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TIPPLE & FARE

Food, drink and fine dining

The comings and goings of the culinary classes

September 8, 2019

Anth’ Takes A Second Bite

by Matthew Steeples

Anthea Turner’s second wedding will forever be remembered for pictures of her biting into a Cadbury’s Flake; her third is going to be eternally linked to her fiancé’s policeman biting habit ‘Fuck I Used To Be Famous’ Anthea Turner seems to like to link her relationships to biting. At her union in 2000 to ‘Fuck … Continue reading “Anth’ Takes A Second Bite”

September 4, 2019

Eating Over The Cliff

by Matthew Steeples

Sir Cliff Richard wins a phallic victory against the BBC and remains left out of pocket; elsewhere the condescening crooner went overboard with a menu that included three salmon dishes When he’s not crying on his kitchen floor or observing the yellow ribbons on his gates, the sanctimonious Christian crooner Sir Cliff Richard is likely … Continue reading “Eating Over The Cliff”

September 3, 2019

A Planted Prat

by Matthew Steeples

That Lewis Hamilton has chosen to open a “planet friendly” restaurant is surely a joke given his penchant for gas guzzlers Lewis Hamilton is best known for going fast in gas guzzlers, but now it seems this ‘paper hat’ has found a conscience and joined ‘PJ’ loving Prince Harry and his wife in going on … Continue reading “A Planted Prat”

August 25, 2019

The Dirty Diplomat

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia hotel which counts the helmet haired racist bigot Marie-Claire, Baroness von Alvensleben amongst its residents condemned for being utterly disgusting If you want sweetcorn with your full English breakfast and don’t mind finding previous occupants’ hair in the shower, head to The Diplomat Hotel in Chesham Street, Belgravia. Home for a number of years … Continue reading “The Dirty Diplomat”

August 16, 2019

Maxwell Moves On

by Matthew Steeples

Murky madam Ghislaine Maxwell spotted munching on a burger whilst reading a book about deaths linked to the CIA Hiding out in the Cundy Street Flats in Belgravia didn’t work out for Ghislaine Maxwell. Plainly the allure of lunching on French food at the neighbouring La Poule au Pot just wasn’t enough for Epstein’s teenager … Continue reading “Maxwell Moves On”

August 14, 2019

The Aisle Eater

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s most upmarket supermarket gets a visit from a woman who likes to help herself and eat in the aisles (in the presence of the racist bigot Marie-Claire, Baroness von Alvensleben even) One can excuse a bored-out-of-their-brain child for helping itself to a bit of fruit or some sweets as its parent or nanny drag … Continue reading “The Aisle Eater”

August 13, 2019

Tiggers & Angels

by Matthew Steeples

New wine tribes identified as ‘Tiggers’ and ‘Angels’ reports Matthew Steeples; both are to be avoided at all costs (unless you are the modern day Boycie)   The label ‘Tigger’ was for a short time earlier this year given to those who’d defected from various parties to form what proved to be the utterly shambolic … Continue reading “Tiggers & Angels”

August 12, 2019

Instagrammable Restaurants Around the World

by James Greenstone

New contributor James Greenstone on Instagrammable restaurants around the world Travel and food have become synonymous nowadays with enthusiasts wanting to experience gastronomic delights where ever they go. However, it’s not just about eating good food. With social media becoming an integral part of our lives; it is all about sharing food also, at least … Continue reading “Instagrammable Restaurants Around the World”

June 12, 2019

The Death of The Power Lunch

by Matthew Steeples

With the closure of New York’s Four Seasons, is the era of ‘the power lunch’ well and truly over both there and in Britain? In October 1979, Esquire coined a new phrase: ‘The Power Lunch.’ In an article by Lee Eisenberg they referenced a place where the “eighty-or-so diners dine on ideas, ideas for million-dollar … Continue reading “The Death of The Power Lunch”

