SUSHISAMBA, Amsterdam

We’re in Amsterdam for a few days, staying at the new Soho House, which comes highly recommended. (You don’t need to be a member to stay there FY)I. A pleasant 20 minute stroll away is SUSHISAMBA. We start with a Smoked Plum Negroni and green bean tempura with black truffle aioli (£8) out on the terrace. We’re right by the canal watching the peddle boat … Continue reading SUSHISAMBA, Amsterdam

Heckfield Place, Hampshire

Ask a Hampshire local (Hey, Dad!) and they’ll tell you Heckfield Place has been a long time comin’. Five years in fact. It’s easy to see what’s taken so long when you drive through the manned front gate, up the winding path through the forest and arrive at the Georgian mansion facade. It’s a looker. The website is full of twoddle like “THE GROUNDS ARE … Continue reading Heckfield Place, Hampshire

Adam Reid at The French

You might know Adam Reid from Great British Menu and his ‘Golden Empire’ pudding which he cooked at the banquet. You might also know The Midland hotel in Manchester from the time Simon Rogan had a restaurant there. It’s all changed though… You’ll find Adam Reid at The French here now where it’s all multi course menus served in a fancy dining room. Two giant … Continue reading Adam Reid at The French

Carters of Moseley

It’s not often you’ll find me in Birmingham, lesser still Moseley, a suburb of south Birmingham. But a breezy three hour drive from London and you’ll find Michelin-starred Carters of Moseley. It was seeing chef and owner Brad Carter on Saturday Kitchen that inspired the trip and I’m bloody glad we bothered. It’s a simple dining room; small service bar at the front, kitchen with … Continue reading Carters of Moseley

Crockers Chef’s Table

I first knew of chef Scott Barnard after eating his food at the now-closed restaurant at The Grove where he was sous chef. He then went on MasterChef the Professionals where he came second. I was excited then to hear he’s now running the kitchen at a new place called Crockers Chef’s Table. It’s an interesting set up; just 14 seats round the counter of … Continue reading Crockers Chef’s Table

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

Frenchie to Go, Paris

If you only have time for one breakfast in Paris,  you really should check out Frenchie to Go. It’s the creation of Gregory Marchand, who owns Frenchie just next door and also Frenchie in Covent Garden, London. It’s a cute little Parisian street with a butchers, greengrocers and coffee shop all within spitting distance. As the name would suggest, Frenchie to Go isn’t a full-on … Continue reading Frenchie to Go, Paris

L’Ecrin, Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel

There are no two ways about it – Rosewood London is a fine example of what a hotel is all about. I’ve written previously about the hotel’s glorious suites and pastry-dazzling restaurant on the blog. I was excited then to see what their Parisian sister, Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, had to offer. It’s a veritable fun house of beautiful bits and bobs. From … Continue reading L’Ecrin, Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel

Gucci Osteria by Massimo Bottura, Florence

Massimo Bottura is the chef and owner of 3 Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, voted number two in the World’s 50 Best list. He’s also been the subject of a Netflix Chef’s Table, he’s helped saved millions of pounds’ worth of Parmigiano Reggiano and he runs pop up soup kitchens using surplus food to feed those in need. A busy boy you could say. We’re in Florence, … Continue reading Gucci Osteria by Massimo Bottura, Florence

Harry’s Bar, Venice

Harry’s Bar in Venice is most famous for two things; their Bellini cocktails and the astronomical prices of absolutely everything on the menu. It is however something of a Venetian institution – in 2001 it was declared a national landmark by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs. So, while in Venice for a few days we felt we had to give it a go. You … Continue reading Harry’s Bar, Venice

Le Sud, Lyon

We arrive in Lyon on Valentine’s Day and surprise, surprise we struggle to find a restaurant that has space. After a few calls around we get lucky with Le Sud, a Mediteranen brasserie, part of the Paul Bocuse empire (he’s that legendary French chef who recently died). It’s a chaotic arrival, the restaurant is absolutely rammed, all couples naturally, and the manager looks panicked. Our … Continue reading Le Sud, Lyon

Coombeshead Farm, Cornwall

Coombeshead Farm is a working farm, hotel and restaurant from Tom Adams (Pitt Cue fame) and April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig in NYC fame) and it’s rather beautiful. The main house is surrounded by muddy fields filled with pigs and sheep. The restaurant is in a separate outhouse which consists of a small and cosy dining room and open kitchen. It’s a truly stunning space. They … Continue reading Coombeshead Farm, Cornwall

Taiko, Amsterdam

The Conservatorium is easily Amsterdam’s swankiest hotel. The place is huge (129 bedrooms in total) and combines old, a landmark heritage building, with new, a gigantic glass conservatory attached to it, in a way I haven’t seen done before. Their restaurant, Taiko, is another blend, this time between cuisines; Japanese and the Middle East. ‘Fusion’ cooking is often something to be scared off but here … Continue reading Taiko, Amsterdam