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 lasagne recipe — perfect for all the family

It was the late Antonio Carluccio who was largely responsible for drawing the British people into a love affair with Italian food. The famous cookery writer, who died in November 2017, was a leading authority on Italian cookery and wrote no less than 19 recipe books.  Here’s his traditional lasagne recipe, a dish which originated in Naples in the…

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…

Traditional shepherd’s pie recipe — perfect for all the family

Shepherd’s pie came into the English cuisine after the Industrial Revolution, when metal grinders for mincing became available, and is designed to use up cooked lamb or mutton. Many people have their own versions — often using a family recipe — but here’s a traditional, easy-to-make guide to the perfect pie. The popular British dish can be made beforehand…

Mary Berry’s traditional Victoria sponge cake recipe 

A great British classic, the Victoria Sponge was named after Queen Victoria who was widely thought to have enjoyed a slice at afternoon tea. Sandwiched together with raspberry jam and dusted on the top with caster sugar, the cake possibly started out in the nursery, according to English Heritage. In the early Victorian period, afternoon tea…

Traditional pesto recipe — perfect for all the family

One among many types of herb and nut sauces, traditional pesto is worth making at home simply for the wonderful aroma released by the basil and the intense flavour. As well as an ingredient for the pressed sandwiches, it has many other uses — eat it with vegetables grilled on the barbecue, use it as…

Authentic guacamole recipe, approved by Wahaca experts

This wonderful guacamole recipe comes from chef Thomasina Miers, the co-founder of Wahaca, the chain of Mexican restaurants.  Guacamole is the Aztec for ‘avocado’ (guac) and ‘sauce’ (mole). The secret is to use ripe avocados, and masses of fresh coriander and lime. Season well and eat, knowing that it not only tastes outrageous but is…

Traditional tiramisu recipe — perfect for all the family

This is one of my favourite things to eat. It’s a total cliché to say this but my mum’s tiramisu recipe is definitely the best. Nobody denies it and everyone wants the recipe. I think the secret lies in the tonne of booze that is generously laced into both the creamy filling and spongy ladyfingers….

Classic tomato sauce recipe — perfect for all the family

It’s the one thing everyone should know how to rustle up. A classic Italian basic, a good tomato sauce with a rich powerful flavour is perfect for pizzas, pasta, adding to casseroles or for baking fish.  This traditional version uses fresh tomatoes — make sure you use good quality ones — but canned can be just as good. …

Traditional shortbread recipe — perfect for all the family

Shortbread is the perfect starting point to get young children in the kitchen: easy to prepare, quick to cook and delicious piled under berries and cream. Shortbread was originally a medieval biscuit bread, called a rusk: hard, dry and twice-baked, over the years the bread morphed into a sweeter treat when butter was eventually added…

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…

Secrets of the Chocolate Factory: Inside Cadbury, review: too much like a corporate video? I should cocoa

‘Everyone’s a Fruit and Nut case.” “A finger of Fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat.” “Nuts! Whole hazelnuts.” “Only the crumbliest, flakiest chocolate.” “And all because the lady loves…”  Cadbury’s slogans seemed to soundtrack all our yesterdays, so revisiting its vintage adverts on Secrets of the Chocolate Factory: Inside Cadbury (Channel…

Father’s Day: gifts for the thirsty dad

Father’s day is on its way, and dads around the country are standing in front of mirrors, drawing in deep breath and practicing their lines. «Socks! What a lovely surprise!» It needn’t be this way. A good father’s day gift can be a wonderful way of indulging your old man’s hobbies and interests on a day specifically…

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…

How to enjoy an anti-inflammatory diet (which could save your life)

Inflammatory foods could increase the risk of aggressive breast cancer, researchers suggested this week, and a new study points the finger firmly at processed convenience foods and ‘lazy cooking’. It found that women who ate the most inflammatory foods were 39 per cent more likely to develop any form of breast cancer than those who ate the least….

