Food

At the Chiltern Firehouse, smugness should be on the menu

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Here then is Gatsby’s house, after an invasion by the Daily Mail. It is called the Chiltern Firehouse. It is…

Harry’s Bar, where a slice of cake costs €32 – and is worth it

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Harry’s Bar is a dull pale box. This is remarkable in Venice, which is a hospice for dying palaces, held…

Are we killing investment banking? And if we are, should we care?

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Do we really mean to kill investment banking, or are we trampling it by accident in a fit of righteous…

After visiting the Cherwell Boathouse, I might spare Oxford from burning

3 May 2014 9:00 am

It is now two decades since I lived in Oxford. I was then a drunk and lonely puddle of a…

Gordon Ramsay joins in the posh invasion of Battersea

5 April 2014 9:00 am

London House is in Battersea, which some people call South Chelsea, but is more East Wandsworth to my mind; or…

What Quique Dacosta knows that Picasso didn’t

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Chefs have a problem. Think of much of the best food you have ever eaten. Caviar, English native oysters, sashimi,…

So is Moro a Tory restaurant now?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Moro (‘moorish’ or ‘sexist’) is a Spanish restaurant on Exmouth Market, near the bones of the old Guardian and Observer…

The Fable would do better as an American Psycho theme bar

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The Fable is three floors high and two days old, a monster newly hatched on the Holborn Viaduct; deep below…

Dear Mary: What do I do now I haven’t sent a thank-you letter?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Q. Over New Year I stayed with a man who combines being a generous and exciting host with a punctilious…

Lanes of London is dining for Martians

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Lanes of London serves street food to people who hate streets; that is, it exists to soothe the still-curious mouths…

Our daily haggis

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Give us this day our daily bread: those are also words of great culinary significance. Even if the ‘bread’ takes…

Clarissa Tan's Notebook: Why I stopped drinking petrol

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Florence was in fog the day I arrived. Its buildings were bathed in white cloud, its people moved as though…

Dear Mary: How can I hide my tattoo from the in-laws?

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Q. I have a tattoo the length of my forearm and am worried it will alienate my new boyfriend’s parents…

Don't tax sugar - it doesn't make you fat. Gluttony does

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Obesity isn’t a matter of addiction. It’s a question of self-control

Tanya Gold: Child-friendly, sex-free, nut-heavy – just the hotel for my 40th birthday

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Woolley Grange is a child-friendly country house hotel that seems, at first, entirely monstrous — a grey Tudor house in…

Boulestin has nothing to do with Marcel Boulestin — but could entice Mary Berry

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Boulestin is a pretty restaurant on St James’s Street, between the posh fag shop (Davidoff) and the old palace, which…

The Wild Rabbit's food may be organic - but nothing else there is

5 October 2013 9:00 am

The Wild Rabbit is a pub in the Cotswolds, that small corner of Britain full of evil grinning cottages; if…

A restaurant in a synagogue. How strange can it be?

21 September 2013 9:00 am

A restaurant in a synagogue may be too mad even for this column but we are Jews, so why not?…

A Roald Dahl tea? It reminds me more of Jimmy Savile

7 September 2013 9:00 am

One Aldwych, an Edwardian grand hotel near Waterloo Bridge, is serving a Jimmy Savile tribute tea. It is not explicitly…

Lose weight the Muriel Spark way

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Those of you dieting your way to a svelte physique amid the flesh-exposing terrors of summer should take courage from…

How new food rules could ruin restaurants

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Stricter food rules won’t make you any safer – but they could ruin many small restaurants

‘Like a concentration camp run by KFC’: Tanya Gold visits Shake Shack

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Shake Shack is a hamburger restaurant in Covent Garden market. It came from New York and it is as needy…

Tanya Gold on eating at the Shard

27 July 2013 9:00 am

What to say about the Shard that isn’t said by the fact it is 1,020 feet high and looks like…

Dear Mary: Why it's fine to crash funerals

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Q. Regarding the writing of ‘no presents’ on an invitation (Dear Mary, 6 July), my own experience is that many…

The Spectator’s notes

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Andrew Mitchell was forced to resign as the Tory Chief Whip last autumn because he called policemen at the Downing…