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A comprehensive guide to eating out in London Restaurants • Cafés • Bars • Pubs • Hotels


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Welcome Welcome to the London Food & Drink Guide 2018. On the following pages you’ll find a wide range of options for eating out in the region. To help you make your selection, each review features a coloured tab to denote the restaurant’s location – just reference the map and key on page 93. Barnet Southgate

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Canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167 e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve

Editorial Assistants Elle England, Jess Maples, Maddie Chapman

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Many of the reviews include a price tab. This is the typical cost per person you can expect to pay for two courses from the à la carte menu, plus a drink (unless otherwise stated). This is for guidance purposes only and prices may vary. Restaurants featuring this symbol have both disabled access and a toilet suitable for wheelchair users (this information has been provided by the restaurants in question and should be confirmed prior to visiting). Restaurants featuring this symbol have accommodation.

You’ll notice that some restaurants in the guide have an 0203 telephone number. Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Just like the weather, ownership, opening times and prices are subject to change throughout the year. Have a look at our website – www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk – to see reviews of restaurants nationwide and to request other regional Food & Drink magazines.

Contents Foreword .....................2 Fine Dining ..................3 Modern British .............5 British .........................8 Modern European.......18 Brasserie....................20 French .......................21 Seafood......................23 Mediterranean............27 Italian........................28 Greek .........................37 Turkish .......................39 Mexican .....................42 Brazilian ....................42 Argentine ...................43

Caribbean ..................44 Austrian .....................45 Polish ........................46 German ......................46 Pizzeria .....................46 American ...................47 Barbecue....................48 Grill ...........................49 Steakhouse.................50 Gastropub ..................52 Bistro ........................52 Wine Bar ...................53 Cocktail Bar...............53 Bar & Restaurant .......54 Ice Cream Parlour ......61

Bakery & Café ...........62 Café & Restaurant ......62 Café ...........................63 Traditional .................65 Japanese ....................73 Indian & Bangladeshi ...80 Indian ........................80 Pan Asian...................81 Chinese ......................82 Thai ...........................87 World Cuisine.............88 Chef Profiles ..............91 Map & Key.................93 Index .........................94

Photography Jodi Hinds (www.jodihinds.com); Giulia Verdinelli (giuliaverdinelli.com) Contributors Alex McBain, James Bolton, Dean Gurden, Tara Couper, Christopher Lennox-Hilton, Gary Lewis, Sarah Nicholson, Catherine Barnes, Anne Gallagher, Catherine Jones, Alex Griffiths, Joe Nicholson, Christopher Russell Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Matt Brentley, Simon Northcott, Tim Hall, Emma Filby, Paul Balshaw, Emma Clarke, Sam Terrett, Tara Hennell Published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd Publisher Sam Collins Managing Director Robin Fry

The cost of producing this guide has been met by advertising revenues from the restaurants featured within. We only include restaurants that we know, from either experience or recommendation, provide a quality service, and our journalists review the majority of the establishments. However, some reviews are supplied by third parties, and no review in this guide should be taken as a direct recommendation by Food & Drink Guides Ltd. Printed June 2018.

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Ed Baines I grew up in London in the 70s, when great changes were afoot for chefs. Fantastic delicatessens, decent butchers and fishmongers began opening, stocking cured meats and cheeses, and in-the-know greengrocers started bringing in exotic produce from Europe like artichokes and avocados. Everyone was excited to see these on the high street, although cooking them was still a novelty. Ed Baines

Dining out was a different story, too. Pizza chains were probably the go-to spot for dining out; although I do remember going to a Japanese restaurant in Hilton London Kensington where geisha waitresses served beef sukiyaki, which seemed extremely exotic at the time. The evolution of today’s restaurants is extraordinary and London is now home to many great operators who do what they do with integrity and with passion. It is true that every cuisine can be eaten in London now and you can discover restaurants that present authentic, passionate cooking around almost every corner. Since Randall & Aubin opened 23 years ago so much has changed, both for us and for London’s foodie scene, but we’ve always held firm to the philosophy of ‘easier is never better’. We believe in reaching for excellence in all the areas that combine to make a great restaurant. We focus on searching for and learning from the best suppliers of premium produce, cooking with creativity and passion, and working with staff who have the same desire for excellence. In striving to offer the perfect experience for customers, we’re able to take real pride in seeing customers enjoy what we have created. I’m sure my fellow London chefs will agree that it is the coming together of all these elements that creates a truly unforgettable experience for diners. In London we’re blessed with access to the very best produce, an eager food-loving clientele and the opportunity for chefs to develop their skills and broaden their culinary horizons. This is why I think London’s restaurants are at the top of their game, and I’m sure you’ll agree after visiting a few spots in this year’s London Food & Drink Guide.

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Flat Three

Fine Dining

 Location 120-122 Holland Park Avenue, Holland Park, W11 4UA Holland Park t: 020 3151 4377 w: www.flatthree.london e: info@flatthree.london Flat Three, situated in leafy Holland Park, deserves attention. The winning combination of inventive food served without pretension in an elegant, calming interior has seen the restaurant go from strength to strength. Custom-made furniture, Scandi collector’s items, and fine, hand-blown glassware are just a few special touches you’ll discover at the spacious Flat Three restaurant. This attention to detail is echoed throughout the menu, drinks choice, and personal service. Creative, curious chefs take the lead and are always looking to reinterpret traditions and follow cultural inspirations. Head chef Joe Timarchi has creativity in abundance and a passion for outstanding food and ferments. Joe and his team have carefully concocted a menu of seafood, meat and plant-based dishes with a nod to Korean and Japanese flavours. They offer both a three- and five-course tasting menu. Daily specials are thrown into the mix too, allowing the chefs to really experiment and keep up with the season’s latest offerings. Key to the freshness and flavour of each dish is British produce, which is then fermented and pickled ready to use in the innovative dishes. Each dish is served with panache and executed with flair. A few highlights of note are the two-day-cooked Dexter short-rib with black garlic and January King cabbage with mussels, lobster oil and Doenjang and sand carrots, jus and pickled wild carrot. Cardamom cake paired with salted rhubarb and milk ice cream is a sure way to see the meal off memorably. Gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free diets can be catered for, as Flat Three is an inclusive restaurant that believes everyone should have the chance to taste their delights. The drinks list, intended to complement the food, is just as exciting and includes fresh juices, kombucha and non-alcoholic tipples. In addition, you’ll find wine from Old and New World vineyards, Champagne, homemade vermouths, local craft ale and beer, as well as sake. The chef’s table seats ten diners and is a spectacular spot for a special occasion dinner. With all this in mind, a visit to Flat Three has to be on the cards.

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Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

 Location COMO The Halkin, Halkin Street, Belgravia, SW1X 7DJ Hyde Park Corner t: 020 3369 5688 C w: www.comohotels.com e: ametsa.thehalkin@comohotels.com Ametsa is a shining Michelin-starred Basque restaurant housed in COMO The Halkin, one of London’s leading luxury hotels. Stylish and intimate, it combines £50 to world-class cuisine with attentive service and eye-catching flair for presentation. £70 The interior, with its wave-like ceiling made from 7000 glass jars filled with spices, lacquered walls and oak floor, echoes the impressive food to come. Two glasses of Champagne Taittinger awoke our palates, and we were then presented with a platter of stunningly presented aperitivos. Bursting with colour and texture, these inventive bites ranged from delicate Scorpion fishcakes to fried prawn gyoza and crunchy black pudding balls, offset by sweet, tangy marmalade. Food Served: Next came a true highlight of the menu: scallops served with hemp seed crackers Mon 6.30pm-10pm; and a creamy parsley sauce. Tender and fluffy, with just a hint of crispiness, Tues-Fri noon-2pm, they truly melted in the mouth. Meanwhile, Egg On The Moon lived up to its 6.30pm-10pm; intriguing name, presenting a Sat 12.30pm-2pm, velvety poached egg beneath a 6.30pm-10pm translucent red pepper skin. The fish course – cod with chickpea painting – was simple and refreshing, while the succulent beef fillet was paired unusually but effectively with hot peach sauce. Finally, The Passion Of Chocolate combined whipped cream and luscious chocolate mousse with crunchy turmeric crackers to round off a thoroughly satisfying, and constantly surprising, dining experience. Fine Dining

Corrigan’s Mayfair

 Location 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, W1K 7EH Marble Arch t: 020 3151 3252 w: www.corrigansmayfair.com e: reservations@corrigansmayfair.com This remarkable three-AA-rosette restaurant redefines the concept of quintessential British cuisine. Here, honest, no-nonsense cuisine – inspired by Richard Corrigan’s £55 to humble, rural upbringing – is served up in one of the city’s most enviable postcodes. £60 Corrigan’s combines Richard’s distinct culinary flair with unpretentious food and an exciting wine list. The main dining room offers an ambience of understated luxury. Sturdy, studded chairs and crisp white linen are offset by dark wood floors and the odd playful embellishment. However, it’s the menu that steals the show. The award-winning meals begin with the likes of Carpaccio of octopus accompanied by Seville oranges and bittersweet almonds, and roasted veal tongue with wild celery and truffle. The robust flavours continue with mains such as shin of beef with peppered bone Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, marrow and snails, and saddle of wild rabbit with sweet medjool dates. Showcasing 6pm-11pm; Sat 6pm-11pm the likes of rhubarb soufflé with piquant ginger ice cream, the desserts are also triumphant. These dishes’ heady, unadulterated flavours really deserve celebration, as does their value for money. Visit midweek at lunchtime and indulge in two courses for £28 or three courses for the astonishingly affordable price of £34. Alternatively, push the boat out with four courses for just £40. In addition to the stylish cocktail bar and stunning restaurant, there are also four exclusive private dining rooms: the Chef’s Table, the Poet’s Corner, Kitchen Library and the Lindsay Room. C

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Boisdale

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 w: www.boisdale.co.uk Boisdale is the perfect dining destination for those who enjoy the finer things in life. At all four venues diners can expect to find exceptional cuisine, fine wine, whisky and cigars. Canary Wharf’s Boisdale has quickly become London’s go-to live music venue. The jazz, blues, soul, reggae and the fine decor hark back to the class and style of past eras, while the venue’s terrific atmosphere will leave you feeling full of life. Set within a stunning Art Deco building, Boisdale comprises a first-floor bar and terrace, a whisky bar serving over 900 single malts and a restaurant and stage upstairs. Boisdale Belgravia has been named ‘one of London’s unsung treasures’ by The Guardian, and rightly so. The warm, eclectic haunt resembles a gentleman’s club, while the Back Bar has a traditional pub feel. With a cocktail bar, cigar terrace and a blooming courtyard garden too, what’s not to love? Boisdale in Bishopsgate, like its sister venues, serves some of the finest food in the city. The restaurant boasts table and banquette seating for those visiting to sample the modern British cuisine, and the Piano Bar is perfect for pre-dinner tipples. Warm hues of green and red, along with a splash of tartan, ensure guests feel at ease in the relaxing restaurant. Recently opened Boisdale Mayfair is a more intimate, cosy affair, housed in listed converted stables just off Park Lane. Inside, the distinctive Boisdale style of dark green walls, mahogany panelling and striking artwork transports diners to a haven of comfort. Head to Stable Bar & Restaurant on the ground floor and immerse yourself in Mayfair’s most exclusive whisky list, delicious food and performances from the piano, not forgetting the newly launched Vinyl & Cocktail Bar on the lower ground floor. *Price represents the cost of the set menu. *Disabled facilities at Swedeland Court and Cabot Place only.

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 Location Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate, City, EC2M 4NR Liverpool Street t: 020 3369 5708 e: info@boisdale-city.co.uk Open: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm  Location 15 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9LX Victoria t: 020 3369 5707 e: info@boisdale.co.uk Open: Mon-Fri noon-1am; Sat 6pm-1am  Location Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, E14 4QT Canary Wharf t: 020 3369 5709 e: info@boisdale-cw.co.uk Open: Mon-Fri 11am-midnight; Sat 6pm-midnight  Location 12 North Row, Mayfair, W1K 7DF Marble Arch t: 020 3369 5710 e: info@boisdale-mayfair.co.uk Open: Mon-Fri noon-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-6pm

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Alyn Williams at The Westbury  Location The Westbury, 37 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2YF Bond Street t: 020 3369 5687 w: www.alynwilliams.com e: alynwilliams@westburymayfair.com

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The serene, exclusive ambience of The Westbury hotel offers an elegant setting for Alyn Williams’ superb Michelin-starred restaurant. Alyn has worked with some of the best in the business, including Gordon Ramsay and Marcus * £80 Wareing, and his forward-thinking, creative style has seen the accolades roll in. Menus at his eponymous restaurant are driven by the seasons and consistently surprise and delight his diners. Here is a chef whose reputation precedes him; we were in anticipation of what the evening would bring. Orkney scallops with pumpkin, horseradish and bacon jam proved a vibrant combination of flavours. We similarly relished the English beetroot with herb dressing and walnuts, which was wonderfully paired with a wine chosen by the truly inspired sommelier. For mains, we savoured Salisbury Estate venison Open: Tues-Sat noon-2.30pm, with salt-baked celeriac, juniper, blueberries and mostarda. While the dish 6pm-10.30pm was an original pairing of contrasting and complementing flavours, the depth of the dish really shone through. Our pudding of salted caramel tart with baked apple curd ice cream proved a flawless finish in true Williams’ style. It was utterly delicious and exquisitely executed. We were mesmerised by each and every detail of our evening, as all aspects of the dining experience were carefully considered to provide a spectacular treat. *Price represents the cost of three courses from the à la carte menu and a drink.

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The K Bar  Location The Kensington, 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5LP South Kensington t: 020 3369 5525 w: www.townhousekensington.com e: info@townhousekensington.com The K Bar at The Kensington takes inspiration from the sophisticated atmosphere of a gentleman’s club – and it’s evidenced in every element of this glamorous venue. Think deep-grained oak panelling offset by racing green and royal blue upholstery, emphasising quiet luxury. The soft lighting and accents of polished brass create a warm and inviting space in which to truly indulge.

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‘...sophisticated atmosphere of a gentleman’s club...’ An impressive bar front, boasting leather panelling and a rich green marble top, accompanies a polished brass bar display and bespoke wine fridges. Chandeliers glisten as you ponder whether to have a chilled glass of wine, spirit or a contemporary cocktail from the enticing list. The bar manager, Ashley Bambrough, has crafted an innovative cocktail menu Food Served: that features unique recipes Mon-Sun noon-10pm created with every sip in mind. It’s not all about liquid gratification here though; the unparalleled drinks offering is supplemented by a tempting array of bar bites. Hummus with grilled vegetables, halloumi and Lebanese flatbread, and Iberico ham croquettes paired with crispy squid and romesco sauce are just a few of the options ideal for sharing with friends. 6

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Town House

Modern British

 Location The Kensington, 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5LP South Kensington t: 020 3369 5671 C w: www.townhousekensington.com e: info@townhousekensington.com Located in the heart of South Kensington, the recently refurbished Town House restaurant is an all-day dining haven situated in The Kensington hotel. £25 to A home away from home, Town House is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch, £50 dinner and delicious afternoon tea. Executive chef Adi Mandokhot has created a menu to suit all tastes, with an emphasis on fresh, season-led produce. A hand-picked wine list complements the excellent cuisine. Designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors, the building’s natural charm and old English town house aesthetic is reflected in playful patterned fabrics, rugs, and classic rosewood and walnut that blend the traditional and modern elements perfectly. The Town House’s period rooms – comprising three beautiful interconnecting Restaurant Open: spaces that were once individual Regency-style town houses – feature bay Mon-Sun 7am-10.30pm windows, fireplaces, parquet floors and original art. The Study can seat up Bar Open: to 20 people around its large Mon-Sun noon-11pm antique table, whereas the White Room can seat up to 34, and the cosy, intimate Library leading to the bar can host 20 for dinner. The Town House doubles up as the perfect events and private dining space, from wedding receptions and birthday meals to presentations, book launches and networking events. Everything from the service to the ambience makes this modest space a favourite. Check out Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.

The Table Café

Modern British

 Location 83 Southwark Street, Southwark, SE1 0HX London Bridge t: 020 3369 5664 w: www.thetablecafe.com e: events@thetablecafe.com

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In an area known for its constant progression, The Table Café on Southwark Street sits comfortably amidst its Bankside neighbours. Since opening nearly a decade ago, The Table Café has flourished into a thriving business, offering a diverse menu that focuses on impeccable quality and sustainable sourcing. The all-day menu features simple food served with flair. For example, start the day as you mean to go on with the famed Borough full English, brunch burger, breakfast bruschetta, buttermilk pancakes or flat-iron waffles. Opening just as you need your first cup of coffee and closing just as you head back to hearth and home, the restaurant strives to ensure customers feel part of the Table community seven days a week.

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Shaun Alpine-Crabtree, chef and now co-owner, established The Table Café in partnership with architectural firm Allies and Morrison, and it’s been a relationship that’s shaped this restaurant as a cornerstone of the Open: community. Utilising British Mon-Weds 7.30am-10.30pm; suppliers and with a selection Thurs & Fri 7.30am-11.30pm; of innovative partnerships – Sat & Sun 8.30am-4.30pm including a collaboration with St Mungo’s that sees fresh herbs and vegetables delivered daily from an allotment underneath The Shard – The Table Café celebrates its independence. Simply put, The Table Café is an ever-evolving story of the staff, mixed clientele, and creative food and drink produced. London Guide 2018

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108 Brasserie & 108 Pantry

 Location 108 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1U 2QE Bond Street t: 020 3390 2231 w: www.108brasserie.com e: info@108marylebonelane.com C In the heart of Marylebone you’ll find 108 Brasserie and 108 Pantry. The brasserie houses two distinctive areas: the bar, a chic and sophisticated drinking and dining area; and the main dining space, where a host of modern British dishes take centre £25 stage. Meanwhile, the light and bright 108 Pantry is perfect for indulging in a spot to £45 of lunch or afternoon tea. 108 Brasserie prides itself on being an unfussy local favourite. The interior, designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors, features a mix of the traditional and the modern – think rich red leather, beautiful parquet, antique mirrors and a dark stained oak bar. The menu showcases produce that’s foraged, farmed and fished from the British Isles. The modern British cuisine is hearty and uncomplicated, and only high-quality seasonal ingredients are used. Appetising starters may include Devonshire crab cocktail with avocado, and apple and crispy pig’s cheek Open: with sweet apple and raisin chutney, while tempting mains include succulent Mon-Sun noon-10pm slow-cooked breast of lamb with celeriac remoulade, roasted Yorkshire Moor pheasant with game chips and, from the Josper grill, cider-glazed, free-range Suffolk pork chop and whole lemon sole. Desserts are heavenly – help yourself to a devilish chocolate fondant or a zesty lemon tart. The restaurant experience, from the service to the ambience, makes this unfussy space a local favourite. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can expect nothing less than quality food, great wine and exceptional service. Check out Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates. British

Shepherd’s of Westminster

 Location Marsham Court, Marsham Street, Westminster, SW1P 4LA Westminster t: 020 3390 0469 w: www.shepherdsrestaurant.co.uk e: info@shepherdsrestaurant.co.uk The minute you walk through the doors of Shepherd’s of Westminster you know that you’re in for a treat. This elegant and discreet restaurant has entertained royals and £25 to show business legends, as well as its regular clientele of journalists and politicians. £40 Once our coats were taken we took a seat at the stylish cocktail bar and sampled one of Shepherd’s bespoke cocktails – the Deputy Speaker. We were then shown to a discreet two-person booth lit by a low-hanging pendant lamp. The artwork, leather banquettes and ambient lighting are all evocative of an earlier, more elegant era. We were handed two menus – a reasonably priced set menu and a more extensive Restaurant Open: à la carte menu. Both feature ingredients sourced within the British Isles and are Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, designed to cater for vegetarians, pescatarians and carnivores alike. An extensive but 5.30pm-10.30pm unpretentious wine list followed. Bar Open: On the recommendation of our Mon-Fri noon-11pm knowledgeable waitress, we settled on home-smoked duck and cream of cauliflower soup to start, followed by main courses of Shepherd’s Pie and whole grilled Dover sole. Despite feeling pleasantly full, the dessert menu sounded irresistible; I chose apple and cranberry crumble, while my companion plumped for the cheeseboard. There are few pleasures to match a relaxed and refined dinner in a restaurant where the staff are pleased to help and are enthusiastic about the food they serve, and you’ll find just that at Shepherd’s. C

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Bush Hall Dining Rooms

British

 Location 304 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 7LJ Shepherd’s Bush t: 020 3369 5723 w: www.bushhallmusic.co.uk/food e: eat@bushhalldining.co.uk Bush Hall is a simple but imaginative modern diner. No culinary wheel is being reinvented here but the food is fun, flavourful, and inspiring. By regularly changing the menu, the team hopes to keep the diner lively, fresh and exciting. For brunch, boiled eggs with soldiers and Marmite mayo; chorizo jam, guacamole and a fried egg on toast; and Mexican Benedict (avocado and chorizo) are all playful ways of putting a subtle twist on diner standards. As is the lamb skewer and the spring salad with sumac and pomegranate vinaigrette from the main menu, which is divided into fun sections like Headliners and Green Room.

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The venue is informal, friendly, comfortable, and is open all day, making it the perfect hub for the local community. Open: Tues-Thurs 9am-10pm; Fri & Sat 9am-10.30pm; Sun 9am-4pm

The Castle Inn

British

 Location 36 St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5EU South Ealing t: 020 3369 5724 w: www.castleealing.co.uk e: castle.ealing@fullers.co.uk The Castle Inn is a quintessential English pub that’s both attractive and comfortable. In fine weather the award-winning garden, with its brightly coloured furnishings and hanging flower baskets, is the place to be. This Fuller’s establishment is well placed to showcase their excellent real ales – the seasonal ale is always a popular choice. With a wide selection of fine wine, spirits and craft beer, there is something to satisfy everyone. The Fuller’s motto is ‘we take taste personally’, and under the guidance of head chef Joey Duggan, The Castle Inn’s kitchen definitely lives up to this. The menu includes all the beloved pub classics, and we can’t speak highly enough of the Chalcroft Farm beef stew, which comes with hearty leek and thyme dumplings. Perhaps tempt your tastebuds by finishing with the scrumptious peanut butter and hazelnut chocolate tart.

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The Rose & Crown

British

 Location Church Place, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 4HN South Ealing t: 020 3369 5605 w: www.roseandcrownealing.co.uk e: roseandcrown@fullers.co.uk The Rose & Crown occupies a prime position in South Ealing, just behind the arresting St Mary’s Church. This charming traditional pub is the perfect spot in which to enjoy a pint of cask-conditioned Fuller’s ale. Head chef Marian Ciubotar’s popular menu bursts with seasonal delights. You might enjoy a blackened salmon, avocado, tomato and tarragon salad with buttery new potatoes, or perhaps chicken schnitzel with creamy champ, tenderstem broccoli and Kiev butter. For vegetarians we’d have to recommend the tasty Cajun-roasted chickpea salad, with caramelised onions and butternut squash. They also offer excellent Sunday roasts with seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and delicious gravy served alongside your choice of lamb, beef, chicken, pork or Brie and mixed nut Wellington. It’s also well worth checking out the pudding menu and sampling the peanut parfait with caramelised banana and popcorn.

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The Roundhouse

 Location 2 North Side Wandsworth Common, Clapham, SW18 2SS Clapham Junction t: 020 3369 5606 S w: www.theroundhousewandsworth.com e: info@theroundhousewandsworth.com Customer-focused service lies at the heart of this Clapham pub. The chefs follow food trends to keep diners on their toes and always listen to customers’ £22 to needs, meaning gluten-free beer and alcohol-free drinks as well as veggie and £30 vegan dishes make an appearance. The seasons dictate the menu that changes regularly to feature the best-tasting produce and to keep ideas fresh. Grilled halloumi sticks accompanied by spicy harissa sauce and flatbread makes for a tasty starter, while the jerk chicken breast with spinach, sweet potato, plantain and pineapple and mango salsa is a clear main-course favourite. The chef hails from the Caribbean, so these exotic dishes are as authentic as you could hope for. When it comes to pudding, the Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; classic sticky toffee pudding paired with vanilla ice cream wins hands down. Fri & Sat noon-midnight; Tables quickly fill for the legendary Sunday roasts, so it’s worth calling the Sun noon-10.30pm venue in advance to book. To top Food Served: it all off, there’s an extensive Mon-Sat noon-9.30pm; selection of wine, spirits and Sun noon-9pm beer to choose from. Just as much attention is paid to the interior as the food – leather banquettes, exposed brick and vintage lampshades create an inviting atmosphere. With a whole host of exciting events ranging from movie and murder mystery nights to beer tastings, the team isn’t afraid to try something new and place fun at the forefront for visitors old and new.

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The Andover Arms

British

 Location 57 Aldensley Road, Hammersmith, W6 0DL Ravenscourt Park t: 020 3369 5689 w: www.theandoverarms.com e: connect@theandoverarms.com

W The Andover Arms is true a gem. This atmospheric, cosy watering hole is full of charm and the welcoming interior is equally matched by the friendly hospitality of its helpful, efficient staff. We settled down at a candlelit table and cast our £23 to eyes over the tempting bill of fare. £30 For starters we savoured the meze board: brightly coloured roasted red peppers and charred artichokes accompanied delightfully fresh and zesty hummus, flavoursome chorizo sausage and moreish souszouki. The preserved chicken liver pâté comes highly recommended – it’s exceptionally smooth and paired with spiced apple and plum chutney and toast. If you’re a seafood-lover, the pub’s superb freshly caught sea bass is for you. Lightly seared, succulent, tender flakes of white fish were bedecked with slices Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm of fennel and complemented by delicate samphire, saffron potatoes and palourde Food Served: Mon-Sat clams served in an exquisitely noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; piquant tomato and crustacean Sun noon-9pm bisque. My guest thoroughly enjoyed their porchetta pork belly accompanied by flavoursome bubble and squeak and crackling. I think I’ll be back to sample the 28-day-aged sirloin steak; it’s rich, tender and cooked to perfection. The exciting drinks list offers an impressive selection of wine, not to mention seasonal craft beer. What more could you ask for from a local boozer?

Thatched House

British

 Location 115 Dalling Road, Hammersmith, W6 0ET Ravenscourt Park t: 020 3369 5652 w: www.thatchedhouse.com e: connect@thatchedhouse.com

W Thatched House is a cut above your average local boozer. As we stepped inside this 1850s pub on a winter’s evening, its beautifully lit, cosy interior, with well-spaced wooden tables and an open fire, made us feel instantly at ease. £22 to My partner kicked our feast off with the plump and juicy pan-fried scallops with £30 sundried tomatoes and salty capers atop a bed of puréed fava beans. I opted for the pan-fried Greek saganaki cheese teamed with pomegranate molasses, caramelised pear, thyme, honey and the satisfying crunch of roasted pecans. We followed with tender rib-eye steak with golden French fries and fragrant garlic butter, and I simply had to go for the whole grilled sea bass accompanied by roasted baby vegetables, tomato, and crunchy fennel salad; it was fabulous. We succumbed to a moreish sticky toffee pudding paired with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce to share, and sampled the chef’s cheeseboard, which came with Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm crackers, delicious homemade Food Served: Mon-Sat walnut bread and quince jelly. noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; The Thatched House also has a Sun noon-9pm terrific, reasonably priced wine list; most of which you can try in carafes, allowing you to sample to your heart’s content. We certainly left feeling content – after you’ve settled the bill, take a walk in the nearby park. This tip-top pub is a go-to for a romantic evening meal, all-important business lunch, supper with friends, or post-work tipple. London Guide 2018

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The Bell & Crown

 Location 11-13 Thames Road, Chiswick, W4 3PL Chiswick Park t: 020 3369 5697 w: www.bell-and-crown.co.uk e: bellandcrown@fullers.co.uk Situated in the heart of Chiswick, a few minutes from picturesque Kew Gardens, this charming pub commands stunning views across the Thames. Admire the scenery over a refreshing pint or a salad of spiced carrot, lentil, feta and chickpeas, with beetroot, spinach and a mint garnish. Head chef Tracey Devilliers brings a touch of luxury to traditional cooking – why not treat yourself to sea trout fillet on a bed of wild garlic gnocchi, black olives, roasted cherry tomatoes, and gremolata, or to the delectable fish pie with seasonal spring greens? This historic pub became part of the Fuller’s family in 1814; the pub has undergone considerable changes since then, including several attractive new extensions, but today’s visitors can still expect an excellent range of Fuller’s real ale and a comprehensive wine list. These can also be enjoyed in the attractive Cobblers Bar, which can be hired for private events and accommodates up to 40 guests.

