Critics’ Choices: Everywhere We Reviewed In January

By Phil Clarke |
5th February 2018

Some jobs give you duvet days, others season ticket loans, one of the perks of working for The Handbook is that we get to go on reviews. On any given night there’s probably one of our editorial team out selflessly snacking, sampling or swigging so that we can give you an honest appraisal.

Here’s where the team headed in January:

The Waldorf Hilton’s Charleston Tea Dance

Fenella, our fearless editorial assistant, hit the tiles at The Waldorf Hilton and learnt to dance the Charlton while quaffing Champagne and scoffing scones!

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Gillray’s Vegan Menu

Charlotte, our resident vegetarian, was put into overdrive this Veganuary, kicking off at Gillray’s the South Bank steakhouse that went vegan for January.

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The Giggling Squid Wimbledon

Fenella went for squids and giggles to this Asian eatery in Wimbledon. They had the biggest prawns she’s ever seen the food sounds fabulous but she did endure a ‘nipple crippling draught’.

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Harvey Nichols’ First Vegan Menu

Charlotte continued her quest to gnaw her way through all the vegetables in London with a visit to Harvey Nichols’ first vegan menu. She was left non-plussed by the food, but did manage to get some shopping in.

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The Club Hotel And Spa, Jersey

Our Travel Editor, Phil, (easy)Jetted off to Jersey for a weekend spent being pampered at a five star hotel. Apparently he wrote half his review from the jacuzzi.

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Royal Garden Hotel’s Cirque du Soleil Afternoon Tea

Mixed reviews of the Royal Garden Hotel’s Cirque du Soleil Afternoon Tea, again from Charlotte. Turns out: not a fan of spicy macaroons.

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Rosa’s Thai Veggie Pop-Up

Charlotte went to Rosa’s Thai veggie pop up and loved it. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan then you should go there. Like, right now.

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Wright Brothers Battersea

Editor Emily was left scratching her head when the waitress told her some of the specials weren’t that special, at Wright Brothers in Battersea.

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Tredwells

Charlotte was seemingly smitten at Tredwells, partly by the food and partly by the ethos. ‘Wonder chef’ Chantelle Nicholson is clearly doing something right.

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Barbados

Phil selflessly hit the sun loungers at a luxury hotel in Barbados in search of journalistic inspiration. From the tan, we’d say it worked.

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The Rosebery Lounge at Mandarin Oriental

You have to understand that Emily basically eats truffle and caviar with her breakfast Weetabix, so it’d take more than that to impress her at The Mandarin Oriental’s Rosebery Lounge. Thankfully they also had killer music, cocktails and a menu to match.

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Texture’s Vegan Tasting Menu

Rounding off Veganuary with a high, Charlotte was left wanting more at Michelin starred Texture, partly coz portion size, but mainly because she loved it.

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The Coral Room

Despite The Bloomsbury already being up to its eyeballs in top-notch bars, they’ve gone and opened another, The Coral Room, and Emily popped over check it out.

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