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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

April 22, 2013

Cromwell triumphs

by Matthew Steeples

Aldi’s £9.65 a bottle gin sees off premium spirits in a taste test   Gin, in its simplest form is effectively a neutral spirit plus juniper berries. Other botanicals, such as cassisa bark, saffron and grapefruit peel, are added and create the taste difference that distinguish Bombay Sapphire from Plymouth and Sipsmith from Martin Miller’s. … Continue reading “Cromwell triumphs”

April 18, 2013

A prime bargain

by Matthew Steeples

A happy hour with a difference launches at The Palm in London’s Belgravia   Opened in May 2009, The Palm replaced the legendary restaurant Drones of Pont Street. Amongst the original backers of Drones were David Niven Jr. and Sir Roger Moore. Nicky Kerman, a titan of the restaurant world, was another part owner. A … Continue reading “A prime bargain”

April 15, 2013

An unbearable pint

by Matthew Steeples

The average cost of a pint of real ale passes £3   The late Margaret Thatcher had two connections with milk. First the “Milk Snatcher” was credited with being responsible for stopping free milk for school children in 1971 and then in a letter to her agriculture minister, Peter Walker, in 1979, she stated:   … Continue reading “An unbearable pint”

April 7, 2013

New openings in SW3

by Matthew Steeples

Forthcoming restaurant openings in Chelsea   The restaurant business is a transient place and it seems no more so than in Chelsea.   Places come and go here and though there are a number of mainstays that have lasted for a considerable length of time, some last barely even two years. Beauchamp Place, commonly known … Continue reading “New openings in SW3”

April 5, 2013

Jon Ingram: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Blue Boar Smokehouse chef Jon Ingram: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Seasonality, traceability and simplicity.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid.   Kerry Katona … Continue reading “Jon Ingram: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 29, 2013

Boars and politicos

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Westminster’s Blue Boar Smokehouse   Westminster is one of the most intriguing parts of London but it can also be one of the most soulless. It’s an area that is inhabited by politicians and civil servants and it is the haunt of tourists. It’s a place of regal pageantry and ceremony but … Continue reading “Boars and politicos”

March 16, 2013

Magnificently CUT

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane   Continuing our series of revisiting articles from the blog that preceded The Steeple Times, today we re-publish our review of CUT at 45 Park Lane. We’re delighted to report that it’s just as good today.   Wolfgang Puck once commented that he “learned more … Continue reading “Magnificently CUT”

March 14, 2013

Just the tonic

by Matthew Steeples

Fever-Tree sells a 25% stake for £12 million   In recent years, the premium spirits market has boomed in both Britain and America. Drinkers have traded up and become more and more demanding in their choices. Spirits brands have seized on this trend and created what they claim to be better products and enclosed them … Continue reading “Just the tonic”

March 8, 2013

Breakfasting like a botanist

by Matthew Steeples

A fusion breakfast on Sloane Square   In the last couple of years, with a new management team for the landed Cadogan Estate, there have been many changes in terms of the area’s retail and culinary offerings.   Sloane Street has seen the arrival of many new luxury brands and in addition, recent restaurant openings … Continue reading “Breakfasting like a botanist”

February 1, 2013

Jazz and gin

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports on the latest initiative from The Rib Room   Last week my friends and I enjoyed an evening of live music at The Rib Room at Knightsbridge’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower.     Each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30pm various artists perform in the buzzy bar of this fine establishment and amongst … Continue reading “Jazz and gin”

January 27, 2013

Manners maketh Marco

by Matthew Steeples

Marco Pierre White puts a rude radio presenter in his place   We’re not quite sure what Australian breakfast radio presenters have been drinking this winter but they’ve certainly been causing a lot of offence.     First, a prank call by 2Day FM’s Michael Christian and Mel Greig to the private hospital that treated … Continue reading “Manners maketh Marco”

January 22, 2013

A man who didn’t mince his words

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples leaves a tribute to Michael Winner   As I’ve said before, Michael Winner (30th October 1935 – 21st January 2013) was like Marmite. He was loved and loathed in equal measure. Restaurants put up signs announcing “This restaurant is a Michael Winner free zone” after banning him for the most obnoxious and sometimes … Continue reading “A man who didn’t mince his words”

December 16, 2012

Leave the burger be

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Westminster City Council have no place meddling with how the humble burger is cooked   In the last week both the Evening Standard and BigHospitality.co.uk revealed that Westminster City Council had served notice on a restaurant named Davy’s for “undercooking” burgers. Current Food Standards Agency guidelines state that burger meat should be … Continue reading “Leave the burger be”

December 9, 2012

The Marmite of Michael

by Matthew Steeples

Michael Winner retires as a restaurant critic   Restaurateurs throughout the land are sighing with relief: Michael Winner has hung up his hat and retired as a restaurant critic.     Love or loathe him, Winner’s column for The Sunday Times has entertained and provoked the nation for some 20 years. In this time, he … Continue reading “The Marmite of Michael”

November 16, 2012

Breakfast hawks

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Hawksmoor Guildhall, EC2V   In the first of a series, we publish a number of the most popular articles from the blog that conceived The Steeple Times. Here, in a February 2012 piece, Matthew Steeples reviews a boozy breakfast at Hawksmoor Guildhall with Anthony Brown. After seeing an image of their breakfast … Continue reading “Breakfast hawks”

October 30, 2012

Blind dining

by steepleadmin

Christian Huhnt takes his first foray into the world of supper clubs   I don’t usually find myself in the east of London. It’s not because I don’t like it but simply because it’s just an awful journey to get there from where I live. Eventually, though, a “secret” was able to convince me to … Continue reading “Blind dining”

