Food and Drink

London’s Best Restaurant Openings – August

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Austen’s Smokehouse – Kensal Rise It’s no secret that DJ Yoda loves his food. Now, for the first time ever, the artist will be bringing his love of BBQ to Kensal Rise for his first restaurant opening. Set to open its doors later in the month, the 80-cover restaurant set across...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – MOMMI’s ‘Pachamama’

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Having recently opened in Clapham, MOMMI is a Japanese-Latin Raw Bar + Grill situated on the High Street. Not only do they deliver a sophisticated element of style with their inventive cuisine, their Cocktail list is also very strong. Created by head mixologist Andrew Houliston, the list includes the ‘Pachamama’, which features Rum and Velvet Felurnum. Follow the recipe below in order to make the drink at home, this weekend. Ingredients 40ml Dark Rum...

Restaurant Review – Umami

By Emma Silverthorn, @HouseOf_Gazelle Don’t go to Umami for the ambience - the restaurant is on the first floor of a Crowne Plaza Hotel - and though ‘Smooth Jazz’ was advertised, the music sounded more like muzak to me. The décor is certainly aiming for stylish contemporary but could be better described as corny. And on the Friday night that we went the hotel had been taken over by a loud wedding party, so drunken guests provided the night’s entertainment. Bluntly:...

Beer of the Week – Green & Pleasant Golden Ale

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Strength: 3.8% ABV Brewed: Kings Bromley, Staffordshire Priding themselves on producing a range of drinks that only use England’s finest ingredients, Cambridge-based drinks company Green & Pleasant have recently added a Cider and Golden Ale to their range. The latter of which is our Beer of the week. The brand’s craft Lager is already very popular across London, featured as the house Lager at The Ritz’s Rivoli Bar, and the new Golden Ale looks...

Restaurant Review – Bread Street Kitchen

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Having visited Mr Ramsay’s relatively new Heddon Street Kitchen, as well as Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa (the competition that’s situated just next door) to Bread Street Kitchen, in recent months, I find myself very excited to finally sample what’s on offer at BSK, having enjoyed my trip to the restaurant’s little sister situated in Central London. Arriving at Gordon’s corner of One New Change (the shopping centre that’s located mere metres from St. Paul’s Cathedral)...

In Search of the Ultimate Sandwich

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Dating as far back as the 1700s with the namesake penned in homage to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who allegedly came up with the concept of eating his meals pressed between two slices of bread: the classic Sandwich is now one of the most popular universal lunchtime dishes. Sure, the concept has evolved a little over the years, but the general precipice has remained the same. For many, the idea of a...

Tesco To Cut Sugary Drinks Such As Ribena From Their Shelves

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food The UK’s biggest Supermarket chain, Tesco has caused outrage across Internet social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, following their decision to remove sugary drinks such as Ribena from their shelves. A number of health campaigners, on the other hand, have welcomed the Tesco’s decision to crack down on sugary drinks. The decision was made in a bid to combat childhood obesity, and will be put in to place as of September 7th,...

How To Drink In Style Through The Summer

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food A brand that’s synonymous with Summer style, Hackett has teamed up with Beefeater 24 Gin to provide a limited-edition Cocktail Hamper that’s perfect for Picnic Season. Outdoor drinking is generally frowned upon, yet this classy contraption is too good to resist. Featuring four highball glasses, a Hackett Picnic rug, four stirrers and four stylish napkins, not forgetting a container for ice and lemon slices which also doubles up as a portable Cocktail shaker with...

Restaurant Review – Oblix

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food For a short while, I thought that our most recent reservation at Oblix would never have gone ahead. Thankfully, the restaurant understands that Southeastern can be a cruel beast, with it a train service that’s more temperamental than the British weather. Located upon the 32nd floor of London’s tallest skyscraper – The Shard – it’s a real shame that the view is often more famous than the restaurant’s food. Having visited Oblix twice beforehand,...

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