The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 — how many have you been to?

Massimo Bottura’s restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy was named the world’s best restaurant yesterday evening at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Bottura’s three-Michelin-starred establishment was followed in second place by El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, and by Mirazu in Menton, France in third place. Bottura, looking slightly dazed, talked from…

The best iced and cold-brew coffees, put to the taste test

Cold coffee drinks are proliferating on supermarket shelves — and it seems we have developed a taste for them. They’re perfect for a hot summer’s day, and according to Mintel, the ready-to-drink coffee market is set to see a 67% growth from 2017-2022. Here’s our pick of the best… Alpro Caffe coffee and coconut drink…

How curry became Britain’s favourite home-cooked dish 

It has long challenged more traditional fare for the mantle of Britain’s national dish, taking on the likes of the Sunday roast and fish and chips for supremacy in the Great British food battle. But has curry now truly emerged as our most-loved food?  A recent survey would suggest so. Last week it was announced that not only is…

Traditional spaghetti bolognese recipe — perfect for all the family

While spaghetti bolognese has been a staple for millions of diners around the world for decades, Italians have long claimed the original recipe has become so corrupted it is in need of culinary rescue. Most people, particularly foreigners, get the recipe wrong from the very start, purists insist. Instead of spaghetti, they say it is tagliatelle that…

Stephen Harris: magic of the cricket tea

I come from a cricketing family and can’t remember not being aware of the sport: from the age of three I would watch my dad play for the Old Pernovenians in Sidcup each Sunday. My brothers and I would spend most of the time conducting our own game beyond the boundary. Even back then I…

The UK’s top 100 restaurants: which Thai grill was named the National Restaurant of the Year 2018? 

Kiln, a casual Thai grill restaurant in Soho, was named National Restaurant of the Year yesterday evening at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards.  A notable occasion in the food calendar, the annual list of the top 100 restaurants in the UK is voted for by the chefs, restaurateurs and food writers. Hosted by Restaurant magazine at The Hurlingham Club…

Father’s Day 2018: gift ideas for foodie dads 

Father’s Day takes place on June 17 this year. If your old man’s a bit of a foodie, there’s a wealth of presents you can give — so much so that choosing one can be a little tricky. To help you make your decision, we’ve collated some of our favourite food and drink gifts — from pickling…

The UK’s top 50 cocktail bars revealed: but which Edinburgh speakeasy was crowned the UK’s number one?

A definitive list of the UK’s Top 50 Cocktail Bars has been announced, revealing that more than half of the UK’s top cocktail bars are based outside of London.   While the capital’s cocktail scene has a strong presence (with Ryan Chetiyawardana’s much lauded Dandelyan taking second place), a subterranean cocktail bar in Edinburgh scooped the top spot. Scroll…

Fruity, botanical ice creams, tried and tested

Premium ice cream no longer means simply double chocolate and Madagascan vanilla; 2018 is the year of unusual fruit flavours, boozy blends, hedgerow ingredients and hints of the herbaceous whipped up in rich dairy desserts. Here are six favourites, blind tested by the Telegraph Food team.  Sainsbury’s TTD blackcurrant and vanilla £3 for 500ml The…

Ham, London NW6, restaurant review: a by-the-book Brit brasserie

Courgettes came in a sort-of risotto with toothsome barley kernels, tomato and tapenade, which all played nicely together but tended to gang up on a timid scattering of shiso; chicken with Jersey Royals (just the two of them, as if we were living through some post-apocalyptic catastrophe of root vegetable cultivation, a Spud Event Horizon…

Mr White’s English Chop House, London E1, restaurant review: ‘not so much MPW-branded as MPW-themed’

It has been the best part of three decades since Marco Pierre White’s porny gastrotome White Heat brought the former che(n)fant terrible™ to an audience far wider than the clientele of his ­Eighties Wandsworth restaurant, Harvey’s.  However, nobody remembers those 30 years. It’s the grainy monochrome images of the louche, sweaty, long-haired, pouting, fag-toting, cleaver-wielder that…

The best waffle makers

Maple syrup, berry compote, banana and Nutella…there’s nothing like a tower of waffles piled high with your favourite toppings for an indulgent breakfast — or perhaps lunch, or dinner. We’re very much in favour of savoury waffles topped with the likes of sautéed mushrooms and cheese here at Telegraph Food.  We’ve come a long way…

8 of the best picnic baskets and hampers for 2018

British summertime sees our parks and green spaces flooded with picnickers eager to make the most of the rare sunshine. If you’re thinking of joining them, then you’ll be in need of either a traditional hamper or a practical, modern picnic bag (complete with the requisite wine glasses or champagne flutes, in either case). They’re perfect…

Which Bristol hotspot has been named Britain’s best regional restaurant? 

