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.

RedFarm London

Restaurant Review: RedFarm, London

With restaurants in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Greenwich Village, Ed Shoenfield and Executive Chef Joe Ng’s RedFarm has become a New York institution. Joining Balthazar, another New York export, on Russell Street, RedFarm’s first international venture opened last summer, taking over a three-floor site near Covent Garden. With over...

Callooh Callay cocktail recipe

Cocktail Recipe: Callooh Callay’s ‘Super Freak’

Taking place alongside Burns Night (25th January), this year, Scotch Whisky Weekend is a new mini festival from DrinkUp.London in partnership with Scotchwhisky.com. Moreover, a number of London bars will also celebrate Scotch Whisky Weekend, with four days of cocktail tours championing £6 cocktails for Festival Pass holders. For the...

Braybrooke Beer Co. Keller Lager

Beer of the Week: Braybrooke Beer Co. Keller Lager

Launched by the duo behind acclaimed Soho restaurant 10 Greek Street and a team of drinks specialists, Braybooke Beer Co. operates with particular focus on food pairing. Alongside restaurateurs Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali, Biercraft distributor Nick Trower and Stephan Michel, owner of Mahr’s Bräu in Bamberg, established the project...

ZELA London

Restaurant Review: ZELA London

“A fusion of Mediterranean products and traditional Japanese cuisine techniques,” ‘Meppon’ is a brand new cuisine spearheaded by the team behind ZELA - a restaurant backed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Enrique Iglesias and NBA star Pau Gasol. Following the success of MABEL Hospitality’s Ibiza restaurant of the same name,...

Brasserie of Light Pegasus

Restaurant Review: Brasserie of Light

Damien Hirst’s Pegasus centrepiece has been the subject of much publicity since Caprice Holdings announced plans to open Brasserie of Light in Selfridges at the end of last year. But with the crystal-studded instillation and its 30-foot wingspan dominating the restaurant, it’s perhaps unsurprising that some of the food served...

Le Pont de la Tour fondue

Review: Le Pont de la Tour launches The Cheese Room

Celebrating an alpine winter classic, Le Pont de la Tour has launched a unique cheese room experience for January, specifically championing fondue. While arguments often take place over whether fondue’s origins lie with France or Switzerland, Le Pont de la Tour is decidedly French, opened by Sir Terence Conran at...

Hop Hand Fallacy Lost and Grounded brewery, Bristol. Photo by Adam Gasson / Lost and Grounded

Beer of the Week: Lost and Grounded Hop Hand Fallacy

Based in Bristol, Lost and Grounded Brewers began brewing in the summer of 2016, following a year of preparation. Fascinated by the precision of German brewing and the idiosyncratic nature of Belgian beers, Lost and Grounded have a 25HL brewhouse from Krones, located in Freising, Germany – home of Weihenstephan. Here, the...

Les 110 de Taillevent London

Restaurant Review: Les 110 de Taillevent

Nascent during the 1990s, bacchanalian lunches have fallen out of favour in London. While decadent business lunches would have once stretched long into the afternoon, the era of lavish feasts and lenient expense accounts is long gone. Nowadays, financial pressures and time restraints have, for the most part, fuelled a...

anCnoc Peatheart

Spirit of the Week: anCnoc Peatheart

Initially launched as part of the brand’s ‘Peaty’ series, Peatheart joined anCnoc’s core range at the end of 2017. Produced at the Knockdhu distillery in Aberdeenshire, on the border of the Highlands and Speyside whisky regions, anCnoc Peatheart is named after the peat bogs surrounding the distillery, described as the...

Saltaire Brewery

Beer of the Week: Saltaire Velocity Session IPA

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...

Veganuary goes to Parliament

Veganuary goes to Parliament

After a phenomenal first week of campaigning, this year’s Veganuary movement has already been a resounding success, with the campaign having passed 225,000 sign ups for its vegan pledge. Today speaking in the Houses of Parliament at an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting on Veganism and Vegetarianism in Britain,...

Kym's by Andrew Wong - best London restaurant openings

The best London restaurant openings of 2018

2018 has been an interesting year for London restaurants. The news of prominent closures has perhaps dominated, with the likes of St. JOHN on Maltby Street, Marianne Lumb’s eponymous Notting Hill restaurant, Stevie Parle’s Rotorino, Jason Atherton’s Sosharu and both Madame D and Gul & Sepoy from the team behind...

LIMA cobia fish tiradito

Restaurant Review: LIMA, Fitzrovia

“The restaurant economy is changing and we need to make sure we’re constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers”, Gabriel Gonzalez commented on LIMA’s new menu concept introduced during the spring. Opened by Gonzalez and co-founder Virgilio Martínez (whose original restaurant, Central, in Lima is currently ranked...

Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Only The Finest Cocktail

Bar of the Week: Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel

In the bowels of the Savoy Hotel, the Beaufort Bar has become renowned for its glorious, regularly changing drinks menus. Celebrating the hotel bar’s theatrical history, a new menu – ‘Music, Magic & Drama’ – has recently launched. Seeking to distinguish the Beaufort Bar from the world-famous American Bar, the...

