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Food, drink and fine dining

The comings and goings of the culinary classes

Preserved by Marmalade

by Matthew Steeples

Nonagenarian from Stockport beats coronavirus by eating marmalade sandwiches; she’s previously survived a bomb and likes biscuits also Like Guardian readers, we at The Steeple Times love marmalade and we especially enjoy marmalade with lots of whisky in it. We’ve reported on the correspondence sent to the letter’s column of the previously mentioned King’s Cross … Continue reading “Preserved by Marmalade”

March 28, 2020

More Matters Marmalade – Part IV

by Matthew Steeples

As some ‘Guardian’ readers attempt to move on from marmalade, others demand the “marmalade saga” is allowed to continue on the letters pages Readers of the Guardian have been banging on about marmalade now for months. In a most endearing series, which we’ve occasionally chronicled ourselves, they’ve discussed different types, having the time (or not) … Continue reading “More Matters Marmalade – Part IV”

March 26, 2020

Riccardo’s Responds

by Matthew Steeples

Riccardo’s restaurant in Chelsea leads the way in showing community mindedness during the coronavirus outbreak Across the land small businesses are doing their bit for their communities and a case in point in Chelsea comes in the form of Riccardo’s, the popular Tuscan style Italian restaurant on Fulham Road.   Owner Riccardo Mariti, having had … Continue reading “Riccardo’s Responds”

March 19, 2020

More Matters Marmalade – Part III

by Matthew Steeples

‘Guardian’ readers continue their debate about marmalade (and reference how they’re interacting with it during coronavirus) In Tuesday’s letter pages in the Guardian, one Catriona Todd penned a missive about the marmalade she’s been creating whilst self-isolating. Rather than continuing the comparison between the preserve and longevity, this lady referenced how she believes it might … Continue reading “More Matters Marmalade – Part III”

March 3, 2020

Considering Corned Beef

by Matthew Steeples

Angry man sends bizarre letter to local newspaper to complain about the design of corned beef tins There are people with too much time on their hands and then there’s Daniel Farrington of Poplar Avenue, Sandiacre.   Mr Farrington took the time, according to a post shared on the ‘Angry People in Local Newspapers’ group … Continue reading “Considering Corned Beef”

March 1, 2020

More Matters of Marmalade – Part II

by Matthew Steeples

‘Guardian’ readers continue their debate about marmalade (and get rather het up about the variety made with grapefruit) We thought they’d finished with this particular topic, but it seems Guardian readers just can’t get enough of discussing marmalade.   Monday’s letter pages contained two more missive on the subject. The first, from a grinch named … Continue reading “More Matters of Marmalade – Part II”

February 27, 2020

Who Sells Roger Rabbit?

by Matthew Steeples

In spite of being popular with the media classes as a meat of choice, Matthew Steeples asks: ‘Why don’t supermarkets sell rabbit?’ Last week in The Times, I came across a recipe for rabbit pie. At the weekend, it featured in several recipes on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and inspired I headed to Waitrose Belgravia … Continue reading “Who Sells Roger Rabbit?”

February 26, 2020

With Friends Like These…

by Matthew Steeples

That Prince Andrew decided to share his birthday with the diminutive skinflint Bernie Ecclestone shows the new low he has reached ‘Randy Andy’ has never been considered capable of carefulness in his choice of company, but in opting to have one of the stingiest billionaires on the planet round for a spot of dinner (and … Continue reading “With Friends Like These…”

February 23, 2020

McGee Magic

by Matthew Steeples

“The Lovely Debbie McGee” hits a new low in appearing in adverts for a crappy kitchen makeover company (with captions across her cleavage) The late Caroline Aherne (AKA Mrs Merton) made an utter fool of the dimwitted bimbo Debbie McGee in 1997 when she mockingly asked: “What, first, Debbie, was it that attracted you to … Continue reading “McGee Magic”

February 20, 2020

Damp Chips

by Matthew Steeples

Moaning granny complains to local newspaper about being treated like “trailer trash” after being “forced” to eat chips in the rain Joanne Leaman – a chav-like woman resembling something like Vicky Pollard from Little Britain – took her children, grandchildren and friends to a café named Cheeky Monkeys in Newcastle-under-Lyme for cones of £1.25 chips … Continue reading “Damp Chips”

