Prêt-à-Portea, The Berkeley

The Berkeley’s afternoon tea offers something a little different; the sweet treats are inspired by the world of fashion. Head Pastry Chef, Mourad Khiat, takes a look at the upcoming seasons and bakes goodies accordingly, so, if you like the look of a particular handbag, the chances are you’ll be eating it here. It takes place in the Collins Room, a gorgeous space, all pale-blue … Continue reading Prêt-à-Portea, The Berkeley

Fat Tony’s, Termini Centrale

If it’s cocktail perfection you’re after, you’ll struggle to find better than Bar Termini. This compact bar in Soho’s Old Compton Street is the brainchild of Tony Conigliaro who also owns 69 Colebrooke Row and Untitled in Dalston. This second Bar Termini, Termini Centrale, lacks the beauty of the original. It’s off a side street by Selfridge’s and inside it’s not much to look at. … Continue reading Fat Tony’s, Termini Centrale

Frenchie to Go, Paris

If you only have time for one breakfast in Paris,  you really should check out Frenchie to Go. It’s the creation of Gregory Marchand, who owns Frenchie just next door and also Frenchie in Covent Garden, London. It’s a cute little Parisian street with a butchers, greengrocers and coffee shop all within spitting distance. As the name would suggest, Frenchie to Go isn’t a full-on … Continue reading Frenchie to Go, Paris

The Wigmore at The Langham

Based at the crappy end of Regent Street, The Wigmore is a pub, or “modern British tavern”, part of the Langham hotel. It’s overseen by Michel Roux Jr, you know him, the one off of MasterChef: The Professionals, along with the hotel’s exec chef Chris King. It’s the prettiest pub I’ve ever been in. The walls are a glossy British Racing Green, there’s a large … Continue reading The Wigmore at The Langham

The Hoxton Paris

Soon set for world domination The Hoxton is globally going from strength to strength. They have hotels in Hoxton, then Holborn, then Amsterdam. Soon there’ll be Brooklyn, Portland, Chicago and Southwark in London. Arguably their most beautiful property yet is in Paris. Based in the Rue du Sentier, if it’s art you’re into, you can get to most of the good stuff on foot: Louvre … Continue reading The Hoxton Paris

The Frog by Adam Handling

Fans of MasterChef: The Professionals will know Adam Handling from the 2013 series where he was a finalist. Since then he’s been a busy chap opening The Frog E1 in Shoreditch; a zero-waste coffee shop called Bean & Wheat; and his flagship restaurant, The Frog, in Covent Garden. The latter is an impressive operation: the whole place screams money. Tables of two face the open … Continue reading The Frog by Adam Handling

Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia

Two Scottish blokes, Calum Mackinnon and Andy Waugh, started Mac and Wild as a street food stall on Whitecross Street in Islington serving up Scottish produce. They now have two restaurants in London; Devonshire Square and here in Fitzrovia. The dining room is a simple space; long and narrow with tightly packed tables down one side. There’s lots of wood and the ceiling has bull … Continue reading Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia

BRAT, Shoreditch

Chef and co owner of Brat, Tomos Parry, earned his stripes head cheffing at Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair. There he cooked meats on an open grill and it was marvellous. David Cameron even liked it. Tomos’s first standalone restaurant, BRAT, is above Smoking Goat in Shoreditch (the guys from SG have invested). It’s one of the prettier dining rooms I’ve been in of late; dark … Continue reading BRAT, Shoreditch

Chik’N, Baker Street

Carle Clarke and David Wolanski, owners of Chick ‘n’ Sours in Dalston and Seven Dials, certainly have a hit on their hands with their latest opening Chik’N. You can best sum it up with the words free-range, fast-food and bloody-delicious. Essentially it’s more of what they do best: fried chicken. It sits on Baker Street, ironically right next to a KFC, and on our Sunday … Continue reading Chik’N, Baker Street

The Cleveland Arms, Paddington

The Cleveland Arms is a pub and restaurant at the end of a sleepy mews in Paddington. Other than Frontline Club, the area isn’t exactly famous for its food offering. But maybe things are on the up… This is a proper “posh” boozer. The ground floor sees a bar with stools and a snug out the back complete with open fire. Downstairs is the dining … Continue reading The Cleveland Arms, Paddington

Moor Hall, Lancashire

I first tried Mark Birchall’s food at l’enclume back in 2012. It may well have been Simon Rogan’s restaurant in that little village of Cartmel in Cumbria, but it was head chef Mark’s food that was really spectacular. Great news then to hear he’s opened a restaurant with rooms on his home turf in Lancashire. Aughton, West Lancashire, to be precise. We arrive after a … Continue reading Moor Hall, Lancashire

L’Ecrin, Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel

There are no two ways about it – Rosewood London is a fine example of what a hotel is all about. I’ve written previously about the hotel’s glorious suites and pastry-dazzling restaurant on the blog. I was excited then to see what their Parisian sister, Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, had to offer. It’s a veritable fun house of beautiful bits and bobs. From … Continue reading L’Ecrin, Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel