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Blogger turned media mouthpiece Jack Monroe sinks to a new low
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
Hugo Campbell-Davys tours London’s latest private members’ clubs
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
In the first of a series, we examine the character types of London – We begin with barflies
Matthew Steeples reviews the newly refurbished Chelsea pub and restaurant The Hour Glass
Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for salted chocolate cookies
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
Refrigerator created by the Porsche Design Studio to be sold by Sotheby’s with a guide of £80,000 to £100,000
Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for apple cake crumble
Matthew Steeples revisits Bob Bob Ricard and remains mightily impressed
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
Matthew Steeples reviews Chucs – He describes it as being “Mayfair’s answer to Venice’s Cip’s Club” and lauds its simple brilliance
La Brasserie to offer complimentary prosecco on the evening of 2nd September
Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for tandoori chicken
Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for mini moussaka
Clangers overheard by readers in the last week
Charlotte Street restaurant BOBO Social to offer burgers for just £1
Pioneer of pizza in Britain places £1.15 million Lancashire home on the market
Kathryn Fensterstock enjoys a visit to Stockbridge
La Brasserie to mark International Beer Day in conjunction with Mongoose Premium Beer
Pulled pork sandwiches and lobster rolls take the menu at McDonald’s into the league of the private jet set
La Brasserie and Stella Artois to host a Wimbledon themed evening where guests can learn to pour the perfect pint
Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for crab cakes
Simon Ogilvie-Harris reviews Whittard’s most luxurious drinking chocolate offering
Raising a toast to World Gin Day with VII Hills gin at La Brasserie
Two venues that highlight the works of the renowned artist and illustrator Feliks Toposki
‘The Steeple Times’ asks the Palestinian chef and author of ‘Palestine on A Plate’ Joudie Kalla: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”
Alexandra Naylor reviews the InterContinental Park Lane London’s ‘Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea’
A Shelter Island Heights home with quite possibly the best home bar ever comes to the market for £1.2 million
Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares a recipe for chocolate truffles
The Duchess of Cornwall samples a gin and champagne cocktail named in her honour
Chelsea institution Poissonnerie de l’Avenue to close after 53 years in business on 24th May
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
Invitation to a jewellery trunk show barbecue on the roof terrace of a Thameside penthouse in London’s Imperial Wharf
Matthew Steeples explores the menu at the recently opened South Kensington hotspot Iddu
Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for raclette galette
An invitation to an art and jewellery lunch at private members’ club and restaurant Coya in Mayfair
Simon Ogilvie-Harris reviews the iconic Nam Long Le Shaker restaurant after its recent makeover
Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for matcha, nectarine and raspberry cake
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
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.
A round up of the moves of the newsworthy
Davide Boncimino of Mr Fogg’s wins La Brasserie’s third inter-bar cocktail competition
Chef and Palestine on a Plate app creator Joudie Kalla shares her recipe for a chicken and celeriac salad
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
Chef Joudie Kalla shares a recipe for a chicken curry with steamed buns and a mint yoghurt dip
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
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
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
La Brasserie to offer a menu at 1972 prices on 27th April to mark their 43rd anniversary in business
Citreola Cellars wine merchant Gael Dantec selects Chic Rosé “Saint-Tropez” 2013 as his Wine of the Week
New columnist chef Joudie Kalla suggests baking an apple and rhubarb cake whilst rhubarb is in season
La Brasserie invites entries to their third inter-bar cocktail competition
ITVBe’s ‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s’ Dawn Ward provides an example of all that is wrong with ‘new wealth’ of her type
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’
Mirror falls on former French Minister of Industrial Renewal at Balthazar in New York
La Brasserie celebrates London Fashion Week and the Gin Festival with a new cocktail named ‘Model Behaviour’
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’
Citreola Cellars wine merchant Gael Dantec selects his Wine of the Week for readers of ‘The Steeple Times’
The Steeple Times asks John Paul Murphy, head chef of South Kensington restaurant La Brasserie: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”
Queen Victoria on the merits of beer
Gael Dantec of Citreola Cellars selects an affordable rustic gem
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
Wine merchant and founder of Citreola Cellars Gael Dantec selects his Wine of the Week for readers of ‘The Steeple Times’
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
Special offer: Citreola Cellars wine merchant Gael Dantec selects his first Wine of the Week for readers of ‘The Steeple Times’
Chelsea public house The Cross Keys to reopen
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’
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
Nigel Farage giving up drinking is nothing other than an orchestrated publicity stunt
Wear a crown to Brasserie Zédel on 6th January and get a meal on the house
As South Kensington restaurant La Brasserie offers lessons in Bloody Mary making, we explore the history of this hair-of-the-dog drink
Pompous “drinks scientist’s” claims of discovering how to make “the perfect gin and tonic” are utter tosh
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.
