Cora Pearl, Covent Garden

Cora Pearl is the second restaurant from the trio owners of Kitty Fishers in Mayfair. It was always going to be tricky when their talented chef left as he really put it on the map – that’s Tomos Parry by the way, who went on to open the brilliant BRAT. But it didn’t seem to affect business, they were still packed most nights and here’s … Continue reading Cora Pearl, Covent Garden

Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire

Part of the Calcot Collection, which consists of 7 hotels, restaurants and pubs across the UK, Calcot Manor is the jewel in their crown. Sprawled across 220 acres of Cotswolds meadowland it truly is a stunning place. Our one night stay is in a Large Family Suite called The Woodchester and although we arrive child-less, I imagine it’s the perfect space for a couple and … Continue reading Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire

Café Wolseley, Bicester Village

Regular readers of this blog (hey Dad!) will know I’m a big fan of Corbin and King restaurants. From Brasserie Zédel to Colony Grill there’s something about the slick service and always-solid cooking which keeps me going back. The Wolseley is the jewel in the crown for owners Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, described on the website as an “all-day café-restaurant in the grand European … Continue reading Café Wolseley, Bicester Village

St Leonards, Shoreditch

Owner of Brunswick House Jackson Boxer and its exec chef Andrew Clarke have opened their first joint venture, the big and beautiful St Leonards in Shoreditch. There are two options when visiting; the main dining room, which subtly looks onto an open grill with meats hanging above big flames and a raw seafood bar, OR, the bar, which has a separate menu. With both you’re … Continue reading St Leonards, Shoreditch

Bombay Bustle, Mayfair

Bombay Bustle is an Indian restaurant which sits in the former two Michelin starred Hibiscus site in Mayfair. It’s a gorgeous space, made to look like a 1920’s train carriage and the result is quite glamorous. This is co founder Samyukta Nair’s second restaurant, owning Jamavar in Mayfair, another looker. At lunch, a South Indian Tiffin Box menu at £19 is available. A stack of … Continue reading Bombay Bustle, Mayfair

The Blue Posts, Soho

The team behind The Palomar and The Barbary have taken over The Blue Posts, working their magic on restoring this Soho pub, dating back to 1739, to its former glory. Now there’s a special occasion, 8 cover counter restaurant in the basement (Evelyn’s Table), a dark and sexy upstairs cocktail bar (The Mulwray) and a ground floor pub. Said ground floor pub has started serving … Continue reading The Blue Posts, Soho

Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia

Even with all the new openings coming out our ears, one of London’s prettiest dining rooms still remains Berners Tavern, a five star hotel on Berners Street just off Oxford Street. Ian Schrager is the designer and it’s got to be some of his finest work. The giant walls are filled with photos in varying shapes and sizes, some in gold leaf frames. The ceiling … Continue reading Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia

Beck at Brown’s, Mayfair

I remember trying Heinz Beck’s food at Apsleys at the Lanesborough a good few years ago. That man could cook and he thoroughly deserved his Michelin star. For some reason or another it closed (becoming Celeste) and this marks his first return to London. Inside Brown’s hotel on Albermale Street in Mayfair sits the large wood panelled dining room which is made brighter by birds-in-the-trees … Continue reading Beck at Brown’s, Mayfair

Cocotte, Shoreditch

Sitting pretty in the former 8 Hoxton Square site, this is the second Cocotte, an ethically sourced rotisserie chicken restaurant, their first being in Notting Hill. We start with chicken wings; barbecue and spicy flavoured (£9 each) and crudités with a herby dip and yoghurt sauce (£8). It’s the perfect food for the muggy weather and their outside terrace. The doors between it and the … Continue reading Cocotte, Shoreditch