#FoodandDrink|New Opening: Cottons Restaurant and Rhum Shack

The Notting Hill set is eagerly awaiting the opening of the hugely successful Cottons Caribbean Restaurant and Rhum Shack, due to launch this April 2016, at 157-159 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 (just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate Underground).

With over 30 years’ experience of serving authentic Caribbean cuisine, it will offer a real buzz in the area with its steel drum evenings and lively atmosphere.  The bar will stock the largest rum collection in the UK, with over 300 varieties available. From Reggae Rum Punch to Killer Doppis to Piña Coladas, the Rhum Shack will be shaking up both classic and innovative cocktails using their own signature style and recipes.

Cottons Logo

Laurent Desiree, an esteemed chef of French Guadeloupe origin, will be taking the reigns as Executive Head Chef. Desiree will bring a distinguished and colourful past to Cottons, including TV appearances on MasterChef UK and Caribbean.

The Cottons kitchen team will be further enhanced by Head Chef, Ross Sloane, who previously held 2AA Rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand at Kota Restaurant, Cornwall.  Sloane’s dishes will be ingredient-driven, sustainably sourced and foraged where possible. Fresh, organic flowers such as chive flowers and coriander flowers will be used within the dishes enhancing them both aesthetically and taste-wise.

Cotton’s Notting Hill is set to become the flagship for the group.

Cottons Caribbean Restaurant and Rhum Shack,

157-159 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11




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#FoodandDrink| Healthy Breakfast Tips From Head Chef Gary Durrant at Hunter 486

It’s time to recover from an indulgent Christmas and begin the New Year with some nutritiously good intentions. What better way to start your day than with a healthy guilt-free breakfast? Make your breakfast time more egg-citing with a visit to stylish restaurant Hunter 486 at The Arch London.

For National Breakfast Week (24–30 January 2016) Hunter 486 will be offering complimentary fruit or vegetable smoothies with its healthy breakfasts served between 7–11am. Nutritious breakfasts cost £19 per person and include dishes such as an egg white omelette with feta and spinach or turmeric and sundried tomato, alternatively try homemade Bircher muesli with almond milk topped with blueberries, flax and chia seeds.

To celebrate National Breakfast Week Head Chef Gary Durrant at Hunter 486 offers his top tips on how you can eat a healthier breakfast.

Garry Durrant, Head Ched at Hunter 486 in The Arch London (1)


  1. Have a Quick Breakfast

It’s easy to skip breakfast when you are in a rush but by missing out on breakfast you can increase your calorie intake as you snack more throughout the day. Have a breakfast that you can enjoy on the go such as fresh fruit, nuts, seeds and berries with green or black tea.

Herbal Tea

Fresh Fruit




  1. Plan and Prepare

Plan and prepare your breakfast to avoid eating unhealthy food. Go for easy but healthy options such as porridge, wholegrain bread or cereals or try your hand at making your own homemade granola.


  1. Go For Egg Whites

Eggs are a great source of nutrients and so easy and quick to make. Egg whites are full of protein as well as being low-fat and cholesterol-free which is why our healthy breakfast includes an egg white omelette.


Eggwhite in -spirels magazine


  1. Make a smoothie

You can make healthy smoothies at home – you just need fresh fruit, yoghurt and a blender. Go for low sugar fruits, such as berries and experiment by adding greens such as spinach. You’ll be surprised how much spinach you can add without changing the taste of a smoothie!


Make a smoothie


  1. Go for something different

Cook a bowl of brown rice the night before and in the morning add honey, raisins, apple and milk with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Brown rice provides energy and is a great alternative to cereal.


Brown Rice


  1. Have pizza for breakfast

A slice of last night’s pizza isn’t the most nutritious breakfast so instead try bread with low fat cream cheese, tomatoes, a pinch of salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil.

cream cheese


Located close to Hyde Park and Oxford Street, Hunter 486 is the perfect breakfast venue before hitting the shops or going for a brisk walk in the best-known of the Royal Parks.


The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD

For reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com


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#FoodandDrink| A London Love Story this Valentine’s Day at Conrad London St. James

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one in the heart of romantic London at Conrad London St. James. Set the mood with a delicious London Love Story Afternoon Tea in the luxurious surrounds of Emmeline’s Lounge. For true indulgence be swept off your feet with the full London Love Story Valentine’s Package. Both available from the 12th-14th February 2016, these Valentine’s Day offerings are sure to set hearts ablaze.

London Love Story Afternoon Tea

Be spoiled with deliciously curated creations including white chocolate and champagne truffles, red berry shortcake and sensuous dark chocolate velvet cake. The rose macaroons add a delicate floral touch and the strawberry panna cotta with strawberry foam is a fruity twist on a classic favourite. Afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete without a fantastic selection of finger sandwiches and freshly baked plain and fruit scones (including vanilla, lemon and winter berry curd).

An exotic range of teas is available to complement the afternoon tea including traditional favourites to flowering teas. The rose tea offers a delicious and fragrant experience, featuring whole rose buds. With graceful notes of sweet edged rose this tea has a smooth calming taste with a light palate cleansing finish.

London Love Story Afternoon Tea at Conrad London St. James (www.conradhotels.com/london) is £55 per person including free flowing GH Mumm rosé Champagne, or £39 per person without Champagne.


London Love Story Package

Love is in the air at Conrad London St. James, so celebrate this romantic occasion with the London Love Story Package. Make this Valentine’s Day an adventure of the senses, before arrival guests can download the Conrad Concierge app allowing them to select their favourites from the pillow and bathroom collection before arrival. After checking-in couples can spend the afternoon strolling lakeside through St. James’s Park, shopping in nearby Knightsbridge or exploring Westminster Abbey.




This thoughtful Valentine’s package allows guests to enjoy the delicious London Love Story afternoon tea in stylish Emmeline’s Lounge, adding extra sweetness to the romantic escapade. After returning to the room, a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut and rose petals are waiting to set the mood. The following morning guests can enjoy breakfast in the comfort and luxury of their room. No need to rush and check out in the morning, as guests have until 18:00 to stay inspired and take advantage of all that the London Love Story Package has to offer.


The London Love Story Package at Conrad London St. James is available from Thursday 12th to 14th February 2016 from £470 for two people, including Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut and rose petals, Afternoon Tea for two with free flowing GH Mumm rosé Champagne and B&B in a deluxe room.


For more information about London Love Story at Conrad London St. James or to make a reservation, please visit www.conradhotels.com/london or call 020 3301 8080.


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