ChariTable – philanthropic restaurant booking App

The ChariTable Bookings restaurant reservation App allows customers to book tables at thousands of participating restaurants across the UK – and sounds like a fantastic idea! £1 for EVERY customer will be donated by the restaurant to a charity of the diner’s choice. So if you book a table for 4 people and your attendance is confirmed and moneys are […]

Al Shaqab Lockinge Day at Newbury Races – the best day out by a mile

Al Shaqab Lockinge Day, 2016 – The Best Day Out By A Mile…and with a claim like that you can guess we’ll be there… and so could you. We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away. ENTER HERE a Rafflecopter giveaway If you don’t win and would like to go along you can still […]

The Bake Off Crème de la Crème of British Classics at the School of Artisan Food

There’s “nowhere to hide in pastry” says one of the judges on BBC Bake Off Crème de la Crème, and he’s right –  as you can see from my own personal Bake Off at The School of Artisan Food – location for the TV show. Set in a stables block of a magnificent country estate,  The School of Artisan Food offers […]

Salcombe to be Home to Dry Ski Slope…made of Popcorn

Salcombe, known for its idyllic beaches, pretty high street and bobbing sailing boats, is now planned to be home to Britain’s first dry ski slope, made entirely from popcorn. After extensive research at the University of Cochrane, scientists have discovered that popcorn possesses a very similar molecular structure as compacted snow, making it the most […]

Absolut Elyx and Water For People Supper Club

On World Water Day 22 March 2016, chef Anna Barnett will host an Absolut Elyx Supper Club at her home, a converted pub in Hackney, with all proceeds donated to support the work of charity Water for People. We are fans of the supper club our faves being Malaysian by May, Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express and Aids Ark Dinner for One. […]

#Restaurant #Review NOPI – Five Years On

Front of house can make or break a restaurant. A cheery welcome wins hearts, but not this time on going into NOPI. Much lauded for its food and founders’ back story, the Soho outpost is a busy, shiny shrine five years on – and you still need to make a reservation. So we did. Tellingly their website reports “salads […]

Cocktails in The City 2016

Cocktails In The City showcases some of London’s most exciting bars and guest bars from Europe. Taking place at the spectacular venue One Mayfair from 10-12 March,  the Crypt has new bar openings, the Grand Hall has ‘established’ cocktail bars with the mezzanine level hosting Patron Tequila and international bars as Paris’s uber-hip Little Red Door and Door 74 from Amsterdam,  while the rooftop BBQ and bar is a […]

Chef Ken Hom – 30 Years of Wok

When I said I was meeting Ken Hom, a younger colleague said “oh, isn’t he the guy who invented the wok?” Well, I guess he did, in a way, by putting a flat bottom on it in 1986, so we could use it on our UK stoves. Now at least one in seven people in Britain […]

Dans Le Noir? put on Michelin starred dinner for 10th anniversary

Dans le Noir?, the celebrated dining-in-the-dark restaurant staffed by blind people, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and decade of successful charitable ventures. A gastronomic dinner for 50 of youth homelessness charity Centrepoint’s vulnerable 16-25 year-olds has been put together by Michelin-star chef and London head chef, John Houel – with the focus on heightened flavours. The menu is always […]

Restaurant Review: Chinese Cricket Club London

Confucius says don’t judge a book by its cover – nor a restaurant, as is the case with Chinese Cricket Club in the Crowne Plaza, Blackfriars, London. That it doubles as the hotel’s breakfast room will give you some idea of the decor – a soulless dark brown. So come such a special night as […]