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TIPPLE & FARE

Food, drink and fine dining

The comings and goings of the culinary classes

August 17, 2017

Tossed in Tonbridge

by Matthew Steeples

Kentish salad company Southern Salads tosses 260 jobs to the wolves after going into administration because of Brexit   Illustrations of the likely negative impact of Britain’s decision to leave the UK are coming from far and wide and though Nigel Farage may be crowing over an alleged £60 million film deal – though unsurprisingly … Continue reading “Tossed in Tonbridge”

August 8, 2017

Marmalade in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples visits Boisdale of Mayfair with restaurateur Nicky Kerman – and samples a marmalade infused gin cocktail (or three)   Though most will recognise Boisdale for its tartan décor, traditional cuisine and fine malt whiskies, this live music restaurant group’s most recent opening, Boisdale of Mayfair, is a place as well suited to afternoon … Continue reading “Marmalade in Mayfair”

July 25, 2017

Brainy Boozing

by Matthew Steeples

Study reveals drinking alcohol can improve memory   A study has revealed that those that drink alcohol after studying recall what they learnt better than those that don’t.   The University of Exeter set 88 drinkers a word-learning task and then split them into two random groups. The first were told to drink as much … Continue reading “Brainy Boozing”

July 16, 2017

Canvassing a Con

by Matthew Steeples

After a Chelsea chef who came out of nowhere named Michael Riemenschneider is revealed to be a “conman” in the ‘Mail on Sunday’, readers tell of his past form   As can only be expected of a paper that loves a bit of sensationalism this week’s Mail on Sunday’s ‘YOU’ got rather carried away in … Continue reading “Canvassing a Con”

June 27, 2017

A Shoreditch Statement

by General

A statement from the owners of Trapeze Bar regarding the conduct of their now former general manager Jordan Wells   Yesterday, we reported on a story regarding a bar in the East End coming under fire from the organisers of an event to raise funds for survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.   This afternoon, … Continue reading “A Shoreditch Statement”

June 26, 2017

Tea at Blakes

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples takes tea in the delightful courtyard garden at Blakes Hotel in South Kensington, London   Blakes Hotel is synonymous with the now much overused description “boutique hotel” and is generally considered the world’s first. It opened in 1978, is a destination that is popular with the likes of Seal and Sharon Stone and … Continue reading “Tea at Blakes”

June 11, 2017

Politics With The Pun

by Matthew Steeples

David Pun gobbled his way through General Election 2017 and was captured on camera by a Mail on Sunday reporter   Mail on Sunday reporter Ned Donovan secured the photo of the evening on General Election night 2017 in capturing party crasher extraordinaire David Pun at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London in … Continue reading “Politics With The Pun”

May 7, 2017

Jobbing Wine

by Matthew Steeples

A dream job for wine lovers; get paid to drink and drive your way across America   An Oregon winery is seeking a ‘Canbassador’ to join them on a roadtrip across America to hawk their range of wines – including their ‘pinot in a can’.   The Union Wine Company, founded by Ryan Harms in … Continue reading “Jobbing Wine”

April 24, 2017

Marked by Mice

by Matthew Steeples

Scott’s in Mayfair to reopen after closing due to a mice infestation; Montpeliano remains open in spite of receiving a Food Standards Agency rating of zero out of five   Today, Scott’s restaurant in Mount Street, Mayfair reopens after having been closed for six days for what they called “a spring clean and revamp”.   … Continue reading “Marked by Mice”

April 21, 2017

Finding Fruit

by Matthew Steeples

Herefordshire fruit farm for sale for £2.25 million   A 47.6 acre organic Herefordshire fruit farm is for sale for £2.25 million ($2.88 million, €2.69 million or درهم10.58 million).   Situated in the Malvern Hills, Hermitage Court at Canon Pyon, near Hereford has fruit orchards and a walnut grove and also comes with grazing land, … Continue reading “Finding Fruit”

April 17, 2017

Shopping with Pun

by Matthew Steeples

Party-loving David Pun finds fame in Queensway’s Food Basics Oriental Superstore for all the wrong reasons; for him, it’s a far cry from Harvey Nicks   David Pun is well known on London’s party scene and for the claims he makes about his connections to the families that own Harvey Nichols and The Peninsula Hotels. … Continue reading “Shopping with Pun”