May 20, 2019

Pitchforks at the Ready

by Matthew Steeples

Owner of Britain’s remotest mainland pub, The Old Forge at Knoydart, goes to war with his very own locals  (who’ve set up their own rival in protest) British folk (and apparently even more so Scottish folk) are very territorial when it comes to their local pub. They have a favourite seat and a favourite barman … Continue reading “Pitchforks at the Ready”

May 13, 2019

Five of the Best – The Royal Borough’s Best Restaurants

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples highlights five stalwart restaurants for your Rolodex in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea The Chelsea Corner 451 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9UZ; +44 (0) 20 3055 0088 The Chelsea Corner replaced the ‘no frills’ Chelsea Kitchen in August 2018 and occupies what was originally a public house. Managed by the most … Continue reading “Five of the Best – The Royal Borough’s Best Restaurants”

May 4, 2019

Ice Cream Iris

by Matthew Steeples

Nonagenarian Iris Apfel yet again proves herself to be a truly brilliant gem; we should all heed her life and enjoy life to the full On Thursday, the brilliantly talented wildcard this is the nonagenarian Iris Apfel – a woman who believes “more is more and less is a bore” –announced that she had become … Continue reading “Ice Cream Iris”

April 19, 2019

The Car’s The Bar

by Matthew Steeples

Mini Cooper Sport nicknamed ‘Chuckles’ by owner Jay Kay to be auctioned; it comes complete with a mini bar and a disco light Described as “remarkable, funky [and] smile-a-mile” by Silverstone Auctions, a 2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport with a difference is to be sold at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on 11th May.   Owned … Continue reading “The Car’s The Bar”

April 8, 2019

Barring Janet

by Matthew Steeples

As “arrogant, bigot” Councillor Janet Evans blocks The Steeple Times, we expose this South Kensington bar owner as utterly ridiculous and quite possibly “the rudest bar owner in London” Janet’s Bar in South Kensington sits within what is quite possibly the area’s scummiest hotel, The Brompton. Entered through a filthy hallway shared with said premises, … Continue reading “Barring Janet”

March 14, 2019

The Madness of Michelin

by Matthew Steeples

Marco Pierre White is right to ban the Michelin Guide from his restaurant; he and others should take similar action against TripAdvisor   News that Marco Pierre White has told the Michelin Guide that he’ll refuse access to his latest restaurant, The English House in Singapore, doesn’t surprise.   Pierre White – one of the … Continue reading “The Madness of Michelin”

February 19, 2019

TIGing a Drunken Duchess

by Matthew Steeples

The boozy bird the Duchess of Sussex and the newly formed The Independent Group have something in common; this “TIG moment” lover should become their leader   The former Meghan Markle – a bizarre woman who ludicrously  likes to create “spaces to share” and “breeding grounds for ideas and excitement” – once had a blog … Continue reading “TIGing a Drunken Duchess”

February 9, 2019

Praise Be To Pret

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples salutes Pret for doing more than most to help homeless people get jobs and permanent accommodation; others and the government should follow suit   Pret a Manger has come under a lot of flack lately – due to two customers dying having an allergic reaction to their products – but now, this in … Continue reading “Praise Be To Pret”

January 21, 2019

Harridan Heather

by Matthew Steeples

That Heather Mills has returned to the public eye is nothing but awful; please could someone just send her to Siberia?   When one thought the worst was over and one of Britain’s most loathed women had finally gone away, that woman just had to stick her oar in yet again.   Yesterday, The Sunday … Continue reading “Harridan Heather”

January 17, 2019

Billing Against Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

As a restaurant popular with politicians adds anti-Brexit slogans to its bills, it must be highlighted that the hospitality industry is entirely dependent on immigrant workers   On Tuesday, inews reported that a restaurant in London’s County Hall, the Westminster Kitchen Grill Bar, now adds anti-Brexit slogans to its bills.   Featuring a declaration that: … Continue reading “Billing Against Brexit”

