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July 16, 2017

Canvassing a Con

by Matthew Steeples

After a Chelsea chef who came out of nowhere named Michael Riemenschneider is revealed to be a “conman” in the ‘Mail on Sunday’, readers tell of his past form   As can only be expected of a paper that loves a bit of sensationalism this week’s Mail on Sunday’s ‘YOU’ got rather carried away in … Continue reading “Canvassing a Con”

May 8, 2017

Reader Offer – ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ by Verdi at Winslow Hall

by General

Winslow Hall Opera’s ‘Un ballo in maschera’ by Verdi to be performed in Buckinghamshire in July   Between 7th and 16th July, a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera will be performed in the grounds of Winslow Hall in Buckinghamshire.   The opera in three acts will be conducted by Oliver Gilmour, Winslow … Continue reading “Reader Offer – ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ by Verdi at Winslow Hall”

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”

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”

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.

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.

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

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

Keith Floyd (1943 – 2009)

by Matthew Steeples

This wine loving chef was brought up in a council house but educated at Wellington. After finding that he and the army were “mutually incompatible”, Keith Floyd took a job as a vegetable peeler. From this humble start, he progressed to owning a number of restaurants and presenting cooking shows for the BBC. Married four … Continue reading “Keith Floyd (1943 – 2009)”

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 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

January 1, 2014

Zédel’s crowning glory

by Matthew Steeples

Wear a crown to Brasserie Zédel on the 6th January and get a free meal on the house   Both most worthily awarded OBE’s in the New Year Honours List, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King would appear towards the top of any list of the best restaurateurs in London. Always innovative and true trendsetters, with … Continue reading “Zédel’s crowning glory”

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”

July 15, 2013

Derek Taylor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with businessman, restaurateur and philanthropist Derek Taylor   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Never give up on your dreams.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Do as you would be done by.  

July 9, 2013

‘Ћ’ is just unacceptable

by Matthew Steeples

Those who play with our language do so at their peril   News that an Australian restaurateur named Paul Mathis has “invented” a new symbol to replace the word ‘the’ might enthuse some but it certainly doesn’t appeal to The Steeple Times.

June 24, 2013

Five of the best: Boathouses

by Matthew Steeples

Homes perfect for those who love messing about in boats   The Water Rat in Wind in the Willows famously stated:   “There is NOTHING – absolute nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”.   Here, we share five homes that would suit him perfectly as a base for … Continue reading “Five of the best: Boathouses”

April 19, 2013

Vito Schnabel

by Matthew Steeples

This New Yorker is the son of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly filmmaker Julian Schnabel and curated his first exhibition aged 16. Vito Schnabel dated Demi Moore at the age of 26 and though that relationship ended in December 2012 supposedly because Schnabel didn’t like the intrusion of the paparazzi he subsequently took up with Heidi … Continue reading “Vito Schnabel”

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”

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 15, 2013

We’re still at The Sherry

by Matthew Steeples

The $95 million apartment of the world’s richest travel agent remains for sale after six months of marketing   The Sherry-Netherland is one of New York’s finest skyscraper apartment-hotels and one of the city’s best known landmarks. The world’s richest travel agent and co-founder of Liberty Travel, Gilbert Haroche, who occupies the entire 18th floor … Continue reading “We’re still at The Sherry”

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 26, 2013

Russell Norman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks restaurateur Russell Norman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I am guided by the usual human forces, but my permanent motivation is work.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Live as … Continue reading “Russell Norman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

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”

November 25, 2012

Richard Caring

by Matthew Steeples

Of Italian-Jewish descent, Caring is of the “supermarket-sweep” school of empire building. This billionaire started out in the rag trade but now controls the majority of the top restaurants and clubs in Central London. He survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and viewed that to be a wakeup call. Since then he’s donated millions to … Continue reading “Richard Caring”

October 15, 2012

“Grockles” and “Emmets”

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples discovers Michael Winner’s links to descriptions of unwelcome “out of towners”   My last linguistic rambling explored two words, “plebs” and “ladettes,” that, like Andrew Mitchell MP, truly need to be eliminated from our culture. The next two in this series, “grockles” and “emmets,” have far more amusing origins and truly sum up … Continue reading ““Grockles” and “Emmets””

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 7, 2012

Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow

by Matthew Steeples

A most curious tale of playboys, socialites, lawyers and real estate moguls   This week the mystery buyer of Clarendon Court, the former marital home of Claus and Martha “Sunny” Von Bülow (1932 – 2008), was revealed as a restaurateur and real estate mogul named Paul Roiff. Separately, the New York Post reported that Mr … Continue reading “Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow”

August 23, 2012

Nooror Somany: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the Blue Elephant Group’s Nooror Somany: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? “Nothing is impossible…. But make sure you feel passionate about what you do.”    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? … Continue reading “Nooror Somany: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 7, 2012

Rex Leyland: What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Rex Leyland: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? My guiding force is fairness and loyalty.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Get even.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. … Continue reading “Rex Leyland: What’s on your mantelpiece?”

July 23, 2012

Keeping bankers out of the kitchen

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times features in The Sunday Telegraph   Yesterday, we received our first mainstream press mention with a feature in The Sunday Telegraph’s “Dashwood” column.   Anna White picked up on a comment on Gina Miller’s open letter to our title from the chef and personality Antony Worrall Thompson and since we’ve also received … Continue reading “Keeping bankers out of the kitchen”

July 19, 2012

Hospitality’s game changers

by Oliver Estreich

Sixteen rising stars in hospitality in New York by Oliver Estreich   In the first of a series, we profile the up and coming achievers working in hospitality in New York:   Miranda Mancuso: A lifelong New Yorker and graduate of the Brearley School, Miranda Mancuso’s interest in the hotel industry led her to the … Continue reading “Hospitality’s game changers”

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”

June 15, 2012

Scott Disick

by Matthew Steeples

This reality television star commented of himself: “I may be a douche to some people, but I actually do run companies. I make a lot of money, and I’m more than capable of supporting myself.” The father of a child by Kourtney Kardashian, Disick owns a restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking District, generally sports Tod’s … Continue reading “Scott Disick”

May 12, 2012

Rex Leyland

by Matthew Steeples

Once described by the Evening Standard as “an excitable bearded man,” Leyland lives on a houseboat near Kew Bridge and was one of the duo behind the immensely successful Foxtrot Oscar. Here is a gent with a passion for all things culinary that is nothing other than utterly infectious. Now a Restaurant Doctor, he divides … Continue reading “Rex Leyland”

May 10, 2012

Chris Corbin OBE & Jeremy King OBE

by Matthew Steeples

London’s most successful restaurateurs. This dynamic duo have been partners in business for over 30 years and acquired Le Caprice in 1981. They sold Caprice Holdings in 1998 and opened The Wolseley in 2003. That’s now London’s busiest restaurant and again they are empire building with the launch of The Delaunay and imminently a brasserie … Continue reading “Chris Corbin OBE & Jeremy King OBE”

April 28, 2012

Umberto Scomparin

by Matthew Steeples

You won’t meet a maître d’ like him. Scomparin does a mean Liverpudlian impression and following a stint at the now defunct Ilia, he’s moving on to pastures new. An evening in his company is always going to be jolly.

April 27, 2012

Anthony Brown

by Matthew Steeples

Former restaurateur whose family are city legends. His pride and joy is a classic Mercedes-Benz Grosser and he’s often to be found propping up the bar at La Brasserie teaching Cockney rhyming slang. A maestro in the kitchen, feasts by him are hugely sought after.

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