John Walsh

Prolific writer and commentator John Walsh contributes columns to the paper as well as writing features, interviews and restaurant reviews. He has been editor of The Independent Magazine, literary editor of the Sunday Times and features editor of the London Evening Standard.

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We’re now alarmed not by twinges but by what could be a faulty reading on a device

Bacco, restaurant review: 'Why would you dip battered rabbit in cheese fondue?'

25-26 Red Lion Street, London WC1 (020-7242 7900)

Spirals of meaning: Peter Ackroyd, photographed for ‘The Independent’ at his office in London’s Bloomsbury

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Anthony Burgess, the author of 'A Clockwork Orange' and 'Earthly Powers,' died 17 years ago

If Anthony Burgess doesn’t merit a blue plaque, then few do

He had a phenomenal knowledge of languages,  philosophy, religions and more, on top of his writing

Michael Caines Restaurant, review: 'It's the kind of setting a middle-aged salesman might balk at'

ABode Exeter, Cathedral Yard, Exeter (01392 319955)

The Horse Guards Inn, restaurant review: Top-quality pub food served with generosity and flair

Upperton Road, Tillington, West Sussex (01798 342332)

Jim Wrigley, of Reverend JW Simpson, prepares a poteen cocktail

St Patrick's Day: Poteen, the old Irish moonshine, has made a comeback

The once-lethal Irish spirit, now legal and mercifully less powerful, is today enticing cocktail lovers, especially on St Patrick's Day. John Walsh recounts its chequered history

We’re in trouble if women are going to treat fluent conversationalists, good listeners and warm smilers as crypto-sexists

Some behaviour patterns may warrant suspicion, but ‘benevolent sexism’ is going too far

Blixen, restaurant review: Chef Matt Greenwood has created dishes of originality and flair

65a Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, London E1 (020-7101 0093)

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