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Ember Yard for a Sunday Feast review

Ember Yard for a Sunday Feast review

Ember Yard is the fourth restaurant from the celebrated Salt Yard Group. It has an enviable location off Oxford Street. Yes, ‘off’ is preferable to ‘on’ in this case. These streets are for those in the know rather than those who are lost on the way to Primark. There is great food to be had…

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Hot Pot in London’s Chinatown

Hot Pot in London’s Chinatown

Hot Pot a sumptuous DIY event Hot Pot is a sociable activity that allows family and friends to gather together around the pot to celebrate the tradition of sharing – the tradition of Hot Pot. With over 150 Hot Pot restaurants in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, this particular branch in London’s Chinatown has won me…

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Chino Latino

Chino Latino

Diners at the front tables of Chino Latino, have the advantage of a stunning view To the untutored this location might not seem the best, being on the ‘other side of the river’. However, it has great transport links, being set between Waterloo and Vauxhall stations, with fleets of convenient red buses running past the…

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Chotto Matte

Chotto Matte

The restaurant specialises in Nikkei Cuisine Chotto Matte is Japanese for ‘please wait a minute’. No, dear reader, don’t go thinking that this is a veiled threat of slow service. It’s surely more a statement that dishes are freshly prepared. It’s not a matter of waiting but more like allowing yourself a little time to…

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The Drift – Bishopsgate

The Drift – Bishopsgate

The Drift is well placed for those travellers who are looking for a quick bite The Drift has an enviable location in a contemporary and noteworthy building but in the heart of the historic City of London. Its address is Bishopsgate but one finds the front door on Houndsditch. Yes, dear reader, I was thinking…

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The Test Kitchen

The Test Kitchen

Adam Simmonds has been looking for a rather different format of dining experience I don’t often cover pop-ups. It’s not that I regard them as any less worthy than an established restaurant but it’s just that they are around for only a limited time. The Test Kitchen, although a pop-up, will be around for a…

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Arthur Hooper’s – Borough Market

Arthur Hooper’s – Borough Market

There is the best of produce just a few yards from the kitchen It’s a bright English summer day. A perfect time to enjoy the delicious and colourful delights of the celebrated Borough Market. It was first mentioned in 1276, although the market claims to have been around since early in the 11th century, and…

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Stagolee’s Hot Chicken and Liquor Joint

Stagolee’s Hot Chicken and Liquor Joint

A different face of American food but a truly authentic one Stagolee’s is an American restaurant and we have plenty of those in the UK, ranging from dubious to excellent in quality. But Stagolee’s is unlike all those other US-inspired eateries. This spot will introduce the diner to a different face of American food but…

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Jackson and Rye Richmond

Jackson and Rye Richmond

Peanut Butter Fudge S’mores was a sweet star What a view! There can be few places more picturesque than the bank of the River Thames by the 18th century Richmond Bridge. It’s beautiful at any time but on a summer’s evening it’s memorable. A seat at Jackson and Rye will give you the best spot….

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Blackhouse restaurant review

Blackhouse restaurant review

The Blackhouse Grill on the Market at Smithfield It’s not surprising that we were invited here to enjoy a meal with meat as the showpiece. This was Smithfield, after all! Smithfield’s meat market dates from the 10th century, and is now London’s only remaining wholesale market in continuous use since medieval times. It’s a bloody…

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Fiz Bar

Fiz Bar

Cyclists with helmets and dubious shorts; office workers with laptops; meeters and greeters This is a PopUp so don’t spend time reading the rest of this piece. Just go before it closes! One might think that sparkling wine is for the connoisseur, those with money and a dictionary of posh wine terms. Fiz Bar aims…

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Black Roe – Poke and more

Black Roe – Poke and more

Octopus Aioli with chilli salsa and coriander was the best dish of cephalopod I have had in ages Black Roe is tucked away in a side street in the heart of Mayfair. It couldn’t be better located for transport and diners. This is a neighbourhood with plenty of restaurants but it is making its mark,…

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Thai Square Fulham

Thai Square Fulham

Just yards from Fulham Broadway Underground station Yes, dear reader, this is a chain restaurant and I make no apologies for reviewing a Thai Square. Why do chains become chains? Because they become popular. And why are they popular? Because they’re good. Thai Square has been around for a few years now and they have…

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Bōkan for Bottomless Prosecco Sunday Brunch

Bōkan for Bottomless Prosecco Sunday Brunch

I am impressed with the skill and imagination of Chef Aurelie Altemaire at Bōkan It’s in London’s vibrant Docklands – or more accurately high above that sought-after neighbourhood. It’s up a depth at a considerable 37 floors! Bōkan is an elevated restaurant in every sense of the word. Bōkan is part of the new Novotel…

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CERU – A Taste of The Levant

CERU – A Taste of The Levant

CERU is just right for its location and its clientele I knew where CERU was – it’s just around the corner from South Kensington Underground Station; but where was The Levant? It’s actually an historic geographic term referring to a large area in the Eastern Mediterranean. It entered the English language from the French in…

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The Happenstance on Paternoster Square

The Happenstance on Paternoster Square

The food menu is varied and eclectic, and appealing to the demographic of the City Paternoster Square is a striking corner of the City and owned by the Mitsubishi Estate Company. It is, however, quintessentially English with its location on the left-hand side of the mighty St Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral is one of the…

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The Gallery Restaurant – The Swan at Lavenham

The Gallery Restaurant – The Swan at Lavenham

Suffolk is blessed with coast and pastures offering the freshest bounty of the county The Swan is a striking hotel in an equally striking location. Lavenham is a town the likes of which is often thought extinct. It’s the stuff of historic dramas, with unspoilt houses and shops; a slice of Harry Potter was filmed…

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Sea Spice in Aldeburgh

Sea Spice in Aldeburgh

Sea Spice takes advantage of Aldeburgh’s fantastic location on the Suffolk coast I have written a book about Indian restaurants but they were all in London. I review Indian restaurants almost every month but I have never reviewed one outside the UK hub of Indian food – our capital city. But here I was in…

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The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

The menu is eclectic and broad so there is bound to be something for everyone This is a classic English coastal town. It has a long and wide Blue Flag shingle beach which is dotted with fishing boats and fresh-fish shacks. It’s a draw for those who want to catch some rays and go for…

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The Crown Restaurant at Woodbridge

The Crown Restaurant at Woodbridge

Some of the best meat in the UK comes courtesy of local farms OK, I confess, I had never visited Suffolk. I discovered a strikingly beautiful county with coast, pasture, chocolate-box villages and historic towns. I discovered Woodbridge! The Crown Hotel (review to follow shortly) houses its eponymous 2 AA Rosette restaurant, which is recommended…

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