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Pizza East: King of Pizzas

Sometimes all you want to eat is pizza and nothing else will do. When that craving calls you need to forget going to your local takeaway and head to Pizza East for proper pizza. The restaurant is quite dark and industrial with exposed concrete, bared wooden walls and simple neutral colours, but the warm low lights are inviting and inside there are a mixture of small and large tables as well as a bar to sit at for drinks. On Monday The Handbook headed over to the Kentish Town branch (there are three, Shoreditch, Portobello and Kentish Town) to try […]

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Brilliant Burgers at Blue Boar

The Handbook team headed over to Blue Boar smokehouse to try out their great menu which is inspired by American pit masters but uses only the best British ingredients, think pulled pork, burgers, and steaks. The restaurant itself is dark, with low lighting and decorated with little nods to its American and British inspirations. We started with grilled Caesar salad and the sautéed mushrooms with crispy duck eggs. Both were delicious although the Caesar salad which rather than being tossed together as they usually are came as baby gem lettuce split in half, drizzled in the dressing and parmesan, one […]

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The Narrow Boat

Perched on a North London street corner overlooking the canal, the newly refurbished pub, The Narrow Boat, is a small gem amongst the deserted streets of Islington. Seated by the window, with a view of the old barges along the water, we sunk into our snug armchairs. For starters, I ordered the salmon fishcakes with a béarnaise sauce and spinach. I have to say, it was hard to fault. The portion size was perfect, the taste was melt-in-the-mouth and the dish as a whole, was amazing. Following on from our starter, I had the rump steak. Again, beautifully cooked, beautifully […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Narrow Boat

Perched on a North London street corner overlooking the canal, the newly refurbished pub, The Narrow Boat, is a small gem amongst the deserted streets of Islington. Seated by the window, with a view of the old barges along the water, we sunk into our snug armchairs. For starters, I ordered the salmon fishcakes with a béarnaise sauce and spinach. I have to say, it was hard to fault. The portion size was perfect, the taste was melt-in-the-mouth and the dish as a whole, was amazing. Following on from our starter, I had the rump steak. Again, beautifully cooked, beautifully […]

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Inn-ovation Within Ancient Walls

Although The Spaniards Inn has recently reopened following renovation, don’t expect a great visual transformation. This is a pub that’s received a behind-the-scenes makeover; think of a car having a new engine installed. As The Spaniards was built in 1585, hardly any actual renovation is permitted – instead the money has mostly been spent on exceptional training for staff and the reworking of the menu into a culinary masterpiece. The venue still exists as an ancient and rustic pub, but this appearance veils a seamless operation that’s on par with a high quality restaurant – waiters are efficient and endlessly charming, with great conversation […]

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Django Unchained: The Modern Western

Quentin Tarantino's latest, Django Unchained, is a bold take on the old hat that is the western genre. A field which hasn't seem much air time recently is taking off this year. The Lone Ranger as well is due for release – with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Django Unchained is Tarantino on his best form with the gritty yet carefully constructed reality he specialises in. A stellar cast consists of some of the hottest stars this year; including Jamie Foxx. Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson and Christoph Waltz. The gripping story follows a German 'dentist' (Waltz) who travels in old slave-based America, picking up […]

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The Hidden Bar of Hammersmith

Hidden away in the basement of the Brook Green Hotel in Hammersmith is the contemporary cocktail bar Smith’s. We recently paid a visit and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and of course, stunning cocktails. The bar décor was casually creative with bare bricks, simple artwork and toilet doors labelled with lips for girls and a moustache for the boys; no confusion there then! Another plus was the comfy booths which we discovered are bookable online – perfect for spontaneous group nights out. Smith’s offers a very extensive and exciting cocktail list. We started off with the Elderflower […]

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The Hidden Bar of Hammersmith

Hidden away in the basement of the Brook Green Hotel in Hammersmith is the contemporary cocktail bar Smith’s. We recently paid a visit and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and of course, stunning cocktails. The bar décor was casually creative with bare bricks, simple artwork and toilet doors labelled with lips for girls and a moustache for the boys; no confusion there then! Another plus was the comfy booths which we discovered are bookable online – perfect for spontaneous group nights out. Smith’s offers a very extensive and exciting cocktail list. We started off with the Elderflower […]

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Les Misérables – a triumph from stage to screen

If you haven’t already been make sure you go see Les Misérables before its cinema run is finished. It seems to be the marmite of films at the moment – with most critics praising it to the heavens and the small majority loathing it. Ignore the latter – it’s hard to not love Les Misérables. It’s not only worth it for Anne Hathaway’s infamous version of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ which could – and indeed has – made grown men cry, but for other emotional numbers from Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. Hugh Jackman is worthy of his Oscar nomination […]

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Les Misérables – a triumph from stage to screen

If you haven’t already been make sure you go see Les Misérables before its cinema run is finished. It seems to be the marmite of films at the moment – with most critics praising it to the heavens and the small majority loathing it. Ignore the latter – it’s hard to not love Les Misérables. It’s not only worth it for Anne Hathaway’s infamous version of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ which could – and indeed has – made grown men cry, but for other emotional numbers from Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. Hugh Jackman is worthy of his Oscar nomination […]

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