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Combining a mix of society's last word and both wit and wisdom, The Steeple Times covers food, drink and fine dining as well as luxury, travel, the arts, individuals of influence and current affairs in the United Kingdom, America and elsewhere. We are best described as being akin to "a cross between The Huffington Post and Private Eye".

 

The magazine's following is affluent, engaged and international. With 41% of readers coming from the UK and 38% from America, The Steeple Times also has strong presence within Canadian, Italian, German and Australian territories.

 

TIPPLE & FARE

Food, drink and fine dining

The comings and goings of the culinary classes

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

June 5, 2015

A summery tea

by Alexandra Naylor

Alexandra Naylor reviews the InterContinental Park Lane London’s ‘Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea’

June 1, 2015

Raising the bar

by Matthew Steeples

A Shelter Island Heights home with quite possibly the best home bar ever comes to the market for £1.2 million

May 21, 2015

Closing the avenue

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea institution Poissonnerie de l’Avenue to close after 53 years in business on 24th May

Recipe of the Week: Steak tartare

by Joudie Kalla

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares a recipe for steak tartare that she was introduced to at the Hotel De Vigny in Paris

April 22, 2015

Wine of the Week: Laurent-Perrier Brut NV

by Gael Dantec

Citreola Cellars wine merchant Gael Dantec selects Laurent-Perrier Brut NV as his Wine of the Week and offers it for just £25.99 per bottle

April 17, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Char Sui Bao Buns

by Joudie Kalla

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for Char Sui Bao Buns   Steamed buns are all the rage now and though places such as Flesh and Buns and Bao London are certainly the hotspots where you can enjoy them in London, there is no reason why you can’t make them at home.

April 14, 2015

A golden competition

by General

Davide Boncimino of Mr Fogg’s wins La Brasserie’s third inter-bar cocktail competition

April 8, 2015

Judging a cocktail

by Matthew Steeples

La Brasserie invites readers of ‘The Steeple Times’ to their third inter-bar cocktail competition on Sunday 12th April. Entries will be judged by Nancy Dell’Olio, John Paul Murphy, Lyndon Ogbourne, Lettice Rowbotham and Matthew Steeples

April 2, 2015

A bargain in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Motcombs Bar & Restaurant offers what could quite possibly be the best set of bargains for drinkers in the affluent area of Belgravia during April – including two G&Ts for just £5.90

March 31, 2015

Dine like a Lord

by Matthew Steeples

Peers’ Dining Room at the House of Lords to open to the public for the first time during the run-up to the General Election

March 30, 2015

Restaurant review: La Finestra, Prague

by Simon Ogilvie-Harris

New contributor Simon Ogilvie-Harris reviews La Finestra in Prague and is pleasantly surprised to find that it is as popular with locals as it is with tourists

March 27, 2015

Back to 1972

by Matthew Steeples

La Brasserie to offer a menu at 1972 prices on 27th April to mark their 43rd anniversary in business

March 26, 2015

A call to enter

by Matthew Steeples

La Brasserie invites entries to their third inter-bar cocktail competition

February 22, 2015

Bashed at Balthazar

by Matthew Steeples

Mirror falls on former French Minister of Industrial Renewal at Balthazar in New York

February 21, 2015

Model Behaviour

by Matthew Steeples

La Brasserie celebrates London Fashion Week and the Gin Festival with a new cocktail named ‘Model Behaviour’

February 2, 2015

Whisky for the Chancellor

by Matthew Steeples

Scotch Whisky Association calls for a reduction in duty on spirits and highlights that the tax on a £12.50 bottle of Bell’s Whisky is a staggering £9.98

January 27, 2015

All you need is champagne

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington’s The Exhibitionist Hotel offers a £35,000 Valentine’s Day package that would most definitely appeal to a wealthy ‘Fifty Shade of Grey’ fan

January 19, 2015

Bucking the trend

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea public house The Cross Keys to reopen

