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Good Stuff #43

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Lunch at The Angel, City Road/Old Street

A few years ago I used to live just down the road from The Angel. Back then, like so many other things hovering near Old Street Roundabout, the pub was a very different place to what it is now. Following a major sprucing up, the once scruffy old boozer has reopened as a really rather clean and cosy place to have a drink. It’s still a good pub to keep in mind for enjoying a proper pint (now with a craft beer selection), you just don’t need to worry about your shoes sticking to the floor anymore. Continue reading

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Are you Sitting Comfortably? Street Food Heroes Crabbieshack Pop-up at The Hat & Tun

For three nights only from Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th May, 5.30pm to 9pm, Crabbieshack will be serving Old Bay Batter Soft-Shell Crab Burgers (£9.50) at The Hat & Tun pub in Clerkenwell. Continue reading

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Taking it Easy with an Overnight Spa Break in Bath

Easter week, Kemey and I made a quick overnight trip to Bath for a bit of rest and relaxation with a dash of history and scaled down but nonetheless urban ease. Both of us had been to Bath before but ages ago and not together. We had so much fun during our brief stay in this compact and attractive city. It’s a great place for couples and super easy to get to from London. Of course, more time to explore Bath and the bucolic countryside nearby would have been ideal, but our overnight visit proved to be an amply replenishing pause before having to head back to the London grind. Continue reading

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Meaty New “Bunsmiths” BBQ Menu at Sebright Arms: Oh Hell Yes!

Pub grub never looked so mouthwateringly mountainous! A new (not pop-up) menu at Sebright Arms pub off Hackney Road brings some of the finest “low and slow BBQ cooked meat served fresh and fast in delicious buns” to the table to be washed down with something sudsy from one of London’s more carefully considered lists of craft and quality beers. Continue reading

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Good Stuff

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Morty & Bob’s Pop-Up at … Continue reading

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Bah Bah Persian Pop-up at The King & Co

For those of you who don’t know, “bah bah” is what Persians say when something is especially appetising; it’s the equivalent of “mmm” or “yummy” and a very apt name for the food at The King & Co’s latest pop-up residency. Continue reading

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Sunday Lunch at the Crown and Two Chairmen, Soho

My lunch at the Crown was ace, and I loved the upstairs dining space, which was all but empty at 1.30pm (things picked up considerably by 2.30 though with hardly a free seat in the house). Highlights? To begin with service was efficient and friendly, seating was comfy, and I got a kick out of spotting a couple of celebrities out the window walking down street (if making a reservation, ask for a table by the window looking down on Dean Street). Continue reading

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Riverford at the Duke of Cambridge, Britain’s Only 100% Organic Pub

The Duke of Cambridge – Britain’s first and only certified organic pub – has teamed up with Riverford (aka the organic veg box folks from Devon) to “champion seasonal produce” and offer Londoners an ethical and healthier option for quality pub grub. I dropped by the Duke earlier this week for a low key Monday lunch – and very much enjoyed the experience. Continue reading

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Annual AllDogsMatter Halloween Dog Walk: Sunday 26 October at The Spaniards Inn

“Pups line up for this annual fur-raising AllDogsMatter Howloween Parade” weaving its way from the historic Spaniards Inn through Hampstead Heath and back to this historic and picturesquely placed pub for a “fang-tastic doggie costume contest for Best Dressed Warlock (Male), Best Dressed Witch (Female) and Spookiest in Show (Male or Female). Whether you’re a proud dog owner or just craving some cute canie action, this event promises to be a lot of fun while supporting a great cause. Continue reading

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Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett at The Macbeth in London #spiritofjack

A few weeks back I had the esteemed pleasure of sitting in on a tasting with Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. It’s funny to think that I grew up only a couple of hours’ drive from where Jeff does his magic but wound up meeting him on the other side of the Atlantic in an East London pub. Of course, as the ‘nose’ behind one of the world’s most famous brands (and what I reckon is Tennessee’s biggest export), I suppose it’s not all that surprising that the chance to shake hands and sip whiskey with Jeff might take place anywhere across the globe. Continue reading

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The Victoria, Mile End: Everything under (and on) One Roof!