Bartenders flock to attend “open bars” There’s a new culture in London amongst the bartending community. It’s called the “open bar”.
Mayfair’s The Punchbowl gets a makeover
Blogger Jack Monroe returns to our pages Not content with having featured as our Wally of the Week once, the acid tongued food and politics blogger Jack Monroe has again made an utter fool of herself in launching a tirade mocking the death of David Cameron’s son, Ivan.
Was a Blackpool hotel wrong to fine a couple £100 after they left a negative review about their stay?
The Steeple Times asks Konik’s Tail Vodka founder Pleurat Shabani: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”
TripAdvisor and the wives of former ambassadors do not mix Champagne loving Lady Meyer is a woman who should have known better.
£8 million mansion with the only Cotswold drawn spring water comes to the market They say: “Where there’s a well, there’s water” and whoever is prepared to part with some £8,000,000 could get an awful lot of that if they bought Alderley House at Alderley, near Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire.
The revitalisation of The Yew Tree Inn at Highclere has put this country pub firmly back on the culinary radar
Matthew Steeples explores the story behind Konik’s Tail vodka Kosovo born Pleurat Shabani came to London in the early 1990s and has progressed from working in an Angus Steakhouse to owning a much loved vodka brand that is stocked in some of the city’s finest establishments.
Matthew Steeples spends an evening at Clubino in Kensington If The Talented Mr Ripley’s Dickie Greenleaf and his sidekick Tom Ripley were to have visited London, they’d have felt at home at Clubino, a piano and jazz bar underneath Kensington’s Baglioni Hotel.
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.
Claire Douglass continues her meal in Wisconsin with a main course of Chicken Divan Last time I delighted you with a starter of ‘Seven Layer Salad’ and now I’m going to move on to a Wisconsin main, the legendary ‘Chicken Divan’.
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.
David Beckham and Guy Ritchie launch new whisky with Diageo
Does Rolf Harris a right to complain about what he’s being fed in prison?
Claire Douglass regrets beginning a meal in Wisconsin with a ‘Seven Layer Salad’ Though I have gnawed on iguana in Panama, meat I dared not ask the origin of off street carts in various Asian countries, swampy ‘gator in the South of the United States, frogs, snails and offal of various kinds, I have only experienced culinary culture shock in one place: Wisconsin.
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.
As Julian Assange reportedly is to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, he also offers himself as a lunch date there for £30,000 This morning, yet more police officers have gathered outside the Embassy of Ecuador in Hans Crescent after it has been reported that Julian Assange is about to hand himself in. If this rumour proves true, bidders in an online auction could be very disappointed.
The Steeple Times asks The Nth Degree Club’s founder Robert Walton MBE: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”
The Wellesley lands itself in a Twitter storm Social media can do a business a great deal of good but if not used carefully, it can equally do immense damage. The Wellesley Hotel on Knightsbridge has provided an example of the latter in the wake of the scandal over them charging the ludicrous sum of £75 for three small bottles of mineral water.
Matthew Steeples examines London venues charging the most for mineral water A 500ml bottle of San Pellegrino will set you back just 63p in Tesco. At The Wellesley in Knightbridge, however, a customer, Edward Heaton, was left somewhat shocked when he got a bill of £75 for three bottles on 17th July.
Ross Burden passes away aged just 47 Antipodean television chef Ross Burden “died peacefully” on the 17th July aged just 47.
Uber pulls off another great promotional stunt When London’s black cab drivers protested against Uber in June, the result was to cause an an upward spike of 850% in sign-ups for their app. Yesterday, the San Francisco based company pulled off another clever marketing stunt in hiring ice cream vans to deliver ice creams to their customers on the hottest day of the year.
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.