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The Drayton Court Hotel

 Location 2 The Avenue, Ealing, W13 8PH West Ealing t: 020 3151 3515 w: www.draytoncourtlondon.co.uk e: draytoncourt@fullers.co.uk Situated in the leafy suburb of Ealing, The Drayton Court Hotel brings the benefits of a charming country pub to the streets of London. Why not gather with friends and enjoy a pint of refreshing Fuller’s real ale in one of London’s biggest beer gardens? Alternatively, the squashy armchairs and attractive modern decor make this historic pub an inviting prospect in the colder months. You can enjoy a game of table football or drop by on a Friday evening to take advantage of the regular live music acts. If you’re feeling peckish, head chef Rafael Tiglao’s seasonal menus are bursting with modern classics. For mains, sample the likes of tagliatelle in blue cheese sauce with roasted squash, crispy spinach and walnuts. Perhaps follow with a delicious helping of pear, plum and almond crumble with crème anglaise.

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The Cock & Bottle

British

 Location 17 Needham Road, Notting Hill, W11 2RP Notting Hill Gate t: 020 3151 3126 w: www.cockandbottlew11.com e: info@cockandbottlew11.com

C If you want to retreat to a friendly, traditional pub, you can count on The Cock & Bottle to provide you with all you need. There’s a wide selection of wine, plenty of comforting food and a laid-back vibe, making this venue an inviting £15 to place in which to hang out. Head upstairs to the dining room and enjoy £30 homemade fare from the season-led menu. If you’ve opted to go all-out with a three-course feast, perhaps begin with pan-seared scallops with oak-smoked chorizo and apple, or smoked salmon, pickled baby courgettes, deep-fried duck egg and chervil sour cream. Main dishes include pheasant paired with bacon, haggis, Scotch quail egg, celeriac pureé, wild mushrooms and grilled pear, which demonstrates the chef’s talent. The orange and blackberry posset with almond and filo shards is a real hit with sweet-toothed fiends, and if you’re kicking about the area on Sunday, book a table for lunch and choose from roast chicken, slow-cooked pork belly and 28-day-aged beef sirloin with all the trimmings. Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; The honey-baked figs, toasted almonds and strawberry ice Fri & Sat noon-11.30pm; cream will leave you feeling Sun noon-10.30pm somewhat smug. The team here knows how to strike the balance between friendly and professional, so you’ll always feel welcome at this cosy spot.

The Althorp

British

 Location 20 Bellevue Road, Wandsworth, SW17 7EB Wandsworth Common t: 020 3369 5653 w: www.thealthorp.co.uk e: info@thealthorp.co.uk

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The Althorp is a lovely city pub that resembles a trendy country inn. The light and airy interior creates a wonderful space in which to kick back and relax. Thanks to views across Wandsworth Common and a welcoming team at the helm, first-time visitors often turn into reliable regulars.

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‘...kick back and relax...’ The menu is kept fresh and seasonal by using local ingredients and produce from trusted suppliers. For instance, the salmon, cod and dill fishcake with lemon mayonnaise is a refreshing way to start your meal. You might follow with pan-fried sea bass, spicy crab linguine, or one of the delicious ‘posh’ kebabs. It’s best you save space for dessert as the baked Alaska with raspberry coulis is a showstopper.

Open: Mon-Fri noon-10pm; Another highlight is the local Sat 10am-10pm; beer on offer, including those Sun 10am-9pm from Sambrook’s brewery in Battersea and the super-trendy Beavertown Brewery in North London. The suntrap terrace is the ideal spot to guzzle a pint or two, though the dining room allows guests to have some privacy while they eat. If you’re around on Saturday, make a beeline for the bottomless brunch. Various function spaces are available for private hire – just ask a member of the team if you’re interested. London Guide 2018

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The Hand & Flower

 Location 1 Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, W14 8XJ West Kensington t: 020 3369 5515 w: www.handandflower.co.uk e: handandflower@fullers.co.uk This elegant pub and hotel is located in the heart of buzzy Hammersmith, within easy reach of major transport links and opposite Olympia Exhibition Halls. The historic establishment was opened in 1822 by Edwin Hand – a notorious figure in the infamous Quality Street gang, famed for targeting the valuable silk ties and jewellery of the Victorian gentry. However, today’s visitors will find The Hand & Flower a reformed and delightful place to spend an evening. Nowadays, the appeal lies in the excellent food served and the wide range of Fuller’s cask conditioned ale. Why not pair a refreshing pint of Frontier craft lager with one of the delicious light bites such as the grilled flatbread with Parmesan, artichoke and spinach dip? Alternatively, indulge in a plate of pan-fried bream served with Jersey Royal potatoes, chorizo and herby tomato salsa, followed by a decadent helping of sticky toffee pudding.

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Food Served: Mon-Fri 7am-11am, noon-10pm; Sat 8am-11am, noon-10pm; Sun noon-9pm British

Lamb & Flag

 Location 33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9EB Leicester Square t: 020 3369 5531 w: www.lambandflagcoventgarden.co.uk e: lambandflag@fullers.co.uk Ideally located in Covent Garden, this historic pub has always been a popular destination. In the early 1800s it earned the nickname ‘the bucket of blood’ by hosting bare-knuckle prizefights. The Lamb & Flag has changed considerably since then; it’s the excellent cooking and wide selection of Fuller’s seasonal ale that draws crowds today. It’s the perfect place to meet friends for a refreshing pint of London Pride; if you fancy something fruity, try the Fuller’s Session IPA. If you’re looking for a pre-theatre bite to eat, we would recommend the crispy salt and pepper squid with nam jim dipping sauce, followed by pan-fried chicken breast with sautéed new potatoes, wilted spinach and chorizo butter. For dessert, why not treat yourself to vintage ale sticky toffee pudding, drizzled with toffee sauce and served with a side of buffalo milk salted caramel ice cream?

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The Banker

 Location Cousin Lane, City, EC4R 3TE Bank t: 020 3369 5693 w: www.banker-london.co.uk e: banker@fullers.co.uk Commanding a prime position under the arches between Southwark Bridge and London Bridge, this attractive pub offers exceptional views from its riverside terrace. It’s the perfect spot in which to enjoy a quick drink and something tasty to eat before wandering down to St Paul’s Cathedral, or popping across the river to the nearby Globe Theatre and Tate Modern. You can tuck into the likes of meltingly tender lamb shank, or for a lighter option, plump for the roasted sweet potato, red quinoa and chickpea salad with refreshing pomegranate and tahini dressing. But the real speciality of The Banker is its rotisserie – delightfully crisp and juicy chicken served with rich garlic gravy and a choice of appetising sides. The staff will happily recommend something from the extensive wine list to complement your meal, or you might prefer a pint of Fuller’s real ale or a refreshing soft drink.

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The Duke of Kent

British

 Location Scotch Common, Ealing, W13 8DL Castle Bar Park t: 020 3151 3544 w: www.dukeofkent.co.uk e: thedukeofkent@fullers.co.uk Stood proudly on the corner of Scotch Common, you’ll find The Duke of Kent with its impressive offering of seasonal fare, made using locally sourced produce where possible. Head chef Adrian Sereteanu prides himself on his creative à la carte and fixed-price menus, which are rooted in British tradition but draw inspiration from other cuisines including Moroccan and Mediterranean elements. Social sharing plates such as Yassa-spiced chicken thigh with tzatziki and salt and pepper squid are a great way to explore a selection of the chef’s specialities and provide the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine or Prosecco. Crowd-pleasing mains such as pan-roasted lamb rump, new potatoes, green bean and chorizo fricassee with minted sour cream are always a treat. The large garden with its spacious dining terrace and children’s play area is the perfect spot for relaxed al fresco dining in the summer months.

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Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-9pm

The Castle

British

 Location 30 West Street, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3EF West Harrow t: 020 3369 5725 w: www.castle-harrow.co.uk e: castle.harrow@fullers.co.uk This classic heritage pub combines the listed features of an historical venue with the relaxed atmosphere of your beloved local pub. Like all Fuller’s pubs, they’re connoisseurs of real ale, so it’s no surprise that they were awarded Pub of the Year 2016 and 2017 by West Middlesex CAMRA. If beer isn’t your tipple of choice, The Castle at Harrow has a range of fine wine, spirits and soft drinks to wet your whistle. The menu at this popular establishment is definitely worth shouting about. Compiled by talented head chef Cedric Ledoussal, whose signature can be found on every menu, it achieves the perfect balance of hearty pub classics and more delicate options such as smoked salmon and king prawn linguine served with baby spinach and a garnish of lemon crème fraîche. Whatever you fancy, The Castle is a warm haven on cold days, and their tranquil beer garden is not to be missed in the summer months.

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The Plough Inn

British

 Location 297 Northfield Avenue, Ealing, W5 4XB Northfields t: 020 3369 5661 w: www.ploughnorthfields.co.uk e: ploughinn@fullers.co.uk The Plough Inn never fails to deliver on high-quality food and warm, friendly service. With a relaxed, family-friendly ambience and a wide selection of drinks, including Fuller’s beer and ale, there are so many strings to this charming pub’s bow. A weekend brunch menu boasts all of your favourite eggs and full English breakfasts for the perfect start to the day. Lunch and dinner can be as light or indulgent as you like. While portions here are generous, the social plates such as chorizo in red wine with sourdough are perfect for sharing and for those who like to graze. If you’re committed to three courses you might start with heritage tomato, Laverstoke mozzarella, black olives, orzo pasta and pesto salad, and follow with roasted cod supreme, barbecued cabbage purée, wilted chard and Mrs Owton’s bacon. The wild boar ragu with papardelle, pecorino and truffle oil is a perfectly balanced dish that we couldn’t recommend highly enough.

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The Red Lion Hotel

 Location Royal Lane, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3QP Uxbridge t: 020 3369 5602 w: www.redlionhotelhillingdon.co.uk e: redlionhotel@fullers.co.uk The Red Lion Hotel combines old-world craftsmanship, with its exposed timber beams and large Tudor fireplace, with modern-day comfort. Originally built in the 16th century, the venue occupies a prime position overlooking Hillingdon Hill; you can admire the pleasant vistas from the large terrace garden and patio. The hotel has 55 beautiful bedrooms and a restaurant known for exceptionally tasty food. You might enjoy the likes of sweet potato and chickpea curry with flatbread and coriander yoghurt, or fish and chips battered in Fuller’s London Pride. For pudding, why not sample the apple and blackberry crumble with custard, or the tasty Laverstoke Park Farm ice cream? The bar has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and serves a fine selection of Fuller’s award-winning beer. For private receptions and small dinner parties, the distinguished Oak Room can seat up to eight guests.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm; Fri & Sat 7am-midnight; Sun 8am-10.30pm British

The Fox & Goose

 Location Hanger Lane, Ealing, W5 1DP North Ealing t: 020 3151 5945 w: www.foxandgoosehotel.co.uk e: foxandgoosehotel@fullers.co.uk Situated close to Wembley Stadium, The Fox & Goose hotel makes a convenient base for anyone staying in London. The pub has recently undergone extensive refurbishment, so visitors can be sure of a pleasant and memorable experience. A comprehensive range of fantastic wine and an ever-changing selection of Fuller’s seasonal and craft beers have allowed The Fox & Goose to achieve Master Cellarman status. The award-winning beer garden is especially pleasant, and in warm weather it’s perfect for al fresco dining. Instead of traditional starters, this venue offers social plates; why not share a few plates of crispy squid, confit duck spring rolls and quinoa almond fritters? For mains, you can build your own dish, with a choice of harissa chicken, Hampshire steak or grilled halloumi with a fresh seasonal salad. It’s also well worth keeping an eye on the specials board, which changes daily. Perhaps you could treat yourself to a tasty pear, plum and almond crumble.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm; Fri 7am-midnight; Sat 8am-midnight; Sun 8am-10.30pm British

The Chamberlain Hotel

 Location 130-135 Minories, City, EC3N 1NU Aldgate t: 020 3151 2535 w: www.thechamberlainhotel.co.uk e: chamberlainhotel@fullers.co.uk The Chamberlain Hotel can be found just north of Tower Bridge in Minories. The pub’s location makes this an ideal base from which to discover London’s major attractions and architectural curiosities like the iconic Gherkin. This welcoming venue has much more to recommend it than just location. Be it grape or grain, spirits or artisanal soft drinks, the drinks menu has something for everyone. Beer connoisseurs are sure to appreciate the excellent range of cask-conditioned ales. For oenophiles, the wine list includes some exceptional delights, particularly Burgundian classics from Puligny-Montrachet and Beaune. The Chamberlain is noteworthy for its kitchen as well as its bar; visitors can sample the likes of baked sea trout, herb-crushed new potatoes and crunchy samphire in a cockle butter sauce. We’d have to recommend following this with a Brewer Street coffee and a slice of the indulgently creamy banoffee cheesecake.

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Little Bay  Location 228 Belsize Road, Camden, NW6 4BT Kilburn Park t: 020 3369 5537 w: www.littlebay.co.uk e: kilburn@littlebay.co.uk

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Little Bay is a cosy restaurant with bags of charm thanks to candlelit tables, attractive lamps and glamorous interiors, though the easy-going atmosphere will make you feel chilled out in no time.

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The upstairs restaurant is like stepping into an opera house, with hidden tables reminiscent of theatre boxes, swathes of velvet fabric and murals adorning the walls. After friendly staff greeted us warmly, we were escorted to our table where a basket of fresh bread quickly arrived. The menu is tantalising and abundant in choice. We chose grilled marinated vegetables with feta and balsamic dressing, and braised pig’s cheeks with onion mash and smoked bacon to start. A sizeable specials menu accompanies the Open: great-value à la carte, so you’re guaranteed to find something to match your mood. The main course of Mon-Sat noon-midnight; lamb two ways, accompanied Sun noon-11pm by potato gratin and delicately spiced aubergine, is a firm favourite and was our choice after much deliberation. If you’re feeling indulgent, the apple cake and white chocolate and pistachio parfait are great dessert choices. Little Bay is a fantastic find, and if you dine here, it’ll be clear to see why it has stood the test of time for 25 years.

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Restaurant Michael Nadra

 Location 6-8 Elliott Road, Chiswick, W4 1PE Turnham Green t: 020 3369 1493 e: chiswick@restaurant-michaelnadra.co.uk  Location 42 Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill, NW1 8JD Camden Town t: 020 3369 0769 e: primrose@restaurant-michaelnadra.co.uk w: www.restaurant-michaelnadra.co.uk N Classically trained chef-patron Michael Nadra (chef profile page 91) prides himself on serving high-quality cuisine in a sophisticated yet unpretentious setting; informal fine dining reigns supreme at his restaurant. Boasting £30 to a neighbourhood feel, the ambience of the canalside Primrose Hill £35 restaurant reflects that of the original Chiswick branch, with the added benefit of a garden terrace, raised fireplace and Martini bar. There’s even a Grade II listed horse tunnel at the heart of the restaurant, providing * Food Served: a unique vaulted space for all occasions. Standards are high in all respects. Creative dishes are carefully crafted using the finest ingredients Tues-Fri noon-2.30pm, and the menu is ever-changing to showcase in-season produce. Perhaps 6pm-10.30pm; begin with salmon ceviche Sat noon-4pm, 6pm-10.30pm; with chilli-pickled cucumber, Sun noon-4pm, 6pm-9pm followed by wagyu fillet (open Mondays in December steak and Welsh braised and Bank Holidays) cheeks with wild mushrooms, truffled mashed potatoes and spinach. The wine list comprises 200 bins from around the world. Quality cuisine and stylish surroundings make these hidden treasures well worth seeking out. *Disabled facilities at Primrose Hill only. W

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La Muse

Modern European

 Location 119 Holloway Road, Holloway, N7 8LT Highbury & Islington t: 020 3369 5528 w: www.lamuse.london e: baris@lamuse.london

N La Muse boasts a cosy interior full of appealing French art coupled with elegant al fresco dining, and an attentive team led by the superlatively hospitable Baris. The new menu – a French tapas concept – is spectacular. £15 to After much deliberation, we began with three dishes: grilled asparagus, £35 charred leeks and baked Camembert. The sweet leeks were caramelised, the asparagus dressed in a lovely bois boudran sauce, and the Camembert came with peppery saucisson and toasted sourdough. Next, we ordered plates of merguez, spiced pork meatballs and steak tartare. The merguez at La Muse are in a league of their own: the plump beef sausages were seasoned with aromatic cumin and harissa, and served with fresh yoghurt coleslaw. The delicate charred pepper sauce finished the meatball dish wonderfully but the steak tartare with fresh parsley was the star of the show. Open: Mon 5pm-10pm; A glass of Picpoul de Pinet Tues-Sat 9am-10pm; made for a fresh and fruity Sun 10am-5pm accompaniment, while my partner enjoyed one of La Muse’s expert Bloody Marys. La Muse’s well-curated wine list now includes New World varieties, and the Stump Jump cabernet sauvignon impressed, giving dark fruit and cedar notes in equal measure. For dessert, we shared a delicate crème brûlée and sipped glasses of heavenly Sauternes, in agreement that La Muse’s show-stopping menu is truly unmissable.

Little Bay

Modern European

 Location 228 York Road, Battersea, SW11 3SJ Wandsworth Town t: 020 3369 5536 w: www.littlebay.co.uk e: battersea@littlebay.co.uk S Like a superhero in disguise, opera-themed restaurant Little Bay has an unassuming exterior, but step inside and it reveals a restaurant that’s bursting with action. The wow-factor comes from intimate dining booths spanning two £16 tiers complemented by a dazzling chandelier, plush red upholstery and a small to £26 stage for entertainment. When we visited, the staff were very friendly and the venue busy, which is always a good sign. Our waitress pointed us towards the dynamic cocktail list, from which we sampled a delicious tipple as we debated what to order. The menu features an assortment of classics, from mussels to vegetarian moussaka, and dishes that err on the more health-conscious side. We chose the duck fillets with pickled cauliflower, apples and raisins, which had a gamey, earthy taste and contrasting textures, and delicious smoked salmon and avocado atop Open: a toasted muffin. The slow-cooked lamb shoulder accompanied by potato gratin, Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight; spiced aubergine and green Sun noon-10pm beans was delicious, while the pear- and Stilton-stuffed chicken was moist and packed a flavourful punch. As for dessert, we tried the specials of raw strawberry cheesecake and raw carrot cake. It was a choice that paid off. Battersea’s Little Bay is a gem of a restaurant with its own eccentric charm, offering reasonable prices, great food, tipples, service and entertainment. What more could you ask for? London Guide 2018

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Brasserie Blanc  w: www.brasserieblanc.com Brasserie Blanc’s aim has always been to offer a relaxed environment where family, friends and colleagues can enjoy wonderfully cooked dishes inspired by Raymond Blanc’s childhood in France. The Brasserie Blanc name has become known for the fresh, seasonal and home-cooked dishes served across its six London sites. Each is a top choice for leisurely lunches, laid-back seasonal suppers and relaxed drinks. Fantastic service and wonderful interiors complete the experience. The menu showcases a superb selection of ingredients sourced from trusted suppliers and cooked with care to ensure that only the tastiest food reaches your table. Fine, fresh dishes are packed full of flavour. Expect to see the likes of moules frites, beef Bourguignon, light Malabar fish curry and a hearty lamb tagine. There are also burgers, steaks and fishcakes, available any time of day. Vegan options include chilli pie topped with mash and accompanied by a mixed leaf salad. Set menus and children’s menus, along with gluten- and dairy-free options, ensure that there is something on offer for everyone. Desserts come in the form of zesty lemon tart, chocolate mousse cup and pistachio soufflé, to name a few. Brasserie Blanc excels in every aspect, which makes each London site perfect for private parties and special events. They can accommodate large groups and have various diverse private dining rooms where you can hold all manner of events such as meetings, presentations and dinners.

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 Location 9 Belvedere Road, Southbank, SE1 8YP Waterloo t: 020 3369 5717 Open: Mon-Sat noon-10.30pm; Sun noon-8.30pm  Location 119 Chancery Lane, Covent Garden, WC2A 1PP Chancery Lane t: 020 3369 5713 Open: Mon-Fri noon-10pm; Sat 4.30pm-9.30pm  Location 8 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2LS Goodge Street t: 020 336 95714 Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-9.30pm  Location 14 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AA Tower Hill t: 020 3369 5719 Open: Mon-Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-4pm  Location Goldhurst House, Parr’s Way, Fulham Reach, Hammersmith, W6 9AN Hammersmith t: 020 3369 5716 Open: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-10pm  Location 60 Threadneedle Street, City, EC2R 8HP Bank t: 020 3369 5718 Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm

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Le Garrick

French

 Location 10-12 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9BH Leicester Square t: 020 3369 5534 w: www.legarrick.co.uk e: info@legarrick.co.uk

C It’s always nice to greet a milestone birthday looking your best, and Le Garrick has certainly done that following a makeover last year for its 30th anniversary. Located a stone’s throw from Leicester Square tube, in amongst Covent Garden’s £22 to theatres, this family-owned restaurant boasts a cosy atmosphere and is festooned £32 with mismatched furniture and authentic French memorabilia. Outside, the restaurant looks like a traditional Parisian brasserie with tables and chairs for al fresco dining. Upstairs boasts large windows – perfect for people-watching – and if you head downstairs you’ll be greeted by candlelit booths and exposed brickwork, offering the perfect place to unwind. The waiting staff are friendly and helpful, ensuring all who visit are treated to a wonderful experience. Charles Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; Lepelletier, the owner, takes inspiration from his hometown of Toulouse for the Sun noon-5pm menu. We began with a glass of Crémant and a charcuterie board, before settling on calamari and escargots to start. The snails were served with their shells removed, making them a friendly prospect for novices. The calamari – a firm favourite with regulars – prepared from a family recipe from the Basque region, arrived with a delightful coriander, chilli and ginger sauce that we happily mopped up with fresh French bread. I chose beef Bourguignon for the main course, with new potatoes and vegetables. My dining partner opted for duck confit, pork belly and Toulouse sausage, served on a bed of broad beans. For pudding we sampled an indulgent chocolate fondant and tarte au citron. Le Garrick oozes charm, personality and great food at good value. It’s been here for 30 years for a reason, so why not discover its charms for yourself?

L’Absinthe  Location 40 Chalcot Road, Primrose Hill, Camden, NW1 8LS t: 020 3369 5530 w: www.labsinthe.co.uk

French Chalk Farm

N L’Absinthe is an independently run French bistro located on a leafy corner of Primrose Hill. Open for ten years, L’Absinthe’s devoted and stylish clientele are clearly impressed with what lies beyond this charming £20 to restaurant’s doors. £30 Inside, the simple and snug interior complements the relaxed vibe of this flickering candlelit bistro, setting the scene for an evening of fine food and wine. The menu is most tempting, featuring tried-and-tested classic French starters such as onion soup and leek vinaigrette with a poached egg. Indulge the Francophile in you with main courses of L’Absinthe steak frites, Toulouse sausage or rich beef Bourguignon. Desserts follow the indulgent theme with options like warming apple tarte Tatin, crème brûlée and light, ice cream-filled profiteroles, which hit all the right notes. No dish is complete Open: Mon 8am-3pm; without a glass (or bottle) of wine. Tues-Fri 8am-3pm, 6pm-10pm; Alternatively, stop by for Sat 9am-3pm, 6pm-10pm breakfast and start the day as you mean to go on with a Continental breakfast, croque monsieur or perhaps porridge with apple and cinnamon compote. Jean Christophe, the friendly patron, has charm and friendliness in abundance, allowing guests to feel at ease. Add authentic dishes, personal service and exceptional value and you’ll think you’ve stumbled into a little eatery in a quiet corner of Paris. London Guide 2018

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Randall & Aubin  Location 14-16 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 0SG Piccadilly Circus t: 020 3369 5598 w: www.randallandaubin.com e: info@randallandaubin.com

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Launched in 1996 on Brewer Street in Soho, oyster bar and brasserie Randall & Aubin has been delighting foodies, fans and celebrities for over two decades – everyone who visits does so looking for an outstanding meal and a fabulous time beneath the glittering disco ball. Thanks to a second venue in Manchester, guests up and down the country can enjoy the relaxed, fun and approachably luxurious atmosphere, in a place where lobster and steak are served with a side of good humour and a wink as sparkling as the Champagne.

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Co-owners Jamie Poulton and accomplished head chef Ed Baines (chef profile page 91) share a passion for quality ingredients and sustainability, meaning that everything on the menu shines with their love for creating exceptional dishes. The menu is inspired by French and British classics – moules marinières and French onion soup are always firm favourites, as is the sensational rotisserie chicken – and local, seasonal produce Open: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; inspires exciting daily specials. Fri & Sat noon-midnight; Invaluable relationships with Sun noon-10pm trusted suppliers, like the trawlermen at Peterhead harbour, have given Randall & Aubin unique access to the freshest produce, meaning guests can enjoy treats such as fresh cod landed less than 24 hours before. Service is accompanied by a lively soundtrack of eclectic music that’s an integral part of the restaurant’s buzzing, effervescent ambience. French

Le Café du Marché  Location 22 Charterhouse Square, Smithfield, EC1M 6DX Farringdon t: 020 3369 5532 w: www.cafedumarche.co.uk e: events@cafedumarche.co.uk

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A passion for providing Gallic charm and warm service lies at the heart of Le Café du Marché. That’s why it comes as no surprise that it has stood the test of time for nearly three decades, showcasing the cuisine of provincial France. Located in a converted warehouse, this gem can be found along a quiet cobbled alley close to Smithfield Market. The ground floor restaurant is bright, airy and full of character, and there is a large private dining room called Le Grenier upstairs.

