Doesn’t your Mum deserve more than a bunch of flowers this year on Mother’s Day? Breakfast in bed, some pampering and chocolate is a start, but why not take her out for a meal to show her how special she is? Here are a few ideas … Enoteca Turi Enoteca Turi, 87 Pimlico Rd, London, SW1W […]

Continue reading


M Restaurants is to open its third site in Twickenham this summer following a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised £1.8million. The 150-seater venue will be in the Brewery Wharf development, a Berkeley Group project on the site of the old Royal Mail sorting office which includes more than 100 flats and houses as well as […]

Continue reading


Ollie Dabbous has closed Barnyard, his casual dining restaurant in Fitzrovia, ahead the major shake-up he is planning with his business partner Oskar Kinberg (left in picture). This follows the announcement that their flagship fine-dining restaurant, Dabbous, will shut up shop this summer in preparation for what will be a “major undertaking” under a new […]

Continue reading


High-rise dining in London has another venue with the opening of Bokan, on the 37th floor of the new Novotel at Canary Wharf. The cooking is modern European with a distinctly French slant. The open-plan kitchen is run by Aurélie Altemaire, formerly head chef at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in London, assisted by former Robuchon […]

Continue reading


The Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews, a stunning modernist steel-and-glass cube overlooking the North Sea, has been taken over and given an Italian makeover by 22-year-old Stefano Pieraccini. A marketing and managing graduate, he will be mentored by his father Adrian, past owner of restaurants including Rocca in St Andrews and Rocpool in Inverness. Now called […]

Continue reading


Two young female chefs are opening their first restaurant, Lupins, next month in the Flat Iron Square food hub, a short walk from Borough Market in Southwark. Lucy Pedder and Natasha Cooke met in the kitchen at Medlar in Chelsea, and worked together at the Sands End in Fulham and Cross Keys in Chelsea before […]

Continue reading


Sommelier-turned-restaurateur Xavier Rousset is launching his third solo venture, Comptoir Café & Wine, in Mayfair next month. It follows the success of Blandford Comptoir in Marylebone – praised in the latest Harden’s Survey for its “superb wine list” – and Burgundy specialist Cabotte in the City, both of which opened last year. Tucked away behind Bond Street station […]

Continue reading


⦿ The Guardian’s Marina O’Loughlin reviewed Trump Turnberry 6/10 in Ayrshire, where she arrived with “prejudices fully erect” and is told in a whisper, “We’re not allowed to talk politics.” “Yes, there’s a lot to loathe. I hate that the hotel celebrates Scottishness in a way only a tourist can love: charming doormen waft you indoors […]

Continue reading