Mike Gibson

Mike Gibson


Mike was born to eat and drink, something that was proven over a decade at Foodism, and something he continues as head of content and communications at The Whisky Exchange. Along with whisky, he loves vintage champagne, white burgundy, Caribbean rum, tasting menus and Neapolitan pizza. Hates... come back to him.

Mike Gibson's articles

The Tequila Ambassador V.O. by Tomas Estes: an open book

The recently reissued and rewritten version of the late Tomas Estes’s seminal book The Tequila Ambassador V.O. charts the story of how he revolutionised the perception of both tequila and Mexican cuisine in Europe

Jacob Kenedy on 15 years of Bocca di Lupo

From his early career, the beginnings of Bocca and running a restaurant with a partner, Kenedy talks 15 years of Soho's favourite Italian

"You can't rush aged whisky": Jenson Button on creating Coachbuilt

The Formula 1 world champion discusses how he came to own and operate an exciting new scotch whisky brand, the excitement of blending and his favourite cocktails

Shine a light: vertical farming in London and beyond

The potential of hydroponic farms for food production in the urban environment is huge, with restaurants throughout the capital using leaves grown minutes away

Amethyst, Mayfair: restaurant review

At this new opening on a quiet Mayfair backstreet, chef Carlo Scotto's beguiling tasting menu packages up eclectic influences into an exquisite, refined experience

Seizing the moment: a trip to Barcelona's El Bandarra

In Barcelona, a historic tradition is being reinvigorated by an upstart vermouth created by three brothers. We get a taste of this quintessentially Catalan brand and its unique identity

Ormer Mayfair by Sofian: restaurant review

At this reinvented restaurant at Flemings Mayfair hotel, the young and talented Sofian Msetfi serves eclectic but nuanced tasting menus in a gently opulent setting

The Foodism guide to Barcelona, Spain

With a rich cultural tapestry, vibrant restaurant scene and pretty reliable year-round sun, Barcelona is basically the perfect city getaway. Especially when you delve into its thriving cocktail industry, as Mike Gibson discovers.

BiBi, Mayfair: restaurant review

At this acclaimed recent opening, chef-patron Chet Sharma refines his take on Indian accented brasserie dishes in a laid-back Mayfair dining room

Akoko, Fitzrovia: restaurant review

With seasoned chef Theo Clench in the kitchen, the Nigerian-run Akoko is the site of beautiful fine-dining experimentation with the flavours of West Africa

Sumi, Notting Hill: restaurant review

The more casual sister venue to Endo at the Rotunda serves bright and inventive sushi and small plates that are perfect for a light-ish lunch or a quick dinner

Pali Hill, Fitzrovia: restaurant review

Avinash Shashidhara's restaurant is all about contemporary Indian comfort food, underpinned by the chef's training at some of London's best restaurants

Above at Hide, Piccadilly: restaurant review

Gently refreshed for the post-pandemic world, Ollie Dabbous’s beautiful destination restaurant offers up one of the most thoughtful tasting menus in town

The Tapas Room, Peckham: restaurant review

The Peckham site of this thriving neighbourhood tapas restaurant group balances a classic menu with some contemporary flourishes

Cin Cin, Fitzrovia: restaurant review

The Brighton restaurant's first London outpost brings sunny Italian sharing plates to a knockout location in the middle of Fitzrovia

Evelyn's Table, Soho: restaurant review

The hidden restaurant underneath historic pub The Blue Posts is home to inventive, beautiful and fun set menus from Luke, Nat and Theo Selby

James Knappett: My Career in Five Dishes

As he prepares to reopen the acclaimed, revamped Kitchen Table, chef James Knappett reflects on five of his kitchen’s defining creations, each one inspired by his personal history

The Red Duck, Balham: restaurant review

Beautifully executed versions of British-Chinese restaurant favourites make Chi San's first solo venture a surefire hit right from the off

Ben Tish: My Career in Five Dishes

Ben Tish on his path to falling in love with the lesser-known flavours of Moorish cuisine, found in the dishes of Norma, his restaurant in Fitzrovia

Bob Bob Ricard, Soho: restaurant review

This stalwart of the London dining scene remains a reliable option for a blowout – and isn't always the wallet-busting proposition you might expect