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Welcome! This is your guide to the best of London’s restaurants, with side trips to good eating and drinking in some of the rest of Europe.


The Restaurants section above has a pull-down menu of restaurants in London, by category. Books shows some of my books, which you can easily order. Eating In has recipes, wine notes, and will soon include wine-matching ideas. Travel  has  recommendations for eating around Europe.  News reports on restaurants, events, sometimes a little gossip (to stay informed of news updates and upcoming events, sign on to the RSS feed to the left.) I also write a blog:


I’m an American who’s lived in London for 23 years, writing mostly for Decanter, the international wine magazine, as well as books on food, wine, and travel (and writing the wine chapter for, and helping revise, the 75th Anniversary edition of  The Joy of Cooking). When I first arrived, England wasn’t much of a place to eat in, even London. A few years later, the culinary scene was fired up by a new generation of chefs (led by Gordon Ramsay, whom I was the first journalist to interview at length), and I was in the right place at the right time after all. London is no longer just a place for gourmets to change planes on their way to Paris, Barcelona, or Rome, it’s as good a destination for food lovers, with an incredible array of wines: London’s wine lists are international road maps to pleasure.


I grew up in the restaurant business, then cooked and wrote, in New York and several other places before ending up, happily, in San Francisco in the mid-’70s (definitely right place/right time). I wrote for several newspapers, especially the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times and the Sunday Telegraph in England, Gourmet and The Wine Spectator, the California Wine Institute, edited cookbooks, lectured a little, travelled a lot, wrote more books: A Perfect Glass of Wine, a best-selling all-round guide; The Perfect Match, a food-and-wine cookbook nominated for a James Beard Award; and The Wine Lover Cooks Italian, a cookbook about Italian food and wine, with more usable information on the exciting wines of Italy than in any other cookbook I’ve seen. (More information on the Books page.)


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link to Decanter website
The world’s most prestigious wine website, including news, reviews, learning, food and travel

California's rapid rise on the fine wine investment scene has continued in 2018, backed by a run of good vintages, according to fresh figures from Liv-ex and BI Wines & Spirits.

opus one, oak barrels for wine
French oak barrels at the Opus One winery in Napa Valley, California.

New Liv-ex tracker charts growth as BI reports strong sales rise...

The post Demand grows for top California wines – figures appeared first on Decanter.

With so many great bars in London, where should Champagne aficionados visit? Expert reviewer Julie Sheppard shares her recommendations...

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Oscar Wilde Lounge
Oscar Wilde Lounge

Sip Champagne in style...

The post Luxury London Champagne bars: Insider guide appeared first on Decanter.

Warm, sunny weather throughout June and July has prompted early harvests in northern Europe with Champagne and Alsace the latest to get underway this week.

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Harvest in Champagne for 2018 was due to begin on 21 August.

Picking to begin in Champagne...

The post Champagne and Alsace follow Germany with early 2018 harvest appeared first on Decanter.