The Kratom Craze

by General

An examination of the facts about kratom – a herb you’ve likely never heard of Mitragyna Speciosa (commonly known as kratom) is a mind-altering drug you’ve likely never heard of. Indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanamar, Papua New Guinea and Thailand, it has stimulant-like effects and is credited with treating anxiety, depression, mental health disorders and … Continue reading “The Kratom Craze”

February 15, 2020

A Peeved Pensioner

by Matthew Steeples

Angry granny Mary Ingamells contacts press to complain about finding a piece of wood in a tin of Tesco carrots and peas; she can also still feel a piece of orange in her throat that was there when she was two Friday was plainly a slow news day at the News & Star with The … Continue reading “A Peeved Pensioner”

February 12, 2020

A Tale of Two Lukes

by Matthew Steeples

Luke Johnson is wrong to urge consumers to embrace alcohol free spirits whilst Luke Jones was right to urge them to love martinis Under Luke Johnson’s reign Patisserie Valerie collapsed. He claimed the experience of masterminding the destruction of a business that employed 3,000 people “shattered [his] self-belief.” Oh diddums for the poor lamb.   … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Lukes”

February 8, 2020

More Matters of Marmalade

by Matthew Steeples

The debate over marmalade making and longevity continues in the ‘Guardian’ with a letter from a 74-year-old In the Guardian, the correlation of marmalade making and longevity continues in their letters pages.   The latest:   My husband will be 89 in July and I will be 74 in August. We have just booked a … Continue reading “More Matters of Marmalade”

February 4, 2020

Death by Mixed Grill

by Matthew Steeples

Brewers Fayre steak, gammon, fried eggs, chicken breast, pork sausage, chips, onion rings, grilled tomato and peas combo kills woman; five other gruesome culinary deaths A Welsh woman named Karen Hopkins – not a relative of the especially unctuous Katie Hopkins one can likely assume – choked to death at the ultimate provider of food … Continue reading “Death by Mixed Grill”

February 3, 2020

A Matter of Marmalade

by Matthew Steeples

Readers of the ‘Guardian’ share their amusing stories correlating longevity and marmalade During the last month, the Guardian has published a series of letters about old people and marmalade.   Amusingly, in them, the correspondents reference how much of the fruit preserve they have made recently and how long they think they’ll last.   They … Continue reading “A Matter of Marmalade”

January 30, 2020

Draconian Drinking

by Matthew Steeples

Brexit bore Tim Martin, chairman of Wetherspoons yet again shows himself to be a draconian drip; what will this nutty nuisance ban next? On Monday, the deranged dimwit Tim Martin, chairman of the J. D. Wetherspoon pub company, announced: “Many of our customers are keen to celebrate Brexit.” Speaking of tariffs, the nutty know-all added: … Continue reading “Draconian Drinking”

January 29, 2020

The Best CBD Oil

by Dany German

Dany German analyses the best CBD oil available in the UK and offers tips about where to buy it CBD oil has taken the UK market by storm over the last few years. CBD oil used to be hard to source within the UK, with very few people even knowing what it was. CBD oil … Continue reading “The Best CBD Oil”

January 25, 2020

Name & Shame – Fergie’s (Fat) Farm

by Matthew Steeples

Sarah, Duchess of York should be ashamed of her latest attempt to profit from her (former) royal status Sarah, Duchess of York (AKA ‘Fergie’) just cannot help herself. When not describing her former husband’s links to the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s activities as “nonsense,” this toe-sucking wench spends her days grubbily seeking out commercial ventures … Continue reading “Name & Shame – Fergie’s (Fat) Farm”

January 24, 2020

Analysing CBD

by Dany German

New contributor Dany German examines the market for CBD capsules and pills in the UK and selects the three best options available CBD has become one of the most popular dietary supplements in the UK. Increasingly, people are looking to move away from traditional supplements that are packed with artificial ingredients, instead looking to natural … Continue reading “Analysing CBD”

January 22, 2020

Food Fury – Tezza The Steak Terror

by Matthew Steeples

Angry supposedly homophobic ex-Labour councillor contacts his local newspaper to rant about buying supposedly rotten meat in Morrisons There are people with too much time on their hands and then there’s Terry Lawton from Tollesby, Teesside.   Featured in an article in Teesside Live on Monday by one Samuel Jones, the former Labour and independent … Continue reading “Food Fury – Tezza The Steak Terror”

