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Keeping it Simple at Hot Pink Grill

Hot Pink Grill has a simple menu idea complete with fresh, uncomplicated ingredients and an eco friendly approach to producing the food. Diners pick from a selection of 12 mains, divided into 4 categories; meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian. They then add one of six sides and an option of either Garlic & Herb, BBQ, Spicy Pink or Hot Pink Pesto sauce. When The Handbook checked out the latest addition to the Wimbledon Broadway we selected the Half chicken with Sweet potato fries and Spicy Pink sauce as well as the Halloumi & 7 Veg Stack (grilled halloumi, red/yellow pepper, aubergine, […]

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Getting it right at Rack & Ruin

There is one word to describe Rack & Ruin. Epic. The Handbook went down to check it out in the Kitchen Party in Clerkenwell and we came out saying that it was one of the best meals we had ever had. It was so simple but so brilliant. Less is definitely more. The concept is food at its most honest, forget extensive menus, waiters and waitresses this is all about traditional methods of brine soaking and roasting wood smoked meats, and birds.  Understated and rustic, we sat at an old slightly warped wooden table and were brought over a bowl […]

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Head Over To Alice’s House

The Alice House in Queens Park is an upmarket pub that is helping to shed the old fashioned image of dingy, derelict pubs where no one under the age of 30 dare enter. It sits on the corner of Salusbury Road a mere 5 minute drive from its sister pub, The Alice House in West Hampstead. Inside are various sofas and dining areas to relax with a spider like mash of wires creating a beautiful lighting fixture covering the ceilings. The food here is simple but exquisite and definitely does not disappoint. The Pea mousse starter was a simple idea […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Head Over To Alice’s House

The Alice House in Queens Park is an upmarket pub that is helping to shed the old fashioned image of dingy, derelict pubs where no one under the age of 30 dare enter. It sits on the corner of Salusbury Road a mere 5 minute drive from its sister pub, The Alice House in West Hampstead. Inside are various sofas and dining areas to relax with a spider like mash of wires creating a beautiful lighting fixture covering the ceilings. The food here is simple but exquisite and definitely does not disappoint. The Pea mousse starter was a simple idea […]

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Brilliant Buffet Brunch at Blue Elephant

Last Sunday, with the sun shining, The Handbook went down to Blue Elephant on The Boulevard at Imperial Wharf for a much needed brunch after going out the night before, but forget eggs florentine or waffles this is all about authentic, fresh Thai cuisine. The first thing to say is that the location is brilliant especially for those in the south west of London, a little off the beaten track and right next to the river, it is perfect if you want to escape the sun worshippers lining the cafes and pubs of Putney and Fulham, but still close enough […]

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Fine Pork at Wiggies

Carter Lane’s latest foodie pop-up, Wiggies specialises in all things pork, cooked from seasonal British produce with an Eastern touch. Hidden up a winding back-staircase from the bustling pub below, Wiggies will be gracing The Rising Sun’s top floor for six months only. Always an early bird, The Handbook goes for dinner. Nestled in a pretty by-lane a stone’s throw from St Paul’s, Wiggies provides a central, yet secluded retreat from the tourist bustle around the cathedral. The interior is rustic with bare wood tables, a large antique mirror and the original addition of bus seating. While service was friendly […]

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Fine Pork at Wiggies

Carter Lane’s latest foodie pop-up, Wiggies specialises in all things pork, cooked from seasonal British produce with an Eastern touch. Hidden up a winding back-staircase from the bustling pub below, Wiggies will be gracing The Rising Sun’s top floor for six months only. Always an early bird, The Handbook goes for dinner. Nestled in a pretty by-lane a stone’s throw from St Paul’s, Wiggies provides a central, yet secluded retreat from the tourist bustle around the cathedral. The interior is rustic with bare wood tables, a large antique mirror and the original addition of bus seating. While service was friendly […]

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Mazes and Mezze at Mezzah Lounge

This week The Handbook went to Harrods to try out Middle Eastern fare in the Mezzah Lounge. Before we get on to how the food was the first thing that we should point out to all those who aren’t that familiar with Harrods, is that it is on the fourth floor, near the lifts, you don’t want to end up as we did going round and round and round the Harrods maze looking for it, of course you don’t let on to this and just pretend you really did want to spend half an hour looking at the luxury linen. […]

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Mazes and Mezze at Mezzah Lounge

This week The Handbook went to Harrods to try out Middle Eastern fare in the Mezzah Lounge. Before we get on to how the food was the first thing that we should point out to all those who aren’t that familiar with Harrods, is that it is on the fourth floor, near the lifts, you don’t want to end up as we did going round and round and round the Harrods maze looking for it, of course you don’t let on to this and just pretend you really did want to spend half an hour looking at the luxury linen. […]

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Flower Pop at Gaucho Sloane

Argentine cuisine meets the Chelsea Flower Show in Gaucho Sloane’s special Botanical Menu, created with a nod to Britain’s most floral festivities. From flower-themed cocktails to petal salads, The Handbook reviews this gardener’s feast. Beginning with cocktails, the Rose Martini arrived with yellow flowers sprinkled on its surface. This was rather a pity as the cocktail became difficult to drink without chewing on petals. The Turkish delight taste was good, but a little overpowering. However, weaknesses on this side were compensated for by the brilliant Pommelina cocktail, a mix of vodka and citrus fruits that was possibly the best we’ve […]

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