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September 8, 2017

Leanne Ratcliffe (AKA ‘Freelee the Banana Girl’)

by General

A somewhat loopy YouTube ‘star’, Australian Leanne Ratcliffe moved from promoting veganism to “living sustainably” in February 2017. Known for what she terms “call out” videos – in which she controversially mocks others on their diet and lifestyle habits – Ratcliffe shares such information as how she has just one pair of socks and five … Continue reading “Leanne Ratcliffe (AKA ‘Freelee the Banana Girl’)”

September 7, 2017

Little Nigella

by Matthew Steeples

Clubbable sorts will love the opportunity to live like Nigella Lawson above Little House Mayfair   When the flatform trainer loving cook Nigella Lawson first split up with Charles ‘The Throttler’ Saatchi back in 2013, she took up residence in an apartment above the Little House private members’ club in Mayfair’s Queen Street.     … Continue reading “Little Nigella”

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 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 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 31, 2017

Overheard – 31st March

by General

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Ferry & Yah A PR maven at the Chiltern Firehouse loudly spoke into her mobile. She speedily told the person at the other end of the line: “Bryan Ferry is amazing. Yah. Super yah… I saw his son in 5 Hertford Street. That … Continue reading “Overheard – 31st March”

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 11, 2017

Rent-a-Gob v. Rent-a-Gob

by Matthew Steeples

Acid tongued food blogger Jack Monroe’s libel victory over right wing media personality Katie Hopkins represents a victory for only their lawyers   Katie Hopkins undoubtedly spouts a lot of hot air but that she lost a libel action yesterday brought by the acid tongued food blogger Jack “I don’t want my boobs anymore” Monroe … Continue reading “Rent-a-Gob v. Rent-a-Gob”

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”

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 9, 2016

A Catty Catastrophe

by Matthew Steeples

‘Bride of Wildenstein’ got her claws out in New York; her boyfriend learns a lesson about playing with cats   Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes once remarked: “Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched” and now, it seems, 76-year old plastic surgery obsessive and feline lookalike Jocelyn Wildenstein’s boyfriend has ended up … Continue reading “A Catty Catastrophe”

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”

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”

May 19, 2016

Cassandra Stavrou

by General

Gourmet popcorn entrepreneur Cassandra Stavrou is based in Barnet, North London and counted Google as her first customer.

March 17, 2016

A two-course feast

by General

Chelsea restaurant La Brasserie launch new £15.95 set lunch menu

February 28, 2016

Arthur Woodham

by General

Born on Christmas Day 1927, Arthur Woodham is famed for his eponymous café in Kingsland Road, Dalston.

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

October 15, 2015

Angelo Vizcaino

by General

A popular and hard-working waiter at La Brasserie in London’s Brompton Cross, pint-sized Angelo Vizcaino delights in telling customers about his love of Cuba and his pet dog.

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 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

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

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 3, 2015

A penthouse barbecue

by Matthew Steeples

An evening showcase of Chavín Jewellery with a barbecue by Le ‘Bab

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 17, 2015

Galen and Hilary Weston

by General

Worth some £6.5 billion ($9.7 billion) as of April 2015, Toronto and Windsor, Florida based Galen and Hilary Weston control an empire that includes Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.

April 5, 2015

Bunking down

by Matthew Steeples

Converted Cold War nuclear bunker on the edge of London for sale for £3.5 million

March 29, 2015

Arjun Waney

by General

Described as “the most successful restaurant creator and investor in Britain” by Newsweek, Arjun Waney is the Karachi born septuagenarian behind restaurants in Dubai, Istanbul, London, Malibu and New York

March 27, 2015

Joudie Kalla

by General

Having begun her career cooking at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants and at Daphne’s and Papillon in Chelsea, Joudie Kalla established Baity Kitchen in Walton Street in 2011.

March 22, 2015

Pat Albeck (AKA “Queen of the Tea Towel”)

by General

Hull born textile designer and mother of one Pat Albeck studied at the Royal College of Art in the 1950s and is best known for creating special tea towels for the National Trust.

February 26, 2015

André Balazs

by General

Brought up mostly in Cambridge, Massachusetts, André Balazs is a graduate of Cornell and Columbia Universities whose success in the hospitality sector has been phenomenal.