January 16, 2019

Supporting Giovanni

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples criticises the ‘Evening Standard’s’ Benedict Moore-Bridger for his unjustified attack on the Knightsbridge restaurant Giovanni   Benedict Moore-Bridger is an Evening Standard journalist who has been criticised for his “lazy work” and described as “[not] the most popular chap at the office.” Of his writing style, one Twitter user remarked: “[He makes me] … Continue reading “Supporting Giovanni”

December 11, 2018

Proudly Proudlock

by Matthew Steeples

Restaurateur and Chelsea beacon Michael Proudlock dies   Michael Proudlock left this earth in a fashion befitting of a bon viveur. After a “lavish lunch” at PJ’s on Tuesday 4th December, this renowned restaurateur returned to his home and sadly passed away.     Old Etonian Proudlock – a fixture at first La Brasserie and … Continue reading “Proudly Proudlock”

December 10, 2018

Caught on Caramel

by Matthew Steeples

Fire at Caramel restaurant in South Kensington suspected to be arson   Now, in the wake of the fire at Caramel restaurant on Brompton Road, South Kensington last week, police have released images of two men they wish to question in regard to what they now suspect to be arson.     Damage to both … Continue reading “Caught on Caramel”

December 6, 2018

Caramelized

by Matthew Steeples

Frontage of former La Brasserie premises in South Kensington – now Caramel – burnt to a crisp   Last night, at around 3.30am, the frontage of Caramel on Brompton Road in South Kensington went up in flames.   Situated on Brompton Cross within the former premises of the much loved and now much missed La … Continue reading “Caramelized”

November 24, 2018

CocktailING

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples tears apart ‘ES’ magazine’s new restaurant critic for using a ridiculous non-word – “cocktailing”   In this week’s ‘ES’ magazine a prat (pictured with cartoon drawings of a wine glass and some other bizarre object that looks like a bog brush) named Jimi Famurewa – in a column ridiculously called ‘Jimi Eats World’ … Continue reading “CocktailING”

November 13, 2018

A Romantic Takeaway

by Matthew Steeples

Mail Online focuses on the story of the year – that Spencer Matthews and his wife went on “date night” at the British Takeaway Awards; you couldn’t make it up   You can rely on the Mail Online to publish relevant stories. Aside from the fact we’re in the midst of Brexit chaos and California … Continue reading “A Romantic Takeaway”

October 31, 2018

Snowflake Society

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples supports William Sitwell and suggests his employer Waitrose develop a better moral compass before attacking him   Aristocrats have a habit of saying stupid things. That’s a fact but equally that millennials now take offence at a bit of banter is something quite more ludicrous.   Outrage has ensued this week after a … Continue reading “Snowflake Society”

October 3, 2018

Instagrammable London

by Fabio Contissa

Fabio Contissa suggests the most Instagrammable restaurants and cafes to visit in London   Social networking sites have become a part of everyday life for many people especially for millennials. In an effort to attract this demographic, many industries have begun to harness the power of social media.  One such industry is the food industry … Continue reading “Instagrammable London”

September 7, 2018

Mott 32 to open in Las Vegas

by Fabio Contissa

Iconic Hong Kong Restaurant Mott 32 set to open in Las Vegas reports new contributor Fabio Contissa   An iconic Hong Kong restaurant chain is set to unveil its first eatery in the United States this winter, with Las Vegas selected as the home of Mott 32’s U.S. outpost. The Venetian Resort on the Las … Continue reading “Mott 32 to open in Las Vegas”

August 26, 2018

Watery Child Labour

by Matthew Steeples

Advert for a Quooker boiling-water tap featuring a child in pyjamas using it was plainly the choice of a deranged marketing executive   Priced at between £1,150 and £1,600 depending on specification, a Quooker boiling-water tap with a flexible pull-out hose is anything but cheap but an advert for it, also, is anything but appropriate. … Continue reading “Watery Child Labour”