Casamia in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, run by chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, has just named the best regional restaurant in the UK.  The online restaurant guide SquareMeal.co.uk today announced its list of the best 100 restaurants outside London, voted for by readers and food bloggers. Casamia has climbed 11 places since 2017.  On announcing the 2018 winner, SquareMeal editor, Ben McCormack, said: «With…

Are lime trees killing our bees?

Is the nectar of lime-tree flowers toxic for bees? Plenty of people seem to think so. In his super book, A Sting in the Tale, Dave Goulson says: “Buff-tailed and white tailed bumblebees love the flowers of lime trees, although there is something in the nectar which seems to make them dopey and even sometimes…

The best events to celebrate English Wine Week

English Wine Week 2018 is a national campaign, set to celebrate English wine across the country. Commencing over the Spring Bank Holiday, from May 26 until June 3, it’s the perfect excuse to visit a vineyard — and to sample a glass or two yourself.  The English Wine Producers website lists over 50 events, so chances are there’s a vineyard…

Cornish pasties, saffron buns and a proper Sunday roast: chef Paul Ainsworth’s Padstow picks

Paul Ainsworth is chef-patron at Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 in Padstow, Cornwall. The Georgian townhouse restaurant champions Cornish produce, and was awarded a Michelin star in 2013. He and his wife Emma also offer homely Italian cooking at Rojano’s in the Square. If you’re after the full experience, check out their hotel accommodation at Padstow Townhouse,…

The Clapton Hart, London E5, pub review

The Clapton Hart, formerly the White Hart Hotel (est 1722), sits with mildly affronted dignity on the Lea Bridge roundabout, the psychic epicentre of what used, in the far-off 2000s, to be known as Hackney’s “murder mile”. It is a testament to gentrification, then, that any lingering anomie is more to do with the outlandish scale…

Victors, Oxford, restaurant review: ‘It’s designed to look good — so long as you don’t look too closely’

«Ah, Baudelaire!” sighs Uncle Monty in Withnail & I, “Brings back such memories of Oxford.” Monty, a noted aesthete (“I happen to think the cauliflower more beautiful than the rose”), is presumably recalling the city of dreaming spires in its prelapsarian state, before the chokehold of the one-way system and the dismal reign of the Park…

Tom Kerridge’s sizzling summer barbecue recipes

The British weather can certainly be hit and miss, so I realise I’m being super-positive in thinking that we are going to have brilliant barbecue conditions this summer. The first May bank holiday was a scorcher across most of the country, and my fingers are crossed for a repeat performance next weekend, and those that…

BBQ sauces and ketchups, tried and tested 

Barbecue season is firmly upon us, and no barbecue is complete without a sauce to slather over burgers and sausages. While making your own can be fun, there are plenty off great options on the market, from classic BBQ sauces to gourmet ketchups.  Our blind testers sampled a wide range, including exotic styles like mustardy…

Berber & Q’s guide to BBQ, from honeyed pork to charred carrots

The chef Josh Katz has a garden full of barbecuing kit. ‘Every piece you can imagine,’ he admits, from smoke-tarnished tongs to chimney starters (which produce white-hot coals in minutes). But, such is his schedule, he doesn’t have much time to use it. Instead, he does his grilling in a dark railway arch in east London….

Have Americans re-invented the Yorkshire pudding as the ‘Dutch Baby’?

Barely a month goes by without a food controversy igniting on social media. In 2016, Jamie Oliver angered the Spanish after «destroying» a paella recipe; a year later, Italians raged when Nigella Lawson included cream and white wine in a carbonara; and let’s not get started on Nadiya Hussain’s Bolognese pie.  Clearly, Britain’s celebrity chefs cause plenty…

The ultimate Eurovision drinking game

It’s that glorious time of the year again. No, not Wimbledon, or Ascot, or London Fashion Week. I mean Eurovision. The cheesy pan-European sing-off is widely mocked, but us veteran Eurovision fans know that there is nothing more fun than watching a night in watching terrible pop music and embarrassingly political voting with our friends. We also know that a…

Pre-mixed cocktails blind tasted — so do they measure up?