January 3, 2020

Raising a Toast to Ginuary

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests readers avoid ‘Veganuary’ and instead take up ‘Ginuary’ this month ‘Veganuary’ is all the rage at the moment. Articles about it abound and the blessed pest, the-ex-she turned somebody-of-undefined sex (‘Gender X’ or whatever ‘it’ is now), Jack Monroe was even given a slot to bang on about it on Radio 4’s … Continue reading “Raising a Toast to Ginuary”

December 31, 2019

Moron of the Moment – Jordi Casamitjana

by Matthew Steeples

Sacked League Against Cruel Sports employee Jordi Camamitjana is the personification of crazy for seeking to have “ethical veganism recognised as a protected philosophical belief” Jordi Casamitjana believes in what he calls ‘T-shirting.’ He always wears clothes that feature vegan slogans, only dates fellow vegans and, according to The Times, “refuses to catch buses in … Continue reading “Moron of the Moment – Jordi Casamitjana”

December 28, 2019

Brazen Bigoted Baroness’ Boxing Day Baloney

by Matthew Steeples

Bigoted ‘baroness’ Marie Claire von Alvensleben, famed for rolling around on the floor with disgraced TV star Michael Barrymore, spotted bargaining (unsuccessfully) in the Queen’s grocers Convicted racist, drunk and bedraggled-pissed-up-lying-on-the-floor with he-who’s-yet-to-explain-a-death-in-swimming-pool Michael Barrymore, Marie Claire, Baroness von Alvensleben pushed the boat out (or supposedly desired to do so) on Boxing Day.   Normally … Continue reading “Brazen Bigoted Baroness’ Boxing Day Baloney”

December 23, 2019

Anth Gets “A Bit Silly”

by Matthew Steeples

Scrooge-like Anthea Turner patronises the public yet again and announces she’ll be serving chicken rather than turkey this Christmas “Hardly on the breadline” Anthea Turner likes excess. This anything but frugal self-publicist’s marital homes included a £10 million, 57-acre estate in Surrey and a £5 million, 6 bedroom ski chalet in Megève, France. They may … Continue reading “Anth Gets “A Bit Silly””

November 28, 2019

The Greatness of Gary

by Matthew Steeples

The early demise of the master of modern British cuisine Gary Rhodes is truly a loss to be lamented “Chef’s chef” Gary Rhodes OBE, unlike many of his contemporaries, was a gentleman.   Kind to his core and the man who put black pudding back on the culinary map, this spiky haired Londoner began his … Continue reading “The Greatness of Gary”

November 20, 2019

Martin’s Gone Bananas

by Matthew Steeples

Yet more proof that the J. D. Wetherspoon pub chain is to be avoided is revealed… Aside from European booze and dogs being banned, you might meet reckless, boozed-up mothers and bigots also J. D. Wetherspoon, the pub chain owned by the batshit crazy Brexiteer Tim Martin, has done again.   Last year, miserable Martin … Continue reading “Martin’s Gone Bananas”

November 3, 2019

A Quid For A Pub

by Matthew Steeples

Detached Essex pub put up for sale for less than the price of half a pint just as “Britain’s best pub” celebrates 20 years of success The great British institution that is the public house is dying. With news that they are closing at a rate of one every 12 hours and that the number … Continue reading “A Quid For A Pub”

October 31, 2019

Wally of the Week – Tim Martin

by Matthew Steeples

JD Wetherspoon’s should be punished for spending nearly £100,000 on pro-Brexit beer mats at the behest of Tim Martin Tim Martin is an odious man and he’s also highly irritating. That is for sure, but that he spent £94,856 of his company’s money on nearly two million beer mats sums up how ridiculous this nutjob … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Tim Martin”

October 4, 2019

Motoring Gin

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Jacobean manor house on the Dorset-Somerset border for sale for the price of 170,000 bottles of gin; it comes with its own distillery and a private car museum also Owned by the Harbin family for 399 years until 2007, the 62.04-acre Newton House estate at Newton Surmaville stands partly in Dorset and … Continue reading “Motoring Gin”

A Gingerly Roller

by Matthew Steeples

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I originally owned by Edward VIII for sale; it comes with a bottle of Berry Bros. & Rudd’s The Kings Ginger Richard Biddulph of Vintage & Prestige Classic Cars gives away a bottle of Berry Bros. & Rudd’s The King’s Ginger liqueur with the cars he sells, but in the case of … Continue reading “A Gingerly Roller”

