Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton “I couldn’t take any risks for my wife’s 50th birthday weekend… so I placed my trust in Raymond’s impeccable hotel and restaurant… result: perfection!” M Blanc’s “magnificent”converted Elizabethan manor boasts a “dream location” in a picture-book village south of Oxford and, “if you want to spoil someone with […]

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Clos Maggiore WC2 “You feel that love is in the air!” at this “very special” destination (yet again the survey’s No. 1 choice for a romantic occasion), especially in “the inner sanctum” – “the lovely glass-roofed courtyard at the back, hung with blossom, a roof that opens in fine weather, and with an open fire […]

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Yes, you read that right – this restaurant really is called Flavour Bastard. So what’s in a name? Well, it seems that chef-patron Pratap Chahal is keen to use a fusion of flavours – gleaned from his time at Ramsay’s Claridge’s, Chez Bruce, Cinnamon Club and Galvin Bistrot – to create an international menu with […]

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(Image credit – Mint Leaf Restaurant)  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better time to remind readers of the capital’s top 10 restaurants for romance, as voted for in our annual London restaurant survey: we achieved 7,500 participants in the 2017 survey. The coveted top spots are unchanged from last year, with Clos Maggiore, La Poule […]

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Brexit could destroy the British restaurant industry if it becomes impossible to hire European staff, Bruce Poole warned as he received Lifetime Achievement recognition at the inaugural Harden’s London Restaurant Awards on Monday September 12. “I’d like to say, in light of recent events, that without these young European people we’d be fucked,” he said […]

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The Araki, a nine-seater Japanese counter in Mayfair that at over £350 a head is Britain’s most expensive restaurant, has been  crowned London’s Top Gastronomic Experience at the first ever Harden’s London Restaurant Awards, justifying sushi master Mitsuhiro Araki’s gamble in closing down his Michelin three-star operation in Tokyo to move around the world. He shared the […]

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The Guardian’s Marina O’Laughlin once dismissed Balham’s Chez Bruce as ‘ultra-bourgeois and a little dated… onefor the Bufton-Tuftons, with their florid, claret-hoofing faces and fear of the new, I sniffed”. Not so anymore. The critic now seems to understand why it has been Harden’s reporters’ favourite restaurant for the past decade – “I’m forced to suspect […]

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Chef Phil Howard – perhaps best known for his 25 years at the helm of The Square, Mayfair – has announced that he and Rebecca Mascarenhas have paired up once again to launch a new restaurant. Elystan Street will open on Chelsea’s Elystan Street this September, previously the site of the stylish, but relatively short-lived Tom Aikens […]

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It’s St George’s Day this weekend and that means there will be endless articles about where to get the best fish & chips in the country or who bakes Britain’s best pie. Subjects upon which we’ve already registered our opinion. Instead, we’ve decided to bring you the best of modern British cooking. Because being a […]

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Last week we reported that The Square in Mayfair (long-time baby of Phil Howard and Nigel Platts-Martin) had been sold to the Marc Group (Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation). Since then there has been quite a bit of speculation on the restaurant’s future, if indeed, it had one. Well we now know The Square will definitely […]

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