Tin Belly Dining at The Clarence

The Clarence Beef

How to make a Yorkshireman happy – Roast Beef with all the trimmings at The Clarence: It was pure serendipity that a request to review the Tin Belly Dining Room at the Clarence coincided with meeting an old friend who just happened to have worked a stone’s throw from the pub for the last thirty […]

Min Jiang – Chinese New Year with a View

Min Jiang - Golden Cup

Min Jiang at The Royal Garden Hotel: The Royal Garden Hotel is a glamorous place on the edge of Kensington Gardens.  I’ve been there for drinks but never made my way to the tenth-floor Chinese restaurant, Min Jiang, which has been open now for eight years.  There is something quite exciting about taking the elevator […]

Pasta Remoli

Pasta Remoli

Pasta Remoli – A taste of Italy in Westfield Stratford Nestled away in the quieter “foodie” end of Westfield in Stratford is a new edition to the food hall.  Pasta Remoli offers high end, handmade pasta which is paired with a delicious homemade sauce of your choice.  Essentially, this is a mix and match service […]

Year of the Monkey – Cha Cha Moon

CHA CHA MOON kitchen

Cha Cha Moon Chinese New Year Feast for the Year of the Monkey: It’s the Chinese Year of the Monkey coming up and Cha Cha Moon are celebrating by offering a £19.99 set menu for a week from February 8th. The deal includes a set main dish, a side, a dessert with a cocktail to finish […]

Hakkasan Mayfair Michelin Star Chinese

Hakkasan Mayfair Wok Fried Lobster

Celebrating the Year of the Red Fire Monkey at Hakkasan Mayfair: It was a real treat to be invited to Hakkasan Mayfair, Londons top Cantonese restaurant, to sample their Chinese New Year signature menu.  The restaurant, which first got its Michelin Star in 2011 is right in the heart of Mayfair.  Set over two floors, […]

inamo Covent Garden

Inamo - dessert

inamo Covent Garden Opening: The site for the latest inamo restaurant was once home to Cafe des Amis du Vin.  At the time one of the most authentic French dining experiences in London, it was somewhere I’d frequent in my twenties and thirties.  There was a sophisticated and louche wine bar in the basement, a […]

The Black Penny, Covent Garden

The Black Penny, Covent Garden

Sunday Brunch at The Black Penny: Sunday’s are about being lazy. Getting up way too late for breakfast, feeding the dog then heading out to scout for a big brunch in a dog-friendly cafe or pub is almost de rigueur in our household. It good bit of breakfast food and a lazy walk in the […]

Indigo at One Aldwych – Gluten and Dairy Free without Tears

Breast of Yorkshire Pheasant - Indigo at One Aldwych

Fine Dining Free-From Style at Indigo, One Aldwych: Chefs these days face an uphill struggle when trying to negotiate the dietary nuances of all their customers.  Most people I know have one or more food intolerances and many of us compound that with dietary preferences.  Woe betides the chef who can’t produce a decent vegetarian (with […]

Bonfire at the Barbican – No More Small Plates:

Bonfire at the Barbican - Spit Roast half a chicken

Searcy’s Bonfire – Burgers and Barbeque Before the Show: I can’t pretend to be a regular at the Barbican.  But, I do love the Arts Centre there.  One of those products of the 1980s I can remember going to the opening of the concert hall when I was a student.  Although the theatre is massive […]

Bella Cosa – Italian Casual Fine Dining in Docklands

Bella Cosa - Pork Belly

Bella Cosa Restaurant – a hidden gem in Docklands: A beautiful thing.  Tucked away from the main shopping and restaurant hub of Canary Wharf, fronting onto a canal lined with super yachts is Bella Cosa.  Inside it is, indeed, a beautiful thing, with marble floors, subtle designer styling and a choice of casual dining downstairs […]