Soho Farmhouse x House of Peroni

Soho Farmhouse x House of Peroni

I’ve been a fan of Soho Farmhouse since it opened in 2015. It’s Soho House’s biggest venture to date, spanning 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, and the best thing about it: you don’t have to be a member to stay there. The experience starts from the get go; you leave your car at the front gate and a farmhand takes you into the heart of … Continue reading Soho Farmhouse x House of Peroni

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Perilla, Stoke Newington

The only downside to Perilla, a new restaurant from chef Ben Marks and FOH Matt Emmerson, who have run a host of successful pop ups, is it’s in Newington Green, which happens to be a right old faff to get to. [Full disclosure: I’m incredibly lazy]. Once in, it’s a beauty of a place. There’s wood galore with a ceiling reminiscent of an attic/garden centre, … Continue reading Perilla, Stoke Newington

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Smokestak, Shoreditch

Smokestak is the restaurant opening I’ve been most looking forward to this year and that’s for a good reason – their pork ribs and brisket buns, which I’ve inhaled at various street food markets and festivals, are the tastiest things I’ve ever eaten in my 28 years on this planet. This, their first restaurant, just down the road from Boxpark in Shoreditch, is a seriously … Continue reading Smokestak, Shoreditch

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Sagardi, Shoreditch

Sagardi is a Basque steakhouse on Curtain Road in Shoreditch, a few doors down from Flat Iron. Unlike Flat Iron, which sells the eponymous cuts of steak for just £10, Sagardi’s finest meat, the Buey Gallician matured beef, is sold at £12 per 100g and I’m not sure there’s ever less than a kilo per serving. But hands down it’s the best meat I’ve come … Continue reading Sagardi, Shoreditch

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The Shore, Penzance

Bruce Rennie, owner of The Shore in Penzance, Cornwall, doesn’t make life easy for himself; it’s just him in the kitchen – not even a pot wash. Which makes it all the more impressive then that the food is so bloomin’ good. The man himself has worked in Michelin starred restaurants in Edinburgh and Northern Ireland so he knows what he’s doing. But with this, … Continue reading The Shore, Penzance

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Kiln, Soho

Kiln is the second restaurant from Ben Chapman – he’s the bloke behind Smoking Goat – and it’s on Brewer Street in Soho. The menu, think “Thai grill, seafood and claypots”, is the sort that reads so well you want to order every single bloody thing. On the ground floor it’s counter seating (if you sit at the kitchen end it may be boiling hot … Continue reading Kiln, Soho

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Anzu, St James’s Market

I’ve been a fan of Tonkotsu for a while; this cheap and cheerful ramen joint (now with 7 spots in the UK) consistently delivers if you’re after a quick and delicious bite to eat. It’s easily the best chicken karaage I’ve come across too FYI. So, it was good news to hear owners Emma and Ken were opening a more grown up ‘Japanese brasserie’ in … Continue reading Anzu, St James’s Market

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Ellory, Hackney

The Michelin Guide has received a bit of stick of late; their Twitter account is cringey to say the least and their recent award ceremony wasn’t much better. But I will say this for them: they rarely let me down. Whether it’s Michelin stars or Bib Gourmands, it’s a pretty solid list. Which brings me to Ellory in Hackney, which was recently awarded a coveted … Continue reading Ellory, Hackney

Chapel House

Chapel House, Penzance

The vibe at Chapel House makes you feel relaxed as soon as you walk in the door. We were first greeted by Susan who owns this converted Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse, now a six bedroom boutique hotel in the heart of Penzance, and I’m not sure we’ve ever received a warmer welcome elsewhere. She gives us a tour of the living room areas, all fabulously … Continue reading Chapel House, Penzance

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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

Pullman

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