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  • Smoking Mad

    Don’t you hate it when diners get up to go outside to smoke, especially if their food has just been served ? What makes them so desperate to light up often between courses ? Is the food and wine not a big enough fix without the addition of nicotine ? I have often pondered…

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  • Pulling rank ?

    A few days before Christmas my daughter suggested that we meet for lunch in Chelsea and it was very last minute. We met at a well-known eaterie at 12:30 only to be told that there would be a 45 minute wait and, didn’t I realise that it was the week before Christmas ? Well,…

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  • Food and Politics

    Lunched yesterday with a good friend and seasoned parliamentarian in the Colony Grill at the new Beaumont Hotel ( though strangely all you see on the impressive white facade is No 8…uber chic no doubt ). This new Corbin and King eaterie fashioned in their true style is in it’s third week only and…

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  • 3 Gripes

    A recent family visitor to London from Germany, a fluent English speaker, was stumped by the word ” gripe “,which I then explained as a colloquial version of ” complaint ” a word also sounding complaining. I have many ” gripes ” when it comes to resaurants, and here I will indulge myself in…

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  • Table for 1 Part 2

    I posted a blog last week with a couple of serious omissions which I need to rectify. My son, an art dealer of repute, has been telling me for some time that the best food in London at the moment is to be had at Barrafina, either in Frith Street Soho, or, their new…

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  • Table for 1 sir ?

    There are evenings when I enjoy eating out on my own, and there are evenings when circumstances dictate that I eat out on my own. The question, in either case, is, where do I go ? If I decide on one of my regular haunts where I am well known to the staff, I…

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  • Frying tonight

    I remember as a young child sitting in the back seat of my father’s car, driving around the northern suburbs of Manchester, seeing a sign in a shop window written in large letters in what I knew then to be real writing, which read ” Frying Tonight “. I had no idea what was…

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  • I scream

    I was at a wonderful concert last night, Barenboim and the EastWest Divan orchestra and, at the interval, I met up with a friend of mine for a drink in one of the many bars at the Albert Hall. What struck me as I walked down the long circular corridor, was that, outside each…

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  • Scotched Salmon

    I have never been particularly attracted to things Scottish: haggis, oatcakes, smokies all leave me cold. However, I am partial to Scotch smoked salmon, and a good friend of mine who regularly fishes for salmon in the Scottish Borders tells me that in the summer months, the protocol is that, if you are fortunate…

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  • Sandwiches and…

    What I enjoyed most about the World Cup was watching three games a day during the opening rounds, and especially the games starting at 5:30pm, and especially also if they were shown on the BBC. There, Gary Lineker guided the various pundits through the intricacies of the game in a sensible studio and with…

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ON THE SUBJECT OF ME

Barry Verber is a dedicated restaurant critic whose experience spans many years. Dubbed by some as the “Jeremy Paxman of the dinner table”, Verber’s trademark ‘no-nonsense’ reviews have earned him the respect of countless restaurateurs.

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