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‘...Gallic charm and warm service...’ There’s always plenty to look forward to when visiting, as the carefully drafted menus are guided by the seasons and change every five weeks. The menu promises classically inspired French dishes with a sprinkling of European influences. It delivered on our high expectations when we visited, thanks to superb starters of fish soup Food Served: with Gruyère, crouton and Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, rouille, and tartlette of crab 6pm-10pm; Sat 6pm-10pm with poached egg and butter sauce. Mains to revel in include côte de boeuf with Béarnaise sauce, braised beef, and le poisson selon le marché. If you have room for afters, the plum tart with coulis framboise, and creamy vanilla and Armagnac panna cotta are bound to impress even the most passionate dessert devotees. 22

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Pescatori

Seafood

 Location 57 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4PD Goodge Street t: 020 3369 5581 w: www.pescatori.co.uk e: cs@pescatori.co.uk

C Pescatori, located in London’s foodie mecca, Fitzrovia, is an independent restaurant established over 50 years ago. It specialises in Italian-inspired fish and seafood and is a consistently popular destination for locals, £35 to businesspeople and tourists. £45 Seated at a cosy booth within the spacious and relaxing interior, we were taken through the diverse menu by the friendly waiting staff. The fish and seafood classics are there – mussels, lobster, oysters – and meat dishes also provide options for dedicated carnivores. We kicked off with starters of grilled goat’s cheese and earthy beetroot, and the tender octopus with aubergine purée was an inspired pairing. The daily special of tagliatelle combined sweet king prawns with nutty porcini mushroom sauce to impressive effect, while the grilled fish, seafood and vegetables was delicate, with a satisfying selection of prawns, calamari, swordfish, scallops and salmon complementing the dish. Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm; The Italian desserts called my Sat 5.30pm-11pm name; I indulged in a fantastic vanilla panna cotta that had just the right amount of wobble, served with seasonal berries to cut through the sweetness. The passion fruit semifreddo was equally delicious. In an area where restaurants come and go, only the truly successful stand the test of time, and Pescatori looks set to remain a Charlotte Street stalwart for many years to come.

Outlaw’s at The Capital

Seafood

 Location 22-24 Basil Street, Knightsbridge, SW3 1AT Knightsbridge t: 020 3369 5579 w: www.capitalhotel.co.uk e: outlaws@capitalhotel.co.uk

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Michelin-starred Outlaw’s at The Capital is the first London restaurant from acclaimed seafood chef Nathan Outlaw (chef profile page 92). Menus showcase an exquisite selection of seasonal and sustainable British seafood options. ‘Our produce is simply the freshest and the best, caught by fishermen we know well in Cornwall. I am proud of such a unique menu; for me fish is always the star ingredient’ enthuses Nathan.

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A three-course meal cooked by head chef Andrew Sawyer might commence with cured monkfish with pickled peppers and coriander yoghurt, while mains feature imaginative dishes such as brill with crispy oyster and kale, and bass paired with Outlaw’s signature Porthilly sauce. Desserts include the likes of honey-custard tart accompanied by quince, anise and gingerbread ice cream, while those with more savoury tastes can demolish some Davidstow Cheddar.

Open: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, On top of the à la carte menu, 6.30pm-10pm there’s an award-winning set lunch menu as well as a five-course tasting menu. Light floods the elegant restaurant thanks to the huge windows that look out over Basil Street, and Harrods is a mere 87 steps away. Adjoining is the Capital Bar, renowned for its enviable whisky collection and popular whisky and cheese pairing classes. Nathan hosts regular events and masterclasses throughout the year. London Guide 2018

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Seafood

 Location 726 Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AH Chalk Farm t: 020 3369 5613 w: www.seawisecamden.com e: seawise@btinternet.com Located in Camden’s bustling Stables Market is Seawise. This cosy and casual eatery is a refuge for those seeking customer-orientated service and an easy-going atmosphere. The modern rustic decor with sky blue hues and a splash of seaside memorabilia will perhaps jog memories of summers spent at the beach. Menus showcase an exquisite assortment of seasonal, fresh British seafood that’s cooked to order and delivered daily. Snap up some signature bang bang prawns, followed by gourmet fish and chips, or grilled Scottish salmon. If you’re in the mood for sharing, try the fisherman’s platter or signature platter: a medley of fresh prawns, grilled mussels, prawn skewers, scallops, grilled octopus and calamari. Wash it down with a glass of wine, pint of beer or cocktail pitcher. For party-goers, Seawise’s mobile kitchen hits up UK festivals and can even be hired for your very own shindig.

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fish! And fish! kitchen

Seafood

 w: www.fishkitchen.com e: info@fishkitchen.com Situated in the heart of the foodie mecca of Borough Market, fish! shines like a beacon thanks to its glass and steel design. Established in 1999 and recently refurbished with a new menu to match, it’ll lure you in with its tempting menu and cheery ambience. From classics like beer-battered fish and chips and fishcake with beurre blanc to ceviche and chargrilled squid, fish! offers a variety of seafood and fish (grilled, steamed or battered), quick bites and dinner options to linger over. If you’re not a fish-eater, there are vegetarian and meat dishes available. To begin, I chose ceviche – a South American speciality of raw fish marinated in citrus juices. Ceviche requires fresh, quality fish and mine was delicately complemented by coriander, red onion and avocado. My partner’s starter of dressed Dorset crab and mayonnaise on sourdough was wonderfully rich and creamy. Our friendly waitress advised that we try the popular smoked haddock fish! dish, and it certainly won me over – haddock perched on a bed of spinach and bubble and squeak, topped with a poached egg, and creamy Hollandaise sauce on the side was soon demolished. It was both elegant and comforting. Meanwhile, the Scottish langoustines prompted an excited gasp as they arrived at our table, prettily arranged, grilled with chilli and garlic, and served with a simple tomato and onion salad. Like the ceviche, the dish showcased the freshness of each ingredient and let the flavours shine through. There’s always a stream of guests that visit for brunch, lunch and dinner, as fish! appeals to all. It’s family-friendly, with choices like fish finger sandwiches to keep little ones happy. There’s also a fish! kitchen in Kingston, so those south west of the river can sample the delicious fare a little nearer to home. It comes as no surprise that fish! won Best Food Service Provider at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2017. It certainly gets my vote as the best fish restaurant in London, with its winning combination of fresh food and warm atmosphere.

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 Location Cathedral Street, Borough Market, Southwark, SE1 9AL London Bridge t: 020 3151 4284 Open: Mon-Thurs 11.30am-11pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun 10am-10.30pm Takeaway Open: Sun-Thurs 11am-6pm; Fri 11am-10.30pm; Sat 11am-10pm  Location 58 Coombe Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 7AF Norbiton t: 020 3151 4326 Open: Tues-Sat noon-10pm  Location Jarvis the Fishmonger, 56 Coombe Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 7AF Norbiton t: 020 3151 4285 Open: Tues-Sat 7am-4pm

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Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill  Location 11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair, W1B 4DG Piccadilly Circus t: 020 3369 5704 w: www.bentleys.org e: reservations@bentleys.org

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Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill first opened its doors for business in 1916, in the same beautiful Victorian building it occupies today. From the outset, this famous oyster bar and grill has captured the vibrant mood of a metropolis about to embrace the roaring £45 to ’20s. Bentley’s now proudly serves more oysters than any other UK restaurant, and £50 the all-weather al fresco dining terrace is a stylish area in which to dine. In addition to the Oyster Bar, the Grill Room and the Terrace, Bentley’s also benefits from two beautifully decorated private dining rooms. The sophisticated and intimate Crustacea Room, with select pieces from chef Richard Corrigan’s own art collection, will accommodate up to 14 guests, while the larger Swallow Street Oyster Bar Open: Mon-Sat Rooms accommodate up to 60 guests for dining, or 100 guests for a standing canapé 11.30am-11.30pm; reception. Boasting a private lounge bar and separate entrance, it provides the ideal Sun 11.30am-10.30pm space for business lunches, dinners, private celebrations and cocktail parties. If Grill Open: Mon-Fri required, entertainment can also be arranged in the form of DJs, pianists, opera noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; singers and magicians. Whether Sat 5.30pm-11pm you choose to dine in the gorgeous Champagne and Oyster Bar, located on the ground floor, or the Grill Room, where you’ll find delights such as stuffed baby squid with chorizo and feta, you can be sure that only the freshest produce will arrive at your table. Desserts are every bit as good as you might expect, too – try the fig roll with saffron ice cream or Bentley’s tipsy trifle. Bentley’s is sheer indulgence. Seafood-lovers take note: this gem of a restaurant is a real treat and not to be missed. Seafood

Wiltons Restaurant  Location 55 Jermyn Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6LX Green Park t: 020 3369 5676 w: www.wiltons.co.uk e: reserve@wiltons.co.uk

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Since 1742, when George William Wilton supplied the finest oysters to the traders at London’s Haymarket, Wiltons has been renowned for impeccable plating, timeless elegance and serving fine oysters, seafood and game. This £50 to thriving institution is the epitome of fine British dining, offering a charming £100 blend of traditional dishes and modern service to match. Ever since Wiltons received its first royal warrant for supplying oysters to the royal household in 1836, it has been a purveyor to the aristocracy. Green velvet chairs, crisp white linen, and golden walls capture understated sophistication. The customer-centric approach to service sees meals seamlessly glide from one course to the next and quiet conversations flourish, providing an air of calm throughout the well-groomed, unstuffy restaurant. Open: Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, A grand wine list provides endless exquisite options, while beautiful produce 5.30pm-10.30pm; takes the lead on the classic Sat 5.30pm-10.30pm menu. Spectacular caviar, cured salmon, lobster Thermidor and dressed crab complement the oysters, while meat dishes such as lamb cutlets, and vegetarian twice-baked soufflé are also on offer. At lunchtime, a silver carving trolley works its way around the restaurant, offering the likes of roast leg of Romney Marsh lamb and Loch Duart salmon Coulibiac. Desserts are classic and nostalgic. Exclusive private dining facilities offer more motivations to explore this venue; dining at Wiltons is a one-of-a-kind experience that won’t be forgotten. 26

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Sarastro  Location 126 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5SU Covent Garden t: 020 3369 5612 w: www.sarastro-restaurant.com e: reservations@sarastro-restaurant.com Named after a character in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, this utterly unique spot has gained an iconic reputation for its sumptuous decor and vibrant food. It’s a magnet for theatre-goers, opera-lovers and eccentric tourists, with Covent Garden tube conveniently just a five-minute walk away. Housed in a Grade II listed building, Sarastro was opened in 1996 by Richard Niazi, dubbed the king of Covent Garden, and it has remained a strong contender in the area ever since – a testament to its popularity. Crushed velvet tablecloths and drapes, theatre props and a mezzanine level overlooking the restaurant combine to create a grand and intriguing interior that reflects the glamour surrounding this West End haunt. Artwork adorning the walls, dazzling gilt furniture and mounted opera balcony boxes in English, Gothic, Ottoman and Byzantine styles proudly hint at the theatre within its walls. Sarastro has a few tricks up its sleeve. Opera singers come here to perform and special music events are hosted throughout the week. On Sundays, sit back and relax to the sound of a string quartet and live opera singers, or stop by on Friday and listen to Latin music, while Thursdays welcome a swing and Motown show. Celebrate Saturday in style with the 70s and 80s night. Mediterranean food with Turkish influences takes centre stage. Let the show begin with the likes of cheese borek accompanied by yoghurt and tahini dip, Turkish-style spicy beef sausage slices in tomato sauce served with pitta, and deep-fried calamari. The mains present fish, meat and vegetarian options. Pan-roasted citrus salmon, seafood linguine in tomato and basil sauce, and aubergine stuffed with sweet caramelised onions, tomatoes and herbs served with garden salad are a few choices up for grabs. There’s an assortment of sweet treats to round off your feast at Sarastro. The signature crème brûlée is infused with traditional Turkish aniseed spitir Raki, and is paired with sticky, sweet medjool dates. It’s not just the food that impresses; the wine list, Champagne selection, and cocktails are equally exciting. Often referred to by regulars as ‘the show after the show,’ Sarastro is a spectacular dining venue like no other. You’ll leave feeling enchanted by the food, delighted by the entertainment and hungry for more.

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‘...exquisite Italian cuisine that’s full of flavour...’

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Bolton’s  Location 13 Cullum Street, City, EC3M 7JJ Bank t: 020 3369 5712 w: www.boltonsrestaurant.co.uk e: enquiries@boltonsrestaurant.co.uk This fine Italian restaurant has been a favourite with the bankers and businesspeople of the local area since it opened over three decades ago.

The interior is timeless and the atmosphere unpretentious – just like the food served. Rich red carpets, gleaming glasses and stained glass all add an air of class, while the menu takes diners on a journey through the regions of Italy. The menus showcase exquisite Italian cuisine that’s full of flavour, featuring the likes of Parma ham sourced from a small family business in Italy. Those looking to dine will not be disappointed by Bolton’s. Highlights from the pasta selection include lobster spaghetti, penne with duck ragu, and pappardelle with meatballs, cep mushrooms and a dash of cream. From the main menu, chicken cooked with cream and mustard, strips of prime beef fillet in rich red wine and Open: mushroom sauce, and sea bass Mon-Fri 11.30am-3.30pm, in clam and shrimp sauce are 6pm-9.45pm much-loved favourites. You can also choose the meat of the day from the carving trolley. Finish by choosing a delectable dessert from the trolley. The cosy bar calls for lingering over a glass of wine from the carefully chosen selection of perfectly matched Italian tipples. There’s also a separate private dining room available for up to 22 people. Italian

Gatti’s

 Location Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, City, EC2Y 9AW Moorgate t: 020 3369 5510 w: www.gattisrestaurant.co.uk e: citypoint@gattisrestaurant.co.uk This elegant restaurant brings the authentic flavours of Italy to a central setting that’s not far from Liverpool Street station. Crisp tablecloths, gleaming £30 to cutlery and pristinely polished glassware exude a sense of quiet sophistication £35 that you’ll want to savour, whether you pop into Gatti’s for a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu offers a wonderful assortment of classic Italian dishes, simply cooked using only the freshest ingredients by the head chef. A frequently changing specials menu allows regulars to relish something new every visit. Kick off with a starter of calamari or gooey Camembert served with gooseberry preserve. In true Italian style, the pasta dishes are generous, so if you’re peckish opt Open: Mon-Fri 8am-11am, for homemade ravioli parcels packed with chicken and veal with butter and sage, or the vegetarian-friendly ricotta and spinach parcels. Otherwise, you 11.30am-3.30pm, can’t go wrong with choosing 6pm-9.45pm from the carving trolley, which serves daily items such as salmon en croute and rib of beef. Finish your feast in style with a glass of wine and cheeseboard, or choose from the selection of delicious desserts served from the trolley. The large ground-floor wine bar is the perfect place for pre- or post-dinner cocktails and bar snacks. A private dining room for special events means you should look to Gatti’s for your Italian-inspired celebration. C

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Spaghetti House

Italian

 w: www.spaghettihouse.co.uk e: info@spaghettihouse.co.uk Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-10pm (hours may vary) Spaghetti House on Argyll Street is a culinary oasis. Once you’ve been welcomed by charming manager Alex and her team, it’s difficult to believe you’re nestled between Oxford Street and Regent Street. Serving busy workers, relaxed tourists and sated shoppers alike, Spaghetti House provides welcome respite from the hustle and bustle and offers a dose of convivial Italian hospitality. My partner and I shared a generously heaped plate of delicate, crispy zucchini fritte as we perused the menu – the crispy, salty strips were irresistible. My partner went for the avocado bruschetta for a light starter, which comprised hearty sourdough with a creamy layer of smashed avocado, sundried tomatoes and a boiled egg scattered with sunflower seeds and lemon juice. I kicked things off with a hearty serving of squid accompanied by aioli. For the main event, I chose the beautifully presented courgette spaghetti with shrimp, juicy cherry tomatoes and king prawns dressed in spicy tomato broth, which proved to be a delight. The restaurant lives up to its name with its twist on classic Italian cuisine. Following the manager’s recommendation, I paired my dish with a glass of Orvieto that complemented the seafood excellently. My partner ordered a comforting pasta dish with succulent meatballs and paired it with refreshing homemade Sicilian lemonade. From an enticing dessert menu, I devoured the homemade crème caramel dessert, with delicate layers of smooth caramel. My partner took a fresh mint tea for a tranquil end to the meal, while I sipped a decadent limoncello digestif. With such attentive staff and a friendly ambience, Spaghetti House is a truly special hideaway.

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 Location 74 Duke Street, Mayfair, W1K 6JZ Bond Street t: 020 3369 5624  Location 12 Woodstock Street, Mayfair, W1C 2AF Bond Street t: 020 3369 5629  Location 24 Cranbourn Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 7AB Leicester Square t: 020 3369 5623  Location 9 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 5NP High Street Kensington t: 020 3369 5627  Location 20 Sicilian Avenue, Bloomsbury, WC1A 2QD Holborn t: 020 3369 5628  Location 15 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2PQ Goodge Street t: 020 3369 5625  Location 47 Bryanston Street, Marylebone, W1H 7DN Marble Arch t: 020 3369 5622  Location 66 Haymarket, St James’s, SW1Y 4RF Piccadilly Circus t: 020 3369 5626  Location Palladium House, 1-4 Argyll Street, Soho, W1F 7TA Oxford Circus t: 020 3369 5621  Location The Loft, Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 7SL Shepherd’s Bush t: 020 3369 5620

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Franco Manca  w: www.francomanca.co.uk e: askus@francomanca.co.uk Open: please see website for details Franco Manca has a number of popular restaurants scattered across London, with the original located on Market Row in Brixton Village. We stopped by the Belsize Park restaurant, just a minute’s walk from the station. We pulled up a pew by the open-plan kitchen and watched the busy chefs working the famed sourdough that’s put Franco Manca on the culinary map. The slow-rising sourdough is made with a 200-year-old starter culture from Naples, which must be replenished every day. It takes 20-30 hours for the dough to rise and from our table we could see the dough stacked in bespoke wooden Franco Manca crates, ready to be kneaded and stretched, covered with delicious toppings and blasted in the custom-made wood-burning oven.

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The result is astounding: a thin and light pizza base with a soft and chewy crust. While our toppings of smoked buffalo and Franco & Lloyd mozzarella, artichokes, wild boar salami with truffle and watercress were delicious, the dough itself was a treat on its own. My partner’s Franco & Lloyd mozzarella, caramelised red onion, Colston Bassett Stilton, watercress, roasted pine kernels and Gloucester Old Spot pancetta was equally delicious. The chefs were as Italian as they come, singing Neapolitan ballads as they bustled about the kitchen, but the ham, pancetta and cheese that top the pizza are sourced locally. The exception is perhaps the buffalo mozzarella, served as a dish in its own right, which comes from top producers in Campania. I must confess I came to Franco Manca with a skeptical view on organic wines but I’m now a convert. The modest selection was both delicious and interesting. Like everything else, the team behind Franco Manca takes a personal approach to their wine, working directly with small organic wine producers in Italy. Craving more, we rounded off our wonderful feast with a lemon, rosemary and olive oil cake with yoghurt and a dash of honey. Franco Manca is an exceptional destination that can rival the best in Italy. What are you waiting for? *Disabled access at all venues apart from Soho, Battersea, Wimbledon, South Kensington, Broadgate Market and Russell Square.

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 Location 98 Tottenham Court Road, Fitzrovia, W1T 4TR Goodge Street t: 020 3369 5504

 Location 39 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7LJ Covent Garden t: 020 3151 8078

 Location Unit 4, Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LD Brixton t: 020 3151 7002

 Location 72 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0NY Angel t: 020 3151 8215

 Location 144 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4 1PU Chiswick t: 020 3151 7404

 Location 28 Putney High Street, Wandsworth, SW15 1SQ Putney Bridge t: 020 3151 9629

 Location 76 Northcote Road, Battersea, SW11 6QL Clapham Junction t: 020 3151 9533

 Location 62-68 York Way, King’s Cross, N1 9AG King’s Cross t: 020 3151 8533

 Location 53 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9EZ Balham t: 020 3151 6410

 Location 20 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RE Wimbledon t: 020 3369 5508

 Location 52 Broadway Market, Hackney, E8 4QJ London Fields t: 020 3151 7204

 Location 278 Muswell Hill Broadway, Muswell Hill, N10 2QR Highgate t: 020 3151 8578

 Location 21 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22 8EW East Dulwich t: 020 3151 8198

 Location 10 Widmore Road, Bromley, BR1 1RY Bromley North t: 020 3151 7215

 Location 277 Wimbledon Park Road, Wimbledon, W19 6NW Southfields t: 020 3369 5246

 Location 42 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, NW6 4HJ Kilburn High Road t: 020 3151 8377

 Location 124 Bermondsey Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3TX London Bridge t: 020 3151 6235

 Location Unit 11b Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High Street, Tooting, SW17 0SN Tooting Broadway t: 020 3369 5503

 Location 91 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW7 3LD South Kensington t: 020 8099 9865  Location 216 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, NW3 2AE Belsize Park t: 020 3151 6891  Location Broadgate Circle, City, EC2M 2QS Liverpool Street t: 020 3151 7045  Location Russell Square, 4 Bernard Street, Camden, WC1N 1LJ Holborn t: 020 8099 6397  Location 51 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8SJ Oxford Circus t: 020 8099 9058  Location 203 The Balcony, Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Road, Stratford, E20 1GN Stratford t: 020 3369 5502  Location Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5AR Canary Wharf t: 020 3151 7391

 Location 337 Kentish Town Road, Kentish Town, NW5 2TJ Kentish Town t: 020 3151 8351  Location 111 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 4UW Notting Hill t: 020 3369 5506  Location Westfield London, Ariel Way, White City, W12 7GA Shepherd’s Bush t: 020 3369 5507  Location Nova, Sir Simon Milton Square Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E SDJ Victoria t: 020 3369 5505  Location 151 Earls Court Road, Earl’s Court, Kensington, SW5 9RQ Earl’s Court t: 020 3151 8142  Location 176 Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington, N16 7JL Stoke Newington t: 020 3369 5501

 Location 36 New Broadway, Ealing, W5 2XA Ealing Broadway t: 020 3151 8110

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Vicino  Location 189 New King’s Road, Fulham, SW6 4SW Parsons Green t: 020 3369 5672 w: www.vicinorestaurant.com e: info@vicinorestaurant.com

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Vicino pays homage to Italian cooking and so authentic, unpretentious Italian dishes come as standard here, which may explain why the restaurant has been a long-standing favourite since 1987. Blooming hydrangea flower pots entice visitors to head inside, where vintage Italian posters adorn the walls and garlic hangs from the ceiling at this light and airy spot.

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Head chef Marco Moscoloni values seasonal flavours, fresh ingredients and brings traditional Tuscan cooking to this corner of the city. With produce carefully hand-picked from suppliers in Italy and the UK, you can rest assured that what you see on your plate is the best of the bunch. After the wine has been poured, cast your eyes over the rustic menu and choose from a range of delicious fresh pasta, fish and meat dishes. Marco’s favourites of classic beef lasagne and pasta with veal strips, fontina cheese and rosemary sauce prove that he is a chef who cooks from the heart. Signature recipes from his Italian home in the region of Le Marche include seafood stew, porcini mushroom and truffle lasagne, and pappardelle with veal straccetti. Staples such as classic spaghetti carbonara are always available. The outstanding lobster served here is no secret to locals. Vicino is known across the city for its Billingsgate Market lobster served with spaghetti in tomato, garlic and chilli sauce – it’s a house speciality that’s worth every penny. Holding back on dessert is tough when the likes of chocolate profiteroles filled with Chantilly cream, rich tiramisu, and baked crème caramel feature on the dessert menu. If decision-making isn’t your strong point, dine from the set menu; a monthly specials menu also offers something new for loyal fans to try. A children’s menu and Sunday family lunches make Vicino an ideal option for all. The restaurant can cater for up to 70 guests, so why not book a private party here? The head chef is happy to create bespoke menus, making your occasion extra special. Vicino’s staying power is down to its honest cooking, cheery service and great prices.


Montpeliano  Location 13 Montpellier Street, Knightsbridge, SW7 1HQ Knightsbridge t: 020 3369 5560 w: www.montpelianorestaurant.com e: montpeliano1@btconnect.com The team at this long-standing secluded Italian restaurant situated in a leafy corner of Knightsbridge knows how to cook delicious Italian fare well. As a result, it has garnered a reputation as a go-to spot for indulging in classic Italian dishes. The restaurant is set across two levels, both of which boast a distinct feel. The upper level is chic with crisp white tablecloths and white walls displaying many signed celebrity portraits. If you pull up a pew on the lower level, you’ll dine beneath a marvellous sliding glass roof in amongst green foliage. The light and airy restaurant is perfect for gazing up at the stars come nighttime or soaking up the rays during the day – it boasts a romantic feel that goes hand in hand with the Italian cuisine served. The menu includes an assortment of Italian favourites that are nothing short of delicious. From the range of starters, opt for green asparagus topped with melted Parmesan and butter, or mountain-dried cured beef. When it comes to the main event, the menu diverges into meat and fish dishes, rice and pasta, and soup and salads. Try the mixed seafood spaghetti, whole lobster, or perhaps the deep-fried calamari. You can’t go wrong with fresh salmon tagliatelle with spinach, or veal escalopes in lemon sauce. There’s a separate pizza menu too. Everything is made using top ingredients by head chef Carlos, who has been crafting delights in the kitchen for 27 years. Finish your feast in style with a homemade dessert like tiramisu, scoops of creamy gelato or a grand mixed fruit platter. The team isn’t used to hearing customers say no to a glass of fine wine, especially with so many options on the list. The efficient service is all part of the package and keeps regulars coming back. Thanks to the diverse space, receptions, wedding parties, buffets and events can be hosted here. A choice of menus, room decoration and an open bar can all be arranged on request – simply ask a member of the team. Two private rooms are available, with the biggest room able to hold up to 160 guests buffet-style.

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Franco’s  Location 61 Jermyn Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6LX Green Park t: 020 3369 5509 w: www.francoslondon.com e: reserve@francoslondon.com

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Franco’s has been a landmark in the heart of St James’s since the 1940s, and it’s believed that it was one of the first Italian restaurants in the capital. Open from breakfast until dinner, with afternoon tea served in between, Franco’s £30 to has wide appeal. The relaxed, friendly service often turns first-timers into £50 loyal regulars while the inviting pavement tables bring a Continental feel to the venue. Through the café and into the dining room is an elegant mix of dark wooden tables dressed in white tablecloths with art and soft lighting making it a setting to savour. Dishes are rooted in Italian classics with Sardinian, Sicilian and British influences peppered throughout. Beef Carpaccio with rocket and Parmesan, Open: and Parma ham with rocket and melted goat’s cheese are satisfying ways to Mon-Fri 7.30am-11pm; begin. Main courses may throw your decision-making skills into a frenzy with Sun 8am-11pm the likes of linguine with lobster, tomato, garlic and chilli, and tagliolini with clams, courgette, garlic and chilli to choose from. Pan-fried beef fillet teamed with fresh asparagus and truffle polenta, and wild halibut with courgettes, peppers and aubergine are winning choices for fish-lovers. From the grill section of the menu, the swordfish and veal chop are notable options. Desserts are just as impressive – the likes of affogato or the ricotta and pear cheesecake are sure to leave a lasting impression. Just like the food, the wine list is splendid and includes vintage options. The private dining space can accommodate parties of up to 55 guests, making Franco’s the ideal spot for your next get-together. Italian

Il Bordello  Location 81 Wapping High Street, Wapping, E1W 2YN Wapping t: 020 3369 5520 w: www.ilbordello.com e: info@ilbordello.com

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For 19 years Il Bordello has been delighting London gastronomes with its hearty Italian cooking and warm, cheerful atmosphere. Large Lempicka prints adorn the walls and a gleaming copper bar acts as the restaurant’s centrepiece. What’s more, Il Bordello has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the last six years in a row – a testament to the restaurant’s high standards and popularity.