Recently renovated and reopened under new ownership, The Victoria brings a taste of farm-to-table dining and hopeful community spirit to Mile End. I had lunch here about a week and a half ago and really enjoyed it. Here’s quick look at a few of this pub’s many highlights. Continue reading

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Aberlour at the Source: More than Whisky

Even when setting aside the distillery tour, cooperage visit, and the delectable chance to taste the Aberlour range of single malts in the very environment where they’re made, my Speyside time was still such a blast. The area is absolutely gorgeous, all the food I had was delish, and the hours spent outside communing with nature were as invigorating as they were relaxing. I would have loved to have been able to extend my trip at least a few more days as there was just so much great stuff to see and do. Indeed, I would be so very keen to head back that way again to get to continue discovering this lovely part of Scotland. Continue reading

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Lovely Sunday Lunch at The Latchmere, SW11

Following a major reno, The Latchmere pub on Battersea Park Road has recently reopened under the guiding hand of the Renaissance Pubs group to offer a comfortable and attractive venue (think: Victorian minus any twee fittings) for all those pubby things we like to do as Londoners. Kemey and I paid visit a couple of weekends ago for one of our most favourite of pubby activities – Sunday lunch! – and were more than pleased with our experience. Here are some of the highlights. Continue reading

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The Pear Tree Pub in Hammersmith, W6

Today (Thursday 24 July), The Pear Tree pub in Hammersmith is offering free BBQ pulled pork finger rolls at two locations. From 12.45 folks from the pub will be outside the main entrance to Charing Cross Hospital, and then from 17.45 they’ll be outside Barons Court Tube. Yum! Continue reading

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Win Dinner for Two and an Overnight Stay at The Tommyfield London Pub

Located just five minutes from London’s Waterloo and owned by Renaissance Pubs, The Tommyfield now fully embraces its coaching inn roots by becoming a luxurious city crash pad as well as a cracking London local. Tempted? Keep reading to find out how to win a free night’s stay plus dinner for two at this ace Kennington pub! Continue reading

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London’s Quirkiest Taxidermy (CheapOair)

Ever feel like someone … or something … is watching from some dark corner? Never fear, that’s just the décor! If you like your pub with as many heads on the wall as there are patrons at the bar and … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Eat and Drink at London’s Seven Dials (CheapOair)

Seven Dials is a small but popular area of Central London near Covent Garden where seven streets converge at one junction. The area is conveniently located near a number of Tube stations including Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Holborn which … Continue reading

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Best London Restaurants – 2013

To say I ate and drank well this year does not begin to describe how delectable 2013 was for me. Both in London and beyond, I had the pleasure of experiencing some of the best meals outside the home I’ve ever eaten. Here’s a list of the ten London restaurants I enjoyed visiting the most over the past 12 months along with a few extra honourable mentions. Keep an eye out for more posts over the coming days listings my favourite London cheap eats and pizza places, as well as the ten best restaurants I visited outside of London this year. Continue reading

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How to Make Merry Like Robin Hood in Nottingham and Sherwood Forest (CheapOair)

I’m writing this post from the back end of a fantastic day trip to Nottinghamshire. Only about a 140 miles or so from Central London, Nottingham and its environs are an ideal destination to add to any England touring itinerary. History … Continue reading

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Crown & Shuttle Pub in Shoreditch Ups the London Burger Ante

New(ish) Shoreditch High Street pub, Crown & Shuttle, has recently launched a new burger menu big on flavour and full of umph. I dropped by yesterday for lunch and found my burger and the venue to be well worth a recommendation. Continue reading

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Carnaby Style Night – London Shopping Event (OneTravel)

The evening of Thursday the 12th of September will present an opportunity to experience one of London’s most iconic shopping districts with a “Style Night” focused on the best of men’s fashion and more. Continue reading