January 16, 2015

Fifty Shades Of Gin

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge bar and restaurant The Rib Room creates a cocktail using 41 gins (and 9 other ingredients) to mark the release of the film ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

January 13, 2015

Locking up the local

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that the closure of the Knightsbridge restaurant Racine brings with it another nail in the coffin of dining out in The Royal Borough

January 5, 2015

Boozing publicity

by Matthew Steeples

Nigel Farage giving up drinking is nothing other than an orchestrated publicity stunt

December 28, 2014

A crown for a meal

by Matthew Steeples

Wear a crown to Brasserie Zédel on 6th January and get a meal on the house

December 15, 2014

Giving celery a reason to exist

by Matthew Steeples

As South Kensington restaurant La Brasserie offers lessons in Bloody Mary making, we explore the history of this hair-of-the-dog drink

December 5, 2014

Currying May

by Matthew Steeples

Isn’t it time for Theresa May to laud British boozers?   This week, our Home Secretary attended an event celebrating the culture of curry. In her speech, she ridiculously stated that Indian restaurants are more important to the British economy than public houses.

December 3, 2014

The open bar

by Matthew Steeples

Bartenders flock to attend “open bars”   There’s a new culture in London amongst the bartending community. It’s called the “open bar”.

November 25, 2014

Wally of the Week: Jack Monroe

by Matthew Steeples

Blogger Jack Monroe returns to our pages   Not content with having featured as our Wally of the Week once, the acid tongued food and politics blogger Jack Monroe has again made an utter fool of herself in launching a tirade mocking the death of David Cameron’s son, Ivan.

November 19, 2014

Tripping up

by Matthew Steeples

Was a Blackpool hotel wrong to fine a couple £100 after they left a negative review about their stay?

October 27, 2014

Watering down

by Matthew Steeples

£8 million mansion with the only Cotswold drawn spring water comes to the market   They say: “Where there’s a well, there’s water” and whoever is prepared to part with some £8,000,000 could get an awful lot of that if they bought Alderley House at Alderley, near Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire.

October 20, 2014

Love on a shoestring

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples explores the story behind Konik’s Tail vodka   Kosovo born Pleurat Shabani came to London in the early 1990s and has progressed from working in an Angus Steakhouse to owning a much loved vodka brand that is stocked in some of the city’s finest establishments.

October 17, 2014

Drink, dance and dine: A review of Clubino in Kensington

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples spends an evening at Clubino in Kensington   If The Talented Mr Ripley’s Dickie Greenleaf and his sidekick Tom Ripley were to have visited London, they’d have felt at home at Clubino, a piano and jazz bar underneath Kensington’s Baglioni Hotel.

September 25, 2014

You reap what you sow

by Rupert James

Businessman Rupert James shares his views on the problems at Tesco   Jack Cohen founded Tesco; his wife was called Tessa Cohen. That is where the name comes from. It grew far too quickly and it has become too big. Now this behemoth is unsurprisingly reaping what it has sown.

September 19, 2014

Chicken Divan

by Matthew Steeples

Claire Douglass continues her meal in Wisconsin with a main course of Chicken Divan   Last time I delighted you with a starter of ‘Seven Layer Salad’ and now I’m going to move on to a Wisconsin main, the legendary ‘Chicken Divan’.

September 14, 2014

A missive from Mayfair

by Gavin Rankin

Restaurateur Gavin Rankin shares his views on summer in Mayfair   August, in Mayfair, used never to be the high spot of a restaurant’s year. Tumbleweed blew about and disheveled restaurateurs roamed the streets, avoiding eye contact, and scouring the pavements for loose change.

September 8, 2014

Beckham’s blend

by Matthew Steeples

David Beckham and Guy Ritchie launch new whisky with Diageo

September 6, 2014

Rank Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

Does Rolf Harris a right to complain about what he’s being fed in prison?

