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May 29, 2017

A Land of Contrasts

by Matthew Steeples

Kensington and Chelsea – The land of the ‘have-a-lots’ and the ‘have-nothing-at-alls’; an example of a contrast too far   The mere mention of the area of Kensington and Chelsea brings all sorts of connotations: One thinks of the Albert Hall and Hyde Park, Harrods and Harvey Nicks and one imagines affluence and culture. Here … Continue reading “A Land of Contrasts”

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 19, 2017

The Cross Word Couple (AKA ‘The Crossword Couple’)

by Matthew Steeples

Though never a cross word was uttered between this duo during their visits to the sadly now defunct Chelsea restaurant La Brasserie, their dislike of what they perceived as “loud music” (and other forms of noise) made them retreat to a quiet corner. Known to occasionally ‘share’ a cocktail – though firm believers in “one … Continue reading “The Cross Word Couple (AKA ‘The Crossword Couple’)”

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 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”

March 24, 2017

The Community Conundrum

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea locals bemoan the loss of their community gathering point   Last night at The Enterprise in Walton Street, a group of bereft locals gathered to hold a wake in honour of the demise of their favoured meeting spot, La Brasserie.   No one present denied the fact that there are plenty of other bars … Continue reading “The Community Conundrum”

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”

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 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”

April 4, 2016

A kind estate

by Matthew Steeples

Untouched North Yorkshire estate with 2,116 acres and 44 houses for sale for £20 million for the first time in 150 years

January 18, 2016

A million pound lav

by Matthew Steeples

Former public lavatory in Spitalfields, London, E1 offered for sale for a staggering £1 million

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

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 26, 2015

Pioneering pizza

by Matthew Steeples

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

July 7, 2015

Francesco Macera

by General

Naples born Francesco Macera found fame in London whilst working at Frankie Dettori’s restaurant, Sette.

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 7, 2015

The class of Cleese

by Matthew Steeples

In taking on the repugnant journalist Piers Morgan on Twitter, funnyman John Cleese spoke for the nation

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

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 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 8, 2015

Making a mews

by Matthew Steeples

Lennox Gardens Mews house for sale for £5.8 million

February 22, 2015

Bashed at Balthazar

by Matthew Steeples

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

February 16, 2015

Kyle Hotchkiss Carone

by General

A Princeton graduate and “hospitality expert”, uber-connected Kyle Hotchkiss Carone grew up in Connecticut and Long Island.

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”.

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 6, 2014

Pablo Salcedo

by Matthew Steeples

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

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 20, 2014

Sloane discretion

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews Chelsea townhouse hotel San Domenico House   San Domenico House is a hidden secret; a small hotel that’s physically minutes from the bustle of Sloane Square yet literally a world away from it.

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 5, 2014

Stabling Frankie

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Dettori puts his Voysey designed country house up for sale   Champion jockey Frankie Dettori is best known for his “flying dismounts” and for having won seven out of seven races at Ascot in 1996. He currently lives at Stetchworth on the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border near Newmarket but is now selling his home there.

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 22, 2014

As worthless as a whisky case

by Matthew Steeples

The perils of life as a husband seeker   Sunday night in Knightsbridge – At a party in full swing at a trendy restaurant, a Pucci clad woman said to her friend: “I’m just so sexy. I’ve got the all-round package but I’m just not getting the right man”. By that, she did not mean … Continue reading “As worthless as a whisky case”

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 4, 2014

A cocktail that bites

by Matthew Steeples

The Rib Room dedicates a cocktail to Luis Suárez   Luis Suárez will go down in history for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup and in his honour Knightsbridge’s The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant have created a cocktail with a bite.

June 30, 2014

The musical tramp

by Matthew Steeples

A can of beer in hand, this bearded wanderer likes to serenade customers outside Brompton Road restaurants such as La Brasserie and Aubaine. He’s been known to do handstands and especially loves persuading old ladies to dance. A donation of £1 will have him jump into a jig.  

June 24, 2014

Justice for Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Charlie and Rebekah Brooks cleared of all charges   Two years ago, in the bar of a Chelsea restaurant, Charlie Brooks told me that the charges against him and his wife would go away and today he’s been proven right

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

May 5, 2014

Lettice Rowbotham

by Matthew Steeples

This Surrey based violinist and Britain’s Got Talent contestant has been described as “a mixture of the Duchess of York and Patsy from Ab Fab”. Lettice Rowbotham has played for Prince Charles, President Vladimir Putin and at Harvey Weinstein’s 2014 post-BAFTA party and of meeting Oprah Winfrey commented: “No, I didn’t know who she was. … Continue reading “Lettice Rowbotham”

April 11, 2014

The contrasting couple

by Matthew Steeples

Season for rich Arabs to parade in London has begun   The time has arrived; the annual invasion has begun. The streets of Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair have been taken over by Arabs and each year they come earlier and earlier.

