Taste of London 2016

Taste of London 2016

If, like me, restaurants are your bag and seeing chefs, not celebrities, is the thing that gets you star struck then you’re likely to really enjoy Taste of London, which is on this weekend. Essentially, it’s London’s biggest food festival which takes over a corner of Regent’s Park where some of the best restaurants in the city (genuinely though) offer a selection of dishes from … Continue reading Taste of London 2016

The Scarlet

The Scarlet, Cornwall

We arrived in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall after an arduous six hour drive from London, although you could fly to nearby Newquay airport. The location was pretty impressive; The Scarlet has clifftop views out into the sea. There’s no reception desk once you’re in, just friendly staff milling around waiting to check you in and give you a tour of the place. Our room, number 31, … Continue reading The Scarlet, Cornwall

The Forest Side

The Forest Side, Cumbria

It’s easy to fall in love with Cumbria – with the dramatic rolling countryside it’s one of those places where you can actually convince people that holidaying in England is a good thing. And it doesn’t get more idyllic than the setting for The Forest Side, a new “fairytale gothic mansion” in Grasmere. With its own private drive and landscaped surrounds, the entrance feels pretty … Continue reading The Forest Side, Cumbria

Chick 'n' Sours

Chick ‘n’ Sours, Dalston

Chick ‘n’ Sours has been sitting pretty on that stretch of the Kingsland Road, near Pamela and Rotorino, for some time now. Co owner, Carl Clarke, used to be a DJ and has run a whole host of successful pop ups, mainly specialising in decent junk food, so knows what he’s doing with a deep fat fryer. Inside it’s a small and simple space; tightly … Continue reading Chick ‘n’ Sours, Dalston

Claridge's

Claridge’s: Afternoon Tea

I love afternoon tea. There’s something uber luxurious and indulgent about sitting in a comfy armchair and spending a few hours tucking into cake and sandwiches, usually with my Mother in tow who’s famed for her penchant for scones. It’s easy to get it wrong (I’m thinking The Dorchester there) but when it’s right, there’s nothing quite like it. And there really isn’t anywhere quite … Continue reading Claridge’s: Afternoon Tea

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry, Islington

So Islington’s Upper Street really is on the up food wise; you’ve got Oldroyd, Bellanger, Galley, MEATliquor. And now there’s Chinese Laundry. Everything about the place feels cool but not in a try hard way. There are two small “dining rooms” at the front and out the back with a small bar in the middle. It felt like we were perching on stalls in the … Continue reading Chinese Laundry, Islington

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Talli Joe, Shaftesbury Avenue

You’ve heard of Indian small plates (Kricket / Gunpowder), well now we’ve got Indian half plates and it comes from a new restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue called Talli Joe, opposite Nisbets and that fancy dress shop. Inside it’s a fairly simple space with lots of bright pink quotes and sayings against the black walls – it could feel a bit naff but along with a … Continue reading Talli Joe, Shaftesbury Avenue

Gunpowder

Gunpowder, Spitalfields

Ever since a visit to Kricket in Brixton, I’ve fallen in love with ‘Indian small plates’ – I could easily say I tried some of the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten. It’s hard then not to compare Gunpowder to Kricket. Both are tiny, both serve Indian small plates and both are very popular. Due to the size, unless you’re super early, the wait can … Continue reading Gunpowder, Spitalfields

Beagle lamb tongue

Beagle, Shoreditch

Beagle is one of those restaurants that has been sitting pretty in a few railway arches in Shoreditch for a few years now. In one arch a coffee shop, the others a bar and dining room. On our Friday lunchtime visit there was a relaxing, chilled-out vibe about the place. The menu was concise but the type that read particularly well. Lamb tongue, white beans, … Continue reading Beagle, Shoreditch

Sushi Tetsu

Sushi Tetsu, Clerkenwell

Getting a seat at Sushi Tetsu is pretty much impossible – seriously. I’ve been trying for yonks now and as soon as they open for bookings (on the first and third Monday of each month for the following month) they’re engaged and then gone. The fact Sushi Tetsu has just 7 seats doesn’t help. The fact it’s bloody brilliant, doesn’t much help either. But luckily, … Continue reading Sushi Tetsu, Clerkenwell

The Perfectionists' Cafe ice cream

The Perfectionists’ Café, Heathrow Terminal 2

Airport food is notoriously scheisse. When a Nando’s and Pret opened in Gatwick South I thought that was as gastronomic as things could get, but after a recent meal at The Perfectionists’ Café in Heathrow Terminal 2, it was proof it isn’t all dismal on the other side. It’s owned by Heston Blumenthal but unlike his other jazzier affairs, this offers burgers, pizzas and fish and … Continue reading The Perfectionists’ Café, Heathrow Terminal 2

Contact the Elderly

You’re never too old to enjoy food

We’re all going to get old, let’s face it. And I for one find it absolutely terrifying. From the superficial; I don’t want wrinkles, to the more serious; how will I afford a care home? For a while now I’ve been volunteering with a charity called Contact the Elderly, where a group of us meet up once a month, both young and old, usually in … Continue reading You’re never too old to enjoy food