Food and Drink

Restaurant Review – The Britannia, Kensington

By Jonathan Hatchman Situated just off Kensington High Street, The Britannia can be traced all the way back to 1834. Perched atop the original Britannia Brewery site, the pub was bought by Young’s in the 1920s having sold off the brewery while keeping the pub itself. Now having undergone even further recent renovation in order to maintain the real original fire place as well as adding a stylishly quirky decorative touch, not forgetting the addition of an upstairs meeting area...

Review: Balans Soho Society, Shepherd’s Bush

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic  Spoilt by pop-up ventures, market stalls and a veritable smorgasbord of world cuisines the hungry residents of Shepherd’s Bush could be forgiven for omitting the behemoth Westfield Shopping Centre as a dining option. But as a short walk from the tube goes to show, there’s a few gems amongst the chains. Balans Soho Society is one such gem. Founded in Soho but now boasting an impressive presence across London the ‘contemporary global’...

The loaf revolution; London embraces the Manwich

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic When I was a teenager my friends and I were masters of the man sandwich. It's a simple concept; rather than creating unnecessary washing up use complex carbohydrates as a tool to demolish a meal in a sandwich/ mop up/ top up attack that is a proverbial middle finger to table manners. Everything in a sandwich; jobs a good 'un. What we didn't realise is that we were participating in a very...

Rosemary Shrager Interview

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor @TLE_Food Having learnt her craft alongside acclaimed chefs such as Pierre Koffmann and Jean-Christophe Novelli, before becoming Head Chef at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle and beginning to focus heavily on teaching her collected cookery skills, Rosemary Shrager has become quite the Celebrity chef. In recent years Shrager has appeared upon a number of Television series, including Soapstar Superchef, Ladette to Lady, Taste The Nation, and more, alongside appearing on 2012’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of...

Review: Hanbury Manor Hotel

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic  The notion of a retreat hasn’t caught on in the UK to the extent that it has in places such as the USA, but given that 92 per cent of the population is expected to live in cities by 2030, perhaps it ought to have. I find it almost laughable at times that despite being a global transport hub London can also become a prison. Acres of glorious countryside lay within half...

London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – February

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Blacklock – Soho Best known for his work at Hawksmoor, Gordon Ker’s new restaurant – Blacklock - will open in Soho this month. Heavily inspired by"Joe Beef in Montreal, roadside shacks in Portugal and the US to the Turkish Ocakbasis off the Kingsland Road," the restaurant is set to focus on serving top-quality beef, pork, lamb and veal chops. Cooked especially on a homemade charcoal grill before being seared with hot irons, made in...

Restaurant Review – The Cutty Sark Tavern, Greenwich

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food editor @TLE_Food Despite the constant changes within British food culture, one ideal that has always stuck out as the pinnacle of the “great British dinner” is our beloved traditional Sunday Roast. Nowadays, the clockwork routine of gathering the family at the dining table at a set time to embark upon a grand feast of roasted meat accompanied by a plethora of trimmings doesn’t run quite as deep. However, as a nation, whenever these opportunities do arise,...

Pony & Trap Restaurant, Bristol – Review

By John Coles - Food Writer Expectations were high long before we went to the Pony & Trap, with many friends singing its praises. Then on the very day we finally got to go there a new poll was published rating it second among Britain's Top 50 Gastropubs, so the juices were flowing well in advance. This old snug country pub stands alone on a hillside overlooking Chew Valley Lake south of Bristol. We arrived on a bone cold January evening, unable to...

UK & Ireland Semi-Finalists Announced For S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 Competition

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor @TLE_Food As S. Pellegrino’s hunt for the World’s best young chef progresses, spanning across 20 worldwide destinations, the ten UK semi-finalists have been announced. Two of the ten young cooks (Alberton Fluttero and Antonio Sanzone) are London-based, while the other eight accomplished culinary masterminds are scattered out across the UK and Ireland. The full list of the regional semi-finalists can be found here: https://www.finedininglovers.com/special/sanpellegrinoyoungchef2015/blog/spellegrino-young-chef-2015-the-candidates/ So leading up to the competition’s finale in June, which will...

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