Tea Room at Bun House, Soho

There are two options when eating here; Bun House – a ground floor order-at-the-counter-jobby with a limited menu of steamed buns (think ‘quick bite to eat’) or Tea Room – a hidden downstairs dining room which is much calmer and a whole lot sexier. Here, the menu is more extensive and features plenty of offal. The setting is unusual; there’s an old school record player … Continue reading Tea Room at Bun House, Soho

Smoke & Salt, Pop Brixton

It’s a brave restaurant who steps into Kricket’s shoes let me tell you. I had one of the my best meal’s of 2016 in their Indian-small-plate-serving pop up in a shipping container in Pop Brixton. But then they went and got themselves a proper restaurant in Piccadilly. Sad times. So who’s in said shipping container now? Two chaps called Aaron and Remi with their small-plate-with-British-ingredients-using-ancient-techniques … Continue reading Smoke & Salt, Pop Brixton

Jean-Georges at The Connaught, Mayfair

Our first intro to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s food was at his 3 Michelin starred restaurant inside the – gulp – Trump Hotel, Central Park. As New York prices go, the set lunch menu was fantastic value and his Asian-America-French inspired food was quite something. With 23 restaurants in America, The Connaught, Mayfair is his first flurry into the UK and what a mighty fine hotel to … Continue reading Jean-Georges at The Connaught, Mayfair

Bread Street Kitchen, One New Change

Walking into Gordon Ramsay’s BSK, it’s hard to miss the city boys and gals. Though that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it certainly makes for a beautiful space. High ceilings, well lit, walls covered in wine. I’m here to try the allotment menu; a concept that celebrates the British summer and the goodies that come with it. Plants and herbs are growing around … Continue reading Bread Street Kitchen, One New Change

Pi Shop, Bristol

After a gloriously sunny and rather boozy #GrillStock2017 (a weekend-long festival in Bristol dedicated to smoked and barbecued meat) we thought it only appropriate to make the most of being harbour-side and head to Pi Shop. It’s right next to, arguably, one of the country’s finest restaurants, Michelin-starred Casamia and at the helm is the same chap, Peter Sanchez. I had the pleasure of meeting … Continue reading Pi Shop, Bristol

Bar Douro, Flat Iron Square

Other than half a chicken (medium) at Nando’s and Nuno Mendez’ more exciting Taberna do Mercado in Spitalfields, Portuguese food isn’t one of the cuisines that has rocketed to fame in recent years. It goes under the radar. To open a small counter-only restaurant in Flat Iron Square, a newish food/booze/music space under some railway arches in SE1, is then a brave move. It’s paid … Continue reading Bar Douro, Flat Iron Square

Red Rooster, Shoreditch

The chap behind Red Rooster, Marcus Samuelsson, has himself a hit over in Harlem, USA with his original restaurant specialising in fried chicken. He’s now searching for similar success over here, in newly opened hotel and members club, The Curtain, on Curtain Road, Shoreditch. We can only bag a 10:15pm reservation but being a Friday we think that pretty lucky. We’re taken down into the … Continue reading Red Rooster, Shoreditch

Andrew Edmunds, Soho

It was this list of Fay Maschler’s 50 favourite restaurants in London that pushed Andrew Edmunds to the top of my hit list. It’s one of those old boys, sitting pretty on Lexington Street in Soho since 1986, that is loved by all and is always busy. It’s also dog friendly which is handy as we’re dog sitting Fred the pug. It’s a gloriously sunny day … Continue reading Andrew Edmunds, Soho

Wild Honey, Mayfair

I last went to Wild Honey back in 2012 when it had a Michelin star. The food was great and I loved the hunter’s log cabin-esque dining room. It since lost its star after the split of its business partners and now one of them, Anthony Demetre, is running the place solo. Not much has changed, it’s still a looker. Dark wood panelled walls and … Continue reading Wild Honey, Mayfair

André Garrett at Cliveden House

Cliveden House is one of those hotels which has so much going on, when you’re staying there you don’t need to leave. Walking around the grounds, of which there are 376 acres of National Trust parkland, or using the spa, which has just been massively renovated, will keep you going for a day or three. During a cheeky one nighter stay, eating-wise, you’ve got the … Continue reading André Garrett at Cliveden House

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

There are two dining options when visiting Basingstoke Hospital; Costa Coffee, where the paninis take so long you’ll be dead and buried by the time you’re served them, or the flagship restaurant ‘Restaurant’. During a two-day stint visiting my dear old Mum I opt to experience the latter in all its glory. The dining room is large with plenty of natural light and it’s also … Continue reading Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

Prawn on the Lawn, Islington

We first visited Prawn on the Lawn at their Padstow restaurant and fell a little bit in love with the place. But husband and wife team Rick and Katie first opened a fishmonger cum restaurant in Islington and they’ve since moved a few doors down the road to a bigger space – the old Le Coq site. One half is still dedicated to selling fresh … Continue reading Prawn on the Lawn, Islington