ʽʽHi, I’m Benjamin Nunn – critic, gourmand and author of Ben Viveur. I like to eat and drink. And cook. And write.

You might have read me in an in-flight magazine, or a beer publication, but here on my own blog I'm liberated from the editorial shackles of others so anything goes.

I deal with real food and drink in the real world, aiming to create recipes that taste awesome, but which can be created by mere mortals without the need for tons of specialist equipment and a doctorate in food science. Likewise, I tend to review relaxed establishments that you might visit on a whim without having to sell your first-born, rather than hugely expensive restaurants and style bars in the middle of nowhere with a velvet rope barrier, a stringent dress code and a six-month waiting list!

There's plenty of robust opinion, commentary on the world of food and drink, and lots of swearing, so look away now if you're easily offended.

Otherwise, tuck your bib in, fill your glass and turbo-charge your tastebuds. We're going for a ride... Ben Appetit!

London Pub of the Year

So, which is the best damn pub in London?

Every Summer Ben Viveur embarks on a quest to find out - and then I give the winners a fantastic trophy. One of the highlights of the year.


  • Part One - Craft Clerkenwell, Craft Covent Garden, Craft Clapham, Royal Albert, Pelt Trader
  • Part Two - Cock Tavern, Tap East, Draft House, White Hart, Three Johns
  • The Results


  • Part One - Craft Clerkenwell, Craft Clapham, Rake, Catford Constitutional, Craft Islington
  • Part Two - Crown & Anchor, Royal Albert, Craft Covent Garden, Pelt Trader, Bull
  • The Results




  • Part One - Craft Clerkenwell, Harp, Catford Bridge, Southampton Arms, Euston Tap
  • Part Two - Ravensbourne, Craft Islington, Sebright Arms, Falcon, Pembury Tavern
  • The Results


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