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You’ll find the menu is simply overflowing with beautifully fresh fish and seafood, succulent meat, hand-thrown pizzas and plenty of pasta. To begin we selected the insalata di piovra, a tasty octopus salad, and the bresaola della casa with olive oil, Parmesan and a dash of lemon. Mains took the form of cotoletta Milanese, tender veal coated in golden breadcrumbs, and a spectacular pizza Il Bordello with plenty of homemade passata, lashings of creamy mozzarella, Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, artichoke, red peppers and 6pm-11pm; Sat 6pm-11pm; Parma ham. By way of an Sun 1pm-10.30pm accompaniment, we sipped a bottle of the house red – a snip at just £15.95. Unlike so many London pizzerias, Il Bordello sidesteps pretentiousness and instead focuses on delivering deliciously authentic Italian cuisine. An evening at Il Bordello will remain in your memory long after dining there. 34

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Il Pagliaccio

Italian

 Location 182-184 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2UF Parsons Green t: 020 3369 5521 w: www.paggs.co.uk e: pagliaccio184@aol.com This vibrant, colourful and wonderfully friendly restaurant has been the welcoming heart of Fulham for over 25 years. The moment you enter Il Pagliaccio, you sense the classic Italian atmosphere where good conversation and great food are at the centre of people coming together to indulge in fine food and drink. The friendly, attentive waiters are just one part of the experience of dining at this delightfully relaxed and convivial restaurant. You can head to the well-stocked cocktail bar to enjoy a pre-lunch or -dinner drink before settling at your table to a meal full of flavour and colour, in true Italian style. My partner and I absolutely loved Il Pagliaccio’s Mediterranean octopus starter. Succulent and superbly presented, this exciting dish was cooked with lemon, roasted garlic, mint and rosemary and finished with a blueberry sauce. These well-matched flavours come down to the genius of master chef Enzo Ambrosetti, who cooks with brilliance and flair. His food clearly reflects the passion for excellence he instils in his kitchen. The main course of beef fillet served with foie gras and Niçoise potatoes was exceptional. The tender cut of beef cooked exactly to your liking and the delicate, buttery foie gras are both testaments to the demanding standards of Enzo’s craft; he ensures that every mouthful boasts a glorious combination of texture and taste. For dessert we savoured the pastiera Napoletana with ricotta and candied fruit. Served gently warmed, this light and subtle pudding excited the senses, such is the delicacy of its delightful flavours. This splendid archetypal Neapolitan dish is certainly not to be missed. Renowned for its staggering range of fabulous pizza and pasta, and boasting a wine list worthy of all great Italian restaurants, Il Pagliaccio has something for everyone. Proprietor Teo Catino has a lifelong passion for food, friendship and fun and he knows exactly how to bring all three together at Il Pagliaccio. Teo prides himself on ensuring that diners have a good time at his wonderful restaurant.

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 Location 9-15 Pavilion Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 0HD Knightsbridge  Location 9-15 Pavilion Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 0HD 020 3369 5608 w: www.saleepepe.co.uk t: 020Knightsbridge 3390 2316 w:t:www.saleepepe.co.uk Sale e Pepe situated along a discreetstreet, streetjust justtwo twominutes’ minutes’walk walkfrom fromthe Sale e Pepe is is situated along a discreet the hustle and bustle of Harvey Nichols and Harrods in Knightsbridge. hustle and bustle of Harvey Nichols and Harrods in Knightsbridge. This elegant This elegant Italian trattoria has been a firm fixture on Pavilion Road for Italian trattoria has been a firm fixture on Pavilion Road for over 40 years, and over 40 years, and has gained a loyal following. In fact, devoted regulars haswere gained a loyal following. In fact,asthe devoted regulars were their called by their first names they arrived. It’s not difficalled cult tobysee first as of they arrived. It’s not cult to seeOur the appeal of this intimate, thenames appeal this intimate, cosydiffi restaurant. warm and inclusive cosy restaurant. and inclusive from thefour manager who’s welcome from Our Toni,warm the manager who’swelcome been there forToni, nearly decades, been for nearly four decades, was genuine we instantly relaxed within wasthere genuine and we instantly relaxed within and the convivial atmosphere of thethe convivial atmosphere of the restaurant. restaurant. Mario, our glassofofchilled chilled Prosecco before Mario, ourentertaining entertainingwaiter, waiter, handed handed us aaglass Prosecco before hehe seated Heappreciates appreciatesthat thatchoosing choosing from extensive seatedususininaasnug snug corner. He from thethe extensive rusticItalian Italianstaples staples is is no mean making those listlistofofrustic mean feat, feat,and andassisted assistedin in making those all-important choices. kitchen sources ingredients as as all-important choices. TheThe kitchen teamteam eithereither sources ingredients as locally locallyor asimports possiblethem or imports them directly I had my vast eye on thelist possible directly from Italy. from I hadItaly. my eye on the wine vast wine list that includes Italian and French wines. that includes both Italian andboth French wines.

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From antipasti selection, friend for beautifully the beautifully soft From thethe antipasti selection, my my friend optedopted for the soft octopus octopus Carpaccio with avocado – a delicious way to begin. I kicked Carpaccio with avocado – a delicious way to begin. I kicked off with a mozzarella off with a mozzarella salad, followed by a main dish of stone bass. The salad, followed by a main dish of stone bass. The fish, complemented by piquant fish, complemented by piquant capers, had delicate, crispy skin, and was capers, had delicate, crispy skin, and was soft and fresh inside. Across the table, soft and fresh inside. Across the table, my friend silently tucked into her mymain friend silently tucked main dishby– athe sign sheescalopes was captivated dish – a sign sheinto washer captivated veal cookedbyinthe veal escalopes cooked in cream, brandy and mushrooms. For dessert cream, brandy and mushrooms. For dessert there was creamy pannathere cottawas creamy panna coulis, cotta with coulis, and Mario’s recommendation of sublime with berry andberry Mario’s recommendation of sublime chocolate chocolate and coconut cheesecake, by a cappuccino. classic cappuccino. Mario and coconut cheesecake, followedfollowed by a classic Mario was was thoughtful throughout meal, giving a break between courses, thoughtful throughout ourour meal, giving us us a break between courses, as as thethe Italians believe a meal is is to to bebe slowly savoured. Italians believe a meal slowly savoured. Sale best Italian Italiancuisine cuisinearound, around,and and there’s Salee ePepe Pepeserves servessome some of of the best there’s no no doubt returningto to lap lap up the doubt I’llI’llbebereturning the friendly friendlyatmosphere atmosphereand andItalian Italianvalues values. again soon.earmarked I’ve alreadythe earmarked the famous Dover sole and ravioli mushroom I’ve already famous Dover sole and mushroom to try ravioli next time.to try next time.


La Gaffe

Italian

 Location 107-111 Heath Street, Hampstead, NW3 6SS Hampstead t: 020 3369 5527 w: www.lagaffe.co.uk e: info@lagaffe.co.uk

N Celebrating over 55 years in business, La Gaffe, run by the Stella family, has been applauded by the likes of The New York Times and major UK broadsheets for its exceptional Italian food and warm atmosphere. Ordinary folk love La Gaffe too, as £20 to demonstrated by their entry into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for being awarded a £25 Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Located in a row of converted 19th-century cottages with a beautiful interior, the restaurant boasts a relaxed atmosphere that draws customers back time and again. La Gaffe comprises a restaurant and wine bar (each with its own expertly Open: curated menu), as well as en-suite guest accommodation. The restaurant menu is an Mon-Weds 6.30pm-11pm; out-and-out celebration of Italian cuisine. Perhaps begin with fresh avocado with Thurs & Fri noon-2.30pm, smoked salmon and mozzarella, followed by ravioli rosa (pasta parcels filled 6.30pm-11pm; with ricotta cheese and spinach in pesto sauce). Meat-lovers will adore the likes Sat noon-3.30pm, of fillet steak in green peppercorn sauce, while fish fans might opt for grilled 6.30pm-11pm; whole sea bass topped with olive Sun noon-3.30pm, oil and herbs. 6.30pm-10pm If you’re in the mood for a more casual La Gaffe experience, the wine bar is the place to go. It offers superb value for money, with main courses starting at just £6.95. Enjoy lighter but equally delicious dishes from the competitively priced menu, or simply soak up the ambience with a quality glass of wine. However you choose to enjoy La Gaffe, rest assured that the Stella family has been practising the art of Italian hospitality since 1962, so you’ll receive the warmest of welcomes.

Yialousa

Greek

 Location 18 Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, WC1H 0LN t: 020 3369 5681

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This authentic Greek restaurant is perfectly situated to feed hungry tourists and passersby taking in Bloomsbury’s leafy, attraction-filled area. Despite the venue’s spacious size, there’s a real intimacy and vibrant atmosphere to be found at Yialousa, thanks to the jolly staff who were attentive, smiling throughout our visit.

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‘...a feast to remember...’ If you’re after an entertaining evening, as we were, find a table, enjoy the jovial surroundings and peruse the enticing menu – you’re in for a feast to remember. Tables were already full as we pondered the extensive menu, which is bursting with seafood, grilled meats, salads and sides – all are generous in portion size. Before we reached the main event, we enjoyed a Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm hearty meze of taramasalata, pitta bread, crisp whitebait and succulent scampi with crisp salad. Next up, we polished off the slow-cooked, mouth-watering lamb kleftiko and a generous, colourful mixed grill. A bottle of Greek house red wine complemented our feast perfectly. Leave room for dessert, as the caramel cheesecake was a sweet-tooth slayer that went well with a delicious coffee. We sipped a complimentary shot of ouzo before we left with huge smiles and fantastic memories of our dining experience at Yialousa. London Guide 2018

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The Elysée  Location 13 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1DP Goodge Street t: 020 3151 3925 w: www.elyseerestaurant.com e: info@elyseerestaurant.com

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The Elysée resides in the heart of fashionable Fitzrovia, near London’s West End. Occupying a Georgian townhouse that spans three floors, this venue has been a buzzing hotspot for artists, writers and screen stars since it opened in 1936. Its stream of loyal customers and regular visitors are proof that this family-run venue is still going strong; it isn’t hard to see why. On the ground floor you’ll find London’s original Greek restaurant. Let the five-piece in-house band, belly dancers and the infamous tradition of smashing plates transport you to faraway shores as you soak up the atmosphere and dine on delicious Greek fare. Sporting 1930s decor with earthy hues of maroon, cream and ochre, the restaurant is charged with energy and class. As night falls, the cocktail bar and lounge is a chic hub where guests can delight in aperitifs, post-dinner drinks and dancing. The European wine and innovative and bespoke cocktails go down a treat. This is just the place for your next social soirée, birthday party, corporate event or intimate gathering, as it is available for private hire for up to 250 guests. The inviting 1200-foot roof garden and shisha lounge is an al fresco hideaway ideal for laid-back lunches, business meetings and summer parties. Complete with retractable roof, heated lamps and soft lighting, you can enjoy your get-together come rain or shine. When it comes to the food, there’s a real commitment to quality and carefully chosen ingredients. Menus are creatively put together by experienced chefs, with authenticity and simplicity at the forefront. The tried-and-tested Greek recipes and methods are brought up to date with modern presentation. Specialities include grilled octopus with split lentil fava, Uncle Melis’ famous taramasalata, and four-hour spit-roasted lamb souvla, along with various delectable vegetarian and fish dishes. Hot and cold mezze include grilled king prawns, traditional Greek soup, oven-baked Cypriot halloumi and baked aubergine stuffed with Mediterranean ragout and crumbled feta. There is nothing quite like The Elysée for top-notch food, gorgeous surroundings and a feel-good atmosphere, so we suggest you visit this gem to see it for yourself.


OPSO

Greek

 Location 10 Paddington Street, Marylebone, W1U 5QL Baker Street t: 020 3369 5578 w: www.opso.co.uk e: info@opso.co.uk OPSO is a stylish restaurant and bar that celebrates the flavours, produce and social-style dining of Greece. Located just off vibrant Marylebone High Street, and a five-minute walk from Baker Street, OPSO offers delicious, modern Greek tapas and great cocktails. In the restaurant, there’s a roomy downstairs space known as The Larder. It can accommodate larger parties and also boasts two semi-private booths – each of which seats eight – for a more intimate affair. With a tailor-made offering for events big or small, corporate or private, OPSO is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. The focal point of the basement is the two large curing chambers, which house Greek cheeses and a selection of fish and meat. Whether visitors are after a seated lunch or a standing cocktail party, The Larder can meet the requirements with a bespoke catering package. The dining space can house up to 60 seated guests, or 75 guests at a standing event.

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Ev Restaurant

Turkish

 Location 97-99 Isabella Street, South Bank, SE1 8DD Southwark t: 020 3151 4272 w: www.tasrestaurants.co.uk e: ev@tasrestaurants.co.uk Ev Restaurant prides itself on its exceptional hospitality and outstanding menu, which combines traditional Anatolian and Mediterranean dishes that can be enjoyed within a contemporary atmosphere. It’s conveniently located next to Southwark tube and is open for lunch and dinner, offering the ideal setting for meetings, dinner with loved ones and after-work drinks. The menu consists of much-loved hot and cold meze dishes, including hummus and cacik, as well as the signature grilled fish dishes, wide selection of vegetarian options and regular house specials. Complete your meal with something sweet like the traditional baklava: layers of filo pastry and toasted nuts drenched in sweet blossom syrup. You’ll also find Turkish tea and coffee, a carefully chosen selection of quality wine and spirits, and even complimentary Turkish delight.

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Hazev Restaurant

Turkish

 Location Discovery Dock West, 2 South Quay Square, Canary Wharf, E14 9RT Canary Wharf t: 020 3369 5516 w: www.hazev.com e: info@hazev.com You can’t miss the stunning views of Hazev Restaurant, sitting by the river and surrounded by the financial district of Canary Wharf. This modern Turkish restaurant blends contemporary and classic touches, creating a stylish interior. The inimitable Turkish hospitality is ever present, with staff greeting you with a smile and a warm welcome as you step through the impressive, imported Turkish doors. The restaurant is divided into a bustling café, a centre-stage main restaurant and a relaxed bar area. Enjoy a quick bite at lunchtime then pop back for dinner in the evening and finish the night with a drink at the bar. There’s an array of hallmark Turkish classics from pastries, dips, salads and desserts in the café to the signature Mangal grilled meats and fish dishes on the restaurant menu. There’s plenty for vegetarians and vegans, too. A carefully chosen wine list and selection of spirits is also available.

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Tas  w: www.tasrestaurants.co.uk Established in 1999, the Tas restaurant name is synonymous with showcasing Anatolian Turkish cuisine just as it should be. The iconic branches are designed to immerse the diner in a contemporary Turkish-style setting with a warm, friendly atmosphere. Tas restaurants are perfect for any occasion and all dishes are prepared by a loyal team of highly skilled chefs using fresh, seasonal produce of the highest standard. You’ll find a vast selection of hand-prepared hot and cold meze and small plates for sharing, including the classic hummus, made in-house to a secret recipe and served with freshly baked Turkish pide bread. The signature Mangal charcoal grill tempts with succulent shish kebabs, while other mains include traditional casseroles and seasonal specials. There’s plenty for vegetarians to enjoy too. Tas The Cut is the original Tas restaurant, providing guests with the same highly regarded Turkish hospitality today as it did in 1999. Tas Borough offers a separate café and restaurant-style setting. Get your coffee fix along with a mouth-watering selection of Turkish bread, pastries and breakfast at the café. Meanwhile, Tas Bloomsbury is great for a lunchtime pit-stop or relaxed evening dinner. Tas Fetter Lane attracts those looking for somewhere to meet and entertain clients over delicious food and wine – there’s also a private room that can hold up to 50 people. Tas Pide is a popular choice for theatre-goers, locals and tourists. The spotlight is on pide – soft hand-stretched dough prepared using Turkish wheat flour and olive oil, stuffed with a range of meat, cheese and vegetables, then baked until it’s golden.

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 Location Tas The Cut, 33 The Cut, South Bank, SE1 8LF Southwark t: 020 3369 5639 e: thecut@tasrestaurants.co.uk Café Open: Mon-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm  Location Tas Borough, 72 Borough High Street, Southwark, SE1 1XF London Bridge t: 020 3369 5638 e: borough@tasrestaurants.co.uk Café Open: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm; Sat 8am-4pm; Sun 9am-10.30pm Restaurant Open: Mon-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm  Location Tas Bloomsbury, 22 Bloomsbury Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3QJ Holborn t: 020 3369 5636 e: bloomsbury@tasrestaurants.co.uk Open: Mon-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm  Location Tas Fetter Lane, 21 New Fetter Lane, City, EC4A 3BF Chancery Lane t: 020 3369 5637 e: fetterlane@tasrestaurants.co.uk Open: Mon-Fri noon-11.30pm  Location Tas Pide, 20-22 New Globe Walk, Southwark, SE1 9DR London Bridge t: 020 3369 5640 e: pide@tasrestaurants.co.uk Open: Mon-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm

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Ella Canta  Location One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, Mayfair, W1J 7QY Hyde Park Corner t: 020 3151 3835 w: www.ellacanta.com e: reservations@ellacanta.com

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Ella Canta is Spanish for ‘she sings’, and after dining here guests will certainly be singing the restaurant’s praises. Much-celebrated chef-patron to Martha Ortiz brings her unique mix of traditional cooking and modern, £45 contemporary styles to the capital. Her well-researched, creative dishes lead the way in Mexican cuisine and capture the spirit of her beloved country. This glamorous spot plays host to dishes including fiery, red-hued vampire ceviche with mango and sangrita sorbet and her signature guacamole with ricotta, pomegranate and gold grasshopper brunch. Main acts such as turbot with duet of mint mole and pistachio mole with white asparagus and green olives impress first-timers and guests staying at the award-winning luxury hotel. The final Open: curtain falls with Mexican churros dipped in caramel and chocolate, and the Mon 6pm-1am; Tues-Thurs bar is a destination in its own right: expect tequila, signature cocktails and noon-1am; Fri noon-2am; rare mezcals that wow. Sat 11.30am-2am; It’s not just the food that’s Sun 11.30am-6pm stylish; the space is as exciting as the cuisine. Designed by internationally acclaimed interior architects David Collins Studio, the soft colours and clean lines celebrate Mexican makers, designers and the country’s stunning landscapes, transporting you to another world. Weekend brunch and DJ entertainment every Friday and Saturday make it a go-to spot whatever the occasion. £25

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 Location 126 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, SW8 1RB Vauxhall t: 020 3369 5669 w: www.tiamarialondon.com e: info@tiamarialondon.com

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We kicked off with succulent strips of picanha steak and chunky fried cassava chips, paired with a perfect Mojito and CaiPA – the classic Caipirinha topped up with Pale Ale. The generous portions and exciting flavours continued into the main courses, with rich and luscious cassava gnocchi accompanied by rich ratatouille, and a delightfully tender pan-fried monkfish fillet that came with rice so tasty I had to fend off my partner from stealing it from my plate. Don’t skip dessert – the sweet fried milk caramel churros were utterly divine, and the refreshing acai bowl topped with fresh strawberries and banana and granola, to add some crunch, was a Open: Sun-Thurs super healthy way to finish. noon-11.30pm; In addition to the restaurant, Fri & Sat noon-12.30am the separate bar area hosts events almost every night of the week, from Forró dancing to live sertanejo music. Tia Maria is a truly unique community venue offering authentic food and drinks and a vibrant atmosphere that will leave you with a spring in your step. 42

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La Patagonia

Argentine

 Location 31 Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 7JE Mornington Crescent t: 020 3369 5529 w: www.lapatagonia.co.uk e: mail@lapatagonia.co.uk

N For a taste of Argentine cuisine, it’s worth venturing to one of London’s most distinguished restaurants, La Patagonia. The brains behind La Patagonia have recreated the charm and character of the barrio restaurants £20 to of Argentina in England’s capital. Once inside, guests will discover a rustic £30 interior, comprising brick walls, wooden flooring and splashes of artwork, where they can fully relax and linger. Born in the city of Cordoba, head chef and co-owner Adrian Cocco has brought the essence of Argentina’s culinary tradition with him as well as the flavours and products of the nation, ranging from meat to pasta. Meat plays a lead role on the menu with tempting options including various steaks cooked on the charcoal grill. Specialities include skewered beef with bacon, Spanish sausage, pepper and onion, and half a chicken with tomato Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, chilli sauce – both served with chips and salad. The team also caters for 6pm-10.30pm; vegetarians with dishes such Fri-Sun noon-11pm as spinach and ricotta ravioli. Freshly made desserts like homemade caramel cream served with dulce de leche, and cremoso de chocolate are worth saving room for. To accompany the fare is a range of imported beers and a wine list, which includes bottles from Mendoza – the famous wine region in the foothills of the Andes. If you want even more Argentine action there’s live tango music and tango dancing once a month.

Gaucho

Argentine

 Location 25 Swallow Street, Mayfair, W1B 4QR Piccadilly t: 020 3369 5512 w: www.gauchorestaurants.com

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Along with amiable service, you’ll enjoy consistently brilliant food of outstanding provenance at Gaucho Piccadilly. It flung open its doors in the cosmopolitan West End over 24 years ago, and the Gaucho group has since grown to include 16 sites in the UK, proving there’s healthy demand for Argentine fare.

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The restaurant was revamped last year, adding a modern touch to the already chic, monochromatic interior. Soft lighting, mirrors, and a considered balance of pale wood and grey and neutral colour schemes nod towards Gaucho’s Argentine roots. It’s spread out across four floors, offering a blend of decadent spaces – each with its own feel – from the tiled private dining room and vaulted wine cellars to the sumptuous ground floor, which echoes the Pampas in Argentina. Enjoy dining al fresco on the rooftop and outdoor terraces, with a cracking cocktail or glass of wine in hand.

Open: The beef is top-quality, so it Sun-Weds 11.30am-11pm; comes as no surprise that it’s Thurs-Sat 11.30am-midnight the most popular option on the mouth-watering menu. There’s everything from ancho rib-eye, lomo, sirloin and rump cuts to sharing boards, burgers and unique Argentine cuts. Think tapa de ancho (top of the rib-eye) and entraña fina (marbled skirt). Gaucho raises the bar when it comes to serving top-quality steak in uber-stylish surroundings. London Guide 2018

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Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse  Location 103 The Street, Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Road, Stratford, E20 1EJ Stratford t: 020 3369 5535 w: www.caribbeansmokehouse.com e: stratford@caribbeansmokehouse.com

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Levi Roots first appeared on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den, when he introduced his now famous Reggae Reggae sauce to the dragons. From then the sauce to became a household staple and people fell in love with the product’s catchline, £25 ‘put some music in your food’, which Levi also applies to his restaurant. After an inspirational trip to Jamaica, Levi fulfilled his dream of opening his own rasta’raunt. Levi’s Caribbean Smokehouse flung open its doors in 2015, bringing with it authentic Caribbean flavours and beach-inspired cocktails to London. Inside, the decor is quirky and rustic; wood panelling Open: Sun-Thurs noon-10pm; and colourful beach hut vibes transport you far from the streets of Stratford, Fri & Sat noon-11pm and food and music seamlessly combine to create a buzzy atmosphere where (hours may vary) a vibrant dining experience is the name of the game. Reggae tunes play in the background – if you like what you hear, download the playlist on Spotify. From sharing platters and one-pot curries and burgers, small plates and jerk pit barbecue dishes, the menu presents Caribbean classics that have been given the Levi twist. We recommend the ackee and saltfish served with a fried dumpling and slice of watermelon to warm your tastebuds. Follow with their famous jerk chicken – smoked in a real wood-burning oven and finished on the jerk pit. You can even choose your own marinade depending how spicy you like it. Then, finish with a delicious pud like the calypso rum cake drizzled with butterscotch sauce. As Levi would say, ‘fabulicious!’ £23

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Ayanna’s London

 Location 2 Yabsley Street, Canary Wharf, E14 9RG Blackwall t: 020 3369 5692 w: www.ayannaslondon.com e: info@ayannaslondon.com

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For a taste of traditional Caribbean cuisine in a smart, contemporary setting, it’s worth heading a little off the beaten track to Ayanna’s, one of London’s most distinguished Caribbean restaurants. Once inside, the restaurant is bright £40 to and spacious, the decor is unmistakably chic and stylish and, in the corner £50 of the room, you’ll spot a stunning grand piano that’s used for jazz and live music nights. Having been greeted with a sparkling Champagne cocktail, we took our seats and perused the confidently short menu, with braised oxtail, curry goat and spiced sea bass among the highlights. As recommended by our waiter, I began with whitebait, which was beautifully tender and tossed in Scotch Bonnet pepper to give it a powerful kick – it was delicious. What’s more, the fish was fresh that day from Billingsgate Fish Market. The spicy butterfly prawns Open: Tues-Thurs 6pm-10pm; were equally delicious, fried in butter, garlic and chilli. We followed with the Fri & Sat 6pm-11pm; signature jerk chicken main Sun 5pm-9pm course – the succulent chicken breast and Ayanna’s own jerk spices really packed a punch. This fiery dish was accompanied by rice and peas, a Caribbean staple. To finish, the Jamaican rum cake and mango and ginger cheesecake were divine. Each dish was presented beautifully, but most importantly tasted authentic. Ayanna’s is suitable for everything from romantic meals for two to business meetings and formal dinners. It’s great for larger celebrations too, so make sure you book in advance. 44

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Tiroler Hut

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 Location 27 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, W2 4UA Bayswater t: 020 3369 5670 w: www.tirolerhut.co.uk e: reservations@tirolerhut.co.uk

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Don your lederhosen and get down to Tiroler Hut for an Alpine extravaganza. Step inside and you’ll discover a little piece of Austria in the heart of London. This really is one of the capital’s hidden treasures.

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Located at the Queensway end of bustling Westbourne Grove, this family-run Austrian restaurant has been going strong for over 50 years and the reasons for its success are clear. The appeal of the lively atmosphere and hearty cuisine has proven to be a recipe for success, and the restaurant remains busy all year round. Owner and hospitable host Josef plays the cowbells during his highly original nightly show, although this multi-talented musician also provides an array of other entertainment by way of the accordion, saxophone, keyboard and, of course, yodelling. Whether you’re drinking or dining, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and a large dose of Austrian hospitality at Tiroler Hut. Diners are also encouraged to join in the fun, making it the ideal destination for group dinners, parties and those looking for a lively evening out. Food ranges from traditional dishes of Wiener schnitzel and Bauernschmaus to vegetarian-friendly fusilli and cheese fondue, all of which are absolutely delicious and brought to you by staff who are decked out in authentic Tirolean costume. After the main course, you won’t be able to resist the classic apfelstrudel, or customer favourite Kaiserschmarrn – a mix of chopped pancakes and raisins and a true staple of Austrian cuisine. As you might expect, there’s plenty of beer behind the bar, so why not wash down your dinner with either the Dortmunder on tap or one of a selection of bottled beers? If you’re feeling particularly brave, there’s also a variety of schnapps on offer – Obstler and Jägermeister are among the most potent. Finally, don’t expect to catch the last tube home – once within the recesses of this cosy place you won’t want to leave until it closes, and will definitely be back for more. Visit for the vibrant ambience as much as for the Austrian cuisine and you won’t be disappointed.

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Mamuska! Polish Kitchen & Bar

 Location 9 Addington Street, Leake Street Arches, Waterloo, SE1 7RY Waterloo t: 020 3369 5546 w: www.mamuska.net e: book@mamuska.net For those who are yet to discover their love of Polish cuisine, Mamuska! is a must. Widely regarded as the UK’s top Polish casual dining restaurant, they deliver traditional dishes within a cool, modern environment. Previously based in Elephant and Castle, the new location is easier to reach and celebrates its bigger, more versatile space in the arches under Waterloo Station. This fun and quirky spot boasts a laid-back atmosphere, thanks largely to their trademark friendly, casual service and jaw-dropping prices. Mamuska! has a huge selection of Polish beer and vodka and a mezzanine night-time bar, which is also available to seat large groups of up to 100. First-time diners keep coming back for the food and the experience. No matter what your roots, you’ll feel a little closer to Poland and a lot more upbeat after a hearty meal and a shot of premium vodka at Mamuska! Stay up to date with the latest happenings and daily specials on social media.

