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The Whitebrook, Wales

It doesn’t get more secluded than The Whitebrook in Monmouth, Wales – well I’m sure it does but you really do feel in the middle of nowhere. There’s no wifi (they say they have it but good luck getting a connection) and there’s certainly no phone signal. With a view from our room of the Wye Valley opposite, a night at this Michelin starred restaurant … Continue reading The Whitebrook, Wales


Belmond British Pullman

An evening on The Pullman, the sister train to the Orient Express, isn’t cheap; £500 a head gets you dinner and all the booze you could wish for. After a Champagne and canapé reception the train departs from Victoria and loops through the Surrey countryside before bringing you back again all in the same evening. But it doesn’t matter that you don’t really go anywhere … Continue reading Belmond British Pullman

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Elystan Street, Chelsea

Phil Howard has had quite a career to date; his time running Mayfair stalwart The Square gained him 2 Michelin stars, neighbourhood favourite Kitchen W8 is always busy and he’s regularly a judge on BBC’s Great British Menu. He’s now opened Elystan Street in Chelsea on the former Tom Aikens site. Gone is the dark dining room with quote ridden walls. Instead it’s a bright … Continue reading Elystan Street, Chelsea

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Chick ‘n’ Sours, Seven Dials

I fell in love with Chick ‘n’ Sours after visiting their original shop on the Kingsland Road; their fried chicken was among some of the best I’ve tasted and the owners, Carl and David, are bloody nice blokes. Opening a second restaurant, this time in central London, just by Seven Dials, seemed a logical move for the boys. They’ve perfected their craft and now they’re … Continue reading Chick ‘n’ Sours, Seven Dials

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Galvin at Windows, Park Lane

Galvin at Windows is one of those restaurants that quietly chugs along, sitting pretty on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, which was made more famous recently as Fred Sirieix off of First Dates is the maître d’. The restaurant, owned by the Galvin brothers, has been open for years and has retained its Michelin star since 2009. The dining room … Continue reading Galvin at Windows, Park Lane

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Where the Pancakes Are, Flat Iron Square

After a host of successful pop ups and stalls at festivals, Patricia Trijbits has finally found a permanent home from which to sell her buttermilk pancakes and Dutch Babies (I’ll get to them in a bit) and it’s all rather lovely. Her restaurant is part of a new development on Southwark Street called Flat Iron Square which, once fully open, will see a whole host of … Continue reading Where the Pancakes Are, Flat Iron Square

The Ludlow

The Ludlow, New York

The Ludlow hotel is perfectly situated (on Ludlow itself, Lower East Side, New York); it’s a trendy area with the right amount of grime and graffiti, with good restaurants and fun bars nearby. It’s also opposite Katz’s Deli, which is where that orgasm scene was filmed in ‘When Harry Met Sally’. If you like a reuben sandwich then it’s a must. Our room was a … Continue reading The Ludlow, New York

The Tame Hare

The Tame Hare, Leamington Spa

Jonny Mills, chef and owner of The Tame Hare, is one of those chefs I’ve been following on social media for a while now. Photos of vibrant and colourful dishes have always intrigued me so we finally made the journey down to Leamington Spa to try them out. It’s a smart space. We’re seated next to the open pass and a bookcase filled with cookbooks … Continue reading The Tame Hare, Leamington Spa

Dinner at The Twits

Dinner at The Twits, Waterloo

It seems only fitting that the theatre company Les Infants Terribles and jelly pros Bompas and Parr would team up to make an immersive dining experience based on The Twits during the 100th anniversary of Roal Dahl. The experience takes place in The Vaults underneath Waterloo station and at £80 per person it isn’t the cheapest of nights out but for the effort involved by … Continue reading Dinner at The Twits, Waterloo

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Casita Andina, Soho

This has got to be my favourite of Martin Morales’ restaurants (he’s the chap who owns Ceviche and Andina). Mainly because it has the blended charm of a Peruvian Granny’s house (I imagine, having never been to Peru) and an old fashioned Soho townhouse. There’s two options where to sit; the busy and busting ground floor complete with open kitchen or the first floor which … Continue reading Casita Andina, Soho

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The Frog, Spitalfields

It’s been a busy time for Adam Handling since he first appeared on our screens in MasterChef The Professionals. He opened Adam Handling at The Caxton then left to open his first standalone restaurant The Frog. He also featured in last week’s Great British Menu on BBC2 AND was forced to publicly apologise for suggesting one negative TripAdvisor reviewer should ‘stick to McDonalds‘. So it’s … Continue reading The Frog, Spitalfields

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Clipstone, Fitzrovia

Clipstone is the little sister to Michelin-starred Portland, a restaurant which has gone from strength to strength in its Great Portland Street home. Their new one (they also own The Quality Chop House) keeps it in Fitzrovia but offers a more relaxed, and therefore cheaper, experience. The space is lovely; it’s all pale colours and loads of natural light. There’s an open kitchen offering a … Continue reading Clipstone, Fitzrovia


Black Roe, Mayfair

You could question whether Black Roe, on Mill Street in Mayfair, is a doomed site. First there was Bo London with its condom pudding, then Bouillabaisse which sold its signature namesake dish for £32, and subsequently nobody was ever in it. But maybe things are a changing. Now, it’s Black Roe, a restaurant specialising in poke (pronounced poe kay) which is dish famous in Hawaii … Continue reading Black Roe, Mayfair