Murphia Games at the Jugged Hare – the excellent reality

We published a preliminary intro to the ETM Group’s Jugged Hare’s Murphia Games gourmet game dinner last week (See: Murphia Games highlights Jugged Hare game offerings) and can report that it comfortably lived up to the promotional hype with some brilliant food offerings, and wine pairings.  Altogether diners were treated to five courses, all from different. mostly Irish, chefs working in London.  Some of the dishes served were thankfully just tasters, otherwise the volume of food would have been far too great. On the basis of this event, and assuming other offerings in the series of … [Read more...]

Murphia Games highlights Jugged Hare game offerings

One of the closest restaurants to the Barbican is the Jugged Hare on the corner of Chiswell Street and Silk Street, and almost just across the road from Cromwell Tower and the eastern end of Ben Jonson House.  This is technically a gastropub, attached to the 5*Montcalm Hotel which occupies a part of the old Whitbread Brewery site. The Jugged Hare has gained quite a reputation for serving excellent quality food and wine and is consequently very well frequented so it is advisable to book ahead for lunch and dinner.  As the name might suggest, it specialises in game dishes in season and … [Read more...]

Bottomless Brunch at LINO

Our LINO is opening on Saturdays again from the 28th of September.  There is a big launch night from 5pm onwards this weekend and from next week, they are opening from midday. They are taking things bottomless.  What better way to spend a Saturday? Experience live music and chilled vibes along with flowing drinks plus a tasty food menu to top things off. After things kick off this weekend, the brunch is available to book between 11am - 3pm every Saturday (last booking 2.30pm).   The unlimited drinks include prosecco, Freedom draught lager or their LINO brunch cocktail and will be available … [Read more...]

The Ivy Asia, St Paul’s

We've just heard the news about the brand new opening.  The Ivy Asia, St Paul’s will open its doors to an all-new Asian concept restaurant and bar later this year.  Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the restaurant will serve theatrical drinks and cocktails late into the night alongside a delicious menu of tantalising, Asian-inspired dishes.  This vibrant and playful destination will entertain, inspire and excite guests from the heart of the capital and across the UK. On arrival, diners will be met with a show-stopping fluorescent pink onyx floor, impressive … [Read more...]

Nov. opening for 14 Hills at 120 Fenchurch St

D&D London announced that 14 Hills, its new restaurant located on the 14th floor of 120 Fenchurch Street, will open this November. The modern British restaurant will serve an all-day menu created by Executive Chef Thomas Piat and will be open from breakfast and brunch through to lunch and dinner. Occupying a space of c.9,200 square feet, 14 Hills is positioned below the public roof garden that crowns Generali Real Estate’s new office building, designed by Eric Parry Architects. The restaurant will not only have spectacular views of the London skyline including the Thames, Tower Bridge, … [Read more...]

British Beefeaters menu 2nd – 14th Sept

Paternoster Chop House hosts the menu from World Butchers’ Challenge Team GB Paternoster Chop House is offering an exclusive menu for two weeks from six of Britain’s best butchers, known collectively as the British Beefeaters, who will represent Britain in the 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge. Five dishes have been created in collaboration with the restaurant’s Head Chef James Hulme. ‘Braised shin of Dexter beef, baked chilli butter bone marrow and Bordelaise sauce’ won ‘World’s best product with split shin’ in the 2018 Challenge. Other dishes: Smoked baby short ribs with whiskey sauce; Roast … [Read more...]

Have your cake and eat it

Aprés Food Co have been on the right hand side about half of the way up St John St for a couple of years now and I’m ashamed to say that we never even noticed them.  The place looks like a coffee shop, and even has a name like a coffee shop, so that’s my excuse.  But what a travesty!  My ignorance has denied you the shiniest little gem!  Before now, they have been a breakfast and lunch venue, but now they are open for dinners, too. In a nutshell, Aprés Food Co is all about eating nutritionally well in order to improve your life.  I know it sounds like a motivational teleshopping ‘time to … [Read more...]

Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden opens in Farringdon

Now open from Wednesday to Saturday, including the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend. Wed – Fri – 5pm – 11pm Saturday 12pm-11pm Bank Holiday Sunday 25th August - 12pm -11pm Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden, St John Priory Church, St John’s Square, Farringdon, London, EC1V 4RQ www.secretspritzgarden.com Let's support them! Fentimans is a family owned business started in 1905 by Thomas Fentiman; it is presently run by Eldon Robson, Thomas Fentiman’s great, great grandson. Fentimans is the only brewer in the UK to use the timehonoured process of botanical brewing to produce natural … [Read more...]

Our own Half Cup has arrived

This is the second Half Cup in London.  The first, in Kings Cross, opened in 2014 and is very popular. I’ve popped in a couple of time when I’ve been waiting for a train because it is only a very short walk from the station but a million miles away from the concourse congestion. Our new Half Cup is in the new Bartholomew Square development (down to the Doctors’ and keep on walking past the bend), triangulated by LINO and Stem+Glory.  The area is becoming a pleasant eating-out destination, virtually devoid of traffic. Outside My only lament is that we couldn’t sit outside.  The … [Read more...]

Cocktails & snacks at LINO

We went back for some quick cocktails and snacks to LINO last night and I was pleased to see that the (still relatively new) venue is maintaining its success.  The huge central bar in the capacious old linoleum warehouse was surrounded by happy hour customers, but the place is so big that there was still plenty of space to find a table – I have to says that I do love their heavy marble table-tops and sofa seating! I say ‘happy hour’ but their current special is actually ‘Sauer Hour’ - every night between 4pm - 7pm, you can get a portion of irresistible sauerkraut croquettes (tried and … [Read more...]