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Stein’s Berlin

 Location 51 Princes Gate, Kensington, SW7 2PH South Kensington t: 020 3369 5633 w: www.stein-s.com e: berlininkensington@stein-s.com Situated in a Grade II listed building, with a terrace overlooking Princes Gardens, this German restaurant is an exciting new addition to the city. All your favourite German dishes, as well as vegetarian dishes and lighter fish options, are served in a breezy, modern chalet-style space that’s been carefully designed to ensure that guests feel at ease as they tuck into a tasty feast. Schnitzel, traditional sausages, and a sausage platter accompanied by their famed sauerkraut are highlights from the bill of fare. You can also pop in for breakfast, cake and coffee during the day. Whatever you choose, it’ll pair well with an authentic German beer or a glass of delicious wine. You can also catch a German film or language lesson, or pop into the German library when you visit Stein’s Berlin, as the restaurant is proudly co-operating with the Goethe-Institut London – Germany’s cultural institute.

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Bufala di Londra

 Location 18 Topsfield Parade, Crouch End, N8 8PT Highgate t: 020 3369 5721w: www.bufaladilondra.co.uk e: contact@bufala.co.uk Bufala di Londra’s hand-crafted artisan Neapolitan pizza is among the best in the capital. Charming co-owners Mustafa and Ingrid developed their sourdough recipe over an entire year; 365 test doughs later, the result is divine. I chose the n’duja pizza and my partner the marinara, topped with garlic, oregano and fresh basil. Both wowed – filling yet with a light base, these reasonably priced pizzas trump any chain pizza you might find nearby. Freshness and authenticity is Bufala di Londra’s philosophy, and it shows. The cured meats are specially prepared by an artisan company in Italy; the cheese is delivered from Naples twice a week – every ingredient has a story. Our decadently creamy burrata starter, served with freshly baked bread, rocket and organic olive oil, was a treat. Foamy and smooth Delira craft beer complemented our pizzas well, while high-calibre hazelnut and pistachio gelato wrapped up this delightful meal.

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JW Steakhouse

American

 Location 86 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 7TL Marble Arch t: 020 3369 5547 w: www.jwsteakhouse.co.uk e: info@jwsteakhouse.co.uk

C JW Steakhouse at The Marriott delivers effortless style and understated glamour. Popular with hotel guests and city-dwellers alike, this lively steakhouse channels the spirit of the American Deep South with its £30 to generous cuts of tender USDA beef, cuts of Aberdeen Angus and impressive £40 range of bourbon whiskey. Our banquet began with crisp and juicy fried calamari alongside meaty, Maryland-style lump crabcakes, all served with creamy tartare sauce. Our minds were already made up when it came to mains, and we both chose the filet mignon topped with garlic butter and Béarnaise sauce respectively. The Creekstone Kansas Black Angus was smooth, rich and full of flavour. A special mention must go to the sumptuous side dishes, from the creamed spinach and truffle salt fries to the deliciously sautéed wild mushrooms and the extraordinary, Open: Mon-Thurs marshmallow-topped bourbon 6.30am-10.30pm; Fri sweet potato mash. 6.30am-11pm; Sat 7am-11pm; Finally, what better way to Sun 7am-10.30pm round off our meal than with a Kentucky coffee – a JW Steakhouse speciality where Maker’s Mark bourbon is sweetened with raw cane sugar, then served piping hot with hand-whipped cream? This was accompanied by a slice of famous JW cheesecake that I wasn’t prepared to share. We both left content and eager to return.

Chuck Burgers

American

 Location 322-324 Uxbridge Road, Pinner, Harrow, HA5 4HR Pinner t: 020 3151 3046 w: www.chuckburgerbar.com e: tables@chuckburgerbar.com

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Chuck Burgers is renowned locally just as much for its cocktails and great atmosphere at the weekend as it is for its lip-smacking food served during the week. Inside, exposed brickwork is adorned with bespoke murals and artwork, while the staff bring American charm and are helpful and attentive.

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Chuck’s well-stocked bar offers a range of cocktails as well as Depth Charges and Picklebacks, and a good selection of wine, beer and milkshakes. I enjoyed a refreshing Drunken Harrovian – gin, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice and Prosecco – with my starter. I began with exceptional tortillas with homemade guacamole and salsa, which set the tone for the American-sized portions to come. The sweet and spicy Korean barbecue wings had just the right kick while the slow-smoked baby back ribs were tender and juicy. For the main event I decided to indulge in the Piggy Burger – the 28-day-aged Chuck steak burger hidden beneath succulent barbecue Open: pulled pork. The indulgence Tues-Thurs noon-10.30pm; – and generous portions – Fri noon-12.30am; continued through to dessert, Sat 11am-12.30am; as I was treated to a lavish Sun 11am-10pm lava chocolate pud served hot with a gooey centre, topped with vanilla ice cream. With a popular weekend brunch menu, children’s menu and lunchtime deals too, Chuck Burger is one to have on your radar – if it isn’t already. London Guide 2018

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HotBox  Location 46-48 Commercial Street, City, E1 6LT Aldgate East t: 020 3369 5518 w: www.hotboxlondon.co.uk e: hello@hotboxlondon.com

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When we found HotBox in the late morning, it was already buzzing. The decor is sleek and the menu meaty, featuring American barbecue and soul food with a bit of a Cajun kick along the way. We perched on one of the busy communal benches, eager to tuck into a late barbecue brunch. Judging by the packed tables, it seems like the word is already out about the quality of this place’s menu. It all began on the streets of East London, when HotBox was part of the street food scene.

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‘...American barbecue and soul food with a bit of a Cajun kick...’ It would have been rude to turn down the bottomless drinks option, which included an array of Bloody Marys, mimosas and Prosecco, as after all we were enjoying a day off in and around Spitalfields. There was also a range of craft beer and delicious cocktails we couldn’t wait to work our way through; the basil-based gin cocktail with passion fruit and spicy Ancho Reyes chilli cocktail with smoked salt sounded divine. My partner went straight for the trademark smoked selection: it came served on a large wooden board laden with pork ribs, jalapeño chicken thighs, pulled pork sliced brisket and to top it off, a large traditional US hotlink spicy sausage. A super-charge of smoked meaty goodness; it’s not for the faint-hearted. A combination of kiln-dried hickory and oak is used in the rotisserie smoker, and the meat is cooked low and slow. The result is tender, succulent meat that has maximum flavour.

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I had the more modest yet generous portion of 18-hour-smoked beef brisket slider, which came with chillies and onion, alongside the pork belly Benedict on a bun with spiced Hollandaise topping. We couldn’t resist desserts of deep-fried Oreos with cornflake ice cream, and grilled pineapple served with rum ice cream – we couldn’t have wished for a better way to end our feast. We left, eventually, ever so slightly merry and with a warm glow, ready to enjoy the rest of our day, and planning to return to HotBox soon.


Cast Iron Grill

Grill

 Location London Marriott Hotel Kensington, 147c Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW5 0TH Gloucester Road t: 020 3369 5539 w: www.londonmarriottkensington.co.uk

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If you’ve had a long day exploring museums or trawling Kensington’s shopping hotspots and you’re looking for some no-nonsense, quality sustenance, stroll down Cromwell Road to Cast Iron Grill, housed within the London Marriott Hotel Kensington.

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‘...London hotel in a top neighbourhood...’ The service is reassuringly slick and efficient, as you would expect from a London hotel in a top neighbourhood. We took stock at the bar with cocktails: a British Spritz with gin and rhubarb flavours and an Old Cuban with Havana rum and Prosecco – the perfect way to kick-start the evening in style. Here, what you see is what you get – there are simple wooden tables and the interior is unfussy, with a blackboard on the wall illustrating the different cuts of steak. This certainly came in handy when we made our menu choices.

‘...kick-start the evening in style...’ To start, we sampled the caramelised scallops with celeriac and Cumbrian ham, as well as crispy squid accompanied by a healthy serving of chopped chorizo, which gave the dish a kick of heat. For mains, it was obvious that the grill was going to feature highly. Signature dishes include the Cast Iron burger and range of steaks. I was tempted by the grilled sea bass with creamed spinach but on the cold, windy night we visited, comfort food was in order so it had to be steak and chips. After a helpful discussion with our waiter we chose a good bottle of shiraz to share and the rib-eye and the prime fillet steak to compare and contrast. It was a close call but the Béarnaise sauce with my rib-eye took top prize. Next up, I happily sampled the milky vanilla jelly, which was served with sweet marshmallows, while my partner enjoyed the lovely tangy clementine tart, which came with a scoop of passion fruit mousse. We headed home vowing to return to sample the delights of the make-your-own sundae bar, where a choice of toppings and homemade ice cream flavours jostle for attention.

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Planet Hollywood

Grill

 Location 57-60 Haymarket, Piccadilly, SW1Y 4QX Piccadilly Circus t: 020 3369 5592 w: www.planethollywoodlondon.com C e: london-restaurant@planethollywoodintl.com Planet Hollywood is far more than just a restaurant – a truly memorable experience inspired by Hollywood glamour awaits you here. Enter and you’ll discover a world of £20 to fascinating movie memorabilia, with outfits, equipment and models from a multitude £30 of film franchises, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, James Bond and many more. The food is of the highest quality and there’s a fantastic assortment to choose from, including delicious pasta, a selection of Oriental dishes, pizzas and salads. To start, the golden-fried Buffalo chicken wings with a spicy coating are a must-try and the Restaurant Open: gooey five-cheese dip with spinach, artichoke hearts and roasted tomato, served Mon-Fri 11.30am-midnight; with crisp tortilla chips were simply delicious. For the main event, we couldn’t Sat 11am-midnight; resist trying something from the grill selection – I plumped for the surf and turf, Sun 11.30am-11pm with a mouth-watering prime sirloin steak (chargrilled to order), juicy shrimp and Bar Open: Mon-Fri crispy fries. My companion’s Mac Attack burger was a real feast, topped with 11.30am-1am; Sat 11am-1am; hickory-smoked bacon, fiveSun 11.30am-midnight cheese mac and cheese, Cheddar, crispy onion and much more. Warm homemade double-chocolate-chip brownie smothered in chocolate-fudge sauce followed for me, while my fellow diner dived into a rather rich sticky pudding with toffee sauce – we really finished off in style. For trendy dining in the West End, whether you’re after a pre- or post-theatre meal or looking to celebrate a special occasion, head to Planet Hollywood. Steakhouse

Manhattan Grill

 Location London Marriott Hotel West India Quay, 22 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, E14 4ED Canary Wharf t: 020 3369 5541 w: www.manhattangrill.co.uk e: info@manhattangrill.co.uk At Manhattan Grill, the dedicated team finds the finest steaks, cooks them to perfection, and serves them with no fuss or gimmicks. £25 to Boasting a modern steakhouse setting overlooking the iconic Canary Wharf £35 quayside, Manhattan Grill offers the ultimate steak experience for hungry meat-lovers. What is it that makes the perfect steak – the breed of cattle? The choice of feed? The way it’s cut? You could talk about it until the bulls come home, so the friendly faces behind Manhattan Grill set off on their very own steak odyssey. Open: They sampled countless steaks to find the world’s best, and after too many Mon-Fri 6.15am-11am, meals to mention, they struck culinary gold, including the wet-aged USDA noon-3pm, 5pm-10.30pm; prime Black Angus from Creekstone Kansas, and the dry-aged Scottish cuts Sat 7am-11am, from Inverurie – the birthplace of the legendary Aberdeen Angus steak. These 5pm-10.30pm; prime meats are individually cut Sun 7am-11.30am, and freshly cooked on an 5pm-10pm authentic Montague Broiler in the open kitchen; you’d be hard-pressed to find a tastier steak in the city. Executive chef Damian Trejo has a passion for fuss-free food using quality seasonal ingredients. He inspires his team to deliver the classic steakhouse experience to all of Manhattan Grill’s guests, and certainly succeeds. E

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Omnino

Steakhouse

 w: www.omninorestaurants.com Open: Mon-Fri noon-10pm; Sat 5.30pm-10pm Cooking quality meat is an art form at family-run Omnino. The chef’s are committed to grilling and settle for nothing less than perfection. The high-end independent Omnino steakhouses are synonymous with world-class meat, and the newly opened Omnino in St Paul’s is testament to the restaurant’s soaring success. It just goes to show that when you combine a stylish, relaxed setting with top-quality cuisine, the outcome is a good one. Just like the original Leadenhall Street location, the second city-centre venue is focused on exceptional fare and top-notch service. Each boutique steakhouse is chic and boasts a buzzing atmosphere that draws customers back time and again. Only the highest quality Argentine beef, wagyu, prime US and British make the cut and they’re bound to please. If you fancy sampling a range of cuts, push the boat out and choose the Argentine sampler, which comprises 300g or 500g of rump, sirloin, rib-eye and fillet. For meat-lovers, the Omnino prime collection is one for the hit list – it’s not for the fainthearted. Otherwise, go for the rib-eye trio: wagyu, prime US and Argentine rib-eye. Sauces take the form of red chimichurri, Béarnaise and mustard to name a few. Make your meal a feast with mouth-watering sides of homemade black truffle gnocchi, hand-cut sweet potato chips with chorizo pincho, or corn on the cob with goat’s cheese. There are other items besides steak on the menu such as the buttermilk chicken supreme with mushroom sauce, the Omnino burger in a brioche bun served with chips and salmon with creamed spinach. For vegetarians, the mushroom and truffle risotto is a great choice. Drinks are given just as much attention as the food. The much-talked-about wine list is filled with quality varieties from around the world and has been carefully curated to suit every palate. Indulge your senses at Omnino in Leadenhall or take a trip to the new St Paul’s venue to see what the fuss is all about.

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 Location 78-79 Leadenhall Street, City, EC3A 3DH Aldgate t: 020 3369 5563 e: infoleadenhall@omninorestaurants.com  Location 7-9 St Bride Street, City, EC4A 4AS St Paul’s t: 020 3369 5571 e: infostpauls@omninorestaurants.com

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The Three Stags  Location 67-69 Kennington Road, Lambeth, SE1 7PZ Lambeth North t: 020 3369 5668 w: www.thethreestags.london e: contact@thethreestags.com

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The Three Stags public house and restaurant is situated opposite the London Imperial War Museum, just a stone’s throw from Waterloo Station. This gastropub is steeped in history and stays true to its roots, maintaining its English heritage. This keeps tourists and loyal locals flooding through the doors at lunchtime and in the evenings, every day all year round.

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‘...steeped in history...’ Inside there are still plenty of traditional original features, with a mix of punk art thrown in for good measure. The team is committed to reducing their environmental impact; the venue’s food waste is composted and there are even beehives on the roof that produce the best local urban honey around. The Three Stags was named one of the top seven eco-friendly restaurants in London by The Culture Trip. Open: The menu boasts delicious Mon-Sun noon-midnight dishes like 40-day-aged grassfed topside of Yorkshire beef and Elwy Valley Welsh free-range leg of lamb, in addition to natural nourishing vegan and veggie options made with fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. The authentic wood-fired pizzas are also a must; they are made daily using the finest grade flour to create fresh dough that’s hand-stretched and fired to order.

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Portobello House  Location 225 Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, W10 6HQ Ladbroke Grove t: 020 3369 5593 w: www.portobellohouse.com e: info@portobellohouse.com

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Notting Hill is one of the most exciting parts of London; it has a unique charm, with its pretty painted houses and buzzy markets. Portobello House is just a hop, skip and jump from the famous Portobello Market, and the authentic street stalls of Golborne Market are just a one-minute walk away. This vibrant boutique hotel is home to a ground-floor bistro and a wine bar with a large selection of cocktails, and has a great boho vibe.

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When it comes to the food, you’ll find an array of inspired dishes, including Italian and Spanish tapas, as well as European and British classics cooked by the talented kitchen team. Try the legendary crab spaghettini, aubergine parmigiana, or a great chicken or beef Sunday roast, with bone marrow gravy and herb stuffing. All of the food is cooked using fresh ingredients. Finish with a tempting dessert such as fresh berry Pavlova or sticky toffee pudding. Food Served: Enjoy an aperitif or drink from Mon-Sat noon-10.30pm; the well-stocked cocktail bar, Sun noon-10pm with a delicious choice of wine and signature cocktails to choose from. When the sun shines, relax on the sunny terrace and watch people go by. For social get-togethers, parties and relaxing catch-ups, Portobello House has the ambience to match your mood. The team knows how to do weekends too, with everything from live music to special cabaret evenings, this venue has something for everyone. 52

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Blackfriars Wine Bar Restaurant

Wine Bar

 Location 80 Scoresby Street, Blackfriars Road, Southwark, SE1 0XN Southwark t: 020 3369 5706 w: www.blackfriarswinebar.co.uk C e: terry@blackfriarswinebar.co.uk Tucked under the arches of an overhead railway track, a stone’s throw from Southwark tube and a walkable distance from Waterloo and London Bridge, £20 to Blackfriars Wine Bar Restaurant is a secret that’s been keeping local office £24 workers merry for over 30 years. Terry Barnard has run the show for a long time, and Terry and his staff’s passion for what they do is reflected in the wine bar’s relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere. Terry carefully chooses the well-executed wine list, which covers a wide range of varieties and regions, ensuring that everything from the house red to the Dom Pérignon is high quality and quaffable. There’s also a good selection of bottled and Open: Mon-Fri 11.30am-11pm draught beers, as well as delightful lunch and evening menus of wholesome food. The menu is concise but varied, so there’s something for everyone. The homemade stone-baked pizzas are hearty and tasty – mine was topped with Parma ham, olives and mozzarella – while my partner’s chicken rogan josh curry rivalled the best London curry houses. Blackfriars Wine Bar is a tip-top venue for events, parties and business meetings, with a side room that can support presentations. Business aside, Blackfriars is perfect for unwinding after a hard day’s work and filling up on delicious fare. If you’re looking for a lovely weekend getaway, the bar is part of The Edinburgh Collection; a selection of hotels in the centre of Edinburgh, which provide the perfect escape. Visit www.theedinburghcollection.com for more information.

46 & Mercy

Cocktail Bar

 Location 46-48 Commercial Street, City, E1 6LT Aldgate East t: 020 3369 5686 w: www.46andmercy.com e: hello@hotboxlondon.com

E As you take the stairs down to 46 & Mercy you can hear the buzz of the place before you reach the underground bar. When we arrived, tables were full of cheery guests enjoying colourful, creative cocktails and plates of * £25 exquisite-looking food, which set the tone for the exciting night that lay ahead. to The team at the arty urban bar has created a cocktail list featuring variations £35 on your favourites and exciting, innovative creations you won’t have come across before but will be more than acquainted with by the time you leave. We kicked things off with Mercy and Evening Comfort cocktails. The mixologist took great care making each one and his hard work paid off, as they were both artistic and brimming with unique flavour combinations. To accompany the delicious cocktails, we ordered some snacks from the barbecue experts above at HotBox. The mutton barbecoa tacos with feta and jalapeño vinaigrette made Open: for an excellent dish. My Tues-Thurs 5.30pm-midnight; companion’s spicy vegetarian Fri & Sat 5.30pm-1am mushroom tacos with crispy shallots were equally delicious. We filled our tables – and bellies – some more with the crab sliders and glazed smoked pork belly with Thai herb salad. These exceeded my expectations, and a few more exquisite cocktails completed a thoroughly enjoyable evening. *Price range represents the average cost of a cocktail and bar snack. London Guide 2018

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Star & Garter

 Location 4 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 1JN Putney Bridge t: 020 3369 5632 w: www.thestarandgarter.com SW e: events@thestarandgarter.com Located along the banks of River Thames overlooking Putney Bridge, the Star & Garter has been gratifying guests for over 140 years. This could be £10 to down to the favourable service, feel-good vibe, great location or excellent £15 range of drinks, all of which draw people back time and again. The bar staff are devotees of the perfect gin and tonic, as indicated in the gin menu, which is split into spicy, floral, citrus and herbaceous gins. There are over * 45 different varieties to work your way through – The Putney Gin Club created last year means that members also benefit from extended happy hours and two-for-one gin and tonics. If this is your tipple of choice, look out for the Open: gin events taking place every month. Mon-Fri noon-midnight; Sophisticated yet unpretentious cheese and charcuterie boards are served Sat noon-1am; in the main bar until 10pm every day, and there’s a larger selection of Sun noon-10pm menus for private functions. Artisan cheese and charcuterie platters, featuring meats from Italy, Spain and France, go hand in hand with a glass of wine. Corporate events and weddings are the friendly team’s forte; make sure you chat to them about private hire of the ballroom, which boasts lovely views across the water. With attention to detail and a passion for quality, the Star & Garter really shines. *Disabled facilities in the main bar only. Bar & Restaurant

Silk & Grain  Location 33 Cornhill, City, EC3V 3ND Bank t: 020 3369 5618 w: www.silkandgrain.co.uk e: reservations@silkandgrain.co.uk

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Located in the heart of the city, Silk & Grain is an independently run steak restaurant serving top-quality 35-day-aged steak in a variety of different cuts. These range from Tomahawk and Porterhouse, to Chateaubriand, and many more. All of the steaks are supplied from accredited farms by master butcher John Gilmour – an independent family-run butchers based in the Scottish borders, specialising in the supply of the top one per cent of Scottish beef, renowned for its full flavour and tenderness.

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‘...serving top-quality 35-day-aged steak...’

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The wine list is specially designed to complement the variety of food on the menu and boasts wines from all over the world. The mezzanine area is a fantastic space for you to sample the dishes in an inviting restaurant, or equally, the vibrant bar area is ideal for casual dining and great cocktails and drinks, including the famous and widely loved

on-site barrel-aged Negroni. The restaurant is located two minutes away from Bank station on Cornhill. It’s the perfect place for a variety of events, including business meetings, networking, sit-down lunches, dinner, drinks parties and canapé dining. The friendly staff will make sure your event will be one to remember and weekend hire is available on request. 54

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Waxy O’Connor’s

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, W1D 6DD Piccadilly Circus t: 020 3369 5673 w: www.waxyoconnors.co.uk/london e: london@waxyoconnors.co.uk

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Guests receive a warm Irish welcome at Waxy O’Connor’s – London’s biggest Irish bar located in the heart of the West End. Waxy O’Connor’s is a labyrinth £18 to of four unique bars spread out over six levels, each with its own atmosphere, £25 so there’s something for everyone to be found here. Named after the famous candlemaker from Dublin, Waxy’s has gained worldwide recognition for its warm hospitality, friendly staff, traditional homemade dishes and extensive range of beer, spirits and coffee – it’s no wonder it was named Irish Pub of the Year in the UK at the Irish Pubs Global Awards. With live music four nights a week, including traditional Irish sessions every Sunday night from 8.30pm, you couldn’t ask for a more lively environment. There are three large screens showing all major sporting events, including the Open: GAA, rugby and football. You can book a table for drinks and dinner or simply Mon-Thurs noon-11.30pm; walk in. You can even hire a Fri & Sat noon-midnight; private area with your very own Sun noon-11pm bar, so if you’ve got a birthday, leaving party or Christmas celebration coming up, get in touch with the team. Waxy’s offers set menus and buffet options as well as bar food. There’s always something going on at this lively bar and restaurant. Waxy’s hosts celebrations for New Year, Australia Day, National Irish Coffee Day and Halloween. This year, why not celebrate St Patrick’s Day the Waxy’s way?

Ruby Blue

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 1 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BP Leicester Square t: 020 3369 5607 w: www.rubybluebar.co.uk e: info@rubybluebar.co.uk

C You can’t get much more central than Ruby Blue. Nestled right in the thick of the West End, this buzzy hub boasts an impressive balcony with a memorable bird’s-eye view across Leicester Square. £18 to From the moment guests are greeted to the moment they say goodbye, the £23 service is prompt and enthusiastic. Given the venue’s location, it comes as no surprise that it’s become a go-to spot for a pre-theatre meal and for those looking to refuel when sightseeing. The diverse menu features a pleasing mix of home comforts, small plates and fajitas, and the food is surprisingly affordable, given the great quality. We kicked things off with bespoke cocktails on the dazzling balcony, followed by halloumi skewers and Bloody Mary meatballs to start. For the main event, my steak was cooked exactly as requested and accompanied by delicious chips, Open: Mon-Sat 5pm-3am; and my partner declared their Sun 5pm-10.30pm wild mushroom pasta a treat. Speaking of treats; be sure to try the divine salted caramel tart for dessert – it won’t disappoint. The broad cocktail menu and well-chosen wine list are given just as much attention as the edible offering, so you’re sure to find the perfect tipple to accompany your meal. Ruby Blue transforms into a vibrant nightclub and bar when dusk descends, so you can boogie the night away in one of central London’s most stylish spots. London Guide 2018

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Madison  Location 1 New Change, St Paul’s, EC4M 9AF t: 020 3369 5545 w:www.madisonlondon.net e: madisoninfo@danddlondon.com

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There’s no better place to watch the sun go down than on the terrace at Madison overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral – it’s been dubbed one of the best terraces in London. Madison is a post-work hotspot and brings a slice of Manhattan to the capital. Whether you’re enjoying tipples after a hard day in the office or entertaining clients, it’s the perfect place in which to do so. Make sure you take a delicious cocktail with you and order some snacks – maybe the truffle fries, soft-shell crab tempura, and sautéed mini chorizo sausages will take your fancy. The sharing cocktails are perfect for groups – try the St Paul’s Breeze featuring fruity flavours.

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Meanwhile, the bar and restaurant boasts a full and varied menu, which lists small bites, dishes from the Josper grill, burgers, flatbread wraps, salads and mains. Desserts like passion fruit cake, and chocolate and praline fondant go down a treat. The friendly, polite staff are energetic and always seem to be in a great mood, adding to the whole experience. The team prides itself on the lively atmosphere and entertainment that make Madison a soughtafter social setting. To complete your weekend, there’s a Sunday brunch menu, which is accompanied by live music. DJs take to the stage in summer, while in winter soul music plays all afternoon. Madison is the perfect venue for corporate networking events and private parties – there are numerous areas available to hire.

