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

The Sommelier’s Table: Hélène Darroze

My last visit to this two Michelin starred restaurant in the Connaught hotel, run by French chef Hélène Darroze, was for her rather special Sunday chicken or Le Poulet du Dimanche. If anyone knows how to cook a chicken, it’s this lady. My visit on this occasion however was not in the main dining room but in the basement – in their wine cellar. It’s … Continue reading The Sommelier’s Table: Hélène Darroze

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught hotel has held its two michelin star status for over 5 years now. Everything about the place feels glamorous and special, from the dark wood panelled walls to the plush carpet and immaculately dressed staff. As fine dining restaurants go, y’know, ones with tablecloths, this is one of the best. They’ve started offering a new menu, Le Poulet du Dimanche, … Continue reading Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Dinner by Heston, Knightsbridge

This was Heston Blumenthal’s second fine dining restaurant and it’s based inside the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge. Whereas The Fat Duck is inventive and whacky, Dinner by Heston, which has regularly been voted one of the best restaurants in the world, takes its inspiration from dishes of the past. The dining room is a simple space, however views onto the park and into the glass … Continue reading Dinner by Heston, Knightsbridge

Silvio Nickol at Palais Coburg, Vienna

There are two two Michelin starred restaurants in Vienna and as we couldn’t manage to bag a reservation at Steirereck in Stadtpark, we opted for Silvio Nickol at Palais Coburg. It’s a grand old hotel to say the least. The dining room was a dramatic space with an amethyst filled wall at one end being the main focal point. It was a bit like being … Continue reading Silvio Nickol at Palais Coburg, Vienna

The Ledbury, Notting Hill

The Ledbury is a two Michelin restaurant by Australian born Brett Graham. It’s been a while since we’ve had a bit of fine dining pomp (my favourite of all food to be honest) so we booked ourselves in for a Saturday lunch. Getting a table is still quite hard work FYI. The dining room was elegantly simple but beautiful; it was understated yet with all … Continue reading The Ledbury, Notting Hill

Midsummer House, Cambridge

Midsummer House is a two Michelin star restaurant in Cambridge which is owned by head chef Daniel Clifford (whom you might know from BBC’s Great British Menu). We first experienced Daniel’s food at the Cube by Electrolux pop-up on the Southbank and loved it, so we were really excited to finally be visiting his restaurant. Situated right by the river, it was a really beautiful … Continue reading Midsummer House, Cambridge

Marcus at The Berkeley

Two Michelin starred Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley Hotel recently underwent an extensive refurb including, a name change to Marcus, in the hope of making it a much more relaxed affair. We had a brilliant lunch there a couple of years ago so when I received an invitation to review the new place, I jumped at the chance. Ever since blaggergate (what? You’ve not heard … Continue reading Marcus at The Berkeley

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

Whatley Manor is a manor house hotel and spa based in the Cotswolds and it’s home to The Dining Room, which has held two Michelin stars since 2009. The restaurant is only open for dinner from Wednesday – Sunday and never for lunch which seemed such a shame as we couldn’t take in the full beauty of the surroundings as we arrived in darkness. We … Continue reading The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse is a fine dining Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair. It’s been on our list for a while so I thought it would be a good place to try for dinner during my gentleman companion’s birthday weekend. It’s down a quiet side street and you could easily walk past the entrance. Walk through the gates however and you’re faced with a beautiful garden. It … Continue reading The Greenhouse

Gidleigh Park

After a rather gastro-tastic holiday in Cornwall where we sampled wondrous food at the likes of The Seafood Restaurant, Nathan Outlaw at Rock, Paul Ainsworth at No.6 and Driftwood, we couldn’t help but take a minor detour on the way home and stop off for lunch at two Michelin starred Gidleigh Park. The drive from Padstow along Dartmoor was simply breathtaking. The views of the … Continue reading Gidleigh Park

Sat Bains

I was a little bit nervous during the week leading up to our reservation at two Michelin starred Sat Bains in Nottingham. This was due to the cancellation policy; it’s a £75 a head charge if you cancel up to 5 days prior to your booking. But what if me or my gentleman companion came down with influenza? Or what if the traffic was so … Continue reading Sat Bains

Michael Wignall at The Latymer

Pennyhill Park is a five star country house hotel and award winning spa near Ascot in Surrey. Set within 123 acres of countryside its location is a rather splendid one – it even has its own rugby pitch! Residing within this rather grand hotel is the two Michelin star restaurant Michael Wignall at the Latymer. The restaurant consisted of two dining rooms which were bright … Continue reading Michael Wignall at The Latymer

Nathan Outlaw at Rock

During our holiday in Cornwall we were spoilt for choice for places to eat lovely food. One restaurant that we had both been really, really excited about however was Nathan Outlaw at Rock. A two Michelin starred restaurant that only serves tasting menus comprising of just fish – how would I cope with no meat?! The restaurant is situated in St. Enodoc hotel in Rock … Continue reading Nathan Outlaw at Rock

Sketch : Lecture Room and Library

Sketch in Mayfair is a bit like Pat Sharp’s Fun House – it’s a vast building which houses a whole host of different bars and dining rooms. There’s The Gallery – a lively gastro brasserie, The Parlour – a dazzling tea room, The East Bar – a secret and intimate cocktail room, The Glade – a chilled and relaxed bar and a collection of pod toilets which … Continue reading Sketch : Lecture Room and Library