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An Evening At Franco’s

We took advantage of the recent gorgeous weather and chose to spend an evening enjoying the Italian cuisine at Franco’s, Jermyn Street. We were greeted with a champagne cocktail, and took a seat amongst the romantic chic décor. The relaxed atmosphere spilled through the open doors out onto the street where others enjoyed their meals outside, while the light evening air drifted in past our table inside. Having heard good rumours about Franco’s, and they started well with our first course; a delicious crab salad perfectly complimented with diced tomato and avocado puree. My guest, not usually a calamari fan, […]

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The Handbook Reviews the Menu Deluxe at Harrods

Harrods have given the Midas touch to their menu with the introduction of the Menu Deluxe. Using the most luxurious and premium ingredients, the menu which is spread across eight of the restaurants on three floors, is everything you would expect from a menu designed by Harrods pulling out all the stops. It’s decadent, exclusive and priced at £100 a dish, but after our recent visit, we can say worth every penny. On Wednesday evening, we escaped the heat of Knightsbridge and pulled up a pew at the Bentley’s Sea Grill on the first floor. Their offering to the menu […]

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Tempting Tinello

Situated a few minutes walk from Sloane Square station, is the discreet and intimate dining experience, Tinello. The décor is chic and relaxed with friendly and delightfully authentic Italian staff. If you’re into your wine, Tinello is going to be a dream location with an extensive 13 page drinks menu, occupied mostly by a variety of wines. If wine doesn’t tickle your fancy there are two beer options, from Sardinia and Romania respectively, or a decent option of spirits, juices and liqueurs. For the more fabulous drinkers there was a disappointing lack of cocktails for such a heavy drinks menu. […]

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Tempting Tinello

Situated a few minutes walk from Sloane Square station, is the discreet and intimate dining experience, Tinello. The décor is chic and relaxed with friendly and delightfully authentic Italian staff. If you’re into your wine, Tinello is going to be a dream location with an extensive 13 page drinks menu, occupied mostly by a variety of wines. If wine doesn’t tickle your fancy there are two beer options, from Sardinia and Romania respectively, or a decent option of spirits, juices and liqueurs. For the more fabulous drinkers there was a disappointing lack of cocktails for such a heavy drinks menu. […]

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Brunch at Aurelia

Last weekend The Handbook headed over to Aurelia on Cork Street for a spot of brunch, as part of their new Bellini brunches with live music. With it being one of the hottest days so far, Aurelia was luckily light, airy and most importantly cool, the colour scheme being off whites and neutral tones, kept it fresh. The brilliant thing about the Bellini brunches, as the name suggests is that the bellinis are free flowing, cue us starting with a couple at the bar. Made up with Prosecco it was a delicious raspberry pink, and rather than having the puree […]

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Eating In The Algarve

A couple of weeks ago The Handbook told you all about Epic SANA, the new 5* hotel in the Algarve, and whilst we mentioned the food, it only seems fair that we delve a little further into the wonderful Portuguese cuisine. With three bars and two restaurants in the hotel there is plenty of choice, especially as each one offers something a little different. Weary from our 4am start and journey over to Epic SANA, eating was first on our list of things to do, and so we headed over to the Abyad Restaurant, for lunch. With a mix of […]

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Epic SANA Algarve: Restaurants

A couple of weeks ago The Handbook told you all about Epic SANA, the new 5* hotel in the Algarve, and whilst we mentioned the food, it only seems fair that we delve a little further into the wonderful Portuguese cuisine.   With three bars and two restaurants in the hotel there is plenty of choice, especially as each one offers something a little different. Weary from our 4am start and journey over to Epic Sana, eating was first on our list of things to do, and so we headed over to the Abyad Restaurant, for lunch. With a mix […]

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Christopher’s Marvellous Martini Bar

It was Tuesday, and we needed a cocktail, something classic but still inventive, something like a martini. So we headed over to Christopher’s in Covent Garden to try out their bar, which just so happens specialises in martini’s – the Martini Bar. The bar takes on a theatrical appearance, emulating the style of American Deco, it’s grand, with deep opulent colours set against gold, but still with contemporary modern fixtures such as the tubular hanging lights. And the decor rather mirrors the menu which is divided up into classic, contemporary and decadent, with martinis ranging from The Original, to the […]

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Christopher’s Marvellous Martini Bar

It was Tuesday, and we needed a cocktail, something classic but still inventive, something like a martini. So we headed over to Christopher’s in Covent Garden to try out their bar, which just so happens specialises in martini’s – the Martini Bar. The bar takes on a theatrical appearance, emulating the style of American Deco, it’s grand, with deep opulent colours set against gold, but still with contemporary modern fixtures such as the tubular hanging lights. And the decor rather mirrors the menu which is divided up into classic, contemporary and decadent, with martinis ranging from The Original, to the […]

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Obikà, a taste of Italy in South Kensington

Last Friday, The Handbook took the rare opportunity to enjoy the last of the sunshine with a window table at Obikà mozzarella bar in South Kensington to indulge in some cheese… alot of cheese. The restaurant is painted in black but it the large open windows and the staff who were attentive and friendly ensured that the atmosphere was light and sophisticated rather than being dark and stuffy. After being seated, we were brought an orange liqueur cocktail by the devilishly charming waiter, it was sweet, yet refreshing and worked well with the buffalo mozzarella that they served it with, […]

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