Open: Mon-Weds 11am-late; Thurs-Sat 11am-1am; Sun 11am-9pm

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Avenue  Location 7-9 St James’s Street, St James’s, SW1 1EE t: 020 3369 5691 w: www.avenue-restaurant.co.uk e: avenuereservations@danddlondon.com

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Avenue’s enviable location in the thick of St James’s affords it plenty of returning guests and business diners. Inside, quiet glamour and modern art lend the to restaurant a stylish feel that’s fitting with its food and drink offering. £40 The restaurant revolves around an impressive central decanting bar, where first-class cocktails, friendly bar staff and an impressive wine list can be found. Above the bar, the stunning wine glass chandelier takes centre stage, glistening in the light. Take a seat and enjoy the buzz of the place before ordering from Restaurant Open: the menu. Mon-Fri noon-3pm, The elegant, modern restaurant offers an internationally inspired menu. Head chef 5.30pm-10.30pm; Andras uses high-quality, natural ingredients when composing the fresh dishes. Sat 11am-6pm, 7pm-10.30pm; Think starters of confit blackened salmon with sour cucumber and sweet chilli Sun 11am-6pm salsa, and spiced tuna tartare Bar Open: Mon-Fri 10am-1am; teamed with yuzu emulsion, Sat 11am-6pm, 7pm-1am; rice and a nori cracker. For Sun 11am-6pm the main event, choose between the likes of stone bass with bok choy, palm heart and miso sauce, and gochujang-marinated lamb paired with edamame, Thai asparagus, wild garlic and seaweed. There’s brunch at weekends, as well as set menus and a bar menu. The extensive wine list shouldn’t be overlooked, and classic cocktails featuring a unique range of Asian and South American ingredients are sure to please. £25

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100 Wardour Street

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 100 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TN Tottenham Court Road t: 020 3369 5684 w: www.100wardourst.com e: info@100wardourst.com

C This vibrant bar and restaurant situated in the middle of Soho has everything covered from morning until night. It’s always been an important spot – in 1964, it was the famous Marquee Club, which hosted the likes £20 to of David Bowie and The Sex Pistols, and then Mezzo took its place in the £40 90s. Eventually in 2016 it reopened as 100 Wardour Street, with quite a reputation to uphold. The ground floor is home to the relaxed, stylish bar and lounge, and at the back is the cosy games room – the perfect place in which to escape to at lunchtime. The diverse bar menu caters to everyone, with avocado and feta Restaurant Open: on toast best paired with coffee, and harissa- and agave-roasted aubergine Tues & Weds 6pm-2am; Thurs-Sat 6pm-3am followed by a sweet treat a no-brainer in the evening. Lounge Open: Down the iconic spiral staircase you’ll find the upbeat restaurant Mon-Fri 9am-late; and club, where food is served until 2am. The Sat 11am-late menu centres around a robata grill, and includes juicy sirloin steak, gin- and tonic-cured smoked salmon with potato salad, and steamed sea bream with crushed potatoes. Liquid libations come in the form of creative cocktails, Champagne and wine, and an assortment of spirits is lined along the mirrored bar. Don’t miss the fantastic live music line-up each night of the week – there’s always something exciting going on at 100 Wardour Street.

Locale

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 222 Munster Road, Fulham, SW6 6AY Fulham Broadway t: 020 3369 5538 w: www.localefulham.com e: info@localefulham.com

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Nestled in Munster village in Fulham, this charming bar and restaurant, with its attractive and stylish design, provides an elegant and friendly neighbourhood drinking and dining experience. Well known for its friendly service, Locale receives rave reviews and is lauded as one of the best restaurants in the area.

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‘...elegant and friendly...’ The well-balanced, regularly changing menu features a raw section with oysters and ceviche as well as a fantastic selection of flatbreads, fresh fish, and delicious aged meats. Only fresh ingredients are used and everything is served by cheery staff who clearly enjoy what they do. With 22 of the world’s top-renowned gins, mouth-watering cocktails, local craft beer and fine boutique wine, the bar is a destination in its own right. It’s an ideal place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or party the night away with Open: Mon-Thurs noon-10pm; friends and family. Fri & Sat noon-10.30pm; The recently refurbished terrace Sun noon-9pm is pleasant and leafy – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy sunlit lunches or dinners. Locale is also available for group bookings, engagement parties, birthdays, weddings and special celebrations, should you want to impress your guests. London Guide 2018

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The Bull & The Hide

 Location 4 Devonshire Row, Bishopsgate, City, EC2M 4RH Liverpool Street t: 020 3369 5722 w: www.thebullandthehide.com E e: info@thebullandthehide.com The Bull & The Hide, situated in the heart of the city, encompasses a proper pub, an elegant restaurant and a boutique hotel. Located moments away £23 to from Liverpool Street station, The Bull & The Hide offers a luxurious £29 home-from-home setting in the most convenient spot. Here, the team is passionate about serving quality British food along with an extensive range of beer, traditional ale and wine. The Bull & The Hide is proud to be part of the Hush Heath family – an award-winning hospitality group with a winery in Kent. Quality, passion and experience are at the core of all that is served, so the team only collaborates with the best suppliers and local businesses. The Hide restaurant is available for private hire and offers a stylish, versatile venue for all manner of occasions. Boasting carefully chosen artwork and furnishings Open: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; from around the world, it’s an inspiring and stimulating space, with tailored Sat 8.30am-11pm; catering options to match. Sun 8.30am-10pm Nestled above The Bull & The Hide is a boutique hotel housing seven rooms, each named after an element of the venue’s illustrious past and carefully designed with comfort in mind. The Bull & The Hide always has something going on – be it a weekend bottomless brunch, wine pairing dinner or weekly pie club, meaning there’s always a reason to visit. Bar & Restaurant

St Bart’s  Location 66 West Smithfield, City, EC1A 9DY Barbican t: 020 3369 5630 w: www.stbartsbrewery.com e: info@stbartsbrewery.com

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St Bart’s is a renowned event and wedding venue, in addition to being one of the city’s best-loved bar and restaurants. Its central location overlooking Smithfield’s famous meat market means that sourcing the top-notch produce £15 to for the British barbecue food served is no trouble at all. £20 St Bart’s is part of the Hush Heath family – an award-winning hospitality group with a winery in Kent. All of the fruit for Hush Heath’s range of wine and cider is grown, vinified and bottled on the 400-acre family-run estate. St Bart’s brewery offers a huge range of craft beer, speciality spirits, artisanal ale and international wine, too. Quality, passion and experience form the foundation of all that they provide Open: Mon-Weds 11am-11pm; customers, so they only collaborate with the best suppliers and local businesses. Thurs-Sat 11am-1am; Only the finest, freshest, sustainably sourced British meat, fish and vegetables Sun private hire only make it through the kitchen doors, and the team celebrates the art of smoking and cooking with wood, using apple wood from their estate in Kent. St Bart’s has been designed with events in mind. The team is highly experienced in planning and catering for events, whether it’s post-work drinks, private dining, wedding receptions or corporate functions you require. Choose to reserve comfortable, spacious sections of the lively main bar for drinks and snacks, or the upper level for your private party. Exclusive venue hire is available for up to 220 guests. 58

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Greedy Cow Burgers & Steaks

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 2 Grove Road, Mile End, E3 5AX Mile End t: 020 3369 5514 w: www.greedycow.com e: mailme@greedycow.com

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Two brothers with discerning taste, a love of good food, and a strong belief in value for money created the Greedy Cow. Their mission was to source the freshest local produce and use it to create innovative and exciting dishes that keep hunger at bay without emptying the wallet.

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Seven years ago, this vision was realised when Greedy Cow opened in the heart of the East End. As a small, bespoke venue, it offers a high-quality, thoughtful service, and the original values are upheld today. The hands-on owners gather feedback directly from their customers and are constantly tailoring the restaurant’s dining experience to suit – it’s no wonder people come back time and time again.

‘...innovative and exciting dishes...’ Greedy Cow prides itself on sourcing the best produce possible, including sustainably farmed beef from The Ginger Pig farm in North Yorkshire, where the cattle eat a natural diet of grass and hay. The chefs develop and create all dishes on-site, then offer them up to the staff and owners to taste before they are featured on the menu. This way, customers can be confident that whatever they order, the dish has been created with love and attention. The chefs still prepare all the original classics such as the classic burger, cooked medium and served in a soft sourdough bun with beef tomato and sliced red onions, and the sirloin steak, aged for 21 days to ensure a tender, flavoursome result – while more exotic meats keep the menu fresh and exciting. Camel, kangaroo and wild boar are all in attendance and offer customers the chance to be adventurous and try something completely different. If you’ve room left after the generous portions, try the signature chocolate fondant. The drinks list is just as exciting as the food menu, with a range of cocktails, wine and Prosecco available. Greedy Cow also opens for breakfast at weekends, offering the likes of eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes served with apple, pear and cinnamon or mixed berry compote. Check out Greedy Cow’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook page for more news and updates.

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Zerodegrees  Location 29-31 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, SE3 0TJ Blackheath t: 020 3369 5683 w: www.zerodegrees.co.uk e: blackheath@zerodegrees.co.uk

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Most restaurants don’t serve fresh beer that comes directly from the brewing tanks, but then most restaurants aren’t Zerodegrees. A combination of a microbrewery, multiple-award-winning pizza place and seafood restaurant, with a healthy dose of the bold and imaginative on the menu, Zerodegrees has been ploughing its own distinctive furrow since 2000.

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Set back from the road on the southern edge of lovely, leafy Blackheath, it doesn’t appear grand from the outside, but step inside and you’ll find that it opens up like the proverbial Aladdin’s cave to offer more than enough space for any sized group to enjoy themselves, while retaining a sense of intimacy missing from many larger venues. I did mention the microbrewery didn’t I? Taking pride of place in the centre of the restaurant, you can actually watch the beer being made while you dine, and trace the progress from tank to pump. Open: Mon-Sat This means it’s the freshest beer you’ll find and there’s no need to pasteurise or noon-midnight; add preservatives – whether you Sun noon-11pm choose a Pilsner, pale ale, wheat ale or other speciality brews, the beer is flavoursome and pure. Make sure you try the mango beer – there’s nothing like it anywhere else. These beers match perfectly with everything on the menu, from the kilo pots of mussels to the PAPA award-winning pizza and pasta dishes, making Zerodegrees a beer- and food-lover’s paradise.

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Shampers  Location 4 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B 5PE Piccadilly Circus t: 020 3369 5615 w: www.shampers.net e: shampers.reserve@gmail.com

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Tucked behind Regent Street in Soho is Shampers, an independent bar and restaurant that has retained its original 1970s feel. The key to the popular spot’s success is its familiar atmosphere and friendly service, which has seen £26 to many regulars become friends. £35 Shampers is proud to showcase a wine list that features over 200 varieties from across the world, including organic wine, and there are more than 41 varieties available by the glass. Many of them are hand-picked from small growers, speaking volumes about the quality. There’s also a good range of Champagne, digestifs and whiskies. The head chef has been at the helm for over 20 years, cooking a range of Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm classic British dishes and delicious daily specials, which tend to focus on fresh Food Served: fish and British meats that are delivered to the door daily. Tapas-style dishes Mon-Sat noon-11pm can be enjoyed informally at the bar and table, and the team is more than happy to customise menus to suit diners’ preferences. Quality produce is sourced from trusted suppliers and used in starters like pan-fried squid with chilli and ginger sauce, and main dishes such as grilled venison steak with mash and spinach. On top of all this, downstairs seats up to 40 people, and is available for private dining. Alternatively, the whole premises can be hired for private parties at the weekend, making Shampers great all round. 60

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Quaglino’s

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 16 Bury Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6AJ Green Park t: 020 3369 5597 w: www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk e: quaglinos@danddlondon.com Quaglino’s has flourished since it opened in 1929 at the height of the American prohibition. At the time, cabaret, jazz music and socialites swept through London, and today its illustrious history is highlighted throughout. In 2013 Quaglino’s reopened following an extensive renovation and its Art Deco grandeur remains strong. The iconic mezzanine-level bar boasts views of the restaurant and twinkling stage, and drapes of fabric, dramatic lighting and a grand staircase establish a decadent backdrop. The cocktail menu illustrates the venue’s past, taking guests on a journey with drinks named after pivotal moments in time. The Crown refers to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, while The Tailor is a tribute to the fashionable shops and tailors that surround the venue. The bar’s signature cocktail, The Q Clock, is a Martini-style cocktail blending gin, Cointreau Noir, orange liqueur made with Cognac and white vermouth. The result is a complex, floral flavour presented in bespoke glassware inspired by the sundial.

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The food menu highlights modern European cuisine, with dishes ranging from roasted guinea fowl in a morel and tarragon sauce with sprouting broccoli, to fruits de mer and caviar. There are seasonal menus, set menus and fancy brunches, too. It isn’t just food and drinks; soak up the live music and fantastic events that keep guests entertained until dusk descends. You’ll come away from Quaglino’s with plenty of stories to tell.

Gelatorino

Ice Cream Parlour

 Location 2 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JD Covent Garden t: 020 3369 5513  Location 405 Upper Richmond Road, Richmond upon Thames, SW14 7NX Mortlake t: 020 3369 5513 w: www.gelatorino.com e: ask@gelatorino.com You’ll feel like you’re in a little corner of Italy when you head inside Gelatorino, located in buzzy Covent Garden. In Italy, gelato provides the perfect end to a meal, and Italians will travel far and wide to sample the best gelato around. Antonio and Gabriella, the Italian couple behind Gelatorino, are passionate about their Italian roots and traditions. With no luck finding decent gelato in London, they brought their concept to the capital. Since 2010 they’ve been serving the same award-winning gelato you’ll find in the parlours of Italy. High-quality artisan produce and authentic, traditional techniques are used to Open: create smooth and creamy gelato, which has less fat than ice cream. There’s Mon & Tues 9am-8pm; no artificial colouring or thickeners here. Making the product is an art and the Weds & Thurs 9am-9pm; venue’s name incorporates Torino – a city synonymous with serving Fri 9am-11pm; Sat 10am-11pm; the best gelato in Italy. Sun 10am-8pm It’s not just for children – adults enjoy these scoops of joy just as much. Gelatorino’s offering extends to gelato cakes, gelato biscuits and sticks as well as crêpes and homemade pastries. We recommend you pair your choice with a smooth cup of coffee or authentic hot chocolate for the ultimate treat. *Price range represents the cost of gelato and a drink. London Guide 2018

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Montparnasse Café  Location 22 Thackeray Street, Kensington, W8 5ET High Street Kensington t: 020 3369 5549

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Even during a particularly busy spell, every customer we saw entering Montparnasse was greeted with a chirpy ‘bonjour’. Just steps from Kensington High Street, this buzzing café is a magnet for expatriates and Francophiles alike, offering a selection of delicious sweet and savoury snacks. We particularly enjoyed our galette, which was generously filled with flaky salmon, fresh mozzarella and spinach. It was a vivid reminder that there is much more to lunch than the humble sandwich. The coffee is strong and really hits the spot, while the tempting selection of pastries and breads ensures that Montparnasse ticks the boulangerie box, too.

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‘...tempting selection of pastries and breads...’ The delicious light breakfasts such as croque monsieur, crêpes and spinach Open: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; omelette are the ideal way Sat & Sun 8.30am-5pm to start the day, and you can watch the world go by from the seating at the front. London has no shortage of cafés inspired by the arrondissements of Paris, but Montparnasse is genuinely different. From the native staff through to the classical music that can be heard playing softly under the hubbub, it exudes an air of authenticity seldom found this side of the Channel. *Price range represents the cost of a dish and a drink. Café & Restaurant

Hugo’s  Location 23-25 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park, NW6 6RA Queen’s Park t: 020 3369 5519 w: www.hugosrestaurant.co.uk e: dining@hugosrestaurant.co.uk

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Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hugo’s is a quiet hideaway from the busy streets of the capital. From 8am, the chefs whip up pancakes, brioche buns and rosemary focaccia in preparation for the day ahead, while Brazilian head chef Cesar creates the weekly menu and new additions for the specials board. Cooking honest, wholesome food is what Cesar does best and why regulars return. Quench your thirst with a pint of real ale from Wales, cider from Suffolk, or craft ale from Fourpure. Alternatively, opt for a glass of world wine or organic juice, and when the weather is fine, take it to the front terrace and enjoy the sun. The new canopies make it possible to dine al fresco all year round, gazing at passersby.

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At the weekend, families and friends tuck into the all-day breakfasts. If your head is sore from the night before, perk yourself up with a Bloody Mary along with your brunch.

The unique and intimate feel of Hugo’s makes it a great spot for weddings. Cesar personalises each menu and the team ensures that everything is covered, making it a day to remember for all the right reasons. They can accommodate up to 70 people seated and 120 people buffet style. Office parties, birthdays and special occasions can be held here too. 62

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Foodilic

Café & Restaurant

 Location 85 Putney High Street, Putney, SW15 1SR Putney Bridge t: 020 3151 4429 w: www.foodilic.com e: putney@foodilic.com

SW This primarily vegetarian and vegan café is a very welcome find on a bustling high street. Owner Peter has created a unique all-day dining spot, where vibrant juices and breakfasts of eggs cooked just how you like morph into laid-back * £13 lunches. An enticing array of raw vegan cakes and freshly made salads taking to centre stage in the window tempt visitors inside. Once you’ve been reeled in, £15 the quiet and welcoming two-storey café boasts a clean, modern interior that lets the healthy, natural food do the talking. We sipped fresh pineapple, carrot, ginger, lemon and chilli juice as we scanned the delightful lunch menu, which features a selection of vibrant salads, hot and cold vegetarian dishes, raw vegan sushi as well as a scattering of fish and meat dishes. The waitress was helpful, talking us through the fun menu and telling us about Open: Mon-Sun 8am-7pm the recipes and ingredients. We couldn’t resist the raw vegan sushi, which we shared along with a large, colourful mixed salad bowl and beautifully layered homemade lasagne. The highlight had to be the vegan sushi with walnuts, cashews, carrot and pesto and sundried tomatoes wrapped in nori. Our lunch visit ended with a delicious raw vegan carrot cake and strawberry cheesecake – tasty accompaniments to a wonderful fresh coffee. *Price range represents the cost of two courses.

Café in the Crypt

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 Location St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, St James’s, WC2N 4JH Charing Cross t: 020 3369 5631 w: www.smitf.org e: cafe@smitf.org

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Head to the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square, to the historic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and you’ll discover London’s hidden café. The church dates back to 1726 and Café in the Crypt, which has been a firm favourite with Londoners for the last 30 years, is located downstairs. Its original Georgian architecture, with brick-vaulted ceilings and ancient tombstones lining the floor, sets the scene for a unique dining experience, but don’t worry, there are no longer bodies in the crypt.

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The menu includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all served in an assisted buffet style. The chefs use local ingredients to prepare sumptuous British classics with a twist. We visited on a Friday, so fish and chips were a must but there are also vegetarian and gluten-free options, including hot main courses, salad plates Open: Mon & Tues and sandwiches. For dessert, we 10am-8pm; couldn’t resist the apple crumble Weds 10am-10.30pm; with lashings of custard. It Thurs-Sat 10am-9pm; was difficult choosing between Sun 11am-6pm the crumble and range of delicious cakes made by the café’s in-house patisserie chef. What’s more, Café in the Crypt is a social enterprise, so all of the profits are ploughed back into St Martin’s to maintain the listed building and run its community programmes. London Guide 2018

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Hilliard

Café

 Location 26a Tudor Street, Blackfriars, EC4Y 0AY Blackfriars t: 020 3369 5517 w: www.hilliardfood.co.uk e: frances@hilliardfood.co.uk Almost midway between Blackfriars and Temple you’ll find Hilliard, a small but bustling café. The doors open at 7am, with a breakfast selection that includes bacon sandwiches, eggs, jam on toast (made using artisanal bread and delicious jams), porridge with compote, and a range of homemade pastries – the cinnamon buns get my personal recommendation. There is fantastic organic coffee from Union Hand Roasters, and a large selection of soups, a daily hot dish, specials, salads, sandwiches, terrines and quiches, in addition to a range of sweet treats – think homemade cakes and biscuits, banana loaf and gooey brownies. Whole cakes are also available to order, as are business lunches and quiches. Accompanying the food is a well-chosen wine list, with options served by the glass or bottle.

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The Lansdowne Pub & Dining Room

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 Location 90 Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill, NW1 8HX Chalk Farm t: 020 3369 5659 w: www.thelansdownepub.co.uk e: info@thelansdownepub.co.uk

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This attractive pub, which sports an inviting atmosphere and rustic-inspired interior, is located along a residential street in pretty Primrose Hill. Outdoor tables allow guests to dine al fresco in the sunshine, while indoors, the wooden furniture and spacious seating area calls for lazy afternoons spent sipping wine and working your way through the menu. There’s a first-floor function room available to hire for private parties and dining, too.

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The home-cooked dishes are inspired by British and Mediterranean cuisine and are worth delving into. The freshly made pizzas are great for sharing with a bottle of wine from the extensive choice showcased on chalkboards. Most of the bottles are available by the glass should you wish to take it steady. The haggis Scotch egg with curry mayo and salad, and crispy squid with mango and lime salsa are sure to get things off to a cracking start. Main dishes of pan-seared cod with rosemary and paprika new Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; potatoes and salsa verde, and Sun noon-10.30pm confit pork belly with prunes and Armagnac paired with pickled heritage carrots are highlights that prove this pub is a cut above the rest. Sweets, meanwhile, come in the form of citrus tart with mango sorbet, and chocolate ganache served with delectable coffee mousse.

The Prince Alfred

Traditional

 Location 112 Queensway, Bayswater, W2 3RR Bayswater t: 020 3369 5596 w: www.prince-alfred.co.uk e: info@prince-alfred.co.uk

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Named after Queen Victoria’s second son, this princely spot has been a favourite with those seeking a traditional pub serving fine food and drink since 1851. Prince Alfred occupies a Grade II listed building and boasts a homely ground floor bar with a cosy fireplace and soft lighting. Head upstairs and discover the sofa bar, where socialising and drinking go hand in hand – it’s a great space for hosting private parties and special get-togethers too. If dining, you can pull up a pew and order the likes of cottage pie, Lincolnshire sausages and mash, or a rack of ribs served with chips and rainbow slaw from the menu that’s filled with traditional fare. Delicious meat pies, hearty burgers and sandwiches all make an appearance, and the sharer board is the ideal snack to share with friends. Why not pair your meal with a glass of seasonal wine or a signature gin cocktail? Guests can watch the sun go down and the happenings of cosmopolitan Bayswater from the outside seating area.

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Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-11.30pm; Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm

The weekly live music events are a hit with the crowds and the homely, welcoming feel of The Prince Alfred makes guests feel at ease. All of this explains why the pub’s been winning over locals and visitors for over a century. London Guide 2018

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The Swan

 Location 66 Bayswater Road, Bayswater, W2 3PH Lancaster Gate t: 020 3369 5635 w: www.swanhydepark.co.uk e: swanw2@fullers.co.uk Proudly situated just opposite Hyde Park, this historic pub dates back several centuries and was originally a popular coaching inn. It was refurbished earlier this year in an artistic, chic style designed to represent the various manifestations of the park – think a tasteful colour palette, murals painted on the walls and floral printed chairs. You’ll also find photographs of concerts and women’s rights rallies that have taken place in the park over the years. This eatery offers the best of classic pub fare, but the crowning glory has to be their exceptional fish and chips. This is complemented by a number of tasty signature dishes like hot London Porter-smoked salmon Niçoise, and Dorset leg of lamb with a feta, hazelnut and pomegranate salad. The Swan’s well-stocked bar has an excellent array of real ale and lager, New and Old World wine, and a broad range of spirits. With over 30 types of gin behind the bar, you’ll never be short of a new tipple to try.

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Open: Mon-Weds 8am-11pm; Thurs-Sat 8am-midnight; Sun 8am-10.30pm Traditional

The Ship

 Location 68 Borough Road, Southwark, SE1 1DX Borough t: 020 3369 5617 w: www.shipborough.co.uk e: ship.se1@fullers.co.uk The Ship is a quintessentially traditional pub offering tasty home-cooked food, a wide range of seasonal ale and craft beer, and a superb hidden beer garden. It’s the perfect place to meet friends for a pint of London Pride and a game of darts. The menu features beloved pub classics like steak and ale pie, Frontier-battered cod, and a truly excellent sticky toffee pudding. Situated in the heart of Southwark, just opposite the Crown Court, The Ship also has a tasty range of sandwiches for those seeking a satisfying express lunch. Its stellar location makes this the ideal eatery for history-seekers wishing to visit the Imperial War Museum and Southwark Playhouse Theatre. The ambience changes significantly in the evenings, when a buzzy atmosphere and close proximity to the Ministry of Sound make this pub the place to be.

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The Sanctuary House Hotel

 Location 33 Tothill Street, Westminster, SW1H 9LA St James’s Park t: 020 3369 5611 w: www.sanctuaryhousehotel.co.uk e: sanctuaryhousereception@fullers.co.uk Part way down the iconic Tothill Street, the oldest street in Westminster, you’ll find the historic Sanctuary House Hotel. The convenient Westminster location is by no means the only draw of this popular establishment. This attractive hotel and pub is a purveyor of exquisite handmade pies featuring flaky shortcrust pastry, delicious fillings, creamy mashed potato and rich gravy. We’d recommend pairing your pie of choice with a pint of excellent Fuller’s ale – perhaps choose Oliver’s Island or Frontier. If beer isn’t your tipple of choice though, the extensive wine list and excellent range of spirits on offer are definitely worth exploring. On a chilly day, we’d have to recommend a cup of rich Brewers coffee, perhaps accompanied by a scrumptious helping of apple and blackberry crumble with a side of vanilla crème anglaise.

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Simpson’s Tavern

Traditional

 Location 38 Cornhill, City, EC3V 9DR Bank t: 020 3369 5619 w: www.simpsonstavern.co.uk e: manager@simpsonstavern.co.uk

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Simpson’s Tavern, located in the city’s financial district and not far from Tower Bridge, has remained a dependable constant for decades, building a solid reputation and ever-growing fan base. Built in 1757, the tavern is the oldest chophouse in London and retains much of its olde-worlde charm, with a warm atmosphere to match. A sense of the past begins as you walk down the charming cobbled alleyway to reach this tourist destination point. Once inside, it feels like you’ve stepped back in time and the hustle and bustle of the city soon dissipates. This London institution has been open for centuries and is still frequented by businesspeople on lunch and tourists exploring the capital – a testament to the tavern’s years of hospitality.

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‘...olde-worlde charm...’ Much of its charm is echoed in the honest, traditional menu that’s brimming with British dishes. Expect hearty portion sizes at great value to be freshly cooked and full of flavour. Call in for breakfast and begin the day with a freshly cooked helping of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, full English or a tasty bacon sandwich paired with a Bloody Mary or fruit juice. On the main menu, classics such as braised lamb shank, homemade steak and kidney pie and oven-baked Scotch salmon are humble additions. The grill section of the menu includes gammon and tomato, chargrilled rump steak, and calf’s liver and bacon accompanied by caramelised onion, while daily specials provide something new to try. If you’ve got room, finish proceedings with a homemade pudding, or sample the chef’s famous stewed cheese for a savoury treat. Punters looking for liquid gratification will find a carefully chosen wine list and plenty of real ale and beer behind the bar. There is a separate bar menu featuring the likes of ham, egg and chips, sausage and mash and doorstep sandwiches to keep hunger at bay. Simpson’s Tavern is available for private hire and functions for 40 to 120 guests, and tailor-made menus are available to create the perfect bespoke event. Advance booking is always recommended. Genuinely friendly service adds to the establishment’s ambience and makes visiting Simpson’s all the more enjoyable.

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The Mad Hatter Hotel

 Location 3-7 Stamford Street, South Bank, SE1 9NY Southwark t: 020 3369 5542 w: www.madhatterhotel.co.uk e: madhatterhotel@fullers.co.uk The Mad Hatter Hotel enjoys a prime spot in the Southwark area and is close to all the top central attractions. It’s home to a bar that’s stocked with a great choice of beer, cask ale, cider and an assortment of wine. You can expect delicious British pub food to accompany the drinks selection, with the handmade pies the highlight for many. All are filled to the brim with quality, seasonal produce and served with a generous helping of mash. To sample a range, plunge for the Ale & Pie tasting board, which comes with three mini pies and half pints of Fuller’s ale to accompany them. The fresh food is made all the better by great service, and there are 30 superb en-suite rooms should you wish to explore the vibrant city of London further from a homely, comfortable base.

