Food and Drink

Restaurant Review – Duck & Waffle

Located upon the 40th floor of London’s Heron Tower, Duck & Waffle isn’t just the highest restaurant in the UK, it’s also one of the most popular amongst London’s foodie elite. Open 24 hours a day, it’s still incredibly difficult to book a table for two. Arriving a little earlier than planned, we begin our visit at the already bustling bar area, taking a seat with a glass of Wine before being whisked away into the dining area and seated...

Restaurant Review – Hutong

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Opened as the second restaurant within The Shard – the skyscraper that still divides opinion between Londoners – back in 2013, Hutong is now perched on floor 33 above Aqua Shard (owned by the same company). As well as the view, as is often the case with this type of skyscraper inhabiting restaurant, the location of London’s first Hutong, based on the Hong Kong original, has contributed to the venue’s popularity, although the building...

Restaurant Review – The Narrow

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food The term “gastropub” has become a little tricky and somewhat controversial. Coined in 1991 by David Eyre and Mike Belben, proprietors of The Eagle pub in Clerkenwell, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines the term as: “a pub, bar, or tavern that offers meals of high quality”. However, ever since the phrase came to being over 20 years ago, far too many of the UK’s pubs have (wrongfully) rebranded themselves. Let’s face it, if every single pub...

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)...

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