It’s a family affair

October’s issue of olive features the latest Menu of the Month from Villiers Coffee Co & All Day Dining

This is a new venture from the youngest generation of the Gordon family. This is the same Gordon family who run the eponymous Gordon’s Wine Bar just down the road on Villiers Street on the Embankment (apparently London’s oldest winebar dating back to 1890).

Great coffee (they roast their own) and bright and breezy food make this a great brunch/lunch stop during daytime. And in the evening, it turns all cosy with comfy banquettes and heartier dishes.

Coffee fans should also check out the cute latte art, including bears and elephants.



Wake up and smell the coffee

Some outtakes from a recent shoot at Lyle’s in Shoreditch for the latest issue of Caffeine.

While the restaurant’s food has been widely praised, Lyle’s also pays a great deal of attention to their coffee. The all-day coffee bar operation starts from 8.00am as a separate yet integral part of the restaurant. It’s a slick and precise affair run by James Low (not the James Lowe behind the kitchen) and features timers, scales and dedicated hot water taps at two specific temperatures for tea and coffee.

Together with familiar Square Mile, Low also features less well known beans such as Koppi and Belleville, which will change regularly alongside the menu and wine list. And his choice of tea is equally discerning, featuring single-estate, small batch leaves from Lalani.

So, if you’ve been tempted to Lyle’s by the restaurant reviews, just don’t forget about the coffee.

I scream for ice cream

Better late than never, it seems like summer has finally hit London.  For this week at least…

So it’s a good opportunity to post about a recent shoot I did for Metropolitan, the ‘in-flight’ magazine for Eurostar. The photos were for a feature on ice cream flavours that embody the theme ‘metropolitan’.

The locations they chose were Gelupo (classic Italian with a twist), William Curley (England meets France), Chin Chin Lab (madcap nitro ice cream innovators), and The Modern Pantry (fine contemporary fusion).

Metro_LDN_Ice_GLP-0002Metro_LDN_Ice_GLP-0018Kiwi, gin & elderflower sorbet at Gelupo

Metro_LDN_Ice_WC-0003Metro_LDN_Ice_WC-0016Apricot fromage frais ice cream, with an apricot and lemon thyme sauce at William Curley

Metro_LDN_Ice_CCL-0023Metro_LDN_Ice_CCL-0009‘A Cup of Tea & A French Fancy’ at Chin Chin Lab

Metro_LDN_Ice_MP-0032Metro_LDN_Ice_MP-0005Chocolate sorbet, with blackcurrant and Broadside ale ripple at The Modern Pantry

All signs point to luxury

IMG_4268Staying in Mayfair, a stone’s throw from The Playboy Club, but a world away in vibe, I had a recent job at The Dorchester Bar to photograph some signature cocktails from The Dorchester Collection hotels.

There’s something a bit surreal about a bar full of cocktails early on a sunny morning, but hey, they tasted damn fine and were a very civilised way to start the day.

groupV2Left to right: L’Aperitivo del Principe (Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan); Beverly Hills Peach Crusta (The Beverly Hills Hotel); Martinez (The Dorchester, London); Rose Royale (Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris); Swiss & Sweet (Le Richemond, Geneva); From Le Meurice With Love (Le Meurice, Paris)

IMG_4266The elegant and imposing frontage of The Dorcester on Park Lane

IMG_4270The Dorchester carpark is like a supercar showroom. Here a Bugatti Veyron flanked by a S-Class and a Roller

¡Comer con gusto!

Changes are afoot on Old Brompton Road. Established favourite modern Spanish, Cambio de Tercio is working to update its website etc and is photographing some new food imagery.

Do yourself a favour and book a table with Abel Lusa and sample the wonders of Chef Alberto Criado.

More to follow in the coming weeks…

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