September 30, 2019

Gaylord Gone

by Matthew Steeples

Iconic “Fawlty Towers-esque” Indian restaurant Gaylord in Mortimer Street, W1 permanently closes due to cockroach infestation After being served with a hygiene emergency prohibition notice in August due to it having a “serious infestation of cockroaches,” the iconic Indian restaurant Gaylord – with a motto of “tradition is always in” – has now sadly permanently closed. … Continue reading “Gaylord Gone”

September 8, 2019

Anth’ Takes A Second Bite

by Matthew Steeples

Anthea Turner’s second wedding will forever be remembered for pictures of her biting into a Cadbury’s Flake; her third is going to be eternally linked to her fiancé’s policeman biting habit ‘Fuck I Used To Be Famous’ Anthea Turner seems to like to link her relationships to biting. At her union in 2000 to ‘Fuck … Continue reading “Anth’ Takes A Second Bite”

September 4, 2019

Eating Over The Cliff

by Matthew Steeples

Sir Cliff Richard wins a phallic victory against the BBC and remains left out of pocket; elsewhere the condescening crooner went overboard with a menu that included three salmon dishes When he’s not crying on his kitchen floor or observing the yellow ribbons on his gates, the sanctimonious Christian crooner Sir Cliff Richard is likely … Continue reading “Eating Over The Cliff”

September 3, 2019

A Planted Prat

by Matthew Steeples

That Lewis Hamilton has chosen to open a “planet friendly” restaurant is surely a joke given his penchant for gas guzzlers Lewis Hamilton is best known for going fast in gas guzzlers, but now it seems this ‘paper hat’ has found a conscience and joined ‘PJ’ loving Prince Harry and his wife in going on … Continue reading “A Planted Prat”

August 25, 2019

The Dirty Diplomat

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia hotel which counts the helmet haired racist bigot Marie-Claire, Baroness von Alvensleben amongst its residents condemned for being utterly disgusting If you want sweetcorn with your full English breakfast and don’t mind finding previous occupants’ hair in the shower, head to The Diplomat Hotel in Chesham Street, Belgravia. Home for a number of years … Continue reading “The Dirty Diplomat”

August 16, 2019

Maxwell Moves On

by Matthew Steeples

Murky madam Ghislaine Maxwell spotted munching on a burger whilst reading a book about deaths linked to the CIA Hiding out in the Cundy Street Flats in Belgravia didn’t work out for Ghislaine Maxwell. Plainly the allure of lunching on French food at the neighbouring La Poule au Pot just wasn’t enough for Epstein’s teenager … Continue reading “Maxwell Moves On”

August 14, 2019

The Aisle Eater

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s most upmarket supermarket gets a visit from a woman who likes to help herself and eat in the aisles (in the presence of the racist bigot Marie-Claire, Baroness von Alvensleben even) One can excuse a bored-out-of-their-brain child for helping itself to a bit of fruit or some sweets as its parent or nanny drag … Continue reading “The Aisle Eater”

August 13, 2019

Tiggers & Angels

by Matthew Steeples

New wine tribes identified as ‘Tiggers’ and ‘Angels’ reports Matthew Steeples; both are to be avoided at all costs (unless you are the modern day Boycie)   The label ‘Tigger’ was for a short time earlier this year given to those who’d defected from various parties to form what proved to be the utterly shambolic … Continue reading “Tiggers & Angels”

August 12, 2019

Instagrammable Restaurants Around the World

by James Greenstone

New contributor James Greenstone on Instagrammable restaurants around the world Travel and food have become synonymous nowadays with enthusiasts wanting to experience gastronomic delights where ever they go. However, it’s not just about eating good food. With social media becoming an integral part of our lives; it is all about sharing food also, at least … Continue reading “Instagrammable Restaurants Around the World”

June 12, 2019

The Death of The Power Lunch

by Matthew Steeples

With the closure of New York’s Four Seasons, is the era of ‘the power lunch’ well and truly over both there and in Britain? In October 1979, Esquire coined a new phrase: ‘The Power Lunch.’ In an article by Lee Eisenberg they referenced a place where the “eighty-or-so diners dine on ideas, ideas for million-dollar … Continue reading “The Death of The Power Lunch”

