Galvin Restaurants launches Galvin HOP, its first Pub de Luxe

With its latest venture officially due to open on January 25th, Galvin Restaurants will start 2016 with the launch of Galvin HOP,  the first Galvin Pub de Luxe on what had been up until now the site of Galvin Café a Vin in Spitalfields Market.  A vibrant pub in the City, Galvin HOP will offer fresh unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell Tank Beer, a range of craft beers, a new menu featuring classic pub dishes and a range of premium hot dogs, although that terminology would seem to downplay what is on offer food-wise. Galvin HOP is next door to the brothers Galvin’s Michelin starred Galvin La Chapelle, … [Read more...]

Impeccable dining at City Social

The area within easy walking distance of the Barbican is blessed with a huge range of restaurants – from the sublime to the mediocre. And City Social in Tower 42 certainly ranks in the former category. It was virtually impossible to find fault with our dining experience there – perhaps the only quibble being the signposting to the restaurant entrance at street level! But maybe we were just being dense. For those not aware, Tower 42 was the first true City of London skyscraper when it was built back in the 1970s as the National Westminster Tower and it started out as the tallest building in … [Read more...]

Tom’s Kerridge’s Next Big Thing In Food

Successful - and newly slimline - independent chef Tom Kerridge is busy looking for Britain's top British food supplier.  Nick Harman interviews Tom. Few UK pubs boast one Michelin Star, let alone two, but chef/owner Tom Kerridge and his wife Beth were the very first to achieve it in 2007 with the Hand and Flowers in Marlow. Tom Kerridge   But as Tom explains, climbing the gastronomic heights wasn't really their intention when they opened in 2005, just business survival. "The aim was simply to be a place that served great food in an environment that everyone felt … [Read more...]