Charles Spencer – Marylebone Online http://maryleboneonline.co.uk Marylebone's Online Home Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:13:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Holy Guaca–Molé! Molé arrives in Marylebone http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/holy-guaca-mole-mole-arrives-in-marylebone/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/holy-guaca-mole-mole-arrives-in-marylebone/#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2015 03:35:07 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3223 This summer Marylebone welcomes Molé – a modern Mexican restaurant and taco bar – to the neighbourhood. Molé will offer classic and experimental Mexican and South American cuisine, alongside a carefully curated South American influenced cocktail menu. This vibrant and exciting space looks set to bring a new type of modern Mexican cooking to London. [...]

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This summer Marylebone welcomes Molé – a modern Mexican restaurant and taco bar – to the neighbourhood.

Molé will offer classic and experimental Mexican and South American cuisine, alongside a carefully curated South American influenced cocktail menu. This vibrant and exciting space looks set to bring a new type of modern Mexican cooking to London.

The Site

As the number of new wave ‘foodie’ joints opening in London shows no sign of slowing down, this is one we’re genuinely excited about. Located a few minutes walk from Bond Street station, the Molé concept has been devised by the team behind successful neighbouring sister Pan-Asian restaurant, Cocochan.

The quirky interior will feature a living wall with lush greenery, distressed surfaces. Hand-drawn wallpaper by the acclaimed Timorous Beasties, and quotes from Mexico’s most famous female artist, Frida Kahlo adorning the walls.

The Food

The Molé menu will offer refined South American classics, with a novel take on traditional comfort food updated with modern cooking methods and ingredients. 80% of Molé’s menu will be gluten-free, including their signature tacos, made on site from Masa (cornflour), with tasty dishes such as: Braised Oxtail, with Crema, Shaved Lettuce and Red Amaranth and Octopus with Pico de Gallo, Popcorn Shoot and Serrano Chilli.

The Drinks
The carefully curated drinks menu will consist of ten cocktails mainly with South American influences but split between the classic and the contemporary. All of Molé’s cocktails will be made using house-made syrups, infused spirits and fresh fruits supplied daily.

Hungry now? So are we.


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Summer in Provence at Aubaine http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/aubaine-summer-in-provence/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/aubaine-summer-in-provence/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2015 03:31:19 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3224 On Monday evening we had the pleasure of attending the launch of the new summer menu at Aubaine Marylebone. The selection of Provençal dishes were accompanied by a cold, crisp glass of Rosé, and for a few hours we were transported away from the overcast climes of Marylebone to the sun-soaked streets of Aix en [...]

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On Monday evening we had the pleasure of attending the launch of the new summer menu at Aubaine Marylebone. The selection of Provençal dishes were accompanied by a cold, crisp glass of Rosé, and for a few hours we were transported away from the overcast climes of Marylebone to the sun-soaked streets of Aix en Provence.

On entry we were presented with a Lavender Apple Collins – excellent. The tall, iced glass contained a simple blend of timeless flavour combinations – Bombay Sapphire gin, apple juice and lime paired with the divisive flavour of lavender syrup. The result was exceptional, the subtly flavoured syrup inspired postcard memories of the lavender fields of Luberon. Fortunately one of the waitresses noticed my enjoyment and kindly brought me a second glass whilst swiftly removing the empty glass that had lasted all of 45 seconds.

The evening took place in a relaxed environment on the light and spacious first floor of Aubaine. Natural light flooding through the windows, and cheerful chatter encouraged by free flowing glasses of Cuvée Alexandre’ Rosé established the kind of environment you would happily return to on any occasion.

A selection of canapés travelled around the room, and we were treated to Scallops, Salad Niçoise and the highlight of the evening, Bouillabaisse with its rich tomato flavour, sealed the deal. Simply put, a must try on the Marylebone food scene this summer.

For the those of you with a sweet tooth, try the Tarte Tropézienne. A crème patisserie filled brioche, coated in nibbed sugar available in pistachio or lavender flavours amongst others. A great way to finish, and further proof that one need not venture across the channel to find excellent quality pastries in London.