May 20, 2019

Pitchforks at the Ready

by Matthew Steeples

Owner of Britain’s remotest mainland pub, The Old Forge at Knoydart, goes to war with his very own locals  (who’ve set up their own rival in protest) British folk (and apparently even more so Scottish folk) are very territorial when it comes to their local pub. They have a favourite seat and a favourite barman … Continue reading “Pitchforks at the Ready”

May 13, 2019

Five of the Best – The Royal Borough’s Best Restaurants

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples highlights five stalwart restaurants for your Rolodex in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea The Chelsea Corner 451 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9UZ; +44 (0) 20 3055 0088 The Chelsea Corner replaced the ‘no frills’ Chelsea Kitchen in August 2018 and occupies what was originally a public house. Managed by the most … Continue reading “Five of the Best – The Royal Borough’s Best Restaurants”

May 4, 2019

Ice Cream Iris

by Matthew Steeples

Nonagenarian Iris Apfel yet again proves herself to be a truly brilliant gem; we should all heed her life and enjoy life to the full On Thursday, the brilliantly talented wildcard this is the nonagenarian Iris Apfel – a woman who believes “more is more and less is a bore” –announced that she had become … Continue reading “Ice Cream Iris”

April 19, 2019

The Car’s The Bar

by Matthew Steeples

Mini Cooper Sport nicknamed ‘Chuckles’ by owner Jay Kay to be auctioned; it comes complete with a mini bar and a disco light Described as “remarkable, funky [and] smile-a-mile” by Silverstone Auctions, a 2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport with a difference is to be sold at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on 11th May.   Owned … Continue reading “The Car’s The Bar”

April 8, 2019

Barring Janet

by Matthew Steeples

As “arrogant, bigot” Councillor Janet Evans blocks The Steeple Times, we expose this South Kensington bar owner as utterly ridiculous and quite possibly “the rudest bar owner in London” Janet’s Bar in South Kensington sits within what is quite possibly the area’s scummiest hotel, The Brompton. Entered through a filthy hallway shared with said premises, … Continue reading “Barring Janet”

March 14, 2019

The Madness of Michelin

by Matthew Steeples

Marco Pierre White is right to ban the Michelin Guide from his restaurant; he and others should take similar action against TripAdvisor   News that Marco Pierre White has told the Michelin Guide that he’ll refuse access to his latest restaurant, The English House in Singapore, doesn’t surprise.   Pierre White – one of the … Continue reading “The Madness of Michelin”

February 19, 2019

TIGing a Drunken Duchess

by Matthew Steeples

The boozy bird the Duchess of Sussex and the newly formed The Independent Group have something in common; this “TIG moment” lover should become their leader   The former Meghan Markle – a bizarre woman who ludicrously  likes to create “spaces to share” and “breeding grounds for ideas and excitement” – once had a blog … Continue reading “TIGing a Drunken Duchess”

February 9, 2019

Praise Be To Pret

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples salutes Pret for doing more than most to help homeless people get jobs and permanent accommodation; others and the government should follow suit   Pret a Manger has come under a lot of flack lately – due to two customers dying having an allergic reaction to their products – but now, this in … Continue reading “Praise Be To Pret”

January 21, 2019

Harridan Heather

by Matthew Steeples

That Heather Mills has returned to the public eye is nothing but awful; please could someone just send her to Siberia?   When one thought the worst was over and one of Britain’s most loathed women had finally gone away, that woman just had to stick her oar in yet again.   Yesterday, The Sunday … Continue reading “Harridan Heather”

January 17, 2019

Billing Against Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

As a restaurant popular with politicians adds anti-Brexit slogans to its bills, it must be highlighted that the hospitality industry is entirely dependent on immigrant workers   On Tuesday, inews reported that a restaurant in London’s County Hall, the Westminster Kitchen Grill Bar, now adds anti-Brexit slogans to its bills.   Featuring a declaration that: … Continue reading “Billing Against Brexit”

January 16, 2019

Supporting Giovanni

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples criticises the ‘Evening Standard’s’ Benedict Moore-Bridger for his unjustified attack on the Knightsbridge restaurant Giovanni   Benedict Moore-Bridger is an Evening Standard journalist who has been criticised for his “lazy work” and described as “[not] the most popular chap at the office.” Of his writing style, one Twitter user remarked: “[He makes me] … Continue reading “Supporting Giovanni”

