London’s 10 best bars for winter

From a champagne terrace to a Belle Époque-inspired rooftop

Recipe: Bread and 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

Recipe: Mackerel pâté

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

A taste of Ireland by train

Quality Irish produce is at the heart of this grand tour of the Emerald Isle

Recipe: Seed cake

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

Thanksgiving 2018: Where to celebrate in London

The capital’s finest all-American feasts for November 22

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

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

Recipe: S’mores

The American campfire treat that’s perfect for Bonfire Night

Recipe: Pumpkin pie

An all-American classic for autumn

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

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

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 best artisan workshops

From breadmaking to calligraphy, people across the country are giving old school pursuits a go

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

How blind tastings led to wine’s identity crisis

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

Recipe: Kedgeree

The most regal of all Anglo-Indian dishes

Beyond borscht: London’s Russian restaurant revolution

If you’re bored of pizza and bugers, try a thick-crusted lattice pie, a Siberian dumpling or a Baltic herring instead

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.

London’s best pizza restaurants

Where to go in the capital for a slice of the action