The best juicers, smoothie makers and blenders

Juicing is a convenient way to hit your obligatory 5-a-day. If you haven’t already got one, you will undoubtedly be in need of a juicing machine. Meghan Markle relies on a green juice blended in her Vitamix (her preference is apple, kale, spinach, lemon and ginger) for a boost, while Kate Middleton is said to be…

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 camping stoves

Whether you’re a dedicated pampered camper with all the gear, or just need some lightweight kit for a festival, wild camping or backpacking trip this summer, it’s important to put some thought into how you’ll be cooking (and what you’ll be eating) while you’re away. After all, there’s nothing more satisfying than leaning back in your camping chair…

Rhubarb in the summer? Meet the man extending the traditional season

‘We’re the only people who produce forced rhubarb outside the traditional season of the Yorkshire triangle,’ explains farmer Chris Chinn, who has supplied Waitrose since 2013, and has found a way to extend the crop’s season, from March through to the end of June. The ‘forcing’ of rhubarb was first developed in West Yorkshire in…

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 pasta machines for 2018

Life without the occasional steaming bowl of fresh pasta may not be worth living, and bragging rights are never more deserved than when you’ve rolled out the dough yourself. Plus, it tastes better than the dried stuff. Fancy mastering the ultimate Tuscan pappardelle, perfectly formed ravioli or classic linguine shape? The secret, in part, is to do with achieving the…

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 fridge freezers

Fridge freezers are a kitchen essential, and a modern-day staple. But they come in various sizes and prices — and nowadays with numerous features — so finding the best fridge freezer for you can be tricky.  Whether you’re moving, looking for an upgrade or your current appliance is on its last legs, finding the right fridge freezer for your kitchen…

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,…

An egg a day may keep heart disease away, according to new study

The 1960s advertising slogan, «Go to work on an egg,» may have offered sound dietary advice, according to new research that found an egg a day may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Consumption of up to one egg daily was linked with lower rates of strokes and heart disease, according to the research published in journal…

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….

The best coffee machines

If you can’t function without your morning coffee but braving the line at Starbucks before work just isn’t feasible, our-round up of the best coffee machines on the market should help point you in the right direction. What type of machine is right for you? There are a variety of coffee machines on the market,…

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…

Eurovision: the best Europe-inspired recipes for your party

If you’re throwing a Eurovision party, you already know that you’re going to need a lot of booze to get through the endless parade of dismal performances and political voting. But don’t forget to stock up on food, too. The time-honoured way to feast during Eurovision is to ask every guest to bring a dish inspired…

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…

Vanilla ice cream off the menu as traders cannot afford the spice

It has been one of the most popular flavours of ice cream for generations and its taste is synonymous with the traditional British summer. But vanilla is being taken off the menu by some independent retailers who cannot afford the ingredient after a shortage sent prices rocketing. And the fashion for trendy organic ingredients has…

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…

What brand of supermarket snob are you? 

This weekend, there was consternation over the breakfast tables across the country as the news broke that Sainsbury’s is striking a deal with Asda to create Britain’s biggest supermarket company. So far, so business pages.  But wait. In some quarters, there is barely concealed anxiety that where branches of Asda sit cheek by jowl with…

Now what can I eat? How I crowdfunded a post lung transplant cookbook

Pippa Kent, 28, is the lung transplant recipient behind a new cookbook crammed with delicious recipes for those taking immunosuppressants. Now What Can I Eat features recipes from the likes of Gizzi Erskine, Mark Hix and Tommy Banks (you can donate on Kickstarter until 20 May). “On Good Friday last year, I had a double lung transplant at Papworth Hospital…

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…

What’s on the menu at the Korean summit banquet?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be served a nod to his Swiss school days following a high-stakes meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the future of Korea. A Korean «re-interpretation» of the Swiss fried potato dish rosti will highlight the food served at a planned banquet after Friday’s summit at the border truce…

Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: come back, Saint Jamie Oliver! This fat shaming crusade left a bad taste — review

Come back, Saint Jamie Oliver, all is forgiven. Labouring under an unwieldly title and tired premise, Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (BBC One) found the celebrity chef tackling the obesity crisis with all the effectiveness of a chocolate teapot during a spring heatwave.  This finger-wagging film ticked off every “tubby TV” trope: close-ups of sugary doughnuts and…

