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J Sheekey Fish

You know the restaurant, now know the recipes behind its success. J Sheekey is to divulge all the secrets behind the enduring and ever-crowd-gathering gastronomic options that have been gracing the celebrated fish restaurant's menu since the 1890s. It famously all began when stallholder Josef Sheekey was given permission by Lord Salisbury to serve his eponymous fish and seafood in St Martin's Court. The rest, as they say, is history. If you've never managed a trip to this theatreland haunt, not to worry. The book will certainly give you all the fishy inspiration you need to recreate J Sheekey's grand […]

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Honky Tonk

This winter a touch of good old fashioned rock and roll has arrived in Chelsea’s Hollywood Road in the form of New York-inspired restaurant and bar, Honky Tonk. It’s the brainchild of Mark Cutler, one of the founders of Notting Hill’s performance driven Supperclub London. Likewise at Honky Tonk, there will be regular live music and entertainment, with a particular emphasis on a variation of the blues, jazz and rockabilly played over a hundred years ago when the first ‘honky tonks’ appeared in the United States. Enter via a discreet doorway and you’ll find yourself amidst worn brown leather banquette […]

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GO Food

Tim Entwistle and James Hoole are the co-creators behind GO Food, a company which offers on-the-go quality food (think stone baked pizzas, artisan breads, croissants, espresso) at affordable prices. They have just opened in Spitalfields, making this sort of food perfect for the sort of people one finds in this are of London: keen on good food, short on time. Their signature dishes include: Made-to-order pizzas (7” for £3.50)/(10" £5.50) ready under three minutes; Italian Flatbreads (£3); hot filled croissants (£2.50), and so on. If you're in the Spitalfields area (36 Brushfield Street), make you sure you stop off at this innovative food outlet. […]

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Spooky Tea at Royal Horseguards Hotel

If the sound of Spiced Pumpkin Jammie Dodgers and Bitter Chocolate Witch Hats take your fancy, you  may want to head over to the Royal Horseguard's Hotel very soon. For in celebration of Halloween, the 19th Century-built Five Star hotel that overlooks the Thames and is situated at the heart of historic London, is launching a limited edition Halloween Afternoon Tea.  Book online at www.guonman.com/halloweentea, but hurry, as you only have until 5th November once the afternoon tea kicks off on 22nd October. The tea, expertly created by the hotel's resident pastry chef Joanne Todd, is priced at £35 per […]

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Caviar and Chips

Scottish restaurant group, Boisdale, is joining forces with family owned caviar dynasty, Gourmet House and serving caviar with some of its best loved dishes – including traditional British favourite, Fish and Chips. The £40 Caviar and Chips comprises 30g of Gourmet House Italian Baerii caviar served with Boisdale chips. But if that’s a step too far, said caviar will also be served with other classic dishes including Dunkeld Scottish Smoked Salmon, Aberdeenshire Steak Tartar and Ceviche of diver-caught Isle of Mull King Scallops. And – as if you needed any more encouragement – we hear that caviar is a great […]

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Cabana in White City

The Brazilian restaurant CABANA has been doing such great business in Westfield Stratford City and Central St Giles that, yes, you've guessed it… they're opening a third site. It's to be at Westfield White City, a 140 cover venue, returning with all the famous street dishes (cheese dough balls – Pao de Queijo, Chicken Coxinhas, or croquettes of shredded chicken and spices), to bewitch an entirely new crowd.  The colour coded barbecue skewers will also be making an appearance, so anyone wanting to tell their Spicy malagueta chicken from their Chimichurri Black Gold Rump Steak, won't have any trouble. But it'd […]

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Pumpkins at Fortnum & Mason

It's nearly Halloween. But have you got a pumpkin sorted? In case you're in need of some inspiration, why not go down to Piccadilly on 31st October and watch the professionals at Fortnum & Mason carve away at orange lanterns as part of a competition? Actually, everyone can take part, as both adults and children can test their aptitude on various pumpkins for an esteemed judging panel that will include Xanthe Clay from the Daily Telegraph. The Children’s Competition (up to 10 years of age) will take place between 3pm and 5pm in the Demonstration Kitchen on the first floor […]

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Truffles at Murano

In case you didn't think Murano, Angela Hartnett's sublime Italian restaurant in Mayfair, wasn't the best thing since sliced bread, it now absolutely ranks as so. For throught this limited, but very special, truffle season, Murano chefs are putting the white truffle on the menu. With a £50 add-on, try 'Hand-rolled tagliatelle with butter emulsion or Scrambled Eggs, all with generous lashings of truffle.  There's even a gourmet pizza carrying the pricey and exquisite subterranean gem atop its rocket and parmesan this year.  Don't miss out on the season, and if you're going to savour some truffles this autumn, head […]

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PPQ for Baroque

We’ve already brought you news of the opening of Baroque the other week but we reckon the new staff uniforms deserve a mention in their own right. They’ve been designed by PPQ’s Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker – whose creations are favoured by celebs from Alexa Chung to Rihanna. For the girls it’s smouldering glamour with super smart tailoring in velvets, satins and lurexes: “I wanted to make them feel chic and alluring, but at all times professional and demure. The door girls have fox lamb fur trimmed felt wool capes and coats that are film noir in the making,” […]

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Happy Birthday Maxwell’s

Covent Garden stalwart Maxwell’s celebrates its milestone fortieth birthday today and I can safely pronounce that it is still going strong in the best possible way. Born to grill since 1972, the restaurant was actually founded in North London’s Hampstead by Brian Stein but relocated to its current Covent Garden location in the Eighties – but a stone’s throw from the tube. Back in the Seventies, the UK burger restaurant concept was still way in its infancy so Maxwell’s was certainly an early adopter. However, I hadn’t been for a while so this weekend just gone I decided it was […]

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Autumn at Bumpkin

In case you hadn't noticed already, temperatures have plummeted and gone is the vivid green from our trees' leaves. In fact, most of the leaves have fallen off. But it's not all doom and gloom at the lovely cosy restaurant that is Bumpkin, where chefs are embracing the change in seasons rather than be defeated by it. So what, if no good weather can be hoped for, shall we expect from Bumpkin this bracing autumn? Well, executive chef Raymond Fulton-Corrie has created a menu bursting with flavour, while perfectly reflecting the seasonal changes in fruits, vegetables and meat occuring in […]

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Thanksgiving at The Big Easy

What is there to be thankful for come Thanksgiving? Well, why not the Big Easy, whose No Nonsense three course menu arrives on Thursday 22nd November. For just £24.50, warm up with a lobster soup, and then prepare yourself ahead of the gorging of the Thanksgiving Norfolk Turkey, which comes with Southern cornbread, bacon and leek stuffing, mashed sweet potato with a pecan topping, a green bean casserole. Grandma Emma's apple and cranberry chutney make up the side garnish, as does the bourbon gravy. If you have room remaining, there's a triple-layer red velvet cake or a seasonal pumpkin pie […]

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