April 15, 2018

Caramel on The Cross

by David G. Lennox

New restaurant critic David G. Lennox reviews Brompton Cross’s latest opening, Caramel London   In a knockout punch, the last of the grand old chatelaines of Kensington and the dowagers of Chelsea – not to mention their urbane nephews, in euro tweed and gossiping nieces, donning sunglasses to disguise their latest Bystander appearance – have been … Continue reading “Caramel on The Cross”

March 6, 2018

Cheers Macron!

by Matthew Steeples

President Emmanuel Macron should ignore his critics and continue to enjoy drinking wine   President Emmanuel Macron has ridiculously been accused of “putting French lives in danger” by admitting to drinking wine at lunch and dinner.   In yet another example of political correctness gone wrong, a gaggle of busybody doctors berated Macron for his … Continue reading “Cheers Macron!”

February 27, 2018

Wally of the Week – Brazen bread “grabber” Charlotte Day

by Matthew Steeples

Healthcare assistant Charlotte Day disgracefully moans about panic buying of bread just as homeless people freeze to death   Last week, a homeless man froze to death in Chelmsford, Essex. A week before, another was found dead on the steps of Westminster Tube station in London.   Meanwhile, yesterday, in Medway, Kent, a moaning Minnie … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Brazen bread “grabber” Charlotte Day”

February 23, 2018

Going For Booze

by Matthew Steeples

Study reveals old aged folk who get fat and enjoy a tipple or two tend to live longer   On Wednesday in society magazine Town & Country, Sam Dangremond revealed that “drinking alcohol could be the key to living past 90.”   Quoting The 90+ Study, “one of the largest studies of the oldest-old in … Continue reading “Going For Booze”

February 20, 2018

Out To Lunch

by Matthew Steeples

As a Westminster councillor’s penchant for meals at 5 Hertford Street and the home of the owner of the ‘Daily Mail’ is highlighted, we suggest it is high time elected officials’ extravagance be reigned in   The problem with too many elected officials is that they love the perks more than they love serving the … Continue reading “Out To Lunch”

January 15, 2018

A Wine Winner

by Matthew Steeples

Half price bottles of wine at The Enterprise during January; price per bottle starts at £9.98 per bottle   The Enterprise in Walton Street, Chelsea is an institution that locals know and love. The staff and management are charming, the atmosphere is fun and the food and drink superlative.   For the whole of January, … Continue reading “A Wine Winner”

December 17, 2017

Limitless Lawless

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports on Philip Lawless’ remarkable career at the top of London’s restaurant industry   Though the raconteur restaurateur Philip Lawless recently sold his Belgravia dining spot Motcombs, his legacy lives on both there and at the Bow Wine Vaults, which he retains and continues to run.   Irish born Lawless moved to London … Continue reading “Limitless Lawless”

November 23, 2017

More gin, vicar?

by Matthew Steeples

As Public Health Wales claims drinking spirits is bad for you, we rebut their frankly stupid study   On Tuesday, The Telegraph reported that a completely unscientific study by an organisation named Public Health Wales had found that spirits are more likely to “trigger bouts of depression and unexpected weeping.”   Said also to cause … Continue reading “More gin, vicar?”

November 20, 2017

A $20k Gobble

by Matthew Steeples

New York hotel offers a Thanksgiving dinner complete with gold-flaked turkeys and bottomless champagne for £15,100   Late last week Guest of a Guest reported that a New York hotel is to offer a Thanksgiving dinner with a difference.   Priced at £15,100 ($20,000, €17,000 or درهم73,500), HGU New York at 34 East 32nd Street’s … Continue reading “A $20k Gobble”

October 20, 2017

The Air Went Pop

by Matthew Steeples

Canadian sues Sunwing Airlines because he was given sparkling wine instead of champagne   A cheapskate airline allegedly promoted a “champagne service” and then bamboozled at least 1,600 customers by serving them cheap sparkling wine.   Quebec based Daniel Macduff, the BBC report, has launched a class action against Sunwing Airlines after he booked a … Continue reading “The Air Went Pop”

