Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

There are two dining options when visiting Basingstoke Hospital; Costa Coffee, where the paninis take so long you’ll be dead and buried by the time you’re served them, or the flagship restaurant ‘Restaurant’. During a two-day stint visiting my dear old Mum I opt to experience the latter in all its glory. The dining room is large with plenty of natural light and it’s also … Continue reading Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

Prawn on the Lawn, Islington

We first visited Prawn on the Lawn at their Padstow restaurant and fell a little bit in love with the place. But husband and wife team Rick and Katie first opened a fishmonger cum restaurant in Islington and they’ve since moved a few doors down the road to a bigger space – the old Le Coq site. One half is still dedicated to selling fresh … Continue reading Prawn on the Lawn, Islington

Neo Bistro, Mayfair

If like us, you’re a fan of Anglo, the restaurant from Mark Jarvis in Farringdon, then you’re likely to love his new place, Neo Bistro, just off Bond Street. With the facade of its previous incarnation as The Woodstock pub, you could easily walk past it, as we did. Twice. Inside it’s not your beat up old boozer however, it’s far more plain and simple … Continue reading Neo Bistro, Mayfair

Dumplings’ Legend, Chinatown

As someone who eats out a fair amount in this fine city of ours, a worrying omission from this blog would have to be Chinatown. Finding myself in Soho on a Sunday evening I decide to rectify this and head for Dumplings’ Legend, hailed as London’s best Chinese soup dumplings by the Evening Standard in 2015. My inner snob makes an appearance as soon as … Continue reading Dumplings’ Legend, Chinatown

Henrietta, Covent Garden

Henrietta is a new 18 bedroom hotel on Henrietta Street, right in the heart of Covent Garden. It’s an area which is fast becoming known for food what with Frenchie, Encante, Sibarita and Balthazar, not to mention Shake Shack and MEATmarket all within belching distance. But back to Henrietta, which houses a ground floor restaurant. At the helm, although not present in the kitchen on … Continue reading Henrietta, Covent Garden

Seven Park Place by William Drabble

The restaurant at St James’s Hotel wins the title of London’s smallest Michelin restaurant with just 26 covers. I’ve been before, back in 2013, and loved it. I like that you don’t hear much about the hotel, it’s not some celeb hangout, and it’s hidden down a side street away from the bustle of St James’s. We start with a Vesper Martini at the bar … Continue reading Seven Park Place by William Drabble

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

Kaia, The Ned

The Ned is that new super hotel in the City from the Soho House Group. It’s friggin’ huge; and to prove it, they’ve got nine restaurants in the place. Two are members only, then you’ve got Cecconi’s, Zobler’s (recently reviewed by my old mate Jay Rayner), Cafe Sou, Millie’s Lounge, The Nickel Bar, Malibu Kitchen and this, Kaia. Its offering is “Asian-Pacific”. Its location is … Continue reading Kaia, The Ned

Lupins, SE1

Lupins, named after the flower, is a new restaurant within the arches of Flat Iron Square in Southwark. It’s the first venture from Lucy Pedder and Natasha Cooke, the pair having met and worked alongside each other while cooking at Medlar in Chelsea. If you’re unfamiliar with Flat Iron Square, it’s home to a load of street food vendors, small restaurants, bars, a music venue and … Continue reading Lupins, SE1

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

Pique-Nique, Bermondsey

This is the second restaurant from the chaps behind Casse-Croûte on Bermondsey Street. It’s not far away from it either, just through the park opposite, right next to the tennis courts. It sits in an old shed; a dark and creepy part of the park no one savoury would ever hang about in. But what a transformation. They’ve kept the original wooden beams and structure … Continue reading Pique-Nique, Bermondsey

Monty’s Deli, Shoreditch

There’s a current surge in street food vendors getting permanent restaurants at the moment which is a wonderful thing. Take The Cheese Bar and SMOKESTAK as examples – some of the best new openings I’ve been to in yonks. Monty’s Deli is the next in line. Friends Mark Ogus and Owen Barratt successfully Crowdfunded the project, gone from a stall at Maltby Street Market to … Continue reading Monty’s Deli, Shoreditch