An illustration for a wine competition
©Ingram Pinn

Best champagnes and sparkling wines

The judges worked over seven consecutive days. We must assume that all three have resilient tooth enamel and acid-resistant palates


Whighams Wine Cellars
A round up of some of the city’s most characterful watering holes and cultural pit stops
©Josh Shinner
Meet the man who wants to show the British how to do more with vegetables than just boil them
Soufflé suissesse with tomato and anchovy sauce
©Andy Sewell

Soufflé suissesse with tomato and anchovy sauce

The ‘soufflé suissesse’ is exceptionally light in texture – but do not let this deceive you

Tim Hayward illustration by Richard Allen
©Richard Allem

Art on the menu

From Picasso to Banksy, artists have long decorated restaurants – but to what purpose?

Crosstown’s doughnuts

Quick bites: doughnuts to drool over

The humble dessert has attained gourmet status, with imaginative versions popping up all over London

©Nina Mangalanayagam

Le Cuisinier François, by La Varenne

This 17th-century cookbook eschewed the spices and sugar of medieval food and introduced regional and seasonal ingredients. It is the precursor to today’s classic French canon

Orrery’s dining room
©Tim Winter

Orrery, London

Orrery stands as an example of how one restaurant can spark change on the rest of the street

Els Casals

Fonda Sala and Els Casals, Catalonia, Spain

A glass of cava, a plate of salami with green peppers and the sunset made for an unforgettable aperitif

Open kitchen at Barrafina
©Paul Winch-Furness

Barrafina, Covent Garden, London

‘The skewers of big grilled chunks of loin of Ibérico pig are the sort of bar snacks they serve in Valhalla’

Toto’s dining room
©Helen Cathcart

Toto’s and Artusi, London

Nothing is going to get in the way of an evening that runs like a speedboat crossing the Lido

The tiny dining room at 64 Degrees

64 Degrees, Brighton

‘This shows all the riotous, sexy joy of a tapas joint in backstreet Barcelona’