October 9, 2017

If you can’t take the heat…

by Matthew Steeples

Jailbird billionaire Martha Stewart bizarrely suggests nobody except murderers should be in jail   Last week, Martha Stewart spent just over an hour talking to the Katie Couric Podcast. She spoke about her time in jail and of her experience there claimed: “It was like I went to Yale for five months… No one should … Continue reading “If you can’t take the heat…”

October 2, 2017

The Death of The Boozer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples visits the Belgravia pub The Plumbers Arms and decries the death of the traditional British boozer   Last Wednesday, I happened to have to meet someone in Lower Belgrave Street, SW1 and since I was early, I thought it appropriate – given the death the previous night of the Dowager Countess of Lucan … Continue reading “The Death of The Boozer”

Proper Pubs

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples selects three of South West London’s best pubs   The Duchess, 101 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, SW8 4DS With works by the sniper-turned-snapper John Stoddart gracing the walls and around 40 gins to choose from, this lovingly restored Victorian ale house is now a destination drinking spot. Opposite the soon to be completed … Continue reading “Proper Pubs”

September 7, 2017

Little Nigella

by Matthew Steeples

Clubbable sorts will love the opportunity to live like Nigella Lawson above Little House Mayfair   When the flatform trainer loving cook Nigella Lawson first split up with Charles ‘The Throttler’ Saatchi back in 2013, she took up residence in an apartment above the Little House private members’ club in Mayfair’s Queen Street.     … Continue reading “Little Nigella”

August 17, 2017

Tossed in Tonbridge

by Matthew Steeples

Kentish salad company Southern Salads tosses 260 jobs to the wolves after going into administration because of Brexit   Illustrations of the likely negative impact of Britain’s decision to leave the UK are coming from far and wide and though Nigel Farage may be crowing over an alleged £60 million film deal – though unsurprisingly … Continue reading “Tossed in Tonbridge”

August 8, 2017

Marmalade in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples visits Boisdale of Mayfair with restaurateur Nicky Kerman – and samples a marmalade infused gin cocktail (or three)   Though most will recognise Boisdale for its tartan décor, traditional cuisine and fine malt whiskies, this live music restaurant group’s most recent opening, Boisdale of Mayfair, is a place as well suited to afternoon … Continue reading “Marmalade in Mayfair”

July 25, 2017

Brainy Boozing

by Matthew Steeples

Study reveals drinking alcohol can improve memory   A study has revealed that those that drink alcohol after studying recall what they learnt better than those that don’t.   The University of Exeter set 88 drinkers a word-learning task and then split them into two random groups. The first were told to drink as much … Continue reading “Brainy Boozing”

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”

June 27, 2017

A Shoreditch Statement

by General

A statement from the owners of Trapeze Bar regarding the conduct of their now former general manager Jordan Wells   Yesterday, we reported on a story regarding a bar in the East End coming under fire from the organisers of an event to raise funds for survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.   This afternoon, … Continue reading “A Shoreditch Statement”

June 26, 2017

Tea at Blakes

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples takes tea in the delightful courtyard garden at Blakes Hotel in South Kensington, London   Blakes Hotel is synonymous with the now much overused description “boutique hotel” and is generally considered the world’s first. It opened in 1978, is a destination that is popular with the likes of Seal and Sharon Stone and … Continue reading “Tea at Blakes”

June 11, 2017

Politics With The Pun

by Matthew Steeples

David Pun gobbled his way through General Election 2017 and was captured on camera by a Mail on Sunday reporter   Mail on Sunday reporter Ned Donovan secured the photo of the evening on General Election night 2017 in capturing party crasher extraordinaire David Pun at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London in … Continue reading “Politics With The Pun”

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 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 21, 2017