Other additions include Miraval Rose from the Miraval Estate, which was purchased by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009. As well as Côtes de Provence Rosé and Lavender infused Iced Tea. It’s clear to see that serious thought has been invested into the development of this menu, and the results are commendable.


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Showdown at The Lockhart http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/showdown-at-the-lockhart/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/showdown-at-the-lockhart/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2015 03:23:15 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3225 The Lockhart – Marylebone’s truly authentic Deep South restaurant – is excited to unveil its new all American cocktail bar SHOWDOWN, a residency from London’s leading drinks expert and cocktail guru Matt Whiley, aka ‘The Talented Mr. Fox’. The cocktails at Showdown will be as carefully thought out as chef Brad McDonald’s Southern food menu [...]

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The Lockhart – Marylebone’s truly authentic Deep South restaurant – is excited to unveil its new all American cocktail bar SHOWDOWN, a residency from London’s leading drinks expert and cocktail guru Matt Whiley, aka ‘The Talented Mr. Fox’.

The cocktails at Showdown will be as carefully thought out as chef Brad McDonald’s Southern food menu – both twisting American classics into something more contemporary and fresh. Matt’s approach to drinks is as off-the-wall as they come – previous cocktails have included a Pig’s Bloody Mary and a Marmite Martini.

Matt and his team have created a bespoke list of cocktails for Showdown focusing on rye and bourbon liquors – in true Southern style. The list is compiled into ‘Sour’, ‘Long’, ‘Strong,’ ‘Tap and Bottle’, ‘Weird’ and ‘Shooters’.

For a refreshing sundowner straight off the mark, there will also be an iced tea cocktail on tap: the “Ice Tee” with milk washed moonshine, maple and ‘lemon’ green tea; as well as some fast-pouring pre-made bottled cocktails including a Sazerac with Woodford rye, sugar, bitters and absinthe.

The cocktail menu is certainly designed to arouse curiosity with inclusions such as Boilerback (Woodford Reserve, baby faced ipa pickle juice) and “Pick it Lick it” (rye whiskey, pickled watermelon, house pecan soda). One thing is for certain, your mind will be opened and your taste buds will thank you.

There will be a substantial bar snacks menu, celebrating chef Brad McDonald’s Southern routes. Snacks such as Deviled Eggs and Catfish Goujons, as well as larger plates including Shrimp & Grits and Beef Ribs. Of course not forgetting Brad’s much-loved Cornbread. 

Opening Times:  5.30pm until 11pm Tuesday – Sunday

Address:
The Lockhart
24 Seymour Place
London
W1H 7NL

Telephone: 020 3011 5400
Email: info@lockhartlondon.com
Website: www.lockhartlondon.com
Twitter: @LockhartLondon


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In Profile: Alan Cook http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/in-profile/in-profile-alan-cook/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/in-profile/in-profile-alan-cook/#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:17:31 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3222 Alan Cook, Manager of The Montagu and The Churchill Bar & Terrace, joined us to explain how his 30-year career has taken him from pot washing to London’s finest hotel bars. How did you begin working in hospitality? My passion for the hospitality industry began at the age of 16, when I arrived in the [...]

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Alan Cook, Manager of The Montagu and The Churchill Bar & Terrace, joined us to explain how his 30-year career has taken him from pot washing to London’s finest hotel bars.

How did you begin working in hospitality?

Alan Cook ChurchillMy passion for the hospitality industry began at the age of 16, when I arrived in the UK from my homeland of Zimbabwe.  It was then that I started work in a restaurant in Scotland washing dishes and preparing the salad bar, before being promoted to waiter.

30 years later my career has allowed me to work with some amazing teams in fantastic bars from The Churchill here at Hyatt Regency London to The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz, The Lanesborough, The Hempel Hotel and The Playboy Club. One of the highlights of my career has to be working on special private events for the Queen, including her 80th birthday party.

How long have you been managing The Churchill Bar & Terrace and The Montagu?

I joined Hyatt Regency London as Manager of The Churchill Bar & Terrace in October 2012. Then in 2015 I took on the managerial position at The Montagu restaurant, The Churchill Bar & Terrace and kitchen team.

