Clarke’s going Christmas

Sally Clarke’s side project is going all out for the Christmas Holiday. The chef will be selling her recipes and culinary treats this season in her shop & Clarke’s up on Kensington Church Street.

Items available range from Marrons Grace that comes in a very attractive wooden box, fig balls, Clarke specialties including Clarke’s panforte, Clarke’s stollen, and Sally’s own mince pies to Sally’s book “Recipes from a Restaurant Shop and Bakery,” cotton aprons and wooden spoons.

Fan’s of Clarke’s and & Clarke’s are certain to spend some of their gift giving budget down at the Kensington shop. .

Tea Time and Jingle Bells at The Bentley Kempinski

Just in time to cash in on the Christmas craze, Chef Andrew Turner from The Bentley Kempinski in South Kensington announced a new line of afternoon teas in tune with the holiday season.

While dining or relaxing in the restaurants classy foyer or brasserie, diners willing to shell out £24 can enjoy a Christmas time delight of Stollen, Chestnut Glace Scones, Cinnamon and Mulled Wine Swans, or Christmas Cake.

Bodean's the carnivore's paradise that's also family-friendly will be open for regular hours on New Years Eve (6pm - 10pm) and will be open at 4pm on New Years Day. This month they are offering a number of Christmas menus including: Bodean's Soho 3 Course Christmas Set Menu £23.95, Bodean's Soho 3 Course Christmas Family Style Menu £25.95 and Bodean's Clapham Christmas Family Style Menu £10.95

Order up the Holidays

XMAS DAY OPTIONS: Open on this holiday celebrated around the globe are a couple of Marco Pierre White’s restaurants like Belvedere in Kensington. This beautiful chic gastro is located in a large building in Holland Park. It’s more then you would expect to pay at a gastro, but then again probably a much nicer experience then you would expect from a gastro. Another option would be Mirabelle in Mayfair. You may be sitting in a basement but the décor and atmosphere are of high calibre in this French restaurant. A third option from White is Drones in the Belgravia area. The mix of French and British cuisine allows you the option to have classic dish with family. Enjoy the holiday of giving without giving too much of your time to the kitchen!

Levant - a Xmas Feast

Why not enjoy Christmas with a difference? The sensuously exotic world of Levant situated between the hustle and bustle of St Christophers Place and fashionable Marylebone High Street is the perfect escape. The restaurant has put together a selection of Xmas feasts - meat, seafood and vegetarian and is open Xmas day for lunnch and dinner.


Ready to party like it’s 2005? So are many restaurants. If you are looking for some dinner before the clock strikes twelve, head down to Soho to try Quo Vadis, L’Escargot or Criterion, all of which have special New Year’s Eve menus. Also open as well will be Belvedere, Mirabelle, and Drones to help you bring in yet another holiday. Or go Middle Eastern at Levant. You could pop into No5 Cavendish Square for a fine meal followed by some serious dancing and breakfast will be served at 3 am.

Racine has dinner in a fabulously French style, whilst if you're feeling especially trendy Sketch Gallery is doing a great deal for Gagnaire's unique cooking. Over at Le Cercle there's a New Year's Eve menu at a rather staggering £150 per person which will at least guarantee a chav free evening and there is live jazz, too. Fat fellow Bibendum has got a smart New Year's eve menu and the Oyster Bar will also be open. In Islington much of New Labour will be enjoying a guilt-free meal at Almeida at at the Orrery in Marylebone the Menu Gourmand should have you singing into the New Year.

Great gift ideas

Know someone who is a brilliant foodie and don’t know what to get them? Check out the following which are sure to be on the wish list of anyone who is keen on food.

Global Knives – Quality knives that are extra sharp and sure to impress anyone in the kitchen.

Le Creuset Pans – A pan that can be used for several purposes and will last for generations.

Collector’s Corkscrews – Something to show off before opening a bottle of wine.

Professional Woks – A nice non-stick pan should be included in every kitchen.

Expresso Machines – Nice to give you a little more flavour (and a little more wake-me-up kick) than filter coffee.

Ice Machines – Great for a foodie who likes to have guests over for food and drinks a lot.

Kitchen Scales – Allows them to measure out ingredients exactly to get recipes just right.

Stick Blender – A blender for those who like to be hands on in all aspects of cooking a meal.

Prosciutto Holder – Holds a ham so the cutter will get quality slices every time.
Bridge Kitchenware

Auto Soap Dispenser – Makes washing
hands in the kitchen quick and efficient.

Have MorganM Xmas and a happier New Year

From 2nd-24th December 2004 Morgan Meunier, chef/patron of Morgan M will be introducing a choice of four special tasting menus for the festive season.

Parties of 8 people or more are invited to pre-select one of the four menus, which include ‘from the land’, ‘from the sea’ and ‘from the garden’ – all offering 5-courses for £39 per head, and a ‘Christmas feast’, a special 7-course tasting menu priced at £48 per person.

Morgan M will also be open for New Year's Eve, serving a luxurious tasting menu for £70.

During December the restaurant will be open for lunch Monday to Friday and Sunday, from 12 noon to 3pm, and dinner Monday to Saturday from 6.30pm to 10pm.


This Christmas, Indian restaurant Hason Raja, will be treating their customers to a festive alternative to the traditional turkey dinner we indulge in year on year.

The restaurant is serving four alternative Christmas menus for those who love to sample something new, entwined with a spicy twist and complete with trimmings. There will also be a vegetarian option.

The set Christmas menus start from £20 per person. A la Carte menus will also be available during the festive period.

Maggiore's - 2004 Wine Spectator 'Best of Award of Excellence'

Maggiore’s, Covent Garden has great pleasure in announcing that it has been
awarded the prestigious 2004 Wine Spectator’s ‘Best of Award of Excellence’.
This worldwide award celebrates the best of the world’s restaurants and
their exceptional wine lists.

Each year since 1981, the editors of Wine Spectator have honoured a very special ‘breed’ of restaurant, those that give wine a leading role in the dining experience through their wine list. Maggiore’s was recognised in 2002 and 2003 with the honour of the ‘Award of Excellence’.

Once a year, only a handful of restaurants worldwide attain this special level of excellence demanded by the ‘Wine Spectator’. In turn these very few
restaurants receive 'special recognition'.

This leads the individual restaurant to receiving the ‘Best of Award of Excellence’.

london eating
December 2004
Christmas News - Restaurants open for Xmas cheer and other festive ideas