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Tag: tipple and fare

May 7, 2017

Jobbing Wine

by Matthew Steeples

A dream job for wine lovers; get paid to drink and drive your way across America   An Oregon winery is seeking a ‘Canbassador’ to join them on a roadtrip across America to hawk their range of wines – including their ‘pinot in a can’.   The Union Wine Company, founded by Ryan Harms in … Continue reading “Jobbing Wine”

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”

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”

September 19, 2016

Gin rockets

by Matthew Steeples

Gin sales up in the UK as drinkers switch from beer and wine to ‘Mother’s Ruin’   The gin market in the UK has soared to sales of nearly £1 million per day according to new research by analysts Kantar Worldpanel.   According to the firm, sales are up 16% to £338 million in the … Continue reading “Gin rockets”

September 17, 2016

Shoot and Stay

by Kelly Double

Kelly Double suggests where to learn to shoot and where to stay within easy reach of London   There’s seldom a diversion from city life as effective as a session of clay shooting. In the wake of Team GB’s Olympic successes and as the shooting season is getting underway, there’s never been a better time … Continue reading “Shoot and Stay”

December 19, 2015

Gin is in

by Matthew Steeples

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

November 15, 2015

Vodka wars

by Matthew Steeples

Chase Vodka founder slates rival brands Sipsmith and Black Cow and refers to them as “crap” products

November 5, 2015

Club class

by Hugo Campbell-Davys

Hugo Campbell-Davys tours London’s latest private members’ clubs

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 trainer on Treve

by steepleadmin

Trainer Victoria Haigh reports on recent events in French racing and on the prospects for Treve

June 1, 2015

Raising the bar

by Matthew Steeples

A Shelter Island Heights home with quite possibly the best home bar ever comes to the market for £1.2 million

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 25, 2015

The Knightsbridge rose seller

by General

A well-known fixture each and every evening at Knightsbridge restaurants including San Lorenzo and Scalini during the 1990s and 2000s

April 22, 2015

Wine of the Week: Laurent-Perrier Brut NV

by Gael Dantec

Citreola Cellars wine merchant Gael Dantec selects Laurent-Perrier Brut NV as his Wine of the Week and offers it for just £25.99 per bottle

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 2, 2015

Whisky for the Chancellor

by Matthew Steeples

Scotch Whisky Association calls for a reduction in duty on spirits and highlights that the tax on a £12.50 bottle of Bell’s Whisky is a staggering £9.98

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 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”.

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.

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 8, 2014

Beckham’s blend

by Matthew Steeples

David Beckham and Guy Ritchie launch new whisky with Diageo

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 23, 2014

Throttling a cocktail

by Matthew Steeples

A studio apartment with a difference in Mayfair’s Mount Street   Estate agent Roy Brooks became famous in the 1960s for the derogatory descriptions he gave to the properties he marketed and such phrases as “not enough room to swing a cat” were amongst his most frequently used. His advertisements were chronicled in two books, … Continue reading “Throttling a cocktail”

July 20, 2014

Remembering Ross

by Matthew Steeples

Ross Burden passes away aged just 47   Antipodean television chef Ross Burden “died peacefully” on the 17th July aged just 47.

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 26, 2014

Cocktails and conversations

by Matthew Steeples

A photo montage from the Nth Degree Club’s cocktail party at The Luggage Room

April 19, 2014

Turning rosé

by Matthew Steeples

With the season for rosé upon us, here we make our suggestion for an “affordable luxury everyday choice”   Easter has marked a turning point – for now – in terms of the weather in the UK and after such a soggy winter, now is the time to make the most of the sunshine. With … Continue reading “Turning rosé”

April 11, 2014

Meat the Butcher

by Matthew Steeples

Gillray’s to host a butchery demonstration with O’Shea’s   On Tuesday 6th May, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar at the London Marriott County Hall will host an evening named “Meat the Butcher”.

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.

March 23, 2014

Picture of the Week: Cheers!

by Matthew Steeples

A Bactrian camel named Jeffrey who loves a pint   When we heard about a beer loving Bactrian camel named Jeffrey, we just had to make an image of him our Picture of the Week.

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.

January 31, 2014

Diageo dives

by Matthew Steeples

Alcohol giant Diageo reports on a disappointing year   The drinks titan Diageo have blamed the Chinese government cracking down on the gifting of expensive whiskies to officials, a fall in demand for the Chinese spirit Baiju and beer drinkers trading down to cheaper brands in Nigeria and Thailand for a disappointing set of results.

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 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 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.

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

December 16, 2013

Valuing Chardonnay

by Fred Sculthorp

Fred Sculthorp tests Tesco’s Everyday Value Chardonnay   Growing older, one is almost always inclined to question what legacy one will leave. This is a particular dilemma for someone who has journeyed through life being fortunate enough to have tasted some of the finest wines on offer. As one who critiques rather than makes, what … Continue reading “Valuing Chardonnay”

Kester Thomas (1975 – 2013)

by General

Described as “one of the nicest guys on London’s club and bar scene”, Kester Thomas worked at Kitts, the Buddha Bar and The Sanderson. His drink making ability was second to none. This “truly unique gentleman” passed far too young but he’s definitely now mixing the finest cocktails in the sky.

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 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 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 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.

July 14, 2013

Amelia Rope: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with chocolatier Amelia Rope   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Drive and determination.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Keep it simple, remain focused and go for it.  

July 12, 2013

The tables are turned

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples answers food writer Jamie Cotter-Craig’s questions   I’m used to asking questions. So far, I’ve done over a hundred “What’s on your mantelpiece?” interviews with people ranging from champion jockey Frankie Dettori to hedge fund titan Alan Miller via glamour model Leah Newman and author Kathy Lette.

June 26, 2013

Dinner for one

by Matthew Steeples

Charles Saatchi returns to the scene of the ‘throttling’   Charles Saatchi has been dining out a lot lately. With his ‘domestic goddess’ wife holed up in her sister’s flat in Mayfair, the art mogul put on an especially strong show of defiance by returning to Scott’s on Monday night to take the very same … Continue reading “Dinner for one”

May 23, 2013

Dramatic dining: Sieges and shootouts

by Matthew Steeples

London restaurants where diners got more than they bargained for   In the first in a series, we tell the stories of five restaurants in Central London where diners sadly got a little more than dinner. All bar Walton’s are still open.  

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?””

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