Wine & Food

Where sampling gin is a serious business

214 Bermondsey is a gin-lovers’ paradise, even if you don’t get a slice of lemon with your G and T

17 Nov 2016

Donald Trump’s presidency will be fuelled by junk food

As he showed on the campaign trail, the president-elect favours KFC over haute cuisine

16 Nov 2016

We name and shame the worst mark-ups in London restaurants

An average Sauternes from a below-average ­vintage costs £460 plus service when it retails for less than £50

15 Nov 2016

How to cook classic canelés

These custard-filled cakes take the crème brûlée to the next level of deliciousness

Venison: the ultimate Ethical Carnivore dish

In the final column in an exclusive series for Spectator Life Louise Gray describes her most ethical meal and what a year killing to eat has taught her.

10 Nov 2016

How to get the best service in restaurants

Fred Sirieix from First Dates offers essential tips for ensuring you receive the best treatment when sitting down for dinner

8 Nov 2016

The fruit of many talents

Lemons are magnificent, whether you use them for salad dressing or stain removal

7 Nov 2016

All the presidents’ drinks

A brief history of the Commanders in Chief who loved a drop

How to bake Bonfire Night toffee apple cake

A surefire way of turning the perennially disappointing ‘treat’ into a thing of beauty

Gallery: Pergola on the Roof returns for winter

The rooftop eatery and drinks venue is back on top of the old BBC car park

4 Nov 2016

Thanks to roadkill, there is such a thing as a free lunch

‘Ethical carnivore’ Louise Gray on how to find and cook pheasant that met a sticky end

3 Nov 2016

The rise of macaron mania

Have you noticed that you can’t move for macarons? Those little almond cakes are everywhere. Once ignored in favour of…

3 Nov 2016

High Life v Low Life

One covers Park Lane, the other Skid Row. But who really has the more refined palate?

Don’t put jelly in my trifle — I may throw a wobbly

My recipe harks back to the one by Hannah Glasse in 1747

Have a very Happy Excessmas

Eat, drink and be merry just to spite the health puritans

3 Nov 2016

A raw deal in a vegan paradise

At Notting Hill’s Nama the food comes clean, crisp and barely cooked

2 Nov 2016

Life’s still too short to drink bad wine

Jonathan Ray on how he updated and expanded Simon Hoggart’s classic guide for wine connoisseurs

31 Oct 2016

How to make smoky pumpkin and bacon soup

A reviving and delicious recipe, just in time for Halloween

Mezcal: The Day of the Dead’s most potent spirit

Leave tequila on the shelf and give Mexico’s other fiery booze a try

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is an insult to a noble fruit

Starbucks’ seasonal special is a Halloween horror

28 Oct 2016

Can corn flakes kill the sex drive?

Imagine if there was a cereal that could stop you masturbating

27 Oct 2016

A virtual trip to Sicily with Antonio Carluccio

The great Italian chef has the final word on the spag bol furore

27 Oct 2016

How to make cheat’s risotto

A recipe to follow when the thought of doing anything other than opening and closing the oven door is overwhelming

Jam: a beautifully preserved history

Joan of Arc, Nostradamus and Louis XIV were all partial to jam

21 Oct 2016

The secret to making perfect pizza at home

Forget dialling for a takeaway, here are six tips for making flawless pizza

19 Oct 2016