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.

Red velvet cake

How To Make: Red Velvet Cake

Cake week returns to the Great British Bake Off this week, with biscuits having dominated last week’s new series premiere. While contestants will be faced with a signature challenge, alongside a complicated technical, Waitrose has shared a selection of its favourite cake recipes to inspire bakers across the country. A...

Koko Kanu - Koko Kolada Piña Colada

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Koko Kolada

The national drink of Puerto Rico, few classic cocktails epitomise summer quite as flamboyantly as the Piña Colada. Synonymous with tropical excursions and poolside bars the world over, the sweet, fruity cocktail has become a holiday staple; thus ideal for the final glimmers of exultant sunshine, as the long, hot...

Kaspar's at The Savoy

Restaurant Review: Kaspar’s at The Savoy

During 1898, diamond magnate Woolf Joel hosted a dinner for fourteen guests at The Savoy – one of London’s most iconic hotels. Just before dinner commenced, one of Joel’s guests cancelled, reducing the party size to thirteen. Against the behest of more superstitious guests, the host decided the dinner should...

Saltaire Brewery

Beer of the Week: Saltaire Brewery Polarity Black IPA

Saltaire Brewery, an independent brewery based in Shipley, West Yorkshire, has refreshed its branding and launched a brand 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 –...

Casa do Frango | Photo: Charlie McKay

Restaurant Review: Casa do Frango

Arguably one of the most gastronomically diverse cities in the world, London is home to countless restaurants and pop-ups focusing on the cuisine of far-flung nations. Given its relative locality and a clutch of acclaimed chefs, however, the food of Portugal remains dramatically under-represented here. The city’s Portuguese restaurant scene...

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The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Wild Turkey 101 Whiskey Sour

Classic, simple cocktails with three-pillar constructions have seen increased global popularity of late. Daiquiris, Martinis, Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, Negronis and Sours are all omnipresent throughout the menus of London’s best bars: potent and enjoyable from a consumer standpoint, while simple to assemble behind the bar. Typically using the simplest of...

Rocksalt Folkestone - Pan-fried Fish

Restaurant Review: Rocksalt, Folkestone

Like much of the Kent coast, Folkestone has been the subject of much regeneration, of late. Long gone are the beach arcades, the mouldering Magic Mouse rollercoaster and the Sunday Market: a haven for cleaning products, mystery meat from the back of a van and snide Calvin Klein underwear. Once...

71 Brewing Litschi Himbeere

Beer of the Week: 71 Brewing Litschi Himbeere

Dundee’s first brewery in almost 50 years, 71 Brewing launched last year, hoping to revive the lost art of brewing in Scotland’s fourth city. Having discovered a newfound passion for beer when visiting family in Melbourne, Australia, Managing Director Duncan Alexander eventually teamed up with Mark Griffiths to launch 71...

Vegan Mushroom Burgers Vegan Coleslaw National Burger Day

How To Make: Oyster Mushroom Sliders & Vegan Coleslaw

Tying in with National Burger Day (23rd August), family-run business The Happy Pear have collaborated with Waitrose to create a vegan burger recipe. Featuring sundried tomato pesto-marinated oyster mushrooms grilled on the barbecue, these mushroom burgers are best served with avocado, fresh rocket and vegan coleslaw (recipe below).  “Here we...

May Fair Bar Spritz Collection Limoncello Spritz

Cocktail Recipe: May Fair Bar Limoncello & Thyme Spritz

Italy’s second most popular liqueur – after Campari – limoncello has seen a rise in popularity across the UK, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Still mainly produced in Southern Italy, the lemon liqueur is traditionally crafted from the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons, steeped in rectified spirit (typically...

Gluten-Free Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding

How To Make: Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding

Award winning vegan chef Bettina Campolucci has launched her first book – Happy Food. After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and endometriosis, Bettina began to adjust her approach to food: exploring new ways to heal her body and mind. During this time, Bettina also documented her recipes on her...

Beer of the Week: Lost Pier Brewing Skinny DIPA

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 eight 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...

Titu Gyoza

Restaurant Review: Titu

“#gyozadreams” reads the laser-cut decal emblazoned across the window of Titu. A sentiment so drenched with hubris, it’s almost arrogant; perhaps fittingly for this hive of Mayfair that’s still yet to be dragged into 2018. Although festooned with commendable independent restaurants, Shepherd Market and its surrounding warren of narrow streets...

DD's Own

Recipe: DD’s Own – An Authentic Jazz Age Shanghai cocktail

Following the resounding success of global bestseller Midnight in Peking, author Paul French has published City of Devils. A dramatic non-fiction account of Shanghai’s lawless 1930s, the book follows a meticulously researched narrative from the author, having lived in Shanghai for ten years. Delivering an intriguing insight into Shanghai’s pre-war...

Photo: Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.uk Innis & Gunn Mangoes on the Run IPA

Beer of the Week: Innis & Gunn Mangoes on the Run IPA

Innis & Gunn has become one of the UK’s most successful international craft beer businesses since launching in 2003. In 2016, for instance, the brewery sold more than 27 million bottles of beer around the world. Operating from a site in Perth, Scotland, Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp and his team develop and barrel-age an assortment...

The Belrose New Restaurant Openings

London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – August 2018

With plenty of exciting restaurant launches constantly taking place across the Capital, we pick London’s best new restaurants opening over the coming month. The Belrose – Belsize Park A neighbourhood pub with a difference, The Belrose is situated between Belsize Park and Chalk Farm tube stations (naturally, we suggest alighting at...

