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.

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....

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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...

Feast Box Durban Mutton Curry

How To Make: Durban Mutton Curry

An ideal means of honouring National Curry Week (22nd-28th October), Feast Box recipe service features a melange of Eastern dishes for those short on time, each designed to be cooked at home. Launched by entrepreneur Jyoti Patel - founder of the UK’s largest online Asian grocer, Red Rickshaw – Feast...

Purl London

Bar of the Week: Purl London

Named after an old English drink of warm ale, gin, wormwood and spices, Purl London occupies a vaulted cellar in Marylebone. Opened in 2010, the bar was one of the first to join a new wave of prohibition-era speakeasy bars, having since become renowned for an innovative approach to cocktails,...

Bancone | Photo: Jade Nina Sarkhel

Restaurant Review: Bancone

In the spring of 2016, the team behind Trullo in Islington opened small Italian restaurant opened on the fringe of Borough Market. Reservations weren’t accepted; service was quick, making it possible to devour three courses within the hour, and the accessibly priced menu had a prominent focus on ascetic pasta...

Dingle Bouquet cocktail

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: The Dingle Bouquet

Occupying a former sawmill on the fringes of Dingle, on the West Coast of Ireland, The Dingle Distillery is the country’s first independently owned, purpose built artisan spirits distillery in over 100 years. Here, the distillery’s spirits are hand crafted throughout – from the manual mashing process to the hand...

The Belrose | Photo: Charlie McKay

Restaurant Review: The Belrose

After spending the entire summer complaining about the blistering heat (I’m British, it’s what I’m good at), I recently caved and reached for the thermostat, having been left undisturbed for the past seven months. Erstwhile, the leaves are discolouring and dropping; the days are getting shorter, and Oxford Street is...

Saison D'Avon - Lost and Grounded brewery, Bristol. Photo by Adam Gasson / Lost and Grounded

Beer of the Week: Lost and Grounded Saison D’Avon

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...

ULI Prawn Sambal

How to Make: Nyonya Prawn Sambal

A term for the female descendants of a Chinese ethnic group having relocated to the Malay Archipelago during the 15th century, ‘Nyonya’ cooking (or Perankan) typically blends Chinese ingredients with various distinct spices and cooking techniques used by the Malay/Indonesian community. One such ubiquitous dish that’s gradually become globally renowned:...

The Glenlivet Speyside Sour

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: The Glenlivet Speyside Sour

Using the simplest of ingredients, the Whisky Sour enjoyed much popularity before its recipe was first recorded, published in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book, The Bartender’s Guide. Historical accounts suggest the drink was originally conceived by professional sailors to combat scurvy. Relying on sugar to be dissolved in water before adding the...

ULI Exterior

Restaurant Review: ULI

Originally opened on nearby All Saints Road during the late 1990s, ULI became a local favourite before closing a few years ago. Quickly following the closure, however, the restaurant has since been resurrected – taking over a space on Ladbroke Road, close to Notting Hill Gate tube. Fronted by a...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: The Patrón Paloma 

Tying in with this year’s London Cocktail Week, Patrón Tequila will launch a three-night pop-up in Hoxton. Taking place at a secret location from Wednesday 3rd October to Friday 5th October, ‘Drinks at Home – perfected by Patrón’ will showcase a line-up of bartenders from award-winning bars - including Matt...

Brooklyn Brewery Naranjito

Beer of the Week: Brooklyn Brewery Naranjito

Established in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery started life as journalist Steve Hindy’s home brewing project. Enlisting his neighbour, Tom Potter, as a partner, the pair’s brewery has always been dedicated to brewing and selling great beer: now recognised as an international beacon for good beer. With an impressive brewing history, some...

The Frog Hoxton Adam Handling | Photo: Tim Green

Restaurant Review: The Frog Hoxton

When Adam Handling opened The Frog in the grounds of the Old Truman Brewery, the chef’s menu was ambitious to say the least. At the chef’s first restaurant proper – following a stint at Caxton - Handling demolished the rule book, demonstrating skilled fine dining technique with dishes to be...

Patrón Añejo New Fashioned

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Patrón New Fashioned

In 2016, UK tequila sales reached a record £173 million, driven by an increased interest in higher end agave-spirits. Tequila has seen such an exponential rise in popularity in recent years that Mexico is currently undergoing an agave plant shortage, as reported by Reuters earlier this year. Once synonymous with...

UnBarred Brewery 3B's

Beer of the Week: UnBarred Brewery 3B’s

Established in a small kitchen during 2014 – UnBarred Brewery began life from a flat in Hove, having since become a full-time operation striving to craft “delicious new beers that won’t be found in the rule-book.” Paying due respect and attention to all stages of the craft; from the creation...

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