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Open: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat 8am-11pm; Sun & Bank Holidays 8am-10.30pm Traditional

The Wellington Hotel

 Location 81-83 Waterloo Road, Waterloo, SE1 8UD Waterloo t: 020 3369 5674 w: www.wellingtonhotelwaterloo.co.uk e: wellington@fullers.co.uk This historic pub and hotel can be found opposite Waterloo station, and is the perfect base from which to explore central London. The decor has an air of traditional grandeur: think wood panelling, exposed brick and a classical mural painted on the arched ceiling above the bar. A sea of tables, comfy sofas and high-backed Chesterfield armchairs give a cosy feel to the large rooms, and visitors quickly feel right at home. Head chef Dawid Bialon has compiled a menu of satisfyingly tasty pub classics. Tuck into a hearty plate of Frontier-battered cod and chips, or branch out with the succulent smoked duck breast paired with a juicy pomegranate and orange rice salad. The pub also boasts an excellent range of burgers; perhaps plump for the pork and chorizo, or the chickpea falafel burger. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to find an excellent accompaniment among the traditional and seasonal cask ales on tap.

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Open: Mon-Weds 8am-11pm; Thurs & Fri 8am-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm

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Crown & Anchor

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 Location 22 Neal Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9PS Covent Garden t: 020 3151 3323 w: www.crownandanchornealst.co.uk e: manager@crownandanchornealst.co.uk Spread across two floors, this charming traditional-style pub has been a mainstay of Covent Garden since the early 1900s. It offers a mix of Continental lager, cask-conditioned ale and enviable London gin selection alongside a pleasingly classic menu. Dishes like battered cod and hand-cut chips, sausages and homemade herby mash with lashings of onion chutney gravy, and steak and ale pot pie are legendary classics. There are also homemade burgers with various toppings, sandwiches and snacks, including nachos, mozzarella sticks and a meze board. Children can choose from the kid’s section of the menu so they don’t have to miss out on the fun.

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Downstairs is the ideal place to meet friends or colleagues for drinks and Open: Mon-Weds 11am-11pm; nibbles, while upstairs is great for larger groups of diners and is a relaxed Thurs 11am-11.30pm; space with an extra bar open Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; during the evening. The drinks Sun noon-10.30pm list proudly showcases London gins, including Sipsmith, Portobello Road and 7 Dials, as well as a variety of wine and cask-conditioned ales. With a capacity of up to 60 guests, all kinds of functions can be catered for – just ask for details and the team will ensure your event runs smoothly from start to finish.

The Fox

Traditional

 Location 28 Paul Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4LB Old Street t: 020 3369 5658 w: www.thefoxpublichouse.co.uk e: info@thefoxpublichouse.co.uk

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The Fox is perfectly located in amongst the buzz of Shoreditch and Old Street, with Spitalfields Market not far from reach. Inside, a central bar, etched glass windows and a large open fireplace create a traditional, airy magnet where workers meet after a long day, and tourists gather to experience a true London pub.

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Behind the large open-plan bar, the carefully selected beer choices and extensive wine list covering wine regions from around the globe is aimed to complement all of the homemade, quality food created by the dedicated kitchen team. The simple, quality food matches the relaxed atmosphere and features all your pub favourites. In the first-floor restaurant area, diners can sit back and wait for their chosen dishes to be served by friendly staff, then head downstairs for drinks afterwards. Whether you stop by for a long, laid-back lunch, a quick bite Open: Mon-Fri noon-11pm and pint post-work, or a special Food Served: dinner for two, The Fox is bound Mon-Fri noon-9pm to please with its varied food and drink choices. A private dining room allows those to celebrate various events away from the hustle and bustle of the bar – just ask a member of the friendly team for more details. London Guide 2018

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The World’s End  Location 174 Camden High Street, Camden Town, NW1 0NE Camden Town t: 020 3369 5677 w: www.theworldsend.co.uk e: theworldsend@glendola.co.uk

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The World’s End has been a North London landmark ever since it opened. Its rich past includes serving pints to author Charles Dickens and many famous city dwellers, and today it’s frequented by a buzzy mix of clientele. Camden’s trendy, eclectic vibe is reflected in this quirky, friendly pub. If you’re in the area, it’s a lively place to swing by for tipples and delicious food – there are two large bars, an attractive balcony, light and airy atrium and dining area, which provide plenty of space for punters to socialise.

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‘...trendy, eclectic vibe...’ The menu is concise yet delicious, which keeps things easy for indecisive guests. Tuck into the likes of smoked pulled pork and slaw sandwich served in a brioche bun, or smoked chicken wings, and pair it with thick-cut chips Open: served with a variety of toppings Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; like Parmesan and truffle, and Fri & Sat 11am-1am; chilli beef. The bars serve vast Sun noon-10.30pm amounts of ale, beer and Camden Pale Ale on tap, as well as delicious cocktails and all your favourite spirits. It’s safe to say that after a few hours spent working your way through the drinks list, you’ll leave with a spring in your step. Afterwards, why not head to the famed Underworld club situated beneath the pub and immerse yourself in some fantastic live music? Traditional

The Railway Tavern  Location 23 Crouch End Hill, Crouch End, N8 8DH Finsbury Park t: 020 3369 5663 w: www.the-railwaytavern.co.uk e: nick@the-railwaytavern.co.uk

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A prominent pub with heaps of charm and character, The Railway Tavern in Crouch End is a gem of a find. Restored to its former 1930s glory, classic artwork, dark wood and a large fireplace create an inviting environment in which to relish terrific food and drink. A lovely beer garden at the back affords plenty of sunshine in warm weather.

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‘...heaps of charm and character...’

The menu is divided into burgers, delicious hotdogs, sandwiches and salads. Why not commence with sticky barbecue wings paired with blue cheese sauce, or whitebait served with lemon and fresh tartare sauce? Homemade treats such as bubble and squeak baked potato and veg served with a fried egg, and homemade beefburger topped with smoked bacon, Cheddar, onion rings and mixed leaves occupy the list of main dishes. Tried-and-tested favourites Open: Sun-Weds noon-11pm; such as Timothy Taylor-battered Thurs noon-midnight; cod and a delicious selection of Fri & Sat noon-1am salads also grace the menu. For those with slightly less hearty appetites, the soft-shell crab, lime and chilli mayo sandwich, and the classic Caesar salad are lighter options. Roast dinner aficionados will delight in the traditional Sunday lunch. The Railway Tavern is available for private hire and the team can pull out all the stops, whether you want a laid-back get-together or a full-on shindig. 70

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The Enterprise

Traditional

 Location 38 Red Lion Street, Holborn, WC1R 4PN Holborn t: 020 3369 5654 w: www.the-enterprise.co.uk e: nick@the-enterprise.co.uk

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The Enterprise is a wonderful watering hole, which dates back to the Victorian period and captivates those who visit with its blend of original features, home-cooked fare and appealing atmosphere. The pub’s quirky yet elegant interior of ceramic tiles, wooden floorboards and glimmering mirrors set against the radiating glow of the hanging lamps paints an alluring picture.

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The welcoming ambience draws in hordes of appreciative regulars who stop by for a tipple and a bite to eat. Guests can take their chosen beverage to the beer garden and soak up the rays in summer or cosy up under the beaming lights when winter hits. Wholesome, homemade English and Continental dishes appear on the lunch menu, and come evening, the menu features a combination of mezze and tapas – the perfect accompaniment to the selection of beer, Cask Marque-accredited real ale and cider on offer. The careful Open: Mon-Weds noon-11pm; sourcing of produce from Thurs-Sat noon-midnight suppliers that the team knows and trusts, such as McKanna Meats and Hardels Fruiterers, is evident in dishes like merguez sausages with fried onion, and the Enterprise burger topped with crispy bacon and mature Cheddar. After stepping through its doors, there’s no doubt you’ll be back to rekindle your foodie affair with The Enterprise.

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The Water Poet

 Location 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BX Liverpool Street t: 020 3369 5667 w: www.waterpoet.co.uk e: info@waterpoet.co.uk The Water Poet is an award-winning pub sitting in a corner of East London, just a short walk from Liverpool Street station, as well as Spitalfields and Brick Lane markets. Known for its glorious suntrap beer garden and garden bar, cinema, pool parlour, numerous event spaces and frequent events, the restaurant is a destination in its own right.

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Exceptional British plates are served in the casual dining room, which is where I kicked my meal off with exquisite feta cheese fritters served with tomato and oregano sauce. I then tucked into Toulouse sausages with mash and beer-braised onion gravy, before a deliciously indulgent sticky toffee pudding arrived. Everything was washed down with a fruity Melodias malbec. The Water Poet is a gem I will definitely be revisiting. Open: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Traditional

The Wheatsheaf

 Location 41 Haven Lane, Ealing, W5 2HZ Ealing Broadway t: 020 3369 5675 w: www.wheatsheaf-ealing.co.uk e: wheatsheaf@fullers.co.uk With a fantastic reputation for its top-quality homemade food, The Wheatsheaf has been dubbed the best-kept secret in Ealing by its loyal following of locals. A range of local ales, Fuller’s favourites and speciality gins are amongst the varied offering behind the bar. Daily specials boards showcase the best of local, seasonal produce. The main menu changes regularly and includes the likes of hummus and olives, salt and pepper squid, and classic soup of the day. Buffalo lasagne is a unique take on the classic, and the chilli- and garlic-roasted squash with spinach, tomatoes, tahini and dukkah is an exciting vegetarian option. The meat sharing platter and Greek mezze board offer variety and great value for money for those looking to share a starter. They also provide the perfect snack to accompany relaxed drinks with friends in this lovely, cosy setting.

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The Bishops Finger

 Location 9-10 West Smithfield, Farringdon, EC1A 9JR Barbican t: 020 3369 5705 w: www.shepherd-neame.co.uk e: bishopsfinger@live.com Situated opposite London’s famous Smithfield Market, The Bishops Finger takes pride in its quality meat offering and fresh market produce, and is well known in the local area for its crowd-pleasing bangers and mash. During my dinner visit, I enjoyed a trio of plump and juicy sausages: lamb and mint, wild boar and apple, and traditional Cumberland, served atop creamy homemade mash and finished with proper meat gravy. Next, from a selection of desserts – not advertised but always available – I chose gooey chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, which left me feeling utterly satisfied. In addition to the excellent sausages, you’ll also discover a wide range of quality ales, tempting sharing boards and filling sandwiches, and a lively, friendly atmosphere in which to enjoy it all. Also boasting a large function room, The Bishops Finger really does have it all.

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Inamo

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 e: reservations@inamo-restaurant.com Inamo showcases stunning pan Asian cuisine using pioneering interactive ordering and entertainment systems. At all three Inamo restaurants you can order your meal via interactive table surface projections and tablets, customise your virtual tablecloths, play engaging games, and even colour and draw on the table surface with the inadoodle app. The table experience at Inamo is unlike anywhere else in London or beyond. The menu offers a wide selection of flavours from across Japan, China, Thailand and Korea. Sushi and sashimi dishes include house favourites such as dragon roll and spicy salmon maki. Asian tapas includes Szechuan chicken and beef tataki, and delicately steamed dim sum. Desserts mustn’t be forgotten, in particular the chocolate popping candy dippers. An extensive drinks list includes inventive cocktails such as the Sake Mojito and Lychee Martini, alongside a wine list and a selection of beer and sake. Inamo Covent Garden combines the calming elements of South Asia’s natural world with an entrancing use of technology and light. The Onyx Bar features stunning backlit onyx and an accompanying sushi bar – the perfect spot for drinks. At Inamo Camden, guests can also enjoy a fantastic heated al fresco garden (featuring a 30ft living wall) and roof terrace as well as delicious menu additions from a robata grill including stunning summer barbecue plates. Inside, hues of copper and gold give a cosy, intimate feel while copper lighting adds a hint of opulence. Inamo Soho, the group’s pioneer, is perfect for all manner of occasions. You’ll arrive talking about the technology and leave delighted by the food. As Jay Rayner wrote in The Observer, ‘From the interactive menu to delicious sushi, this is Asian fun at your fingertips’. *Disabled facilities at Soho and Camden branches only.

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 Location Inamo Camden, 265 Hampstead Road, Camden, NW1 7QX Mornington Crescent t: 020 3369 0796 w: www.inamo-camden.com Open: Tues-Fri noon-2pm, 5pm-11.30pm; Sat noon-midnight; Sun 3pm-9pm  Location Inamo Covent Garden, 11-14 Hanover Place, Covent Garden, WC2E 9JP Covent Garden t: 020 3369 5523 w: www.inamo-coventgarden.com Open: Tues-Thurs 5pm-11.30pm; Fri 5pm-12.30am; Sat noon-12.30am; Sun noon-10.30pm  Location Inamo Soho, 134-136 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 8ZP Tottenham Court Road t: 020 3369 0782 w: www.inamo-restaurant.com Open: Mon-Fri 5pm-11.30pm; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm

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Benihana The first Benihana opened in 1964. At the time, the concept of having the chef prepare your meal at your table was completely unique. Today, there are numerous Benihana restaurants around the world so diners in London and beyond can now enjoy this special service.

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One such branch can be found in Piccadilly, where it has stood for 21 years. The decor is sleek and elegant with a Japanese influence evident throughout. Benihana can also be found in the City, in another stylish venue serving delectable Japanese fare at the same high standards. For jetsetters, there are branches in Slovakia and Romania, and many more in the Middle East and in Asia.

‘...delightful range of cocktails...’ We chose to visit the Benihana ensconced on bustling King’s Road, entering through a small, unassuming doorway into a grand restaurant. A polite member of staff who exemplified courteous Japanese hospitality greeted us. To begin, we made our way to the bar and sampled from the delightful range of cocktails while nibbling homemade crisps. After a quick discussion of how we liked the modern and chic decor, we were shown to the chef’s table, which seats up to eight. We were seated next to a family celebrating a birthday, as they had done for the past four years. They had nothing but positive words for Benihana, which only served to increase our anticipation.

‘...courteous Japanese hospitality...’ The offering includes traditional options that have graced the menu since Benihana first began in the 1960s, in addition to a selection of specials, which have been carefully crafted by the experienced chefs. There’s also a dedicated section of the menu for lunchtime diners.

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bass, salmon and tuna sashimi paired with fiery wasabi, and peppery ginger crafted into flowers. From the tempura selection we opted for lightly battered prawn, courgette and mushroom, all of which we devoured in haste. Creamy potato and wagyu croquettes and light Chablis completed the course.

‘...unbelievably impressive...’ By this point, our expectations for the main event were sky-high and Benihana did not disappoint. Chef Arthur took his place at our table and promptly began throwing knives around with ease. He started by cooking onions and soy-glazed courgettes with prawns. The speed at which he sliced and prepared each ingredient was unbelievably impressive – we couldn’t wait to see more. The courgettes were wonderfully crunchy while the prawns were succulent and moreish. Arthur kept us entertained as we ate, drumming his utensils, performing tricks and shaping egg fried rice into a heart shape. Next up came a medley of seafood – fresh lobster tails, cod, scallops, squid and prawns. My personal favourite was the Alaskan cod, which was paired with miso soup and melted in the mouth, while my husband enjoyed the buttery lobster. Beansprouts and soy stir-fry rounded off Arthur’s theatrical performance, and were very tasty too.

‘...lobster tails, cod, scallops, squid and prawns...’ To finish, we tucked into ice cream tempura and a cheesecake dumpling with fresh strawberries. It proved a wonderful end to our meal, and we vowed to return soon – we certainly want to try the cheesecake dumpling again.  Location 37 Sackville Street, Piccadilly, W1S 3EH Piccadilly Circus t: 02 03369 5702 w: www.benihana.co.uk e: bookings.piccadilly@benihana.co.uk Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sun noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm (Bank Holidays noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm)  Location 77 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4NX Sloane Square t: 020 3369 5701 w: www.benihana.co.uk e: bookings.chelsea@benihana.co.uk Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sun noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm (Bank Holidays noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm)  Location 35 Carter Lane, City, EC4V 5AJ St Paul’s t: 020 3369 5698 w: www.benihanarestaurant.co.uk e: info@benihanarestaurant.co.uk Open: Mon-Sat noon-10.30pm; Sun 5pm-10pm

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Dinings SW3  Location Walton House, Lennox Gardens Mews, Chelsea, SW3 2JH South Kensington t: 020 3151 3421 w: www.dinings.co.uk e: info@dinings.co.uk

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Dinings Restaurant group was born 11 years ago, bringing quality food based on izakaya, or traditional Japanese bars, to the capital. It’s a trendsetter when it comes to offering exciting, innovative Japanese dishes like no other. The menu fuses traditional Japanese cuisine with modern European flourishes to create dishes that push boundaries. Inside, there’s a mezzanine level, bar area, sushi bar and a terrace, which tends to be packed when the sun shines.

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If you’ve never stepped foot inside before, tell the attentive staff your likes and dislikes, and they’ll create a menu for you. They’re more than happy to advise newbies, and can recommend pairings. The staff take notes of diners’ tastes so when they return, they can tailor their recommendations. The quality of the food is why many choose to return.

‘...offering exciting, innovative Japanese dishes like no other...’ There’s a lot to take in as the menu is vast, but the dishes change regularly to entice diners back to try something new. There’s a plentiful range of sushi and sashimi, signature sushi rolls and nibbles on the menu. Potato tar-tar chips (Japanese for taco) topped with toro tuna and jalapeño mayonnaise is a great way to kick things off, while the Scottish salmon with onion soy jam is a highlight from the sashimi selection. Fresh fish is caught on day-boats in Cornwall. The catches are then utilised in dishes such as sea bass Carpaccio with fresh truffle ponzu jelly, hand-dived Scottish scallops paired with spicy taramo sauce, and seared yellowtail belly accompanied by yuzu-koyso – a Japanese chilli paste with strong yuzu notes. The freshwater eel and pan-fried foie gras roll with sweet soy sauce was the first of its kind to hit London. To drink, choose from a range of sake – we recommend their own branded sake. Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm

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The Grade I listed building is steeped in history – Georgian windows and the lovely wooden fireplace are left untouched; the latter was supposedly a gift to Clementine Churchill when she once lived here. The colonial-style interior designed by Sagrada Design only enhances the dining experience. Outside catering is available and the venue can be hired for special events, too.


ROKA

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 w: www.rokarestaurant.com e: infoaldwych@rokarestaurant.com ROKA’s fourth branch, ROKA Aldwych, is located moments from the Strand and London’s theatre district. The restaurant’s sleek, wood-panelled interior has been carefully designed to give central prominence to the robata grill, which is at the heart of the ROKA kitchen. ROKA’s stunning design is perfectly matched by the exquisite food and cocktails. If the expression ‘you eat with your eyes’ is indeed true, then ROKA is perhaps peerless in this regard. The sashimi selection, for example, is beautifully presented – thin slices of tuna, sea bass and salmon sit atop a bowl of ice that resembles a sculpture. My yellowtail sashimi salad, served with lemon, chilli and ginger, was the perfect starter. Wagyu beef nigiri with Oscietra caviar boasted an equally impressive confluence of flavours. To add a little spice to proceedings, we highly recommend the crispy rock lobster tempura with sansho pepper salt, served with yuzu kosho mayonnaise. Our beef, ginger and sesame dumplings were outstanding. Black cod is ROKA’s signature and the most popular dish on the menu, and rightly so. Marinated in yuzu miso, the cod is unbelievably moreish. The restaurant offers a superb selection of wine, beer and, of course, Japanese sake and shochu. A glass of sake gives an umami flavour that pairs well with the richness of the robata dishes, and Kirin beer refreshes the palate. For a non-alcoholic treat, why not try the zingy Ginger Ninja cocktail? For dessert, we opted for the tasting platter. The dark chocolate and green tea pudding was rich, and the pear ice cream proved an inventive accompaniment. A selection of refreshing sorbets and fruit rounded off a spectacular meal that wasn’t to be forgotten.

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 Location 71 Aldwych, Aldwych, WC2B 4HN Holborn t: 020 3390 0617 Open: Mon-Fri noon-3.30pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat 11.30am-4pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun 11.30am-8.30pm  Location 37 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RR Goodge Street t: 020 3369 5604 Open: Mon-Fri noon-3.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm; Sat 12.30pm-4pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm; Sun 12.30pm-4pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm  Location 4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14 5FW Canary Wharf t: 020 3369 1309 Open: Mon-Fri 11.45am-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sat 11.30am-4pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sun 11.30am-8.30pm  Location 30 North Audley Street, Mayfair, W1K 6ZF Bond Street t: 020 3369 0764 Open: Mon-Fri noon-11.30pm; Sat 12.30pm-11.30pm; Sun 12.30pm-10.30pm

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Wow Simply Japanese  Location 18 Crouch End Hill, Crouch End, N8 8AA Highgate t: 020 3369 5679 w: www.wowsimplyjapanese.co.uk e: wowsimplyjapanese@yahoo.co.uk Wow Simply Japanese is proud to be the first venue in Crouch End to serve authentic, seasonal Japanese cuisine. The restaurant’s mission lies within its name; the simply cooked food aims to wow diners and allow ingredients to speak for themselves. On the menu, the likes of classic rolled sushi, noodles, katsu, fresh sashimi served on a bed of julienne moli, soy and wasabi, tempura and donburi served with miso soup bring to bear a host of delicate flavours, varying textures and eye-catching colours that are sure to please. Everything is cooked with care and is prepared fresh each day, providing plenty of inspiration and nutrition. The drinks list is concise, and you can pair your dish with plum wine, green tea or a glass of sake.

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The pared-back interior, with Japanese decorations scattered throughout, allows diners to focus on what’s on their plate, while welcoming staff are happy to advise on what to choose.

Should you wish to sample the same authentic Japanese cuisine within the comfort of your home, you can make the most of the takeaway service. It’s no wonder that the enticing choice of dishes continues to impress in-the-know locals and newbies to this part of the city. Japanese

YoYo Kitchen  Location 4 Station Parade, Noel Road, Ealing, W3 0DS West Acton t: 020 3369 5682 w: www.yoyokitchen.co.uk e: info@yoyokitchen.co.uk

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Directly opposite the West Acton underground station, you’ll find this little gem of a café and deli. Situated in the heart of the area’s Japanese community, it serves genuinely authentic sushi as well as fresh-as-you-like lunches and snacks all day.

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The food is freshly prepared every day and is deliciously authentic. On our visit, we were delighted to find our favourites on the menu – salmon and tuna hosomaki rolls – along with a selection of novel alternatives. The chicken katsu curry caught our attention, as did the vegetarian-friendly sweet potato croquettes. We were Open: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm; also intrigued by the marinated mackerel, which we’ll definitely return to sample. Sat 9.30am-8pm; You can’t dismiss the huge variety of sake on offer – including their original YoYo Sun 10am-6pm sake, which evokes memories of Japan’s forests. The label of this special tipple is even made from traditional Japanese washi paper. The atmosphere here is communal and friendly; we felt very much at home, despite it being our first visit. From the enthusiastic chef, to the welcoming staff and expertly prepared food, countless factors contributed to our unreserved recommendation of YoYo Kitchen. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook for more information on seasonal Japanese festivals and the latest happenings. 78

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Pham Sushi

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 Location 159 Whitecross Street, Finsbury, EC1Y 8JL t: 020 3369 5582  Location The Heron, 5 Moor Lane, Barbican, EC2Y 9AP t: 020 3369 0779 C Moorgate w: www.phamsushi.co.uk e: phamsushi@aol.com Having never eaten raw fish prior to visiting Pham Sushi, it was with great intrigue and excitement that I received the offerings of this popular and ideally £20 to located Japanese restaurant. £25 Open to trying anything from the delightful menu, we asked our waiter to bring whichever dishes he thought we’d enjoy, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with his choice. After an initial snack of lightly salted steamed edamame beans came an impressively presented deluxe sashimi set, comprising salmon, two types of tuna, and sea bream, all prettily rolled into flower shapes and served with shredded mooli, which gave a delightful crunch to the smooth texture of the fish. Next came a plate of thinly sliced toro (tuna belly) with fiery jalapeño peppers, served atop slices of sweet tomato, followed by a serving of goby topped with flying fish eggs and fresh seaweed. Just when we thought our feast couldn’t get any better, a Open: Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, serving of special rolls arrived at 5pm-10pm; Sat 5pm-10pm the table. Comprising luxurious snow crab and creamy avocado encased in smooth hirame (flat fish) sashimi and perfectly cooked sticky rice with lime, this dish was without doubt the star of the show. If I was at all dubious about the prospect of consuming raw fish before my visit to Pham Sushi, I can now say that sashimi is one of my favourite things to eat. I will definitely be visiting the new Pham Sushi at The Heron soon.

IPPUDO

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 Location 3 Central Saint Giles Piazza, St Giles High Street, Camden, WC2H 8AG Tottenham Court Road t: 020 3369 5524 w: www.ippudo.co.uk C e: info@ippudo.co.uk First established in 1985 in Hakata, Japan, IPPUDO situated on St Giles High Street is the flagship store in Europe, and a strong player on London’s ramen scene. £20 to Modern interiors and an open-plan kitchen where you can see the true mastery of £30 the ramen chefs, in addition to speedy service and a vibrant atmosphere, will make your dining experience at IPPUDO an unforgettable one. It has expanded to include sites in Canary Wharf and on Villiers Steet. IPPUDO is all about ramen. Creamy, rich tonkotsu broth and thin homemade noodles is a combination that’s impossible to resist. Served piping hot with signature melt-in-the-mouth pork belly chashu and an array of traditional toppings, Open: it’s the definition of comfort food. From classic Hakata-style Shiromaru, to Mon-Fri noon-11pm; spicy Karaka-men with vegetarian and chicken-based options, there’s something Sat 11.30am-11pm; to satisfy all ramen-lovers’ cravings. Diners may personalise their bowls, adding Sun & Bank Holidays extra toppings. 11.30am-10pm Don’t miss the appetiser selection – the fluffy, world-famous Hirata buns are to die for. Bite-size gyoza dumplings, crunchy sesame cucumber and a variety of rice donburi bowls won’t disappoint. To drink, Japanese beer, sake, and sake-based cocktails are perfectly paired with umami food. Keep an eye out for weekday promotions like lunchtime set menus. One thing is for sure – once you try Ippudo, you’re bound to keep coming back. London Guide 2018

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The Monsoon  Location 78 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6RL Shoreditch High Street t: 020 3369 5548 w: www.monsoonbricklane.co.uk e: info@monsoonbricklane.co.uk The Monsoon Indian restaurant attracts a very loyal band of Londoners who visit time and again to enjoy the top-quality fare served. Its talented chefs, comfortable surroundings and friendly staff are constantly winning over new diners so it comes as no surprise that this popular restaurant has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

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Inside, the smart and contemporary decor lends a smooth, sleek feel to proceedings. Staff are on the ball and attentive so your visit will run without a hitch, whatever your needs and preferences. Pull up a chair and settle in with a cool Cobra beer and take a peek at what’s on offer. The menu is incredibly varied – even curry connoisseurs will be impressed with the diversity of dishes, all of which are made with expert knowledge and skill. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike are well catered for and each dish can be altered to your preferred level of spiciness, ensuring those who love their curry with a kick can add some extra heat.

Big groups are welcome at The Monsoon, and the spacious rooms in the three-storey restaurant mean that gatherings big and small will find the perfect spot. Great pricing is just the icing on the cake.

