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Cotton’s Review – What We Thought

New? Yes, this Notting Hill restaurant opened in April following the success of the Camden venue. There is another site in Shoreditch, too. Where? 157-159 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3LF cottons-restaurant.co.uk On the menu: Traditional Caribbean cuisine and eclectic rum cocktails. First Impressions: The venue is colourful without being tacky; it has a friendly relaxed feel to it with a jungle scene mural across one wall and a bar heavily stacked with rum attracting your eye. The Look: There is a colourful vibe with a multi-coloured striped bar that greets you with high tables and bar stools around if you want to pop in just […]

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Boulestin Review – What We Thought

New? No – Boulestin has been around for a while, opening in September 2013. Where? 5 St James’s Street, SW1A 1EF www.boulestin.com On the menu: Boulestin update their menu regularly to ensure that their food is always as seasonal as possible. True to its French name, French cuisine is the order of the day and the variety available on the menu is fantastically vast. Œuf en Gelée and Tuna Tartare are an example of the starters on offer while the main courses range from pan-friend mackerel to pesto spaghetti to beef fillet. First Impressions: Boulestin in a word exudes sophistication, […]

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Late Nights at Dirty Bones Review – What We Thought

New?  Kensington and Soho have been getting dirty for a while now but the Dirty Late Nights have only recently launched – every Thursday, Friday and Saturday both venues have extended hours, meaning more time to eat, drink and be merry.  Where? Dirty Bones Kensington and Soho www.dirty-bones.com On the Menu: Classic hip-hop tunes are certainly the order of the day; the soundtrack here is enough to rival the cocktails and classic American comfort food that grace the menu. You’ll find Dirty Bones signatures like the mac n cheese balls, The Mac Daddy Burger and chicken and waffles  as well […]

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Jar Kitchen Review – What We Thought

New? The bottomless brunch is new but Jar Kitchen opened at the start of last year. Where? 176 Drury Lane, WC2B 5QF www.jarkitchen.com On the menu: The bottomless brunch has a set menu with sides – you have brunch classics like granola and smashed avocado, alongside the likes of ox cheek and cheddar croquettes and pork belly with Baharat spiced baked beans, tamarind chutney and poached eggs. First Impressions:  When we visited on a Saturday morning, Drury Lane was surprisingly quiet, unlike Covent Garden just around the corner where the heaves of tourists congregate. That was to say it was quiet apart […]

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Roba Review – What We Thought

New? Brand new – Roba opened 11th April 2016 so we went to see how they’re getting on. Where? 34 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QW www.robarestaurant.co.uk On the menu: Roba is all about doing grilled food right. The simple menu is comprised of snacks (which double up as starters) including mini burgers, beetroot hummus and hot wings, larger dishes such as duck legs with quail eggs or smoked salmon and spinach mousse, and, of course, the grill, made up of a series of meats including sirloin and rib eye steaks, grilled fish and BBQ spare ribs. For those not in […]

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St Clements Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? Now a couple of years old, St Clements is a staple feature in the weekends of Parsons Green residents. Where? 201 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, SW6 4SR www.stclementscafe.co.uk  First Impressions: As chic yet unfussy as you’d expect for any brunch cafe in South West London, the main feature of St Clements is the counter, piled high with seriously tempting-looking cakes and pastries. Populated almost exclusively by girls in their activewear, with a few couples in their mid-twenties and a couple of buggies outside, St Clements is clearly a failsafe meeting spot for locals at any time of day. The […]

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The InterContinental London O2 – What We Thought

New? The InterContinental London O2 opened its (revolving) doors in November last year, so five months on we went along to see how things are going. Where? 1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0TW www.iclondon-theo2.com First Impressions: Leaving the crowds walking towards the stadium, it’s a further five minutes or so until you get to the hotel. Given our rainy walk, you’d feel right at home pulling up in a blacked out UberLuxe. Vast was the word that kept springing to mind – the revolving doors: vast, the lobby and high ceilings: vast, the number of doors and corridors: vast. […]

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Theo Randall at InterContinental Review – What We Thought

New? This year is actually the restaurants’ 10th anniversary so, to celebrate, the restaurant has been given a new look and the menu has been updated to include new rustic, Italian dishes. Where? InterContinental London, 1 Hamilton Place, W1J 7QY www.theorandall.com On the menu: Split into anti pasti, primi, secondi and puddings, the menu is wonderfully Italian: wholesome, full of flavour and rustic. New dishes include the likes of Sogliola – whole roasted dover sole with lemon parsley and capers with carcofi alla Romana and Swiss chard; Agnolotti di Piccione – fresh pasta stuffed with slow cooked pigeon with Porcini and Trompette de […]

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Savini At Criterion – What We Thought

New?  Yes, Savini at Criterion opened just last month. Where? 224 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HP www.saviniatcriterion.co.ukOn The Menu: A delicious combination of British and Italian dishes.First Impressions: The doorman ushered us in off the busy streets of Piccadilly and helped us through the revolving door. The very helpful staff took our coats swiftly and guided us through the surprisingly empty restaurant to our seats. The whole restaurant did a fantastic job of blocking the noise from outside considering its location in the middle of Piccadilly. The only issue was the glaring electric billboards shining through the front door, but unfortunately that […]

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The Royal Oak Paley Street Review – What We Thought

With the double dose of Bank Holiday weekends in May it’s the perfect opportunity to escape the city for a day and swap your usual Sunday pub lunch with somewhere a little more scenic. The Royal Oak Paley Street is just a 30-minute drive from London, in the village of Bray near Maidenhead, only a few hundred metres off the M4. New? The 17th century pub is anything but new but a relatively new lease of life comes in the form of ownership by Nick Parkinson and his father, Sir Michael as well as a well-deserved Michelin star (awarded in […]

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MeatLiquor N1 Review – what we thought

New?  No, there are several MeatLiquors across London and further afield like BrightonWhere? 133B Upper St, London N1 1QP www.meatliquor.comOn the menu: Burgers, hotdogs and fries – there is a salad, but just one. First Impressions: In short, it’s hard to find. We scaled the street a few times before seeing the sign pointing down the alleyway and then from there you need to follow the graffiti to the entrance. It all looks a bit seedy, the like sort of lair you might stumble into in a thriller, where you know things are going to go wrong for the character.The Look: Exposed lightbulbs […]

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Rotunda Review – what we thought

New? The impressive multi-use Kings Place, which is home to Rotunda, was opened in 2008 and is just a short walk from King’s Cross station. Where? Kings Place, 90 York Way,  N1 9AG On the menu: A seasonal menu serving modern, British food with beef and lamb dishes that have been sourced from Rotunda’s own farm in Northumberland. First Impressions: Smart, casual feel with views of Regent’s Canal; ideal for the summer but still nice to enjoy in cooler months from the warmth of inside the restaurant. The Look: Curved walls that provide clear views of outside no matter where […]

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