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

The Whitebrook, Wales

It doesn’t get more secluded than The Whitebrook in Monmouth, Wales – well I’m sure it does but you really do feel in the middle of nowhere. There’s no wifi (they say they have it but good luck getting a connection) and there’s certainly no phone signal. With a view from our room of the Wye Valley opposite, a night at this Michelin starred restaurant … Continue reading The Whitebrook, Wales

The Tame Hare, Leamington Spa

Jonny Mills, chef and owner of The Tame Hare, is one of those chefs I’ve been following on social media for a while now. Photos of vibrant and colourful dishes have always intrigued me so we finally made the journey down to Leamington Spa to try them out. It’s a smart space. We’re seated next to the open pass and a bookcase filled with cookbooks … Continue reading The Tame Hare, Leamington Spa

Fifteen, Cornwall

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen has been sat on the cliff at Watergate Bay in Cornwall for some time now. I’ve been for breakfast before which was very nice and given it’s beachfront positioning, when the weather’s good, the views are a real beauty. This visit however was at night, in the pouring rain, but it still felt atmospheric. The restaurant was packed and although being a … Continue reading Fifteen, Cornwall

Benoit, Paris

A day trip to Paris is far less extravagant than you might think and it’s the perfect way to get your Parisian fix without spending a fortune on a hotel. With a small gang, we booked Alain Ducasses’s michelin starred bistro Benoit on rue Saint Martin. It’s as quintessentially French as you could hope for; brass rails, red velvet banquettes and wood panelled walls. And … Continue reading Benoit, Paris

The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds

It’s been quite a year for Michael O’Hare (he’s the chap with the crazy black mullet). His first Michelin star was awarded to his restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds, then he won the regional heats and cooked the fish course at the banquet on BBC’s Great British Menu. And he’s had a haircut – it’s all go. The restaurant is on the … Continue reading The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds

The Ethicurean, Bristol 

Run by two brothers, Matthew and Iain Pennington, The Ethicurean is located in quite a stunning spot. You park at the bottom of a hill, walk up through the beautiful walled gardens, where much of the produce the chefs use is being grown, then arrive at the top to a sensational view. The dining room is rough and ready; pretty for sure but it’s a … Continue reading The Ethicurean, Bristol