Finding Fruit

by Matthew Steeples

Herefordshire fruit farm for sale for £2.25 million   A 47.6 acre organic Herefordshire fruit farm is for sale for £2.25 million ($2.88 million, €2.69 million or درهم10.58 million).   Situated in the Malvern Hills, Hermitage Court at Canon Pyon, near Hereford has fruit orchards and a walnut grove and also comes with grazing land, … Continue reading “Finding Fruit”

April 17, 2017

Shopping with Pun

by Matthew Steeples

Party-loving David Pun finds fame in Queensway’s Food Basics Oriental Superstore for all the wrong reasons; for him, it’s a far cry from Harvey Nicks   David Pun is well known on London’s party scene and for the claims he makes about his connections to the families that own Harvey Nichols and The Peninsula Hotels. … Continue reading “Shopping with Pun”

April 16, 2017

Boozy Birds

by Matthew Steeples

Northumbria revealed to be the county with the highest number of fines for women being drunk and disorderly for second year in a row   On Sunday, the Daily Star revealed “Northumbria has the highest number of women getting police penalties for their out-of-control behaviour”.   In an article by the paper’s Matthew Davis, it … Continue reading “Boozy Birds”

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 6, 2017

Dining without Toto

by Matthew Steeples

Former Toto’s site in Lennox Gardens Mews, Knightsbridge to become a “contemporary Japanese” restaurant named Dinings   In April 2014, just off Walton Street in Knightsbridge’s Lennox Gardens Mews, Toto’s prepared to reopen after a £3 million makeover at the behest of a new Indian owner. In spite of serving the most delicious Italian food, … Continue reading “Dining without Toto”

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”

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”

March 6, 2017

Highlighting Hygiene

by Matthew Steeples

Website sharing food hygiene ratings in UK restaurants surprisingly reveals that venues such as chichi Montpeliano in Knightsbridge and chain diner Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Haverstock Hill are amongst the worst in London   One would expect London’s top restaurants and centrally controlled chains with sophisticated management structures to have kitchens with equally high standards. … Continue reading “Highlighting Hygiene”

February 25, 2017

A Wholesome House

by Matthew Steeples

One-time West Sussex home of Lord Woolton, the man credited with “keeping the nation fed” during World War II, is for sale; it also belonged to the Kleinwort banking family and has gardens by Gertrude Jekyll   The man responsible for ensuring the British populous were fed throughout World War II did so by encouraging … Continue reading “A Wholesome House”

February 15, 2017

Overheard – 15th February

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Fridge cold love In The Antelope pub on Eaton Terrace in SW1, two plain clothed policemen sat lamenting marital matters. One announced: “I’ve bought the wife a fridge for Valentine’s Day. Probably not the most romantic gift but she’s going to be well … Continue reading “Overheard – 15th February”

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”

January 20, 2017

Eat Dollink

by Matthew Steeples

An invitation to attend a screening of Steven Berkoff’s first documentary; an “idiosyncratic tribute to his favourite Jewish deli”   For one night only on Tuesday 24th January at 7pm, acclaimed actor, writer and producer Steven Berkoff will host and introduce a showing of his first documentary.   One hour in length and described as … Continue reading “Eat Dollink”

January 13, 2017

Gatsby & Lauren

by Matthew Steeples

Ralph Lauren opens his first bar-restaurant in London; it’ll sure be a hit with the preppy and the preened   Ralph Lauren is a man of exceptional taste. From humble beginnings, he created a brand that is renowned throughout the world and one that generated revenues of £6.1 billion ($7.4 billion, €7 billion or درهم27.2 … Continue reading “Gatsby & Lauren”

January 7, 2017

Auntie’s Hardly Ruined

by Matthew Steeples

BBC executives drink surprisingly little gin, yet the Mail Online make rather a fuss about it   On Saturday, the Mail Online published an article about the BBC spending £115,049 on wine, beer and spirits in 2013, 2014 and 2015 following a Freedom of Information Request.   The paper surprisingly focused on a total spending … Continue reading “Auntie’s Hardly Ruined”

