Restaurant Review – Café Football

By David de Winter, Sports Editor, @davidjdewinter  @TLE_Sport I have an intense dislike of the Westfield Shopping Centres in London.  In fact, make that any shopping centre in the world. With their fancy stores placed side by side, imploring the general public to buy, buy, buy, they embody everything that is wrong with the modern world. It is mass consumerism at its most acute. Ah but of course, I almost forgot; the more things I buy the happier I am. Everyone...

Restaurant Owner Creates Britain’s Tallest Burger

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent A restaurant owner has created Britain's tallest burger which towers higher than his own daughter. The whopping two-and-a-half-foot '999 burger' trumps the previous UK record by several inches and contains enough calories to feed one person everyday for two weeks. Created by Chef Craig Harker of The George in Stockton, Teeside, the culinary masterpiece is bigger than his one-year-old daughter who stands at 2ft. The leaning tower of meat is made of three seeded buns, ten gourmet burgers and one slice of...

Restaurant Review – Wheeler’s Rib Room & Oyster Bar

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Twenty-five years ago, Marco Pierre White began to make a name for himself as one of the UK’s most exciting chefs with the release of his classic White Heat cookbook, and now after reigning as on of Britain's most celebrated Celebrity Chefs for quarter of a century, the chef has lent his name to a brand new restaurant. Having sold the original St. James site of Wheeler’s last year, the brand has returned to London with...

Restaurant Review – Sketch: The Lecture Room & Library

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Imagine breaking into the realms of your wildest dreams whilst retaining full self control. Multiply that by ten and you’d most probably have something in mind that’s similar to The Lecture Room & Library at Mayfair’s Sketch. In fact the art heavy interior is so otherworldly and bizarre that it’d be no surprise to find Salvador Dali dining in one corner, stroking his gravity defying moustache while on the opposite side a man-size white rabbit...

Restaurant Review – Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Best known for his simplistic style of cooking, attempting to make the kitchen an approachable environment for even the least competent of cooks, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has recently introduced a new Sunday menu to the mother ship of his restaurant empire – Fifteen. Proving a welcome break from the a la carte menu that’s on offer throughout the week, Jamie’s Sunday roast menu provides a reasonably priced, informal dining experience, while the food...

Homeslice To Open Second Central London Restaurant

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With the continuing success of acclaimed Pizzeria Homeslice, it’s been announced that the restaurant is set to take over a brand new premises in Fitzrovia. Beginning as a street food vendor attached to an East London brewery, Homeslice opened their first permanent restaurant in 2013, located in Covent Garden’s Neal’s Yard, where they’ve been serving their 20-inch Pizzas over the past couple of years. Few details surrounding the new Fitzrovia outpost have been confirmed...

London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – May

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 and bars arriving in London over the coming month. The Melt Room – Soho The latest single menu restaurant to open in Central London is Soho’s The Melt Room – a small shop that specialises in grilled Cheese Sandwiches. The 12-seat diner is set to offer a limited menu that includes a range of grilled Cheese Sandwiches, including...

Restaurant Review – Grillstock Walthamstow

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Branded simply online as “E17”, thankfully there’s absolutely no connection to Brian Harvey’s band, of the same name, present at the latest outpost of Grillstock. Just a short walk from Walthamstow Central station, the chain’s latest Smokehouse follows the success of the music festival of the same name: taking places across three cities and bringing a weekend of “meat, music and mayhem.” This year’s music headliners include Grandmaster Flash (Manchester), De La Soul (Bristol),...

Restaurant Review – Marcus at The Berkeley

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food “Well at least Michel Roux came to greet us,” one ageing gentleman bellows from a few tables away, adapting the audacity of a dated Town Crier. Unfortunately Marcus Wareing isn’t present at his mother ship restaurant at The Berkeley Hotel but he can be forgiven the day off, especially due to an injury that he's currently recovering from, as was explained on our earlier tour of the surprisingly calm kitchen. In fact, if that’s...

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