Food that’s prettier than you are: The Petersham reviewed

2 June 2018 9:00 am

The Petersham is a fading hotel on Richmond Hill. I went to a bar mitzvah there in 1986, which gives…

Here’s where you come to eat dreams – for £95 a head: Ollie Dabbous’s Hide reviewed

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Hide is a £20 million restaurant at the Green Park end of Piccadilly, on the three lower floors of a…

It reeks of Alan Clark and the 1980s but all is forgiven for the food: Le Gavroche reviewed

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Le Gavroche is named for ‘the urchin’ in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and lives in a basement on Upper Brook…

Too good for the kleptocrats of Knightsbridge: Harry’s Dolce Vita reviewed

24 March 2018 9:00 am

In 2007 Mikhael Gorbachev starred in a Louis Vuitton advert. He was driven past the Berlin Wall with Louis Vuitton…

An army-style course run by children’s party firm Sharky & George

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned boredom?

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Constance Watson believes there’s more to after-school activities than chess societies and extra maths

As restaurants go, it’s important – and it knows it: the River Café reviewed

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Jilly Cooper’s fictional hero Rupert Campbell-Black has ‘never been to Hammersmith’. I have but I wish I hadn’t. I love…

A Soho steak house that used to be a pornographic cinema: Sophie’s reviewed

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Sophie’s lives in an old pornographic cinema at the south end of Great Windmill Street, Soho. It is opposite McDonald’s…

Treacle tart: a childhood fantasy in grown-up clothes

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Treacle tart with homemade custard is a childhood fantasy in grown-up clothes

4 of the best cruises

24 February 2018 9:00 am

For foodies, families, wildlife and all-out luxury

A new addition to north London’s underwhelming restaurants: Café Hampstead reviewed

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Café Hampstead is a new café in — big reveal! — Hampstead, the gaudiest of the old villages on the…

How Christmas lunch became Christmas dinner

6 January 2018 9:00 am

It was a culinary triumph. My hosts do not spend much time in the UK, and are determined to entertain…

It’s survived universal suffrage and two world wars: restaurant Rules reviewed

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Rules looks as if it voted for Brexit, and now finds itself inside an eternal Christmas Eve, where it is…

Breakfast is so Brexit (but avocados are definitely Remain)

2 December 2017 9:00 am

One suspect meal could land you on the wrong side of the great divide

The best Christmas hampers – tried and tested by us

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Cinnamon curd, salted caramel sauce and rare-breed pork salami – Christmas hampers have never been so exotic. But can they pass The Spectator taste test?

Farmacy’s food is the worst I have eaten in London

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Farmacy, which opened last year, is London’s most fashionable ‘clean eating’ restaurant; it is, therefore, a restaurant for people who…

Forget open-plan kitchens – the traditional dining room is back

11 November 2017 9:00 am

We should revive old-fashioned dining rooms

The Connaught is the queen of hotels, and its dining room is a fairyland

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Jean-Georges at the Connaught — formerly the Prince of Saxe-Coburg Hotel, but it was renamed during the first world war,…

‘Pastry Cook of Cagnes’, 1922, by Chaïm Soutine

The painter who devoted himself to turning kitchen-weary men into kings and popes

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Chaïm Soutine turned kitchen-weary men into monarchs and popes, says Laura Freeman

Elle Decoration meets pub food: The Mandrake reviewed

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The Mandrake is a new ‘design hotel’ in London, which means it is for people who treat Elle Decoration magazine…

Forget the school slop – a true rice pudding is a rare treat

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Forget the slop in school – a true rice pudding is a rare treat

Let them eat game

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Should surplus pheasants go to food banks, as Sir Ian Botham suggests? It’s a nice idea, but guns should take their birds home

Foxlow in Soho comes from the makers of Hawksmoor, specialists in blood and English baroque

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Foxlow is near Golden Square in west Soho, where drunken hacks used to take long drunken lunches before having stupid…

I’m a Bake Off judge, but it’s not cake making Britain fat

9 September 2017 9:00 am

The UK’s obesity crisis is worsening. Drastic action is needed

J Sheekey’s sumptuous feast was enhanced by the presence of a celebrity guest

2 September 2017 9:00 am

J Sheekey is one of Richard Caring’s older, and better, restaurants. Since he has dowsed the suburbs of London in…

The Other Naughty Piglet: good tapas but where’s the phantom?

19 August 2017 9:00 am

I am always surprised to remember that Andrew Lloyd Webber has taste; it must be remembrance of Cats. I was…