It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete techno-geek or a Luddite these days; one way or another the wonders of the Web will ensnare you. But are restaurants struggling to keep up with our insatiable thirst for up-to-the-second information? Let’s face it, pretty much everyone lives some part of their lives online, be it checking emails, checking out Facebook or checking in on Twitter, and we’re no slouches when it comes to choosing where to eat out. 53% of us research places to eat online before booking, which shows that if the restaurant isn’t represented in cyberspace, we ain’t interested. In fact – and it’s hard to believe – but apparently over a third of restaurants still don’t have a website and a quarter don’t promote themselves online at all, indicating some places are seemingly, incredibly, content to rest on their bay leaves while the competition picks up the roaming punter. Read full post
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Sadly chef Rose Gray passed away at the end of February after a long battle with cancer. With her partner Ruth Rogers, she opened the River Cafe in Hammersmith way back in 1987, when chef celebritydom was unheard of and Italian cooking was lasagne and spaghetti bolognese and a checked tablecloth highlighted by a candle in a wine bottle.
The Michelin-starred restaurant became the forerunner of seasonal, ingredient-led cooking which also turned our notion of Italian food on its head and gave Luigi’s lasagne a good kick up the posterior as they closed the door behind it. Purists would argue their cooking was not strictly regional Italian, but more an ambience, evoked by their passionate pursuit of the best and the most authentic. Read full post