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Fish Market Restaurant: Review

In amongst the high rise buildings of Liverpool Street and Bishopsgate, and the crowds on the streets is Fish Market restaurant; a little slice of nostalgic seaside fun. From the twinkling tea lights and lanterns, to the minimal, wooden panels and blue and white stripe awning, it stands out from the other buildings in the area, like well, a lighthouse and that’s why we love it. We were there to sample the Winter Terrace Fun Fair menu but we first dug into half a dozen prawns with garlic butter and a mountain of salt and pepper squid, which was just […]

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Wildflower Café Review

After an exhausting weekend of battling the crowds in an attempt to get some Christmas shopping done, we nipped over to the newly opened Wildflower Café in Notting Hill for some Sunday afternoon tea and cake – as you do. We collapsed into some chairs in the shabby-chic café and were swiftly brought a comforting cup of tea and hot buttered toast with strawberry jam. Feeling revived and ready to devour some homemade cake, we opted for the chocolate fudge and pear and carrot and walnut varieties, and we were not disappointed: the slices were huge and frankly just what […]

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Wildflower Café Review

After an exhausting weekend of battling the crowds in an attempt to get some Christmas shopping done, we nipped over to the newly opened Wildflower Café in Notting Hill for some Sunday afternoon tea and cake – as you do. We collapsed into some chairs in the shabby-chic café and were swiftly brought a comforting cup of tea and hot buttered toast with strawberry jam. Feeling revived and ready to devour some homemade cake, we opted for the chocolate fudge and pear and carrot and walnut varieties, and we were not disappointed: the slices were huge and frankly just what […]

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The Imperial Review

A new all-day restaurant, ‘The Imperial’, has opened in Fulham, and we were bursting to try it out. So bright and early on Saturday morning, that’s just what we did. The lunch and dinner menus both look delicious, but we’re always on the look out for a new place in Fulham that does the perfect sleepy weekend breakfast/brunch, so that’s the meal we opted for. This was the first Saturday that The Imperial had been open for breakfast, so it was fairly quiet, but that doesn’t reflect the quality of the food or service. The restaurant is very modern and […]

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Floridita Hot Rum Bar Review

Last week, Floridita launched a Hot Rum Bar for the Christmas season, which will be open until early February. It is located in their subterranean Rum Shack, with a perfect view of the long bar so you can watch your hot cocktails being prepared – always my favourite part! We were shown to a sofa, where we could just sit back and relax: all of the sofas are covered in comfy throws and cushions, so it is the perfect place to snuggle up and catch up with friends over Christmas. As well as the usual Rum Shack menu, there is […]

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Chor Bizarre Introduces Old Bombay Street Menu

Chor Bizarre, the exquisitely decorated Indian restaurant in Mayfair, has launched an ‘Old Bombay Street Food Festival Menu’ for a limited time. All the dishes have inspiration taken from Bombay street markets where revellers would shop and eat while they walked around. These dishes therefore are all moderately sized and easily eaten with ones fingers. The first dish, Bombay Bhel, is served in a banana leaf cone, perfect for containing the mix of Rice Puffs Tossed with Red Onions, Raw Mango And Chutneys, and eaten like you would Bombay mix. The Sev Batata Puri was a real treat, Wheat Crisps […]

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Chor Bizarre Introduces Old Bombay Street Menu

Chor Bizarre, the exquisitely decorated Indian restaurant in Mayfair, has launched an ‘Old Bombay Street Food Festival Menu’ for a limited time. All the dishes have inspiration taken from Bombay street markets where revellers would shop and eat while they walked around. These dishes therefore are all moderately sized and easily eaten with ones fingers. The first dish, Bombay Bhel, is served in a banana leaf cone, perfect for containing the mix of Rice Puffs Tossed with Red Onions, Raw Mango And Chutneys, and eaten like you would Bombay mix. The Sev Batata Puri was a real treat, Wheat Crisps […]

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Ping Pong: Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Ping Pong at South Bank for a little bit of midweek dim sum. Arriving early on Wednesday evening the restaurant was already packed, to the point where it was almost hard to hear each other (a testament to the delicious dim sum and also their South Bank location) but we managed to secure a table for two and got down to ordering. The menu is made up of baked, fried, griddled and rice dishes, so we recommend getting a little bit of everything for a real smorgasbord of dim sum. If you’re not […]

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Ping Pong: Review

Last week The Handbook headed over to Ping Pong at South Bank for a little bit of midweek dim sum. Arriving early on Wednesday evening the restaurant was already packed, to the point where it was almost hard to hear each other (a testament to the delicious dim sum and also their South Bank location) but we managed to secure a table for two and got down to ordering. The menu is made up of baked, fried, griddled and rice dishes, so we recommend getting a little bit of everything for a real smorgasbord of dim sum. If you’re not […]

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Dim Sum Sundays at Hakkasan : Review

The Handbook decided to make a change from its usual Sunday lunch haunts to try something a little bit different and headed over to Hanway Place for Dim Sum Sundays at Hakkasan. Having joined up with Champagne house Perrier Jouёt, Hakkasan are offering guests six courses of dim sum and puddings alongside half a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé. Hakkasan may be Michelin-starred and it may be all dark ornate wood, neon-lit bars and the bathrooms may be a complete mystery (‘is that a wall or is it a door?’), but pretentious it is not. The emphasis is on long, […]

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The Bull Hotel Review

The Bull in Wrotham, Kent is a hotel, restaurant and bar that has been around for over six hundred years. It has undergone extensive work to restore its former 14th century glory including exposing the oak beams, the inglenook fireplace and even the war time victory stamps on the ceiling of the restaurant. The hotel may look quaint but guests can still enjoy 21st century perks like free Wi-Fi and TVs in the rooms. The hallways are the last on the list of the hotel to need refurbishing before they meet the standards of the rooms. The room we stayed […]

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The Bull Food Review

The Bull is committed to supporting their local suppliers and sources only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in their restaurant. The menu brings together elements of Kentish, British and European cuisine and varies from classic pub food to a la carte dining suitable from couples to families to enjoy. We decided to pop down and check it out for ourselves! The starter of Pesto linguine was created especially as a smaller main to make up for the lack of vegetarian options in the starter menu but unfortunately there was nothing special about it. It seemed to lack the main ingredient of […]

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