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Newman Street Tavern

Walk into the Newman Street Tavern just off Goodge Street and if you drown out the bustle of London, squint a bit and add in some mud and you could be a countryside pub, admittedly a gastropub in the Home counties but you get the drift. Or at least that seems to be the vibe they’ve been going for in the upstairs restaurant.  Dark wooden floors, give way to high ceilings, big sash windows and walls which are adorned in clusters of illustrations and images which have a flora/fauna/coastal theme running throughout. It’s snug, welcoming and when we arrived on […]

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‘All loved up’ Afternoon tea review

The most romantic month of the year has begun, depending on your perspective and relationship status of course, so what better time to launch an ‘All Loved Up’ afternoon tea? Skylounge has created a delicious, creamy offering that celebrates all things heart shaped and love related that will leave even the most-staunch Valentine’s opposer feeling sweet. The best of the savoury ‘Aphrodisiac sandwiches’ was the Bruschetta and the Parma ham on white baguette thanks to the dreamy garlic butter it came served with. The emphasis here for good food is all on the sweet section though, with dense fudgey ‘He […]

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Look, No Butter Supper Club

Peyton and Byrne’s first supper club of 2015 was billed as ‘a health focused dining experience’ and, while we appreciated a helping hand in our January detox, if we’re being honest we were a bit dubious about the concept of a healthy dinner party. Surely each is the antichrist of the other? But we were to be proven wrong. Creative chef Emma Duggan had done wonders with seasonal ingredients and managed to whip up an imaginative (and filling!) five course menu, featuring a lot of vegetables alongside Cornish mackerel and beautifully tender venison casserole, so it was far from rabbit […]

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Look, No Butter Supper Club

Peyton and Byrne’s first supper club of 2015 was billed as ‘a health focused dining experience’ and, while we appreciated a helping hand in our January detox, if we’re being honest we were a bit dubious about the concept of a healthy dinner party. Surely each is the antichrist of the other? But we were to be proven wrong. Creative chef Emma Duggan had done wonders with seasonal ingredients and managed to whip up an imaginative (and filling!) five course menu, featuring a lot of vegetables alongside Cornish mackerel and beautifully tender venison casserole, so it was far from rabbit […]

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Sake no Hana’s Umai Saturday Review

All too often it seems we cram Saturday with catching up on all the things we forget to do during the week, you know like paying the bills, getting the groceries,  doing your washing (no you can’t wear that jumper three times in a row) that sort of thing. So Sake no Hana by Hakkasan are reclaiming Saturday afternoons with their new five course, Umai lunch menu. And with that in mind we cancelled our plans and headed over to St James Street to take a look. Heading up the escalators we were met with a loud, bustling restaurant, a […]

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Tombo: Japanese with a Difference

London seems to be saturated with sushi joints at the moment, but South Kensington’s Tombo is different. Not just a sushi stop-off, it’s an authentic Japanese café-cum-delicatessen with an interesting selection of teas and, unusually, Japanese desserts (think green tea tiramisu). ‘Tombo’ means dragonfly and is a symbol of positive force and renewal in Japan. In-keeping with this, the menu boasts both healthy and hearty options. Warm your cockles with a steaming bowl of chicken katsu curry or miso salmon noodle broth. If you’re there for lunch and fancy something a bit lighter you can create your very own Bento […]

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Tombo: Japanese with a Difference

London seems to be saturated with sushi joints at the moment, but South Kensington’s Tombo is different. Not just a sushi stop-off, it’s an authentic Japanese café-cum-delicatessen with an interesting selection of teas and, unusually, Japanese desserts (think green tea tiramisu). ‘Tombo’ means dragonfly and is a symbol of positive force and renewal in Japan. In-keeping with this, the menu boasts both healthy and hearty options. Warm your cockles with a steaming bowl of chicken katsu curry or miso salmon noodle broth. If you’re there for lunch and fancy something a bit lighter you can create your very own Bento […]

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A new Joint in town

Back in August 2012 Daniel Fiteni and Warren Dean set up a pop-up in Brixton Village Market, The Joint, serving up a whole load of pulled pork (they’re experts on the stuff), slaw and spicy wings – they were among London’s pioneers for American BBQ scene. Fast forward to 2015 and they’ve just launched their second branch in Marylebone. Situated on New Cavendish Street, the restaurant is kept simple with festoon lighting, long refectory tables, wooden benches, bare walls and industrial metal work – even the food was served on paper plates. If you’re taking a date expect it to […]

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A new Joint in town

Back in August 2012 Daniel Fiteni and Warren Dean set up a pop-up in Brixton Village Market, The Joint, serving up a whole load of pulled pork (they’re experts on the stuff), slaw and spicy wings – they were among London’s pioneers for American BBQ scene. Fast forward to 2015 and they’ve just launched their second branch in Marylebone. Situated on New Cavendish Street, the restaurant is kept simple with festoon lighting, long refectory tables, wooden benches, bare walls and industrial metal work – even the food was served on paper plates. If you’re taking a date expect it to […]

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It’s not all lads, lads, lads at Cafe Football

Footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have left stereotypes of dingy old man pub where men are typically seen watching sports and transformed it into an upmarket sports bar in Westfields Stratford. A burger and pizza restaurant mainly, Café Football has dedicated one side of the venue to a bar which serves, amongst other things, delicious cocktails. While it may not be girl friendly, looking around we are quite obviously in the minority, it is by no means an intimidating space to enter. The theme of football runs strongly throughout the venue and obvious care has gone into every aspect […]

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