Paul Ainsworth’s No.6, Padstow

A trip to Cornwall’s handsomest harbour town, Padstow, and you have to visit Paul Ainsworth’s Michelin-starred No.6. Finer food in Cornwall might be hard to find. The restaurant has also undergone a rather gorgeous renovation and there’s a new bar upstairs which is perfect, as we find out, for a glass of bubbles before your meal. The dining room, with its greys walls and leather … Continue reading Paul Ainsworth’s No.6, Padstow

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

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

The Lickfold Inn, West Sussex

The Lickfold Inn is a pub just outside Chiddingfold in West Sussex where Tom Sellars is Chef Patron – he of Restaurant Ours and Story fame. It’s not him behind the stoves however, that task falls to handsome chappy and head chef Graham Squire. And he’s a bloomin’ good cook. We arrive at the secluded pub after an hour and a half drive out of … Continue reading The Lickfold Inn, West Sussex

Hipping Hall, Lancashire

After staying at The Forest Side in Ambleside, Cumbria and absolutely loving everything about it, I was super excited for our visit to their sister hotel and restaurant, Hipping Hall in Kirkby, during a culinary tour of Lancashire. The building and surrounds have been there for over 350 years. The main building is covered in ivy and even with the bleak northern weather, a walk … Continue reading Hipping Hall, Lancashire

The Cartford Inn, Lancashire

The Cartford Inn is a rather charming restaurant and bar with rooms on the edge of the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. Our visit here for dinner is part of a week-long trip to Lancashire; a part of the country we quickly came to realise has lots to offer if you’re into food and drink – Northcote and Obsession 17 being two options. We start with some … Continue reading The Cartford Inn, Lancashire

Timberyard, Edinburgh

Timberyard is one of those must visit restaurants if you’re in Edinburgh. The front, with its giant red door, looks like a fire station and the inside could win awards for interior design. It’s one of the coolest looking restaurants I’ve been in. It’s a vast Warehouse style dining room and on this rather chilly Scottish afternoon, it’s a bit breezy. We’re first given menus … Continue reading Timberyard, Edinburgh

The Astor Grill, Cliveden House

Astor Grill, named after Lord and Lady Astor, who used to reside at Cliveden House, is the more casual restaurant on offer when staying at/visiting this 5* country house and hotel in Taplow, Berkshire. Exec chef André Garrett also runs the fine dining restaurant which is definitely one for your list. The dining room of the Astor Grill is set in the old stable block … Continue reading The Astor Grill, Cliveden House

Obsession 17, Northcote

Obsession, now in its 17th year, is an annual food festival which sees the kitchen of Northcote hotel and Michelin starred restaurant taken over by a whole host of different chefs from around the world. If you like your Michelin starred food – this is an exciting event. On our evening, James Close, owner of 2 Michelin star Raby Hunt in Co. Durham, was in … Continue reading Obsession 17, Northcote

Newforge House, Northern Ireland

There’s something rather charming about Newforge House, based a forty minute drive from George Best airport, Belfast. There’s a gravel driveway leading up to a small yet grand house covered in ivy. It’s quaint. Once in, it’s all antiques and creaky floorboards. John and Lou Mathers are the owners of the 17th century house which has been in their family for six generations. The furniture … Continue reading Newforge House, Northern Ireland

Gleneagles, Scotland

Gleneagles isn’t just a hotel; there are three golf courses, a spa, Scotland’s only 2 Michelin starred restaurant, 3 more casual restaurants, not to mention all the activities; a falconry school, off-roading, clay pigeon shooting, archery, horse riding. Plus, it’s all set within stunning Scottish countryside, grounds we fall in love with just a few seconds after arriving. The journey is about an hour drive from … Continue reading Gleneagles, Scotland

The Spotted Pig, New York

Getting a table at The Spotted Pig in New York’s West Village isn’t the easiest – maybe because it’s Kanye West’s favourite restaurant or maybe because it’s bloomin’ good. Either way, it’s no reservations so turn up early and hope for the best. It’s a pub, which is rather strange for NYC, but it’s co-owned by British chef April Bloomfield which might explain it. It … Continue reading The Spotted Pig, New York

Prawn on the Lawn, Padstow

Prawn on the Lawn is a fishmonger cum restaurant by husband and wife Rick (chef) and Katie (front of house) Toogood. They first opened one in Islington then decided to move to Padstow in Cornwall and open another which is where they are based now. There’s a lovely relaxed vibe about the place during our visit. The seafood counter in the window attracts a lot … Continue reading Prawn on the Lawn, Padstow

The Cornish Barn, Penzance

If you’re visiting Penzance in Cornwall there are two places you’ll want to eat; The Shore (read about that here) and The Cornish Barn, the restaurant inside The Artist Residence hotel on Chapel Street. The menu is predominantly small plates and smoked meats which is in keeping with the trendy surrounds. There’s reclaimed wood everywhere and old-school school chairs around industrial metal tables while fish … Continue reading The Cornish Barn, Penzance

The Shore, Penzance

Bruce Rennie, owner of The Shore in Penzance, Cornwall, doesn’t make life easy for himself; it’s just him in the kitchen – not even a pot wash. Which makes it all the more impressive then that the food is so bloomin’ good. The man himself has worked in Michelin starred restaurants in Edinburgh and Northern Ireland so he knows what he’s doing. But with this, … Continue reading The Shore, Penzance