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  • Smoking Mad
    Smoking Mad
    By Barry Verber
    09 Jun 2015
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    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 this […]

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  • Pulling rank ?
    By Barry Verber
    02 Feb 2015
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    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, of […]

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  • Food and Politics
    By Barry Verber
    16 Oct 2014
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    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 is […]

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  • 3 Gripes
    By Barry Verber
    29 Sep 2014
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    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 just […]

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  • Table for 1 Part 2
    By Barry Verber
    29 Sep 2014
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    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 venue […]

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  • Table for 1 sir ?
    By Barry Verber
    22 Sep 2014
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    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 am […]

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  • Frying tonight
    By Barry Verber
    17 Sep 2014
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    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 frying […]

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  • I scream
    By Barry Verber
    21 Aug 2014
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    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 door […]

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