Restaurant Review: Jamie’s Italian, Covent Garden


35-Day Aged Sirloin Steak

By contributor Mathew Lea.

It’s almost impossible to go anywhere in London these days without seeing something with Jamie Oliver’s name on it. Cookbooks, restaurants, kitchen equipment, cooking schools, TV shows. It won’t be long till there is a fleet of Jamie Oliver branded London buses, serving pukka sarnies on your commute into work. Bish bash bosh. So, when the opportunity came up to try one of the new set menu’s at the Covent Garden branch, I thought it was worth a twirl. Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Talli Joe, Covent Garden

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Devilled Quail Eggs

Okay, I’m just gonna put it right out there and say that I might have found my new favourite Indian restaurant, it’s called Talli Joe. I have a Caribbean heritage where Indian spices are frequently used in Caribbean cooking, such as Curry Goat and roti. As a result I’m quite familiar with the spices of India and have developed a real love of Indian food. Talli Joe is located on the Covent Garden end of Shaftesbury Avenue and has a half-plates, full-drinks concept. Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Mustard

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Barnsley Lamb Chop

Mustard is not only one of my favourite condiments (Dijon to be precise), but it’s also the namesake of a modern British brasserie in Brook Green. We visit on a Thursday evening, which is generally a busy part of the week for dining, yet the place is near empty. It’s nicely furnished, warm and inviting with a few tables outside if you fancy a spot of alfresco dining so at first glance it’s hard to see why the place is so quiet. Does the food ‘cut the mustard?’ Continue reading

Escape to the relaxed spa town of Harrogate

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Cream Tea at Bettys Tea Rooms

Fancy a chilled weekend away steeped full of history and charm? Then Harrogate is the place for you. Harrogate is a relaxed spa town in North Yorkshire, approximately a three-hour train ride from central London with its station conveniently located in the heart of town. Harrogate is known not only for its spa waters but also for its lush open spaces, which most likely added to it being ranked by a property website as the ‘happiest place to live’ in Britain. Continue reading

A Celebration of Mushrooms at Seasonal Dinner Parties’ Supper Club



I’m a big fan of seasonal eating; food just tastes better when eaten at its prime and gets your cooking off to a good start when you have great produce to work with. This was beautifully highlighted when I was invited to attend the Seasonal Dinner Parties’ Supper Club, hosted by bubbly and lovely, chef and food writer, Liz O’Keefe. Continue reading