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Pont St at Belgraves Hotel Review

Pont ST at Belgraves Hotel is a restaurant that promises beautifully prepared seasonal fare in a beautiful Knightsbridge location, it was established as a replacement to the hotel’s previous HIX Belgravia. With a kitchen headed by Sophie Michell of TV’s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’ fame, she promises a ‘distinct style’ of light seafood, drawing inspiration from Californian, Australian and Mediterranean sources. Based around seasonal fare, done simply, this passion for food suggested an eclectic range of dishes which piqued our curiosity instantly. Coupled with an interior, designed by Tara Bernerd, the venue promised an elegant evening ahead. With our expectations well and […]

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Margaux Review

Margaux is a European style restaurant, on Old Brompton Street, which offers beautifully prepared food with the very freshest of ingredients. The restaurant is open Monday to Sunday and was buzzing on the Thursday night when we came to visit. Ex-Zuma and Iberica chef, Xavier Castella Vilamajo, is the man behind the impressive menu and his expertise in sea food was apparent in our delicious House-Cured Citrus Salmon Carpaccio starter. His enthusiasm for all things sea born continued into the Line Caught Monkfish which had a perfect melt in your mouth texture; it was served with smoked aubergine, macadamia snow […]

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Cheyne Walk Brasserie: Review

Having recently launched their new spring menu which includes a snail sauce, no less, we decided it was high time that we took a trip to Cheyne Walk Brasserie on Chelsea Embankment. A firm favourite with the locals, who have high dining standards –my basis for this assumption is that they live on streets aptly named Lordship Place and count the Kings Road as their high street – we expected great things. We arrived on Tuesday evening and although when we got there the restaurant was noticeably empty by the time we left it was bustling with diners – perhaps […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Cheyne Walk Brasserie: Review

Having recently launched their new spring menu which includes a snail sauce, no less, we decided it was high time that we took a trip to Cheyne Walk Brasserie on Chelsea Embankment. A firm favourite with the locals, who have high dining standards –my basis for this assumption is that they live on streets aptly named Lordship Place and count the Kings Road as their high street – we expected great things. We arrived on Tuesday evening and although when we got there the restaurant was noticeably empty by the time we left it was bustling with diners – perhaps […]

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Ping Pong Westfields: Review

Monday night – I battled my way through the commuters at Waterloo, dodged travellers on the escalators on the Jubilee line and managed to escape the clutches of the sales people in Westfields, Stratford – you know the sort, the ones who tell you that ‘you really do need this dead sea salt/natural fungi/ coconut/olive/peanut oil’ because it will wonderfully transform you from a tired, worn out Londoner into a goddess of some sort…. Yep sure. Anyway I had got through this mini marathon and finally made my way to my destination: Ping Pong which has recently opened up in […]

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Ping Pong Westfields: Review

Monday night – I battled my way through the commuters at Waterloo, dodged travellers on the escalators on the Jubilee line and managed to escape the clutches of the sales people in Westfields, Stratford – you know the sort, the ones who tell you that ‘you really do need this dead sea salt/natural fungi/ coconut/olive/peanut oil’ because it will wonderfully transform you from a tired, worn out Londoner into a goddess of some sort…. Yep sure. Anyway I had got through this mini marathon and finally made my way to my destination: Ping Pong which has recently opened up in […]

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Poppies Camden: Review

Having been nominated for the National Fish and Chips award in 2013 and with its sister restaurant in Spitalfields having won the award this year, we weren’t going to say no to going to Poppies in Camden. So we said goodbye to leafy Fulham and trekked across London in search of the best fish and chips this city has to offer, now I have to mention before we go any further, I adore fish and chips – they would be my choice when it came to my last meal – if I was told I could only eat one thing […]

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Poppies Camden: Review

Having been nominated for the National Fish and Chips award in 2013 and with its sister restaurant in Spitalfields having won the award this year, we weren’t going to say no to going to Poppies in Camden. So we said goodbye to leafy Fulham and trekked across London in search of the best fish and chips this city has to offer, now I have to mention before we go any further, I adore fish and chips – they would be my choice when it came to my last meal – if I was told I could only eat one thing […]

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Diciannove in the City : Review

Since their launch back in September last year , Italian restaurant Diciannove in the City has maintained a steady flow of positive reviews.  Never one to miss out on a good Italian the Handbook hotfooted it to Blackfriars on Wednesday to check out what all the fuss was about.  Entering through the front entrance of The Crowne Plaza hotel we were curious how the restaurant would stand out from the four star venue. Quite quiet for a Wednesday evening , most of the diners were presumably guests from the hotel but a few larger groups were dotted around looking like […]

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Diciannove in the City : Review

Since their launch back in September last year , Italian restaurant Diciannove in the City has maintained a steady flow of positive reviews.  Never one to miss out on a good Italian the Handbook hotfooted it to Blackfriars on Wednesday to check out what all the fuss was about.  Entering through the front entrance of The Crowne Plaza hotel we were curious how the restaurant would stand out from the four star venue. Quite quiet for a Wednesday evening , most of the diners were presumably guests from the hotel but a few larger groups were dotted around looking like […]

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Boisdale of Belgravia Review

Not just one for trying the latest restaurants, The Handbook headed to one of Belgravia’s classic establishments – Boisdale of Belgravia for a little bit of jazz and a lot of food. With a bright red exterior, inside Boisdales is a mix of a gentlemen’s’ club mixed with a Highland estate library – it was all dark colours,  patterned rugs, stags and tartan; and the tables were filled with business men, a sprinkling of tourists here and there and even a vicar who seemed to be rather enjoying himself. Throughout the night there was the infamous live jazz, which wasn’t […]

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Boisdale of Belgravia Review

Not just one for trying the latest restaurants, The Handbook headed to one of Belgravia’s classic establishments – Boisdale of Belgravia for a little bit of jazz and a lot of food. With a bright red exterior, inside Boisdales is a mix of a gentlemen’s’ club mixed with a Highland estate library – it was all dark colours,  patterned rugs, stags and tartan; and the tables were filled with business men, a sprinkling of tourists here and there and even a vicar who seemed to be rather enjoying himself. Throughout the night there was the infamous live jazz, which wasn’t […]

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