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Khanage  Location 108 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RH Wimbledon t: 020 3369 5526 w: www.khanage.com e: info@khanage.com

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Khanage, situated opposite Wimbledon Theatre, is a worthy destination any day of the week. It isn’t hard to see why it is receiving excellent ratings on TripAdvisor and was named Restaurant of the Year in London at the £15 to English Curry Awards 2016. The menu is packed full of tandoori and £25 biryani dishes, vegetarian favourites and superb Khanage specials, and the sleek interior forms a contemporary backdrop to the traditional Indian and Pakistani cuisine. After a welcoming greeting from the personable Anwar, we started our meal with poppadoms and homemade dips, before moving to a sizzling starter of grilled meats – a veritable feast of seekh kebabs, lamb tikka, chicken tikka and tandoori chicken. This was followed by nihari – lamb slow-cooked on the bone and served with coriander, ginger and chillies – and a tender Open: Mon-Weds noon-3pm, chicken curry with heaps of spinach, named murgh saag. The mains were 5pm-11pm; accompanied by creamy daal Thurs-Sun noon-11pm makhni, a portion of okra and two of the tastiest naans I’ve had for a long time. I particularly recommend the Peshwari version stuffed with almonds, raisins, coconut and pistachio. It is great to see that Khanage supports local businesses by serving the very palatable Wimbledon Brewery beer, though the house merlot was equally great. With its friendly atmosphere, stylish decor and authentic food, Khanage is surely set to win further regional and national accolades. 80

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Buddha-Bar London

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 Location 145 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PA Knightsbridge t: 020 3369 5720 w: www.buddhabarlondon.com e: reservations@buddhabarlondon.com

C Buddha-Bar London, winner of the Best Restaurant Bar for 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the Club & Bar Awards, is an elegant retreat from the busy streets of Knightsbridge. Set over two floors, the Oriental-influenced interior features a bronze mesh Buddha £50 to and curtains emblazoned with dragons and Swarovski crystals, which provide a £60 spectacular backdrop for the equally stunning pan Asian cuisine. Upon arrival, we were whisked away into the stylish restaurant where we took in our surroundings. We sampled a selection of dishes, kicking off with spicy mango, a delicious sushi-style dish of king crab and prawn tempura with a fiery mango sauce. Next, the delicate and crispy spicy tuna maki rolls and the crisp chilli-salted baby squid were a taste sensation. For me, the crispy whole duck with Royal Beluga caviar stole the show – the meat was succulent and contrasted Restaurant & Bar Open: beautifully with the sweetness of the homemade sauce. Our sides of noodles with Mon-Fri 5pm-midnight; organic mushrooms and fluffy steamed rice were delicious, too. Finishing with a Sat noon-midnight; selection of indulgent desserts Sun 11am-11.30pm – melt-in-the-middle chocolate fondant with green tea ice cream, chocolate caramel and salted sesame bar and homemade sorbets – we left feeling utterly satisfied. The wine and cocktail menu is extensive and exciting, and knowledgeable staff are on-hand to pair the perfect tipple with your dishes. This isn’t just a venue for lunch and dinner, as afternoon tea is also served, and there’s a private dining room that can accommodate up to 70 guests. For something different, why not partake in a sushi and sake masterclass?

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Ping Pong  w: www.pingpongdimsum.com They say that good things come in small packages, and this is certainly true when it comes to the dim sum at Ping Pong. Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine that refers to a selection of bite-sized dishes. They’re normally eaten over a long brunch and with tea but Ping Pong serve these little parcels of goodness throughout the day with cocktails. Dim sum can be steamed, fried or baked, and come filled with seafood, meat or vegetables.

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Ping Pong restaurants offer peckish diners the chance to sample these delicious Chinese delights without having to board a plane. Find the stylish dining rooms scattered across the capital in prime locations such as Covent Garden, Soho and St Christopher’s Place. The Ping Pong name has become synonymous with excellent dim sum, cocktails and tea – no matter which restaurant you choose to visit, you’ll discover a buzzing vibe, an impressive choice of tipples and a selection of mouth-watering food that’s been created with socialising in mind. Sharing dim sum with family or friends is an essential part of the experience.

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The drinks are just as important as the food offering. You’ll be wowed by the flowering teas and exclusive range of cocktails including the likes of Hong Kong Colada and Hibiscus Spritz. You might like to snack on edamame with honey garlic sauce or salted cashews while you ponder over the menu choices. Crispy duck spring rolls, Shanghai chilli wontons with a dressing of chilli oil, Chinkiang vinegar and sesame seeds, and beef kimchi gyoza, which boasts flavours of ginger, chestnut and chilli, are sure to rev up your appetite. We recommend that you pair this with bao buns – pillowy steamed Chinese bread – with the likes of chilli prawns and pickled carrot and cabbage, or crispy duck and hoisin sauce. Complete your feast with sticky rice and some delights from the fried and baked selection. If you fancy something a little sweet, sample mochi – soft rice pastry balls filled with ice cream – you won’t regret it. All of the venues offer a takeaway service so you can also enjoy the food from the comfort of your own home.

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At the end of the week, kick back and relax as you treat yourself to a Lazy Sumday, where you can snap up unlimited dim sum for just £24.95 per person, or £11.95 for under 12s. For just over £10 more you can add a bottle of Prosecco and really start your weekend with a pop. If the delicious food alone isn’t enough to tempt you, the welcoming staff and easy-going atmosphere certainly will.

‘...discover a buzzing vibe, an impressive choice of tipples and a selection of mouth-watering food...’ If you’re looking for somewhere to host your next special occasion, Ping Pong offers unique event spaces and can cater for all manner of occasions. From intimate dinners, full venue hire for up to 500 guests, and weddings, to interactive dim sum or fun cocktail masterclasses, the team can take care of things from start to finish.  Location 45 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, W1F 7JL Oxford Circus t: 020 3369 5585 e: gms@pingpong-group.com Open: Mon-Fri 11am-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm  Location 1 Bread Street, City, EC4M 9BE Mansion House t: 020 3369 5583 e: bbh@pingpong-group.com Open: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-7pm  Location Unit 3, St Katharine’s Way, Tower Hamlets, E1W 1BA Tower Hill t: 020 3369 5589 e: skd@pingpong-group.com Open: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat & Sun noon-11pm  Location Festival Terrace Southbank Centre, Lambeth, SE1 8XX Waterloo t: 020 3369 5586 e: sbc@pingpong-group.com Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-midnight; Fri & Sat 11am-2am; Sun 11am-11pm  Location 23-24 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7NA Leicester Square t: 020 3369 5584 e: cov@pingpong-group.com Open: Mon-Weds 11am-11pm; Thurs 11am-11.30pm; Fri & Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-10.30pm  Location 29a James Street, Marylebone, W1U 1DZ Bond Street t: 020 3369 5587 e: jam@pingpong-group.com Open: Mon-Weds 11am-10.30pm; Thurs & Fri 11am-11.30pm; Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun 11am-10.30pm  Location Southern Terrace, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 7SH Shepherd’s Bush t: 020 3369 5591 e: shb@pingpong-group.com Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10pm  Location Unit 68-70 London Designer Outlet, Wembley, HA9 0FD Wembley Park t: 020 3369 5590 e: wem@pingpong-group.com Open: Mon-Thurs noon-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm

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North China  Location 305 Uxbridge Road, Acton, W3 9QU Acton Town t: 020 3369 5561 w: www.northchina.co.uk e: lawrence@northchina.co.uk

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The longevity of a restaurant is surely proof of its quality. North China, a successful Chinese restaurant on the Acton-Ealing border, has been in business for 41 years, and its focus on excellent cuisine and fantastic service means that it is as popular today as it was in 1976.

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‘...has been in business for 41 years...’ Mr Hung Sung Lou first arrived in the UK in 1967, having already taken his unique version of Chinese cuisine to Japan. After heading the kitchen at Mr Chow in Knightsbridge, followed by a number of years refining his skills in Edinburgh, Chef Lou (as he is affectionately known) returned to London to open his very own restaurant. The family business has flourished ever since, proving that diners adore the unique atmosphere of this much-loved, welcoming establishment. The Lou family has remained at the helm, with the restaurant currently run by Lawrence, Lou’s son.

‘...diners adore the unique atmosphere of this much-loved, welcoming establishment...’ Over the years, a loyal following of regulars have come to know and love this place, which has the distinct feel of a neighbourhood restaurant. You’ll immediately notice the sound of lively chatter, and the staff couldn’t be friendlier. Of course, the food is consistently great and a whole host of well-prepared and flavourful dishes are on offer. Spicy, sticky ribs or crispy aromatic duck would be a fine way to start. You might like to dig into sizzling lamb paired with spring onion next, or flash-fried king prawns accompanied by monkfish and scallops.

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There is also a host of delicious rice and noodle dishes to choose from. Finish with crispy pancakes, or a scoop or two of ice cream. As you might expect, fixed-price set menus are available if you’re having trouble deciding. North China garners praise from all who visit, and was also a winner at the Time Out Love London Awards in 2015 and 2016.


Shikumen

Chinese

 Location Dorsett Hotel, 58 Shepherd’s Bush Green, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8QE Shepherd’s Bush t: 020 3390 0432 w: www.shikumen.co.uk e: sbush@shikumen.co.uk Named after the traditional East-meets-West architectural style unique to Shanghai, this slick restaurant captivates guests with its modern Chinese cuisine, which combines the cooking techniques of the east and west. Shikumen’s interior echoes the luxurious feel of the rest of the four-star Dorsett Hotel, in which the restaurant is housed.

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‘...this slick restaurant captivates guests with its modern Chinese cuisine...’ Once inside, you’ll find yourself in smart and comfortable surrounds, and discover a menu that is brimming with an array of authentic Chinese dishes made using top-quality ingredients. Every option is packed full of flavour and presented wonderfully – just as you would expect from such a creative kitchen team. The chefs are masters of producing exquisite handmade dim sum, which is reason enough to return for more of the same. Steamed, baked and fried dishes are well executed and range from classic har gau and xiao long bao to cheung fun filled with fresh prawn. From the à la carte menu, whole sea bass with punchy ginger and spring onion, braised pork belly served with Chinese buns, and legendary roasted lamb cutlets are great choices, especially when accompanied by a delicious cocktail from the enticing list. Alternatively, opt for a cup of Chinese tea to accompany your food – whatever you order, you’ll find the perfect tipple to pair with your meal.

‘...packed full of flavour and presented wonderfully...’ The attentive, knowledgeable team ensures that your every need is catered for, and service always comes with a smile. The top-notch service and affordable prices are just another string to Shikumen’s bow. Make a beeline for Shikumen and we guarantee you’ll be back for more.

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Shikumen  Location Unit 7a, O2 Centre, Finchley Road, Camden, NW3 6LU Finchley Road t: 020 7431 9389 w: www.shikumen.co.uk e: finchleyroad@shikumen.co.uk

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There are few Chinese restaurants as modern and stylish as Shikumen. Located on the first floor of the O2 Centre amongst its shops, cinema, gym, and children’s play areas, the Finchley Road restaurant boasts a unique take on Chinese cuisine that gives diners a taste of authentic dishes from steamed dim sum and bao, to sumptuous seafood, meat, rice and noodle dishes.

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The talented kitchen team uses fresh, top-quality ingredients to create menus packed with impressive, beautifully presented dishes. For a flavoursome lunchtime treat, try a selection of cheung fun: Cantonese rice noodle rolls, with fillings such as fresh prawns, char siu pork and crispy grilled eel and seaweed. Fabulous set menus are available for a minimum of two people and include the likes of seafood dim sum, crispy duck, sweet and sour chicken, and stir-fried pak choi with asparagus, lotus root and mushrooms. Passion fruit cheesecake, lychee sorbet, and green tea ice cream are just a few of the sweets on offer at Shikumen.

A wide range of drinks complements the menu, including refreshing cocktails and authentic Chinese teas. The friendly and welcoming team is always on-hand to talk you through the menu and ensure that your dining experience is as consistently good as the food Shikumen is famous for. Chinese

Shikumen  Location Dorsett City Hotel, 9-13 Aldgate High Street, Aldgate, EC3N 1AH Aldgate t: 020 7377 0986 w: www.shikumen.co.uk e: aldgate@shikumen.co.uk

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Thai Square Restaurants

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 w: www.thaisq.com The well-established Thai Square Restaurant group’s journey began back in 1996, when the first restaurant opened at The Strand in London. Since then, the group has deservedly gone from strength to strength and now boasts 13 venues in and around the capital, all of which support the Thai community in the UK. Great-value dining and beautifully presented dishes are all part of the concept that sees customers return time and time again. At each award-winning venue, modern, authentic plates are served in Thai-inspired surroundings for lunch, pre-theatre meals and dinner. Thai ornaments and artefacts enhance the stylish, modern interiors. Although the interiors and menus vary from restaurant to restaurant, one thing that stays the same is the relaxed ambience coupled with first-class service. The menus are divided into seafood, curries, noodles, stir-fries and salads. Authentic ingredients are hand-picked and sourced from Thailand to enhance the fresh flavours that Thai cuisine is renowned for. Take your pick from a range of delicious starters such as traditional tom yum soup and crispy butterfly prawns before moving on to mains. Notable dishes, prepared with care by the Thai chefs, include massaman curry, prawns with garlic and pad Thai. Thanks to the wealth of choice, there are plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians, such as spring rolls and papaya salad. If you’re indecisive, let the set menus, starting from £8 per person for a two-course lunch, take care of your decision-making. Pre-theatre set menus start from £14.50 for a three-course meal. A good choice of beer, wine and Champagne all accompany the tasty fare. Plans to expand the Thai Square Group further are in the pipeline – keep your eyes peeled. *Disabled access not available at Strand, South Kensington or Wig & Pen.

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 Location 166-170 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, WC2H 8JB Covent Garden t: 020 3369 5641 e: coventgarden@thaisq.com Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Fri noon-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm  Location 19 Exhibition Road, Kensington, SW7 2HE South Kensington t: 020 3369 5648 e: southkensington@thaisq.com Open: Mon-Fri noon-3.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm  Location 21-24 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BN Charing Cross t: 020 3369 5651 e: trafalgar@thaisq.com Open: Mon-Thurs 11.45am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Fri 11.45am-3pm, 5pm-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm  Location 148 Strand, City, WC2R 1JA Temple t: 020 3369 5650 e: strand@thaisq.com Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm  Location 229-230 Strand, City, WC2R 1BF Temple t: 020 3369 0761 e: wigandpen@thaisq.com Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sat noon-10.30pm  Location 1 Great St Thomas Apostle, City, EC4V 2BH Mansion House t: 020 3369 5644 e: mansionhouse@thaisq.com Open: Mon-Fri noon-3.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm  Location 136-138 Minories, City, EC3N 1NT Aldgate t: 020 3369 5645 e: minories@thaisq.com Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm  Location 563 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 1ES Fulham Broadway t: 020 3369 5642 e: fulham@thaisq.com Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm  Location 2-4 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 1JN Putney Bridge t: 020 3369 5646 e: putneybridge@thaisq.com Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10.30pm  Location 29 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2NQ Richmond t: 020 3369 5647 e: richmond@thaisq.com Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm  Location 347-349 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0PD Angel t: 020 3369 5643 e: islington@thaisq.com Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-1am; Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-11pm London Guide 2018

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Dans le Noir?  Location 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0DU Farringdon t: 020 3151 3353 w: www.london.danslenoir.com e: booking@danslenoir.com

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Offering delicious food and drink, excellent service, and an experience unlike any other, this Farringdon restaurant should be on everybody’s bucket list. Inviting diners to eat and drink in pitch darkness, Dans le Noir? goes above and beyond * £46 normal dining. Helping to facilitate the unique sensory experience on offer is the to intriguing menu, which provides only basic information about the food, with four £54 colour-coded options to choose from: green (vegetarian), red (meat), blue (fish), and a mysterious white menu offering a surprise meal. I went for white, while my veg-loving companion opted for green. Food is served in sittings so after choosing, we were introduced to our blind waiter, Trevor, who confidently led us through the darkness to our table, and delivered with precision three delicious Food Served: courses and a wine flight to match. Mon-Fri 6pm-9.15pm; Part of the fun of this place is not knowing what to expect, so it wouldn’t be right Sat & Sun noon-2pm, to list all of the dishes we enjoyed. What is worth saying, though, is that we had a 6pm-9.15pm fantastic time exploring familiar and exotic flavours and textures, and thoroughly enjoyed guessing the components of each dish. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8pm, enjoy a new silent socialising experience at Dans le Noir? Otra Vista Social Club. This unique bar concept will introduce you to sign language, so you can order your drinks at the bar and meet new people. Dans le Noir? is a must for all.*£46 represents the cost of two courses from the surprise menu; £54 represents the cost of three courses from the surprise menu. World Cuisine

Archipelago

 Location 53 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4JJ Goodge Street t: 020 3369 5690 w: www.archipelago-restaurant.co.uk e: info@archipelago-restaurant.co.uk Archipelago’s slogan is ‘exploring the exotic’, and it certainly lives up to its claim. Step inside and enter a cosy and inviting Aladdin’s cave, packed with mismatched £28 to cultural artefacts, wooden figures, golden Buddhas and beautiful peacock feathers. £34 We began with a refreshing cranberry and vodka cocktail while browsing the dishes, which are uniquely presented on a scroll, delivered in a wooden box. The staff (chef profile page 92) were knowledgeable about the menu and the provenance of the ingredients, and were happy to offer recommendations. For starters, I chose the Serengeti Strut, which comprised jerky-style zebra served atop a bed of leaves and paired with moreish sauces. My partner enjoyed jerked seafood with some lovely accompaniments – tamil nadu, tzatziki and crisp curry leaves. The main course Open: Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, was equally impressive and adventurous. I had smoked escolar fish steak, while my 6pm-10.30pm; partner tucked into ostrich tenderloin steak paired with blue potatoes and an Asian Sat 6pm-10.30pm take on the Caesar salad. The most unconventional part of our meal was the dessert – chocolate covered scorpions. They came highly recommended by our waiter and we were too intrigued not to give them a try. They arrived coated in chocolate, sitting atop a bed of nuts and served alongside a glass of dessert wine. There was no mistaking them on the plate – they weren’t chopped up or disguised, these were definitely two mini scorpions. They proved crunchy, nutty and distinctly flavoursome. We left feeling brave and eager to return to test our tastebuds once more. C

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JRC Global Buffet

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 Location 1st Floor, 3-5 Winston Way, Ilford, IG1 2ZG Ilford t: 020 3390 0842 w: www.jrc-globalbuffet.com e: ilford@jrc-globalbuffet.com

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JRC Global Buffet is famed for its unrivalled offering of delicious cuisine from around the world. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or a returning foodie, there’s always an opportunity to try something new and exciting from menus that change with the seasons. All tastes are catered for at the elegant and contemporary Ilford restaurant, where diners experience a round-the-world culinary voyage from the bustling streets of Japan to the hillside tavernas of the Greek archipelago and far beyond.

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Choose from over 200 fresh and delicious options that range from traditional Italian pizza and Spanish paella, to curries from India and fragrant Thai dishes. Your feast would not be complete without dessert, which includes a chocolate fountain among many other treats. Part of the fun of dining at Open: JRC Global Buffet is watching the passionate chefs at work at the cooking Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-10.30pm; stations. Expect a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and great service at Fri 5.30pm-11pm; the Ilford restaurant. If you’re Sat noon-11pm; travelling further afield you’ll Sun noon-10.30pm be pleased to know that this is just one of many JRC Global Buffets in the UK, all of which have an impressively diverse food offering and excellent value for money in common. *Price represents the cost of the dinner buffet with unlimited soft drinks.

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JRC Global Buffet  Location Designer Outlet, Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, HA9 0FD Wembley Park t: 020 3968 9778 w: www.jrc-globalbuffet.com e: wembley@jrc-globalbuffet.com The newest addition to JRC Global Buffet’s fantastic family of restaurants is situated in the London Designer Outlet centre in Wembley. This brand-new venue is stylish and modern – exactly what we have come to expect of the renowned foodie chain of restaurants. If you can’t quite decide what type of food you fancy, JRC Global Buffet is the perfect place to explore a range of different cuisines. From freshly prepared sushi to Mexican fajitas, there’s something here to suit all tastes and budgets.

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 Location Unit 18, The Mall, 159 High Road, Wood Green, N22 6YA Wood Green t: 020 3390 0791 w: www.jrc-globalbuffet.com e: woodgreen@jrc-globalbuffet.com If you’re feeling peckish but can’t decide what type of food you fancy, the renowned JRC Buffet is the place for you. At the modern yet relaxed Wood * £20 Green restaurant, there’s cuisine available from across the continents, meaning that all palates are more than satisfied. Arrive with an appetite, as diners can expect to undergo a culinary journey from the depths of America to the tropics of Thailand. Menus change regularly, adapting to suit the season’s offerings, and include over 200 dishes. You could dine on sticky ribs coated in a delicious Brazilian glaze or dim sum, before tucking into a creamy Goan fish curry or delicious Italian pizza. If you’re a sweet-toothed fiend, finish your feast by sampling something from the delicious range of desserts, which includes a magnificent Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, chocolate fountain. Buffets are interspersed with cooking stations, where 5.30pm-10.30pm; guests can witness passionate Sat noon-11pm; chefs cooking fresh fare before Sun noon-9.30pm their very eyes, adding to the friendly atmosphere these restaurants boast. All of this is available at excellent value for money and under one roof. Travelling foodies will also be delighted to discover that the Wood Green restaurant is just one of numerous JRC Global Buffets in the UK. *Price represents the cost of the dinner buffet with unlimited soft drinks. N

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Karl Goward – Shepherd’s of Westminster – Pg 17

Chef Profile

Karl Goward heads up the bustling kitchen at Shepherd’s of Westminster. With over 20 years’ experience under his belt, Karl is committed to letting only the best carefully sourced produce from around the British Isles through the kitchen doors.

‘...only the best carefully sourced produce from around the British Isles...’ Each season brings its own unique treats, and seasonality and top ingredients lead Karl’s cooking. As a result, diners can expect classic British dishes with a contemporary touch to be featured on the menus. He particularly enjoys incorporating asparagus (when it’s in season) in his dishes, as it signals that warm weather is on the way. Karl delights in welcoming new talent to the kitchen and training young cooks who are just as enthusiastic as he is. All in all, he’s a passionate chef with hopes of establishing Shepherd’s as a real foodie destination.

Michael Nadra – Restaurant Michael Nadra – Pg 18

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Michael Nadra, chef-patron of two eponymous neighbourhood restaurants in Chiswick and Primrose Hill, boasts an enviable CV. After his first stint in a professional kitchen at the end of his third year at university (at the Michelin-starred Canteen in Chelsea Harbour, no less), Michael was positively hooked. During his final year of study, Michael took a part-time position at Nick Nairn’s restaurant in Glasgow and, after graduating, was given a full-time chef de partie position.

‘...luxurious, high-quality cuisine...’ Later, this ambitious chef cooked with Anthony Demetre, Bruce Poole, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and others before taking on his own ventures. Today, Michael prides himself on serving luxurious, high-quality cuisine in an unpretentious setting at Restaurant Michael Nadra, where friendly fine dining is the name of the game. A bold mix of European and Asian flavours also infiltrates the inventive dishes he creates.

Ed Baines – Randall & Aubin – Pg 22

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Ed Baines is the chef-director of Randall & Aubin – an Anglo-French brasserie specialising in seafood and succulent rotisserie meats – that opened in the vibrant heart of Soho in 1996 and in Manchester in 2017. Ed’s cooking is inspired by classic French and British cuisine and he insists on using only the best quality produce to create honest, exceptional dishes that speak for themselves.

‘...the best quality produce to create honest, exceptional dishes that speak for themselves...’ Ed refined his skills as a chef at The Dorchester, Bibendum and River Café, and as head chef at the hugely successful Daphne’s in Kensington. As a top chef, Ed has also written two bestselling cookbooks and has appeared on several TV shows, including ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish for several seasons.

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Nathan Outlaw – Outlaw’s at The Capital – Pg 23 Nathan Outlaw has attained four Michelin stars between his four restaurants, and has rapidly become a champion for seafood cookery and sustainably sourced fish. His father was a chef so Nathan was attracted to the culinary world from a young age – by 14 he was working in kitchens at weekends. After working with Rick Stein in Cornwall and Michelin-starred restaurant Lords of the Manor, to name a few, Nathan discovered a passion for working with fish. Today, his collection of restaurants in Cornwall includes his two-starred flagship, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Michelin-starred Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac, and The Mariners pub in Rock, which is run in collaboration with Sharp’s Brewery. His leap to London in 2012 saw him showcase the freshest and best fish sourced from Cornwall in the heart of Knightsbridge, where he works alongside his head chef Andrew Sawyer. Outlaw’s at The Capital has held a Michelin star since 2013, thanks to Nathan’s dedication and pure talent.

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Hamish Brown – ROKA – Pg 77 Hamish Brown’s passion for cooking is thanks to his father, a successful chef who owned restaurants in Christchurch in New Zealand and on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. However, some inspiration also comes from his mother – the iceberg salad on the ROKA menu pays homage to her school packed lunches.

‘...modern Japanese dishes designed to share...’ Hamish uses ingredients imported from Japan and sourced from within the UK to produce modern Japanese dishes designed to share. The robata grill is his favourite part of the restaurant because the principal cuisine at ROKA is based around the warmth and energy of the grill, which also forms an integral design element of the room. He enjoys being part of guests’ dining experience, feeling the buzz in the room, rather than being hidden away in a separate kitchen. Hamish also loves experimenting with new flavours and believes good cooking must come from the heart. Chef Profile

Maurilio Almeida – Archipelago – Pg 88 Maurilio grew up surrounded by wonderful healthy food at home, which first sparked his interest in cooking. After working his way around various kitchens in London, he learnt the tricks of the trade and is now head chef at Archipelago, where he creates dishes inspired by various cuisines from across the globe.

‘...creates dishes inspired by various cuisines from across the globe...’ According to Maurilio, good food makes your mouth water as soon as you smell it – he bears this in mind when creating the dishes that appear from Archipelago’s kitchen. He carefully selects the best suppliers selling unique, exotic produce to ensure that only the highest quality produce passes through the kitchen doors. Above all, Maurilio enjoys seeing happy faces after indulging in plates of food prepared with love and enthusiasm. 92

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Cast Iron Grill.......................................49

Gaucho .................................................43

46 & Mercy ..........................................53

Castle, The ............................................15

Gelatorino.............................................61

100 Wardour Street..............................57

Castle Inn, The ........................................9

Greedy Cow Burgers & Steaks ...............59

108 Brasserie & 108 Pantry ...................8

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Cock & Bottle, The ...............................13

Hazev Restaurant ..................................39

Alyn Williams at The Westbury ...............6

Corrigan’s Mayfair..................................4

Hilliard .................................................64

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction ................4

Crown & Anchor ...................................69

Hotbox .................................................48

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Archipelago ..........................................88

Dans le Noir? ........................................88

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Dinings SW3.........................................76

Il Bordello ............................................34

Ayanna’s London...................................44

Drayton Court Hotel ..............................12

Il Pagliaccio..........................................35

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Inamo ...................................................73

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JRC Global Buffet .......................... 89, 90

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JW Steakhouse .....................................47

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Ev Restaurant .......................................39

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Bull & The Hide, The.............................58

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La Muse ...............................................19

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Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse.........44

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Randall & Aubin ...................................22

Tia Maria .............................................42

Locale...................................................57

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Simpson’s Tavern ..................................67

Zerodegrees ..........................................60

Pham Sushi ..........................................79

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St Bart’s ...............................................58

Planet Hollywood ..................................50

Star & Garter .......................................54

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