The odds are stacked against the Wright Brothers. First of all, their latest restaurant is in Spitalfields Market, which nobody aged 30 or over should ever be seen near. Second, this is a seafood place, and I've just come back from Italy and Cornwall, where I had so much fish that the thought of another crustacean makes me ill. Third, this restaurant is out and proud about its crustacea – which means you have the dubious pleasure of seeing them fighting in huge tanks barely two metres from the seating area. Fourth, this opening is part of a chain (the third of its kind in the capital, following openings in Soho and Borough market), and your correspondent demands higher standards from chains. Fifth, I am in an extremely foul mood, had you not twigged, having just had my latest in a series of contretemps with a fellow journalist.
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Monday 28 January 2013
Not up for the Costa? Don't worry there's plenty others to choose from
Saturday 26 January 2013
As foodies and health neurotics will tell you, manuka is a kind of super-honey, honey with magical healing properties. There was a buzz of excitement about it four years ago, when it was claimed that its antiviral and antibacterial wonderfulness meant it can heal flesh wounds: when you've finished spreading it on your toast you can smear it on your hurt finger. It comes from a single source – the bees that pollinate manuka trees in New Zealand's East Cape region – and costs a bloody fortune.
Sunday 13 January 2013
The Victorian offices of a south-coast newspaper now house a stylish and spacious B&B
Tuesday 08 January 2013
Here it is, the monster of the depths, the sea-creature of nightmares, filmed for the first time in its natural habitat: the giant squid.
Saturday 05 January 2013
Tom Leece is Film and TV editor at Fourth & Main
Sunday 30 December 2012
So, you need some sparklers to put the fizz into your New Year's Eve celebrations tomorrow? Here are three recommendations you should be able to find in your local stores today…
Thursday 27 December 2012
The discovery of a large shellfish reef on the west coast of the UK could be the biggest find of its kind in the world, experts believe.
Wines of Week: Oldenburg Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon; Domaine De Brau 2010 Pays D'Oc IGP; Valle Vento Barolo 2008
Sunday 16 December 2012
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 09 December 2012
My earliest memory… Mum making bread. She made fresh bread every day and the smell was just incredible. I could live off warm crusty bread with butter and nothing else – it’s one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Thursday 29 November 2012
New Orleans is known as The Big Easy for two reasons: it's a big place, and everyone is really easy-going.
Sunday 25 November 2012
I very nearly ordered a veal's head in Paris last weekend. I couldn't help it – I've been conditioned by so many trendy new London openings into thinking that eating out should be an experience akin to going to a theme park, with the point of ordering like the slow ascent up the initial climb, and the presentation of the dishes that heady, brief pause before you whoosh into the om-nom-nomming of stuffing your face, as if your mouth were bagged open on the descent by G-force.
Saturday 24 November 2012
Not many famous London-based chefs have put their names over restaurant doors in Scotland. Apart from an ill-fated Glasgow venture involving Gordon Ramsay, I can't think of a single one. Ambitious empire builders are far more likely to be found opening in the Emirates than in Edinburgh. So the arrival of the Galvin brothers, Chris and Jeff, in a grand old hotel in the Scottish capital, is an interesting development.
Saturday 03 November 2012
Wednesday 31 October 2012
Three nuclear power reactors were shut down because of electricity issues during Hurricane Sandy, while a fourth plant, Oyster Creek in New Jersey, remains in "alert" mode because of high water levels in its water intake structure, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday.
Friday 26 October 2012
Two days in Naples doesn't sound very long. But it was enough to get a taste of what this theatrical southern port is all about.
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- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train