Posts By: Chris Tilsed

Critic & Bloggers’ Review Round Up 8 October 2015

Mac & Wild

From fine dining in a Scottish village to a lobster roll in Soho, the critics and bloggers have got all the foodie bases covered. An endless source of recommendations, here’s a handful of their latest gastronomic musings.
Black Axe MangalImage source: Evening Standard
Fay Maschler of the Evening Standard finds that ‘there is nothing else in London quite like Black Axe Mangal. Read more…

What’s On: Moroccan Afternoon Tea, Rooftop Dining, & a Beach in London

Camden Beach

It’s all about making the most of that elusive summer sun this week, with news of some new rooftop feasting, a Moroccan-style terrace, and even a pop-up beach in Camden. But this is England after all, so there’s also a couple of eateries that are firmly in the indoors category to cosy up in when normal rainy service is resumed.
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What’s On: Rooftop Afternoon Tea, Foodie Wimbledon Screenings & a Riverside Pop-up

Carom at Butlers Wharf Chop House Bar

With the sun making its annual cameo in the capital and Wimbledon whipping up the usual fervour, it’s all about eating outside and soaking up the action this week. Make hay while the sun shines and all that. Combine your sun seeking with Wimbledon watching at a rooftop restaurant, or take the quintessential English vibe one step further with afternoon tea on a sunny terrace in Mayfair. Read more…

Review: Valentina Tower Bridge

Valentina Tower Bridge

Shad Thames is not only overlooked by Tower Bridge, but far too often, by me. Scurry away from the tourists on the bridge, and within seconds it’s like you’ve stumbled into the pages of a Dickens novel. Ancient buildings line dark cobbled streets, with glimpses of the river appearing through the gaps. Read more…

What’s On: Win a Luxury Stay at Corinthia, Try Truffles in Harrods, & Dim Sum in a Cocktail Bar

This week’s foray into the hottest goings-on and new openings on the London scene sees us discover residencies from top chefs, a way to make eating in Harrods even more extravagant, and an ultra-cool Clapham restaurant-cum-cocktail bar-cum-nightclub. We’re also giving you the opportunity to win a night in the luxury Corinthia Hotel just by dining out. Read more…

Review: Joe Allen, 50 and He’s Still Got It

Joe Allen restaurant Covent Garden

In some ways, Joe Allen is a hipster. After all, old Joe was doing American-style fare well before a pulled pork slider with triple-cooked chips was scrawled on every blackboard in the capital. There’s nothing try-hard about this place though. More celebrities have walked through its doors over the years than I’ve had trendy dinners, but real cool doesn’t shout about it. Read more…

Testing: One Twenty One Two

Named after the old telephone number of Scotland Yard, One Twenty One Two is a stickler for tradition, although its menu adds a contemporary edge to its historic location. Housed in an imposing building, tucked away near Charing Cross, one is immediately transported to the grand hotels of yesteryear upon entering. Read more…