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Tag: gin

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”

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”

April 10, 2017

Alfie Best II

by General

A tenacious Romany Gypsy turned multi-millionaire businessman, Mayfair and Hertfordshire based Alfie Best overcame “many obstacles and prejudices” to make his fortune in cars, mobile phone stores and mobile home parks. The owner of Wyldecrest Parks also produces his own gin and claims his life philosophy is “90% perspiration and 10% inspiration”. His equally entrepreneurial … Continue reading “Alfie Best II”

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”

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 4, 2016

Old and New – Sloanes

by Matthew Steeples

New series contrasting the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ begins with Sloane Rangers   Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Lady Diana Spencer used to drink at The Admiral Codrington whilst Sloanes named Perdita and Peregrine downed gin like it was water in The Australian in Milner Street.   Loud braces and yellow cords … Continue reading “Old and New – Sloanes”

Partnering With Pickett

by Kathryn Fensterstock

Kathryn Fensterstock reports on a party to celebrate Pickett’s new partnership with the Mayor’s Fund for London   On 16th November, to mark becoming an official charity partner of the Mayor’s Fund for London, Pickett hosted a drinks reception and raffle in Mayfair’s Burlington Gardens.   Guests, including Sotheby’s director Joanna Booth, Cristina Maxson, the … Continue reading “Partnering With Pickett”

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”

May 22, 2016

An XJS Celebration

by Matthew Steeples

Future classic Jaguar XJS Celebration convertible offered for sale

March 20, 2016

Review: The Adria Hotel

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times’ Matthew Steeples and ‘photographer to the stars’ John Stoddart review South Kensigton’s The Adria Hotel and are pleasantly surprised (despite the lack of alcohol)

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

December 19, 2015

Gin is in

by Matthew Steeples

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

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 3, 2015

A penthouse barbecue

by Matthew Steeples

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

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

Video of the Week: SketchShe

by Matthew Steeples

YouTube hit Australian trio SketchShe share a lip sync medley of classic tracks that will brighten your day

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’

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 14, 2015

Danilo Tersigni

by General

Italian bartender and gin creator Danilo Tersigni is the charming general manager of Mayfair hotspot Mr Fogg’s.

December 6, 2014

Pablo Salcedo

by Matthew Steeples

This cheerful barman lives in Chelsea and works at La Brasserie in South Kensington.

September 8, 2014

Beckham’s blend

by Matthew Steeples

David Beckham and Guy Ritchie launch new whisky with Diageo

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.

April 1, 2014

Plated VI

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

February 16, 2014

Fool’s gold

by Matthew Steeples

Claire Rubinstein attends a party but doesn’t strike gold   The invite read: “Fashion Brands Viewing & Party At LFW – PRESS INVITE – must RSVP”. Surely, I thought, this must be something exclusive.

December 27, 2013

The arrivals and departures of 2013

by Matthew Steeples

The births, deaths and innovations of the year   2013 has been a year of change. Much new has reached us but sadly many have left us and amongst them have been Iain Banks, Joan Fontaine, Sir David Frost, Richard Griffiths, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Lou Reed and Paul Walker.

December 26, 2013

A tribute to the King of Gin

by Matthew Steeples

Our tribute to Martin Miller   We learnt yesterday via Facebook that the founder of Martin Miller’s Gin and Miller’s Antiques Guides, Martin Miller, had died. Like many others, we were shocked and astounded by this terrible news.

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.

September 19, 2013

Picture of the Week: Booze School

by Matthew Steeples

Tesco place a “Back to School” banner above an alcohol display in Swansea   Shoppers at Tesco in Fforestfach, Wales were controversially confronted by a display of gin, vodka and whisky complete with a “Back to School” sign in recent days.

August 17, 2013

Oliver Newton

by Matthew Steeples

This London based antiques expert has a captivating enthusiasm for silver and fine craftmanship.

July 19, 2013

Peter Wetherell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with Peter Wetherell, Mayfair’s leading estate agent   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The revival of Mayfair as the best residential village of what is now called “Prime Central London” (PCL).   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? … Continue reading “Peter Wetherell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 22, 2013

Give us a Gilpin’s

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Gilpin’s Gin and a call to save juniper   This week it was reported that there’s a crisis in the world of gin. Juniper, the plant that provides the botanical essential to create this remarkable spirit, is threatened by loss of habitat and a deadly new fungus.  

May 27, 2013

Matthew Gilpin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Matthew Gilpin, the creator of Gilpin’s Gin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Creativity: The only thing that endures.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Stay jolly. However bad things get … Continue reading “Matthew Gilpin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 25, 2013

Howard Raymond

by Matthew Steeples

He’s taken action against 16 newspapers as: “If they tell lies, I sue them” and another court case resulted in Michael Winterbottom having to change the name of a film about his father, the club owner, pornographer and property tycoon Paul Raymond. Termed by some as the new “King of Soho”, Raymond launched a London … Continue reading “Howard Raymond”

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”

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 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”

February 12, 2013

Five of the best: Ideas for Valentine’s Day

by Matthew Steeples

Five ways to please someone special on Valentine’s Day   With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, we offer five suggestions for gifts for ladies, gents and to enjoy together. Naturally, there’s something for all budgets.   For her:   Bougie Macaron Girls love macarons and they love Bougie’s creations more than any other. These delicate, … Continue reading “Five of the best: Ideas for Valentine’s Day”

