The Rosewood art afternoon tea

I’ve always thought of the Rosewood as one of London’s prettiest hotels. Based on High Holborn it’s mega grand and inside, whether it’s the Holborn Dining Room, Scarfe’s Bar or the copper corridor that apparently cost them over a million quid, it’s all rather gorgeous. In a bid to make the lesser known Mirror Room a more prominent feature of the hotel, they’ve introduced a new … Continue reading The Rosewood art afternoon tea

Palatino, Clerkenwell

This is the latest one from Stevie Parle (he’s the chap who brought us Rotorino, Dock Kitchen, Sardine and Craft) and it is house in the ground floor of a new ‘pro-working’ space in Clerkenwell called Fora. The name Palatino is both an ancient hill in Rome and a Roman font, which the logo on the menu is printed in. The food, as you might … Continue reading Palatino, Clerkenwell

ROKA, Charlotte Street

Whenever I walk past the original ROKA in Charlotte Street it’s totally heaving. On our Saturday early lunchtime visit it’s no different – after 10 minutes of the doors being flung open the place is packed. We’re seated at the wooden counter overlooking the open kitchen with robata grill – the chefs are non stop. Definitely sit at the counter if you can. Service is … Continue reading ROKA, Charlotte Street

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

A. Wong, Pimlico

We enjoyed our first visit to A. Wong back in 2014 – and things have been going strong for Andrew Wong and his modern Chinese restaurant in Pimlico ever since. My visit on this occasion however is for the Peking duck tasting menu. The restaurant isn’t much to look at which is quite nice really – there’s no pomp or pretension. Service is equally as … Continue reading A. Wong, Pimlico

Masala Zone, Covent Garden

The guys behind Masala Zone know a wee bit about Indian food; they also own Michelin starred Veeraswamy and Amaya along with Chutney Mary, a pretty impressive collection of restaurants. There are currently 7 Masala Zones, which are a more casual offering. We visit their Covent Garden one, opposite the Royal Opera House, for dinner and it’s absolutely packed. The space has just had a … Continue reading Masala Zone, Covent Garden

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

Lobos Meat and Tapas, Soho

I loved the first Lobos Meat and Tapas, housed in a cramped railway arch in Borough Market. As far as vibes go, that place certainly has them aplenty. I’m not so sure their second restaurant on Frith Street in Soho is quite as buzzy (the second floor dining room does have an open kitchen but the space is quite plain) but the food is outstanding. … Continue reading Lobos Meat and Tapas, Soho

Luca, Clerkenwell

In my humble opinion, which doesn’t mean a lot, The Clove Club is easily London’s finest restaurant. It was exciting then to hear they were opening a second restaurant called Luca, this time in Clerkenwell, specialising in British/Italian food. ‘Britalian’ if you will. It’s a deceptively large space. There’s a bar in the entrance with a few tables which offer a separate, smaller bar menu. … Continue reading Luca, Clerkenwell

Breddos Tacos, Clerkenwell

Based on Goswell Road in Clerkenwell, this is buddies Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney’s first permanent restaurant after years of pop ups and street fooding. We first tried their tacos at Street Feast and they were a little bit bloomin’ lovely. Inside it’s a cute spot. There’s a long shared table in the middle of the room and a bar at the back which overlooks … Continue reading Breddos Tacos, Clerkenwell

#Bestof2016

1. Crudités at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York. I first heard about this place on the Netflix series Chef’s Table and became obsessed with owner Dan Barber’s almost entirely farm to table cooking. We sat through a never ending tasting menu which was nothing short of astounding and I’ve never tasted vegetables quite like it. 2. Blackberry, douglas fir and chestnut at The Forest Side … Continue reading #Bestof2016

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

Caravan Bankside, SE1

Bankside has fast become a foodie Mecca – who’d have thought it? Once, nothing more than an office ridden area between London Bridge and Southwark, it now has a Tonkotsu, ‘O Ver and a new street food cum bar cum music venue cum Sunday Flea market called Flat Iron Square. It’s all going on. Just next door to Hixter is Caravan’s third london restaurant – … Continue reading Caravan Bankside, SE1

A House for Essex, Wrabness

I’ve never seen anything quite like A House for Essex, a collaboration between Living Architecture, an organisation which creates architecturally astounding buildings which plebs like you and I can stay in, FAT Architecture and artist Grayson Perry. It’s simply magical. We reach the padlocked gated entrance by driving down a tiny country lane in the middle of Wrabness village, Essex. The house is plonked in … Continue reading A House for Essex, Wrabness