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.

Wally of the Week: Spencer Matthews (again)

by Matthew Steeples

‘Made in Chelsea’s’ Spencer Matthews spotted sporting a most pretentious baseball cap   In a Chelsea restaurant yesterday, Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews was spotted sporting a baseball cap. Hardly newsworthy but what was ridiculous about it was that it bore the caption “Fresh Ego Kid”.

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

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 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 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 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

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”

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 22, 2013

Hawking The Hempel

by Matthew Steeples

Contents of The Hempel Hotel to be sold at auction   The contents of Bayswater’s iconic The Hempel Hotel, originally designed by Anouska Hempel, are to be sold following the building’s sale to British Land for £33 million in March.

August 21, 2013

Tripping out

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests TripAdvisor needs to reform its ways   I’ve written about the ‘Trippies’ (those who write reviews on TripAdvisor) before and just like the ‘Groupies’ (voucher loving Groupon users), I’ve had direct experience of their type. They’re an accursed nuisance.

August 5, 2013

Throttling a table

by Matthew Steeples

Diners flock to ‘The Throttler’s Table’ at Scott’s   Last week The Sun revealed that Scott’s in Mayfair has been “inundated with requests” for the table where Charles Saatchi (allegedly) throttled Nigella Lawson.

August 4, 2013

Northern lights

by Steffen Timm

Steffen Timm takes a tour of Stockholm’s best haunts for cigar lovers   Stockholm is regarded as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. In fact, there is something magical about it, in particularly during the early summer, when the parks and public spaces along the water are filled with locals who seem … Continue reading “Northern lights”

July 29, 2013

Bargaining a much deserved sentence

by Matthew Steeples

Thomas Joseph McLoughlin jailed   Some would argue that it isn’t fair to kick a man when he’s down. In the case of Thomas McLoughlin, jailed today for 14 months at Isleworth Crown Court, I’ll make a much deserved exception.

July 15, 2013

A Fyne accord

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Covent Garden’s Loch Fyne Restaurant   In May 2004, the car park of the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar at Clachan in Argyll, Scotland became famous after Gordon Brown and John Prescott met there to discuss and agree who would be Tony Blair’s successor.

May 24, 2013

Samuel Whiting

by Matthew Steeples

This Boston based DJ is an impressive talent and a true rising star on the music scene. A co-founder of the Heart of House music label with Lucas Alexander, Whiting has “Rude Boy” tattooed on his chest and previously worked for the Michelin starred chef Philippe Rispoli.

May 20, 2013

Ezio Arceri: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks The Palm’s supervisor Ezio Arceri: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My family and girlfriend.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Let’s do it”.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in … Continue reading “Ezio Arceri: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 7, 2013

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

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Michelin starred chef Michael Wignall: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The quest for perfection and happiness.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.   Kerry … Continue reading “Michael Wignall: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 29, 2013

Popping out

by Matthew Steeples

The overuse of the word “pop-up”   On Radio 4 this morning, a presenter commented: “I refuse to call it a ‘pop-up’. If we have any more of them, I’ll pop”. At a lunch yesterday I debated the description with a number of others and was surprised to find that the majority felt that it … Continue reading “Popping out”

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 14, 2013

Moving on

by Matthew Steeples

A monthly round up of the moves of the newsworthy   Fishing around   Poissonnerie on Draycott Avenue, popular with the likes of Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore, is for sale through Miles Commercial. The 6,700 square foot property, owned by respected restaurateur Peter Rosignoli, has a price tag of £14,000,000 and the agents … Continue reading “Moving on”

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 19, 2013

Spying bees

by Matthew Steeples

A review of the St. Ermin’s Hotel   I first visited the St. Ermin’s Hotel close to Scotland Yard in St James’s in June 2012 for the first Intelligence Book of the Year Awards. Today, I will return there to attend a reception to announce the second winner of this annual prize by judges Andrew … Continue reading “Spying bees”

March 17, 2013

Fernando Peire

by Matthew Steeples

This genial host is undoubtedly amongst the best connected on the London restaurant scene. Born in Gibraltar, Peire became senior maitre d’ at The Ivy in 1990 and after stints advising others such as Morton’s, The Halcyon Hotel and the Villa Nova in Barbados, he returned to The Ivy in 2007 as director. Instrumental in … Continue reading “Fernando Peire”

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”

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