April 16, 2017

Boozy Birds

by Matthew Steeples

Northumbria revealed to be the county with the highest number of fines for women being drunk and disorderly for second year in a row   On Sunday, the Daily Star revealed “Northumbria has the highest number of women getting police penalties for their out-of-control behaviour”.   In an article by the paper’s Matthew Davis, it … Continue reading “Boozy Birds”

April 14, 2017

Basically Brilliant

by Matthew Steeples

Firezza’s first “proper restaurant” in Dean Street, Soho offers gourmet pizza by-the-metre at remarkably reasonable prices; it is a must visit   Edin Basic can be credited with changing the way Brits order pizza. Prior to his arrival in London from war torn Bosnia some twenty-five years ago, home delivered pizza was – if it … Continue reading “Basically Brilliant”

April 6, 2017

Dining without Toto

by Matthew Steeples

Former Toto’s site in Lennox Gardens Mews, Knightsbridge to become a “contemporary Japanese” restaurant named Dinings   In April 2014, just off Walton Street in Knightsbridge’s Lennox Gardens Mews, Toto’s prepared to reopen after a £3 million makeover at the behest of a new Indian owner. In spite of serving the most delicious Italian food, … Continue reading “Dining without Toto”

April 2, 2017

Booze Bashed By Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

Spirits brands hike prices by upto 16% and blame Brexit for increasing their supply-side costs   Drink loving Brexiteers may have cause to reconsider their enthusiasm for Britain leaving the EU.   Since last year’s referendum, the price of vodka has risen 5% on average whilst gin is up 3%. Bombay Sapphire has hiked its … Continue reading “Booze Bashed By Brexit”

March 23, 2017

The Loss of La Bras

by Matthew Steeples

The closure of La Brasserie in Chelsea should send a signal to greedy landlords; their avarice is killing London   There are restaurants that come and go and there are ones that become institutions. La Brasserie fell into the second category but sadly, yesterday, after 45 years in business, this popular dining spot closed its … Continue reading “The Loss of La Bras”

March 18, 2017

Dine With Donald

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests readers reject Donald Trump’s desperate plugs for an opportunity to win dinner with his own very sorry self   In the past twenty-four hours I’ve received four messages begging me to buy my way in to being in with a chance of winning a dinner with Donald Trump on Tuesday 21st March … Continue reading “Dine With Donald”

March 16, 2017

Cooking-Up a Cock-Up

by Matthew Steeples

As Donald Trump is criticised for dousing over-cooked steak in ketchup, we take a look at Theresa May’s preference for dining at the favourite restaurant of a paedophile and her lack of interest in the “absolutely meticulously” recipes of Delia Smith   In 2008, Theresa May told The Guardian: “I’ve knocked on Rolf Harris’s door … Continue reading “Cooking-Up a Cock-Up”

March 6, 2017

Highlighting Hygiene

by Matthew Steeples

Website sharing food hygiene ratings in UK restaurants surprisingly reveals that venues such as chichi Montpeliano in Knightsbridge and chain diner Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Haverstock Hill are amongst the worst in London   One would expect London’s top restaurants and centrally controlled chains with sophisticated management structures to have kitchens with equally high standards. … Continue reading “Highlighting Hygiene”

February 25, 2017

A Wholesome House

by Matthew Steeples

One-time West Sussex home of Lord Woolton, the man credited with “keeping the nation fed” during World War II, is for sale; it also belonged to the Kleinwort banking family and has gardens by Gertrude Jekyll   The man responsible for ensuring the British populous were fed throughout World War II did so by encouraging … Continue reading “A Wholesome House”

February 15, 2017

Overheard – 15th February

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Fridge cold love In The Antelope pub on Eaton Terrace in SW1, two plain clothed policemen sat lamenting marital matters. One announced: “I’ve bought the wife a fridge for Valentine’s Day. Probably not the most romantic gift but she’s going to be well … Continue reading “Overheard – 15th February”

