Food and Drink

Animation: The History of Sweets

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Historians have created a timeline of the history of sweets in Britain dating back as early as 8000BC. Confectionery historian Tim Richardson created the timeline to show how our love of sweets has developed over the centuries, with Stone Age cave paintings showing our early ancestors raiding bee hives for honeycomb to get their sweet fix. And as the years went on, the first lollipops are thought to have been enjoyed way back in 1550AD, gums and pastilles...

Restaurant Review – Forge & Co.

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With an increase in restaurants that focus on communal dining and sharing plates, Forge & Co. has recently launched a new ‘Modern Grill’ at its Shoreditch High Street restaurant. Along with the new menu launch, head chef Timothy Brindley has recently joined the team, having previously worked at Tom’s Kitchen and The Ivy. Inside, the restaurant’s décor is unsurprisingly contemporary and the atmosphere is resplendently casual – a breath of fresh air juxtaposed to...

Beer of the Week – Wild Card Brewery’s King of Hearts

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Brewed: Walthamstow, London Strength: 4.5% ABV Founded on the back of a hobby that turned into an obsession, Wild Card Brewery functions from its own site in Walthamstow, having opened at the beginning of last year. And featuring four core beers inspired by picture cards (Jack, Queen, King, Ace), this week’s pick is a blonde beer - the brewery’s King of Hearts. Upon pouring from the bottle with its notable artwork, an opaque golden-butterscotch...

Jack Daniel’s To Host Film Screening Event To Launch Limited-Edition Sinatra Century

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Tying in with various celebrations of what would’ve been Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday, next month, Jack Daniel's have released a brand new, limited edition - Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century. It’s no secret that Mr. Sinatra was a big fan on Jack Daniel’s during his lifetime and the new Sinatra Select is the ultimate salute to one of the globe’s most iconic singers. Matured in grooved oak barrels to create a bold, amber drink with...

Restaurant Review – Sauterelle

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With hundreds of restaurants situated within London’s square mile, it seems that all of these institutions, especially the most grandiose, fall at drastically contrasting ends of the quality continuum. Be it a prominent building housed restaurant that crows an abundance of undiluted pretension and grossly underwhelming cooking, or the type that’s so brilliant we wish to return each and every night, if only our bank balances would accommodate such extravagance. It’s only very rarely...

Restaurant Review – Thomas’s at Burberry

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food As far as household designer brands are concerned, few pride themselves on being so quintessentially British as Burberry. At the culmination of the 21st century, it's no secret that the brand’s signature plaid did suffer from becoming a Prole Drift staple in accordance with the birth of Chav culture, and as a result tawdry imitations of scarves, baseball caps and all sorts of tasteless reproductions soon became available on just about every British market...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Joyeux Bordel’s ‘Jolly Mess’

Photo: addiechinn.com By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Opened in April by Experimental Group, the team behind the likes of Experimental Cocktail Club and Compagnie des Vins, Joyeux Bordel is situated upon Shoreditch’s Curtain Road. Taking over the East London basement, Joyeux Bordel is essentially a cocktail bar, but there’s also a strong focus on music as well – featuring a vintage sound system with emphasis on vinyl and an eclectic music programme that embraces afro, soul, funk, and disco through...

Restaurant Review – Blanchette

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food “Are you aware of our concept here?” our waitress asks as my heart begins to sink, during a mid-week lunch trip to Blanchette in Soho. “Our menu is mainly made up of French tapas dishes,” she explains. French tapas? Is there really such a thing? As far as restaurant concepts go, anything overly extravagant or contemporary is generally something that’s never appealed to this writer, having been paced through the rigmarole of many an...

Top 10 Real Ale Pubs in London

    The pub scene is thriving in London right now, but with such a proliferation of new craft bars, gastro ventures and costly refurbishments, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Well, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten real ale pubs in London to help you navigate the mire. To be clear, we're not talking about brewery-owned gems or the many bars masquerading as real ale pubs. We're talking about independent tap rooms with a no-frills...

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