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Six of the Best: Cocktails to lift the spirits

Cocktails to lift the spirits this January Whilst many are no doubt detoxing this January, others are getting back into action and enjoying food and drinks. To lift your spirits, we’ve selected half a dozen...

Bonding with foie gras

Sir Roger Moore’s attempts to ban foie gras are wrong   I personally don’t have a great liking for foie gras. The texture and richness of it is often overwhelming and for me, there are many...

Zédel’s crowning glory

Wear a crown to Brasserie Zédel on the 6th January and get a free meal on the house   Both most worthily awarded OBE’s in the New Year Honours List, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King would...

Morgan Murphy: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with food writer and car collector Morgan Murphy   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Bourbon and bacon, which is, by the way, the title of my next book coming...

A tribute to the King of Gin

Our tribute to Martin Miller   We learnt yesterday via Facebook that the founder of Martin Miller’s Gin and Miller’s Antiques Guides, Martin Miller, had died. Like many others, we were shocked and astounded by this...

Seeing in 2014

The perfect spot to say goodbye to 2013   Struggling for ideas as to what to do on New Year’s Eve in Central London? If so, La Brasserie is offering a 6-course dinner with music by...

The king of burgers

A review of Patty & Bun in W1   Burger lovers are spoilt for choice in Central London but undoubtedly one of the best offerings we’ve tried this year has to be Patty & Bun close...

The proof of vulgarity is in the pudding

The world’s most expensive and frankly most vulgar Christmas pudding   Christmas is meant to be about religion and families but with the announcement that the website VeryFirstTo is marketing a Christmas pudding for £23,500,...

What were they thinking?

The worst named restaurants in the world   When opening a restaurant, some restaurateurs opt to name their businesses after a street whilst others use their surname or a historic figure. Here, however, we list a...

Valuing Chardonnay

Fred Sculthorp tests Tesco’s Everyday Value Chardonnay   Growing older, one is almost always inclined to question what legacy one will leave. This is a particular dilemma for someone who has journeyed through life being fortunate...

Carlo Mondavi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with winemaker Carlo Mondavi   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The continued belief that we can make wine that sits along side the finest in the world. The belief...

A Smart Wonderland

Champagne at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland available for upto £2,000 a bottle   Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park opens to the public today. By far from a cheap outing, with tickets costing upto £14.50 per ride,...

Far from a mainstay

A review of Princi in Soho   Alan Yau OBE is a restaurateur who opts to have bouncers outside his restaurants. On Tuesday evening in the company of two foodie friends, I had the misfortune as...

Choyed and choked

Chelsea institution Choys closes it doors after 61 years in business   Choys restaurant opened on the Kings Road in 1952 and closed for the final time earlier this month. Its passing marks yet another death...

Cumbria to Claridge’s

L’Enclume’s Simon Rogan to take the helm at Claridge’s   Gordon Ramsay burnt his bridges at Claridge’s after twelve years at the helm in February this year and now, today, his replacement has been announced. Simon...

Getting Lyrical

Review: The Lyric in Soho   Soho is an area that one associates with the likes of pornographer Paul Raymond, gambling addict ‘Soho Pam’ and the legendarily rude landlord Norman Balon. Discovering The Lyric in Great...

Max Sali: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with restaurateur Max Sali of Pimlico Road’s Tinello   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? It’s always been the dream of my brother and I to have a restaurant. Being...

Tony Kitous: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with restaurateur Tony Kitous   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I was told in life: “The harder you work, the luckier you get”.   “Don't get even, get medieval” is, in...

Five of the Best: Gifts for a barfly

Items that will delight those who like to drink at home   Many readers of The Steeple Times are well known drinking aficionados. As a result, we thought it time to share five of the best...

Dinner at mine?

A survey by Wetherell reveals the effect proximity to a restaurant can have on property prices   Traditionally properties above or next to pubs and restaurants have been cheaper because of the noise and smells they...

A Lebanese must

A review of Comptoir Libanais in South Kensington   Tony Kitous is a rising star in the restaurant world. He began with three restaurants named Levant, Pasha and Kenza and more recently set up Comptoir Libanais....

Monroe mucks up in Manchester

As Jack Monroe speaks at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference, she continues to rant and again makes an utter fool of herself   Is there anything that “food-and-politics-gob” Jack Monroe can do gracefully?...

Downton the Hatch!

As ‘Downton Abbey’ returns tonight, we raise a glass to its official unofficial drinking game   Downton Abbey, a show that many have mixed views about, returns tonight. The nation will no doubt be gripped and...

Picture of the Week: Booze School

Tesco place a “Back to School” banner above an alcohol display in Swansea   Shoppers at Tesco in Fforestfach, Wales were controversially confronted by a display of gin, vodka and whisky complete with a “Back to...

