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Tag: Sette

July 7, 2015

Francesco Macera

by General

Naples born Francesco Macera found fame in London whilst working at Frankie Dettori’s restaurant, Sette.

April 23, 2015

Tommy’s troubles

by General

Thomas McLoughlin sentenced for his latest actions against Matthew Steeples

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

September 5, 2014

Stabling Frankie

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Dettori puts his Voysey designed country house up for sale   Champion jockey Frankie Dettori is best known for his “flying dismounts” and for having won seven out of seven races at Ascot in 1996. He currently lives at Stetchworth on the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border near Newmarket but is now selling his home there.

August 5, 2014

A rake’s progress

by Matthew Steeples

Businessman Peter Burrell solves the problem of keeping gravel level   Gravel drives are a joy and a nightmare at the same time. A crunchy drive, according to The Independent’s Jeff Howell is something that most would have on their bucket list at a “dream home” but with one, you get the problem of weeds … Continue reading “A rake’s progress”

June 24, 2014

Justice for Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Charlie and Rebekah Brooks cleared of all charges   Two years ago, in the bar of a Chelsea restaurant, Charlie Brooks told me that the charges against him and his wife would go away and today he’s been proven right

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

February 28, 2014

Burnt out

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea is an area where restaurateurs will increasingly struggle   Daphne’s restaurant in Brompton Cross’ Draycott Avenue suffered substantial fire damage on Tuesday this week. Given Richard Caring being its owner, we doubt it’ll be closed for long but if you look around Chelsea, you’ll find many premises that are either shut or for sale.

May 10, 2013

The Waitrose Clepto

by Matthew Steeples

Famous simply for being thrown out of Waitrose in Kings Road because of his helping hands and also for his daily dance on the steps of Patara in Fulham Road, little else is known about this Chelsea eccentric. Goodness knows what’s hidden inside the flasher mac The Waitrose Clepto generally sports.  

April 7, 2013

New openings in SW3

by Matthew Steeples

Forthcoming restaurant openings in Chelsea   The restaurant business is a transient place and it seems no more so than in Chelsea.   Places come and go here and though there are a number of mainstays that have lasted for a considerable length of time, some last barely even two years. Beauchamp Place, commonly known … Continue reading “New openings in SW3”

March 12, 2013

Trebled by The Tout

by Matthew Steeples

Three out of four for our man, The Tout   The first day of Cheltenham has been kind to our mysterious friend, The Tout.   His predictions of Hurricane Fly to win the Champion Hurdle, Quevega in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle and Simonsig in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase all paid off … Continue reading “Trebled by The Tout”

March 5, 2013

Jim Ruig: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks architectural antiques expert Jim Ruig: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Design, travel and friends.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The best revenge is to have a fabulous life.   … Continue reading “Jim Ruig: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

February 11, 2013

Bubble (2012 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

His life was short but he brought joy throughout it and wherever he went. He looked like Colonel Gadaffi, loved the voice of Radio 4’s Jenni Murray and was particularly partial to a visit to Chelsea’s Sette restaurant. He even liked travelling by bus. This boisterous Standard Poodle will be greatly missed.

February 6, 2013

Neil “Razor” Ruddock: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks former footballer and television personality Neil “Razor” Ruddock: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? My dad.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? If anyone hits you, hit them back twice as … Continue reading “Neil “Razor” Ruddock: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

January 9, 2013

Carlo Carello

by Matthew Steeples

A gentleman who is at the top of the nightclub business.

January 3, 2013

We’re backing Frankie

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times backs Frankie Dettori to win Celebrity Big Brother 2013   Though Frankie Dettori split from Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin in October and was banned from racing for six months in December 2012, he began his comeback last night by entering the Celebrity Big Brother house.  

December 14, 2012

The brilliance of Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Our thoughts on the £10.8 million payout to Rebekah Brooks   Rebekah Brooks is a lady who is variously described as looking like Lady Macbeth and Merida, the animated hero of Pixar’s Brave.   Brooks is of working class extraction but rose to find herself in the company of the likes of Gordon Brown, Tony … Continue reading “The brilliance of Brooks”

December 9, 2012

The Marmite of Michael

by Matthew Steeples

Michael Winner retires as a restaurant critic   Restaurateurs throughout the land are sighing with relief: Michael Winner has hung up his hat and retired as a restaurant critic.     Love or loathe him, Winner’s column for The Sunday Times has entertained and provoked the nation for some 20 years. In this time, he … Continue reading “The Marmite of Michael”

October 23, 2012

Frankel: The Best

by The Tout

The Tout says a fond farewell to Frankel   It must have taken some restraint from Sir Henry Cecil, the trainer of many of the greatest horses of the last 40 years, to wait until after Frankel’s last race on Saturday to state: “Frankel is the best I have trained, the best I have seen … Continue reading “Frankel: The Best”

