Restaurants

Gails Kitchen: You’ll want the whole menu

Gails Kitchen is the sit down restaurant from the Gails bakery chain you’ll all know and love if you live in London. It’s just off Tottenham Court Road inside the MyHotel and next door to one of these bakery chains – hidden behind a curtain and full of rustic wood tables and prints of library books. The Bloomsbury/Charlotte Street area has been bursting with foodie treats for a while and they are what is making Fitzrovia one of the most exciting areas of London right now.

We find ourselves regularly suggesting Gails Kitchen for any lunch date /after-work gathering – the emphasis is on great bread (obviously) and small dishes which are mainly vegetarian but with fantastic combinations of ingredients and flavours that don’t leave you missing the meat – every dish is delicious and you have to be quite strict to not order one of everything. The Haute List girls decided to go for an after work treat and left with giant food babies – so much so that we could barely fit the incredible dessert which was such a shame! So what did we eat??? (more…)

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Top 5 Places in London for a Special Lunch

A friend recently asked us where she could take a friend who was getting married as a treat for lunch in London. She wanted somewhere with a great room that wasn’t too tiny and with a lively atmosphere, great food (obviously) and something that felt special, but without a huge bill at the end of it. We gave her these recommendations on the basis that some are new, some are classics, but all come with a great lunch option showcasing the best from the menu at an affordable price. These are our top 5 pics if you are taking someone out for a lunch treat in London: (more…)

Hubbard & Bell at the Hoxton Hotel, Holborn

Hubbard & Bell is a restaurant in the new Hoxton Hotel (in Holborn!) and is part of the Soho House ever-expanding portfolio. They’ve also incorporated a Holborn Grind coffee shop and a new branch of one of our favourites; Chick Shop (aka posh Nandos – and everything comes with their immense butter lettuce and avocado salad) in the basement.  It had come highly recommended, particularly for the oxtail with marmalade on toast and the s’mores – so naturally we booked immediately! (more…)

Haute Eats: Bobo Social

There’s a glut of burger joints in The Big Smoke. It’s not an exaggeration to say that, like Starbucks, there seems to be one on every street corner. There are some we love: the dirty burgers at Meatliquor with their squidgy, soft buns and deep fried pickles on the side, the gourmet grown-up treats at Burger & Lobster, and the epically monikered hamburgers at Patty & Bun (the Ari Gold is the winner). There are some we’re less fussed about however they will remain nameless.

 

So when we heard about Bobo Social we sighed with burger fatigue. Another one? But wait. We sighed too soon.

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Haute Eats: Fera at Claridges

Michelin star dining in London can be stiffer than a starched white cravat. The layers of complex cutlery, the endless processions of amuse bouche, and the eerily quiet rooms where you can hear a parmesan tuile crack.

Don’t get us wrong, we’ve been blessed to eat in such fine establishments, but we’ve long searched for a restaurant that serves top quality nosh minus the pomp.

Step in Simon Rogan. To quote his lovely website verbatim Simon is “one of the most accomplished and well respected chefs in the UK”. You might remember him from the Great British Menu where he nabbed the dessert crown in season 7, or you might know that he’s famed for foraging. Either way we think he’s a bit of a legend and jumped for joy to get a table at his London outpost Fera.

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