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Bloody Marys at The Refinery, Southwark, Review

Menu at The Refinery Bar

110 southwark street, london, SE1 0TF www.therefinerybar.co.uk I’ve walked past The Refinery on Southwark Road many a time whilst at NME and FT Weekend Magazine but never had the opportunity to go in. It was always packed with media and City types who worked in the area and in the summer, especially, there were always groups vying for space…

Young Turks at the Ten Bells, Shoreditch, dinner

Rabbit ears radish, Young Turks at Ten Bells

Menu from a dinner at the Ten Bells pub in Shoreditch where the Young Turks (James Lowe and Isaac Mchale) currently have residency (until the end of April): Grissini & lardo Hay smoked mackerel & cabbage Radish & Celtic mustard — Salsify, cow’s curd & hazelnuts Snails, ramson & duck egg Suckling kid, grilled onion and…

APEDA basmati rice conference

Rice salad at APEDA basmati rice conference

  What happens when you invite a group of international chefs to India with one brief in mind – to create dishes using Basmati rice as the main ingredient? That was precisely what happened at the APEDA conference titled “Basmati for the World” which took place at the end of November. Fragrant, nutty and long grained, Basmati is only grown in northern…

MEATliquor, Marylebone, Review

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74 Welbeck Street, London W1G 0BA meatliquor.com Queuing for food is never a good thing. You inevitably expect the food to be exponentially better at the end of it. Sometimes it is. Like at Corner Room or Long Table even. Sometimes, with the added expectations of rave reviews, it just doesn’t quite get there. MEATliquor is one such place….

Après Ski at Le Café Anglais, Bayswater, Review

Seafood platter at Le Café Anglais

8 Porchester Gardens, London W2 4DB www.lecafeanglais.co.uk Après ski is such a foreign concept, not least because I’ve never skied before; preferring, instead, to indulge in sun appreciation on the beach. Occasionally I think, wouldn’t it be great fun if I went skiing? Then upon closer examination would realise how wrong I was. Plodding along in the…

Chinese Cricket Club, Blackfriars, Review

Prawn har gao at Chinese Cricket Club

Crowne Plaza London – The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6DB www.chinesecricketclub.com Ever the reluctant diner to Chinese restaurants, I was recently persuaded to go to a review of Chinese Cricket Club as the guest. My end of the bargain was to take a couple of snaps, and give my honest opinion on the food….

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