December 11, 2018

Proudly Proudlock

by Matthew Steeples

Restaurateur and Chelsea beacon Michael Proudlock dies   Michael Proudlock left this earth in a fashion befitting of a bon viveur. After a “lavish lunch” at PJ’s on Tuesday 4th December, this renowned restaurateur returned to his home and sadly passed away.     Old Etonian Proudlock – a fixture at first La Brasserie and … Continue reading “Proudly Proudlock”

December 10, 2018

Caught on Caramel

by Matthew Steeples

Fire at Caramel restaurant in South Kensington suspected to be arson   Now, in the wake of the fire at Caramel restaurant on Brompton Road, South Kensington last week, police have released images of two men they wish to question in regard to what they now suspect to be arson.     Damage to both … Continue reading “Caught on Caramel”

December 6, 2018

Caramelized

by Matthew Steeples

Frontage of former La Brasserie premises in South Kensington – now Caramel – burnt to a crisp   Last night, at around 3.30am, the frontage of Caramel on Brompton Road in South Kensington went up in flames.   Situated on Brompton Cross within the former premises of the much loved and now much missed La … Continue reading “Caramelized”

November 24, 2018

CocktailING

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples tears apart ‘ES’ magazine’s new restaurant critic for using a ridiculous non-word – “cocktailing”   In this week’s ‘ES’ magazine a prat (pictured with cartoon drawings of a wine glass and some other bizarre object that looks like a bog brush) named Jimi Famurewa – in a column ridiculously called ‘Jimi Eats World’ … Continue reading “CocktailING”

November 13, 2018

A Romantic Takeaway

by Matthew Steeples

Mail Online focuses on the story of the year – that Spencer Matthews and his wife went on “date night” at the British Takeaway Awards; you couldn’t make it up   You can rely on the Mail Online to publish relevant stories. Aside from the fact we’re in the midst of Brexit chaos and California … Continue reading “A Romantic Takeaway”

October 31, 2018

Snowflake Society

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples supports William Sitwell and suggests his employer Waitrose develop a better moral compass before attacking him   Aristocrats have a habit of saying stupid things. That’s a fact but equally that millennials now take offence at a bit of banter is something quite more ludicrous.   Outrage has ensued this week after a … Continue reading “Snowflake Society”

October 3, 2018

Instagrammable London

by Fabio Contissa

Fabio Contissa suggests the most Instagrammable restaurants and cafes to visit in London   Social networking sites have become a part of everyday life for many people especially for millennials. In an effort to attract this demographic, many industries have begun to harness the power of social media.  One such industry is the food industry … Continue reading “Instagrammable London”

September 7, 2018

Mott 32 to open in Las Vegas

by Fabio Contissa

Iconic Hong Kong Restaurant Mott 32 set to open in Las Vegas reports new contributor Fabio Contissa   An iconic Hong Kong restaurant chain is set to unveil its first eatery in the United States this winter, with Las Vegas selected as the home of Mott 32’s U.S. outpost. The Venetian Resort on the Las … Continue reading “Mott 32 to open in Las Vegas”

August 26, 2018

Watery Child Labour

by Matthew Steeples

Advert for a Quooker boiling-water tap featuring a child in pyjamas using it was plainly the choice of a deranged marketing executive   Priced at between £1,150 and £1,600 depending on specification, a Quooker boiling-water tap with a flexible pull-out hose is anything but cheap but an advert for it, also, is anything but appropriate. … Continue reading “Watery Child Labour”

April 15, 2018

Caramel on The Cross

by David G. Lennox

New restaurant critic David G. Lennox reviews Brompton Cross’s latest opening, Caramel London   In a knockout punch, the last of the grand old chatelaines of Kensington and the dowagers of Chelsea – not to mention their urbane nephews, in euro tweed and gossiping nieces, donning sunglasses to disguise their latest Bystander appearance – have been … Continue reading “Caramel on The Cross”

March 6, 2018

Cheers Macron!

by Matthew Steeples

President Emmanuel Macron should ignore his critics and continue to enjoy drinking wine   President Emmanuel Macron has ridiculously been accused of “putting French lives in danger” by admitting to drinking wine at lunch and dinner.   In yet another example of political correctness gone wrong, a gaggle of busybody doctors berated Macron for his … Continue reading “Cheers Macron!”

