Restaurant Blog

August 3, 2020

Pear, Walnut & Gorgonzola Salad

Lots of what passes as salad in my home is really a diabolical dishes disguised by the words ‘light lunch’ meaning we will have it when it is light outside, that’s all.

July 28, 2020

What you do when your year turns out to be a lemon?

As 2020 turned out to be a proverbial lemon, I decided as the saying goes to make the most of it. Refreshing as an addition to your summer lemonade or as an ‘amuse bouche’ but I like it on its own as a light dessert after a meal, cleans and refreshes the palette. This dessert […]

July 21, 2020

British Summertime Blues

Blueberry Cobler Whilst I love the theory of baking, the reality is a nightmare of equipment and mess in the sweltering heat in the kitchen rather than the garden in our hammock. 2020 really has put things in perspective, for myself at least and anything too complicated is swiftly scratched of my culinary dance card. […]

July 13, 2020

Mexican tomato & bean soup

This fresh, piquant summer soup combines many of the ingredients you might find in a feisty salsa, but in this case they re all souped up. Add more chillies if you like it hot, and a handful of fresh sweetcorn kernels, sliced straight from the cob, is a good addition if you have them. A scattering of diced avocado can replace the soured cream, if you prefer.

July 7, 2020

Amen Ramen – Some like it hot!

OK, so we entertain a lot and we do not have time or inclination to get into canapés, starters, main, etc etc. Truly nobody does and although everything has its time cooking for me should not be a stress rather a pleasure and so I am always after how to get the biggest culinary bang […]

June 30, 2020

Courgette & Parmesan Fries

From all the delicious classic dishes in the clubs repertoire I find that the one thing that people often refer to me as their cheeky favourite is our crispy parmesan coated courgette fries. I know that in bikini season, it is a sin to meander off the salad and the juice mantra but ‘hey ho’ this year really does not count on my calorie counter. As it is basically a vegetable, it’s carb free and I am soo chalking this down as one of my five even if some crispy parmesan accidentally got stuck on it in the process.

June 23, 2020

Cracking Secrets, for Savoury Biscuits

In the meantime I have had a blissful time making their recipe suggestions, including these wonderful biscuits (Americans would say crackers)  that are fantastic with cheese or all alone as a snack, they keep for days,  weeks, even, I assume –  though they have never lasted long enough to find out.

June 15, 2020

Gado Gado

Gado Gado, ‘mix mix’ was voted in 2018 as one of Indonesias national dishes, many other Asian cultures offer a similar version of this dish, this is my preferred culinary mix 

June 9, 2020

No-Churn Ice-Cream, Rum & Raisin

I scrapped the rest of the list and thought I would simply do what makes me happy, it turns out what makes me happy lives in my freezer shhhh, tell no one, home made rum & raisin ice cream therapy today, I promise to clean tomorrow, now please leave I don’t need you to see this!

June 2, 2020

A Case For Quesadillas

When the indigenous people of central Mexico, came across the Spanish settler’s larder in the mid 16th century, their sweet baked pumpkin tortillas, found new fillings by way of cheese and sheep, lamb & cow. These became known as the quesadilla, literally translated to ‘cheese (queso) little thing’.  Its versatility has ensured instant and more importantly, enduring popularity. 

May 26, 2020

Coastal Comfort Potted Shrimp

Many classics, such as pies, smoked meats, pickles and indeed the potted shrimp are all a product of resourcefulness and the inventiveness of people in the past to extend produce seasonality, availability with these simple preserving methods.

May 19, 2020

Mussels In A Garlic Butter Sauce

Mussels In A Garlic Butter Sauce My mum cooked this often and she served it with dad’s own, home baked sourdough bread. I buy a fresh loaf and I cheat by warming it up in the oven and pretending I am back on the island waiting for all to gather around for a BIG FAT […]

May 12, 2020

Georgia on my mind

There is a taste of place that you cannot replace. But we try, we try! We are at home and cannot travel, but we miss, we miss! Friends and open roads and hot foreign skies, the whispering of cathedral canopies in forests, murmuring sea shores, a rough wooden tables laden with dishes and label-less bottles of wine, all empty. 

May 3, 2020

Potentino Minestrone

Potentino Minestrone for 6-8   Please note that left over minestrone is better so add more Ingredients if you wish   Cavolo Nero 200 g Pumpkin 100g Mushrooms 100g Tinned Tomato 1 can Zucchini 100g Potato 100g Dried Cannellini or Borlotti Beans 100g   (Ingredients depend on season – traditionally these soups are made with […]

April 21, 2020

Lockdown Recipe – Sourdough Bread

by Heathcliff O’Malley, Photographer   Sourdough Bread Recipe I first started making sourdough bread in late 2018 .  A bakery had moved into the area but the holes in the bread were so enormous that all the marmalade and butter were falling through my breakfast toast and it was really annoying me and I decided […]

April 8, 2015

You can’t be a Real Country unless you have a beer and an airline—it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer

  With that in mind, we crammed the fridges full with 4 new beers; Lagunitas IPA, Mosaic IPA, Tally Ho Ale & Sole Star Pale Amber Ale. I picked them, which means they’re outstanding.

