1. To this year’s Taste of London in Regent’s Park. London’s biggest foodie festival fed us good and proper but the highlight? Roka’s lamb cutlets.
2. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen near Old Street is a non profit restaurant which helps unemployed young people have a career in professional kitchens through its apprentice programme. At a recent dinner this Jersey Rock oyster with peach granita, Aperol and basil was a real highlight.
3. A trip out of London always goes down well and Orwells near Reading is the perfect blend of country pub and fine dining. This honey sponge, using their local honey, was the lightest little pudding imaginable.
4. Bray in Berkshire is home to two 3 Michelin starred restraints; The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn. At the latter, we somehow managed to demolish this assiette of puddings including a very decent blackberry creme brûlée.
5. My dream morning? Being asked to judge the annual tarte tatin competition at Galvin HOP in Spitalfields. Out of 6 glorious tartes, homemade by some very decent home cooks, number 4 was a worthy winner.
6. The lunch menu at Michelin starred Trishna in Marylebone is bargainous to say the least. You can order between 2 dishes for £20 – 5 for £38. The paneer tikka with pomegranate being a firm favourite.
7. A new Albion has recently opened next to Sosharu in Clerkenwell and if steak’s your thing, you’ll love this rib eye with accompanying bone marrow. They even have a wine shop if you fancy a little something later on.