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 8, 2015

Oliver Kremer

by General

The co-founder of New York’s Dos Toros Taqueria chain of Mexican eateries with his brother, Leo, Oliver Kremer describes himself as a “stickler for quality”.

November 2, 2014

Gareth Barlow

by Matthew Steeples

This blogger turned television presenter bought a herd of Hebridean sheep at the age of 17 and sold them six years later.

October 30, 2014

Brian Crawford ( – October 2014)

by Matthew Steeples

A director of Jermyn Street’s famous Tramp nightclub, affable Brian Crawford trained at Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel and also worked at the Dome and Acanthus in Edinburgh.

Jon Levy

by Matthew Steeples

This Upper West Side, New York based ‘behaviour expert’ is best known for his Influencers Dinners.

October 14, 2014

Increasing our footage

by Matthew Steeples

Accompanying an endorsement of ‘The Steeple Times’ by “the BBC’s favourite property expert” Henry Pryor, our readership grows to over 500,000 in one single day

October 1, 2014

Jim Chapman

by Matthew Steeples

This English “vlogger” is originally from Norfolk and has gained over 1.7 million subscribers since 2009.

September 30, 2014

Cole Rumbough

by General

Dubbed “the truest American royalty” by one fan, jazz singer Cole Rumbough grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and is the grandson of the actress Dina Merrill and the great-grandson of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

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 18, 2014

Julia Child (1912 – 2004)

by General

Credited with bringing French cooking to Americans, Julia Child was a lady who once stated: “I believe in cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food”. A female equivalent of Keith Floyd and born in Pasadena, California, Child was too tall to enlist in the Women’s Army Corps in the Second World … Continue reading “Julia Child (1912 – 2004)”

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 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.

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”

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 18, 2014

Gloria Minghella MBE (AKA “the Queen Mum of the Isle of Wight”, 1930 – 2014)

by Matthew Steeples

The mother of the Academy Award winning film director Anthony Minghella CBE (1954 – 2008) was a matriarch who lived by the philosophy: “You put in what you can, no matter how little that is, you don’t know how far the ripples will go”. Dedicated to community service and charity, Minghella herself was famous for … Continue reading “Gloria Minghella MBE (AKA “the Queen Mum of the Isle of Wight”, 1930 – 2014)”

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 29, 2014

In defence of Gwyneth Paltrow

by Matthew Steeples

James Murphy leaps to the defence of Gwyneth Paltrow   You’ve heard the news: Gwyneth Paltrow is ‘consciously uncoupling’ from Chris Martin. It’s only human to be interested. We are conditioned towards prurience. In the case of Gwyneth Paltrow, however, it’s personal, pernicious and pervasive. The poor woman has been hounded by a sinister reflection … Continue reading “In defence of Gwyneth Paltrow”

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”

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 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.

December 25, 2013

Seeing in 2014

by Matthew Steeples

The perfect spot to say goodbye to 2013   Struggling for ideas as to what to do on New Year’s Eve in Central London? If so, La Brasserie is offering a 6-course dinner with music by DJ Chris Sullivan for just £69.

December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas from ‘The Steeple Times’

by Matthew Steeples

Wishing our readers a very Merry Christmas   As we all head home for the holidays, may we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We’ve had a busy year at The Steeple Times and below we highlight some of our favourite stories as a collage.

December 20, 2013

The king of burgers

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Patty & Bun in W1   Burger lovers are spoilt for choice in Central London but undoubtedly one of the best offerings we’ve tried this year has to be Patty & Bun close to Selfridges in W1.

December 19, 2013

The proof of vulgarity is in the pudding

by Matthew Steeples

The world’s most expensive and frankly most vulgar Christmas pudding   Christmas is meant to be about religion and families but with the announcement that the website VeryFirstTo is marketing a Christmas pudding for £23,500, we must say we were quite appalled.

