Avenue

Avenue

Originally published January 2018 (some alterations for clarity have been made) Avenue on St James’s Street has been one of those places I’ve been dining at since it first opened. I was a kid and going regularly for lunch with the family after visiting the RA just up the road on Piccadilly; the Sunday roast…

Bentley's

Bentley's

Bentley’s, the grand-dame of Swallow Street, turned one hundred in September last year. The oyster bar and restaurant is still the place for the well-heeled Londoner and visitors to dine on oysters and seafood while sipping champagne and cocktails. But does it live up to its long-gained reputation (and the prices)? After all, many institutions…

Dukes' White Truffle Martini

Dukes' White Truffle Martini

Let the choirs of archangels, angels, seraphim and cherubim (and all the others) cry forth “Hallelujah!”, for it is once again white truffle season, that time of year when we spend vast fortunes on an underground fungus that looks like a mummified testicle but, when thinly shaved, releases a transcendent and heavenly smell that takes…

45 Jermyn Street

45 Jermyn Street

Immaculate in its design, Fortnum’s The Fountain Restaurant’s replacement, 45 Jermyn Street, is a sure bet from design to plate. Pure Heaven Unlike the tired tea room that it replaced 18 months ago, 45 is run as a separate entity, rather than a restaurant within Fortnum’s, and is a place I have loved since its…

3&6

3&6

The newest addition to the drink and dining options at Fortnum & Mason is the 3’6 Bar (Three and Six Bar), found on the third floor by the Gentleman’s Department. This cocktail bar is wonderfully relaxed with its antique globes, books and fun fair table top toys. The name is derived from Fortnum’s 1930s home…