February 3, 2017

Rumblings in Pont Street

by Matthew Steeples

Scene of a Dawn Ward shoving match Salmontini closes to makes way for a new restaurant by chef Nuno Goncalves; next door, hotel The Hari replaces its Pont Street restaurant too   Opened in September 2014, Salmontini was a restaurant in Belgravia’s Pont Street that was never going to be a hit. Aside from its … Continue reading “Rumblings in Pont Street”

January 20, 2017

Eat Dollink

by Matthew Steeples

An invitation to attend a screening of Steven Berkoff’s first documentary; an “idiosyncratic tribute to his favourite Jewish deli”   For one night only on Tuesday 24th January at 7pm, acclaimed actor, writer and producer Steven Berkoff will host and introduce a showing of his first documentary.   One hour in length and described as … Continue reading “Eat Dollink”

January 13, 2017

Gatsby & Lauren

by Matthew Steeples

Ralph Lauren opens his first bar-restaurant in London; it’ll sure be a hit with the preppy and the preened   Ralph Lauren is a man of exceptional taste. From humble beginnings, he created a brand that is renowned throughout the world and one that generated revenues of £6.1 billion ($7.4 billion, €7 billion or درهم27.2 … Continue reading “Gatsby & Lauren”

January 7, 2017

Auntie’s Hardly Ruined

by Matthew Steeples

BBC executives drink surprisingly little gin, yet the Mail Online make rather a fuss about it   On Saturday, the Mail Online published an article about the BBC spending £115,049 on wine, beer and spirits in 2013, 2014 and 2015 following a Freedom of Information Request.   The paper surprisingly focused on a total spending … Continue reading “Auntie’s Hardly Ruined”

December 18, 2016

Taking The Michel

by Matthew Steeples

Michel Roux Jr. proves himself to be a modern day Scrooge   Michel Roux Jr. plays the jovial giant on television and is lauded by many as a great chef. He’s undoubtedly talented but, sadly, in his own business, he has been anything but a saint. Though this member of ‘The Club’ has now promised … Continue reading “Taking The Michel”

December 15, 2016

Itsu’s Over

by Matthew Steeples

EXCLUSIVE – Chelsea restaurant Itsu set to close its doors for the final time   Itsu in Walton Street, Chelsea is set to close its doors shortly for the last time shortly due to rocketing rents.   Described by The Telegraph as a “timeless social hot spot for women in fur boots who can’t move … Continue reading “Itsu’s Over”

December 14, 2016

Anything but Dry

by Matthew Steeples

Vineyard in Napa, California that previously supplied Opus One and currently supplies Mondavi offered for sale   4120 Dry Creek Road in the Oak Knoll District of Napa, California’s name is a little perplexing given that it produces a product that’s anything but ‘dry’.   Also known as Meadowbrook Farms, the 27-acre estate comes with … Continue reading “Anything but Dry”

December 7, 2016

Reviewing Romulo

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews Romulo Café in Kensington; it serves the finest Filipino cuisine and is well worth trying   Romulo Café bills itself as providing “a taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington” and that it certainly does. Here you’ll find not only authentic cuisine but also a truly warm and welcoming atmosphere … Continue reading “Reviewing Romulo”

December 1, 2016

Returning to Romulo

by Matthew Steeples

More pictures from Matthew Steeples and Rowena Romulo’s party at Romulo Café   Today, we share a further selection of images from the party Matthew Steeples of The Steeple Times co-hosted with Rowena Romulo at Romulo Café in Kensington High Street.   Guests on the night numbered the Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom H.E. … Continue reading “Returning to Romulo”

November 30, 2016

Raising the Roof to Romulo

by Matthew Steeples

An evening of cocktails and fine Filipino food at Romulo Café   On 23rd November in London, Matthew Steeples of The Steeple Times co-hosted a party with financier turned restaurateur Rowena Romulo at her recently opened Café Romulo – the fourth outpost of a family owned and managed group of restaurants and the first outside … Continue reading “Raising the Roof to Romulo”

