The Cartford Inn, Lancashire

The Cartford Inn is a rather charming restaurant and bar with rooms on the edge of the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. Our visit here for dinner is part of a week-long trip to Lancashire; a part of the country we quickly came to realise has lots to offer if you’re into food and drink – Northcote and Obsession 17 being two options. We start with some … Continue reading The Cartford Inn, Lancashire

Pique-Nique, Bermondsey

This is the second restaurant from the chaps behind Casse-Croûte on Bermondsey Street. It’s not far away from it either, just through the park opposite, right next to the tennis courts. It sits in an old shed; a dark and creepy part of the park no one savoury would ever hang about in. But what a transformation. They’ve kept the original wooden beams and structure … Continue reading Pique-Nique, Bermondsey

Monty’s Deli, Shoreditch

There’s a current surge in street food vendors getting permanent restaurants at the moment which is a wonderful thing. Take The Cheese Bar and SMOKESTAK as examples – some of the best new openings I’ve been to in yonks. Monty’s Deli is the next in line. Friends Mark Ogus and Owen Barratt successfully Crowdfunded the project, gone from a stall at Maltby Street Market to … Continue reading Monty’s Deli, Shoreditch

Casa Cruz, Holland Park

After dinner at recently opened Isabel in Mayfair, we love it so much, it makes us book Juan Santa Cruz‘s first restaurant in West London called Casa Cruz. And surprisingly, we manage to bag a table, albeit early, on a Friday night. We’re the first to arrive, after a 10 minute walk from Holland Park tube. The houses en route are something else – there’s … Continue reading Casa Cruz, Holland Park

Sparrow, Lewisham

It’s become cool, of late, to bitch about anywhere in London that isn’t Zone 1. Camberwell Church St? Skuzz hole. The Walworth Road? Stabsville. But in reality, these are places which have provided me with some really decent meals recently. Lewisham is next on my out-of-central-travels – an intriguing area which seems to consist of a shopping centre, a canal which smells of stagnant water … Continue reading Sparrow, Lewisham

Hawksmoor, Borough

This is Hawkmsoor’s 6th restaurant in London (plus one in Manchester) and it’s by far their prettiest. Based right by Borough Market, next to Le Pain Quotidien, in a former hops warehouse, it’s full of character. It’s all parquet flooring and dark gloss walls. Service is the usual relaxed, wear your own clothes, “how’re you getting on buddy?”, style. We’re seated in the corner of … Continue reading Hawksmoor, Borough

Street XO, Mayfair

StreetXO is the first UK restaurant from David Muñoz, who owns the three Michelin starred DiverXO in Madrid. It’s next to the police station in Mayfair and from the minute you step foot through the steel container door and down into the basement, the experience is bizarre. The dining room is massive and on our Thursday night visit it’s packed – and clubby. We sit at … Continue reading Street XO, Mayfair

The Cheese Bar, Camden

I’ve enjoyed The Cheese Truck’s cheese toasties on Maltby Street Market for some time now – the one with quesa chihuahua and chorizo is one of the best hangover cures in London. After a successful £130,000 Crowdfund, owner Mathew Carver has got himself a proper restaurant. It’s in the stables in Camden Market which isn’t the most glamorous of places late at night – I’d … Continue reading The Cheese Bar, Camden

Louie Louie, Walworth Road

I first heard about Louie Louie, a new cafe/bar/restaurant from the guys who own nearby Fowlds Café, from Jay Rayner’s review in the Guardian. He liked everything but the natural wine list – I can’t say I’m a fan either  – but it’s certainly something that’s growing in popularity. The restaurant definitely stands out on the Walworth Road – mainly because it looks quite nice. … Continue reading Louie Louie, Walworth Road

Cliveden House, Berkshire

Cliveden House is a National Trust property and hotel set within stunning grounds in Taplow, Berkshire. Once home to Lord and Lady Astor, the outside swimming pool was made famous as the location for the Profumo affair and guests at the time ranged from Winston Churchill to Charlie Chaplin. It’s had quite an illustrious existence. Over our numerous visits, be it for afternoon tea, lunch … Continue reading Cliveden House, Berkshire

Isabel, Mayfair

You haven’t heard of Isabel on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street? Well I hadn’t either until a well connected friend took me there for a drink. I should say, it’s not the sort of restaurant I’d usually enjoy; a rich “I’m not happy with this table” Mayfair clientele and it’s super exclusive; basic website, no Twitter, no Instagram but I found myself in love with the place. … Continue reading Isabel, Mayfair