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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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)

The small Irish town of Athenry has a special place in my heart. What might the arrival of Apple do to it?

Soon eight long, white, bungaloid structures will appear in Derrydonnell Forest

The write stuff: masters of story-telling James Joyce, left, and Thomas Hardy

All fiction follows one of six basic storylines, according to new research

Begging to differ, John Walsh can't even begin to number the ways
Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces up to 10 years in prison and 1.5 million euros (£977m) in fines if he is convicted

The stigma of shame in the 21st century has all the depth of a Twitter hashtag

You might think that disgraced public figures would spend their days in guilty silence trying to restore their reputation, but this couldn't be further from the truth

Etiquette in the digital age just got a whole lot more fraught

Debrett's presents the living room as a social minefield

Pseud for thought: even John Walsh has been guilty of overelaboration

Restaurant reviews: Have we become a bit precious about describing flavours and textures?

Research shows that restaurant reviews now use language associated with sex, addiction and trauma. John Walsh wonders when writing about food became such a mouthful

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