The Golden Hind

The Golden Hind, Marylebone

Being an avid follower of all things food means I often find myself in random places, sometimes unpleasant places, but eating some proper lovely food. I’ve eaten the best roti London has to offer in a basement that needs a good Dettol in Euston and I’ve eaten lamb chops while watching the footie in Whitechapel; both of whom had less than lavish surroundings but bloody … Continue reading The Golden Hind, Marylebone

The Barbary

The Barbary, Covent Garden

Based in Neal’s Yard, The Barbary is the sister restaurant to the popular Palomar. Now, on paper, The Barbary isn’t an easy one to like. There’s just counter seating around a super hot kitchen which stinks of smoke. They don’t take reservations. Once the queue gets beyond the front door you can no longer wait and while you do wait, it’s insanely cramped. That being … Continue reading The Barbary, Covent Garden

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Picture, Marylebone

I loved the first Picture; a restaurant on Great Portland Street serving attractively presented small plates. It helped that the 3 chaps who own it, Colin and Alan (in the kitchen) and Tom (front of house), are all really nice blokes. It was great then to see they were opening a second Picture, this time in Marylebone. It’s a simple dining room with white walls … Continue reading Picture, Marylebone

Padstow Townhouse

Padstow Townhouse, Cornwall

Rojanos in the Square and Michelin starred No 6, restaurants both by Paul Ainsworth, have been mega hits in the harbour town of Padstow In Cornwall. It was good news then to hear Paul had opened Padstow Townhouse, which offers 6 luxurious suites just a short walk away. The walk may be short, but the hill is steep and if it’s raining, your fringe won’t … Continue reading Padstow Townhouse, Cornwall

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Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York

I should start by saying the food at Brooklyn Fare is very good, delicious in fact. Chef César Ramirez is inspired by Japanese cuisine and French technique; the result being a fairly long tasting menu of nibbles to a standard Michelin deemed as deserving 3 stars. Ingredients were top notch; perch, red snapper, sea urchin, trout roe, langoustine, grade 5 wagyu; all cooked to a … Continue reading Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York

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. 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 their menus served on paper … 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