To get to The Red Lion, there will be some light travel involved (unless you happen to live in the picturesque village of East Chisenbury). But it only takes around two hours in the car, and let me tell you, the journey is well worth it. Continue reading
‘A goats cheese shot of loveliness’ is how I would describe the beetroot crisp with goats cheese, quince and chick weed ‘mouthful’ at Rabbit, the seven-week old sister restaurant to The Shed in Notting Hill. The restaurants are run by three brothers who are all about bringing the food from farm to table. In their words, they “farm, forage and produce seasonal British food.” Whilst there were a few crossovers with the menu from The Shed (both do tiny ‘mouthfuls’ to amuse one’s bouche) the focus here is more on wild foods, such as rabbit, or partridge.
Aka The Smoke House.
As a vegetarian, you won’t go hungry at One Sixty (there are three perfectly exciting options to choose from) but you may feel a little like you’ve just been rejected from the VIP section of a nightclub whilst you watch your friends go in and mingle with the celebrities. The meat is the main attraction here.
If you like good meat, you’ll like The Bull and Last. The whole place screams meat; from the name to the stuffed bulls on the walls and the rustic manly decor. It also has a very warm and inviting atmosphere.
I had lamb rump with artichoke purée whilst my chums both had onglet steak with chips. There’s no such thing as well done here, got to be a man and have it rare. 💪 Continue reading
As is the case with most new places these days, The Shed is all about sharing. We were advised to order two dishes each so we all picked our most appealing two and left it up to the waiter to tell us if we had any duplication. Continue reading
Ho Ho Ho, a Christmas special for dinner with jo…
I just came back from a six course Christmas extravaganza at The Stag pub. For those out-of-towners who aren’t familiar with South End Green, it’s next to Belsize Park and it’s where the Royal Free hospital is. My family are not so hot on planning; so much so that at 3pm on Christmas Eve there was no set plan for Christmas Day. I made a few phone calls and was pleasantly surprised to hear that the Stag had one table free. The man I spoke to couldn’t have been friendlier or more obliging. I was even told that whilst the fixed price menu did not include drinks, they were sure to be “generous with the mulled wine and port.” Good to know. Continue reading
I did something I’ve never done before to get to Grain Store.
It was a chilly night, so I set off in the car to drive to Grain Store without considering the parking options. I found myself in Granary Square (the new Kings Cross development) with absolutely no other cars in sight and not the foggiest idea where to park.
When I go out for dinner with my family, we aren’t very adventurous. Where we choose to go with friends/woo dates/conduct professional meetings etc is one thing, but as a group, we have a fairly regular restaurant (restaurant X) that we seldom stray from. Restaurant X has been one of my favourites for as long as I can remember; the food is excellent and the atmosphere unrivaled and it will continue to be one of my favourites indefinitely. However, two or so years ago a new restaurant came into the picture that has threatened the go-to status of incumbent restaurant X… Continue reading
The Summerhouse is what I imagine an elegant restaurant in the Hamptons to be like. The decor is seaside chic, my favourite touch being the shell shaped salt and pepper shakers, and it overlooks the Grand Union Canal through wide open windows so the breeze adds to charming setting.