Grace Dent

by Matthew Steeples

This Carlisle born author, broadcaster and columnist loathes Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland but loves Tartufo in Cadogan Gardens, SW3. Dent’s witty weekly Evening Standard column ‘Grace and Flavour’ is a must read as her acerbic commentaries about London’s best and worst eating spots are just brilliant. She has nearly 200,000 followers on Twitter and has … Continue reading “Grace Dent”

December 18, 2013

What were they thinking?

by Matthew Steeples

The worst named restaurants in the world   When opening a restaurant, some restaurateurs opt to name their businesses after a street whilst others use their surname or a historic figure. Here, however, we list a selection of ten of the most bizarre and ridculous that we’ve come across

The Hon. Nigella Lawson

by General

A self-proclaimed “Domestic Goddess”, Lawson was rebranded a “habitual criminal” during the trial of her two former assistants in November 2013. In an email quoted during the case, her ex-husband, Charles Saatchi, nicknamed her “Higella” and alleged his wife “poisoned [her] child with drugs and trashed her life”. In response, amongst those who leapt to … Continue reading “The Hon. Nigella Lawson”

November 11, 2013

Gavin Rankin

by General

The Queen and every American ambassador to Britain have dined at Rankin’s Bruton Place restaurant, Bellamy’s, since it opened in 2004 and of it A.A. Gill commented: “You could eat here once a week for the rest of your life”. More recently, this suave gentleman host has established Gavin Rankin Fine Art and deals in … Continue reading “Gavin Rankin”

November 4, 2013

Cumbria to Claridge’s

by Matthew Steeples

L’Enclume’s Simon Rogan to take the helm at Claridge’s   Gordon Ramsay burnt his bridges at Claridge’s after twelve years at the helm in February this year and now, today, his replacement has been announced. Simon Rogan, whose two Michelin starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, will take the helm from spring 2014 and “lead the … Continue reading “Cumbria to Claridge’s”

October 15, 2013

Getting Lyrical

by Matthew Steeples

Review: The Lyric in Soho   Soho is an area that one associates with the likes of pornographer Paul Raymond, gambling addict ‘Soho Pam’ and the legendarily rude landlord Norman Balon. Discovering The Lyric in Great Windmill Street, therefore, was a refreshing revelation.

October 1, 2013

Monroe mucks up in Manchester

by Matthew Steeples

As Jack Monroe speaks at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference, she continues to rant and again makes an utter fool of herself   Is there anything that “food-and-politics-gob” Jack Monroe can do gracefully? It seems not. Today, she’s speaking at the Conservative Party conference at a fringe meeting on food banks and, … Continue reading “Monroe mucks up in Manchester”

September 30, 2013

Jack Monroe (also known as “A Girl Called Jack”)

by Matthew Steeples

This acid tongued blogger describes herself as a “freelance food-and-politics-gob” and responded to one of our articles by stating “I want no association with your s**t”. The Independent are the ones who ought to be ashamed: Why on earth do they choose to be associated with this lentil loathing moralising menace?

September 19, 2013

The Politics, The Powerhouses, The People

by Matthew Steeples

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September 14, 2013

Cheese in Chelsea

by Matthew Steeples

A review of L’Art du Fromage: paradise for cheese lovers   With the autumn upon us and winter drawing ever closer, many have started to think about the mountains and skiing. On Facebook this week, I noticed a post by a friend who asked: “Who is keen to start planning a skiing holiday?” and it … Continue reading “Cheese in Chelsea”

August 31, 2013

Tamsin Lonsdale

by Matthew Steeples

A Brit who redefined the concept of supper clubs in London, L.A., Miami and New York, Tasmin Lonsdale is the dynamo daughter of the jeans tycoon Tony Lonsdale and model Chekkie Maskell. An Edinburgh graduate who also does event planning, Lonsdale states that what makes for the best parties is a “great mix of people from … Continue reading “Tamsin Lonsdale”

August 29, 2013

A tweet from Jamie Oliver

by Matthew Steeples

Chef Jamie Oliver thanks The Steeple Times copying in his 3 million Twitter followers   After the firestorm of comments today about this morning’s feature on Jamie Oliver’s remarks about food poverty and an article by a woman who describes herself as a ““freelance food-and-politics-gob”, we were delighted to receive a reply from the great … Continue reading “A tweet from Jamie Oliver”

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