Kym's by Andrew Wong - best London restaurant openings

Restaurant Review: Kym’s

At the end of 2012, Andrew Wong took over his parents’ restaurant – having occupied the same site on Wilton Street, near Victoria station, since the 1980s – and re-launched as A. Wong. Having previously worked in the kitchen, the chef had become well-versed in dim sum, a facet of...

Saltaire Brewery

Beer of the Week: Saltaire Brewery Full Tilt

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 56,000 litres of...

Meri Rasoi Punjabi Tadka Dal

How To Make: Punjabi Tadka Dal

Literally meaning ‘my kitchen’, Meri Rasoi is an Indian cookery school run by food writer and cookery teacher Nidhi Verma. Having grown up in India, Nidhi Verma left a career in marketing to follow her passion for food by running cookery classes and publishing recipes on her website. Aiming to demystify Indian...

Spirit of the Week: CÎROC Vodka

Spirit of the Week: CÎROC Vodka

Launched at Milan Fashion Week, CÎROC Vodka has collaborated with Italian fashion house Moschino on a new limited-edition bottle design, plus a global event series spearheaded by Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott. Alongside the event series in collaboration with fashion influencers including Golden Barbie (aka Jasmine Sanders), River Viiperi, Thando...

The Hind's Head roast beef | Photo: Tom Osborne

Review: Sunday Roast at The Hind’s Head, Bray

In 2006, the BBC premiered ‘In Search of Perfection’, a television series starring world-renowned chef Heston Blumenthal. Throughout the series, and the accompanying book, the world-renowned chef focussed on eight dishes, exploring their origins and (often outrageously) attempting to recreate the best possible versions of each dish, finely tuning each...

Brother Marcus Christmas 2018

Brother Marcus launches Greek Christmas menu

Following the success of the first restaurant in Balham, Brother Marcus opened a second, larger restaurant in Islington during the summer. Renowned for an award-winning brunch, the new restaurant – tucked away on Camden Passage near Angel tube station – also serves a new evening menu with a focus on...

Rudy's Dirty Vegan Diner Vegan Pumpkin Pie

How To Make: Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Synonymous with Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie enjoyment needn’t be geographically confined to the USA. After all, it’s peak pumpkin season and we should enjoy it while it lasts. Opened in Camden Market earlier this year, Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner in the UK’s first 100 per cent vegan friendly diner, serving staples...

All Star Lanes Stratford

Restaurant Review: All Star Lanes, Stratford

Westfield has never been a dining destination. Yet with Christmas lurking just around the corner, the annual boom of popularity surrounding the nation’s shopping centres is also looming. As a result, many shopping centre restaurants will also become equitable suggestions for lunch or dinner to fuel/follow a mammoth shopping trip....

Blacklock New Restaurant Openings @lateef.photography - best London restaurant openings

Restaurant Review: Blacklock, Shoreditch

At the beginning of each week, renowned chop restaurant Blacklock hosts Butcher Price Mondays: an incentive to lure customers with outstandingly reasonable large cuts, ultimately filling seats on the quietest night of the week. Large cuts are priced at £5 per 100 grams, rather than between £5-7. A porterhouse steak,...

HIDE Below

Bar of the Week: Hide Below

Hide, the multi-faceted restaurant from Ollie Dabbous and Hedonism Wines, has enjoyed much acclaim since opening in April. Set across three floors, the 250-cover venue is home to three semi-separate venues: Above, a fine dining, tasting menu-only restaurant; Ground, a less formal space which champions Dabbous’ unmistakeable cooking style; and...

Aviation Gin

Spirit of the Week: Aviation Gin

Partially owned by Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds, Aviation Gin has announced its biggest partnership to date with Virgin Atlantic. Announced via a short film starring Reynolds and Sir Richard Branson, the innovative American spirit will now be served in Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses, while customers will have the opportunity to sample...

Lost Pier APA Actually

Beer of the Week: Lost Pier Brewing APA Actually

Named after Brighton’s famous West Pier, Lost Pier Brewing is a relatively new craft beer producer operating from Chiddinglye Farm in Sussex. Each of the brewery’s inventive beers are unpasteurised, unfiltered, vegan and naturally cloudy – canned with an eye-catching label designed by Brighton-based artist Mister Phil. According to Lost Pier’s website,...

Zuma Sashimi Platter

Restaurant Review: Zuma London

Since launching in 2002, Zuma has become renowned as one of London’s (if not the world’s) best loved contemporary Japanese restaurants. Introducing the Japanese robata grill to Europe, Zuma’s original site occupies an isolated Knightsbridge side street, launched by chef/restaurateur Rainer Becker and business partner Arjun Waney. Born in in...

Patrón Añejo Catrina Day of the Dead cocktail

Spirit of the Week: Patrón Añejo Tequila

Thanks to the efforts of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), the importance of Día de los Muertos was recognised in 2008, added to the organisation’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. As a result, the festival –meaning ‘Day of the Dead’ in English – has seen...

Beef & Brew Haggeston Roast

Review: Sunday Roast at Beef & Brew, Haggerston

According to recent YouGov Omnibus research, beef is generally regarded as Britain’s favourite centrepiece meat for roast dinners. (33 per-cent of participants favoured roast beef, followed by roast chicken at 27 per cent). It’s thus unsurprising that the Sunday roast at the new Beef and Brew in Haggerston has quickly...

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