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Hedsor House Hosts The Quartet

Last night The Handbook went to a private screening of Quartet at Pinewood Studios, followed by a tour round Hedsor House, the beautiful Georgian country house that featured magnificently in the film. The glorious rooms were paired with delicious food from Melissa Webb and some delightful entertainment from Tenors Unlimited. The favourites of the Baby Boom Generation were all lined up in Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet. The relationship between Dame Maggie Smith (The Harry Potter series) and Sir Tom Courtenay (Dr Zhivago) was the centre of the film; concentrating on their first meeting since their love affair 20 years ago. The idiosyncrasies […]

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Fornata on Kingly Street

Last night The Handbook visited Fornata on Kingly Street for some classic Italian food. If you are looking to have a three course meal in the usual, starter, main course, pudding order then this isn’t the place to come, Fornata is more informal and is all about bringing the food out in the order that it is ready, it does make it slightly awkward if one person’s dish is brought out first and the other is waiting or if two bowls of salad are sat on your table waiting for the main plates to arrive. But it is perfect if you […]

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Perfect Pork at Roast

The name Roast invokes the idea of that great British tradition of Sunday roast lunch and country pubs, yet the restaurant Roast is anything but a country pub, yes it is British and yes it does great roasts, but country pub it is not. It is that understated glamour that Britain does so well. Standing above Borough Market, Roast whisks you away from the bustle and crowding of the noisy market below, yet the glass walls and huge windows let you look down on the city and the busy streets of London Bridge.  Inside you won’t hear any of the […]

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Perfect Pork at Roast

The name Roast invokes the idea of that great British tradition of Sunday roast lunch and country pubs, yet the restaurant Roast is anything but a country pub, yes it is British and yes it does great roasts, but country pub it is not. It is that understated glamour that Britain does so well. Standing above Borough Market, Roast whisks you away from the bustle and crowding of the noisy market below, yet the glass walls and huge windows let you look down on the city and the busy streets of London Bridge.  Inside you won’t hear any of the […]

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Chez Gérard: Simply Steaks

  The Handbook braved the cold weather and headed to Bishopsgate to try out the steak at the iconic Chez Gérard. Created back in 1975, classic steak frites were the order of the day, now owned by Brasserie Bar Co, Chez Gérard has stayed true to its founding of French brasserie great steak but has brought it up to date with a little bit of reinvigoration. We opted for the Deep fried St Loup goat’s cheese and chilli relish and Hickory home smoked salmon with truffle oil to start. Being a classic flavour combination of goat’s cheese, chilli relish and […]

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Chez Gérard: Simply Steaks

  The Handbook braved the cold weather and headed to Bishopsgate to try out the steak at the iconic Chez Gérard. Created back in 1975, classic steak frites were the order of the day, now owned by Brasserie Bar Co, Chez Gérard has stayed true to its founding of French brasserie great steak but has brought it up to date with a little bit of reinvigoration. We opted for the Deep fried St Loup goat’s cheese and chilli relish and Hickory home smoked salmon with truffle oil to start. Being a classic flavour combination of goat’s cheese, chilli relish and […]

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Mr Selfridge Has Good Taste

Selfridges most certainly lives up to its ‘World’s Best Department Store’ accolade in The Tasting Room, an intimate dining space tucked away in a corner of the 2nd floor. Brush past the beautiful dresses of the women’s designer gallery, and you’ll find a softly-lit room that has been serving delectable food since November 2012. The Tasting Room was designed with the theme ‘distressed grand café’, featuring aged mirrors, borders of brass, and a blend of Jazz and contemporary music. In sync with the recent launch of new ITV series ‘Mr Selfridge’, throughout January The Tasting Room menu includes a ‘Mr Selfridge […]

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Mr Selfridge Has Good Taste

Selfridges most certainly lives up to its ‘World’s Best Department Store’ accolade in The Tasting Room, an intimate dining space tucked away in a corner of the 2nd floor. Brush past the beautiful dresses of the women’s designer gallery, and you’ll find a softly-lit room that has been serving delectable food since November 2012. The Tasting Room was designed with the theme ‘distressed grand café’, featuring aged mirrors, borders of brass, and a blend of Jazz and contemporary music. In sync with the recent launch of new ITV series ‘Mr Selfridge’, throughout January The Tasting Room menu includes a ‘Mr Selfridge […]

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Primo – Italian Attitude in Soho

Bringing a genuine Italian experience to London’s Soho, here is a restaurant with attitude. Primo, launched December 2012, serves mind-blowing Italian dishes that capture the imagination of any diner. Perfect for both lunches and evenings out, Primo offers an array of hearty tapas, as well as classic dishes such as Risotto of the day, Rigatoni with aubergine, and Tagliatelle al ragu. Relax and enjoy a taste sensation while served by Primo’s charming Italian waiters, who are genuinely passionate about the food. The restaurant features comfortable and understated décor, with pieces of Ronnie Wood’s dramatic artwork lending a splash of colour to […]

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Primo – Italian Attitude in Soho

Bringing a genuine Italian experience to London’s Soho, here is a restaurant with attitude. Primo, launched December 2012, serves mind-blowing Italian dishes that capture the imagination of any diner. Perfect for both lunches and evenings out, Primo offers an array of hearty tapas, as well as classic dishes such as Risotto of the day, Rigatoni with aubergine, and Tagliatelle al ragu. Relax and enjoy a taste sensation while served by Primo’s charming Italian waiters, who are genuinely passionate about the food. The restaurant features comfortable and understated décor, with pieces of Ronnie Wood’s dramatic artwork lending a splash of colour to […]

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Hawksmoor Air Street: We try the ultimate London steakhouse

Hawksmoor recently opened a new outpost to add to its celebrated restaurants in Shoreditch, Seven Dials and Guildhall, eateries known for high quality, expertly sourced steaks. Hawksmoor Air Street, aimed to bring an added extra to its already successful formula; a seafood slant.  The restaurant epitomises Art Deco; polished wood veneer, tasteful green leather upholstery, stained glass, vintage mirrors with a lively, buzzing atmosphere. The menu did not disappoint. We started with cocktails, sampling the Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew (50p from each one served goes to Football Gambia) and a Rogerio’s Batida, and quickly moved onto our starters opting for […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hawksmoor Air Street: We try the ultimate London steakhouse

Hawksmoor recently opened a new outpost to add to its celebrated restaurants in Shoreditch, Seven Dials and Guildhall, eateries known for high quality, expertly sourced steaks. Hawksmoor Air Street, aimed to bring an added extra to its already successful formula; a seafood slant.  The restaurant epitomises Art Deco; polished wood veneer, tasteful green leather upholstery, stained glass, vintage mirrors with a lively, buzzing atmosphere. The menu did not disappoint. We started with cocktails, sampling the Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew (50p from each one served goes to Football Gambia) and a Rogerio’s Batida, and quickly moved onto our starters opting for […]

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