Author: Sharky

Martello Hall Bottomless Brunch

Housed in the now infamous London Fields Pub, Martello Hall is a relatively recent welcome breath of fresh air, and fragrant Mediterranean smells, to Hackney’s Mare Street, serving up Italian food, hand-distilled gin and a large selection of wine (and Prosecco) on tap. And more about that shortly; the venue itself is thoroughly impressive, a mishmash three floors of warehouse glamour with marble-topped tables, banquette style seating, graffiti’d exposed brick walls, giant pillars and rustic wooden finishes. There’s also a wood-fired pizza oven to the back of the restaurant surrounded by cosy tables for two. Interiors-wise this is a...

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Meat me on Rupert Street: Brindisa brings Spain to Soho

When I first arrived in London, like many cash-strapped locals, my first memories of Brindisa revolve around the Borough Market restaurant’s chorizo and roasted red pepper sandwich stall. It was my go-to cheap weekend brunch for years, until the queues got too frustrating and I took my appetite, like many savvy locals, to nearby Maltby Street Market. Regardless, I’ve grown up since those days – and so has Brindisa. Having just reopened following an extensive facelift, their Rupert Street venue is all marble dining counters and modern hacienda decor. I guess it has to be, located as it is...

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Review: Summer Festival Terrace at Cinnamon Soho

Cinnamon Soho’s current limited-run Summer Festival Terrace menu takes diners out onto the street of Kingly Court to enjoy the restaurant’s fusion of homemade flavours, accompanied by upcycled cocktails, as well as to enjoy the art of people-watching nearby punters frequenting pubs, shops and restaurants. The special menu offering marks the second collaboration between the Cinnamon collection and the award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana, better known as Mr Lyan. While dishes are all very much Cinnamon’s chef’s own, all abounding with the signature vibrancy expected of this modern Indian restaurant, drinks have been crafted by Mr Lyan with ingredients that...

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The Clifton – St John’s Wood

The Clifton has been a fixture of the local community for centuries (established in 1889 in fact) and in last month, local brothers Ben and Ed Robson reopened this beloved pub, bringing a new look and a refreshed attitude to pub drinking and dining to St John’s Wood. I don’t too often get this far north west – with so much happening in the South East of London there has to be something that really tickles my fancy to make the trek. I’d been given the heads up by a local teacher that he had dropped in last week when there was...

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