Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

Rather than buy each other rubbish presents we’ll never use, each year my sister and I go out for a nice lunch as our Christmas present to each other. As the designated foodie (I hate that word) it’s always my decision to choose somewhere amazing. Last year Rhodes 24 atop of Tower 42 in the City was a total disappointment so this year the pressure … Continue reading Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

L’Enclume

L’Enclume is a two Michelin star restaurant which resides in a little medieval village called Cartmel in the Lake District. Owner Simon Rogan (who also owns Roganic in London) is known to many as the chef who cooked his dessert at the final banquet on BBC’s Great British Menu. The restaurant has plenty of character and blends modern dining furniture with old fashioned exposed beams … Continue reading L’Enclume

Le Champignon Sauvage

Le Champignon Sauvage resides in the historic spa town of Cheltenham. It’s run by husband and wife team David Everitt-Matthias in the kitchen and Helen out the front and they’ve proudly held their two Michelin stars for numerous years. We hoped that the 2 hour 45 minute drive from London (with slight traffic) for lunch would be worth it and we were relived to say … Continue reading Le Champignon Sauvage

Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons is a restaurant and hotel in the Oxfordshire village of Great Milton. It comes from the legendary French chef Raymond Blanc who received his two Michelin stars for Le Manoir just a year after opening in 1985 and has held them ever since. As it was my birthday we decided that a visit here for lunch would be the perfect way … Continue reading Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

Le Gavroche

We walked through the doors of the two Michelin starred Le Gavroche in Mayfair to be greeted by no-one – it felt like we had walked into an empty cupboard. After a minute of us awkwardly standing there a smartly dressed gentleman greeted us very apologetically and walked us through the bar then downstairs to the underground restaurant. It was every bit as beautiful as … Continue reading Le Gavroche

The Square

Sister restaurant to The Ledbury, this is more like it’s less trendy mother in law but my God does it serve up seriously tasty food. It’s less adventurous than The Ledbury and each dish is classical with its ingredients and cooking.The set lunch menu is at £35 for three courses or £30 for two. This isn’t the cheapest set lunch I’ve seen but is definitely … Continue reading The Square

Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley

We arrive at a very elegant purple restaurant with velvet walls. At 1pm it was a little empty but it soon filled up and had a comfortable atmosphere. A creaky champagne trolley is first to greet us. After pretending for a brief moment that we were even considering whether to have a glass, my gentleman companion and I kindly declined and asked for a bottle of water … Continue reading Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley