The Holborn Dining Room

After the closure of the Chancery Court Hotel on High Holborn, the Rosewood has taken its place, and what a beauty of a hotel it is too. Housed inside this stunning building is the equally stunning Holborn Dining Room, which is the latest venture from Des McDonald – the man behind The Fish and Chip Shop in Islington. It was a huge restaurant which had … Continue reading The Holborn Dining Room

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

Whatley Manor is a manor house hotel and spa based in the Cotswolds and it’s home to The Dining Room, which has held two Michelin stars since 2009. The restaurant is only open for dinner from Wednesday – Sunday and never for lunch which seemed such a shame as we couldn’t take in the full beauty of the surroundings as we arrived in darkness. We … Continue reading The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

Lanes of London, Park Lane

I was a bit sceptical when I heard about the new restaurant inside the Marriott Hotel on Park Lane. Its name, Lanes of London, refers to its concept, which offers a varied array of dishes inspired by the many lanes of London – Indian, Vietnamese, Lebanese for example. After an extensive refurb of the restaurant and bar area, I was invited down to try out … Continue reading Lanes of London, Park Lane

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Father and daughter duo Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Arzak Espina own their eponymous restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain and have held their three Michelin star status for over twenty years. Rather than open their own venture over here, they’ve instead decided to oversee a restaurant, thus creating Ametsa with Arzak Instruction – not the most exciting name ever created! The restaurant is based in … Continue reading Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel

Hoi Polloi is a restaurant from the people behind Bistrotheque and Shrimpy’s and is situated inside the recently redeveloped Ace Hotel in Shoreditch (formerly The Crowne Plaza). It’s a bland looking thing from the outside but on the inside the hotel’s a cool looking space. If Habitat were to open a hotel it would look a little bit like this. You can either access the … Continue reading Hoi Polloi at the Ace Hotel


STK is based in the ground floor of the awfully swanky Me hotel in Aldwych. “Not your Daddy’s steakhouse” is their rather interesting slogan and although this place seems to be appealing to the ladies, on our Monday night visit it was mainly filled with middle-aged blokes in suits. The dining room however was beautiful – a purple glow filled the air and the clubby … Continue reading STK

Berners Tavern

Berners Tavern is Jason Atherton’s latest restaurant (he also owns Michelin starred Pollen Street Social, Little Social and Social Eating House) and it is situated inside the rather stylish London Edition Hotel. The hotel is a joint venture between Ian Schrager (a big American hotelier) and Marriott Hotels and is set to feature an exclusive night club and two bars alongside its 173 rooms. As … Continue reading Berners Tavern

Tartufo, Chelsea

No.11 Cadogan Gardens is a lovely little boutique hotel in a peacefully quiet street in Chelsea. Nestled in the lower ground floor of this red brick Victorian mansion-block is Tartufo. The dining area was split into two rooms and both were beautiful – it all felt very glamorous. White table cloths adorned the tables yet it didn’t feel awkwardly stuffy; as we sank into the … Continue reading Tartufo, Chelsea

Brown’s Hotel: Afternoon Tea

Brown’s is a luxury five star hotel in Mayfair and was opened in 1837 as London’s first ever hotel. I thought it would be the perfect place for a spot of “legendary” afternoon tea with my Mum and sister and although it was a pleasant experience, we were all a little disappointed. The hotel wasn’t much to look at from the outside but the inside … Continue reading Brown’s Hotel: Afternoon Tea

Dean Street Townhouse

Dean Street Townhouse, if you hadn’t guessed, has a rather splendid location on Dean Street in Soho. It’s a hotel and restaurant owned by the Soho House group but you don’t have to be a member to enjoy either. The dining room was a long and fairly narrow space and on our Thursday night visit for my sister’s birthday it was heaving; the bar along … Continue reading Dean Street Townhouse

Gidleigh Park

After a rather gastro-tastic holiday in Cornwall where we sampled wondrous food at the likes of The Seafood Restaurant, Nathan Outlaw at Rock, Paul Ainsworth at No.6 and Driftwood, we couldn’t help but take a minor detour on the way home and stop off for lunch at two Michelin starred Gidleigh Park. The drive from Padstow along Dartmoor was simply breathtaking. The views of the … Continue reading Gidleigh Park

Michael Wignall at The Latymer

Pennyhill Park is a five star country house hotel and award winning spa near Ascot in Surrey. Set within 123 acres of countryside its location is a rather splendid one – it even has its own rugby pitch! Residing within this rather grand hotel is the two Michelin star restaurant Michael Wignall at the Latymer. The restaurant consisted of two dining rooms which were bright … Continue reading Michael Wignall at The Latymer

Seven Park Place by William Drabble

I’ve heard very little about the St. James Hotel which is tucked away in a beautifully peaceful street behind The Ritz. I’ve heard even less about Seven Park Place by William Drabble which is the Michelin starred restaurant that resides within, so we went along for lunch with an open mind. The hotel was subtly beautiful but it was the dining room that had the … Continue reading Seven Park Place by William Drabble

Nathan Outlaw at Rock

During our holiday in Cornwall we were spoilt for choice for places to eat lovely food. One restaurant that we had both been really, really excited about however was Nathan Outlaw at Rock. A two Michelin starred restaurant that only serves tasting menus comprising of just fish – how would I cope with no meat?! The restaurant is situated in St. Enodoc hotel in Rock … Continue reading Nathan Outlaw at Rock

The Ritz

Since its opening in 1906, the Ritz has brought glamour to 150 Piccadilly and this opulent hotel has become something of a London landmark. The afternoon tea, served in the elegant Palm Court, is booked up several months in advance. I’ve always wanted to go for a meal in the Ritz restaurant so was super excited when my gentleman companion finally agreed to go with … Continue reading The Ritz