Food and Drink

San Carlo Cicchetti – Review

Chichetti (pronounced Chi KET tee) is a deceptively large restaurant that at a glance could be mistaken for a Cafe-esque type eatery. Nestled in the heart of Covent Garden's theatreland, it is a high-end haven of Italian delicacies. The restaurant has been open for a little over a month now and definitely looks the part. As soon as you get in the door the small front opens up to a huge opulent dining room, smartly dressed (and easy on the eye) waiters greet...

TwoRuba @ the Hilton – Review

I disembarked the train at London Bridge to be welcomed by a dark, wet, cold platform. A Tuesday evening such as this is usually spent with a box set in front of the TV, but I managed to pull myself around tonight on account of my meal reservation at the Hilton. Bravely (?) I battled down Tooley Street and into the TwoRuba bar. It recently opened following a £500,000 revamp of the Ruba Bar that previously occupied this space. Once through the...

Goode and Wright – Review

By Paul Jurowski - Food writer I can’t admit to having been to Portobello Road on a gastronomic adventure for quite some time, if at all, but let me begin by saying the trip out to Goode and Wright was certainly worth the mission from work, to arrive in time for our reservation. Tucked away in between a Reggae bar and a railway bridge lies a cosy wood-panelled bistro, staffed by friendly, knowledgeable people, who were happy to discuss the...

Britain’s Beer Revolution

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic  The platform at Keighley railway station is awash with people. Aromas of sausages, onions and engine steam flavour the crisp autumnal breeze that is atypically mild for this time of year. A new entertainment tent has been erected and an additional bar opened to cater for excessive demand for the town’s beer festival. Here in Yorkshire, like most places across Britain, a beer revolution is under way. I’ve managed to return home...

Le Ziz – Review

By David de Winter – Sports Editor @LondonEconomic @davidjdewinter This week, TLE sent me to Le Ziz restaurant in Dalston.  ‘Not Dalston!’ I protested.  ‘Everyone has skinnier jeans than me.  Their haircuts are more asymmetrical than mine and their glasses have thicker rims.  I’ll get ritualistically mocked.’  But TLE was having none of it.  So, reluctantly, off I pottered to North-East London. Le Ziz is a relatively recent addition to the London dining scene, situated in the new Dalston Square...

Mayfair Pizza Co. – Review

By David de Winter – Sports Editor @LondonEconomic @davidjdewinter Usually I only go to Mayfair by mistake, either when I'm lost or stumbling to Park Lane to get a Nightbus at 4am.  However, this week, as a treat, TLE sent me to the Mayfair Pizza Co. for dinner.  ‘Mayfair?’, I thought.  ‘I’d better look my best.’  So I dusted down my favourite jeans, popped on my least offensive t-shirt and strolled into the night, determined for once to not embarrass myself in...

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....

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