Ben Viveur says...
Ben Viveur on breakfast @ Simpson's in the Strand:
"the sort of plateful I'd expect to be served at a three star seaside hotel while listening to a couple from the West Midlands arguing about a roof rack."
"These days there are great pubs almost everywhere and it's worth travelling a little further or paying a little more occasionally to have a pint that makes you go 'WOWFUCK!!!' rather than chugging down gallons of uninspiring pisswater every night."
Ben Viveur on festive hot drinks:
"Give me a naked flame, a handful of cloves and a cinnamon stick and I'll mull anything, me."
Ben Viveur on The Mayan:
"I've no idea how Ilkley succeeded where other brewers have fallen on their hot, chocolatey arses, but I'm guessing they used top quality ingredients and got the proportions exactly right."
"Be very careful when eating this meal: it combines breakfast and dinner ingredients, so you might get all confused and end up going to bed in the morning or something. In fact, fuck it. Do exactly that. It's a free country'n'shit. See if I care (which I don't, obviously)."
"It's a sort of hollow pastry pipe, baked to order, a bit like the outside of a strudel but with no filling. Or an extra-big cream horn that's more of a cylinder than a horn, and without any cream inside it. Yeah, I'm detecting the unterwhelm."
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