Pre-mixed cocktails were once the preserve of easy-to-please teenagers, willingly exchanging their pocket money for sugary bottled booze — or perhaps for picnickers or festival-goers, catching some rays in the park as they sipped on supermarket cans of Pimms or G&T. Now, drinks industry legends including mixologists Tony Conigliaro (Bar Termini) and “king of cocktails” Ryan…

The best edible Royal Wedding-inspired treats, put to the taste test 

Tea towels, tote bags and colouring books: have we reached peak Royal Wedding merchandise? Perhaps — but we defy you not to relish this selection of the very best food and drink products inspired by Harry and Meghan, and painstakingly tried and tested by Telegraph writers.  1. M&S commemorative shortbread tin £6, marksandspencer.com This tin contains five elegant, table-mat-like ‘petticoat…

The best Sunday roasts for sunny weekends

We British love our Sunday roasts, but sometimes, when the weather is hot, the traditional dinner can seem stodgy and overwhelming. Thankfully, there are plenty of ingredients that will magically turn a plump chicken or leg of lamb into something light and summery, from a splash of lemon juice to a sprinkling of lavender. These…

‘Swedish’ meatballs aren’t the only food with surprising origins 

God is dead, so is the author, and the Tooth Fairy’s business model appears more economically implausible by the day. If that wasn’t enough to make you feel hopelessly epistemically unmoored, then consider Russia’s global campaign of disinformation, the Bank of England’s admission that it, um, probably won’t predict the next crisis, and, absolutely most…

The Old Post Office, Margate, restaurant review: ‘For confident, good-looking, box-ticking food… stick to the carte’

To Margate in April, and I hear, albeit faintly, a collective wave of sighs exhaled: “Really, must we?” And I appreciate that the home of Dreamland and the Turner Contemporary with its lonesome Antony Gormley braced against the tides, not to mention the Old Town’s diverse retail opportunities (strong on Nineties “vintage” sportswear, old vinyl,…

Should diners really pay extra for parmesan, olive oil and ketchup?

Eating out is expensive. If you go for three courses and wine, you’ll probably rack up a hefty bill — so it’s no wonder diners dislike the supplementary charges that seem to be becoming more common.  This week, Londoner Rosie French got a surprise when she checked her bill at east London restaurant Ombra. Alongside her starter of burrata…

The Wellington, Sheffield, pub review

There are a lot of ghost beers in Sheffield. Walk its streets and you’ll see a variety of pub façades decorated with the names of breweries whose product was last drunk in a dimly remembered past. Wards and Stones are common sights, while across the busy road from the Wellington, AH Smith and Co, the…

Keith Miller reviews Olde Goa, London SW16: ‘If only this was a restaurant that dabbled in selling ingredients, and not the other way round’

Azaredo’s busy peripatetic life – he also does pop-ups and cookery demonstrations around the UK – means the restaurant keeps irregular hours, and you’re advised to call first. It is kitted out in an ultra-rustic beach-shack style, with a mural of carnivalesque scenes in the style of Indian cartoonist Mario de Miranda. The vibe triggered…

6 of the best salad dressings, put to the test

All this sunshine calls for leafy, alfresco salad days. Of course, you may prefer to make your own dressing up as you go along (sometimes, all that’s needed is a squeeze of lemon and a dash of olive oil) – but these bottled wonders will add sass to the simplest of salads, depending on your…

Get BBQ ready: the best charcoal models, put to the test

We put the hottest charcoal barbecues through their paces to help you find the best model for your garden. 1. Halo Cooltouch £595, Halo  British-designed and built, the Halo is made with marine-grade stainless steel that won’t rust and has an impressive level of engineering. Double-wall insulation means the outside doesn’t get hot and also…

Songkran 2018: How to celebrate Thai New Year at home with traditional dishes

Songkran is an annual three-day water festival which celebrates the Thai New Year with the ceremonial sprinkling of water. The Sanskrit word ‘Songkran’ translates as «passing», and refers to transformation and change. It falls from Friday 13 April to Sunday 15 April, and is an important fixture in the Buddhist calendar during which friends and family gather for food and festivities all…

