Category Archives: Restaurants

Review: The 10 Cases, Endell Street, WC2

When I speak at conferences for the day job, I am often sent a post-hoc bouquet of flowers for my trouble. But sometimes the budgets are bigger, and the gifts more elaborate. Once I got handed a briefcase in an … Continue reading

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Review: Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, 15 July 2011

I really wanted to come here. So much so that I got my lunching friend to change his reservation from High Timber to this new restaurant round the corner from the Barbican. My argument had been that High Timber had … Continue reading

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Review: Byron, 11 Haymarket

There’s something strange about 11 Haymarket. It’s on the doorstep of two theatres. It’s near Leicester Square, near Piccadilly Circus, near Trafalgar Square, and round the corner from the back entrance of the National Portrait Gallery. It’s not short of … Continue reading

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Review: The Duke of Wellington vs. The Duke of Kendal

I don’t know if these two gentlemen ever came to fight each other at any point in England’s history, perhaps for the honour of some maid or inspired by a territorial wrangle, but each Sunday their descendants duel in the … Continue reading

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Review: Afternoon tea at St James Restaurant, Fortnum and Mason

OK, there wasn’t just tea, I admit it.  There were four of us celebrating the end of a major project, and there was pink champagne.  It didn’t start well – we were half an hour late for a 5.30pm booking, … Continue reading

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Review: Polpetto, Dean Street, W1

So, I got a bit confused about the name of this place.  I know that polpo means octopus in Italian.  So I thought Polpetto might mean small octopus, knowing that this was the baby sister restaurant to Polpo up the … Continue reading

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Review: The Grazing Goat, New Quebec St, W1

You know those authentic, dark old boozers that reek of years of drinks spilt emotionally into indistinct carpets? This is not one of those. Look away now if that is your unshakeable definition of a good pub. Still reading? OK. … Continue reading

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