Best meal of 2015: Ellory

Ellory exterior

I’ve come across some baffling menus recently. It throws up this recurring scene which plays in my mind. It begins with a one-arm bandit being wheeled into the kitchen one morning – a kind of gourmet fruit machine, which is put in charge of recipe development. The chefs gather round it, and pull the handle…… 

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The Cookbook Book

Mrs Lintott, The History Boys by Alan Bennett

Mrs Dorothy Lintott, The History Boys by Alan Bennett

“History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.” says Mrs Dorothy Lintott in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys. For a female history teacher in 1980s Sheffield, it must have seemed that way. But it was a time that the study of history itself was starting to change. Slowly.

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Bacchus Sunday, Hoxton

bacchus roast beef

East London is getting more and more cramped on Sundays. There’s always a scrum on Columbia Road, and just minutes away Brick Lane also hosts a weekly market. The BBQ area at London Fields bursts at the seams, and the punters at The Cat and Mutton spill out onto the street round Broadway Market.… 

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Review: The Old George

The Old George, 379 Bethnal Green Road

The Old George, 379 Bethnal Green Road

This post starts with a sad story. A few months ago, Thomas and I went to try out a recently-renovated pub nearby, The King’s Arms. It used to be a proper local’s pub. But the new management took down the traditional swinging sign. They switched the pub tables outside for expensive benches, stripped out the interior and crammed the back bar with craft beers. Now The King’s Arms pitches itself as a “stylish modern take on a traditional pub”.… 

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