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Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, London

Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, London

I tried to get a reservation at Dinner By Heston during it’s open weeks in 2011 only to miss out on the last table by seconds. It was then booked up for the next 3 months, after that for various reasons it took me almost a year to finally get a reservation. During that time Dinner has gained it’s first ... Read More »

Ramsons Restaurant, Ramsbottom

Ramsons Restaurant, Ramsbottom

I’ve always considered Ramsons to be a bit of a ‘hidden gem’ although it really isn’t as it’s won countless awards. Just last year it was voted Restaurant of the Year in the 2012 Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards as well as 43rd best restaurant in the country in The 2012 Good Food Guide who also gave their all Italian Wine list ... Read More »

Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

Restaurant Sat Bains situated in Nottingham is the most ‘Northern’ of the 13 Two Michelin Star restaurant in England (there is 1 in Scotland) and is just a 90 minute drive away from me which was a welcome change from having to travel to London/South East. The restaurant has 8 of it’s own rooms and since it’s actually located a couple miles outside ... Read More »

Northcote, Lisa’s Great British Menu, Blackburn

Northcote, Lisa’s Great British Menu, Blackburn

This year Lisa Allen of Northcote starred again in BBC2’s Great British Menu. The concept this year was to create ‘sharing dishes’ with an emphasis on creating diner participation and interaction. For the second year Lisa was announced the North West regional winner enabling her to cook through to the finals. Unfortunately, despite Lisa’s high scores her dishes were not ... Read More »

Restaurant Krebsegaarden, Copenhagen, Denmark

Restaurant Krebsegaarden, Copenhagen, Denmark

Wherever I ate on Noma-eve was going to have to be good if I had any chance of remembering it after eating at the best restaurant in the world. It was a hard decision as there are loads of interesting places to eat in Copenhagen, eventually I decided on Restaurant Krebsegaarden. Although i’m not particularly interested in art I was ... Read More »

Vertigo, Manchester

Vertigo, Manchester

I arrived at Vertigo knowing very little about it other than they claim on their website to be a ‘fine-dining/modern cuisine’ restaurant and the reason for my visit, that they were nominated for 2 awards in the Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2011 awards. For ‘Best Newcomer’ and their head chef Ian Armstrong was nominated for the ‘Chef of the ... Read More »

L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria

L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria

I don’t often have much luck when it comes to weather but choosing to visit L’Enclume in the pretty Lake District village of Cartmel on by far the best weekend of the entire year was certainly very lucky indeed. It’s a beautiful place anyway but with clear blue skies and 30degrees heat it was absolutely stunning. It was still hot ... Read More »

Aumbry,  Prestwich, Manchester

Aumbry, Prestwich, Manchester

* This review was written at a time when I didn’t feel comfortable taking photos of food in restaurants. That has all changed now so I hope to revisit with my camera at the ready soon! * The more I heard and read about Aumbry before I arrived the more excited I got. The head chefs are Mary-Ellen McTague & ... Read More »

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (Revisit), London

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (Revisit), London

* * Please note that this review is from a time when I didn’t feel comfortable taking photographs of food in restaurants. * This was where it all began for me almost 4 years ago in 2006, my love of fine-dining started with my first visit to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. As I say in that retrospective review the restaurant seems ... Read More »

Maze by Gordon Ramsay, London

Maze by Gordon Ramsay, London

Maze is a very modern fine dining restaurant, in everything from the ambience and dress code right through to the food. The menu is a ‘tapas’ style tasting menu with individual dishes costing between £8 – £15 each. The chef recommended selecting 2 or 3 starter dishes and 2 main courses. I chose 3 starters and 4 main courses, being ... Read More »

The Boxwood Cafe, London

The Boxwood Cafe, London

Whilst  visiting London in April I desperately wanted to eat at Petrus (a modern French cuisine in Knightsbridge, part of the Gordon Ramsay group) but I had left it too late and there were no tables free, luckily Gordon has another restaurant in the same building The Boxwood Café that had room for me. The reason for this was because ... Read More »

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

* Please note that this review has been written retrospectively and was of a time when I didn’t feel comfortable taking photographs of food in restaurants. * My first genuine fine-dining experience was at 3 Michelin starred flagship restaurant of Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea. At the time it was considered to be the second best restaurant in the country by ... Read More »

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