TIPPLE & FARE - Food, drink and fine dining

23
Apr
2016
La Brasserie Sunday roast

Happiness is a Sunday roast

Chelsea institution La Brasserie introduces roast lunches on Sundays

17
Apr
2016
Supper with Joudie – Joudie Kalla – Palestine on a Plate supper club – The Phene, Chelsea, SW3 – Tuesday 10th May 2016

Supper with Joudie

‘Palestine on a Plate’ author and chef Joudie Kalla to host a supper club at The Phene in Chelsea on 10th May 2016

16
Apr
2016
A wining singer – Quinta do Miradouro and Adega do Cantor, Albufeira, Portugal – Sir Cliff Richard wines, Lesley and Nigel Birch – Vida Nova and Onda Nova wines – For sale for £7.5 million ($10.7 million or €9.5 million)

A wining singer

Portuguese vineyard that produces Sir Cliff Richard’s wine goes up for sale as he awaits a decision as to whether he might face charges in Britain

13
Apr
2016
Restaurant review – Chucs Westbourne Grove, 226 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RH

Restaurant review: Chucs Westbourne Grove

Anthony Brown visits the haunt of ‘Notting Hill Wives’, Chucs Westbourne Grove

03
Apr
2016
Two guys sitting at a bar – Richard Prince – Christie’s South Kensington, 14th April 2016, First Open sale

Two guys sitting at a bar

An amusing artwork based on a conversation at a bar is to be offered at Christie’s in London in April

02
Apr
2016
Picture of the Week – A gold slapper – Chloe-Jasmine Whichello mounts Turki Bin Abdullah’s gold Lamborghini Aventador at launch of Kiru restaurant, Chelsea Green, London, SW3, Thursday 31st March 2016

Picture of the Week – A gold slapper

‘X Factor’ reject mounts gold Lamborghini at launch of Chelsea Green restaurant Kiru

21
Mar
2016
Review – Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company Fish Restaurant, The Royal Native Oyster Stores, Horsebridge, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BU. Telephone: +44 (0) 1227 276856 – The Steeple Times

Review – Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company Fish Restaurant

Matthew Steeples visits one of Whitstable’s best-known restaurants

19
Mar
2016
Wally of the Week – Gin hater William Hanson

Wally of the Week – William Hanson

Gin and tonic hater William Hanson frankly has to be the biggest idiot in Britain

17
Mar
2016
A two-course feast – La Brasserie set menu – March 2016

A two-course feast

Chelsea restaurant La Brasserie launch new £15.95 set lunch menu

09
Mar
2016
Airport gin - Nicholas Culpeper London Dry Gin made at Gatwick Airport launched - First gin made in an airport

Airport gin

World’s first gin made in an airport launches at Gatwick

24
Feb
2016
Someone’s been on the gin – The world’s most expensive gin – Watenshi Gin and Silent Pool Gin

Someone’s been on the gin

The most expensive gin in the world comes to the market at the most ludicrous price

23
Feb
2016
KX FI

How (not) to dine like Will and Kate

Vogue journalist Virginia van Zanten gets in a fluster over “how to dine like Will and Kate”

22
Feb
2016
A rare burger – Byron fail to explain why they will now cook burgers rare

A rare burger

Byron fail to explain why they cannot cook a rare burger

20
Feb
2016
Coya carnival

Coya’s carnival

An evening of art, food and drinks at Coya captured by artist Maryam Hashemi

15
Feb
2016
The art of Coya – Art masterclass with Argentinian architect and artist Ana Pérez Grassano at Coya on Thursday 18th February 2016

The art of Coya

Mayfair restaurant Coya to host a painting masterclass with an Argentinian artist Ana Pérez Grassano

28
Jan
2016
Le Bab, Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London, W1B 5PW

Review: The brilliance of Le Bab

Anthony Brown reviews Le Bab in Kingly Court, W1

27
Jan
2016
Nik Darlington - What’s on your mantelpiece?

Nik Darlington: What’s on your mantelpiece?

