Four-time winner Tiger Woods may not have won it for eight years now, but he goes to Magnolia Lane in superb form, while Phil Mickelson has won it three times in the last nine and been top five on three other occasions – he won’t be far away. For the Brits, Rory McIlroy starts the season too slowly for this event, so Justin Rose and Lee Westwood are the best hopes for homegrown success.
The Masters is the true herald of summer – and the sound of the nation’s golf clubs being dusted off will be almost deafening come Monday morning. BBC2 joins the fun on Saturday, with live coverage from 7.30pm.
I like a restaurant with plenty of veg. It shows confidence. And, in the case of this Stoney Street newbie, tomato-throwing distance from Borough Market, it’s apt, because once upon a time, it was owned by a greengrocer, Arthur Hooper. Not that you should expect a cor blimey guv’nor, what a load of ol’ cobblers, give us a lady (Godiva – fiver) kind of a place. The short menu – half of which is veggie – is modern Euro with a distinctly Italian accent. It’s not fussy, but looks beautiful and tastes magnifico. There was a shimmering beef carpaccio: interlacing tiles of meat anointed with teeny blobs of fresh salsa verde and a fragrant olive oil. I adored the clams: juicy little shellfish nuggets and thin rounds of courgette over warm, n’duja-spiked juices. When the shells had all been set to one side, we picked up the serving spoon and ate the rest like soup. You’d have done the same. Then there was pasta. It takes balls to serve pasta when you’re around the corner from wheat-maestros Padella, but they’ve done it anyway. And it’s ace. Paccheri (large tubes) had a good bite plus an intense, winey beef ragu. A veggie pasta – ribbons of perfect pappardelle with a creamy porcini and girolles sauce – was equally classic, equally intense. And oh yes, is there time to talk about that veg? It’s gorgeous. Think butter beans in a fresh tomato sauce, with just a hint of harissa. On top, pieces of charred tenderstem broccoli. And shaved, salted ricotta, for creaminess. Even a simple pla
Venue says: “New vegan menu available! Check out our website for more details.”