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Luke Honey
London
Antiques & Fine Art Dealer and Writer. Unhealthy interest in second-hand books and unreliable cars. Loves gin and backgammon, loathes mashed potato.
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Philip Reicherstorfer: Restaurant Evangelist We dropped by Counter, to see how the building work was getting on. Readers of The Greasy Spoon will remember my recent post: Counter is- or will be- a new restaurant and brasserie for Vauxhall, the... Continue reading
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Terrific second-hand find for Christmas. It's Victorian Cups and Punches and Other Concoctions, published by Cassell in 1974. I like Cassell's cookery books from this period. Neat little numbers in hardback, charming Victorian engravings, thickish paper and lovely old-fashioned typography.... Continue reading
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Go on, have a look at your bookshelves. How many cookery books have you got on Belgian cuisine? None? Doesn't surprise me one iota; but thinking about it, isn't this a bit strange when Belgium "boasts more three-star restaurants per... Continue reading
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Photograph: Sam Fraser-Smith, under Creative Commons Licence. I've just been experimenting with that British all-time classic, Toad in the Hole. Jamie Oliver's recipe from Jamie's Great Britain is quite good, but didn't work as well as I had hoped. His... Continue reading
I never thought The Gasworks was anything about food. The “champignons en croute” was part of the charm. Suppose, with hindsight, all this now seems desparately nostalgic- or that, at least, is how I see it now. I really miss that old London.
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Mrs Aitch discovered the Lancashire Bomb a year or two ago, and it's now become very much a part of our Christmas. It's the most delicious creamy, strongly flavoured cheese. Invented by the Shorrock family about twenty five years ago.... Continue reading
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A little confession to you before I write this post: I'm already a fan of Colman's Mustard. Actually, I'm a massive, gi-normous, slavering obsessive. But then I'm also a paid-up supporter of the exclusive Heinz Tomato Ketchup Club, which might... Continue reading
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It's 1968 and I'm in some swankpot restaurant entertaining dollybird number two. Edda Dell'Orso's crooning Morricone. There's a fawning waiter in a maroon mess jacket. He's flambéing Crêpes Suzette at the table. Behind him hovers a suave eagle-eyed maitre d'... Continue reading
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Nov 5, 2014
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Here's a Greasy Spoon classic for that most British celebration, "Bonfire Night": The Bullshot Cocktail. It's supposed to be served cold, on ice; but I see no reason why it shouldn't be served hot (in a similar fashion to mulled... Continue reading
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Just got back from a fascinating hour or so being shown round the building site of Counter, a new restaurant in London's Vauxhall- on the South Bank, just across the river from Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. It's the... Continue reading
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A Room with a View We're just back from a few days in Florence. I've got a thing about the place. Thinking about it, I've got a thing about Italy, but Florence just has that special 'something'. I adore Venice.... Continue reading
Not at all. You deserve it. We're going to book in at your Brixton pop-up (just down the road from us in Vauxhall) and if you've got a moment (which I doubt, as I expect you will be extremely busy) will say hello. Good luck with it.
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I'm back. We had a terrific ball at the Battersea Decorative Antiques Fair and Josephine the Pig has found a new home. Sold to a nursery in one of the more salubrious parts of London, you'll be glad to hear.... Continue reading