The secrets of Britain’s only truly zero-waste restaurant: Japanese pumpkins, Sussex horse parsley and dogfish

“You don’t mind me chopping rhubarb as we talk, do you?” asks Doug McMasters, a pioneer of the zero-waste movement who opened his restaurant Silo in Brighton in 2014, aged 26. He claims that Silo remains the only truly zero-waste restaurant, despite a number of chefs and restaurateurs announcing their aspirations to become zero-waste. “I’d love for someone to…

Tortilla with aioli, smoked eel and sobrasada: a culinary journey inspired by Pablo Picasso

«Love is the greatest refreshment in life,» said Pablo Picasso. But presumably, the man behind The Old Guitarist, Girl Before a Mirror and Le Rêve ate and drank just like the rest of us.  So, alongside the first solo exhibition at Tate Modern of Pablo Picasso’s work, a new menu at the Level 9 restaurant is drawing inspiration from the regions that the…

A pina colada at the touch of a button: the ‘Vocktail’ (or virtual reality cocktail) put to the test

I‘ve always been terrified of virtual reality. When Armageddon comes, I’m convinced it’ll be wrought by a sinister army of robots rather than some over-excitable world leader whose finger wanders too close to the big red button.  Increasingly, we’re handing over all manner of routine activities to technology. At supermarkets, human contact is dying out; soon we’ll…

Vegetable crisps: 10 of the best, tried and tested for taste and flavour

Deep fried until crispy or baked until crunchy, and laden with salt: potato crisps have long been a staple of both the playground and pub.  But now, potato chips are being joined on supermarket shelves by  vegetable crisps: bright, misshapen orange sweet potato and carrot bites, purple beetroot morsels and green, healthy-looking roasted kale, sugar snap peas and edamame beans….

The Bath Hotel, Sheffield, pub review

Rio the dog sits in front of me. He’s lovely, but a bit of a scrounger. I’ve got a roast pork and stuffing roll and he’s hoping I’ll slip him something. Given I’ve just heard his owner tell the bartender that he is on a diet, the food stays on my plate. Rio sits patiently, soft…

Chef David Everitt-Matthias of Le Champignon Sauvage recommends the best restaurants in Gloucestershire

Husband and wife duo David and Helen Everitt-Matthias opened the two-Michelin-starred French restaurant Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham in 1987. It’s since become a Gloucestershire institution, and tables are highly sought-after, particularly during Cheltenham’s famous jazz, science, music and literature festivals. Here, David Everitt-Matthias recommends the other culinary jewels to be found in the Cotswolds while…

Time to ditch the PG tips in favour of ‘craft’ tea?  

There’s something brewing in the world of tea. We British love the stuff: so much so that nine billion PG Tips bags are dunked annually. And while a good strong breakfast cuppa will always have its place, a new wave of interest is growing, focused on the other end of the tea spectrum, where provenance and…

How to cook a vegan feast for Easter lunch

An Easter feast may seem a daunting prospect if you’ve just turned vegan. As Lent draws to a close and abstainers from chocolate, meat and alcohol anticipate breaking their fast with a clutch of foil-wrapped eggs and a glass of bright-fruited merlot alongside their roast leg of lamb, those pursuing a plant-based diet might find…

The Crab Pot, West Sussex, pub review

The seaside out of season can be as quiet as winter storms are wild – but that’s why I like it. Selsey in West Sussex suffers somewhat from the curse of boring brown beer, with the honourable exception of long-standing real ale haven The Seal. New micropub The Crab Pot has added some much-needed colour. …

Cooking with a conscience: the rise of the charity pop-up

There are three different wines laid out on the table in front of me and I’m about to start a five-course tasting menu involving dishes inspired by five different countries. This doesn’t feel quite like the charity giving I’m used to.  I’m at M Restaurant in London (the Victoria branch of the small group of upmarket wine-bar-cum-steak-restaurants in the capital),…

Happy meals: chefs reveal their ultimate comfort foods 

It’s called comfort food for a reason: the soothing embrace of a warm pie on a cold winter’s day; refreshing strawberries and cream in midsummer; the ability of a dish to transport us back to our childhood kitchen table; the magic tonic that a greasy meal can provide after a few too many drinks.  Often,…

