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

Rojanos in the Square, Padstow

If you’re in Cornwall and you don’t head to Padstow for something to eat then there’s something wrong with you. Whether it’s a battered oyster at Rick Stein’s Fish and Chip Shop or a prawn on the lawn at Prawn on the Lawn, it’s the perfect day trip. If you’re feeling swanky, Paul Ainsworth opened Padstow Townhouse in 2016, a 6 suite boutique hotel which … Continue reading Rojanos in the Square, Padstow

Hrishi at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

Cumbria is home to two Michelin-starred restaurants as of the 2018 guide. There’s The Forest Side in Grasmere (a better meal in the UK you may struggle to find) and Hrisihi at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House which has Indian chef Hrishikesh Desai at the helm. Their website is slightly annoying as they don’t have a menu. Upon request they email one over but it doesn’t … Continue reading Hrishi at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

The Avocado Show, Amsterdam

Avocados have received a bit of a battering as of late. The UK has reached peak avo. But I love the stuff. Smashed, crushed, creamed, chopped, smothered, moussed. I’ll take the lot. That being said, I was always going to like The Avocado Show – a restaurant in Amsterdam which only serves dishes featuring the green super food. It’s a popular, no-reservation spot. 3:10pm on … Continue reading The Avocado Show, Amsterdam

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, a beautiful Grade II listed manor house hotel and spa set with 12 acres of gorgeous Cotswold countryside, has held two Michelin stars since 2009. The only difference now is there’s a new chef at the helm: Niall Keating. The dining room looks the same as our previous visit back in 2014 (cream washed walls, white tabeclothes and hushed … Continue reading The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

The Elephant, Torquay

I first heard of Simon Hulstone and his restaurant, The Elephant, when he appeared on BBC’s Great British Menu a few years back. His food looked decent. Finding ourselves down in Padstow for a few nights, we decided to make the extra two hour trek to Torquay to finally pay his Michelin-starred, sea view restaurant a visit. It’s a super relaxed setting; the large bright … Continue reading The Elephant, Torquay

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