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Back To The Hinds Head, Bray

Back To The Hinds Head, Bray

Almost four years had passed since I last visited Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin-starred pub The Hind’s Head. I could probably count the number of weeks I’ve not thought about their scotch eggs on one hand. The 15th-century pub is located in the UK’s culinary hotspot, the tiny and very pretty village of Bray. Home to half of the country’s four 3 Michelin starred ... Read More »

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 »

St. JOHN Restaurant, London

St. JOHN Restaurant, London

On the 1st of January, I made a New Years resolution. To visit three places that any self-respecting food blogger should have been to long ago. By the end of May, I’d made it to all three. First, Freemasons at Wiswell and most recently Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds (review coming soon). In between was the one I’d ignored the longest. ‘St. JOHN Restaurant’ in ... 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 »

Gymkhana, Mayfair, London – 2014 National Restaurant Awards Winner!

Gymkhana, Mayfair, London – 2014 National Restaurant Awards Winner!

* Edit * On 30th June 2014 Gymkhana was named #1 in the National Restaurant Awards ‘Top 100‘ * I grew up eating in Indian restaurants on a regular basis but as my tastes evolved I somehow neglected them in favour of seemingly more exciting cuisines. Perhaps unfairly but more likely caused by one too many average meals in mediocre local ‘curry houses’. ... 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 »

The Hinds Head, Bray

The Hinds Head, Bray

After drinking a little too much wine at The Fat Duck the previous night I wondered if I was really up to a big lunch. I decided it would be crazy to leave Bray without eating at Heston’s Michelin starred pub The Hinds Head so went along anyway and i’m so glad that I did. I’d already had a couple of drinks ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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