February 27, 2018

Wally of the Week – Brazen bread “grabber” Charlotte Day

by Matthew Steeples

Healthcare assistant Charlotte Day disgracefully moans about panic buying of bread just as homeless people freeze to death   Last week, a homeless man froze to death in Chelmsford, Essex. A week before, another was found dead on the steps of Westminster Tube station in London.   Meanwhile, yesterday, in Medway, Kent, a moaning Minnie … Continue reading “Wally of the Week – Brazen bread “grabber” Charlotte Day”

February 23, 2018

Going For Booze

by Matthew Steeples

Study reveals old aged folk who get fat and enjoy a tipple or two tend to live longer   On Wednesday in society magazine Town & Country, Sam Dangremond revealed that “drinking alcohol could be the key to living past 90.”   Quoting The 90+ Study, “one of the largest studies of the oldest-old in … Continue reading “Going For Booze”

February 20, 2018

Out To Lunch

by Matthew Steeples

As a Westminster councillor’s penchant for meals at 5 Hertford Street and the home of the owner of the ‘Daily Mail’ is highlighted, we suggest it is high time elected officials’ extravagance be reigned in   The problem with too many elected officials is that they love the perks more than they love serving the … Continue reading “Out To Lunch”

January 15, 2018

A Wine Winner

by Matthew Steeples

Half price bottles of wine at The Enterprise during January; price per bottle starts at £9.98 per bottle   The Enterprise in Walton Street, Chelsea is an institution that locals know and love. The staff and management are charming, the atmosphere is fun and the food and drink superlative.   For the whole of January, … Continue reading “A Wine Winner”

December 17, 2017

Limitless Lawless

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports on Philip Lawless’ remarkable career at the top of London’s restaurant industry   Though the raconteur restaurateur Philip Lawless recently sold his Belgravia dining spot Motcombs, his legacy lives on both there and at the Bow Wine Vaults, which he retains and continues to run.   Irish born Lawless moved to London … Continue reading “Limitless Lawless”

November 23, 2017

More gin, vicar?

by Matthew Steeples

As Public Health Wales claims drinking spirits is bad for you, we rebut their frankly stupid study   On Tuesday, The Telegraph reported that a completely unscientific study by an organisation named Public Health Wales had found that spirits are more likely to “trigger bouts of depression and unexpected weeping.”   Said also to cause … Continue reading “More gin, vicar?”

November 20, 2017

A $20k Gobble

by Matthew Steeples

New York hotel offers a Thanksgiving dinner complete with gold-flaked turkeys and bottomless champagne for £15,100   Late last week Guest of a Guest reported that a New York hotel is to offer a Thanksgiving dinner with a difference.   Priced at £15,100 ($20,000, €17,000 or درهم73,500), HGU New York at 34 East 32nd Street’s … Continue reading “A $20k Gobble”

October 20, 2017

The Air Went Pop

by Matthew Steeples

Canadian sues Sunwing Airlines because he was given sparkling wine instead of champagne   A cheapskate airline allegedly promoted a “champagne service” and then bamboozled at least 1,600 customers by serving them cheap sparkling wine.   Quebec based Daniel Macduff, the BBC report, has launched a class action against Sunwing Airlines after he booked a … Continue reading “The Air Went Pop”

October 9, 2017

If you can’t take the heat…

by Matthew Steeples

Jailbird billionaire Martha Stewart bizarrely suggests nobody except murderers should be in jail   Last week, Martha Stewart spent just over an hour talking to the Katie Couric Podcast. She spoke about her time in jail and of her experience there claimed: “It was like I went to Yale for five months… No one should … Continue reading “If you can’t take the heat…”

October 2, 2017

The Death of The Boozer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples visits the Belgravia pub The Plumbers Arms and decries the death of the traditional British boozer   Last Wednesday, I happened to have to meet someone in Lower Belgrave Street, SW1 and since I was early, I thought it appropriate – given the death the previous night of the Dowager Countess of Lucan … Continue reading “The Death of The Boozer”

Proper Pubs

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples selects three of South West London’s best pubs   The Duchess, 101 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, SW8 4DS With works by the sniper-turned-snapper John Stoddart gracing the walls and around 40 gins to choose from, this lovingly restored Victorian ale house is now a destination drinking spot. Opposite the soon to be completed … Continue reading “Proper Pubs”

