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Mother Clucker to come to The Endurance

  Calling all fans of proper fried chicken and Southern American food, Mother Clucker has just announced it will be heading to Soho for a whole six weeks. The cheekily named pop up will be setting up camp in The Endurance on Berwick Street and will be serving up real, honest fried chicken. The Mother Clucker Combo is the big dog of the MC Endurance dish and includes a cup of Cluster Clucks, a French trimmed drumstick, waffle fries and an American biscuit. For those who aren’t sure what an American Biscuit is, they are a staple of the American […]

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Blinis, Bellinis and Espresso Martinis at The Tower of London

Steeped in history, the Tower of London, is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and is home to Crown Jewels. And now there is something else very special about it too, Moving Venue is now one of the approved caterers for bespoke and corporate events.  The Handbook were lucky enough to go down and have a private viewing of the Crown Jewels before being able to try ‘blinis, bellinis and espresso martinis’ courtesy of Moving Venue. The jewel in the crown, excuse the pun, had to be the revolving bar (very dangerous for self discipline) where the bellinis and […]

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Blinis, Bellinis and Espresso Martinis at The Tower of London

Steeped in history, the Tower of London, is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and is home to Crown Jewels. And now there is something else very special about it too, Moving Venue is now one of the approved caterers for bespoke and corporate events.  The Handbook were lucky enough to go down and have a private viewing of the Crown Jewels before being able to try ‘blinis, bellinis and espresso martinis’ courtesy of Moving Venue. The jewel in the crown, excuse the pun, had to be the revolving bar (very dangerous for self discipline) where the bellinis and […]

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Burger grill Kua ‘Aina arrives in Soho

Barack Obama’s favourite burger haunt has come to London! Cult burger and sandwich grill ‘Kua ‘Aina’ has crossed the ocean from Hawaii, landing in Soho. The restaurant features a lava-grilled menu, in homage to traditional surfer cuisine – succulent burgers, grilled sandwiches and fresh salads. Obama’s favourite dish is the half-pound Avocado Burger, a Hawaiian classic that is just as popular over in London, quickly becoming the star seller! The Soho branch is true to the original recipes and cooking methods of the restaurant State-side, with all meat chargrilled over lava rocks using homemade marinades and seasonings – producing a […]

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Prize Catch

The murky water of the Thames might not look the most appealing, but it is in fact teeming with fish from salmon to trout and even eel – and London certainly loves its fish. With a whole hoard of brilliant seafood restaurants to choose from, not necessarily serving up fish from the Thames we hasten to add, The Handbook has a shoal of the best London has to offer: Best for choice: Simply Fish If  you are one of those people who look at a menu and love the look of a dish but wish it was poached not steamed, […]

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Mother’s Day at the Peggy Porschen Parlour

If your mum loves sweet treats, give her the ultimate Mother’s Day at the Peggy Porschen Parlour in Belgravia this Sunday. They have created a Limited Edition Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cream Tea, especially for Mother’s Day. Peggy Porschen, founder of London’s prettiest cupcake café, will welcome you and mum for a bespoke champagne cream tea and an afternoon of baked delights! Spend quality time together while enjoying delicacies such as Red Velvet Layer Cake and beautiful hand-piped heart shaped cookies – she’ll fall in love! Don’t forget the Champagne; if your mum likes her bubbly, treat her to a chilled glass […]

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Raymond Blanc takes on 21 apprentices

Raymond Blanc, the Michelin-starred chef renowned for his mentoring of young people, has now joined forces with Boris Johnson, mayor of London. This pairing may seem unlikely, but it’s all in the name of progress – the pair are encouraging the capital’s food venues to take on more young apprentices! Raymond himself has taken on an incredible 21 apprentices at his Brasserie Blanc restaurants, and both he and the Mayor believe there is huge potential for the scheme if other restaurants follow in his footsteps. The self-taught chef wants it to be easier for young ambitious people – he said […]

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A Devilish Manet inspired dessert at Brasserie Blanc

Brasserie Blanc has joined forces with The Royal Academy with an intoxicating new dessert made with one of the world’s most super-strong and notorious tipples, Abinsthe. Its Absinthe Sorbet has been specially designed to celebrate the restaurant’s official partnership with the RA’s exhibition, Manet: Portraying Life. It pays homage the artist’s first original work, The Absinthe Drinker and this strictly adults-only off-menu creation will be available for the duration of the retrospective (through 14th April 2013). All Brasserie Blancs will also be offering a special package throughout the exhibition with a ticket to the show combined with a two or […]

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Libertine

Libertine, launching at Chinawhite at the end of the month marks an exciting new collaboration between the West End venue and nightclub entrepreneur (and surgeon – yes really!) Hootan Ahmadi who put himself through medical school running nights at Boujis, Purple and Kensington Roof Gardens. The name Libertine plays on the artistic, literary and rock ‘n’ roll heritage of Fitzrovia – famous residents included George Bernard Shaw, Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Dylan who made his first European appearance at the King and Queen pub – and it plans to incorporate specially-curated one-off nights and live performances into its weekly calendar. The […]

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Celebrating Noodles at Suda Thai

March means Noodle Month at Suda Thai Restaurant in Covent Garden. Last night The Handbook paid a visit to the venue tucked away in St Martin’s Courtyard, to attend a special event to celebrate noodles! A small gathering of only around twenty people, we were treated to cooking displays by an adorable and talented Thai chef called Saipin Lee, who is also the Regional Manager of S&P Restaurants, and coincidentally was named in the 2011 'Women 1st Top 100 Most Influential Women'! Saipan gave us a great show, telling us all about the noodle dishes and ingredients, and after each […]

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Renaissance celebrates Pie Week

It's not just the Ides of March. This week is British Pie Week. Yes really. To celebrate, South London’s Renaissance Pub Group is offering a pie and a pint for a tenner. The group rears its own free-range meat from its very own farm in Hampshire so you can be pretty certain that its Cow, Chicken and Lamb pies contain the correct animal. The Cow option combines slow cooked ox tail, ox cheek and tripe; Chicken pie includes chicken, wild mushroom and chicken livers whilst lamb pie features slow cooked hogget (lamb in case you’re wondering) with potatoes and rosemary. […]

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Master & Servant

Opening today in Hoxton Square is the debut solo venture from Matt Edwards, previously of St John Hotel and Hix Soho. It’s inspired by Manhattan, and along with Head Chef Luke Cleghorn (ex-St John Bread & Wine, St John Hotel), Edwards has created a seasonal menu with a focus on the new Heath Robinson charcoal grill. Signature dishes include Surf clam chowder, Ox cheek, celeriac and horseradish, Hereford porterhouse for two (£58), Crab claws and chipotle mayonnaise  and Pistachio doughnuts in honey syrup. There’s also a bar snacks menu with Potted haddock with pickled cucumber and Back fat on toast […]

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