A 20-question interview with Red Squirrel Wine founder Nik Darlington

15
Jan
2016
The death of the society restaurant

The death of the society restaurant

As Swifty’s in New York closes, Matthew Steeples laments the loss of ‘society restaurants’ in London also

14
Jan
2016
A knockout in Knightsbridge – The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant, Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, On Cadogan Place, London, SW1X 9PY – £19.50 for two courses with a glass of house wine or Prosecco

A knockout in Knightsbridge

Knockout two course lunch and dinner offer at The Rib Room including a glass of wine for under £20

13
Jan
2016
A bargain in Belgravia – Motcombs, 26 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8JU - £9.25 lunch with wine offer in January and February 2016

A bargain in Belgravia

Belgravia restaurant Motcombs offer lunch with wine for under a tenner

19
Dec
2015
Gin is in - Brands like No. 3 - owned by Berry Bros. & Rudd - have led the way in creating a revival in interest in gin

Gin is in

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

14
Dec
2015
Omaree Lindsay stands accused of stealing a crate of Lucozade from a Co-Op in Mitcham whilst on a hoverboard

Hovering for Lucozade

First case involving a hoverboard heads to court

12
Dec
2015
The Little One – Former home of cook and author Julia Child - £636,000 ($967,000 or €880,000) – La Pitchoune, Chateauneuf Grasse, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur 06740 France

The Little One

Former French holiday home of legendary cook Julia Child for sale

06
Dec
2015
Limoncello reborn

Limocello reborn

Nancy Dell’Olio has launched a crowdfunding campaign for her new take on limoncello

15
Nov
2015
Vodka wars - William Chase

Vodka wars

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

10
Nov
2015
A boob too far - Despite attacking Jamie Oliver for his commercial deals hypoctrite Jack Monore is quite happy it appears to take the shilling of such firms as Groupon

A boob too far

Blogger turned media mouthpiece Jack Monroe sinks to a new low

06
Nov
2015
Curried Cliff - Sir Cliff Richard visits Barnsley curry house Elachi after being re-interviewed by South Yorkshire Police over allegations of historic against two boys in the 1980s

Curried Cliff

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

05
Nov
2015
Hugo Campbell-Davys tours London’s latest private members’ clubs - 12 Hay Hill, Mark's Club, Neuehouse London, Ten Trinity Square, Devonshire Square Club and South Kensington Club

Club class

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

24
Oct
2015
Social Stereotypes: The Odd Barman

Social Stereotypes: The Odd Barman

In the second in our series of Social Stereotypes, we chronicle a bartender you’d do best to avoid… Be sure not to meet The Odd Barman

11
Oct
2015
Social Stereotypes – The Barfly

Social Stereotypes – The Barfly

In the first of a series, we examine the character types of London – We begin with barflies

04
Oct
2015
The Hour Glass, 279 – 283 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2DY. Follow on Twitter @thehourglassSK.

Review: The Hour Glass

Matthew Steeples reviews the newly refurbished Chelsea pub and restaurant The Hour Glass

27
Sep
2015
Recipe of the Week: Salted chocolate cookies

Recipe of the Week: Salted chocolate cookies

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for salted chocolate cookies

25
Sep
2015
Shovingtini – Real Housewives of Cheshire participant Dawn Ward in court to face allegations that she shoved the pop singer Sinitta Malone at Salmontini in Belgravia, London

Shovingtini

Belgravia restaurant Salmontini named in court in relation to a shoving match between pop singer Sinitta Malone and ‘Real Housewives of Cheshire’s’ Dawn Ward

21
Sep
2015
A £100k fridge – Sotheby’s to sell ‘Vertical Limit’ Veuve Clicquot champagne magnum refrigerator on 21st October 2015

A £100k fridge

Refrigerator created by the Porsche Design Studio to be sold by Sotheby’s with a guide of £80,000 to £100,000

20
Sep
2015
Apple cake crumble by Joudie Kalla

Recipe of the Week: Apple cake crumble

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for apple cake crumble

18
Sep
2015
Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James Street, London, W1F 9DF. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3145 1000.