Cheese in Chelsea

A review of L’Art du Fromage: paradise for cheese lovers   With the autumn upon us and winter drawing ever closer, many have started to think about the mountains and skiing. On Facebook this week, I...

Picture of the Week: A picture is worth a thousand words

An image of John Kerry dining with Bashar al-Assad in February 2009 surfaces   John Kerry is a man who should be more careful about who he gets snapped with. As Chamberlain learnt to his peril...

Cooking up a poverty storm

Jamie Oliver is right in his comments about the food choices of the poor   Jamie Oliver made some comments about food poverty in recent days. Naturally, the left wing sorts jumped on his being worth...

A mighty fine meal for 30p

Creating a meal for 30p whilst helping to eliminate food waste   On the blog that preceded ‘The Steeple Times’, Matthew Steeples wrote this article in December 2011. We republish it here given the response we’ve...

A tweet from Jamie Oliver

Chef Jamie Oliver thanks The Steeple Times copying in his 3 million Twitter followers   After the firestorm of comments today about this morning’s feature on Jamie Oliver’s remarks about food poverty and an article by...

William Seth-Smith: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Xero Vodka founder William Seth-Smith   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I try never to turn down adventure for the sake of easy apathy.   “Don't get even, get medieval”...

Jerking the Dragons

Despite “Dragons’ Den” deal between Peter Jones and “Texas Joe” Walters falling apart, Texas Joe’s still does deal with Sainsbury’s   Last week on the BBC series Dragons’ Den, an unusual thing happened: a self-styled ‘dragon’...

Tripping out

Matthew Steeples suggests TripAdvisor needs to reform its ways   I’ve written about the ‘Trippies’ (those who write reviews on TripAdvisor) before and just like the ‘Groupies’ (voucher loving Groupon users), I’ve had direct experience of...

Mallya’s Waterloo

Has booze baron Vijay Mallya met his match?   The Indian tycoon and self-proclaimed “King of Good Times” Vijay Mallya has long been lauded as a mammoth success story but finally, as he faces potential prosecution...

Northern lights

Steffen Timm takes a tour of Stockholm’s best haunts for cigar lovers   Stockholm is regarded as one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. In fact, there is something magical about it, in particularly...

Throttling a table

Diners flock to ‘The Throttler’s Table’ at Scott’s   Last week The Sun revealed that Scott’s in Mayfair has been “inundated with requests” for the table where Charles Saatchi (allegedly) throttled Nigella Lawson.   A source told the...

Marcus Schelbert: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Marcus Schelbert, food and beverage duty manager of Belgraves - A Thompson Hotel   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My friends, my family and my passion for my...

Sussing out the shisha

Jessica Naylor reviews eShisha’s range of sisha sticks   ‘Shisha Pens’ are taking London by storm. With no nicotine, tar or tobacco, these 100% water vapour based ‘shisha sticks’ have fast become this summer’s most sought...

Derek Taylor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with businessman, restaurateur and philanthropist Derek Taylor   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Never give up on your dreams.   “Don't get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a...

A Fyne accord

A review of Covent Garden’s Loch Fyne Restaurant   In May 2004, the car park of the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar at Clachan in Argyll, Scotland became famous after Gordon Brown and John Prescott met there...

Amelia Rope: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with chocolatier Amelia Rope   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Drive and determination.   “Don't get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Keep it simple,...

The tables are turned

Matthew Steeples answers food writer Jamie Cotter-Craig’s questions   I’m used to asking questions. So far, I’ve done over a hundred “What’s on your mantelpiece?” interviews with people ranging from champion jockey Frankie Dettori to hedge...

Madams and margaritas

The brass of Chelsea   Though the characters of Chelsea are changing, the murky world beneath its privileged surface will never disappear.   This morning I met with a friend in what I thought was a perfectly respectable...

Dinner for one

Charles Saatchi returns to the scene of the ‘throttling’   Charles Saatchi has been dining out a lot lately. With his ‘domestic goddess’ wife holed up in her sister’s flat in Mayfair, the art mogul put...

Student wine

A review of the Co-operative’s  own brand Valpolicella 2011 wine by history student Fred Sculthorp   To purchase a wine is to engage in the very drama of winemaking. It is to queue in anticipation, to...

Give us a Gilpin's

A review of Gilpin’s Gin and a call to save juniper   This week it was reported that there’s a crisis in the world of gin. Juniper, the plant that provides the botanical essential to create...

A little bit of Rosie Lee

A review of Rosa’s Thai Café in Dean Street, Soho   Soho isn’t my natural haunt. I frankly find it gritty and grimy and at night it’s impossible to get a cab back to my homeland,...

Cheers to Assange!

Another cocktail for Julian Assange   Yesterday, we suggested five of the best things that could be sent to cheer up Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who “celebrates” a year of costing the taxpayer some £4 million...

A tea that flowers

A floral afternoon tea at the InterContinental London Westminster   “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me” the novelist C. S. Lewis is reported as...