Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar has gone from being an exotic novelty to a workhorse in the modern British kitchen – but how much do we really know about this sticky, hedonistic culinary stalwart? The word ‘vinegar’ comes from the French vin aigre – literally ‘sour wine.’ ‘Balsamic’ roughly translates as ‘like balsam’ – an aromatic resin, though…

All Day (Chocolate) Breakfast

A sumptuous, luxurious independent, Rococo is famous for its exquisite packaging (white with blue woodcuts) and even more exquisite chocolate. They weren’t voted Chocolatier of the Year 2012 for nothing. When I heard about their latest venture, All Day Chocolate Breakfast, I was at their Belgravia flagship in Motcomb Street in a trice. The shop’s worth visiting…

Georgian Dining Academy

If you’re planning a trip to London in the long term, allow me to tempt you with a very quirky evening indeed; one that truly steps back in Old London time… Regular readers will know the delights ofSimpsons Tavern, the oldest chop house in London–established in 1757 and still, hidden in a warren of medieval alleyways, a secret…

Maids of Honour

Some say Hampton Court, some say Richmond Palace. You pays your ha’penny and you takes your choice when it comes to legends about Henry VIII’s eating habits, especially when it comes to melt-in-the-mouth pastries dainty enough for a nursery rhyme. The story goes that the king, visiting his queen du jour in her apartments at…