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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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See Decanter "French wines for Christmas" selection

The post Classic French Reds for Christmas appeared first on Decanter.

A promotion. The 13th Best Of Wine Tourism event rewarded the region’s top wine tourism locations.

Bordeaux best of wine tourism
The winners of the Bordeaux Best of Wine Tourism 2016

A promotion. No fewer than 20 trophies were awarded, 6 of them Gold. The 2016 awards were presented on …Continue reading »

The post Bordeaux Best Of Wine Tourism 2016: 20 nominees, 6 Gold trophies appeared first on Decanter.

Château Mouton Rothschild MD Philippe Dhalluin achieved celebrity status on Chinese social media after hosting a masterclass of eight vintages, including Bordeaux 2005, 2009 and 2010, at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter.

Mouton Rothschild Masterclass wines SFWE 2015

Decanter’s publishing director, Sarah Kemp, introduced Dhalluin to a packed masterclass room as ‘one of the most famous men in …Continue reading »

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