December 18, 2016

Taking The Michel

by Matthew Steeples

Michel Roux Jr. proves himself to be a modern day Scrooge   Michel Roux Jr. plays the jovial giant on television and is lauded by many as a great chef. He’s undoubtedly talented but, sadly, in his own business, he has been anything but a saint. Though this member of ‘The Club’ has now promised … Continue reading “Taking The Michel”

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 14, 2016

Anything but Dry

by Matthew Steeples

Vineyard in Napa, California that previously supplied Opus One and currently supplies Mondavi offered for sale   4120 Dry Creek Road in the Oak Knoll District of Napa, California’s name is a little perplexing given that it produces a product that’s anything but ‘dry’.   Also known as Meadowbrook Farms, the 27-acre estate comes with … Continue reading “Anything but Dry”

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”

November 22, 2016

Back to the ‘70’s

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea institution La Brasserie was packed out for its 1970s prices birthday party   At La Brasserie on Monday, a great time was had by all at both lunch and dinner and the place was utterly packed. Prices reverted to 1970s levels and with onion soup at £1.44 a bowl and coq au vin for … Continue reading “Back to the ‘70’s”

November 15, 2016

Ridiculing Riemenschneider

by Matthew Steeples

Lothario chef Michael Riemenschneider mocked on Twitter in addition to being taken to court by his investor and ex-lover   The Steeple Times reviewed a restaurant named ‘Canvas by Michael Riemenschneider’ in February 2014. We noted that the emphasis was truly on the chef’s name and boy was it everywhere. It was on the walls, … Continue reading “Ridiculing Riemenschneider”

November 8, 2016

All Hail Albert’s

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples visits the modern day reinterpretation of what Annabel’s originally was, Albert’s in South Kensington   Named after Albert, Prince Consort (1819 – 1861) and situated within the quarter of South Kensington that is fondly known as ‘Albertopolis’, Albert’s is a place where opulent English country house styling meets Manhattan.     Offering drinks, … Continue reading “All Hail Albert’s”

October 26, 2016

Overheard – 26th October

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard and snippets spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Begging a feast In Gloucester Road, a beggar was overheard talking to an American old lady. He said: “I’m trying to get myself a feast”. She curtly answered: “Who do you think you are? Elizabeth I? Go to the park and kill a … Continue reading “Overheard – 26th October”

October 15, 2016

Bosi Bags Bibendum

by Matthew Steeples

Claude Bosi to take over Fulham Road restaurant Bibendum after a refurbishment in early 2017   Bibendum in Fulham Road, SW3 was “named after Michelin’s portly mascot Monsieur Bibendum who, in turn, takes his name from the latin phrase Nunc est Bibendum (Now is the time to drink)”, according to the restaurant’s website. Now, though, after thirty … Continue reading “Bosi Bags Bibendum”

October 10, 2016

Salute the Staff

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the public should be politer to serving staff   On Friday, I did my first (and probably last) ever stint as a barman. Though I’m known to enjoy a drink and am often told I make a great G&T and even a passable Negroni, it was the experience of how serving staff … Continue reading “Salute the Staff”

September 21, 2016

Toasting Bye, Bye Brangelina

by Matthew Steeples

Brad and Angelina – It’s simply a case of: ‘Who gets the winery?’   Brad and Angelina announced they are to divorce yesterday and the worldwide response of the media has been nothing but expressions of shock and bemusement.   We, unlike others, have no comment to make and just hope this decision will not … Continue reading “Toasting Bye, Bye Brangelina”

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 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”

July 21, 2016

Gin and Lobster

by Matthew Steeples

Is a gin made with lobster acceptable? Matthew Steeples suggests such an abomination is anything but; and then selects his five favourite gins   Like it or not, gin is a traditional drink; it has never really conquered vodka’s dominance in America and women claim it makes them depressed. Most certainly, gin is a drink … Continue reading “Gin and Lobster”

April 17, 2016

Supper with Joudie

by General

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

April 16, 2016

A wining singer

by Matthew Steeples

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

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