Shrimp brochette

How To Make: Shrimp Brochette With Ajoblanco

Though Champagne and Prosecco continue to dominate the sparkling wine market, Spanish Cava is a reasonable alternative for summer. Made in the method traditionelle – following the same process as Champagne – Cava typically carries potent fruit aromas balanced with yeast notes and good acidity; thus making it refined, versatile...

Golden Era Beer

Beer of the Week: Golden Era

Inspired by early beer recipes from across the world, Golden Era was founded in 2017. Long before wheat and barley became standard brewing ingredients, countries such as Peru, Ethiopia and South Africa used ancient grains to produce naturally gluten-free beer. Following news that the global gluten-free beer market is predicted...

The Ninth: Photo: Charlie McKay

Review: The Ninth launches bar and terrace menu

The Ninth is a modern French restaurant, by description – but chef Jun Tanaka’s menu delves so much deeper. Having worked alongside chefs such as Michel Roux Jr, Eric Chavot and Phil Howard, British-Japanese chef Jun Tanaka opened his first solo restaurant in 2015 (the ninth restaurant project to have...

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How To Make: Watermelon and Feta Salad

Hot days call for light, simple dinners. Located in the city of St. Albans (just 20 minutes from London St. Pancras), Sopwell House is an 18th Century Georgian house, boasting a hotel, two AA Rosette restaurant, brasserie, cocktail lounge and conservatory bar – all overlooking 12 acres of gardens. This...

Benares Passion Fruit Martini

Cocktail Recipe: Benares Passion Fruit Chutney Martini

Inspired by Atul Kochhar’s innovative cooking at Michelin-starred Benares, Bar Manager Stefano Marchetto’s cocktail list is something special. Alongside the restaurant’s modern Indian cuisine with a distinctive British twist, the bar’s drinks menu features a melange of classic cocktails, each embellished with unusual spices, homemade chutneys or syrups. Celebrating this...

Temper Covent Garden

Front Line Chef tames his Temper

A moral quandary has emerged on the culinary front concerning the length of time writers should wait before undertaking reviews. Where critics argue that they should get in early to ensure punters are well informed from the off, chefs debate they should be allowed time to get their feet under the table,...

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Restaurant Review: Kyseri

When Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie opened Oklava in 2015, I vividly remember finding unexpected pleasure in some of the menu’s humbler dishes. The pide was fine, as was the breast of lamb with yoghurt and pomegranate molasses; but neither were as unforgettably vivid as the modest pearl barley side...

Untitled Asahi Moon Garden

Review: Yakitori Weekends at Untitled

With the launch of Gazelle in Mayfair, Rob Roy Cameron’s food at Tony Conigliaro’s Untitled has been somewhat overlooked. With a captivating approach to ‘molecular mixology’, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Conigliaro’s elaborate drinks have become a significant talking point here. In addition to the food menu filled with Japanese flourishes,...

71 Brewing Rhuby Weiss

Beer of the Week: 71 Brewing Rhuby Weiss

Dundee’s first brewery in almost 50 years, 71 Brewing launched last year, hoping to revive the lost art of brewing in Scotland’s fourth city. Having discovered a newfound passion for beer when visiting family in Melbourne, Australia, Managing Director Duncan Alexander eventually teamed up with Mark Griffiths to launch 71...

best French restaurants in London

10 of the best French restaurants in London

As French master chef Auguste Escoffier once said: “Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness." First inspired largely by the food of Italy, French cuisine has since become some of the globe’s most well-known and respected – particularly in terms of fine dining. Though Paris is often considered the...

Restaurant Review: St Leonards

Hotter than a Central Line tube carriage during rush hour, St Leonards has quickly become one of the summer’s most critically-acclaimed new restaurant openings. Named after its address (on Leonard Street), the restaurant is the latest project from chefs Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke, having worked together at Boxer’s first...

Pascal Aussignac Cassoulet

How to Make: Pascal Aussignac’s Le Fameux Cassoulet

Fine dining is fine, but wholesome country cooking is the essence of French cuisine. Originating in the south of France, cassoulet is a quintessential Gallic dish, typically made with white beans, confit duck or goose and sausage. Michelin-starred Pascal Aussignac’s cassoulet follows the chef’s mother’s favourite recipe, comprising duck leg, Toulouse...

Gin Mare Sangria Nostrum

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Gin Mare Sangria Nostrum

A collaboration with Gin Journey, Gin Mare have launched Med Transfers, attempting to transport guests to the Mediterranean without leaving the UK. Ticket-holders will be treated to an immersive experience, with cocktails and gastronomy travelling hand-in-hand, showcased at selected partner restaurants. Weekly sessions will travel across London, before embarking on...

London In The Sky

Review: London In The Sky 2018

As far as unique experiences are concerned, high-rise dining has become exponentially popular since London’s skyline has become crowded with so many Neo-Futurist cloud botherers. In 2018, nearly all of the city’s skyscrapers have been bedecked with a fancy restaurant. The problem with eating at altitude, however, is often a...

Brigadiers

Restaurant Review: Brigadiers

A hedonistic playground in the heart of the Square Mile, Brigadiers is far more than just a restaurant. The latest opening from JKS Restaurants (the siblings behind the likes of Trishna, Gymkhana and Hoppers) Brigadiers is a pleasure palace; a dynamic sports bar with a stellar food offering. On the...

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