Amol Rajan

Amol Rajan was appointed editor of The Independent in June 2013. He was previously Editor of Independent Voices, a comment, campaigns and community platform across print and digital. He was earlier Deputy Comment Editor, Sports News Correspondent and a news reporter. He writes a restaurant column for the Independent on Sunday, and has a column in the Evening Standard (Mondays), Independent and i (Fridays). He used to work on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff, and at the Foreign Office; he is also a trustee of Prospex, a charity for young people in Islington. He has written a book called Twirlymen: the Unlikely History of Cricket's Greatest Spin Bowlers.

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The King's Arms, Chapel Street, Georgeham, Devon

Amol Rajan seeks out a treasure of a village pub in the South-West.

So it's Bayern Munich versus Borussia Dortmund at Wembley - If this is the Fourth Reich, count me in

The Teutonic model isn't only fashionable in football, it's hot politics too

Our restaurant reviewer explains why he's become a (part-time) vegetarian

If any of you had the privilege of growing up, as I did, the child of Indian parents in a Western setting, you might have a sharp recollection of the first time you ate meat.

Smart, likable Jo Johnson may well be the best man for the job. That's exactly the problem

Boris Johnson's younger brother has been appointed head of the PM's policy unit, but those carping on about nepotism are entirely missing the point

Rajan's Wrong 'un: Mischief-maker CMJ will always be a hero to me

In a fittingly grand service at St Paul's last week, Christopher Martin-Jenkins was remembered as the best friend cricket ever had. His amateur affection for the game, and bumbling technophobia, were celebrated by many living legends of the game. But what I admired most about CMJ, one of my heroes as a child, is just what a canny and mischievous hack he was.

The 'safe houses' represent a step forward in drug policy, but who’s brave enough to back Brighton?

Despite the overwhelming international evidence, successive governments have done more, not less, to compound the suffering of addicts and their communities

Amol Rajan: Caribbean big bash threatened by bankers' silly clash

Rajan’s Wrong ’un

Is Tiger Woods perfect sporting comeback a template for Oscar and Lance?

It is hard to imagine the guilt and sheer terror Tiger Woods must have felt following the rush of revelations, yet his redemption is nearly complete

Review: Garufin, 8b Lamb's Conduit Passage, London WC1

Argentina is on a high, but can the latest exponent of its cuisine live up to expectations?

You Googlephobes should try living without Google

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