What is the best part of your job?

Oh that is so hard to say, as I actually love it all.  I so enjoy creating fun and exciting promotions, from the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea we are currently hosting, to working with the team to create amazing cocktails at The Churchill Bar & Terrace.  Spending time with my team is another highlight, they are wonderful and are always eager to learn and develop further, which is incredibly rewarding for me.  Then of course there are our fantastic guests. Many of whom I have known for years and love welcoming back, as well as getting to know the new ones who walk through our doors.

What are your favourites on the menu?

My favourite cocktails on the menu at The Churchill Bar have to be the ‘Teapot Cocktails’, which were created with a link to the prohibition era when alcohol was being secretly produced and consumed in hidden locations. Our Teapot Cocktails are served table-side in vintage silver tea sets creating a truly unique experience. All of our cocktails have great stories behind them relating to Winston Churchill, and come with their own recipe cards.

At The Montagu, my favourite dish is the Crispy goat’s cheese, baby courgettes, artichokes and watercress pesto, but we have just launched our new summer menu so this is likely to change to another favourite soon!

What is next for The Churchill Bar?  Any summer highlights?

To celebrate summer, The Churchill Bar has transformed its terrace area in to an English garden, and our team have created an array of exceptional summer cocktails including the ‘Eton Mess-Take’, which is our creative take on the Eaton Mess.  We are also offering a series of specialised picnic hampers, where guests can choose from a selection of traditional picnic treats to enjoy on our terrace.

Do you spend much time around Marylebone?  Any favourites?

Not enough time really, but when I do I really enjoy it!  When I am on Marylebone High Street, I can’t help but pop in to La Fromagerie for a quick cheese fix, The Ginger Pig for some of their amazing meats and then I always seem to find something I never knew I wanted in The Conran Shop!


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Top 3 Marylebone cafés to work from http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/top-3-marylebone-cafes-work/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/top-3-marylebone-cafes-work/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:04:59 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3150 We’re going to take you on a whistle stop tour of 3 of Marylebone’s top cafes to work from. With an alleged 1 in 7 people now registered as self-employed, the demand for work spots has sky-rocketed. Gone are the days of dressing gowns and client calls in your pants with Jeremy Kyle on mute [...]

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We’re going to take you on a whistle stop tour of 3 of Marylebone’s top cafes to work from.

With an alleged 1 in 7 people now registered as self-employed, the demand for work spots has sky-rocketed. Gone are the days of dressing gowns and client calls in your pants with Jeremy Kyle on mute in the background. These days it’s all about the Macbook, expensive leather notebook and flat white. Especially if you’re a student.

Gone are the days of Yorkshire brew and, if you were feeling exceptionally indulgent, a cucumber sandwich with a slice of carrot cake. Now it’s all about handpicked Nicaraguan cacao, double roasted and strained through 89.4 degree water from the Malvern Hills. The WIFI needs to be faster than a South Korean gaming arena and if the decor is anything less than minimalist, reconstructed, ‘found-it-in-me-nan’s-garage’, shabby-chic then you can pretty much write your own eviction notice.

Whether you call it kitsch or niche, nouveau-riche or just plain quiche, London has bean revolutionised by the demand for good quality coffee in a specific environment – and Marylebone is certainly no exception.

– Monocle

Trendy Monocle Café on Marlyebone’s much loved Chiltern Street is first up. Great coffee, great food, but lacking in the WIFI department as it’s only available to magazine subscribers.

Coffee 8/10 | Wifi 2/10 | Ambiance 7/10 | Comfort 7/10 | Staff 8/10

– Nordic Bakery

A great place for some quiet, focussed work – but not with any electronics, as there is no WIFI whatsoever.

Coffee 8/10 | Wifi 0/10 | 7/10 Ambiance | 6/10 Comfort | Staff 7/10

– Amanzi Tea

We could spend ours sat in the big comfy downstairs area at Amanzi Tea. Whilst the coffee ain’t as good (to be fair, it’s mainly a tea shop), it makes up for it everywhere else.