Bobbing along

Matthew Steeples revisits Bob Bob Ricard and remains mightily impressed

17
Sep
2015
Opening up - Harrods attacked by locals for seeking to extend their Georgian Restaurant’s opening hours

Opening up

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

27
Aug
2015
Chucs, 30b Dover Street, London, W1S 4NB. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3763 2013

Chucs away

Matthew Steeples reviews Chucs – He describes it as being “Mayfair’s answer to Venice’s Cip’s Club” and lauds its simple brilliance

25
Aug
2015
La Brasserie to offer complimentary prosecco on the evening of 2nd September

Reader Offer: Join La Brasserie for prosecco

La Brasserie to offer complimentary prosecco on the evening of 2nd September

23
Aug
2015
Recipe of the Week: Tandoori chicken by chef Joudie Kalla

Recipe of the Week: Tandoori chicken

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for tandoori chicken

16
Aug
2015
Recipe of the Week: Mini moussaka by chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla

Recipe of the Week: Mini moussaka

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for mini moussaka

10
Aug
2015
Overheard – 10th August 2015 – Billing the piggies

Overheard: 10th August

Clangers overheard by readers in the last week

28
Jul
2015
A burger for a quid - BOBO Social, 95 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4PZ. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 763 9310.

A burger for a quid

Charlotte Street restaurant BOBO Social to offer burgers for just £1

26
Jul
2015
Pioneering pizza – Holmere Bank, Dykes Lane, Yealand Conyers, Lancashire, LA5 9SN

Pioneering pizza

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

23
Jul
2015
Stocking up in Stockbridge

Stocking up in Stockbridge

Kathryn Fensterstock enjoys a visit to Stockbridge

22
Jul
2015
Reader Offer: Join La Brasserie for a beer

Reader Offer: Join La Brasserie for a beer

La Brasserie to mark International Beer Day in conjunction with Mongoose Premium Beer

01
Jul
2015
McDonald’s goes upmarket - Pulled pork sandwiches and lobster rolls take the menu at McDonald’s into the league of the private jet set

McDonald’s goes upmarket

Pulled pork sandwiches and lobster rolls take the menu at McDonald’s into the league of the private jet set

25
Jun
2015
Learn to pour the perfect pint on the 14th july 2015 at La Brasserie in Chelsea (© Mikael Buck / Stella Artois)

Reader Offer: Pour the perfect pint

La Brasserie and Stella Artois to host a Wimbledon themed evening where guests can learn to pour the perfect pint

21
Jun
2015
Crab cakes by Joudie Kalla

Recipe of the Week: Crab cakes

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for crab cakes

13
Jun
2015
Whittard 77% cocoa flaked drinking chocolate

Review: Whittard 77% cocoa flaked drinking chocolate

Simon Ogilvie-Harris reviews Whittard’s most luxurious drinking chocolate offering

12
Jun
2015
Alex Flores' "Sod the Bitches!" cocktail made with VII Hills London Dry Gin

Sods, bitches and gin

Raising a toast to World Gin Day with VII Hills gin at La Brasserie

11
Jun
2015
A tour of Topolski - Two venues that highlight the works of Feliks Toposki - Daniel Topolski and Basia Briggs

A tour of Topolski

Two venues that highlight the works of the renowned artist and illustrator Feliks Toposki

10
Jun
2015
Joudie Kalla

Joudie Kalla: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

‘The Steeple Times’ asks the Palestinian chef and author of ‘Palestine on A Plate’ Joudie Kalla: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

05
Jun
2015
A summery tea - The InterContinental London Park Lane's "Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea"

A summery tea

Alexandra Naylor reviews the InterContinental Park Lane London’s ‘Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea’

01
Jun
2015
Raising the bar - A Shelter Island Heights home with quite possibly the best home bar ever comes to the market for £1.2 million

Raising the bar

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

01
Jun
2015
Joudie Kalla’s chocolate truffles

Recipe of the Week: Chocolate truffles

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares a recipe for chocolate truffles

23
May
2015
Picture of the Week: The Duchess and The Duchess

Picture of the Week: The Duchess and The Duchess

The Duchess of Cornwall samples a gin and champagne cocktail named in her honour

21
May
2015
Closing the avenue - Chelsea institution Poissonnerie de l’Avenue to close after 53 years in business on 24th May

