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The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds

The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds

There are few restaurants I’ve had to wait as long to get into as The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds. In fact, there are only three; Noma, The Fat Duck and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. This one was largely my own doing, though. Back in 2014, you could basically walk in off the street. But at that time I wasn’t sure ... Read More »

Freemasons Country Inn At Wiswell – The UK’s Best Pub?

Freemasons Country Inn At Wiswell – The UK’s Best Pub?

As we entered 2016 I made a culinary resolution to rectify three glaring holes in my dining out back catalogue. St. John, The Man Behind The Curtain and Freemasons at Wiswell. Before Spring even arrived I had reservations at the first two – in April and May respectively. The latter I visited before the end of January. Freemasons is an old fashioned country ... Read More »

Food Pairing Dinner At Ibérica, Spinningfields

Food Pairing Dinner At Ibérica, Spinningfields

I started my sister blog to avoid writing about beer to much over here. But every now and again I attend an event and can’t decide where best to put it. That happened recently when I was invited to a ‘Food Pairing Dinner’ at Ibérica, Spinningfields. Since it was hosted by Spanish brewery Casimiro I decided it was better suited over ... Read More »

Winter Game Menu Preview @ Ibérica, Spinningfields, Manchester

Winter Game Menu Preview @ Ibérica, Spinningfields, Manchester

Summer is my absolute favourite season. Mainly because I love the sun; eating and drinking outdoors just makes me happy and everywhere looks and feels better in sunshine. I can’t help getting grumpy when the days start getting colder and going dark earlier. The only thing stopping me coming down with a dose of S.A.D before January is autumn and winter food, game in particular. ... Read More »

Restaurant Story, London – Michelin Star, But Does It Wow & Where’s The Story?

Restaurant Story, London – Michelin Star, But Does It Wow & Where’s The Story?

There aren’t too many restaurant openings that I get genuinely excited about these days. But Restaurant Story was definitely one of them when it launched in 2013. The ‘book themed’ restaurant where diners were asked to bring their favourite stories with them and dishes are inspired by chef Tom Sellers’ childhood memories sounded totally unique. It went on to earn a Michelin star within just ... Read More »

Back To ‘The French By Simon Rogan’ For An Exceptional Value Lunch

Back To ‘The French By Simon Rogan’ For An Exceptional Value Lunch

It’s no coincidence that the standard of dining in Manchester improved the moment Simon Rogan arrived. His restaurant The French in the Midland Hotel is producing the best food in the city, which has forced others to up their game too. I was blown away on my first visit in March 2013, returning twice more that year. With the last almost 18 months ago I was overdue a ... Read More »

Van Zeller, Harrogate – Award Winning Fine-Dining

Van Zeller, Harrogate – Award Winning Fine-Dining

Ask anybody who’s into food for dining recommendations in Harrogate and the answer almost always includes Van Zeller. A partnership between David Moore – who has two Michelin stars from London restaurants Pied à Terre and L’Autre Pied – and head chef Tom van Zeller, who’s worked with the likes of Raymond Blanc, Pierre Koffman and Tom Aikens. Not only loved by diners, Van Zeller has ... Read More »

Norse, Harrogate – Nordic Inspired Fine Dining By A MasterChef Finalist

Norse, Harrogate – Nordic Inspired Fine Dining By A MasterChef Finalist

When planning a trip to Harrogate last year, my first choice for main evening meal was fine-dining restaurant Van Zeller. However, after stumbling upon Norse, a Nordic inspired restaurant with stunning Noma-esque dishes and a glowing Jay Rayner review, I just had to go. Rearranging Van Zeller for lunch the following day, I booked Norse for the Friday evening. Located within Baltzersen’s, a café ... Read More »

Fraiche, Oxton, Wirral – Michelin Starred Dining On Merseyside

Fraiche, Oxton, Wirral – Michelin Starred Dining On Merseyside

Fraiche is one of those restaurants i’ve been intending to visit for several years but for various reasons it just didn’t happen. One reason is that despite being one of my closest Michelin starred restaurants it’s difficult to reach by public transport so i’d need to either drive home, which I don’t like to do after eating in fine dining ... Read More »

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