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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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Berry Brothers & Rudd's new book shares some top tips so you can host your own tasting at home, plus suggestions for the styles of wines to try.

Wine tasting

It isn’t hard to hold your own wine tasting; get a group of friends together, share the cost and learn …Continue reading »

The post How to hold your own wine tasting appeared first on Decanter.

Waiting patiently for your Burgundies from the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits to reach their fully mature exquisiteness? The five wine-producing communes of the Côte Chalonnaise a little further south provide some excellent options for earlier drinking, advises Clive Coates MW

Mercurey, Côte Chalonnaise
Vineyards at Mercurey, Côte Chalonnaise

The area of Côte Chalonnaise has much going for it. Most importantly, the wines are some of Burgundy‘s best value …Continue reading »

The post Côte Chalonnaise: 5 great value communes appeared first on Decanter.

A new wine film claiming to 'raise the curtain' on how wine is produced is set to open the Napa Valley film festival this year.

Somm into the bottle, wine film
Somm: Into the bottle to debut at Napa Valley film festival

Napa Valley film festival organisers said their screening of Somm: Into the bottle would be the wine film’s world premiere. …Continue reading »

The post New wine movie to open Napa Valley film festival appeared first on Decanter.