Food and Drink

Restaurant Review – TGI Friday’s, Leicester Square

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Thank God It’s Not Friday. As the sun sets on Friday evening, Leicester Square inevitably turns into the closest thing that the city has to hell. It’s certainly not helped by the fact that the local Wetherspoon’s is famously one of the very few places so close to the centre where a pint of lager can be bought for less than £5, thus inviting the world and his wife to descend upon the pub...

Beer Of The Week – Crate I.P.A

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Strength: 5.8% ABV Brewed: Hackney Wick, London Set up in 2012, Crate Brewery operates from an old print factory in the heart of London’s vibrant Hackney Wick. Priding themselves on using only the finest British Malts and internationally sourced hops, Crate’s core range consists of ten beers, and has been the subject of much acclaim, having garnered support from a number of restaurant groups and hotels, including celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Gordon...

Restaurant Review – Sartoria

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food When Italian Chef Francesco Mazzei’s famous city restaurant L’Anima was at its initial peak, I was a young teenager, still in school. And like most Brits from a working class background, at that time I was shamefully unadventurous when it came to food, and thus did not – quite sadly – manage to experience the Chef’s cooking at the pinnacle of his acclaim. Eight years on, however, things have changed and Mazzei has recently...

Monica Galetti Launches Seasonal Menu For Searcys at The Gherkin

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Fresh from her work as a judge on the recent series of BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals, Chef Monica Galetti has taken over the Searcys – the restaurant at the top of 30 St Mary’s Axe AKA. The Gherkin for a unique dining experience. Taking place throughout the rest of January until mid-February, the Chef’s residency within the renowned London landmark is heavily inspired by Monica’s passion for seasonal ingredients, thus providing a strong focus...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Pizza Pilgrims’ Hot Pococello

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food As the result of a collaboration between the Chase Distillery and the acclaimed restaurateurs behind Pizza Pilgrims, Pococello was inspired by a trip to Italy, using specially selected Amalfi lemons for a drink that’s not too dissimilar to classic Limoncello. Pococello, however, is far less sickly-sweet – crafted with some of England’s finest spirit and hand-crafted in small batches. And in the time of brutally cold weather, Pizza Pilgrims have recently added the Hot...

Beer of the Week – Goose Island Beer Co.’s Honkers Ale

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Strength: 4.3% ABV Brewed: Chicago, Illinois Set up in 1988 by founder John Hall, inspired by his travels of Europe, through which he managed to experience some incredible tasting beers from the continent, Goose Island is now one of America’s most popular craft breweries. Operating from Chicago, a city that was at the time an ideal start with plenty of rapidly evolving tastes, not to mention the largest fresh water system on the planet...

Restaurant Review – 8 Mount Street

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Last year was a definite triumph for new openings in London, and one of the finest restaurants to launch in Mayfair, in 2015, was also one of the very last. Officially opened in December, just in time to reap an onslaught of acclaim in the coming year, 8 Mount Street is a new brasserie within the heart of one of the area’s most prominent original shopping streets. What’s also impressive about 8 Mount Street is the...

London’s Most Exciting Restaurant Openings to Watch Out for in 2016

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Last year was a great success for restaurant openings in London. With plenty of successful new openings, as well as a rise of completely new dining trends – 2016 is already looking set to become even better than its successor. Here’s a selection of the restaurant openings that we’re most excited for, already scheduled to open across the next 12 months. Pharmacy 2 - Vauxhall First opened during artist Damien Hirst’s peak in the...

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