Lisa Markwell

Lisa Markwell is the editor of The Independent on Sunday. She was previously executive editor of The Independent, i and The Independent on Sunday and has edited the features pages, and both the Saturday and Sunday supplements. She writes comment pieces for the papers and restaurant reviews for the New Review. Lisa has worked across a variety of newspapers and magazines and can now tick off every publication cycle from daily to quarterly. She is an enthusiastic foodie, mother of two teenagers and drives an electric car. She is writing a book about adoption.

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The Begging Bowl, restaurant review: Thai street-food heaven in south-east London

The Begging Bowl, 168 Bellenden Road, London, SE15 tel: 020 7635 2627

Chef: A feast for the eyes, an eye for a feast

As culinary comedy ‘Chef’ is released, our restaurant critic Lisa Markwell dines out on cinema’s best food moments

Wyatt & Jones, restaurant review: Kingsmill'n'marg tea shops beware! Something is stirring in sleepy Broadstairs

When I visited the (very good) independent restaurant Pint Shop in Cambridge a few months back, I wished ruefully that there were something like it near me. I've just seen from an industry publication that the folks behind it have plans to roll it out (as those folk say) into a mini chain in other affluent towns and cities. Smart move.

Gail's Kitchen, restaurant review: The sharing-plate concept puts relationships to the test

11-13 Bayley Street, WC1 tel: 020 7323 9694

Do female chefs have to be thin and pretty? Not where I'm looking

Rachel Khoo has singled out Channel 4 for criticism

These violent crimes demand action, not just words

I had wondered if it was trite or not to pull together the news about the girls raped and murdered in India, the Sudanese mother sentenced to death, and the Pakistani woman killed by stoning at her own family’s hands, into a discussion of whether violence against females was increasing. I decided that it probably was... and then I listened to yesterday morning’s Today programme, which did just that. It did not jar to discuss all three, and also to mention the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls.

Lemonia, restaurant review: Does the famous Greek restaurant in Primrose Hill still deliver?

Lemonia, 89 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1. Tel: 020 7586 7454

Fine riposte: Goodman's meat is sourced, aged and cut with integrity

Goodman, restaurant review: Far more refined than just the caveman slab-of-steak thing

Goodman, Mayfair branch, 26 Maddox Street, London W1, tel: 020 7499 3776

Marani, restaurant review: Does this new Georgian restaurant in Mayfair offer an authentic taste of Tbilisi?

I was recently asked by a journalism student at City University London how to make it as a restaurant critic. After confessing I gave myself the job (shameless, I know), one of my comments was that if you go to a restaurant whose cuisine you don't know, take an expert.

Duck & Waffle: Lisa Markwell spends 24 hours at the restaurant that never sleeps

Duck & Waffle is always open. Always. How on Earth does that work? Our restaurant critic Lisa Markwell rides up to the 40th floor of London’s Heron Tower with an access-all-areas pass to the never-ending mealtime

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