Easter taste test: where to buy the best Easter eggs in 2018

Spectacular Easter eggs from the high street and specialist producers (including one shaped like half an avocado — yes, really), have been tested by Martyn Nail, the executive chef (and self-proclaimed chocolate fan) 
at Claridge’s. 
 «The snap and crack is all-important in a chocolate egg. At the hotel, we 
hide praline quail’s eggs inside our Valrhona egg…

Chef Clare Smyth on where to eat and drink in Notting Hill

«We’re really spoilt here,» says Clare Smyth MBE of Notting Hill, where she lives close to her debut restaurant, Core by Clare Smyth. «Notting Hill is littered with interesting shops and boutiques as well as some real establishments. The Ledbury is one of the best restaurants in the country.» Smyth is the first and only female chef in…

The Old Bell, Harrogate, N Yorks, pub review

Established in 1786, The Old Bell offers a convenient alternative to the liquid that made Harrogate’s fortune at much the same time. Just across the road is the pump room, where the decayed and dissolute were able to take on board a restorative draught from the town’s sulphur spring, accurately likened by Bertie Wooster to…

Will George Clooney’s new Mexican spirit match the success of his billion-dollar tequila?

Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney has done pretty well from drinks. For years his twinkly eyes have glistened on our screens while he sips Nespresso in various locations, and, a few years earlier, his self-deprecating Martini ads were a hit. Then, last year, Clooney’s tequila company, Casamigos (‘House of Friends’), sold to drinks giants Diageo in a tidy deal that…

British Pie Awards: the winners revealed 

A West Sussex family-run bakery has won the coveted ‘Pie of Pies’ prize at the British Pie Awards, which celebrates Britain’s historic love affair with the dish. Turner’s Pies’ steak and ale scored a near-perfect 99/100 to triumph over 950 other pies in a record-breaking year at the ceremony in Britain’s pork pie capital, Melton Mowbray.  The pie, made with…

Creative cocktails and waste-free cooking at Cub, London

‘This is our playground. We sit here and chat about our ideas all the time.’ Ryan Chetiyawardana relaxes into a custard-yellow banquette at Cub, the restaurant and bar he opened six months ago with chef Doug McMaster. Chetiyawardana (otherwise known as Mr Lyan) has been crowned the world’s best bartender, and last year was recognised…

Delicious Irish recipes for St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is the traditional occasion to raise a glass of Guinness (or three or four…) to Ireland’s patron saint. But if you really want to celebrate in style, why not whip up an authentic Irish feast? Here, top chefs and food writers from the Emerald Isle and beyond share their favourite Irish-inspired dishes. To start…

BrewDog has launched Pink IPA ‘for girls’: ignore it, and try one of these top beers brewed by women instead

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, Scottish brewer BrewDog has launched a glittery new version of its most famous beer, repackaged in pink in an attempt to highlight gender pay inequality. This new take on the popular Punk IPA, light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose, has been rechristened as «Pink IPA».  BrewDog…

The Pineapple, London NW5, pub review

Funny name for a pub built in 1868. Pineapples were about as common in north London then as champagne in the pit villages of South Yorkshire. But “the pineapple has been seen as a symbol of welcome ever since they were brought here,” I’m told by Poppy Wheldon, the very welcoming licensee. Amid the Friday…

British Pie Week: the great pork pie taste test 

You can’t get much more British than pie. Whether sweet or savoury, we love the stuff, from the tip of Cornwall to the top of Scotland. We’ve been eating it in all its glorious iterations for centuries, and Mintel research has suggested we spend £1 billion on pie per year.  While pie comes in myriad…

Last pies standing: a look inside London’s traditional pie and mash shops

Britain is a pie-loving nation, each region with its own traditional and much-loved variant. In the East Midlands, it’s the Melton Mowbray pork pie, which earned protected status in 2008. Wigan’s citizens are sometimes called ‘pie-eaters’ such is the town’s love affair with the dish. Indian immigration gave us the chicken balti pie. Scotch pie is filled with minced mutton…

Easy as pie: 7 recipes for British Pie Week

What is a pie? Do shepherd’s, cottage, fish and even pecan pies merit their descriptor? Absolutely not, say the organisers of the British Pie Awards, which take place on March 7 in Melton Mowbray, home of the world-famous pork pie. Only those with “a filling totally and wholly encased in pastry” pass muster and may be entered into…

15 of the best food and drink gifts for Mother’s Day 2018 including gin, fizz and afternoon tea

