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Lee Bull Supper Club Review – What We Thought

New? Vintage Salt (formerly The Fish and Chip Shop) opened back in 2013 however the supper clubs only started last month.  Where?  Vintage Salt, 189 Upper Street, Islington N1 1RQ, www.vintagesalt.co.uk On the Menu: The three course menu changes weekly but will showcase some of Lee’s favourite dishes from across the Caprice Holdings group including The Ivy, Le Caprice and Scott’s. When we visited dishes included roasted cod with razor clam thermidor and shellfish dressing and roasted foie gras with apricot Gallette and bitter leaves.   First Impressions:  As with all supper clubs everyone was getting to know each other before […]

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MOMMI Review – What We Thought

New? MOMMI opened last year but Sushi Sundays are a new addition built on the success of their bottomless brunches, and what we were there to try. Where? 44-48 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7UR www.wearemommi.com  First Impressions: On the sunny Sunday afternoon we visited, tables outside the entrance were pretty much all occupied, giving diners a good opportunity to people watch whilst, inside, it was less busy but no less quiet thanks to a couple of birthday groups. Our welcome at the front desk was friendly and we were seated in a booth in the centre of the restaurant. […]

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Señor Ceviche Review – What We Thought

New? Nope they opened back in October of 2014 after a series of pop-ups. Where?  Upstairs at the ever popular Kingly Court, W1B 5PW, www.senor-ceviche.com On the menu: As the name suggests the menu is made up of sharing ceviche dishes including the likes of The Spaniard: sea bream and king prawn ceviche with tomato and aji rocotto, tiger’s milk, red onion, coriander, plantain and chorizo, as well as Peruvian BBQ dishes including Super Pollo (marinated and grilled chicken thigh with aji rocotto and piquillo pepper salsa, sides and Pisco cocktails. First Impressions:  For a Wednesday it’s busy, I arrive at […]

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Cafe Murano Review – What We Thought

New? The second Cafe Murano, the Covent Garden restaurant opened in June 2015 following the popularity of Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano St James’s, although it’s still worlds apart from the surrounding pre-theatre-esque restaurants you’d find permanent features on coupon.com and the like. Where? 36 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PB www.cafemurano.co.uk On the menu: Cafe Murano showcases the best of Angela Hartnett’s Italian approach to cooking. Known for her passion for seasonal ingredients and ‘simple yet sophisticated’ approach, the menu changes regularly and is split into cichetti, antipasti, primi, secondi, contorni and dolce. A pre-theatre menu respectfully nods at the restaurant’s location, although […]

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POLPO Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? The 5th and most recent, POLPO Chelsea opened in May 2015, with brunch a new addition across all the sites having launched just a month ago, on the 21st May. Where? POLPO Chelsea, 81 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, SW3 4LY www.polpo.co.uk On the Menu: Known for it’s Italian small plates, the brunch offerings are concise and authentic, making a change to brunch as we know it with Umbrian summer vegetables, Italian pizzetta and a couple of sweet treats including granola and sweet ricotta doughnuts rolled in cinnamon sugar. First Impressions: A slightly different vibe to the other POLPO’s, the […]

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Royal-Tea Review: What We Thought

New? Nope, the hotel sits on the former site of 145 Piccadilly which was home to the Queen between 1927 and 1937 but the building suffered at the hands of the Blitz. The hotel then opened in 1975. Where?  Wellington Lounge at InterContinental London Park Lane, One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY, www.wellington-lounge.co.uk On the menu: Currently the Wellington Lounge offers two afternoon teas, the Scents of Summer afternoon tea and the Royal-Tea celebrating the Queen’s birthday which is what we were there for. Inspired by the English summer and the Queen herself the tea includes classic cakes and sandwiches […]

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Four Seasons Review – What We Thought

New? The Four Seasons London Park Lane has been standing proudly overlooking Park Lane since 1970. Where? Amaranto Restaurant, Four Seasons Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7DR, www.fourseasons.com On the menu: Head Chef Romuald Feger oversees the menu, open throughout the day you’ll find British ingredients used to create modern Italian dishes. Expect to find the likes of Norfolk asparagus risotto: aged Acquerello rice, asparagus, parmesan foam; Scottish blue lobster linguine with a spicy shellfish sauce and grilled veal chop. First Impressions: So hotel dining might not create the same buzz as the latest Shoreditch ‘no-reservation’ concept, it might not get as many Instagrams as an immersive dinner, but […]

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Down Hall Hotel Review: What We Thought

For everything that London has to offer, sometimes we all yearn for a change of scenery, especially when the sun is shining and the sweaty tube is even less appealing. Finding ourselves in this situation, we headed off to Down Hall Hotel. New? No, the building dates back to 1322 and has been home to artists, baronets and Lords. Where?  Situated on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, getting to Down Hall takes about 45 minutes from central London. We suggest taking the train from Liverpool Street to Bishop’s Stortford and then get a taxi which takes around 15 minutes. Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex, […]

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Patron Cave A Manger Review: What We Thought

New? It opened spring 2015, following on from the success of the owners’ (Jean-Francois & Tanzi) bistro Cafe Gourmand in Soho.  Where? 26 Fortress Road, Kentish Town, NW5 2HB www.patronlondon.com On The Menu: The menu is typically French – you’ll find a selection of small plates to start offering the likes of frog’s legs, snails and steak tartare as well as a succinct list of main courses including mussels and coq au vin.  First Impressions: Straight away the restaurant had that neighbourhood feel, the sort of place that the locals go to and know they’re on to a good thing so come back time after time. The […]

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The Lighterman Review – What We Thought

New? The latest addition to King’s Cross’ Granary Square, The Lighterman opened back in March. Where? 3 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH www.thelighterman.co.uk  On The Menu: In the ‘pub, dining room and bar’, the all-day menu is Modern British and the kitchen is headed up by Executive Chef Diego Cardoso. They pride themselves on use of local and seasonal ingredients, with a wood-fired grill section on the menu including everything from 750g Aberdeen Angus rib for two to share to salmon steak on the bone. First Impressions: Granary Square was buzzing when we visited, even though it was a […]

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Hix Mayfair Bottomless Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? Nope Mark Hix has been the director of food at Brown’s Hotel for several years now and as for the hotel itself, well that takes the title as the oldest hotel in London, having been founded in 1837. The bottomless brunch, however, has only been on offer since April. Where?  Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP, www.hixrestaurants.co.uk On the menu: A decadent, indulgent brunch made up of British seasonal classics, including the likes of Albemarle smoked salmon ‘Hix cure’ with scrambled Burford Brown eggs; kedgeree; eggs benedict; roast gammon steak and a Peruvian gold chocolate mousse.  As […]

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Santa Maria Review – What We Thought

New? It opened back in April Where?  This is the second site, (the first being in Ealing) and is at the end of New Kings Road:  92-94 Waterford road, SW6 2HA, www.santamariapizzeria.com On the menu: Award winning pizza and a lot of it. So much in fact that it is rather overwhelming, the toppings are kept simple and fresh in many different variations – these are classic Italian pizzas so think lots of parmesan, mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce DOP, artichokes, olives and truffle oil. You won’t find toppings like Hawaiian, pepperoni or BBQ – this is the real deal. Accompanying the pizzas […]

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