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FISHBone Pop – Up Review

Over in Notting Hill, Kensington Place have just launched a new two- month pop up – #FISHBone and never wanting to miss out, The Handbook braved the wind and rain to check it out. Unlike the rest of the restaurant, the pop up (which is in a little room at the back) is much more stripped back and informal, dark blue tones and candles teamed with neon signs and long trestle tables to give an atmosphere of part American diner and part nautical restaurant.  The menu is simple, a few main dishes, a couple of smaller extras and sides – […]

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Brontё inspired afternoon tea Review

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than having tea at the glorious Gilbert Scott? Without a doubt it is one of my favourite buildings in London: the grandeur, the faded Victorian glamour (it opened in the 1870s) and the rich colours so it only seemed right that we took a little trip there on Sunday to indulge in the Brontё inspired afternoon tea. Available until the 12th February the tea has been devised by General Manager and chef, Chantelle Nicholson and cult artist and creator of Visitoriana, Charlotte Cory and is a traditional Yorkshire Victorian tea which focuses […]

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Lanes of London Review

Lanes of London on Park Lane is like a new best friend who you feel like you have known for years. Or that is what The Handbook thought when we went down to check it out this week. Despite it being a new restaurant, it didn’t have any of that shiny- new brightness where the paint looks almost sterile or hospital like; rather it felt homely and at ease with itself. With low lighting, grand ceilings, vintage mirrors, high wing back chairs and an air of a member’s club there is none of the stuffiness, the cocktails were served in […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Lanes of London Review

Lanes of London on Park Lane is like a new best friend who you feel like you have known for years. Or that is what The Handbook thought when we went down to check it out this week. Despite it being a new restaurant, it didn’t have any of that shiny- new brightness where the paint looks almost sterile or hospital like; rather it felt homely and at ease with itself. With low lighting, grand ceilings, vintage mirrors, high wing back chairs and an air of a member’s club there is none of the stuffiness, the cocktails were served in […]

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The Blues Kitchen: Review

Over at the Blues Kitchen in Camden they are spicing up Monday nights with a ribs festival throughout January and February. Having invited the countries best rib chefs to come in and cook up some of America’s most loved food, The Handbook went down on its opening night to check it out. From the outside it looks dark, the wood distressed, inside it was still dark with low red lights but it was packed – good work for an early Monday evening. A mix of bar seats, high tables, booths; we were quickly shown to our seat and explained which […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Blues Kitchen: Review

Over at the Blues Kitchen in Camden they are spicing up Monday nights with a ribs festival throughout January and February. Having invited the countries best rib chefs to come in and cook up some of America’s most loved food, The Handbook went down on its opening night to check it out. From the outside it looks dark, the wood distressed, inside it was still dark with low red lights but it was packed – good work for an early Monday evening. A mix of bar seats, high tables, booths; we were quickly shown to our seat and explained which […]

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Carom at Meza: Review

Last week The Handbook broke its attempt at ‘Dry January’, but it was rightly so as we were drinking the gin cocktails at Carom at Meza on Wardour Street. When we arrived on a Thursday night the restaurant was buzzing, clichéd as that word may be it was. It was bustling with drinkers at the bar, large groups of diners filling up the booths, couples on dates and every so often a waiter bringing out a dish and igniting it. The menu offers a range of small plates, so we started with a mound of chilli squid, perfectly crisp and […]

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Carom at Meza: Review

Last week The Handbook broke its attempt at ‘Dry January’, but it was rightly so as we were drinking the gin cocktails at Carom at Meza on Wardour Street. When we arrived on a Thursday night the restaurant was buzzing, clichéd as that word may be it was. It was bustling with drinkers at the bar, large groups of diners filling up the booths, couples on dates and every so often a waiter bringing out a dish and igniting it. The menu offers a range of small plates, so we started with a mound of chilli squid, perfectly crisp and […]

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Casa di Fiori Review

The first thing I notice about Casa Di Fiori as I walk through the doors is just how pretty it is inside. The interior is decorated light blue and white with ornaments border-lining on tacky but that can be over-looked because of how sweet and atmospheric the restaurant is. After soaking in the atmosphere we settled down and ordered our starters. I opted for the Cauliflower Cream with a balsamic vinegar reduction, which although consisting mainly of a vegetable I hardly doubt it counts as one of my five of day as it was so creamy and delicious, it can’t […]

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Casa di Fiori Review

The first thing I notice about Casa Di Fiori as I walk through the doors is just how pretty it is inside. The interior is decorated light blue and white with ornaments border-lining on tacky but that can be over-looked because of how sweet and atmospheric the restaurant is. After soaking in the atmosphere we settled down and ordered our starters. I opted for the Cauliflower Cream with a balsamic vinegar reduction, which although consisting mainly of a vegetable I hardly doubt it counts as one of my five of day as it was so creamy and delicious, it can’t […]

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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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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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