Food & Drink


Best burger kits delivered directly to your door

The closure of restaurants to in-dining customers for much of the past year has been hugely disappointing.


Craft breweries – A brewing revolution

The craft beer revolution of the last decade has exploded the number of breweries in the UK, and of course the capital is the epicentre. There were fewer than 10 breweries in London in 2006 and now there are more than a hundred.


The Hand In Hand… one of the best “village” pubs in London

The Hand in Hand, a glorious alehouse on the edge of Wimbledon Common. For me, this is one of the best “village” pubs in London.


Easter Gatherings

Garden gatherings are back on the agenda, and better weather means only one sort of meal – a barbecue.


Getting in a ruffle over The Plume of Feathers, Greenwich

I once had a spell of drinking in a pub called The Plume of Feathers, quite near to where I grew up. It was an okay pub but it was mainly noteworthy for bumping into people I hadn’t seen since school.


Tasty Easter meals to look forward to

Easter is almost in sight and the re-instatement of the ‘Rule of Six’ from no more than two households for outdoors entertaining is nearly within our reach.


Businessman gives diners the full restaurant experience from their cars

With restaurant doors closed for at least another couple of months, a Croydon businessman has come up with a way for diners to get the full restaurant experience without leaving their cars.


Spring time will start to see the relaxing of restrictions and maybe a gin and tonic or two

In a few weeks’ time the ‘rule of six’ will be back in place and entertaining in home gardens will once again be allowed. What could be better than catching up with family and friends, gin & tonic in hand? All that’s needed now is for the weather to get its act together – a little sunshine would be most welcome.


Who needs a Crown when you have a Rusty Bucket?

I have two abiding memories of a pub called The Crown in Eltham. In one, I am a kid, and my dad has just nipped inside for a drink while we were out shopping, or possibly shopping was the side-event to the pub.


Preserving our heritage at The Woolwich Equitable

“Traditional” boozers are mentioned most often in discussions about the survival and flourishing of pubs. It seems a bigger shame, somehow, when an established venue closes for good. Woolwich is a graveyard of pubs , with a few ghostly remains


Fine Indian dining at Heritage

Restaurant openings take a long time to plan so I dare say that Heritage expected to be fully operational by the time it opened a few weeks ago. What has actually transpired is a collection and delivery service because we’re in lockdown once again, with no in-dining allowed until mid-May.


The perfect treat for Mother’s Day

Don’t miss the opportunity to spoil your mother on Sunday, March 14. It’s a shame that Mother’s Day comes before outside dining is allowed once more, as of April 12. However, South London is awash with at-home options to give everyone a break from the kitchen.


Relaxing in an armchair with a pint of bitter in the Dog & Bull, Croydon

So, there is light at the end of the tunnel. On April 12, hospitality venues can open outdoors (and takeaway beers can be sold) with indoor operating by May 17. If all goes according to plan, social distancing will end by June 21.


A taste of the Caribbean at Juici Jerk

Caribbean food is currently experiencing a renaissance. Given South London’s significant Caribbean community, the cuisine has long had a place in locals’ hearts but even here things are changing. To use modern parlance, we’re seeing a definite levelling up.


Remembering good times at The Nightingale

A few years back I had a job interview. Knowing that I would deserve a well-earned pint afterwards I thought about which pub I would visit and what I would order, and completely lost focus in the interview.

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