Restaurant Review: Coal Rooms, Peckham
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Restaurant Review: Coal Rooms, Peckham

Within Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, Le Train Bleu epitomises a golden era of glamorous railway travel. Befitted with cavernous ceilings, grand frescoes, chandeliers and immaculately dressed waiters, the restaurant has been a fine dining institution since first opening in 1901. It’s also one of the most storied restaurants in Paris – arguably … Continue reading

Offal isn’t awful: Here’s our case for eating brains
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Offal isn’t awful: Here’s our case for eating brains

I know what you’re thinking: “Brains? No way – I’m not a zombie!” Of all the offal and lesser-loved cuts of meat available, brains are (granted) some of the least visually attractive: but they’re also some of the most delicious, when prepared properly. While grim, Westernised perception of offal is slowly changing (Fergus Henderson has … Continue reading

Exploring regional Chinese cuisine at Dumplings’ Legend
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Exploring regional Chinese cuisine at Dumplings’ Legend

Regrettably, I remember my first Chinatown dinner experience quite well. One summer evening during the late nineties (I could only have been six or seven years old), following a matinee theatre performance, somebody suggested we might visit one of those all-you-can-eat restaurants on the south side of Gerrard Street. Exciting at the time. The name … Continue reading

Archway Kebab – a restaurant for the many, not the few
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Archway Kebab – a restaurant for the many, not the few

In this political climate, it’s sometimes easy to forget that politicians are human, too. In the lead up to June’s general election, a selection of the UK’s most prominent MPs and party leaders were quizzed on their favourite restaurants. Let’s be fair – it’s far easier to talk to journalists about food than matters of … Continue reading

London’s historic pie and mash shops are becoming victims of gentrification
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London’s historic pie and mash shops are becoming victims of gentrification

Islington pie and mash shop M Manze is set to close later this year, after 106 years of trading. On announcing the closure last week, owner Tim Nicholls blamed increasing business rates as the reason for the iconic Chapel Market pie shop’s closure – something that has bereft the city of so many beloved pie … Continue reading