Food and Drink

Twelve Locally Grown Foods That Londoner’s Should Be Eating, But Can’t (Until Now)

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With the recent boom in popularity of fresh, local food, it’s still proving very difficult for Londonders to be able to find a range of wonderful groceries, unfortunately due to Supermarket supply chains (still making up for 95% of our grocery shopping) being unable to cope with their fragility. However, it seems that Farmdrop may have found a resolution to such a problem. Set up as an online market place that’s committed to delivering...

Restaurant Review – Tartufi & Friends, London

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food As Aristotle wrote, Truffles were “a fruit sacred to Aphrodite”. The luxurious Fungi may have become the Foodie equivalent to Bread and Butter in recent years, but Truffles have a deep Historic lineage and have always been a highly prized ingredient. Many fine restaurant kitchens will use the odd shaving here and there, yet Tartufi & Friends have always been dedicated to celebrating the Truffle, used munificently in almost every one of their dishes....

Exploring Carménère: The Lost Forefather

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor  A metaphor linking a renowned opera and an outcast grape variety almost undoubtedly falls under the ‘stretched’ bracket, but I won’t shy away from this ambitious literary feat nonetheless. Carmen, an opéra comique based on the life of Don José, tells of a man who abandons his Basque family heritage in pursuit of the independent and rebellious Carmen. Deserting his bourgeois heritage he is forced to make his way as part of the proletariat, doing...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Oskar Kinberg’s Peas ‘N’ Mint

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Renowned as one of London’s finest mixologists, Oskar Kinberg opened Dabbous with his friend and former colleague Ollive Dabbous at the start of 2012, in which he oversees the restaurant’s stylish bar area – Oskar’s Bar – which features a cocktail menu with uses all homemade syrups and infusions. On the menu, there’s an innovative selection of drinks, featuring a range of classics and signature creations from the man himself, including the likes of...

Turbo-Charged, Chrome-Finished, Gadget-Loaded: The Ultimate BBQ Revealed

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  The final stages of the French Open, the Champions League final, the Canadian Grand Prix and sweltering weather forecast throughout the weekend. Yep, summer is finally here. And as is the custom in Britain, the start of the summer usually involves pulling out the rusted tin can on wheels that is the barbecue. Unused and dishevelled you contemplate whether a disposable BBQ would be less hassle than sprucing up your long-serving garden companion. But to save...

The Magic Roundabout Pop-Up To Takeover Old Street Roundabout This Summer

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Arriving just in time for the summer, Burger Bear founder Tom Reaney is set to take over the central roof of Old Street’s monolithic roundabout, bringing a brand new pop-up venue The Magic Roundabout to the East-End. Opening off the back of a Kickstarter campaign set up last year, which managed to raise a huge £36000, The Magic Roundabout is set to open next weekend and will feature a brand new street food market...

Champagne Lanson White Label Unveil New ‘Wimbledon’ Bottle

Photo credit: Ben Fisher/ Photoshelter By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food We’ve already discussed Champagne Lanson’s plans to take over the Summer’s social calendar, and with The Championships, Wimbledon now well on its way, ahead of the tournament which commences on Monday June 29th, the brand has teamed up with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to create a special limited edition ‘Wimbledon’ bottle for the delicious Champagne Lanson White Label. The new “Wimbledon” bottle is inspired by the game...

Restaurant Review – MEATliquor London

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Their delicious Burgers and colossal portion sizes have most probably taken over your Instagram feed over the past three years, so if you still haven't visited MEATliquor, you're most certainly missing out. Situated just behind London's busy Oxford Street, it's no surprise that the London branch of the Restaurant has become hugely popular in recent years. So busy, in fact, that you're likely to have to queue around the block for 90 minutes, just to...

London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – June

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 and bars arriving in London over the coming month.   The Ivy – Covent Garden Iconic celebrity favourite – The Ivy is set to reopen this month, following a five-month closure for renovation. This re-work ties in with the 100th anniversary of the restaurant and internally we can expect quite a bit of change. Everything apart from the...

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