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Win a Free Pair of Tix to the British Craft Beer Challenge at @LdnFldsBrewery

The British Craft Beer Challenge at the London Fields Brewery’s Brewhouse brings together some of the best beers from around the world for a head to head taste-off. There are only 500 tickets available per day for this event. But I’ve got a free pair of them to share. Continue reading

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London Food Tour Tips (CheapOair)

Here are few tips for deciding which food tour operator might be best for you or to help you design your own foodie adventures around town … Continue reading

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Bar Snacks at the Old Queen’s Head, Essex Road

You’re kinda spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a place to drink on Essex Road. A handful of quality boozers (some great places to eat too!) are clustered close to where Essex Road meets Upper Street with a few more commendable establishments presenting themselves up the road nearer De Beauvoir Town. Among the best of Essex Road’s pubs is the Old Queen’s Head. Continue reading

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Slider Decider at The Gun Pub in East London (OneTravel)

On Thursday May 16, chefs rom across the UK will gather at celebrated East London pub, The Gun, to pit their slider skills against The Gun’s own head chef, Quinton Bennett, to determine who deserves the title of Slider Decider Champion 2013. Continue reading

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Jack the Ripper’s London Today (CheapOair)

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the notorious Jack the Ripper murders in the East London area of Whitechapel. The first of the Ripper’s victims, Mary Ann Nichols, was found in the streets near London Hospitality in April of 1888. The identity of person who murdered her and four – or possibly five – other women still remains a mystery, but the case continues to horrify and fascinate as much as it did back over a century ago. Continue reading

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London’s Renaissance Pubs Celebrate 10th Birthday (CheapOair)

Renaissance Pubs, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this May with a host of festivities and special offers to show all patrons – both regular and newbie – appreciation for a decade’s worth of good times. Kicking things off on the 1st of May with events, activities and giveaways across all six of its pubs, Renaissance will launch its own brand of beer, gin and house wines at the start of the month as well as reveal details about a chance for one lucky pub goer to win free food for the next 10 years. Continue reading

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The Best British Food in Sussex (by Emma Lawson)

With its prime location between the coast and the rolling countryside of the South Downs, as well as containing the eclectic Brighton, Sussex is a fantastic place for finding food. From the casual cafe to the gourmet gutbusters, south coast … Continue reading

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Good Stuff

Here’s a quick list of good stuff: things I’ve come across lately and really liked but for whatever reason weren’t featured in a dedicated blog post here or on one of my client blogs. New Pies at Vintage Inns: Lunch … Continue reading

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London’s Chinatown Around the Edges (OneTravel)

London’s annual Chinese New Year parade will slither its way through Chinatown on Sunday the 10th of February. Obviously, going out for Chinese cuisine on that day would make a lot of sense … if you’re patient or have the luxury of planning ahead and making a reservation. However, if you find yourself burnt out on Chinese food or still wishing to enjoy the Chinatown festivities without having to endure the crowds, it’s worth noting there’s a lot more on offer in this area than dumplings and Peking duck. Continue reading

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Game Season Menus at Some of London’s Top Restaurants (CheapOair)

British game season has begun and even if you’re planning a city-only visit to London, you can get in on all the delicious action … if you know where to dine. Here’s the low down on a few London restaurants with special … Continue reading

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Five Great New Local Joints in East London (OneTravel)

All eyes seem to be on the London 2012 Games at the moment. But beyond the Olympic Stadium and the admittedly very exciting Olympic hoopla, some more locally based achievements of the foodie variety are taking place which hopefully after this historic … Continue reading

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London Food & Drink News: 3 May 2012 (Londonist)

Food and booze news for London … London Food & Drink News: 3 May 2012 Londonist , 3 May 2012

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London Food & Drink News: 15 March 2012 (Londonist)

London Food & Drink News: 15 March 2012 Londonist, March 15, 2012 Taste of London tix on sale, a new pub for Barbican and more food and drink news. READ MY COMPLETE POST: London Food & Drink News: 15 March … Continue reading

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