London's Best Wine Bars

London's Best Wine Bars

Depending on one’s definition, there are anywhere between 3500 to 4000 pubs and bars within the Greater London area. Over the last few years most of discussion has been focused on how many have shut or been bought out in the last decade and what a great tragedy it is that London’s pub-scene is disappearing.…

Oxo Tower Brasserie

Oxo Tower Brasserie

Originally published November 2017 (some alterations for clarity have been made) When it comes to dining locations, it’s pretty hard to beat the Oxo Tower with its dining balcony, double height picture postcard windows and views along the river from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge taking in St. Paul’s and The City. Both…

Harry’s Bar Paris

Harry’s Bar Paris

For years friends of mine who regularly travel to Paris for work (one an American) have talked of Harry’s New York Bar being their favourite of all the Harry’s. At no point had they really told me anything of the place other than it’s location and it being a great bar. When we arrived we…

Ham Hock and Chicken Terrine

Ham Hock and Chicken Terrine

Ham hock terrine is a classic. Easier to make than it looks, it is hugely versatile and perfect for a starter, light meal, or picnic. It’s also a very adaptable recipe; you could use rabbit, or smoked chicken, different herbs, add vegetables, or even go full vegetarian with it. As long as the main ingredients…

Harry’s Bar Florence

Harry’s Bar Florence

Among the famous inventions of Cipriani at Harry’s Bar in Venice is, of course, the Bellini, a heady mix of pink Italian peach purée mixed with prosecco. But Harry’s Bar Florence has at times laid claim to being home of the Bellini. The Florence bar is set on the great River Arno that cuts the…

Infusing Vodka

Infusing Vodka

When we talk about flavoured vodka, what comes to mind? Skittles? Smirnoff Lime? That curiously fluorescent bottle of something that you picked up from an off-licence on your way to a house party when you were nineteen? You know, the one that tasted like lemon-scented bleach and made the wallpaper curl. I think we can…