celebrate as it it was recently awarded a fabulous 4 AA Rosettes at the AA Hospitality Awards. The Michelin-starred D&D London Restaurant is a refined and intimate dining destination serving exquisite British cuisine with a twist. Menus based around that day's produce are created by the renowned Head chef,  Tim Allen who has been with the restaurant since 2012  Unlike other restaurant's Chef's Table, Launceston Place has a whole room, or rather the Chef's Office where diner's can get an insight into the buzzing environment of the Chef's kitchen, while enjoying […]

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Augustine Kitchen

Battersea is getting a new French bistro next week from Franck Raymond who has named the new Augustine Kitchen after his grandmother. Expect French-style tapas together with more classic fare, focussing on produce from France’s Evian region where Raymond was born. Formerly head chef at Covent Garden’s Mon Plaisir, Raymond worked in Geneva as Head Chef at Le Marignac for three years and gaining two Michelin stars in the process, before setting up his own restaurant, Le Cheval Blanc in Evian. On moving to England, he worked for Marco Pierre White at the Oak Room and Titanic as Executive Sous […]

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GAIL’s Garden Party

On Saturday 21st September GAIL’s Artisan Bakery will be hosting their annual Garden Party. Enjoy this event in Oriel Place, Hampstead, with GAIL’s and friends in the local community. The party will celebrate some of Britain’s finest food stalls and suppliers, with live music courtesy of a jazz band. GAIL’s stalls are serving their own bread and cake, including favourites such as the French dark sourdough, potato and rosemary sourdough, cinnamon rolls and Soho buns, whilst a pop-up from GAIL’s Kitchen will showcase street food from the barbecue as well as tasty desserts. There’ll even be gourmet goods from Chegworth […]

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Restaurant Reviews

   Over at The Handbook we have been continuing our culinary journey across London in the quest to find you some of the best resturants, as we eat sushi in Soho, brunch in Moorgate and feast in Kensal Green. Here are some of the places we have visited recently, and where we think you should all go too. Le Cercle The beauty of the meal was that it was light enough so that we were satisfied but not full to the point where it hurt, which is never desired Step off Sloane Street, into Wilbraham Place, down a stair case […]

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Bond Breakfast At The Dorchester

On Saturday 28th of September to celebrate the release of ‘Solo’, the new James Bond book, come down to The Dorchester and enjoy ‘Breakfast with Bond’. The best selling international author William Boyd will be reading extracts from his book, which opens with 007 having a birthday breakfast in the iconic British hotel. To set the scene of the 60s vintage cars will be parked in the hotel’s forecourt, diners will be serenaded by music from the era and newspapers and menus from 1969 will also be available for guests’ perusal. For those really looking to get involved there is […]

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London Restaurant Festival

London Restaurant Festival is back. Now in its 5th year the festival will be taking over restaurants throughout London for 2 weeks in October. Celebrating the best of London’s restaurants and eating out. New for 2013, London Restaurant Festival is proud to announce that chef, food writer and journalist Gizzi Erskine and television presenter Jonathan Ross will be on board; Gizzi joins as the new Chairperson, and Jonathan will be hosting a special film event in partnership with BAFTA 195 Piccadilly. London Restaurant Festival is a fantastic way to explore all the different types of food and restaurants that the […]

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The Earl Derby

The Earl Derby is an historic pub in Kilburn that is relaunching under its original name next week Thursday. It is taking exceptional pride in its status as ‘a proper pub’ serving honest food and drink on the bustling thoroughfare of Kilburn High Road. The 200-cover venue will be decked out in elegant tones of navy and grey, with reclaimed timber flooring, exposed brickwork and rustic oak panelling. Curved Chesterfield-style sofas, distressed tables, hanging pendant lamps and vintage chandeliers will complete the look. We hear that a lot of pride has also been taken with the drinks list: there’s a […]

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Diciannove

The new Italian restaurant, deli and cicchetti bar opens tomorrow in Blackfriars’ Crowne Plaza London – The City Hotel. Executive chef is Alessandro Bay who trained under Michelin-starred Giorgio Locatelli. Expect authentic seasonal Italian dishes plus a drinks list featuring a range of aperitivo Campari and Aperol cocktails. The 120-cover restaurant, split between the main dining area, deli, bar and a private dining space, has been designed by specialist agency, Brand Architects. It boasts an illuminated glass-fronted bar, chestnut leather seating, oak tables and upholstered banquettes.  A floating halo lit ceiling raft is suspended over a high table and stools […]

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Pacha London launches Pure Pacha

As we move into autumn we say good bye to another summer of partying in Ibiza, but before you get down about leaving the White Isle, Pacha are adding to their calendar by bringing one of Ibiza’s most iconic club nights right here to London. Following on from Pacha London’s massive refurbishment and introduction of the third room earlier in the year, the new Saturday night is the second part of Pacha London’s New Look.  Launching on the Saturday the 21st September, Pure Pacha, is a night which embodies the original Pacha of Ibiza in one wild, outrageous night: fun, […]

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Buddha Bar’s LFW cocktails

Mixologist Kester Thomas has unveiled a bespoke cocktail collection to mark London Fashion Week – inspired by the favourite tipples of key fashionistas. The French 76, a blend of Babicka vodka, St Germaine elderflower and Champagne, is an homage to Kate Moss, while the Macha Miuccia needs no introduction. This heady hybrid of macha green tea, Koco Kanu rum and white chocolate is a (Prada) bag-ful of delight. Matthew Williamson’s bohemian chic is encapsulated in The Ernesto, a combo of silver tequila, maraschino, lime and pink grapefruit juice and Marc Jacobs is represented by The Thurston Howell – Captain Morgan’s […]

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