Lutyens Grill, The Ned

Of all the 312,476 restaurants inside the Ned hotel (joke, there are just 9) only two are exclusively members and hotel guests only. There’s the roof with its stunning views over the City, not to mention its own swimming pool, and Lutyens Grill, which sits hidden behind a mirrored wall In the foyer. On our Thursday night visit the place is positively packed and the … Continue reading Lutyens Grill, The Ned

The Colony Grill Room, Mayfair

This Corbin & King restaurant inside their first hotel, The Beaumont, has a menu filled with things you actually want to eat, which can be a rarity these days, and the service is always so warm and welcoming. It’s a fine example of a bloody good restaurant. Not surprising really considering the chaps own The Wolseley, Delaunay, Brasserie Zédel, Bellanger etc. We start with a … Continue reading The Colony Grill Room, Mayfair

Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill

We had a truly memorable lunch at three Michelin starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay back in 2013. At the time, the kitchens were headed up by Clare Smyth, who has since gone on to open this little beauty, Core, in Notting Hill. It’s a confident operation, which you’d expect from someone with such a fine dining background. There are a staff galore, the sort who fold … Continue reading Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill

Santo Remedio, Tooley Street

It was a real shocker when Santo Remedio closed its doors late last year. The cute taco restaurant near Old Street was loved from Jay to Giles to Tom, not to mention the paying public. The good news is it’s back, at a new location on Tooley Street, SE1, which they partly Crowdfunded. We visit in the first few days of opening so a smaller … Continue reading Santo Remedio, Tooley Street

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, a beautiful Grade II listed manor house hotel and spa set with 12 acres of gorgeous Cotswold countryside, has held two Michelin stars since 2009. The only difference now is there’s a new chef at the helm: Niall Keating. The dining room looks the same as our previous visit back in 2014 (cream washed walls, white tabeclothes and hushed … Continue reading The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

ICHIBUNS, Chinatown

ICHIBUNS is a new burger and ramen joint set over three beautifully kitted out floors in Chinatown. We’re invited to a preview while the hoarding is still up but everything feels super organised and polished. We sit on the first floor next to a chandelier of glass baubles which extends down to the ground floor. There’s plants galore and reclaimed Japanese privacy screens all over … Continue reading ICHIBUNS, Chinatown

The Elephant, Torquay

I first heard of Simon Hulstone and his restaurant, The Elephant, when he appeared on BBC’s Great British Menu a few years back. His food looked decent. Finding ourselves down in Padstow for a few nights, we decided to make the extra two hour trek to Torquay to finally pay his Michelin-starred, sea view restaurant a visit. It’s a super relaxed setting; the large bright … Continue reading The Elephant, Torquay

The Ritz, Piccadilly

It was no surprise when The Ritz was awarded a Michelin star back in the 2016 guide. The biggest shock was more why it had taken so long; exec chef John Williams is highly regarded within the industry and arguably one of the finest fine dining chefs cooking in London. His speciality, handy for the time of year, is grouse, and so I’m invited to … Continue reading The Ritz, Piccadilly

MEATliquor King’s Cross

MEATliquor. They’re the burger and cocktail guys who went from a burger van in a Peckham carpark to, now, 13 restaurants spanning London, Leeds, Brighton and Bristol. I blame them for my beef patty addiction. It was their first restaurant just off Oxford Street that got me into messy, drippy, sloppy burgers. But that was years ago. How good are they now? Their newest opening, … Continue reading MEATliquor King’s Cross