October 12, 2012

The bogs of Bayswater

by Matthew Steeples

Christian Huhnt recounts an evening at the launch of La Suite West   I have a personal connection to Inverness Terrace as twice in my life I’ve had to crash at my friend’s place there. It’s less than a minute from the new Anouska Hempel-designed hotel, La Suite West, and runs parallel to Queensway.   … Continue reading “The bogs of Bayswater”

October 8, 2012

Don’t duck, duck

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples discovers the truth about the origins of the Gressingham duck   I grew up in North Lancashire and spent much time in the Lune Valley. Here, I was regularly told, in the 12th century village of Gressingham, a staple of the menus many English restaurants and the most common farmed duck had originated: … Continue reading “Don’t duck, duck”

The perils of fusion

by steepleadmin

Christian Huhnt reports on recent changes at Cassis restaurant   As I work in the arts and also collect wines, I find Cassis Bistro in South Kensington most comfortable as here I find myself surrounded by great works by Julian Opie, Gary Hume and Henri Matisse alongside as a humongous and well-stocked wine rack at … Continue reading “The perils of fusion”

October 4, 2012

Come Dine With Me in K&C

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity for readers based in Kensington & Chelsea to take part in the cult television series “Come Dine With Me”   Many of you will have watched an episode of Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me or at least glimpsed five minutes of this car crash television series.   For those who do not … Continue reading “Come Dine With Me in K&C”

August 3, 2012

The Emperor’s New Clothing

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Obikà, Draycott Avenue, SW3   In my time reviewing restaurants, I’ve never been to one quite like Obikà.   Occupying the site of what was formerly Ilia and before it Papillon is now a “mozzarella bar” that would look more at home in Birmingham or Liverpool. Papillon was one of my favourite … Continue reading “The Emperor’s New Clothing”

July 17, 2012

The King of Macaron

by steepleadmin

A review of Bougie Macaron & Tea by Claire Rubinstein   Bastille Day has just passed, and here at The Steeple Times we are still marveling at the excitement and euphoria caused by one man at our recent Blakes launch party. Jean-Hervé Nedelec created a ‘Lynx Effect’ as he worked the room with his tray of … Continue reading “The King of Macaron”

July 11, 2012

Just what the doctor ordered

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Elistano, Chelsea   Lunch in the company of Rex Leyland, who co-founded The Restaurant Doctor with Pierre Koffman and Terence Martin, is always a pleasure as he is frankly one of the most passionate foodies I’ve ever encountered. We recently met, along with the former restaurateur Anthony Brown, at Elistano in Chelsea … Continue reading “Just what the doctor ordered”

May 30, 2012

Elliott waves

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Blummyz, Hollywood Road, SW10   Blummyz is certainly a restaurant that has nothing in common with Brinkley’s, its better-known neighbour and home to ageing lotharios and single women of a certain age. The only similarity, apart from their being on the same street, is that neither fall into the grey area when … Continue reading “Elliott waves”

May 23, 2012

Arthur’s delight

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Arthur’s Cafe, Kingsland Road, E8   Arthur Woodham was born on Christmas Day 1927. He and his family have run a traditional British café in Kingsland Road, Dalston since 1935.   Arthur is a truly fascinating gent who likes and maintains a routine. I met him at La Brasserie in South Kensington … Continue reading “Arthur’s delight”

May 4, 2012

Frankie’s Set

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Sette, Sydney Street, SW3   An invitation to lunch with Pete Burrell is not one to miss. This Chelsea restaurateur is one of the best-connected men in town and along with Marilyn Fry, who has just become chairman of The Lady Taverners, I readily headed to Sydney Street’s newest restaurant, Sette Cucina … Continue reading “Frankie’s Set”

April 4, 2012

The number one Pig

by Matthew Steeples

A review of The Pig at Brockenhurst   When I received an invitation to The Pig at Brockenhurst I seized the opportunity with gusto having read so many rave reviews since it opened last July.   Situated at the heart of the New Forest National Park and owned by the Lime Wood Group, this 26-bedroom … Continue reading “The number one Pig”

April 3, 2012

A chic serpent

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Roberto Cavalli Vodka The Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is best known for using exotic wild animal prints in his creations and for giving jeans a “sand-blasted look” that has become the standard style for the majority of brands.     Born in 1940 in Florence, Cavalli sells his main lines in … Continue reading “A chic serpent”

March 27, 2012

The blini baron triumphs

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Novikov’s Asian Restaurant   I went to Novikov expecting something brash and “oligarch-tastic” having read articles that bigged up this recent Russian arrival at the heart of Mayfair as just such. As Wayne Rooney once said: “How wrong was I?”   Novikov is owned by Arkady Novikov, a man who heads an … Continue reading “The blini baron triumphs”

March 6, 2012

Valting Vodka

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Valt Single Malt Scottish Vodka   When thinking of places where vodka is made, Poland and Russia are probably the first places that come to mind.   Valt Single Malt Scottish Vodka, however, is unique in being the only single malt vodka from Scotland and Ricky Christie, it’s founder, claims to be … Continue reading “Valting Vodka”

June 16, 2011

Lamer than lame

by Matthew Steeples

Zagat’s lamest list   I am a big fan of Zagat. I fill out their surveys religiously every year and always look forward to receiving their guides.   Yesterday, though, I read a piece by Kelly Dobkin on their site that frankly was, in my view, totally ridiculous.   In her piece “The 10 Lamest … Continue reading “Lamer than lame”

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