February 16, 2015

A Spring in your soup

  The first glimmers of Spring are in the air, and that means we can thaw the Audi out and get a fresh delivery of produce from our farm in Norfolk.   Time for a menu change methinks.   We’ve got guinea fowls with pumpkin purée, cannelloni with spinach & ricotta, lemons soles covered in […]

September 24, 2014

Restaurant Menu Update

Got a bit chilly outside didn’t it? The year’s gone by so quickly hasn’t it? You really should have done that thing you super wanted to have done by now shouldn’t you? While you’ve been procrastinating in Autumnal cliches our chef Halim’s gone hell for leather and come up with the ideal menu to warm those […]

July 24, 2014

“Summer menu?!? Don’t mind if I do!” said that cat in the bow tie (lie)

What-ho, what’s that of the port bow? Why, it’s the Summer menu,  ready to belie all the assumptions everyone makes about Brits’ cuisine being heavy stodgy bog food. We’ve got mozzarella tarts with heritage tomatoes in thin pastry crust, scallops with sweetcorn and Italian coppa ham, Norfolk lamb from our very own farm raaaather well […]

June 26, 2014

Summer Screenings and Happy Hour

Throughout the summer we will be showing a series of films exploring walls, barriers and borders today, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Prior to the screenings, from 5.30 – 7.30pm, the club will be open and serving a Happy Hour menu of sharing platters and summer cocktails.

June 24, 2014

2 Europeans, 34 bottles of wine, 2 hours and a double shift the next day

……and by and by we got blotto and chose the greatest wine list in North West London town. We launch Thursday, with gusto Join us

May 20, 2014

I was having dinner with Garry Kasporov and our table had a check tablecloth

Took him two hours to pass me the salt   Arff arff. Here’s some cocktails we made: MY HEDONISTIC TENDENCIES Chase Vodka, litchi, Lime, soda VENTILATOR BLUES Adnams Copper gin, hibiscus syrup, lemon ME & MY BIG IDEAS Cucumber syrup, Prosecco SOMBRERO FALL OUT Beefeater gin, fig, lemon, lime, tonic MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY […]

May 7, 2014

A hullabaloo for h’asparagus

Friends, It’s asparagus season!!!! Everyone loves asparagus, and there’s a whole season of it that you probably didn’t know about. Don’t worry, I’m here to allay all your shame over forgetting. We’ve got the best you can find, Norfolk asparagus, and put it with poached eggs, wild sea trout, crushed Jersey royal potatoes, and other […]

April 6, 2014

Durch das Volk, für das Volk

Sick to the gills of saying “We only do bottled beer I’m afraid” for the 47,648th time, our intrepid restaurant manager came up with a capital idea: let’s get a keg. Herein he discovered Mosaic Pale Ale by the pint, a craft (see pretentious) but oh me oh my delicious English beer so glorious it’s […]

March 27, 2014

Super sunrise, sunset

It’s been a good news–bad news week here in the Frontline’s service wing . . . The good news is pints of Adnams Jack Brand Craft Beer are £2.80 a pint in the Member’s Club Bar. That is simply ridiculous, even as I read it back. Cheapest price in London, for an English craft beer; […]

February 21, 2014

Spring Menu at Frontline

It’s e dreich day ootside. I know this to be true because my fourteenth umbrella has been stolen and my socks are wet. Why not escape this dammed contemptible drizzle and the veritable wind tunnels of Central London and join us at the Frontline Restaurant to try our new Spring menu. Lobster salads, line caught […]

January 30, 2014

Late January at Frontline

It took me time and effort to find it. Sleepless nights. Cold sweats. Occasional tears. But the Frontline Club bar need’s a better class of beer, and i’m gonna give it to them. Presenting Adnams Dry Hopped Lager, from the fine folk in Southwold. It’s a grand old blend of Pilsner malt, a touch of […]

January 13, 2014

Broadside Ale at the Frontline Club

It’s January, again, and to commiserate together, we’ll be introducing Adnams’ glorious Broadside Ale by the pint at the Frontline Club bar; all at an astonishingly cheap price for those member’s looking for something a little different from their trips to the club mid Winter. Not satisfied with that? We’ll also be running their Dry Hopped Lager as […]

October 31, 2013

Frontline Restaurant listed in The Telegraph’s top London restaurants

The restaurant critics of The Telegraph have listed the Frontline in their list of top London restaurants. You can read the review below, or on their website. Near Paddington Station and part of the club of the same name, the Frontline occupies a large room with sunburst windows set against bare brick walls – it […]

October 17, 2013

Celebrate Christmas at the Frontline Club

With just 68 days to go, Christmas is fast approaching. If you haven’t yet booked your Christmas party, there is still time.