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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 only restaurant website that includes wine in reviews.


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 20 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. More than 50 regional and national cuisines are well represented, with a wide range of beverages, from artisanal beers and ales to 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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Champagne house Louis Roederer is to open its own vineyard nursery to have better control over rootstock and enabling it to experiment with pre-phylloxera vines.

Roederer vineyards, Champagne
Louis Roederer vines in Champagne

Maison Louis Roederer has been granted the status of ‘pepini√©riste priv√©’ in France, meaning it is able to run a …Continue reading »

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Two of the UK's leading wine merchants are to join together after Enotria said it has acquired rival Coe Vintners for an undisclosed fee.

Enotria, wine merchant
Enotria deal follows Bibendum, PLB tie-up

Enotria said buying Coe Vintners would give it an ‘un-matched portfolio’ of top wines and spirits in the UK. The …Continue reading »

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Decanter consultant editor Steven Spurrier remembers Daphne Broadbent, wife of veteran Decanter columnist Michael Broadbent, who has died aged 84.

Daphne Broadbent, Michael Broadbent
Daphne Broadbent with husband Michael.

Daphne Broadbent died at home over the weekend, just two weeks after her 84th birthday. Many Decanter readers might not …Continue reading »

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