For Mother’s Day 2018, allow us to suggest that you spoil your mum rotten with our selection of this year’s most fabulous food and drink-related gifts. From treat-filled hampers and stylish kitchenware to personalised chocolates and gourmet experiences to enjoy together (bonus), there’s a thoughtful present here waiting with which to show your mum how much she…

Morgan Arms, London E3: pub review

The Morgan Arms is a bywater of the East End that could be purpose-built for people-watching, with its corner spot, huge windows and outdoor benches. Its Farrow and Ball colours, double-height ceiling and the exuberance of its hanging baskets – yes, even in winter – mark it out as the grandest of pubs in an…

Run for your pint: should you join a brewery running club? 

Beer and running aren’t exactly natural bedfellows — unless, of course, the beer comes after the run. If the beer’s free, even better. On a bitterly cold night in north London, people of all shapes and sizes are getting together for a run; but a cold pint is the ultimate goal.  Running isn’t necessarily my forte, but…

The very best refined and aged rums to sip slowly 

If you ask us, as spirits experts, what the next gin will be – the spirit that can succeed gin’s throne – we’d say it would, in fact, be… gin.  So, it’s refreshing to hear a more recent, if modest, murmur of rum appreciation among discerning drinkers, particularly for aged and sipping rum. Rum was…

Why you should be cooking with algae, the latest superfood 

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of algae? Is it stagnant water by a busy road, or a long-abandoned swimming pool, with a rather macabre green film floating on top?  If you’re a keen follower of the food scene, you’ll have noticed it popping up more and more in restaurants over…

Was Queen Victoria the original foodie? 

She was a fan of street food, and once ordered bratwurst and beer at a German market. She was always willing to try new and unusual foods and drinks, such as an artisan perry from Gloucestershire (which she loved). There was a whisky distillery on her land. No, it’s not a modern-day foodie, but Queen Victoria.  Now…

Home-made soups for mid-week dinners

In almost any discussion about food, the cost of it will come in at some point. I cannot count how many times a week I hear someone mention the price of some item or other. Usually, this will be in the form of a price comparison. Did I know that Aldi’s butter is cheaper than…

Beyond #avotoast: avocado recipes, from lime cheesecake to the ultimate guacamole 

There’s no getting away from the avocado. The fruit still tops the charts as one of the fastest growing supermarket products of 2017 and has led to the creation of a range of hybrids such as stoneless avocados and miniature avocados to keep us all hooked.  Celebrities across the world have shown their devotion to the trend, with Obama wading in to a Twitter row when The…

Cider, sea bream and Brighton Blue: West Sussex wonders recommended by Gravetye Manor chef George Blogg

Gravetye Manor’s Michelin-starred head chef George Blogg, who earned his stripes at The Square in Mayfair and Le Champignon Sauvage in Gloucestershire, takes seasonal food, foraged and kitchen garden produce very seriously indeed. The grounds of the 16th century country house hotel, within easy driving distance of Glyndebourne and the botanic gardens at Wakehurst Place, are considered some of the most…

Cake, cheese and truffles: 11 prosecco-flavoured foods tried and tested

It’s been a big few years for prosecco. More affordable than champagne, yet still possessing the requisite pizzazz for celebrations, it has become the favourite fizz of the British. In January, Majestic Wine announced it had sold 9.5 bottles of prosecco for each bottle of champagne in the build-up to Christmas 2017.  Prosecco hails from…

Vegetable main courses using the best of British bounty

I’ve been re-reading American chef 
Gabrielle Hamilton’s brilliant memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter, and laughing at how she punches the food world’s dearest shibboleths. Shopping for vegetables, she notes that whoever came up with the ‘local and seasonal’ mantra must live in California. What’s surprising is that Hamilton experiences this exasperation in a summer market…

Seasonal tips and recipes: Britain’s bounty of February produce

February is a month in which the winter blues can be felt most acutely here in the UK. We look longingly towards the equator, yearning for tropical sunshine and exotic fruits – and those of us who didn’t cunningly plan a holiday look on our jet-setting friends with envy. We invest in expensive SAD lamps in the hope…

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year? Top chefs reveal their favourite restaurants 

