Food and Drink

Comptoir Libanais

By Harry Bedford Multiculturalism is as much a part of the fabric of London as Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and that gloried Ferris wheel that resides downstream. In many ways London is a miniature version of the world and all its cultures, so luckily for us we don’t have go far to experience things that would usually require a several-hour flight. Comptoir Libanais is a new chain of chic cafes dotted around the capital that deliver the taste of Lebanon...

Why Vegetarianism?

By Philip O'Meara @philipomeara “Oh, no, you’re not a veggie…” Beyond its inconvenience (inconveniencing a friend or eating another mushroom risotto at an unimaginative restaurant), it’s the implication that being vegetarian is an inherently bad – or at least unhinged  – position which has encouraged me to put down my reasoning in a blog post. Disclaimers Before I go any further, I want to put in some disclaimers. The purpose of this is not to preach or moralise in any way –...

Wedgwood the Restaurant – Review

By Simon Bennison - Food writer Away from the tartan and tat of the castle end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, sits the refined and inconspicuous Wedgwood The Restaurant. Since 2007, husband and wife team Paul and Lisa Wedgwood have created their own version of fine dining without pretence, to sit perfectly amongst the hidden gems of the old town. A perfect night out in the old town would consist of Wedgwood sandwiched between drinks at Blackfriars and The Devil’s Advocate....

Exec Chef Tom Gore’s 5 tips for planning a dinner party

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Executive Chef Tom Gore, 32 has worked with the Roux brothers, Rainer Becker of Zuma and Paul Gayler to name a few, and has been plying his trade for 17 years. The Essex lad has developed into one the leading chefs in London. He now heads up The Brewery a huge venue on the edge of the City, which hosts lavish events for the likes of MTV and Top Shop. If you are not lucky enough...

Frankie’s goes to Hollywood

Take an Italian Anglophile with a penchant for American food and set him up in a Premier League football ground and you get Frankie's Sports Bar & Diner, an American style sports bar collaboration between Marco Pierre White and Frankie Dettori. After various collaborations with Mr Pierre White – dubbed the godfather of modern cooking – Signor Dettori has re-vamped the Chelsea FC diner moving it away from being an Italian into an all-out American diner; so less chequered table...

Vodka Revolution

Vodka is a tainted spirit in Britain, its bedfellows typically a sugary brand of the Coca Cola franchise or lately the more fashionable pick-me-up-throw-me-down energy drink mix. But despite most supermarkets stocking shelves of the stuff and UK drinkers having a penchant for a vodka something, very few people would opt to drink it straight. That’s thanks to a classic sugar addiction that has plagued the drinks industry ever since the first Old Fashioned was mixed at the end of...

The Honor Oak – Review

“Let’s walk,” I said after we decided to go for Sunday lunch at the newly refurbished Honor Oak Tavern in Forest Hill. Mrs TLE didn’t like the idea, “it’s either that or we go for a run first” I added, before she quickly scuttled towards the door. We set off on a steady stroll across the parks and streets of south London to work up an appetite. En route Mrs TLE urged me to call ahead and book a table but...

Brew café – Review

We came to Brew café for dinner on a very wet (we can’t blame them for the weather) Tuesday evening and it was nice to be greeted by the friendly staff as we stepped into the venue and out of the torrential rain. This eatery is based next to Wandsworth Town station and is part of a worldwide boutique chain (a new venue in Putney is set to open in Nov) set up by Jason Wells. This site was previously...

Champagne and Cheese – a beautiful alliance

By David de Winter – Sports Editor @davidjdewinter @TLE_Sport When you think of Champagne, you think of a glamorous drink to be enjoyed normally as an aperitif, or, if you’re really indulgent (and rich), with a meal. Cheese on the other hand is a traditionally a dessert or a post-dinner delight, commonly consumed with red wine or a digestif such as sherry or port. But Champagne and cheese together? Oh non! You can almost hear the French convulsing at the mere...

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