Wednesday 19 April 2006 10.02pm
Yes, we were slagged off badly by Giles Coren in Saturday's Times. It is a classic Coren ‘hammering' designed to titillate his readers with a one-sided tirade and lots of amusing quips and catty comments.
What concerned me most, though, was the total lack of attention to the truth. We accept two or three of his points, but the article is riddled with inaccuracy, half truths, exaggeration and contains at least one downright lie (he did not book using the name Norman Wisdom). This alone calls into question the integrity of the entire piece.
We have written to Coren directly about this, although it is unlikely to make a damn of difference.
You can find the review at
He wrote this in response to a review by Rod Liddle in the Sunday Times back in January. Contrary to Coren's implication that Liddle knows nothing about food or restaurants, he actually writes quite a few restaurant reviews for The Sunday Times (for example this week).
The Sunday Times review is at:
The two articles couldn't be more different. Everyone has their own opinion. You decide.
But don't forget that if you do like Champor-Champor
you are a mere ‘naïve and credulous punter' according to Coren... Oh well, I suppose we can't all be superheroes with god-given rights to write what the hell we like in national newspapers.