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Welcome! This is your guide to the best of London’s restaurants, with side trips to good eating and drinking in some of the rest of Europe.


The Restaurants section above has a pull-down menu of restaurants in London, by category. Books shows some of my books, which you can easily order. Eating In has recipes, wine notes, and will soon include wine-matching ideas. Travel  has  recommendations for eating around Europe.  News reports on restaurants, events, sometimes a little gossip (to stay informed of news updates and upcoming events, sign on to the RSS feed to the left.) I also write a blog:


I’m an American who’s lived in London for 23 years, writing mostly for Decanter, the international wine magazine, as well as books on food, wine, and travel (and writing the wine chapter for, and helping revise, the 75th Anniversary edition of  The Joy of Cooking). When I first arrived, England wasn’t much of a place to eat in, even London. A few years later, the culinary scene was fired up by a new generation of chefs (led by Gordon Ramsay, whom I was the first journalist to interview at length), and I was in the right place at the right time after all. London is no longer just a place for gourmets to change planes on their way to Paris, Barcelona, or Rome, it’s as good a destination for food lovers, with an incredible array of wines: London’s wine lists are international road maps to pleasure.


I grew up in the restaurant business, then cooked and wrote, in New York and several other places before ending up, happily, in San Francisco in the mid-’70s (definitely right place/right time). I wrote for several newspapers, especially the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times and the Sunday Telegraph in England, Gourmet and The Wine Spectator, the California Wine Institute, edited cookbooks, lectured a little, travelled a lot, wrote more books: A Perfect Glass of Wine, a best-selling all-round guide; The Perfect Match, a food-and-wine cookbook nominated for a James Beard Award; and The Wine Lover Cooks Italian, a cookbook about Italian food and wine, with more usable information on the exciting wines of Italy than in any other cookbook I’ve seen. (More information on the Books page.)


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link to Decanter website
The world’s most prestigious wine website, including news, reviews, learning, food and travel

Decanter's recent panel tasting of Albariño wines from Rías Baixas in Spain threw up some excellent value options if you're looking for a fresh, dry white with a bit of character this summer.

Albariño wine grapes
Albariño wine grapes in Galicia.

Dry whites that won't break the bank this summer...

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The owners of a winery in Paso Robles have apologised for being 'asleep at the wheel' following a public outcry over their company chopping down oak trees in the California region.

Stewart and Lynda Resnick, owners of The Wonderful Company / Justin Vineyards and Winery.
Stewart and Lynda Resnick, owners of The Wonderful Company / Justin Vineyards and Winery.

'We were asleep at the wheel,' said owners...

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Chinese wine lovers will get un-paralleled access to an all-star cast of world class wineries at the third Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter in November, from Château Lafite Rothschild to greats of Tuscany, Spain and Australia.

Decanter shanghai, press conference
Decanter's managing director, Sarah Kemp (right), and Decanter's Shirley Tan speak to journalists at a press conference held in Shanghai this week.

See who's coming to the Decanter Shanghai 2016 Encounter...

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