September 7, 2017

Little Nigella

by Matthew Steeples

Clubbable sorts will love the opportunity to live like Nigella Lawson above Little House Mayfair   When the flatform trainer loving cook Nigella Lawson first split up with Charles ‘The Throttler’ Saatchi back in 2013, she took up residence in an apartment above the Little House private members’ club in Mayfair’s Queen Street.     … Continue reading “Little Nigella”

August 17, 2017

Tossed in Tonbridge

by Matthew Steeples

Kentish salad company Southern Salads tosses 260 jobs to the wolves after going into administration because of Brexit   Illustrations of the likely negative impact of Britain’s decision to leave the UK are coming from far and wide and though Nigel Farage may be crowing over an alleged £60 million film deal – though unsurprisingly … Continue reading “Tossed in Tonbridge”

August 8, 2017

Marmalade in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples visits Boisdale of Mayfair with restaurateur Nicky Kerman – and samples a marmalade infused gin cocktail (or three)   Though most will recognise Boisdale for its tartan décor, traditional cuisine and fine malt whiskies, this live music restaurant group’s most recent opening, Boisdale of Mayfair, is a place as well suited to afternoon … Continue reading “Marmalade in Mayfair”

July 25, 2017

Brainy Boozing

by Matthew Steeples

Study reveals drinking alcohol can improve memory   A study has revealed that those that drink alcohol after studying recall what they learnt better than those that don’t.   The University of Exeter set 88 drinkers a word-learning task and then split them into two random groups. The first were told to drink as much … Continue reading “Brainy Boozing”

July 16, 2017

Canvassing a Con

by Matthew Steeples

After a Chelsea chef who came out of nowhere named Michael Riemenschneider is revealed to be a “conman” in the ‘Mail on Sunday’, readers tell of his past form   As can only be expected of a paper that loves a bit of sensationalism this week’s Mail on Sunday’s ‘YOU’ got rather carried away in … Continue reading “Canvassing a Con”

June 27, 2017

A Shoreditch Statement

by General

A statement from the owners of Trapeze Bar regarding the conduct of their now former general manager Jordan Wells   Yesterday, we reported on a story regarding a bar in the East End coming under fire from the organisers of an event to raise funds for survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.   This afternoon, … Continue reading “A Shoreditch Statement”

June 26, 2017

Tea at Blakes

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples takes tea in the delightful courtyard garden at Blakes Hotel in South Kensington, London   Blakes Hotel is synonymous with the now much overused description “boutique hotel” and is generally considered the world’s first. It opened in 1978, is a destination that is popular with the likes of Seal and Sharon Stone and … Continue reading “Tea at Blakes”

June 11, 2017

Politics With The Pun

by Matthew Steeples

David Pun gobbled his way through General Election 2017 and was captured on camera by a Mail on Sunday reporter   Mail on Sunday reporter Ned Donovan secured the photo of the evening on General Election night 2017 in capturing party crasher extraordinaire David Pun at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London in … Continue reading “Politics With The Pun”

May 7, 2017

Jobbing Wine

by Matthew Steeples

A dream job for wine lovers; get paid to drink and drive your way across America   An Oregon winery is seeking a ‘Canbassador’ to join them on a roadtrip across America to hawk their range of wines – including their ‘pinot in a can’.   The Union Wine Company, founded by Ryan Harms in … Continue reading “Jobbing Wine”

April 24, 2017

Marked by Mice

by Matthew Steeples

Scott’s in Mayfair to reopen after closing due to a mice infestation; Montpeliano remains open in spite of receiving a Food Standards Agency rating of zero out of five   Today, Scott’s restaurant in Mount Street, Mayfair reopens after having been closed for six days for what they called “a spring clean and revamp”.   … Continue reading “Marked by Mice”

April 21, 2017

Finding Fruit

by Matthew Steeples

Herefordshire fruit farm for sale for £2.25 million   A 47.6 acre organic Herefordshire fruit farm is for sale for £2.25 million ($2.88 million, €2.69 million or درهم10.58 million).   Situated in the Malvern Hills, Hermitage Court at Canon Pyon, near Hereford has fruit orchards and a walnut grove and also comes with grazing land, … Continue reading “Finding Fruit”

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