Once upon a time, eating Chinese was likely to mean either MSG-laden take-away of sweet-and-sour pork, spring rolls and egg-fried rice, or a waistline-expanding trip to an all-you-can-eat buffet.  The first recorded Chinese restaurant in Britain opened in 1907, though it wasn’t until the 1950s that Chinese food (or, more accurately, an Anglo-Cantonese mash-up of cuisines that was…

The world’s weirdest pizza toppings for National Pizza Day

Pizza is experiencing a renaissance in Britain right now. Across the country, restaurants are opening almost daily offering on-trend pizza: sourdough, Neapolitan and wood-fired, with artisan, locally-sourced toppings. As a nation, we are starting to view pizza as gourmet rather than fast food.   Or are we? Last year Pizza Hut announced the launch of its…

Goodbye Veganuary, hello Februdairy: how the dairy industry is taking the fight to its vegan critics

If you have a Twitter account, #Februdairy might well already be on your radar. In the wake of Veganuary 2018, farmers have come together this week on social media to defend the dairy industry. It’s perhaps not surprising that the reports of cruel farming practices paired with the growing popularity of dairy-free alternatives to products such as…

Fish and chips, live music and wine by the glass: Breton baker Richard Bertinet on the delights of Bath

Master breadmaker Richard Bertinet, author of the award-winning book Dough, is renowned for his approach to simple, contemporary baking. Originally from Brittany, he has been running baking courses for professionals and amateurs at The Bertinet Kitchen in Bath since 2005. His students leave the classes inspired by his passion for the subject and equipped with a…

Chocolate pot taste test: 9 high street puddings tried and tested   

When you’re craving a sweet treat (and we can all do with one now and again), what could be more delicious than a chocolate pudding pot? Aside from the taste (cocoa-rich, silky smooth, and in many cases delivered in only a few spoonfuls so you’re kept satisfied without overeating), versatility is the chocolate pot’s greatest draw. Their…

National Breakfast Awards: Britain’s best places for a morning meal revealed

The winner of the inaugural National Breakfast Awards was announced yesterday, after 16 shortlisted finalists prepared their signature breakfasts at Westminster Kingsway College, London, for a panel of expert judges.  The competition sought out the best breakfasts in four categories: cafes, restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars. It was launched by OOH magazine last year in a quest to find the perfect petit déjeuner,…

Cult condiments: 12 of the best hot sauces, tried and tested for both heat and flavour

Hot sauce is a condiment with fervent disciples. Trend spotters used to talk about coffee beans and craft beers; now, they’re all talking about Bitcoin and chilli peppers.  A discussion of a preference for sriracha (a Thai-inspired concoction commonly made with chilli paste, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt) or chipotle sauce (think of the distinctive smoke-dried jalapeños…

How to make basic pancakes

It’s almost February, which means one thing for us: pancakes. Below, we bring you a foolproof pancake method. This year, why not try them with salted caramel sauce? SERVES Enough for 8 pancakes TOTAL TIME 30 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 large egg or 1 egg and one yolk 280ml milk 110g plain flour (4 heaped dessertspoons) 1…

National Fish & Chip Awards: the UK’s best chippy revealed

Is there a more perfect match than fish and chips? Flaky white fish, kept moist by a protective layer of crispy, deep-fried batter, alongside salty chunky chips dowsed in salt and vinegar. We British get through an estimated 167 million servings per year; it’s an enduring tradition that shows no signs of retreat.  From Land’s End to John…

Turmeric, rosemary and coconut oil: 8 superhero foods for your brain

The benefits of a spice-laden curry may be immediately apparent to the hungry, but for those with dementia there could be hidden advantages that go far beyond simply filling empty stomachs. A study released yesterday by The University of California observed the effects of curcumin, a bright yellow chemical found in the spice tumeric, on 40 adults between…

Local heroes: chef Jean-Christophe Novelli’s guide to Hertfordshire

Celebrity chef and TV personality Jean-Christophe Novelli is soon to add another restaurant to his collection, overlooking the harbour in Belfast’s new riverside AC Hotel by Marriott Belfast. He is also about to launch The Corran Academy with Jean-Christophe Novelli in the town of Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, West Wales. But his original renowned cookery school,…

The best Burns Night events in London

Burns Night, the annual celebration of the life of Robert Burns, Scotland’s greatest poet, is held each year on his birthday, January 25. It sees revellers celebrate with a long night of food, whisky, poetry and dancing — and the inevitable bagpipes.  The first recorded Burns Night was held in 1801, when a group of the…

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