November 22, 2016

Back to the ‘70’s

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea institution La Brasserie was packed out for its 1970s prices birthday party   At La Brasserie on Monday, a great time was had by all at both lunch and dinner and the place was utterly packed. Prices reverted to 1970s levels and with onion soup at £1.44 a bowl and coq au vin for … Continue reading “Back to the ‘70’s”

November 15, 2016

Ridiculing Riemenschneider

by Matthew Steeples

Lothario chef Michael Riemenschneider mocked on Twitter in addition to being taken to court by his investor and ex-lover   The Steeple Times reviewed a restaurant named ‘Canvas by Michael Riemenschneider’ in February 2014. We noted that the emphasis was truly on the chef’s name and boy was it everywhere. It was on the walls, … Continue reading “Ridiculing Riemenschneider”

November 8, 2016

All Hail Albert’s

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples visits the modern day reinterpretation of what Annabel’s originally was, Albert’s in South Kensington   Named after Albert, Prince Consort (1819 – 1861) and situated within the quarter of South Kensington that is fondly known as ‘Albertopolis’, Albert’s is a place where opulent English country house styling meets Manhattan.     Offering drinks, … Continue reading “All Hail Albert’s”

October 26, 2016

Overheard – 26th October

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Begging a feast In Gloucester Road, a beggar was overheard talking to an American old lady. He said: “I’m trying to get myself a feast”. She curtly answered: “Who do you think you are? Elizabeth I? Go to the park and kill a … Continue reading “Overheard – 26th October”

October 15, 2016

Bosi Bags Bibendum

by Matthew Steeples

Claude Bosi to take over Fulham Road restaurant Bibendum after a refurbishment in early 2017   Bibendum in Fulham Road, SW3 was “named after Michelin’s portly mascot Monsieur Bibendum who, in turn, takes his name from the latin phrase Nunc est Bibendum (Now is the time to drink)”, according to the restaurant’s website. Now, though, after thirty … Continue reading “Bosi Bags Bibendum”

October 10, 2016

Salute the Staff

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the public should be politer to serving staff   On Friday, I did my first (and probably last) ever stint as a barman. Though I’m known to enjoy a drink and am often told I make a great G&T and even a passable Negroni, it was the experience of how serving staff … Continue reading “Salute the Staff”

September 21, 2016

Toasting Bye, Bye Brangelina

by Matthew Steeples

Brad and Angelina – It’s simply a case of: ‘Who gets the winery?’   Brad and Angelina announced they are to divorce yesterday and the worldwide response of the media has been nothing but expressions of shock and bemusement.   We, unlike others, have no comment to make and just hope this decision will not … Continue reading “Toasting Bye, Bye Brangelina”

September 19, 2016

Gin rockets

by Matthew Steeples

Gin sales up in the UK as drinkers switch from beer and wine to ‘Mother’s Ruin’   The gin market in the UK has soared to sales of nearly £1 million per day according to new research by analysts Kantar Worldpanel.   According to the firm, sales are up 16% to £338 million in the … Continue reading “Gin rockets”

September 7, 2016

The pleasures of Petworth

by Jacina Coyne

New contributor Jacina Coyne on how to spend a day in Petworth, West Sussex   Petworth is well known for its synonymous stately home and its grounds by ‘England’s greatest gardener’, Capability Brown. This is a charming gem of a town in the English countryside and is easily accessible from London. I reached it in … Continue reading “The pleasures of Petworth”

July 21, 2016

Gin and Lobster

by Matthew Steeples

Is a gin made with lobster acceptable? Matthew Steeples suggests such an abomination is anything but; and then selects his five favourite gins   Like it or not, gin is a traditional drink; it has never really conquered vodka’s dominance in America and women claim it makes them depressed. Most certainly, gin is a drink … Continue reading “Gin and Lobster”

April 17, 2016

Supper with Joudie

by General

‘Palestine on a Plate’ author and chef Joudie Kalla to host a supper club at The Phene in Chelsea on 10th May 2016

April 16, 2016

A wining singer

by Matthew Steeples

Portuguese vineyard that produces Sir Cliff Richard’s wine goes up for sale as he awaits a decision as to whether he might face charges in Britain

April 3, 2016

Two guys sitting at a bar

by Matthew Steeples

An amusing artwork based on a conversation at a bar is to be offered at Christie’s in London in April

