I am the Food Editor and UK Editorial Team Lead for The Culture Trip. I have appeared on BBC TV & Radio, Channel 4, UKTV, The Guardian, AOL and lovefood.com (of which I was the editor). My print work includes The FT, Waitrose Kitchen and delicious. magazines.
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Late Night London, 10 Restaurants To Eat At After Midnight

Late Night London, 10 Restaurants To Eat At After Midnight

Here’s our round up of our favourite open-all-hours restaurants in the capital you can eat at before getting the Night Tube home. Read more at Culture Trip.
London’s ‘Signature’ Dishes: How Many Have You Tried?

London’s ‘Signature’ Dishes: How Many Have You Tried?

From dead hippy burgers to bone marrow salads to chocolate nemeses, here’s our definitive list of London’s classic signature dishes that define the capital’s dining scene. Read more at Culture Trip…  
The 'test tube' burger, and what it means for meat eaters

The ‘test tube’ burger, and what it means for meat eaters

Of all the weeks to go on holiday I picked the one which saw pretty much everyone in the UK food world attend a press conference to showcase the world's first 'test tube' burger. Not only did I miss that, but also the opportunity to rant about it on the airwaves, having to politely decline...
Lunch with a little 'un - The Jugged Hare

Lunch with a little ‘un – The Jugged Hare

Pre lunch venue: Art and Science on the Brain, Barbican Venue verdict: Playing with brains, what’s not to like? @foodjournalist adopt me please. @thejuggedhare — Melanie Jappy (@japster2008) April 9, 2013 Neuroscience and brains formed the prelude to the latest lunch with a little ‘un, and you can’t get cooler than getting kids into science....
Lunch with a little 'un - Balthazar

Lunch with a little ‘un – Balthazar

Balthazar doesn’t have a children’s menu, it doesn’t have high chairs, on the face of it, it doesn’t ‘do’ children. And yet within its gilded and mirrored walls daughts and I encountered some of the most child-friendly hospitality we’ve yet received.  This past month all of London has been abuzz with the news of Balthazar's...
Lunch with a little ‘un – Trullo, Islington

Lunch with a little ‘un – Trullo, Islington

Pre lunch venue: Highbury fields playground. Venue verdict: Hopefully the refurb will make it even better If George Orwell ever decided to add ‘the perfect neighbourhood Italian restaurant’ to his 1946 search for the perfect English pub, he could a lot worse than Trullo. Loved by the critics (and me) since it opened in 2010,...
Belle Époque redux and the return of the brasserie

Belle Époque redux and the return of the brasserie

London isn’t really one city, but two, we’ve just done a better welding job than Buda and Pest. So while in the East it’s mainly pop-ups, Americana-influenced speak easies, and drinking from kilner jars. In the West End some of the newest restaurants hark back to a golden age of style, it’s just a shame...
Lunch with a little 'un - Clissold House

Lunch with a little ‘un – Clissold House

Pre-lunch venue: Clissold Park Venue verdict: Great park, but not enough swings Among the various tribes of North London, Stoke Newington parents stand apart. These are thee most flexible of workers; the elite of the bearded mankles-out camper-shoe wearing earth-mothers – and that’s just the dads. Kelross passage marks the no-mans-land between Highbury and Stoke...
A chat with Oliver Peyton

A chat with Oliver Peyton

Oliver Peyton’s various business endeavors are like little milestones in my life. As a 20-something art student, I wasn’t cool enough to get into the Atlantic Bar which opened in 1994.  I spent much of the late 90s boozing in his Mash bar just off London’s Oxford Street. And finally, while writing my book a...
Lunch with a little ‘un – Assiette Anglais, Islington

Lunch with a little ‘un – Assiette Anglais, Islington

  Pre lunch venue: Freightliners Farm Venue Verdict: Railway themed city farm that’s in need of an upgrade Ludo and Mairead own a great little cafe, Le Peche Mignon, tucked away on a back street off the Holloway Rd. Small, with only one communal table, it’s a shop packed with deli items, and serves really...
Lunch with a little ‘un – Da Polpo, Covent Garden

Lunch with a little ‘un – Da Polpo, Covent Garden

Pre lunch venue: London Transport Museum Venue Verdict: Always good for a run around when it’s wet outside Throughout the long wet pre-Olympic summer the Transport Museum provided much needed shelter and entertainment on Tuesdays. The £10 entrance ticket is valid for a whole year, meaning you can nip in for a quick 30 min play...
My book ‘Food Britannia’ wins the Guild of Food Writer’s ‘Food Book of the Year 2012’

My book ‘Food Britannia’ wins the Guild of Food Writer’s ‘Food Book of the Year 2012’

Blimey, well there you go. Not bad for a first book, eh? It was an emotionally charged evening at Fishmongers Hall on Wednesday night (30 May). I didn’t really feel nervous until my category was called, then could hardly take in the judges’ comments read aloud by the host. There was then a pause which...