This week Jay Rayner reviewed Notting Hill’s family-run Italian, Da Maria, in the Observer, remarking that it’s the kind of place that ‘keeps London human and, more to the point, humane’. A shame then that it may be demolished to make way for an expanded cinema foyer. You know who’s side Jay is on… “Da Maria […]

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Jay Rayner in The Observer keeps things on The Straight and Narrow, a piano bar and restaurant in east London’s Docklands… “Food and music are meant to go together. Jazz, which is what I have spent most of my adult life at the keyboard wrestling with, was born in restaurants like this. “The Straight and Narrow has […]

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The Wigmore, a new modern British tavern – with its menu overseen by Michel Roux Jr (yes, you read that right!) – will open on Regent Street on 20 July. This deluxe re-imagining of the Great British pub will serve a drinks list from the team behind Artesian, The Langham’s award-winning bar (and servers of […]

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Michel Roux Jr, from the cooking dynasty that has personified French cuisine in Britain for half a century, is to oversee an establishment serving traditional English food. The Wigmore bar, in Regent Street’s grand Langham hotel, will offer dishes inspired by the English pub and tavern, such as raised veal and ham pie and devilled lamb’s kidneys – although diners will […]

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There’s something about summer drinks that really lends itself to the art of mixology. These balmy evenings and sunny afternoons are just so much more civilised with a classic cocktail in hand. Of course for the more adventurous among us there are plenty of creative concoctions out there too (pig’s blood vodka Bloody Mary anyone?). Whether […]

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