The Astor Grill, Cliveden House

Astor Grill, named after Lord and Lady Astor, who used to reside at Cliveden House, is the more casual restaurant on offer when staying at/visiting this 5* country house and hotel. Exec chef André Garrett also runs the fine dining restaurant which is definitely one for your list. The dining room of the Astor Grill is set in the old stable block in a separate … Continue reading The Astor Grill, Cliveden House

Hai Cenato, Victoria

Hai Cenato, meaning ‘have you had dinner?’ in Italian, is the latest opening from chef turned fashion icon Jason Atherton (Sosharu, Social Wine & Tapas and City Social). It’s in a new development in Victoria called Nova which has got restaurants aplenty all housed in glass fronted new-builds right by the station. We have an interesting arrival; a huge door which we can’t see into … Continue reading Hai Cenato, Victoria

Kricket, Soho

Kricket in Brixton, housed in a shipping container serving Indian small plates, was bloody brilliant. Like seriously so. Friends Will Bowlby (kitchen) and Rik Campbell (front of house) seemed to have a winning combo of fantastic food and great vibes. They’ve since opened a far swankier spot in Soho, or arguably Piccadilly, on Denman Street. It is predominantly walk-ins only and it’s counter seating overlooking … Continue reading Kricket, Soho

Obsession 17, Northcote

Obsession, now in its 17th year, is an annual food festival which sees the kitchen of Northcote hotel and Michelin starred restaurant taken over by a whole host of different chefs from around the world. If you like your Michelin starred food – this is an exciting event. On our evening, James Close, owner of 2 Michelin star Raby Hunt in Co. Durham, was in … Continue reading Obsession 17, Northcote

Mr Bao, Peckham

Mr Bao specialises in, you guessed it, bao (that’s those little steamed buns, Mum). It’s the creation of friends Frank Yeung and Nick Burkett and it’s a pretty cool spot with its exposed brick and simple interior. We visit for dinner before seeing La La Land at the Peckham Multiplex. At just a fiver it’s something I thoroughly recommend you doing. The menu, much like … Continue reading Mr Bao, Peckham

The Rosewood art afternoon tea

I’ve always thought of the Rosewood as one of London’s prettiest hotels. Based on High Holborn it’s mega grand and inside, whether it’s the Holborn Dining Room, Scarfe’s Bar or the copper corridor that apparently cost them over a million quid, it’s all rather gorgeous. In a bid to make the lesser known Mirror Room a more prominent feature of the hotel, they’ve introduced a new … Continue reading The Rosewood art afternoon tea

Palatino, Clerkenwell

This is the latest one from Stevie Parle (he’s the chap who brought us Rotorino, Dock Kitchen, Sardine and Craft) and it is house in the ground floor of a new ‘pro-working’ space in Clerkenwell called Fora. The name Palatino is both an ancient hill in Rome and a Roman font, which the logo on the menu is printed in. The food, as you might … Continue reading Palatino, Clerkenwell

ROKA, Charlotte Street

Whenever I walk past the original ROKA in Charlotte Street it’s totally heaving. On our Saturday early lunchtime visit it’s no different – after 10 minutes of the doors being flung open the place is packed. We’re seated at the wooden counter overlooking the open kitchen with robata grill – the chefs are non stop. Definitely sit at the counter if you can. Service is … Continue reading ROKA, Charlotte Street

Newforge House, Northern Ireland

There’s something rather charming about Newforge House, based a forty minute drive from George Best airport, Belfast. There’s a gravel driveway leading up to a small yet grand house covered in ivy. It’s quaint. Once in, it’s all antiques and creaky floorboards. John and Lou Mathers are the owners of the 17th century house which has been in their family for six generations. The furniture … Continue reading Newforge House, Northern Ireland

A. Wong, Pimlico

We enjoyed our first visit to A. Wong back in 2014 – and things have been going strong for Andrew Wong and his modern Chinese restaurant in Pimlico ever since. My visit on this occasion however is for the Peking duck tasting menu. The restaurant isn’t much to look at which is quite nice really – there’s no pomp or pretension. Service is equally as … Continue reading A. Wong, Pimlico

Masala Zone, Covent Garden

The guys behind Masala Zone know a wee bit about Indian food; they also own Michelin starred Veeraswamy and Amaya along with Chutney Mary, a pretty impressive collection of restaurants. There are currently 7 Masala Zones, which are a more casual offering. We visit their Covent Garden one, opposite the Royal Opera House, for dinner and it’s absolutely packed. The space has just had a … Continue reading Masala Zone, Covent Garden

Gleneagles, Scotland

Gleneagles isn’t just a hotel; there are three golf courses, a spa, Scotland’s only 2 Michelin starred restaurant, 3 more casual restaurants, not to mention all the activities; a falconry school, off-roading, clay pigeon shooting, archery, horse riding. Plus, it’s all set within stunning Scottish countryside, grounds we fall in love with just a few seconds after arriving. The journey is about an hour drive from … Continue reading Gleneagles, Scotland

Lobos Meat and Tapas, Soho

I loved the first Lobos Meat and Tapas, housed in a cramped railway arch in Borough Market. As far as vibes go, that place certainly has them aplenty. I’m not so sure their second restaurant on Frith Street in Soho is quite as buzzy (the second floor dining room does have an open kitchen but the space is quite plain) but the food is outstanding. … Continue reading Lobos Meat and Tapas, Soho

Luca, Clerkenwell

In my humble opinion, which doesn’t mean a lot, The Clove Club is easily London’s finest restaurant. It was exciting then to hear they were opening a second restaurant called Luca, this time in Clerkenwell, specialising in British/Italian food. ‘Britalian’ if you will. It’s a deceptively large space. There’s a bar in the entrance with a few tables which offer a separate, smaller bar menu. … Continue reading Luca, Clerkenwell