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Céleste, The Lanesborough

I love a bit of a pomp me, so I was expecting to love the recently renovated Lanesborough hotel on Hyde Park Corner. After all, they did spend over £60m on the place. Gone is the Michelin-starred Apsleys and in its place is Céleste, under the guidance of a French chap called Florian Favario. I was a tad disappointed then to be greeted at the hotel by a barrage of…

The Sportsman

The Sportsman, Kent

I don’t even think it would be rude to describe The Sportsman as a run down old boozer – if anything it might even be a compliment. But that is most certainly its charm. Along with it being by the sea, if the weather is good, it’s all rather beautiful. It’s even got a Michelin star. It’s as unpretentious as it gets; there’s a bar, which quickly fills up with…

Darwin Brasserie

Darwin Brasserie, Sky Garden

I’m a real fan of Sky Garden, the glass dome at the top of the Walkie Talkie building. The landscaped gardens, which are impressive at such an altitude, not to mention the views all over London can’t help leaving you speechless. When up there, on the 35th floor, there’s two dining options; Fenchurch Seafood and Grill or the Darwin Brasserie, which is the cheaper and more relaxed of the two.…

Rok

Rök, Shoreditch

It’s probably social suicide posting a review of a “freebie” so close to #bloggerblackmail (if you haven’t read up on that then you really should!) but this restaurant was so good I feel I have a duty to tell you about it. Rök, a Nordic smokehouse, has just opened on Curtain Road, which isn’t a particularly nice area if I’m being honest – there are always drunken ruffians hanging about the place. Away…

Smokestack

The best things I ate last week 24.08.15

Much to the dismay of my waistline, the past 7 days have provided me with plenty of lovely foodie treats. Here are the 7 best things I shoved in my gob last week… 1.Macaron from Pierre Herme in Covent Garden. The yoghurt filling made for a lighter change from the norm. If you’ve got a sweet tooth then you need to try one, trust me. 2.I do occasionally try to…

River Cottage Canteen

River Cottage Canteen, Winchester

I was born and raised in Hampshire and I can safely say there a very few truly decent restaurants in the area. Winchester is a town that has attracted some cheffy names with the likes of Brasserie Blanc, Rick Stein’s and now Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall with River Cottage Canteen. It’s a charming space; we sat on the ground floor dining room which had a converted barn feel with wooden beams overhead…

Berber & Q

Berber & Q, Haggerston

It’s not the sort of place I frequent often is Haggerston, but it’s starting to become a lot more enticing with the addition of Tonkotsu East and now this, Berber & Q. It’s housed in a railway arch, naturally, and it’s ethos is neatly summed up on the website “mezze from the east, music from the west”. And there’s plenty of music, loud music, along with lighting so dark they…

Chutney Mary

Chutney Mary, St James’s

I never made it to Chutney Mary when it resided in Chelsea (what is now Masala Grill) but I’d always heard lovely things about their indulgent Indian classics. I was excited then to hear it was moving to St James’s, an area far more accessible to the masses. It’s a plush affair from the minute the impeccably dressed doorman lets you into the lavish bar area. There’s something rather wonderful…

Ottolenghi Spitalfields

Ottolenghi, Spitalfields

It’s taken me a while to get to Ottolenghi (there’s also one in Notting Hill and Islington) even though I’ve always heard good things. It’s one of those restaurants that sits quietly in the background without making a song or dance of things, yet is always packed. Walking into their Spitalfields outpost, we were first greeted with a melange (I can use big words too) of lovely looking cakes and…

Barrafina Drury Lane

Barrafina, Drury Lane 

With tapas taking London by storm, it makes sense for Sam and Eddie Hart to open their third Barrafina (they’ve a Michelin starred one in Soho and another one on Adelaide Street in Covent Garden) and for me, this one is easily their best. Like the others, it’s a simple set up; a large counter with stalls overlooks the bustle of the kitchen, giving the place a surprisingly serene atmosphere.…