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Here are some of the best beer gardens to have a pint in around Islington, now that pubs are reopening.

Now that bars are reopening, drink in London’s skyline as well as some expertly made cocktails at these rooftop bars and terraces in and around Islington.

The tart fruit of the gooseberry bush is ideal for a creamy fool or sugary pavlova says Kerstin, or turn seasonal Picota cherries into a chilled Summer Pudding

The Ham&High’s wine expert makes her recommendations for summer drinking

Liz talks to several producers in the Languedoc-Rousillon who put sustainability and the environment at the heart of their wine-making

Regent’s Park couple Ahrash Akbari Kalhur and Nyisha Weber are now posting out their nitro-frozen desserts to fans who can’t come to their Camden Town parlour

Kerstin cooks up a tasty recipe from her regulation government food box and compares its contents to the rations doled out during World War II

Zoom tasting sesssions with accompanying bottles reveal three female winemakers from three different regions creating memorable wines from white grape varieties

Alex Perez-Davies is cooking up the comfort food in his kitchen and delivering locally by bike

Lisa Cowling from Hackney’s Week Night Diner cook school offers a quick and tasty lockdown lunch that you can conjure from your store cupboard and freezer

Supper club chef and food blogger MsMarmiteLover lent her skills to transform donated supplies into meals for Whittington Hospital staff - and shares her recipes

Check wine is in stock, seek out star ratings for merchants and don’t be afraid to ask questions

Ham&High resident wine expert Liz recommends the ex Ham&High bartender’s beautiful book and the websites to source bottles and wine info

North West London nutritionist Antonia advises us to get to grips with how our bodies fight infections and offers an immunity-boosting recipe for onion and garlic soup

Tending your sourdough is now a lockdown staple with some complaining their partners give more time to their starters than their relationships, Kerstin meets a Cricklewood baker who is making a living from his.

Vegan Wine

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Ham&High’s wine expert explores the difficulty of finding out whether your favourite tipple is free of animal products

Baking with children or for a neighbour? Frances’ recipe for an Easter afternoon tea treat will cover all occasions as she lists some ideas for store cupboard cooking

Lisa from Dalston’s Weeknight Diner Cook School on a sweet treat you can make without a fancy ice-cream maker

After self-isolating following her return from Japan, Kerstin Rodgers advises on store cupboard essentials and recipes for a long confinement

A total of 80 environmentally friendly businesses are housed in shipping containers including Adrian Martin’s seasonal and foraged food restaurant Wildflower

Islington-based vegan cook, blogger and TV presenter known as Kirly Sue has just released a plant based recipe book encouraging adults to make meat free meals with kids

Scotland’s finest whisky producers head south of the border for the festival’s first London tastings at the Clapton venue

Ad Feature Cauldron Foods Comedy Night Dispels Vegan Myths

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Cauldron Foods’ comedy night will give vegans the last laugh as Vegan comics dispel vegan myths.

Hot May Pot Pot is putting on a special three-course detox menu this month, and it includes China’s take on fondue.

“How do they make watermelon look like tuna?” my son pondered as we sat in Wagamama’s new Old Street branch, waiting for the new vegan dish to be served up.

If you’re looking for classic French fare cooked to stunning perfection, look no further than Petit Pois Bistro.

After success in west London with Raj of Kensington, Salim Sheikh launches a second restaurant specialising in authentic Indian food and gin cocktails.

Rotunda in Kings Cross recently launched its Sunday Beef Club – a lavish four-course meal brimming with canapés, seafood, aged beef and fruit-filled desserts.

Barge East is a 114-year-old Dutch barge turned floating bar and kitchen docked upon the River Lee. Its seasonal menu and casual take on fine dining offers comfort and warmth to those who step on board – a little culinary escape from the hustle and bustle of east London life.

Good service makes or breaks a restaurant.

Fresh pasta and creative flavour combinations from different Italian districts are on offer at Officina 00, which opened on Old Street back in September.

When he first settled in London, Taewoo Kim spent five years working in Japanese restaurants like Gilgamesh and Sake no Hana before launching his own venture celebrating his Korean heritage.

I’ve always been a bit suspicious of calzones.

Superb news if you work near Old Street, or if you just like good food and artisanal coffee in general.

A new bar promising a ‘Social Darts Experience’ is set to open in a 150-capacity venue on Upper Street from November 22.

Pizza and pasta – is there a better food pairing?

Your sofa is obviously a strong choice. But you hardly get the same buzz out of watching the action from Japan whilst sat in your front room, in your PJs, eating Weetabix. No, that won’t do at all. Instead, we’ve put together a list of six of the best bars and restaurants showing the World Cup in Hackney and Islington for you to *try*... (sorry).

I’ve been marvelling at the impressive architectural feat that is The Stratford ever since walking past last summer.

Holloway Road is a special place for Claudio Vescovo and Gianluca D’Angelo. It was here, at number 157 precisely, that they opened their first Zia Lucia pizzeria in 2016, and three years later they are about to unveil Berto: a fresh pasta restaurant next door.

“Nothing will be wasted, all will be re-used, all food will be given away and all paintings will be on old boxes that have no value.”

Styled as an early 20th century Parisian boudoir, The Duck Nest will serve cocktails, wines and beers upstairs from the fledgling Monsieur Le Duck restaurant in Clerkenwell. Co-owner Richard Humphreys brings us up to speed.

We can’t help you to sleep in these outrageous temperatures (26 degrees! At midnight!) but we can nudge you in the direction of a free piña colada, which is surely just as good.

When National Geographic Traveller say their food festival will offer “a chance to take your taste buds on a world tour,” they really mean it.

“Everything made in-house with ingredients sourced from Italy” – eight words everyone longs to hear. And Latteria, a welcome new addition to Essex Road, is tricolore through and through.

Whether you’re a French national or an out-and-out Francophile, Bastille Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate all things Gallic.

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