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Blakes Restaurant – Review

By Adam

Blakes Hotel 33 Roland Gardens,  Kensington, London  SW7 3PF A few weeks back we were invited to Blakes Restaurant. If you’re unfamiliar with this destination, it’s within a boutique hotel discreetly located in Kensington. The hotel is the love-child of legendary designer Anouska Hempel. Converted from a set of Victorian houses, the five star hotel […]

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Rake’s Cafe Opens at The ANdAZ

By Adam

Rake’s Cafe Bar 40 Liverpool Street, London, England, EC2M 7QN London is a city that rarely sleeps, and who can blame its hustling and bustling inhabitants who are forever on the move, when the city is adorned with an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, cafes, pergolas, nightclubs etc etc. It really is a playground for […]

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Veneta St James’s Restaurant Review

By Joe Burns

At the beginning of the month, Adam and I visited Veneta at the newly redeveloped and exciting space of St. James’s Market, nestled between Regent Street and Haymarket. The restaurant itself is positioned on a corner, facing the courtyard area that sees many people coming and going, so there’s a buzz of activity and a […]

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Chapter One, Dublin

By Michelle Connolly

Chapter One 18-19 Parnell Square Dublin 1, Ireland You get the feeling that Ross Lewis has always been ahead of the game. From a start in England, travelling around to develop his craft, to training in Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli restaurant – always seeking inspiration from the very best. And in this case, since opening Chapter One […]

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Three of the best alternative Brunches in London

By Michelle Connolly

Bored of bog-standard brunch? Begging for a better breakfast? Enough with the puns – here are a few of our favourite alternative spots for brunch with a difference in London. Spice Market at the W Hotel Sister restaurant to the infamous New York Meatpacking district spot, Spice Market has a fabulous set brunch of with […]

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The Orange Elephant

By Michelle Connolly

351 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9TW 0207 3527 999 Will sir be having the steak – or the steak? Following in the footsteps of some of the most lauded one-ingredient restaurants like Smack Lobster, Madd and Meatballs, The Orange Elephant has just one thing on it’s mind. Thick, juicy, cross hatched and smoked, cooked to perfection […]

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Powder Keg Diplomacy

By Adam

It is a bit bug bear of ours, to go into a bar or restaurant and the staff know absolutely nothing about what they are serving you. Sometimes we like nothing more than to be recommended a bottle of wine or a particular dish by someone who knows what they are talking about. This is […]

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The Shrub & Shutter Brixton

By Adam

Before I review a venue I tend to do a certain level of due-diligence to ensure it’s appropriate for our audience and therefore most of our reviews come out pretty positive. This one, I had no idea about, it was a word-of-mouth recommendation from our beard blogger and his rather lovely wife telling us that […]

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CHOTTO MATTE

By Michelle Connolly

Chotto Matte 11-13 Frith Street London W1D 4RB 020 7042 7171 An interesting name for a very interesting place. Smooth black marble floors, polished surfaces and neat wooden tables adjacent to walls boasting bright street art murals and modern light installations give an unusually warm welcome. Clean lines with an approachable edge – cool, but […]

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STEAM AND RYE

By Michelle Connolly

147 Leadenhall St, London, EC3V 4QT 020 7444 9960 If you want to make an entrance, this is surely the place to do it. Moments from Bank tube station are the magnificent double doors of the old Bank of New York building, now gloriously transformed into Steam and Rye. Classic Americana touches permeate every part […]

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HAKKASAN – CELEBRATE GOLDEN WEEK WITH LUXURY

By Adam

The annual Chinese Golden Week is now in full flow, running between the 29th September and 12th October and we’ve been on the look out to find the most luxurious way to celebrate it. Upon inspection there was only one winner, Dapper Chapper favourite, Hakkasan. The Michelin-starred restaurants, in Hanway Place and Mayfair stand head and shoulders […]

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YAUATCHA REVIEW

By Michelle Connolly

Yauatcha 15-17 Broadwick St, London, W1F 0DL 020 7494 8888 One of the finest dining experiences for the best money I’ve ever been to. That’s a sentence I was pretty surprised to write for any restaurant. You don’t really expect to find such a gem. Everything about Yauatcha – from the delightful hostesses to the […]

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Yashin Ocean House

By Michelle Connolly

Yashin Ocean House 117 – 119 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3RN 020 7373 3990 The beautiful brick building that houses Yashin Ocean House is almost so well integrated into the area that you could easily walk straight by – until you find your attention drawn by the vibrant and colourful dishes of course. Sister […]