October 16, 2012

Another Magnificent Seven

by Matthew Steeples

Richard Hughes achieves a “Magnificent Seven”   On the 28th September 1996, Frankie Dettori, at odds of 20,095-1 rode seven winners on seven horses in the seven races of the day at Ascot. His achievement cost the betting industry some £40 million and became known as the “Magnificent Seven.” Dettori even named his Chelsea restaurant, … Continue reading “Another Magnificent Seven”

October 12, 2012

Phone pests

by steepleadmin

The Tout lays into Britain’s biggest pests: mobile phone operators   The Tout would normally only comment on matters of a sporting nature and interest but apart from Abu Hamza’s wife and family continuing to live at our expense in this country there is one other issue that we could all rise up over collectively … Continue reading “Phone pests”

September 26, 2012

Prince Lorenzo Borghese: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the businessman, philanthropist and reality television star Lorenzo Borghese: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Beer and bacon. I need both to function.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “No one … Continue reading “Prince Lorenzo Borghese: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 22, 2012

Peter Burrell

by Matthew Steeples

A businessman with a passion for racing. Burrell has worked with Frankie Dettori since the latter was 15 and was also the agent for Vinnie Jones. He drives a Toyota IQ, has climbed the Matterhorn and loves playing a round of golf in his spare time. In 2014, he invented the Gillhams Gravel Rake to solve … Continue reading “Peter Burrell”

August 20, 2012

Cycling with a Smile

by Matthew Steeples

Former Emmerdale bad boy Lyndon Ogbourne updates readers of The Steeple Times on his cycle expedition for Once Upon a Smile   Part One: I begin this section of my travel journal, sat Bear Gryls style, next to a campfire I’ve successfully made, cooking a fish I’ve caught (with much difficulty) that I plan to … Continue reading “Cycling with a Smile”

August 16, 2012

Tom McLoughlin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks private aviation entrepreneur Tom McLoughlin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   7th January 2013: When we published this interview on 16th August 2012, we were unaware of the real identity of Thomas McLoughlin. He told us he was an ambassador for American Express and all manner of other tales. Our readers responded … Continue reading “Tom McLoughlin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

July 27, 2012

Frankie Dettori MBE: What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Frankie Dettori MBE: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? My faith, my family and my self-belief.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I’ve never held a grudge in my life.   … Continue reading “Frankie Dettori MBE: What’s on your mantelpiece?”

July 5, 2012

Who will win the Eclipse?

by The Tout

An analysis of the Eclipse by our latest columnist, The Tout   The Eclipse is a Group One race named after one of the great thoroughbreds that we have ever seen in this country. It is a key event in establishing the reputation of any good horse and is run over a mile and a … Continue reading “Who will win the Eclipse?”

July 4, 2012

An interview with Lyndon Ogbourne

by Claire Rubinstein

Claire Rubinstein interviews Lyndon Ogbourne for “The Steeple Times”   Last week, Claire Rubinstein made Emmerdale fans envious when she interviewed the soap’s former baddest boy at Sette restaurant in Chelsea.   Over lunch, the pair chatted about Ogbourne’s career, charity, social media and forthcoming projects. Watch video footage of the interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tncDQkCxgsY   … Continue reading “An interview with Lyndon Ogbourne”

Elliott waves

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Blummyz, Hollywood Road, SW10   Blummyz is certainly a restaurant that has nothing in common with Brinkley’s, its better-known neighbour and home to ageing lotharios and single women of a certain age. The only similarity, apart from their being on the same street, is that neither fall into the grey area when … Continue reading “Elliott waves”

May 22, 2012

Iris Bond

by Matthew Steeples

A personal secretary to Mohamed Al Fayed whose evidence was key in the 1999 Neil Hamilton “cash for questions” libel case. This Chelsea resident brings grace and style to any gathering she attends and also has an extensive knowledge of all things operatic. An evening in Bond’s company is always a pleasure.

May 11, 2012

Terry Venables

by Matthew Steeples

“El Tel” is best known as a footballer manager but he’s a man of many talents. Few know that this national team manager of England (1994 to 1996) also co-authored four novels with Gordon Williams and was the co-creator of the ITV detective series Hazell. A Chelsea resident, he’s often to be found at Motcomb’s, … Continue reading “Terry Venables”

May 4, 2012

Frankie’s Set

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Sette, Sydney Street, SW3   An invitation to lunch with Pete Burrell is not one to miss. This Chelsea restaurateur is one of the best-connected men in town and along with Marilyn Fry, who has just become chairman of The Lady Taverners, I readily headed to Sydney Street’s newest restaurant, Sette Cucina … Continue reading “Frankie’s Set”

April 28, 2012

Umberto Scomparin

by Matthew Steeples

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

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