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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Star spotting has long been on the menu at Richard Caring’s Covent Garden celebrity magnet J Sheekey. However throughout 2018 you can meet and greet a series of stars of stage and screen at this West End institution as the restaurant launches ‘Sheekey Secrets’: a series of exclusive and informal ‘in conversation’ evenings, with a prestigious […]

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It’s September once again, which means three things – school is back in session, the days are already getting shorter, and its native oyster season. To celebrate that last fact we’ve got the definitive list of restaurants and bars serving the best bivalves in London, according to our annual survey…   HOT NEWCOMER The Oystermen […]

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Harden’s has released the final shortlist for this year’s definitive London Restaurant Awards, which takes place on 11 September at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square. Nominations for the awards are derived statistically from Harden’s 27-year-old annual survey of UK restaurant-goers.  This year 8,500 people contributed 50,000 nominations within the categories specified by Harden’s. The […]

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London offers such a wealth of dining that you probably wouldn’t be able to visit every single restaurant in your lifetime. The attempt would certainly be a noble pursuit, but also a bankruptcy-inducing one (unless you have Mariana Trench-deep pockets). So we’ve rounded-up a more manageable goal – the top 25 dishes to try at […]

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Caprice Holding’s “brilliant”, “friendly” and “glamorous” (the superlatives go on) seafood staple, J Sheekey’s Oyster Bar, will become the J Sheekey Atlantic Bar this summer. With the new name comes a new menu and a revamped, 50-seater dining terrace, launching on 22 June. The menu will include an all-new lobster section (available until 10 September when […]

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Covent Garden’s “glamorous” – bar attached to the adjacent “doyenne of seafood restaurants” J. Sheekey – will host an all-female guest chef series this spring and summer, in association with Guardian Members. The first three chefs to take up residency in J.Sheekey Oyster Bar‘s kitchen will be Rosie Birkett, Olia Hercules and Anna Jones. Six women have […]

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Sitting pretty alongside Bentley and Bugatti, members’ clubs and haute couture, Richard Caring’s latest (as-yet-unnamed) venture opens in Berkeley Square this September. The restaurateur snapped up the piece of prime real estate, on the site of a former Nat West bank, last year. According to Caprice Holdings the large, 200-cover, dining spot will be another […]

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On Tuesday, the world will raise a glass to St Patrick’s Day – a celebration of Ireland and its rich cultural history, but mostly a time to drink too much Guinness. For those who would rather not spend 17 March down the pub, Harden’s has got some great suggestions on where you can tuck into some […]

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