The Sea, The Sea

Chelsea’s acclaimed seafood restaurants spreads East… In an interesting twist of restaurant fate, Chelsea’s celebrated seafood specialists The Sea, The Sea are expanding to Hackney. We’ve seen many a hip pop-up start East and move West, of course, this is the first time we can remember seeing the opposite journey. Overseen by executive chef Leo…
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Green List, Blue Lagoon

Travel is, understandably, limited right now. On the plus side, that means we’re looking at alternative destinations for breaks. Such as… Iceland? According to the old advert, mum’s gone to Iceland. Mum, frankly, may have been ahead of her time… Unlike many destinations, Iceland is on the green list for travel and, while not the…
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Hawksmoor Annual Charity Dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Hawksmoor charity dinner in aid of Action Against Hunger. Over the last eight years, Hawksmoor has welcomes a succession of acclaimed chefs to cook at their annual charity dinner, raising over £625,000 in the process. Former guest chefs include the likes of Selin Kiazim, Pierre Koffmann, Skye…
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Give Gusbourne A Hand… and Flowers

Over the last decade or so, Britain’s sparkling wine industry has gone from strength to strength. One of those leading the way is Kent’s Gusbourne Estate which, as well as striving to create the world’s finest sparkling wines – well, you might as well aim high, right? – continues to celebrate British sparkling wine as…
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Masala Grill: Rooted To The Spot

In the immortal words of J.R.R Tolkien, deep roots are not reached by the frost, and the site of Chelsea’s very first Indian restaurant may well reap the benefits of its age-old heritage.   Where Chutney Mary once stood, down the gilded stairway, through the richly encrusted décor with the signature central tree remaining sprawls…
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Extended Shell Life: Interview With Bon Viveur And L’Escargot Reviver, Brian Clivaz

On opening in 1927, L’Escargot became Britain’s first restaurant to serve snails. ‘Amusingly enough, the word oleaginous comes to mind when describing Tony, our snail man,’ purrs the Soho stack’s co-owner and reviver, Brian Clivaz, as we appraise salted morsels roasted over coals and bathed in butter. ‘He’s a wonderful fellow with two-to-three million Herefordshire…
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The Fall & Rise of Boulestin

Xavier Marcel Boulestin was the French author and pioneering celebrity chef once referred to as “the most subtle, imaginative and liberating food writer of his day”. He was also the legend behind Boulestin, the celebrated Covent Garden restaurant that opened in 1927 and stayed strong for over 70 years before closing (to much uproar) back…
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