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Our guide to excellent dining options with a socially-conscious twist, for National Apprenticeship Week
Mayfair welcomes a taste of the furthest reaches of Europe, with the opening of the family-run Marani on Curzon Street.
From the team behind Bodo's Schloss comes Ruski's Tavern, a caviar-and-vodka themed restaurant which opens 26 September. Read on to find out Square Meal's exclusive offer.
Noilly Prat is celebrating their 200-year milestone by giving Square Meal's readers a chance to win a trip to the south of France.
The Happenstance is the sixth offering from Drake & Morgan. Expect an international menu, wacky cocktails plus hand-picked global wines.
Don’t know your aged beef-dripping fries from your cock scratchings? Fear not. With our primer, you’ll be smashin’ burgers and picklebacks with the hipsters faster than you can set up your Tumblr microblog.
Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca named World’s Best Restaurant at the S. Pellegrino 50 Best Awards, which took place last night at London’s Guildhall.
Chef Tom Kerridge (The Hand & Flowers, Marlow) is bringing his two Michelin stars to the Panoramic Restaurant at this year’s Royal Ascot (18-22 June). At a tasting last week, our highlights from the modern British menu included a delicate poached lobster and asparagus salad with truffle dressing from the starter line-up, and a slicked-up gastropubby main of treacle-cured beef fillet with braised shin . Kerridge’s five-course lunch package includes a Royal Enclosure pass, Champagne reception, afternoon tea and a complimentary bar all day. Prices start at £880pp. Over in the ever-popular Parade Ring Restaurant, TV wine guru Olly Smith is the other big-name signing for this year’s festival – he’s overseeing the wine and beer matches for a menu by Ascot’s executive chef Steve Golding.
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Sushi, it seems, never goes out of fashion, and the latest restaurant to get in on the act is Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred Maze, which has added a sushi bar to it offering. Pitch up at the counter and sample all manner of morsels to go with a chilled glass of saké, or order mixed platters or signature sushi as part of a full meal in one of the dining rooms. With a specialist Japanese sushi chef on board, Maze means business.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver presents The Big Feastival with Blur bass player and cheesemaker Alex James.
This September, Paradise by way of Kensal Green is offering one Square Meal reader the chance to win a £150 meal for two.
Square Meal chats to Florence Knight, head chef at tiny Soho gem Polpetto, which is due to reopen at a bigger-and-better site in the next few months. We caught up with Florence for a quick Q&A about her favourite food, love of fashion (including chefs’ whites), flirtatious men in the kitchen and her predictions for the London restaurant scene.
The British summer is finally on a more even keel, so the time has come to make the most of London’s beer gardens. Whether you’re popping into the pub for a quick after-work drink, enjoying a weekend lunch in the sun, or holing up in your local for a lost afternoon, here are 10 of London’s best beer gardens in which to spend what’s left of the summer.
Now that most Londoners have returned from jet-set trips across the globe, bid farewell to peak holiday season with a glass of something memorable. Whether you want to recreate your holiday at home, or make the most of the last days of summer, Simon Woods suggests crisp, food-friendly whites as well as lighter reds that are perfect chilled.
Phil Howard, chef/proprietor of The Square in Mayfair, has been busy this year, relaunching Sonny’s Kitchen in Barnes with business partner Rebecca Mascarenhas and publishing The Square cookbook (out in late September) as well as running the aforementioned restaurant on a day-to-day basis. The chef talks Square Meal through the kitchen of his Barnes home, including interesting pieces such as a knife in technicolour.
Alfresco jerk chicken and curried goat are the house specialities at Notting Hill Carnival (26-27 August). With so many pop-up stalls selling the West Indian favourites, it’s unsurprising that many of the area’s restaurants shut up shop over the Bank Holiday. If you are looking to sit down after watching – or participating – in the parade, or want to carry on the party after the event, here are a few restaurants and pubs that are getting into the carnival spirit.
If you’re pining for a certain bottle of wine that lit up your summer holiday, chances are that you'll be able to recreate the memory at the second branch of this hit wine bar from the duo behind Michelin-starred Texture. On the menu are classic European dishes such as foie-gras terrine or punchy gazpacho; wine-wise, sample more than 30 wines by the glass or carafe, or get stuck into a ‘collector’s list’ gleaned from private cellars at greatly reduced mark-ups.
Perhaps due to the current economic climate, the sheer ostentation on show at Britain’s most expensive hotel is less obvious in its restaurant offering, where down-to-earth Italian cooking is the name of the game and guests tick a box – dim-sum style – to order bite-sized dishes. Try slivers of blood-red bresaola or sea-bass crudo with tapenade; otherwise, head straight for, say, breaded veal with lemon and caper butter. Beware, though: bills can border on the obscene.
What was 22 Below has become Central & Co – a contemporary venue with a brasserie/bar on the ground floor and a more intimate drinking space downstairs. Expect a tasteful mix of brass chandeliers, marble tables and vintage wall lights, with touches of art deco. The menu offers seasonal small plates that combine carefully sourced British ingredients. Drinkswise, the bar specialises in sparkling wines – some of which appear in fizzy cocktails.
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Restaurants around the UK have joined forces to promote the Save our Bacon campaign, which aims to ensure that British pig farmers obtain fair prices for their produce.
Among the restaurants taking part is acclaimed Soutwark gastropub, Anchor & Hope, which is serving a dish of deep-fried pig's head with gribiche sauce. Click through for full details.
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This institution, first opened in 1992 by Nick Jones (now of the Soho House group), has had new life breathed into it. The look may be ‘bistro by numbers’, with a centrepiece bar, banquettes and brass, but the mix of casual dining and charming service has broad appeal. The menu comes courtesy of chef/director Henry Harris (formerly of Racine), with a roll-call of French classics that caters for every mealtime, with light bites such as croque monsieur or salad nicoise alongside a full-throttle board of chateaubriand for two. A starter of steak tartare, though topped with raw egg yolk, was bland & lacked the usual accompaniments of shallots or capers. Things improved with a crisp-skinned, perfectly cooked sea bass fillet with a sauce choron (bearnaise with tomato), while a crepe, spilling out custard and boozy morello cherries, ended the meal on a high. The compact Francophile wine list offers a decent selection by the glass, half bottle and 500ml pichets.