March 17, 2016

A two-course feast

by General

Chelsea restaurant La Brasserie launch new £15.95 set lunch menu

March 9, 2016

Airport gin

by Matthew Steeples

World’s first gin made in an airport launches at Gatwick

February 24, 2016

Someone’s been on the gin

by Matthew Steeples

The most expensive gin in the world comes to the market at the most ludicrous price

February 22, 2016

A rare burger

by Matthew Steeples

Byron fail to explain why they cannot cook a rare burger

February 20, 2016

Coya’s carnival

by Matthew Steeples

An evening of art, food and drinks at Coya captured by artist Maryam Hashemi

February 15, 2016

The art of Coya

by Matthew Steeples

Mayfair restaurant Coya to host a painting masterclass with an Argentinian artist Ana Pérez Grassano

January 15, 2016

The death of the society restaurant

by Matthew Steeples

As Swifty’s in New York closes, Matthew Steeples laments the loss of ‘society restaurants’ in London also

January 14, 2016

A knockout in Knightsbridge

by General

Knockout two course lunch and dinner offer at The Rib Room including a glass of wine for under £20

January 13, 2016

A bargain in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia restaurant Motcombs offer lunch with wine for under a tenner

December 19, 2015

Gin is in

by Matthew Steeples

Report reveals UK gin sales have topped £1 billion for the first time

December 12, 2015

The Little One

by Matthew Steeples

Former French holiday home of legendary cook Julia Child for sale

December 6, 2015

Limocello reborn

by Matthew Steeples

Nancy Dell’Olio has launched a crowdfunding campaign for her new take on limoncello

November 15, 2015

Vodka wars

by Matthew Steeples

Chase Vodka founder slates rival brands Sipsmith and Black Cow and refers to them as “crap” products

November 10, 2015

A boob too far

by Matthew Steeples

Blogger turned media mouthpiece Jack Monroe sinks to a new low

November 6, 2015

Curried Cliff

by Matthew Steeples

After Cliff Richard was re-interviewed by police this week, what did he do? He headed off for a curry and said he would be returning to South Yorkshire again

November 5, 2015

Club class

by Hugo Campbell-Davys

Hugo Campbell-Davys tours London’s latest private members’ clubs

October 24, 2015

Social Stereotypes: The Odd Barman

by General

In the second in our series of Social Stereotypes, we chronicle a bartender you’d do best to avoid… Be sure not to meet The Odd Barman

October 4, 2015

Review: The Hour Glass

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews the newly refurbished Chelsea pub and restaurant The Hour Glass

September 25, 2015

Shovingtini

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia restaurant Salmontini named in court in relation to a shoving match between pop singer Sinitta Malone and ‘Real Housewives of Cheshire’s’ Dawn Ward

September 21, 2015

A £100k fridge

by Matthew Steeples

Refrigerator created by the Porsche Design Studio to be sold by Sotheby’s with a guide of £80,000 to £100,000

September 18, 2015

Bobbing along

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples revisits Bob Bob Ricard and remains mightily impressed

September 17, 2015

Opening up

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge residents have a right to peace but they should not have the right to stop legitimate businesses such as Harrods running a restaurant that will serve both locals and visitors

August 27, 2015

Chucs away

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews Chucs – He describes it as being “Mayfair’s answer to Venice’s Cip’s Club” and lauds its simple brilliance

July 28, 2015

A burger for a quid

by General

Charlotte Street restaurant BOBO Social to offer burgers for just £1

July 26, 2015

Pioneering pizza

by Matthew Steeples

Pioneer of pizza in Britain places £1.15 million Lancashire home on the market

July 1, 2015

McDonald’s goes upmarket

by Matthew Steeples

Pulled pork sandwiches and lobster rolls take the menu at McDonald’s into the league of the private jet set

June 12, 2015

Sods, bitches and gin

by Matthew Steeples

Raising a toast to World Gin Day with VII Hills gin at La Brasserie

June 11, 2015

A tour of Topolski

by Matthew Steeples

Two venues that highlight the works of the renowned artist and illustrator Feliks Toposki

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