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…

The best rooftop bars in London

Just as The Drifters sang, everything is all right up on the roof. More than all right: London now boasts an impressive array of high-rise venues offering the height of good drinking. From City skyscrapers and summertime pop-ups to riverside terraces and top-floor gardens, here are our 10 favourite rooftop bars in London.  Aviary Aviary…

The best induction hobs 

Induction hobs have long been available, but only now, as the technology improves and prices drop, has there been a real rise in interest. Increasingly, people are warming to the idea that induction hobs are a cheap, environmentally friendly and high-performing alternative to gas or electric hobs.   For years, there was a stigma around induction…

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…

Diageo lends Scottish tourism a boost with cash for visitor centres

Johnnie Walker maker Diageo is set to plough £150m into the Scottish tourism industry over three years via a major new centre in Edinburgh and refurbishing its other distillery visitor attractions. Chief executive Ivan Menezes said the move was designed to take advantage of both the growing popularity of whisky and Scotland as a destination…

Diageo lends Scottish tourism a boost with cash for visitor centres

Johnnie Walker maker Diageo is set to plough £150m into the Scottish tourism industry over three years via a major new centre in Edinburgh and refurbishing its other distillery visitor attractions. Chief executive Ivan Menezes said the move was designed to take advantage of both the growing popularity of whisky and Scotland as a destination…

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…

Outdoor cooking: an expert guide to the best pizza ovens

In between April showers, with the long-anticipated arrival of spring taunting us, our thoughts turn to lazy, hazy barbecues and 2018’s must have addition to your cooking-with-fire arsenal: the speciality pizza oven. Stefano Ferrara Forni is the benchmark for quality Neopolitan pizza ovens. According to Ferrara, a third-generation oven builder from Naples, the perfect pizza should…

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…

Revealed: The world’s most vegetarian country

To celebrate the start of National Vegetarian Week (May 12-21), we’ve mapped the world according to who eat the most (and the least) meat. The most vegetarian country in the world? That would be Bangladesh, where just four kilos of meat are consumed by a typical person in a typical year, according to 2009 figures (the latest…

Profits at top 100 restaurant groups fall 64pc in a year

Soaring business rates and rising staff costs have squeezed the profitability of Britain’s top 100 restaurant groups, with a third now loss-making businesses, according to new research. Total pre-tax profits at the top 100 firms have plummeted by 64pc in the past year, from £345m to £125m. Accountancy group UHY Hacker Young said that The Casual Dining Group, which owns high…

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…

How a fledgling business perfected pasta through the post 

‘I love Italian food and I follow Italian football. I even swear in Italian,’ says Alessandro Savelli. When the Londoner launched his food company last year, then, it had to be ‘italianità’ – the real deal. Born and raised in Genova to an Italian father and English mother, Savelli is the founder of Pasta Evangelists, which…

The Great Celebrity Bake Off, episode two, review: Baking proves a conundrum that’s too hard to solve for Countdown’s Nick Hewer

“Dear oh dear. This is national humiliation.” If comedian Harry Hill thoroughly stole the opening episode of The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer (Channel 4), this time it was Countdown host Nick Hewer. Cake-making turned out to be a conundrum he couldn’t crack. A rare contestant to sport a suit and tie…

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…

Low-calorie tonic water helps Fever-Tree profits fizz

Drinks maker Fever-Tree is planning to launch more low-calorie mixers after its light tonic water helped it grow profits and revenues by more than 50pc last year. The Aim-listed company has piggybacked on the growing popularity of premium spirits, particularly gin, and last year became the number-one mixer brand in shops. Its pre-tax profits soared…

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…

Meal kit maker Gousto delivers £28.5m investment

Online meal kit company Gousto has raised £28.5m from venture capital investors as it aims to be responsible for 400 million meals in UK homes by 2025. Hargreave Hale, Angel CoFund, MMC Ventures and BGF Ventures stumped up the funding for the six-year-old start-up, bringing the total amount it has raised so far to £56.5m. Timo Boldt and…

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…

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