Allegra McEvedy has bought the Shepherd’s Bush wine bar Albertine, founded by her mother, and will reopen it after a spruce-up later this month. Originally opened in 1978, Albertine became a favourite watering-hole for staff from the BBC’s White City studios further up Wood Lane – it even suggested the name Albert Square to the team […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed The Holy Birds in Shoreditch, which serves duck, goose and guinea fowl, “but mostly, to be honest, chicken“. The quality of the poultry was not to be questioned, but he was far from impressed by the cooking. “Sure, the skin is dark, but only in places. Elsewhere it’s soft and floppy. […]

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A small (40-cover), indy restaurant has just opened close to Holland Park. Six Portland Road is brought to us by ex-Terroirs duo Oli Barker (front of house) and chef Pascal Wiedermann. The modern, British menu takes inspiration from across Europe, and as one might suspect, given Oli’s background, there is a well-selected wine list – many […]

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