Empire of the bun
By Will Self - 01 May 11:35

If the historian Oswald Spengler were alive today, Wimpy is the kind of fast-food joint he'd be eating in.

The forward mulch of Labour
By Will Self - 17 April 16:39

Even people who know absolutely nothing about British politics of the past two decades still know that Peter Mandelson once mistakenly referred to mushy peas as guacamole in a Hartlepool fish-and-chip shop.

Away in a Manger
By Will Self - 29 March 13:31

Pret a Manger is the the mother of all pseudo-sophisticated sandwich outlets.

A peri British coop
By Will Self - 15 March 8:27

I find it absolutely mind-boggling that on our high streets there are more than 214 branches of Nando's, a restaurant chain originally started in South Africa by ethnic Portuguese refugees from Mozambique - but then I suppose

Breakfast of champignons
By Will Self - 26 February 10:45

At what mute, inglorious juncture in the history of British cuisine did the "all-day breakfast" make its appearance?

Pretty fry for a white guy
By Will Self - 15 February 8:21

One of the most realest meals there is in the so-called developed world is a hotel breakfast. I say this for a simple reason: no one - unless they are close to expiring - refuses it.

Real Meals: Mama said knock udon out
By Will Self - 29 January 10:25

Wagamama has been serving a bizarre fusion cuisine - part Japanese traditional, part English nursery slop - for nigh on 20 years now.

Who ate all the pies?
By Will Self - 14 January 6:27

To sit in Pizza Express is to partake in a mystic communion with the cosmopolitanisation of the Brit

Yule only regret it
By Will Self - 17 December 7:06

I'm not altogether sure Christmas dinner is a meal at all, let alone a real one; rather, it is the focus of all the faith, hope and joy - as well as the transgenerational neuroses and psychic dyspepsia - that we load on to tha

Just pour me bubbles, darling
By Nina Caplan - 17 December 7:06

Peace on earth and mercy mild probably aren't on most people's Christmas shopping lists this year - not if they're realistic.

Real Meals: attack of the one-foot sandwich
By Will Self - 26 November 5:41

If you're anything like me, you probably find the global dominance of the Subway sandwich chain bewildering.

Real Meals: a double-shot of sanctimony
By Will Self - 12 November 5:43

Starbucks coffee is so bad I'll happily walk several blocks just to avoid drinking the stuff

Sacrificed in the name of sushi
By Mark Lynas - 29 October 7:51

If the fishing lobbies continue to hold sway then the tuna will go the way of the dodo

Real Meals: tikka chance on ghee
By Will Self - 29 October 7:51

I suppose I was looking for an archetype that no longer exists. A fusty realm of red flock wallpaper and piped sitar music.

Real Meals: more cluck for your buck
By Will Self - 15 October 8:38

A visit to KFC: how can anything that tastes this awful be quite so popular?

Schnappy schnapps
By Sophie Elmhirst - 12 October 17:04

Forget the Nobel Prize. What about the Swedish drinking song championship?

Real Meals: I'm leavin' it
By Will Self - 01 October 8:13

Walking into the McDonald's on Oxford Street made me feel like Rip Van Winkle

Drying out the swalliers
By Alyssa McDonald - 01 October 8:13

Scotland's reputation as a nation of "bevviers and swalliers", as the justice minister, Kenny MacAskill, put it, is under attack from the SNP.

Class Monitor No.1: Wetherspoons Man
By Michael Hodges - 24 September 6:50

Outside the pub on a wet south London traffic intersection, the prevailing mood is downbeat. But inside, although it's only 11.15am on a Tuesday, the atmosphere is lively. Lively and very old.

The last drop
By Roger Scruton - 27 August 8:07

It’s goodbye to good old Riojas . . . and it’s goodbye from me, writes Roger Scruton

Farmers are still hungry for change
By Rose Prince - 13 August 8:24

Reviving UK food production is impossible without undoing policies and laws hostile to producers

In place of strife
By Roger Scruton - 30 July 12:47

The British pub was once a mainstay of working-class morality

Pale in comparison
By Roger Scruton - 16 July 11:37

Next to Burgundy, all other white wines are crap

Divine intoxication
By Roger Scruton - 02 July 12:18

Is it OK to have a cocktail while reading the Quran

A public nuisance
By Tim Abrahams - 02 July 12:18

Observations on boozing in public

Southern comfort
By Roger Scruton - 18 June 10:53

Argentina holds the answer to America’s trouble with wine

Pretty in pink
By Roger Scruton - 04 June 18:48

Midsummer haymaking is the perfect prelude to a glass of rosé

Keep it claret
By Roger Scruton - 29 May 17:37

Bordeaux, the wine of Johnson and Hogarth, belongs to the English

Sin and the apple
By Roger Scruton - 28 May 14:10

The temptation of a good vintage Calvados is too great to resist

Everyday pleasures
By Roger Scruton - 30 April 13:21

Marsannay is a French standard, but it’s far from ordinary

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