Coffee 6/10 | Wifi 9/10 | Ambiance 8/10 | Comfort 8/10 | Staff 7/10


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5 ways to get fit in Marylebone http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/5-ways-get-fit-marylebone/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/5-ways-get-fit-marylebone/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 02:50:12 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3148 It’s come to our attention that summer is fast approaching – if like us you’ve suddenly realised you never actually shed those extra Christmas pounds, we’ve got a list of great fitness options available to our readers in Marylebone… 1. CHHP This Harley Street fitness and wellness centre is so much more than just a [...]

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It’s come to our attention that summer is fast approaching – if like us you’ve suddenly realised you never actually shed those extra Christmas pounds, we’ve got a list of great fitness options available to our readers in Marylebone…

1. CHHP

This Harley Street fitness and wellness centre is so much more than just a gym. With trained medical professionals alongside highly qualified trainers and cutting edge equipment CHHP is the perfect environment for structured and unique fitness experience. The team provide bespoke solutions for clients across the exercise spectrum, from first time exercisers to Olympic medallists. The state-of-the-art facilities provide the ultimate sport and exercise medicine environment.

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2. Moose X-Training

The new, flexible way to train. Personal training sessions at your convenience which focus on results through enjoyment – after all if you’re going to stick at it, fitness shouldn’t be a chore. Moose X-training is the perfect solution for those who don’t have the time (or enthusiasm) to commit to the gym or perhaps just want something different.

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3. bePilates

The fitness trend that took the 20th Century by storm continues to grow in popularity. bePilates offers all the traditional healthy and well-being benefits of Pilates, in a fantastic setting on Chiltern street. The team of teachers provide excellent classes to help you achieve your fitness goals.

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4. Club 51

Designed to offer a unique approach to health, fitness and rehabilitation in its private studio in Marylebone, Club 51 offers a calm, relaxed and natural training space for bespoke one-to-one coaching. The team of dedicated health and fitness specialists are used to working with clients from the world of entertainment, sport and business, and unlike conventional gyms and health clubs, entrance is strictly by appointment only.

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5. Made in Fitness

A genuinely personal, personal training experience with a highly qualified professional. Personal training on offer varies from group fitness to post natal Power Plate, with everything including nutrition advice and healthy cooking classes in between.

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With so many excellent options on offer in Marylebone, there’s no excuses for not getting into the best shape of your life this Spring.


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Bang & Olufsen opens in Marylebone http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/bang-olufsen-opens-marylebone/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/bang-olufsen-opens-marylebone/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:35:31 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3147 Luxury Danish electronics company Bang & Olufsen has opened a new store on Marylebone High Street. The company, which started in 1925, has become the iconic face of high quality audio visual equipment. With stores across Europe, the Bang & Olufsen brand has become renowned for the sleek aesthetics of its product range as much as [...]

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Luxury Danish electronics company Bang & Olufsen has opened a new store on Marylebone High Street.

The company, which started in 1925, has become the iconic face of high quality audio visual equipment. With stores across Europe, the Bang & Olufsen brand has become renowned for the sleek aesthetics of its product range as much as the exceptional performance.

Priding themselves on producing a unique multimedia experience, the Bang & Olufsen store is set to fit in well with the range of high-end retailers already present on Marylebone High Street. With a diverse product range including a fine selection of loudspeakers, TVs, sound systems and more, there’s bound to be something for even the most discerning customer.

The new opening may come as a surprise to some in the midst of a major company restructuring. With 125 jobs set to be cut in an attempt to reduce costs, the ever-growing competition in electrical goods market it evidently taking its toll. However, the company released its preliminary figures for the third quarter of the financial year – ending May 31, 2015 – which show revenue is up 19% compared with the same period a year earlier.

 


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Chiltern Railways line to reopen http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/news/chiltern-railway-reopen/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/news/chiltern-railway-reopen/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:41:45 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3149 Chiltern Railway’s have finally reopened the line between Leamington Spa and Banbury today after a landslip prevented any direct services into London Marylebone from Birmingham and The North. If you’ve attempted to travel anywhere north via train from Marylebone you have no doubt encountered delays, buses and varying degrees of frustration. But we have good news, [...]

