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Drinking and dining adventures around London

  1. Published : Sunday, 16th February 2014

    Coal Vaults | Coal Vaults

    If last weeks weather has left you with the desire to hole up in an underground hideaway, then perhaps the Coal Vaults in Soho are the place for you. 'Cocktail heavy dining', the strap line for Coal Vaults makes no mistake about where on the Soho roadmap they'd like to appear. This (slightly claustrophobic) subterranean bolthole on Wardour Street prides itself on serving small plates (all priced between £4-£9) and an extensive list of cocktails (priced between £6 and £9.50) which are based on 'the best liquours (sic) and homemade infusions'. Certainly an 'intimate' space, the bar has been well lit and designed with an impressive copper bartop beset with pennies, across which some well balanced drinks are passed...

  2. Published : Monday, 19th August 2013

    Frank's Café & Campari Bar | Franks 2013

    In a city where there is always too much to do, simple comfort to be found in establishing routines, rituals and traditions. One such trip which has quickly become a tradition (but in no way a routine) is the series of visits made each summer to Frank's in Peckham. It's a place where you know there'll never be a problem convincing a group of friends to make the journey South to fritter away an afternoon...

  3. Published : Wednesday, 7th August 2013

    Flesh and Buns | Flesh and Buns - A first look

    Just 9 months after introducing Soho to 'Rock n Roll ramen', Bone Daddies chef and founder Ross Shonhan has opened a 150 seat Izakaya-style restaurant in Covent Garden. I caught up with Alex Palumbo, bar manager to find out more about the drinks and his plans for the bar at Flesh and Buns...

  4. The Nikka pop-up bar at Smiths of Smithfield first floor bar offers 10 styles of Nikka Whisky and 6 whisky cocktails created by Smiths bartender Tiziano Tasso. Whilst the popup bar is no doubt focused around the extensive list of expressions which Nikka are showcasing, the concept of Omakase underpins this by attempting to bring Japanese style service alongside Japanese Whisky and relevant cocktails...

  5. Published : Tuesday, 7th May 2013

    Homeslice | Homeslice Restaurant - A first look

    Homeslice, one of the first streetfood traders to take woodfired pizza mobile will open their restaurant today. Serving wine and pizza by the inch, the 50 seater eatery can be found in Neal's Yard - access through a passageway from Monmouth Street. The restaurant has been almost a year in the making as founding member and chef Ry Jessup has teamed up with Mark Wogan to launch the venture...

  6. Published : Wednesday, 13th March 2013

    The Longroom | The Longroom - Paying homage to the toastie

    The Longroom can simply be described as a brewpub, opening earlier this year at 18-20 St John Street, it boasts a beer selection which is regularly updated and has a 'long tail' of bottlings that runs into the dozens. Whilst a selection of kegs (served by the pint but also by 1/2's and 1/3rd's) of Anchor Liberty Ale and other cult craft beers will draw you into the warm, vibrant surrounds, the bar menu that will keep you from wandering off in hunger (St John and a branch of Burger and Lobster are but a short stumble away)...

  7. Published : Tuesday, 5th March 2013

    Rotary | Tuck and Vine weekly edit - Volume 1

    Diner, bar, members club. Jonathan Downey's new opening is situated next to Old Street station. Taking the space of what most recently used to be a Pizza joint and grimy basement club, Downey took just a month to transform this into a buzzing space and has partnered up with chef Carl Clarke aka Discobistro who has taken charge of the food...

  8. Featuring donuts freshly made every morning and flavours that rotate every week, these doughy jewels are priced at just £1.50 - that's less than the cost of a cupcake or waffle from concepts further up the road. A few of the flavours put forward include: Maple Bourbon, Birthday Cake, Bergamot & Orange, Ginger Chew, Mexican Chocolate and Berry Trifle. Shamefully, I must admit to visiting at least four times in the first week, sampling options as varied as Pistachio and Cinnamon Stack through to Blueberry and Birthday Cake. All served with a side of guilt and washed down with a £2 'bottomless' filter coffee...

  9. Published : Wednesday, 28th November 2012

    Patty & Bun James Street | Patty and Bun - the restaurant

    Joe Grossman is a man on a mission. An alumnus of London Bridge restaurant Roast, he's taken the London burger scene by the horns and under the 'Patty and Bun' moniker has held numerous pop-ups and residencies throughout 2012 - i've previously covered his stint at the doodle bar in Battersea and his residency in Soho...

  10. Published : Monday, 19th November 2012

    Caravan King's Cross | Caravan Kings Cross

    Encased in a monolithic brick building - a restored Granary Building, the interior leaves one feeling like they're sitting inside a 'school dining meets community hall', long-hung lights, trestle tables, paper table cloths, cutlery in buckets. This sensation is somewhat validated by the clientele. At brunch this was a mixture of young families who had tottered down the road from Islington and scraggly loose-knit and camo-clad students, nursing a single shot Gibraltar whilst pillaging the wi-fi. That said, the service is smooth and very friendly...