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 29, 2013

Martin Miller (1946 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

The undisputed king of gin. Martin Miller didn’t like the gins he tried and so created his own, Martin Miller’s Gin. It is wonderful. This father of five and husband of Ioana Beju was also the genius behind Miller’s Antiques Guides and a brilliant hotelier. He enjoyed life to the full in true Dickensian style and … Continue reading “Martin Miller (1946 – 2013)”

December 15, 2012

Middling

by steepleadmin

Matthew Steeples reviews “The Middle Class ABC” by Zebedee Helm and Fi Cotter Craig   Described as “indispensable and entirely charming” by Stephen Fry, The Middle Class ABC captions itself “a toilet loo book” and is an ideal Christmas present for anyone you know who winters in Norfolk and summers in Cornwall.   “Middlings” is … Continue reading “Middling”

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”

November 13, 2012

Michael Collins: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks molecular cuisine guru and managing director of Bubble Food Michael Collins: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Passion and creativity.                                                                                         “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great … Continue reading “Michael Collins: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 2, 2012

Windows on the WAGs

by Matthew Steeples

A £15 million mansion fit for a self-made tycoon or an upwardly mobile WAG   While the youth of the Kings Road and Loughton have featured in the reality shows Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex, their counterparts in Cheshire have yet to undergo the same social experiment. Having come across a … Continue reading “Windows on the WAGs”

October 8, 2012

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 5, 2012

The Compliment

by Matthew Steeples

Kerri Moss Beaumont tells of the joys of being a mother of four who also manages to enjoy life to the max   A few weeks ago, my husband and I were at an end of summer barbeque. We got chatting to a glamorous couple in their early 30s and we were asked: “So when … Continue reading “The Compliment”

August 20, 2012

“What time is it acceptable to have the first drink of the day?”

by Matthew Steeples

Our “What’s on your mantelpiece?” question “What time is it acceptable to have the first drink of the day?” has attracted a large mailbag of correspondence. What’s your view? Please submit letters to editorial@thesteepletimes.com. All letters must be accompanied by contact details and your name and postal address.   SIR – I drink from the … Continue reading ““What time is it acceptable to have the first drink of the day?””

July 20, 2012

Alexandra Abrahams

by Matthew Steeples

Her knowledge of gin and the London bar scene is beyond impressive. She’s sociable and she possesses an enthusiasm that knows no bounds. She travels with a suitcase full of gin and for this and her jovial manner, Abrahams is always one of the most welcome guests at any gathering.

June 5, 2012

Gin O’Clock

by Matthew Steeples

Celebrate World Gin Day at The Rib Room   At 12 noon I often receive a message from my good friend the photographer to the stars, John Stoddart. As a fellow gin aficionado, we regularly raise a toast to one another as well as all manner of others things. After all, as they say: “If … Continue reading “Gin O’Clock”

May 16, 2012

Su-Lin Ong

by Matthew Steeples

A food and drinks marketing guru who: “Travels to all ends of the earth for the sake of more than just nourishment.” An award winning connector and PR pro, here is a lady with an encyclopedic knowledge of bars and restaurant second to none. Parties at her home are renowned for the fine food that … Continue reading “Su-Lin Ong”

May 15, 2012

Joanne Moore

by Matthew Steeples

Here is an amazing lady who is responsible for more gins than you could possibly imagine. Britain’s only female master distiller combines herbs and spices and most importantly juniper to create gins such as BLOOM and Berkeley Square. This flavourmaker’s favourite food is Stilton cheese.

May 13, 2012

Kerri Moss Beaumont

by Matthew Steeples

This blonde bombshell is a mother of four who somehow manages to juggle family life with a jet-set lifestyle. She drives a Maserati, plays golf and teaches yoga but also manages to fit in a bit of fine dining, sailing and partying. She doesn’t dance on the tables at Boujis quite as often as she … Continue reading “Kerri Moss Beaumont”

May 12, 2012

Jassy Davis

by Matthew Steeples

A top British blogger who is the lady behind the legend that is Gin and Crumpets. This freelance writer is also the co-author of The Contented Calf Cookbook and knows more about gin than you could possibly imagine. A lunch or dinner in her company is an utter pleasure.

May 11, 2012

Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

Churchill’s most highly decorated special agent. A resistance heroine who lived at The Stafford Hotel from 2001 to 2003 and regaled visitors with tales of her time as the legendary “White Mouse.” Her tipple of choice, gin and tonics, flowed as freely as did the stories of her time interviewing Hitler in the 1930s and … Continue reading “Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)”

May 9, 2012

Barnaby Rodgers

by Matthew Steeples

The son of screen legend Anton Rodgers is one to watch in the drinks industry. He’s worked with some of the top brands but is now embarking on a new chapter guiding strategy for a variety of clients. He’s a dab hand in the kitchen and also responsible for the phrase: “I’d rather eat wasps.”

May 5, 2012

Alexander Fiske-Harrison

by Matthew Steeples

An Englishman who also happens to be a bullfighter, actor and writer.

April 27, 2012

Henry Deedes

by Matthew Steeples

Grandson of the late Lord “Bill” Deedes, inspiration for William Boot in Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop! This columnist for the Daily Mail has the driest of wits and is particularly anti Chelsea tractors.

April 20, 2012

W.L. “Lyons” Brown III

by Matthew Steeples

One of the Brown-Forman family of booze barons who is now making it on his own. This Laguna Beach resident sold his tequila brand for a profit of $10 million in 2007 and is now educating the world in the Right way to drink gin.

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