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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, a Contributing Editor for Decanter, the leading international wine magazine, as well as writing books on food, wine, and travel. When I first arrived here, 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 a first-class 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, and wrote books, some on food. I edited cookbooks, lectured a little, travelled a lot, and summed it up with several more books: A Perfect Glass of Wine is a best-selling all-round guide; The Perfect Match (nominated for a James Beard Award) is a food-and-wine cookbook; and The Wine Lover Cooks Italian is 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.)


Besides work for Decanter, I spent a year writing a wine chapter for, and helping revise, the 75th Anniversary edition of  The Joy of Cooking. I eat out all the time too--on and off the job--and the best of that (including the best wine lists)  turns up here, for London, some of the rest of England, and some of Italy and France. Please let me know what you think--Comments, questions, and recommendations are valued.

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Decanter raccomanda di utlizzare il servizio di spedizione consolidata per inviare i vostri vini in concorso.

In cosa consiste il servizio di spedizione consolidata? Si tratta di un servizio che offriamo ai partecipanti per agevolare la …Continue reading »

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Online auction giant eBay has entered the US wine retail business with the launch of eBay Wine, offering more than 10,000 wines from 30 countries.

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Through a partnership with mobile app platform Drync and its network of retail partners, eBay Wine claimed it will be …Continue reading »

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Winemakers in the Loire may request emergency government aid after becoming the latest French wine region to report that severe frost has jeopardised the 2016 harvest.

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Frost hit Loire vineyards on night of 26 April 2016.

Severe frost in Loire vineyards Parts of the Loire were very severely hit by frost during the night of Tuesday …Continue reading »

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