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Here you’ll find details of my many restaurant visits; from Manchester to London and beyond. From Michelin starred fine-dining establishments to local hidden gems, sushi to burgers and all that’s in between.

Although I call them ‘reviews’ I like to think these posts are more like a journal of my dining out experiences.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Trafford Centre, Manchester

Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Trafford Centre, Manchester

I’m a big fan of a decent burger, even more so after Burger & Lobster a couple of months ago. So when looking for somewhere decent to eat at The Trafford Centre last night (a challenge in itself) I thought i’d give Gourmet Burger a try. It must be good if it’s called Gourmet Burger right? Well, the menu looks ... Read More »

Jimmy’s Farm Restaurant, Ipswich, Suffolk

Jimmy’s Farm Restaurant, Ipswich, Suffolk

After surviving the “worst rain seen in Suffolk for 30 years’ the day before the sun came out for our visit to Jimmy’s Farm. We worked up an apetite exploring the butterfly house, nature trail and woodland walks and hunting for eggs in the Chicken Safari. Not to mention wandering around to see the 100s of rare breed pigs that Jimmy is ... Read More »

Blue Naan, Felixstowe, Suffolk

Blue Naan, Felixstowe, Suffolk

The Blue Naan is located in the heart of Felixstowe town centre, just off the coast. It has a great reputation locally and on sites such as TripAdvisor, so I decided to pay it a visit. Despite being Saturday night it was very quiet when we arrived which worried me slightly, to be fair it was quite early but i’d ... Read More »

Butley Orford Oysterage, Orford, Sussex

Butley Orford Oysterage, Orford, Sussex

 I found this place in the Jamie Oliver Food Guide App, it contains many recommendations from Jamie’s friends and various guides but he personally recommended the Butley Orford Oysterage, saying “without a doubt one of my favourite places, it’s so humble, there are no bells or whistles, just humble joyous seafood. You’ve got to try it.”  That’s quite a recommendation ... Read More »

The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland

The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland

I wanted to find somewhere about halfway between Manchester & Suffolk to break up our drive and stop for a decent lunch. Thanks to Google Maps I knew I needed to be stopping around the Peterborough area so I reached for my trusty Good Food Guide and found a couple of suggestions. In the end I settled on The Olive ... Read More »

Barbecoa, London

Barbecoa, London

I’d been looking forward to visiting Barbecoa for months. I love southern USA style BBQ food, the menu online seemed like a posh Southern Eleven, one of my favourite Manchester restaurants. I also love Jamie Oliver and Barbecoa is his collaboration with American BBQ expert Adam Perry Lang so I had extremely high expectations. We arrived on a very wet London afternoon and were ... Read More »

Dishoom, Bombay Breakfast Club, London

Dishoom, Bombay Breakfast Club, London

Dishoom is a tribute to the famous Bombay Cafés, there were almost four hundred cafés at their peak in the 1960s but now less than 30 remain! Apparently ‘Their loss is much mourned by Bombayites’. After eating at Dishoom I totally feel their pain! We ordered coffe and a Breakfast Lassi, a sort of smoothie made with yoghurt, banana, mango ... Read More »

Pollen Street Social, London

Pollen Street Social, London

I’ve been looking forward to visting Pollen Street Social since it opened, I’m a big Jason Atherton fan and had an amazing time at Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Maze’ whilst Jason was the head chef there. Pollen Street Social is located on Pollen Street which is a tiny little backstreet between Oxford Street & Regent Street, just around the corner from Maze. ... Read More »

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 »

Burger & Lobster, London

Burger & Lobster, London

This London trip had been planned for months, and for most of those months I’d intended on visiting Meat Liquor (visited the following year, see here) for it’s epic burgers. However, a few weeks ago I heard about Burger & Lobster which has a similar reputation for its burgers as well as the added bonus of selling the best value lobster in ... Read More »

Sole, Manchester

Sole, Manchester

I love seafood so I was naturally excited to hear about a new seafood restaurant opening in the ever growing Northern Quarter area of Manchester. My excitement was only slightly dampened by the distant memories of the last seafood restaurant I visited in Manchester, ‘Livebait’. The less said about that one the better. I was happy to read several good ... 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 »

Jamie’s Italian, Manchester

Jamie’s Italian, Manchester

OK, cards on the table from the start: I LOVE Jamie Oliver. I have practically all of his books and I watch all his TV shows (well, all his cooking shows anyway, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch Jamie’s Dream School). I’d like to think it won’t have any impact on this review and i’m judging purely the food ... Read More »

St. Petersburg, Manchester

St. Petersburg, Manchester

I’ve never been to a Russian restaurant before and hadn’t really ever thought about Russian food if i’m being honest. I am however always keen to learn about new cuisines so was very interested when I heard a new Russian restaurant had opened in Manchester with genuine Russian owners/chef and cooking authentic cuisine. St. Petersburg restaurant is situated a short walk from Piccadilly train ... Read More »

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