Jon Hatchman

Jon Hatchman

Jonathan is Food Editor for The London Economic.

Jonathan has run and contributed towards a number of blogs and has written features for publications such as The Guardian, GQ and Time Out London.

Dinings SW3 Sushi

Restaurant Review: Dinings SW3

A symbol of the transient nature of life, the cherry blossom (sakura) season is a big deal in Japan. Dating back to the eight century, hanami (literally meaning “looking at flowers”) parties and picnics take place each year as the cherry blossom front sweeps the length of the country, typically...

Aubergine BAO

London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – May 2019

With plenty of exciting launches constantly taking place across the Capital, we pick London’s best new restaurant openings taking place over the coming month. BAO – Borough Since launching a street food stall at Netil Market, BAO has garnered a cult following. Returning to a market setting, the Taiwanese restaurant...

Orasay Isle of Mull Diver Scallop

Restaurant Review: Orasay

Following the success of Brunswick House in Vauxhall, Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke worked together on a brand new project last Summer. Occupying a long stretch of Shoreditch often untroubled by footfall (compared to nearby Old Street and Great Eastern Street, at least), St Leonards quickly became one of 2018’s...

Barrafina Coal Drops Yard, London, UK. 15 October 2018. Photo by Greg Funnell

Restaurant Review: Barrafina, Coal Drops Yard

A new Heatherwick Studio-designed shopping and restaurant district near King’s Cross station, Coal Drops Yard opened last autumn with its first wave of restaurants and trendy retail stores. Originally established in 1850, to handle to eight million tonnes of coal delivered to the capital each year, Coal Drops Yard’s most...

Pachamama East Chifa menu

Pachamama East launches Chifa-inspired menu

Following the mid 19th Century labour shortage in South America, approximately 91,000 Chinese immigrants were brought to Peru to work on the sugar plantations and mines. Typically hailing from China’s Guandong region, the settlers arrived with few material possessions, though most brought memories of recipes and ingredients such as ginger,...

The Baptist Grill L'Oscar

Restaurant Review: The Baptist Grill at L’Oscar

Following an extensive, six-year refurbishment, L’Oscar opened last year, taking over the former Baptist Church Headquarters. Built in 1903, the Grade II-listed venue closed its doors to parishioners during the 1960s after its congregation dwindled. The building has since been returned to its former glory, however, re-opened as a boutique...

Piston Head Flat Tire


Beer of the Week: Pistonhead Flat Tire

Founded in 2011, Pistonhead is produced by Brutal Brewing – created by Swedish brewery Spendrups. Established over 100 years ago, the family-run brewery has since become one of Northern Europe’s largest breweries, with over 1000 employees, producing upwards of 400 million litres of drinks for brands such as Norrland’s Gold,...

Tamarind of Mayfair

Restaurant Review: Tamarind of Mayfair

High-end Indian restaurants are a particular specialty of London’s electrifying restaurant scene, with so many noteworthy venues and chefs showcasing their own interpretation of Indian fine dining. When badgered for recommendations on the subject I’m constantly spoiled for choice, with such an extensive list of must-visits: Benares, Gymkhana, Kutir, Indian...

El Dorado 12 Rum | Photo: Tom Elms

Spirit of the Week: El Dorado 12-Year-Old Rum

With a warm, humid climate that stimulates a fast ageing process, Demerara County in Guyana is globally renowned for its rich history of rum production. Beginning during the 1640s, with the introduction of sugar cane by the early European settlers, the foundation of Demerara rum production was laid a decade...

Bun House new restaurant openings

London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – April 2019

With plenty of exciting launches constantly taking place across the Capital, we pick London’s best new restaurant openings taking place over the coming month. Bun House – Chinatown  Following the success of its Soho restaurant, Bun House will open a new, larger space in the heart of London’s Chinatown. The...

Cleveland Arms

Restaurant Review: The Cleveland Arms

Paddington is not a dining destination. Despite some regeneration, the station and its immediate surroundings is still best known for a clutch of hostile pubs and an anthropomorphised bear with a hankering for marmalade, as far as gastronomic prowess is concerned. Nearby Bayswater, on the other hand, has always been...

Brick Brewery Rhubarb Sour

Beer of the Week: Brick Brewery Rhubarb Sour

Established in 2013, Brick Brewery operates from a railway arch in Peckham Rye. As well as brewing beers in a range of different styles, with recipes inspired by the brewing team’s travels, each built from scratch, the team also built their own Tapyard with indoor and outdoor seating, plus 20...

Shola Naan Khatai | Photo: Jade Nina Sarkhel

How To Make: Naan Khatai (Nankhatai)

“At Shola our aim is to take you back to an era of simple, clean cooking, the way it has been done in our family kitchens for decades,” explains Aida Khan, speaking on the launch of her first restaurant. Joining the likes of Waka and The Athenian at White City...

Angelina

Restaurant Review: Angelina

At the tail-end of last year, Joshua Owens-Baigler – having previously worked at The River Café - announced plans to open Angelina in Dalston. With Roman chef Daniele Celforo heading up the kitchen, the restaurant serves a regularly changing tasting menu which fuses Italian and Japanese influences. Angelina is not...

