Archive For The “British” Category

Georgian House Hotel Upcycled Afternoon Tea – restaurant review

Georgian House Hotel Upcycled Afternoon Tea – restaurant review

Georgian House Hotel is Five-star in every regard (read my review here). It’s a cosy boutique bed-and-breakfast with the addition of a delicious and worthy afternoon tea in their Pimlico Pantry. Upcycled Afternoon Tea! The new Upcycled Afternoon Tea is prompted by the best of motives, but it also ticks all the boxes for those…

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Pinocchio Afternoon Tea at The National Theatre – review

Pinocchio Afternoon Tea at The National Theatre – review

It’s snowy in London and it does rather give the impression of a Christmas landscape. At that time of year one’s fancy might turn to a theatre trip with the kids – nothing taxing like King Lear, but perhaps a children’s classic like Pinocchio might fit the bill? The National Theatre has the ideal production,…

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Duck and Waffle for Breakfast – review

Duck and Waffle for Breakfast – review

As Chef Director of Duck and Waffle since 2012, Dan Doherty has received many accolades including acceptance into The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, as the youngest member to date, in 2014. This is a prestigious statement of respect from his gastronomic peers. Sadly, I suspect that very few of the guests at Duck and…

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Arthur Hooper’s – Borough Market

Arthur Hooper’s – Borough Market

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 possibly even before that. During the 19th century it became one of London’s…

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Blackhouse restaurant review

Blackhouse restaurant review

It’s not surprising that we were invited here to enjoy a meal with meat as the show-piece. This was Blackhouse Grill at 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 spot in other ways, too….

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The Gallery Restaurant, The Swan at Lavenham – restaurant review

The Gallery Restaurant, The Swan at Lavenham – restaurant review

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 here. It surrounds the visitor with quaint buildings and photo opportunities by the shed-load….

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The Crown Restaurant at Woodbridge – restaurant review

The Crown Restaurant at Woodbridge – restaurant review

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 (read my review here) houses its eponymous 2 AA Rosette restaurant, which is recommended in the Michelin Guide. It’s found at the top of The Thoroughfare which…

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Blas at Twr y Felin Hotel, Pembrokeshire – restaurant review

Blas at Twr y Felin Hotel, Pembrokeshire – restaurant review

This striking and high-end hotel seems contemporary but it has a long history which is camouflaged by its light, modern and immaculate presentation. But part of this building has been around for more than a couple of hundred years. Originally known as Felin Wynt, Welsh for windmill, the still-remaining and iconic tower was built in…

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The Garden House Restaurant, Leatherhead – review

The Garden House Restaurant, Leatherhead – review

This truly is a ‘garden’ house with the intimate character of a cosy cottage. (Read more about the Garden House here.) It’s part of the Beaverbrook Estate and the smaller of two hotels, the other being the lavish and imposing main house which was once the home of Lord Beaverbrook, one of the most influential…

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor – restaurant review

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor – restaurant review

Marco Pierre White has long been considered the wild child of the culinary scene, although he actually seems like a rather charming character in interview these days. For those who don’t hail from these shores, Marco is a celebrated British chef, restaurateur, and television personality, and was perhaps the first British celebrity chef; he was,…

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The Swan at the Globe – restaurant review

The Swan at the Globe – restaurant review

The Swan Bar and Restaurant is part of Shakespeare’s Globe, overlooking the River Thames. I think it’s one of the best views of the river and St Paul’s, which rises majestically over the waterfront buildings. In the days of Elizabeth I this neighbourhood, called Bankside, was a place for dubious entertainment. Its location outside the…

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Bird of Smithfield – restaurant review

Bird of Smithfield – restaurant review

Sounds like a family butchers which might have been trading for a brace of centuries. It is, in fact, a newish restaurant but right next to Smithfield Market, which has a much longer history. Smithfield Market or, more officially, London Central Markets, is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK and one of the…

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The Talbot for fine dining – restaurant review

The Talbot for fine dining – restaurant review

The Talbot has history. It’s typical of coaching inns all over the country and this one, in particular, has a story – well, probably many. It is said to have provided the venue for assignations between Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton in 1798. There is a brass plate bearing Nelson’s name on one of the…

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Hotel TerraVina for Bed and Breakfast – hotel review

Hotel TerraVina for Bed and Breakfast – hotel review

We are blessed with many fine hotels in the UK. All the 5* chains are well represented in all major cities. But we also have a wealth of boutique and Country House hotels and each is unique and characterful. The New Forest is beautiful and mostly unspoilt and it also has hotels which reflect the…

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Hanger SW6, Fulham – restaurant review

Hanger SW6, Fulham – restaurant review

Fulham is trendy these days, but it wasn’t always such a sought-after address. In 879 Danish invaders had a winter break at Fulham and Hammersmith. Fulham during the 18th century had a reputation of debauchery, prostitution and gambling. My grandfather lived in Fulham at the start of the 20th century and he was a part-time…

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Forman’s Restaurant, Hackney – review

Forman’s Restaurant, Hackney – review

London is moving east. There has been much investment in an area that already had good transport links. New building for both housing and commerce has revitalised local economies and indeed aspirations. H. Forman’s restaurant is best placed to enjoy the benefits of a rising population that appreciates tastes of the good life. Forman’s Restaurant…

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Gillray’s at County Hall – restaurant review

Gillray’s at County Hall – restaurant review

As with any building, and as any estate agent worth his clip-board will tell you, it’s all about location. Gillray’s must have one of the best, and it also sits in an iconic London landmark. This imposing white Portland stone building looks across the River Thames to Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. The chimes…

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The Mayfair Chippy – restaurant review

The Mayfair Chippy – restaurant review

Nothing better than traditional fish and chips. It’s nostalgic comfort food, at least if you are British. We all have memories of queueing up in a white-tiled shop with steamy windows, a high counter with glass jars of pickled gherkins and eggs, bottles of brown vinegar and salt shakers. For those who hail from beyond…

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OXBO – Hilton Bankside – restaurant review

OXBO – Hilton Bankside – restaurant review

The name intrigued me. It was either a reference to the bend in the River Thames at Bankside or an indication that this restaurant takes pride in its meat dishes. As it turned out it was both. OXBO restaurant at the Hilton on Bankside has style. The foyer exuded character with contemporary furnishings that I…

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Bel & The Dragon, Godalming – restaurant review

Bel & The Dragon, Godalming – restaurant review

The town of Godalming is situated in the countryside in southern England but not far from London. Its narrow streets are lined with many historic buildings. It’s a town with history. The name means “of the clan of Godhelm”, and the Saxon settlement of Godalming was first recorded in the will of King Alfred the…

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