August 19, 2014

Cash is King

by Matthew Steeples

Shrimpy’s: A ridiculous restaurant that refuses to take cash   Shrimpy’s on London’s Regent’s Canal has become the first cashless restaurant in the UK and whilst we have no objection to people using apps and cards to pay for their purchases, banning payment with real, solid money is just ridiculous.

August 18, 2014

Exit or lunch?

by Matthew Steeples

As Julian Assange reportedly is to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, he also offers himself as a lunch date there for £30,000   This morning, yet more police officers have gathered outside the Embassy of Ecuador in Hans Crescent after it has been reported that Julian Assange is about to hand himself in. If … Continue reading “Exit or lunch?”

July 28, 2014

Well sly water

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples examines London venues charging the most for mineral water   A 500ml bottle of San Pellegrino will set you back just 63p in Tesco. At The Wellesley in Knightbridge, however, a customer, Edward Heaton, was left somewhat shocked when he got a bill of £75 for three bottles on 17th July.

July 20, 2014

Remembering Ross

by Matthew Steeples

Ross Burden passes away aged just 47   Antipodean television chef Ross Burden “died peacefully” on the 17th July aged just 47.

July 19, 2014

The masters of marketing

by Matthew Steeples

Uber pulls off another great promotional stunt   When London’s black cab drivers protested against Uber in June, the result was to cause an an upward spike of 850% in sign-ups for their app. Yesterday, the San Francisco based company pulled off another clever marketing stunt in hiring ice cream vans to deliver ice creams … Continue reading “The masters of marketing”

July 14, 2014

Bastille Day at La Brasserie

by Matthew Steeples

Bastille Day at La Brasserie was a jolly affair   The 14th July is to the French what 4th July is to Americans. It’s a day to celebrate and at London’s first all day brasserie, La Brasserie, Bastille Day is taken very seriously.

July 8, 2014

Monty’s menu

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples samples a menu inspired by Monty Python at The Rib Room   Michele Caggianese, the manger of The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower is a man who can be relied upon to come up with clever marketing ideas and in his latest menu offering he’s created something that … Continue reading “Monty’s menu”

July 2, 2014

Paul Hammond: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by General

The Steeple Times asks Paul Hammond of wine investment company IG Wines: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Work dynamically, innovate, always be prepared to learn new things and be openminded.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. … Continue reading “Paul Hammond: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 24, 2014

No clowning around

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews Toto’s in Knightsbridge, London   It takes something for me to be impressed with a restaurant but after three visits to the newly reopened Toto’s in Knightsbridge, I will boldly declare that I believe it to be the best opening of 2014

April 30, 2014

Crashing Carluccio

by Matthew Steeples

EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Carluccio involved in car crash in Walton Street, Chelsea   At 5.30pm today, the well-known chef Antonio Carluccio was involved in a car crash in London’s Walton Street in his Mercedes-Benz.

April 26, 2014

Cocktails and conversations

by Matthew Steeples

A photo montage from the Nth Degree Club’s cocktail party at The Luggage Room

April 19, 2014

Turning rosé

by Matthew Steeples

With the season for rosé upon us, here we make our suggestion for an “affordable luxury everyday choice”   Easter has marked a turning point – for now – in terms of the weather in the UK and after such a soggy winter, now is the time to make the most of the sunshine. With … Continue reading “Turning rosé”

April 11, 2014

Meat the Butcher

by Matthew Steeples

Gillray’s to host a butchery demonstration with O’Shea’s   On Tuesday 6th May, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar at the London Marriott County Hall will host an evening named “Meat the Butcher”.

April 10, 2014

Raising the cocktail

by Matthew Steeples

Karol Rybicki of The Sanderson wins La Brasserie’s first inter-bar cocktail competition   On Sunday evening La Brasserie in Brompton Cross, South Kensington hosted their first inter-bar cocktail competition. The winner was Karol Rybicki of The Sanderson.

April 3, 2014

Steaking Red Ken

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar   James Gillray (1756 – 1815) was a Chelsea born caricaturist and printmaker and is most famous for his satires against George III. In naming their restaurant after him, the Marriott County Hall has firmly pinned themselves to honouring his spirit and life.

