Food

To Pollen Street Social, to eat tiny, very controlled food

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Pollen Street Social lives in a Georgian house on Pollen Street, Mayfair, a narrow curve between Hanover Street and Maddox…

The world is all but lost – at least we’ve found some good caviar

22 April 2017 9:00 am

I argued that it was unnecessary to have made sacrifices during Lent in order to celebrate its conclusion. It is…

The best thing about Center Parcs? The Wi-Fi worked

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Against my better judgment, I agreed to go to Center Parcs for an Easter weekend break. We chose the one…

In praise of Joe Allen, London’s best American restaurant

1 April 2017 9:00 am

It is rare for me to write a love letter to a London restaurant, but Joe Allen, which is 40…

The British chefs conquering Paris

25 March 2017 9:00 am

While traditional Parisian restaurants still stew in their century-old jus, young British chefs are showing the way ahead, says Wendell Steavenson

The cruel criminal industry that thrives around Britain’s Cypriot bases

18 March 2017 9:00 am

British territory in Cyprus is the centre of a cruel criminal industry that we seem unable – or unwilling – to stop

One good thing about not being rich: you’ll never eat at Ferdi

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Ferdi is a café in Shepherd Market; I write about it only to comfort you, because you are not rich,…

What do Ralph Lauren’s imaginary aristocrats eat? Now we know

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar is in the Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store on Regent Street. It is rare that fashion…

Rocket the salad leaf has more to do with hedgehogs than fireworks

18 February 2017 9:00 am

‘It is rocket science,’ said my husband waving a pinnately lobed leaf snatched from his restaurant salad. He doesn’t much…

Donald Trump’s wrong about the Waverly Inn. That doesn’t make it good

4 February 2017 9:00 am

The Waverly Inn is the house restaurant of Vanity Fair magazine in New York City. It is part-owned by Graydon…

Dear Mary: What can I do when a richer friend pleads poverty?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Q. I recently made an arrangement with a flaky friend from university to go to my gym together. Half an…

The only good thing about the Soviet Union was cheap caviar

28 January 2017 9:00 am

I know an immensely grand aristocratic lady, impeccably mannered, with a regal grace and presence, who cannot be trusted near…

Greyish guacamole and old-tasting beef: welcome to the Trump Grill

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Trump Tower sits between Gucci and Tiffany on Fifth Avenue in New York City. It looks like infant Lego, the…

This time, lifestyle-seekers have it right: Margot restaurant reviewed

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Margot is an Italian restaurant on Great Queen Street in the still interesting part of Covent Garden. The uninteresting part…

A quick drink with The Most Seen Human Who Has Ever Lived

10 December 2016 9:00 am

I was drinking in the bar of Manhattan’s Nomad Hotel when in snuck The Most Seen Human Ever To Have…

Wiltons, an almost entirely flawless institution

10 December 2016 9:00 am

I have agonised over this Christmas review. I ate the Christmas lunch at Harveys Nichols 5th Floor Restaurant, Knightsbridge, next…

Let food prices rise! The Spectator’s answer to shortages, 1916

3 December 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The food shortage and how to meet it’, The Spectator, 2 December 1916: A rise in prices, if properly understood…

A curse on silky teabags

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Beware this poncy material and its flavour-free brews

Zelman Meats: a flesh-obsessed restaurant for the age of hard Brexit

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Zelman Meats — catchphrase ‘great meat’ — is sustenance for a hard Brexit — a harder Brexit, if you will.…

What wine is worthy of white truffle? It took us a few tries to be sure

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few days ago, on the Dorset/Somerset marches, autumn was still in orderly retreat. Although a pear tree’s leaves had…

The restaurant I’ll go to when the world ends

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Harry Morgan is a Jewish delicatessen and restaurant in the style of New York City on St John’s Wood High…

Have a very Happy Excessmas

3 November 2016 9:00 am

Christmas is coming and it isn’t only the goose that’s getting fat — so are you. That’s according to the…

Four of the best Christmas hampers

3 November 2016 9:00 am

There’s nothing quite like those enticing wicker baskets packed with Yuletide treats.  Here we put this season’s through their paces

Ancient Rome comes to the City of London

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Roma sells ancient-Roman-style food near Fenchurch Street station at the east end of the City, near Aldgate. It is, therefore,…

I’m far too right-wing for quinoa

22 October 2016 9:00 am

After the Fawlty Towers incident, I decided it was best to research the origin and extraction of all future B&B…