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Chiltern Railway’s have finally reopened the line between Leamington Spa and Banbury today after a landslip prevented any direct services into London Marylebone from Birmingham and The North.

If you’ve attempted to travel anywhere north via train from Marylebone you have no doubt encountered delays, buses and varying degrees of frustration. But we have good news, the landslip between Leamington Spa and Banbury has finally been moved and normal service has resumed. You’ll even be pleased to learn that those generous Chiltern Railways executives are continuing their “Banbury fare match”, which offers reduced price travel on both day tickets and season tickets – what a great day to be a commuter!

We hope you find this news as overwhelmingly exciting as we did.


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Review: You Me Sushi http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/reviews/review-sushi/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/reviews/review-sushi/#respond Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:33 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3135 As You Me Sushi continues to spread across London, we decided to review the Marylebone store – where it all began. On a rainy, cold Saturday afternoon in the depths of February we were delivered a morale boosting 36 piece sushi platter to the Marylebone London HQ. From placing our order to delivery, our food [...]

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As You Me Sushi continues to spread across London, we decided to review the Marylebone store – where it all began.

On a rainy, cold Saturday afternoon in the depths of February we were delivered a morale boosting 36 piece sushi platter to the Marylebone London HQ. From placing our order to delivery, our food arrived in a brisk 30 minutes – just long enough to really work up an appetite. With a delicious mix of salmon sushi rolls, crab rolls and salmon sashimi the platter more than satisfied the appetites of two strapping young men.

Now the details.

The fish – fresh salmon, in generously meaty chunks had the freshness one hopes for when consuming uncooked, aquatic vertebrates. The salmon sashimi was particularly noteworthy, with a delicate saltiness and a melt-in-the-mouth tenderness. The rice – sticky yet light, and in the perfect ratio in both crab and salmon rolls.

There’s really no bigger crime to sushi than total rice domination, and the balance here was spot on. Accompanied by all the necessary extras, pickled ginger, salty soy sauce and fiery wasabi the platter delivered (pardon the pun) on all fronts.

This really was delicious sushi and the freshness of the produce alongside the care taken in preparation was apparent. Good work! But don’t just take our word for it – try it yourself.

Information

156 Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5PN

Nearest Tube: Marylebone/Baker Street

Tel: 020 7935 0505
Website: youmesushi.com


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St Marylebone Church blessed by Pete Doherty http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/news/st-marylebone-church-blessed-pete-doherty/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/news/st-marylebone-church-blessed-pete-doherty/#respond Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:52:27 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3133 A life size sculpture of The Libertines frontman Pete Doherty was unveiled in St Marylebone church last week. Confused? So were we. The all white, plaster-cast, marble sculpture, created by Nick Reynolds, depicts Mr Doherty being crucified. The display comprises part of an on going art exhibition, which will conclude in the sale of the [...]

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A life size sculpture of The Libertines frontman Pete Doherty was unveiled in St Marylebone church last week. Confused? So were we.

The all white, plaster-cast, marble sculpture, created by Nick Reynolds, depicts Mr Doherty being crucified. The display comprises part of an on going art exhibition, which will conclude in the sale of the sculpture for an estimated £33,000. Ben Moore, curator of The Stations of The Cross exhibition, aims to raise money and awareness for the Missing Tom Fund, established to aid the search of his brother who disappeared in 2003.

The sculpture – ‘christened’ For Pete’s Sake – was originally created by Reynolds in 2008 and will hang alongside other artworks by artists including Paul Benney, Nasser Azam, Angelica Cayzer, Wolfe Lenkiewicz and Charlie Mackesy, each of which depict the Passion of Christ.

Reynolds explained, “When I created this work I saw Pete being crucified by the media and that provided the basis of my inspiration to make this piece.” Whatever the motivation for this unusual creation it seems that the intentions of its display are in the right place. However, if like us, you still find the entire situation a little perplexing, don’t worry – the exhibition is only temporary and is scheduled to end on 17th March.

Leave us a comment below to let us know what you think about such a controversial figure being displayed in place of worship.


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