Food and Drink

Restaurant Review – Zaika

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Upon entering a relatively late restaurant service, escaping from the abhorrent coolness of a springtime evening, the overwhelming aroma of rich spices is always a welcome greeting for any food enthusiast. Situated within a large former Bank building, Zaika has recently reopened its doors after originally opening way back in 1999, boasting high ceilings with huge walls covered in Empirical artworks and a kitchen that delivers a vast range of delicious Northern Indian inspired...

Food and Drink Guide To St. George’s Day in London

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food As Londoners, year after year we find ourselves lacking the enthusiasm and pride that a day regarding our patron saint should be filled with, constantly becoming put to shame by the wide scale city celebrations that surround St. Patrick’s Day in March. And with April 23rd marking our national “feast day” for St. George, albeit not referring to the type of feast that includes a large banquet, it seems fitting for us to provide...

Restaurant Review – Hixter Bankside

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor   Upon approaching acclaimed chef Mark Hix’s first outpost situated south of the river, you’d be forgiven for instantly relating the neon signage and general exterior demeanour to one of those seedy clubs in Soho. However, after being escorted through a corridor that contains just one of the restaurant’s impressive bars, you’ll end up feeling comforted by the unexpectedly airy dining space (unless a trip to a sordid bar and an STD was, in fact,...

Home Made in London

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor A taste for more artisanal and authentic produce has given birth to a ‘source market’ in London where produce is both made and prepared in house. The movement is a natural evolution of a gastro drive which has seen demand for locally sourced produce shoot up as punters seek a seal of authenticity which is often local in nature. The craft/ real ale surge is a manifestation of this. Camden Pale Ale, Meantime Brewery and...

Chamberlain’s of London: Review

  By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic Oh how I miss spontaneous, local, seasonal food. For nights on end I bellow “where art thou market-based cuisine” across the rooftops of London, my desperate whimpers reverberating against the constant stream of wagons bringing food from afar. A city founded on the bustling markets of Camden, Portobello, Borough and Smithfield is crumbling under the weight of mass-produced foods marketed as being artisan, organic, ethically sourced and the rest (when will...

M Restaurants To Embrace Polo Season By Teaming Up With Chestertons Polo In The Park

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food The new solo restaurant venture from Gaucho’s Martin Williams is set to go above and beyond in embracing this summer’s Polo season. Currently throwing a weeklong celebration for World Malbec Day, M Restaurants is set to team up with the UK’s finest Polo tournament – Chestertons Polo In The Park – as their official partner. So throughout the season, the restaurant’s upstairs M Bar is set to serve a specially created exclusive cocktail The...

Restaurant Review – Angler

  By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food   Due to the location of the City, it’s never too easy to find perfect fresh Fish that’s readily available. Juxtaposed to the surrounding Kent and Essex coastlines, positioned a fair distance from the beating heart of the Square Mile. However, the seafood that’s on offer at the D&D’s Michelin Starred Angler, seems as though it’s been reeled straight from the sea and placed onto headed up by Executive Chef Tony Fleming’sprettily presented...

Soak up the Boat Race at Brew Putney

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  This Sunday the River Thames will host the 160th boat race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Along with Wimbledon Tennis Championships, the FA Cup final and the Open Championship it is one of the most quintessentially British sporting events to be hosted each year. For those of us looking to watch the race in its entirety and in relative warmth and comfort Brew Cafe in Putney is offering a unique viewing experience. Food and drinks...

Easter Wines to Impress

By Charlotte Hope, Lifestyle Editor @TLE-Lifestyle How’s your sommelier knowledge? Personally, the graph with which I work when drinking wine used to be ‘drinkable’to ‘not that drinkable but I’ll drink it’to ‘that’s just probably vinegar’. Over the last few years I’ve really thrown myself into drinking heaps of wine, on the ultimate selfless journey to find you, dear reader, the optimum bottle for the food that you’re ingesting. With this in mind, I bring to you four offerings for your...

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