Closing the avenue

Chelsea institution Poissonnerie de l’Avenue to close after 53 years in business on 24th May

21
May
2015
Joudie Kalla's steak tartare

Recipe of the Week: Steak tartare

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

17
May
2015
Reader Invite: Chavín Jewellery trunk show barbecue - Invitation to a jewellery trunk show barbecue on the roof terrace of a penthouse in London’s Imperial Wharf

Reader Invite: Chavín Jewellery trunk show barbecue

Invitation to a jewellery trunk show barbecue on the roof terrace of a Thameside penthouse in London’s Imperial Wharf

10
May
2015
Iddu - 44 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ND. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7589 1991.

Restaurant review: Iddu, London, SW7

Matthew Steeples explores the menu at the recently opened South Kensington hotspot Iddu

09
May
2015
Recipe of the Week: Raclette galette

Recipe of the Week: Raclette galette

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for raclette galette

04
May
2015
An invitation to an art and jewellery lunch at private members’ club and restaurant Coya in Mayfair

Reader offer: Art and jewellery lunch at Coya

An invitation to an art and jewellery lunch at private members’ club and restaurant Coya in Mayfair

01
May
2015
Nam Long Le Shaker, 159 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ

Restaurant review: Nam Long Le Shaker, London

Simon Ogilvie-Harris reviews the iconic Nam Long Le Shaker restaurant after its recent makeover

23
Apr
2015
Matcha, nectarine and raspberry cake

Recipe of the Week: Matcha, nectarine and raspberry cake

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for matcha, nectarine and raspberry cake

22
Apr
2015
Laurent-Perrier Brut NV

Wine of the Week: Laurent-Perrier Brut NV

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

17
Apr
2015
Char Sui Bao Buns

Recipe of the Week: Char Sui Bao Buns

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for Char Sui Bao Buns   Steamed buns are all the rage now and though places such as Flesh and Buns and Bao London are certainly the hotspots where you can enjoy them in London, there is no reason why you can’t make them at home.

16
Apr
2015
Moving on April 2015

Moving on: April 2015

A round up of the moves of the newsworthy

14
Apr
2015
A golden competition

A golden competition

Davide Boncimino of Mr Fogg’s wins La Brasserie’s third inter-bar cocktail competition

10
Apr
2015
Joudie Kalla's chicken and celeriac salad

Recipe of the Week: Chicken and celeriac salad

Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for a chicken and celeriac salad

08
Apr
2015
Judging a cocktail

Judging a cocktail

La Brasserie invites readers of ‘The Steeple Times’ to their third inter-bar cocktail competition on Sunday 12th April. Entries will be judged by Nancy Dell’Olio, John Paul Murphy, Lyndon Ogbourne, Lettice Rowbotham and Matthew Steeples

03
Apr
2015
Chicken curry

Recipe of the Week: Chicken curry

Chef Joudie Kalla shares a recipe for a chicken curry with steamed buns and a mint yoghurt dip

02
Apr
2015
Motcombs - A bargain in Belgravia - Two-for-one drinks offer

A bargain in Belgravia

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

31
Mar
2015
Dine like a Lord

Dine like a Lord

Peers’ Dining Room at the House of Lords to open to the public for the first time during the run-up to the General Election

30
Mar
2015
La Finestra

Restaurant review: La Finestra, Prague

New contributor Simon Ogilvie-Harris reviews La Finestra in Prague and is pleasantly surprised to find that it is as popular with locals as it is with tourists

27
Mar
2015
Back to 1972

Back to 1972

La Brasserie to offer a menu at 1972 prices on 27th April to mark their 43rd anniversary in business

27
Mar
2015
Chic Rosé “Saint-Tropez” 2013

Wine of the Week: Chic Rosé “Saint-Tropez” 2013

Citreola Cellars wine merchant Gael Dantec selects Chic Rosé “Saint-Tropez” 2013 as his Wine of the Week

27
Mar
2015
Apple and rhubarb cake

Recipe of the Week: Apple and rhubarb cake

New columnist chef Joudie Kalla suggests baking an apple and rhubarb cake whilst rhubarb is in season

