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Category: Food & Travel

REVIEW: Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden February 20, 2017

REVIEW: Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden

WHAT? For centuries the energy and theatre of Indian marketplaces has inspired the Cinnamon group to build vibrant bars and restaurants in London – the antithesis of your old-fashioned local curry house. Cinnamon Bazaar is the latest and perhaps...read more »

REVIEW: Rudie’s Rum Punch Brunch, Dalston February 17, 2017

REVIEW: Rudie’s Rum Punch Brunch, Dalston

WHAT? Authentic Jamaican jerk and cocktail joint Rudie’s has added a short but sweet brunch option to their menu – think jerk-spiced ham and eggs, callaloo, chicken, golden half-moon patties and oodles of rum punch. WHY GO? After months...read more »

REVIEW: The Book Club, Shoreditch February 14, 2017

REVIEW: The Book Club, Shoreditch

WHY GO? Famed for an impressive programme of music, yoga, film screenings, pub quizzes, craft workshops and club nights, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about The Book Club‘s hearty breakfast offering – but it’s more than worth...read more »

REVIEW: Asia De Cuba @ St. Martins Lane Hotel December 11, 2016

REVIEW: Asia De Cuba @ St. Martins Lane Hotel

WHAT? A fusion of Chinese and Cuban dishes *might* have been tricky to pull off, but Asia De Cuba manages in true style. The setting is intoxicating, mixing tradition with spanking new features – a bright and bold maze of modern artwork, beautiful...read more »

REVIEW: St. Mary’s Inn, Morpeth December 11, 2016

REVIEW: St. Mary’s Inn, Morpeth

WHAT? The focal point of a new housing area being developed in Morpeth, just outside of Newcastle, this pub with rooms has true soul – warm furnishings, friendly staff and great food. WHERE? Seeking solace from bustling Newcastle we hailed a cab...read more »

REVIEW: Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Newcastle November 30, 2016

REVIEW: Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Newcastle

WHAT? The city of Newcastle’s answer to a country house hotel. It may be mere miles from the city centre, but wandering the beautiful, oak-panelled halls it feels for all the world like you’re in the middle of nowhere. WHERE? Encased in...read more »

REVIEW: Scalini’s, Jesmond Newcastle November 25, 2016

REVIEW: Scalini’s, Jesmond Newcastle

WHAT? A homely Italian restaurant in the trendy student area of Jesmond, Newcastle (there’s one in Gosforth, too), offering up homemade pizza and pasta at awesome prices. On a recent weekend in Newcastle (more on that to follow!) we enjoyed a...read more »

REVIEW: Helio’s Cantina @ The Institute Of Light November 24, 2016

REVIEW: Helio’s Cantina @ The Institute Of Light

WHAT: A preposterously hip yet intimate restaurant/bar/cinema space in London Fields, where genial head chef Helio Fenerich serves up rustic Mediterranean food with Nigella’s stamp of approval. WHERE: The Institute of Light is Hackney’s newest...read more »

REVIEW: Popolo, Shoreditch November 18, 2016

REVIEW: Popolo, Shoreditch

WHAT? A tiny, minimal open kitchen peddling a rainbow of tapas-style Moorish, Italian and Spanish dishes. A photo posted by Popoloshoreditch.com (@popoloshoreditch) on Nov 6, 2016 at 12:20pm PST WHERE? Bang in the middle of buzzing Rivington Street...read more »

REVIEW: Malmaison Hotel, Charterhouse Square November 17, 2016

REVIEW: Malmaison Hotel, Charterhouse Square

As a student at the University of Leeds, I had the pleasure of visiting Malmaison Hotel when my parents opted to stay there while visiting for my graduation ceremony. I was immediately struck by the impressive facade and dark, moody decor – it...read more »

REVIEW: St James’s Hotel And Club November 16, 2016

REVIEW: St James’s Hotel And Club

Decades ago, such was the opulence and grandeur of St James’s Hotel and Club that it was not uncommon to see Sir Winston Churchill or James Bond author Ian Fleming lounging at the bar. Modern day celebrities from Elle Macpherson to Michael Caine,...read more »

REVIEW: Suda Thai, Covent Garden November 15, 2016

REVIEW: Suda Thai, Covent Garden

WHAT? All the classics and a smattering of contemporary dishes in a two-floor cafe-cum-Thai restaurant in Covent Garden. Suda Thai’s shining glass exterior doesn’t do much to set it apart from its St. Martin’s courtyard competitors,...read more »

REVIEW: Franzè & Evans, Shoreditch November 8, 2016

REVIEW: Franzè & Evans, Shoreditch

WHAT?  A very special cafe, bar and restaurant whipped into one, crushing Redchurch Street’s fierce competition with inventive booze, colourful brunch plates, freshly-made salads and a show-stopping cake selection. Oh, and the staff are wonderful,...read more »

REVIEW: Wright Brothers, Soho November 1, 2016

REVIEW: Wright Brothers, Soho

WHAT? A plentiful menu of super fresh seafood and shellfish dishes sourced from Borough Market, served up with a contemporary Asian twist. WHERE? In a snug corner of the bottom floor at buzzing Kingly Court, you’ll feel a world away from the madness...read more »

REVIEW: Fried Chicken Dinner @ Shotgun BBQ, Soho October 24, 2016

REVIEW: Fried Chicken Dinner @ Shotgun BBQ, Soho

WHAT:  A South American ‘shotgun’ restaurant in the middle of Soho, for fried chicken, cornbread and all the fixins’. Family-style food is our favourite – piled high on large sharing bowls and arranged Tetris-like on our tiny...read more »