March 23, 2014

Picture of the Week: Cheers!

by Matthew Steeples

A Bactrian camel named Jeffrey who loves a pint   When we heard about a beer loving Bactrian camel named Jeffrey, we just had to make an image of him our Picture of the Week.

March 22, 2014

Fire Côted

by Matthew Steeples

A visit from the fire brigade spoils lunch at Côte Sloane Square   Côte on Sloane Square offers a more affordable offering than many of its neighbours. Today, Saturday 22nd March, though, diners got more than they bargained for when the restaurant had a visit from the fire brigade.

March 13, 2014

Moving on: March 2014

by Matthew Steeples

A round up of the moves of the newsworthy in the world of hospitality   Too expensive to run? Financier Adrian Burford once told a court: “I make no apology for being quite expensive to run”. He invested some £1.1 million buying shares in the Sushinho Japanese-Mexican restaurant on the Kings Road. The company’s website … Continue reading “Moving on: March 2014”

March 3, 2014

Punkcake Day

by Matthew Steeples

A new interpretation of the pancake   You can always rely on the team at the Belgraves hotel to come up with innovative marketing ideas and in their creation for Pancake Day, they’ve excelled again.

February 28, 2014

Brocket’s bangers

by Matthew Steeples

Lord Brocket scores a success with his sausages   Lord Brocket is a man best known for having buried his Ferraris in his garden. They were far from bangers but the insurance fraud that followed resulted in him being jailed for fraud for five years. Now, Lord Brocket is involved with another kind of banger: … Continue reading “Brocket’s bangers”

Burnt out

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea is an area where restaurateurs will increasingly struggle   Daphne’s restaurant in Brompton Cross’ Draycott Avenue suffered substantial fire damage on Tuesday this week. Given Richard Caring being its owner, we doubt it’ll be closed for long but if you look around Chelsea, you’ll find many premises that are either shut or for sale.

February 22, 2014

A swan’s flight of fancy

by Matthew Steeples

Nigel Evans MP reviews The Swan with Two Necks at Pendleton in Lancashire   An old working farmhouse dating from 1772 that doubles up as the local tap for hardworking farming families and Clitheroe dwellers, has become, 240 years later, the Camra ‘best pub of Britain’.

February 20, 2014

Out of Ivy

by Victoria Casewell-Lunn

Victoria Casewell-Lunn revisits The Ivy   The Ivy was arguably London’s most famous restaurant of the nineties and noughties. Bought by iconic restaurateurs Jeremy King and Christopher Corbin in 1990, it became a playground for the rich and famous. Getting a table was almost an art form unless, of course, you were rich and famous … Continue reading “Out of Ivy”

February 19, 2014

The queen of burgers

by Matthew Steeples

Sophie Michell’s unbeatable burger   It’s hard to get a burger right and each and every one of us has a particular way we like them served. Sophie Michell, executive chef at the Belgraves – A Thompson Hotel, is a lady who understands this and one whose version is amongst the best I’ve tried.

February 15, 2014

Jamie Hazeel and Lalie Jacout: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with Jamie Hazeel and Lalie Jacout, the duo behind The Wandering Chef   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? J: I set myself mad challenges and put myself in ridiculous positions so I don’t get lazy or complacent. Working with Lalie seems pretty true to form. L: Professionally … Continue reading “Jamie Hazeel and Lalie Jacout: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

February 14, 2014

Five of the Best: Hotel bars in New York City

by Oliver Estreich

Oliver Estreich selects his five favourite hotel bars in New York   Oliver Estreich, the founder of the well-known social network theNativeSociety, is the man about town to know in New York. Here, he selects five of his favourite hotel bars

February 12, 2014

One for me, one for you

by Matthew Steeples

La Brasserie embraces the onesie   On Monday, La Brasserie in Brompton Cross will give a main course on the house to all customers who come to dinner in a onesie.

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