Goose Island Brewpub Shoreditch

Bar of the Week: Goose Island Brewpub, Shoreditch

Inspired by Goose Island Beer Co.’s original Brewpub in the brewery’s native Chicago, a London outpost opened at the end of last year, taking over a site on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street. Alongside Goose Island beers already available in the UK - including Midway...

Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA

Beer of the Week: Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA

Established in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery started life as journalist Steve Hindy’s home brewing project. Having enlisted his neighbour, Tom Potter, as a partner, the pair’s brewery has always been dedicated to brewing and selling great beer: having eventually become one of America’s (if not the world’s) most consistently impressive breweries....

Fare Bar + Canteen | Photo: Charlie Mckay

Restaurant Review: Fare Bar + Canteen

As part of the Morelands Building’s ongoing regeneration, Michael Sager and Marcis Dzelzainis – the team behind Sager + Wilde – opened Fare Bar + Canteen at the Clerkenwell end of Old Street last year. Set over two floors of a 1930s light-industrial complex, the restaurant occupies a gorgeous former...

Orasay New Restaurant Openings

London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – March 2019

With plenty of exciting launches constantly taking place across the Capital, we pick London’s best new restaurant openings taking place over the coming month. Orasay – Notting Hill From the team behind Brunswick House and St Leonards – one of last year’s most feted new restaurant openings – Orasay will...

Royal China Canary Wharf - Interior

Restaurant Review: Royal China Canary Riverside

Originally exclusive to the country’s wealthiest, Chinese poetry and music sources suggest dim sum was first enjoyed over 2500 years ago. While dim sum is most commonly linked with Cantonese cuisine, the first dim sum is said to have been made in northern China, eventually served in tea houses along...

Pizarro food


Restaurant Review: Pizarro, Bermondsey Street

Following the warm reception to his first solo venture on Bermondsey Street, Spanish chef José Pizarro has since opened two additional London restaurants and plans to takeover a pub in Esher, Surrey. Formerly occupied by Claude Bosi, the Swan Inn will re-launch as a ‘Spanish pub’ next month, with José...

Dalston's Soda Company rhubarb soda spritz

Cocktail Recipe: Vodka Rhubarb Soda Spritz

Conceived in an east London nightclub during 2012, Dalston’s Soda Company has become a resounding success, selling more than 2 million cans of their soda last year. With that, the brand has also tapped into increased consumer awareness when it comes to sugary drinks, launching a new Dalston’s Lights range...

Burger & Beyond Shoreditch @lateef.photography

Restaurant Review: Burger & Beyond

With a long, colourful history, the hamburger has become one of the world’s favourite fast foods. While the exact roots are much-contested, the US has become synonymous with the dish, with more than 40 billion burgers consumed annually. On this side of the Atlantic, however, London also has its fair...

Saltaire Brewery

Beer of the Week: Saltaire Brewery Zipwire Citrus Pale

Saltaire Brewery, an independent brewery in Shipley, West Yorkshire, has refreshed its branding and launched a new product line. Having crafted internationally award-winning beers since 2006, the brewery is now striving to bridge the gap between cask and craft ales with its commitment to high quality beer – producing over 56,000 litres...

Mamont Vodka

Spirit of the Week: Mamont Vodka

Inspired by the discovery of an 18,000 year-old Yukagir mammoth in Siberia, in 2013, Mamont Vodka is an ultra-premium, six-time distilled Siberian vodka. Awarded a gold medal in the International Spirits Challenge 2018, Mamont is packaged in a unique tusk-shaped bottle, produced at the Itkul Distillery – one of Russia’s...

Fancy Crab

Restaurant Review: Fancy Crab

Touted as “the only place to eat Red King crab in London”, Fancy Crab specialises in the most prized of three traditionally Alaskan king crab varieties. Fished from the cold waters of the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway and Russia, the restaurant receives the crab directly from their...

Yauatcha City Chinese New Year

Review: Yauatcha launches Chinese New Year menu

Celebrating Chinese New Year (Tuesday 5th February, 2019), the restaurant group behind high-end Chinese restaurants Yauatcha and Hakkasan has launched a series of commemorative promotions. Each taking place until Sunday 24th February, both of London’s Hakkasan restaurants will welcome the Year of the Pig with a unique reinvention of the...

Plum Valley xiao long bao

How to Make: Xiao Long Bao

With Chinese New Year celebrations taking place this week, honouring the Year of the Pig, food will play a key role. And with xiao long bao – Shanghainese soup dumplings – having been the subject of much attention of late, Chinatown restaurant Plum Valley’s pork and crabmeat soup dumplings are...

Pistonhead Haze Lager

Beer of the Week: Pistonhead Haze Lager

Founded in 2011, Pistonhead is produced by Brutal Brewing – created by Swedish brewery Spendrups. Established over 100 years ago, the family-run brewery has since become one of Northern Europe’s largest breweries, with over 1000 employees, producing upwards of 400 million litres of drinks for brands such as Norrland’s Gold,...

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