Wine & Food

For festive drinking, choose Christmas spirits

December is a great time of the year to rebel against what Kingsley Amis called ‘the tyranny of wine’

28 Nov 2018

The best craft gins to buy

Britain’s favourite spirit comes in many fine forms

28 Nov 2018

Recipe: Bread & Butter Pudding

An extravagantly rich version of the all-time classic pudding

Christmas sandwiches 2018: the best and worst

This year’s festive offerings tasted and rated

19 Nov 2018

Recipe: Mackerel Pâté

A delicious supper, snack or starter that takes no time at all to whizz up

Recipe: Seed Cake

Strongly-flavoured cakes are out of fashion, but this old classic deserves to be rediscovered

Simpson’s in the Strand: spruced up and still special

A year on from its refurbishment, Simpson’s remains one of the London’s must-visit restaurants

5 Nov 2018

Introducing Table Talk, a new podcast from Spectator Life

Prue Leith on the worst cake she ever made, why she hates washing up, and what she takes away from the Great British Bake Off

2 Nov 2018

Recipe: S’Mores

The American campfire treat that’s perfect for Bonfire Night

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie

An all-American classic for autumn

Recipe: Mince & Dumplings

Our Vintage Chef rediscovers a childhood favourite

Recipe: Parkin

Be prepared for Bonfire Night with a delicious Yorkshire ginger cake

Can sherry make a comeback?

‘Granny’s favourite’ is no longer the ubiquitous tipple it once was in British homes – and it’s struggling in Spain, too

10 Oct 2018

Recipe: Poached Pears

Poach your pears in red wine for a visually stunning and tasty dessert

GBBO’s Paul Jagger: Top tips for baking bread

The Great British Bake Off contestant, whose lion bread wowed Paul Hollywood, shares some knead to know information

2 Oct 2018

Recipe: Spiced Apple Cake

The ultimate cake for the autumn months

Ryder Cup 2018: American vs European beers

The beers to drink while watching Europe and America’s best golfers do battle

The perfect pairing: fine tea is the new wine

Forget builder’s with milk and sugar, now it’s all about blue, white and green tea and what you eat with it

19 Sep 2018

How blind tastings led to wine’s identity crisis

Forty years after the infamous ‘Judgment of Paris’, it’s still easy to make mistakes

19 Sep 2018

Recipe: Kedgeree

The most regal of all Anglo-Indian dishes

Recipe: Shakshuka

A spicy dish that’s perfect for a long weekend breakfast

Recipe: Peach and blueberry cobbler

Cobblers are a particular favourite in the Deep South, and this is a classic combination.

Recipe: Niçoise Salad

Adding tuna steak makes for a luxury version of this classic French salad

Recipe: Limoncello Syllabub

An impressive pudding that can be whipped up in no time

How to cook game properly

Phil Vickery offers top tips for upping your game when it comes to preparing hare, pheasant, venison and more

21 Aug 2018

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcakes

An American pudding that is unapologetically sweet