Food and Drink

Students Throughout The UK Receive Their A Level Results

Stop mollycoddling girls and let them compete with each other

7 August 2014 14:21

I was pleased to read this week that my old headmistress, Judith Carlisle, has launched a campaign to root out perfectionism in girls’ schools. Her initiative, which she is calling… Continue reading

Final Preparations Are Underway For The Glorious Twelfth

Next to the great halal scandal, grouse is small beer. But which has M&S banned?

31 July 2014 10:30

Last year I got my grouse at M&S. The birds, I mean. There’s a little fresh meat section in the Kensington branch round the corner from me at work, and… Continue reading

Obesity doesn't seem to be a problem in Hong Kong. (Image: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Dieting, Hong Kong style

28 July 2014 15:00

Three weeks in to my six week stint as an English teacher in Hong Kong, I’ve been struck by how unusual it is to see a fat Chinese person. While… Continue reading


Boris tribute tavern opens

10 June 2014 12:16

Mr S has oft remarked that you have only made it in life when someone has named a watering hole after you. So congratulations to the Mayor of London, who has joined… Continue reading

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London’s party-hungry Russians suffer Putin problem

3 June 2014 12:16

Word reaches Mr S of the plight of Mr Alexander Sucenko, organiser of next Saturday’s annual Russian Summer Ball. The ball is said to be in jeopardy because nobody wants to… Continue reading

Chelsea Flower Show - Day 2

Monty Don, Kirstie Allsopp and Bear Grylls – we get the TV shows we deserve

22 May 2014 18:04

We’re now on day three of the Chelsea Flower Show, and this year the BBC have taken their coverage to the max. As well as the quotidian hourly slot with… Continue reading

Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates Campaign Ahead Of Election

The Axelrod Effect

21 May 2014 12:08

Are we finally seeing the effect of Ed Miliband’s expensive investment in David Axelrod? As the New Republic pointed out in 2010: ‘Food mishaps are central to the Axelrod mystique.… Continue reading

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Crisis of sincerity in the Miliband household?

20 May 2014 12:25

Mr S started the morning with Susannah Reid and Charlotte Hawkins of Good Morning Britain. All was pootling along quietly until Ed Miliband turned up on screen. The Leader of… Continue reading

The intimate family supper is key to any child's intellectual and emotional development. (Photo by Keystone View/FPG/Getty Images)

Mr Gove, after-school clubs need to learn from family life

20 April 2014 11:23

In news to warm Michael Gove’s heart, a new survey carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found that children as young a four are now routinely… Continue reading

The Red Lion (Image: Political Pictures)

Business as usual at the Red Lion

20 February 2014 15:36

Lamentations spread across Westminster when rumour had it that the Red Lion on Whitehall was to be reborn as trendy metropolitan wine bar. The old boozer was the scene of… Continue reading

Borgen actress Birgitte Hjort Sorensen.

Denmark’s ban on ritual slaughter is not kosher

20 February 2014 10:16

Fey metropolitan ponce that am I, I love nothing better than curling up on the sofa with my partner to watch a Scandinavian drama. Borgen, The Killing; we haven’t got… Continue reading


What’s causing the stink at 5 Hertford Street?

23 January 2014 10:55

Robin Birley’s 5 Hertford Street, the eye-wateringly expensive club in Mayfair, has been given until March to sort out its kitchens or face serious consequences after receiving an abysmal one… Continue reading

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Fresh rows are breaking out over one's enjoyment of the finer things in life.(PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)

Fat wars escalate as rival groups row over obesity

13 January 2014 17:01

Last week the sugar police were on the beet beat. This week the ‘thinnist’ lobby is claiming that a 2007 report into obesity, which predicted that half the country would… Continue reading

It's time to live by Michael Pollan's food rules: 'Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.' (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Labels and gimmicks will not stop a stroke

13 January 2014 15:03

Do you think that a McDonald’s Fruitizz drink contributes to your five-a-day? I only ask, because a recent newspaper investigation has shown that food companies are using the famous government-backed health campaign… Continue reading


Life imitates art at the Gay Hussar

3 December 2013 15:44

The Gay Hussar, the Hungarian establishment favoured by socialists with a fondness for champagne, has been in difficulties. Mr Steerpike related a joke that was doing the rounds: drum roll… Continue reading

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Labour have Osborne in their sights (and on their fridges)

23 January 2010 17:51

It’s only a small thing, but does anyone else find this detail from today’s Times interview with Alastair Campbell a little, erm, peculiar: "On the [Campbell] fridge is a Christmas… Continue reading


Here’s to a boozy New Year

31 December 2009 18:06

Happy New Year – and have a drink! That’s the message from the new year issue of The Spectator, where Leah McLaren has written a superb piece answering the Liam… Continue reading


Kentucky Fried Chicken Disappoints Glaswegians

27 August 2009 18:52

  According to the Los Angeles Times, KFC are bringing new finger-lickin’ goodness to market. This is the "Double Down" a sandwich made from: two Original Recipe fillets, bacon, Swiss… Continue reading


What is Middle-Class Elitism? And What’s Wrong With It?

2 July 2009 23:30

The Guardian is a great* newspaper but also an uncommonly infuriating rag. Take, for instance, this paragraph in what was an otherwise unobjectionable article about Elizabeth David: Now I should… Continue reading


Foraging the answer for fat folk

11 December 2007 20:21

The always estimable Kerry Howley draws attention to another lovely House of Lords moment: Baroness Gardner of Parkes: My Lords, I speak as a member of the All-Party Group on… Continue reading


Fat Bastard Actually Accurate Characterisation of the Modern Scot

25 September 2007 17:41

Oh great. Who knows, perhaps this is even true. I blame Glaswegians. Obesity levels in Scotland are the second highest in the developed world behind the USA, new statistics have… Continue reading