1. Social Wine and Tapas
    Posted On: July 2nd, 2015

    Social Wine and Tapas

    To number 39, James Street, W1, to check out the latest star in Jason Atherton's burgeoning restaurant firmament 'Social Wine & Tapas' before I have to read what Jay Rayner, Giles Coren or Marina O'Loughlin think I should think of it. It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since Atherton first came to prominence, under Gordon Ramsay's...
  2. Pinchos, Pintxos or Tapas in La Rioja
    Posted On: June 25th, 2015

    Pinchos, Pintxos or Tapas in La Rioja

    Like the French, the Spanish love their food and right now they are setting the pace for others to follow. The recently-published Top 100 restaurants in the world included 5 Spanish entries in the Top 20 (France, UK, Peru & USA were next with 2 each) and El Celler de Can Rocca (in Gerona) took the Number 1 spot.  ...
  3. Spring Selections at Le Gavroche
    Posted On: May 15th, 2015

    Spring Selections at Le Gavroche

    To 43 Upper Brook Street, Mayfair in my least constrictive suitings to meet Silvano Giraldin, Michel Roux and super sommelier David Galetti to select the menu and wines for our keenly-anticipated Spring Lunch next Thursday. If I had £1 for every time I've been told that I have an enviably cushy job and that this doesn't constitute proper work I'd...
  4. Portland
    Posted On: April 1st, 2015


        113 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6QQ   To Portland, a restaurant named after a location, named after a Duke, named after a location (I digress) which is a hot ticket in London's fashionable and fickle dining firmament at the moment. Like the Chiltern Fire House and Dabbous before it – it requires tenacity to secure a...
  5. À Table
    Posted On: March 10th, 2015

    À Table

    As someone who spends an indecent amount of time browsing and sluicing under the pretence of working I am frequently asked to name my favourite restaurants. Of course it is tempting to rattle off a list of ultra-fashionable, Michelin be-starred dining establishments where mortals cannot obtain a table at a time anyone would actually want to eat but, here I...
  6. I do Like to be Beside the Seaside
    Posted On: February 25th, 2015

    I do Like to be Beside the Seaside

    The Seaside Boarding House in Burton Bradstock has just thrown its doors open to the great unwashed and is the most keenly anticipated restaurant or hotel opening since the Chiltern Fire House last year. Located on Dorset's suddenly über-fashionable Jurassic coast (blame Broadchurch) above Chesil Beach and conceived and brought into being by Tony Mackintosh and Mary-Lou Sturridge, the dream...
  7. Library Luncheon
    Posted On: October 8th, 2014

    Library Luncheon

    To the impressive new 'Chef's Library' private room at Le Gavroche to meet with Michel Roux, Silvano Giraldin and head sommelier David Galetti for a marathon of food and wine matching to make our selections for our annual Autumn lunch this Thursday. That may sound like a first class ticket on the gravy train but I assure you that a...
  8. Baux Séjour
    Posted On: September 19th, 2014

    Baux Séjour

    To Otto’s at number 182 on the Gray’s Inn Road last night to sample a dazzling vertical of Domaine de Trévallon accompanied by a decadent menu of specially selected dishes. The eponymous Otto and I go way back to the days when he was buying wine for a grand fin de siècle restaurant called the Auberge de Provence back in...
  9. A High Time at the High Pavement Evening Café
    Posted On: July 15th, 2014

    A High Time at the High Pavement Evening Café

    In the summer time, before the schools break up for the holidays, the team here at Yapp Brothers like to get together and put the world to rights over a meal and a few glasses of wine. We have long established that it is impossible to find a date that is universally convenient but as long as a quorum can...
  10. Gavroche Gastronomics
    Posted On: May 21st, 2014

    Gavroche Gastronomics

    To 43 Upper Brook Street, London, W1 at Le Gavroche for my bi-annual bean-feast with front of house legend Silvano Giraldin to select the food and wines for our sell-out Spring lunch. If I had £1 for every time I’d been told that this was an enviable task I wouldn’t have to sit here and write this. The truth of...

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