26
Mar
2015
A call to enter

A call to enter

La Brasserie invites entries to their third inter-bar cocktail competition

27
Feb
2015
Dawn Ward

Wally of the Week: Champagne swiller Dawn Ward

ITVBe’s ‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s’ Dawn Ward provides an example of all that is wrong with ‘new wealth’ of her type

26
Feb
2015
Les Belles Côtes Sancerre Roger Et Didier Raimbault 2012

Wine of the Week: Les Belles Côtes Sancerre Roger Et Didier Raimbault 2012

Citreola Cellars wine merchant Gael Dantec selects Les Belles Côtes Sancerre Roger Et Didier Raimbault 2012 as his Wine of the Week for readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

22
Feb
2015
Balthazar

Bashed at Balthazar

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

21
Feb
2015
Model Behaviour

Model Behaviour

La Brasserie celebrates London Fashion Week and the Gin Festival with a new cocktail named ‘Model Behaviour’

20
Feb
2015
Champagne Simart-Moreau Brut Sélection Grand Cru

Wine of the Week: Champagne Simart-Moreau Brut Sélection Grand Cru

Citreola Cellars wine merchant Gael Dantec selects Champagne Simart-Moreau Brut Sélection Grand Cru as his Wine of the Week for readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

11
Feb
2015
Clos Grand Faurie, Saint-Émilion 2009

Wine of the Week: Clos Grand Faurie, Saint-Émilion 2009

Citreola Cellars wine merchant Gael Dantec selects his Wine of the Week for readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

09
Feb
2015
John Paul Murphy

John Paul Murphy: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks John Paul Murphy, head chef of South Kensington restaurant La Brasserie: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

07
Feb
2015
royal beer

Quote of the Week: Royal beer

Queen Victoria on the merits of beer

04
Feb
2015
Domaine Les Goubert

Wine of the Week: Domaine Les Goubert “Sablet” Cotes du Rhones “Sablet” 2011

Gael Dantec of Citreola Cellars selects an affordable rustic gem

02
Feb
2015
whisky

Whisky for the Chancellor

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

28
Jan
2015
Domaine du Cerberon

Wine of the Week: Domaine du Cereberon Mersault Vireuils 2009

Wine merchant and founder of Citreola Cellars Gael Dantec selects his Wine of the Week for readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

27
Jan
2015
The Exhibitionist champagne

All you need is champagne

South Kensington’s The Exhibitionist Hotel offers a £35,000 Valentine’s Day package that would most definitely appeal to a wealthy ‘Fifty Shade of Grey’ fan

20
Jan
2015
Clos Du Moulin Aux Moines Bourgnone Aux Secrets 2008

Wine of the Week: Clos Du Moulin Aux Moines Bourgnone Aux Secrets 2008

Special offer: Citreola Cellars wine merchant Gael Dantec selects his first Wine of the Week for readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

19
Jan
2015
The Cross Keys

Bucking the trend

Chelsea public house The Cross Keys to reopen

16
Jan
2015
Fifty Shades Of Gin Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades Of Gin

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’

13
Jan
2015
locking up the local

Locking up the local

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

05
Jan
2015
boozing

Boozing publicity

Nigel Farage giving up drinking is nothing other than an orchestrated publicity stunt

28
Dec
2014
crown

A crown for a meal

Wear a crown to Brasserie Zédel on 6th January and get a meal on the house

15
Dec
2014
Bloody Mary celery

Giving celery a reason to exist

As South Kensington restaurant La Brasserie offers lessons in Bloody Mary making, we explore the history of this hair-of-the-dog drink

09
Dec
2014
gin

How not to make the perfect gin and tonic

Pompous “drinks scientist’s” claims of discovering how to make “the perfect gin and tonic” are utter tosh

05
Dec
2014
curry

Currying May

Isn’t it time for Theresa May to laud British boozers?   This week, our Home Secretary attended an event celebrating the culture of curry. In her speech, she ridiculously stated that Indian restaurants are more important to the British economy than public houses.