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Noci Richmond

Noci Richmond

Fresh Pasta and Sicilian Flair. Noci is located on the river side of Richmond Hill. It’s just a short walk from the picturesque Thames where one can enjoy a pre- or post-lunch or dinner stroll. A lovely setting for this polished pasta restaurant. The space is attractive, contemporary and airy. The split levels allow for…

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Hidden Covent Garden Pizza

Hidden Covent Garden Pizza

Doughnation Thin Crust. A new pizza destination called Doughnation has just arrived at 3 Henrietta Street in bustling Covent Garden. It occupies the ground floor of this historic townhouse where Gentlemen Baristas could once be found, and there is terrace on the piazza, too. 3 Henrietta Street is a five-storey building in the heart of…

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Côte Restaurants Unveil a Parade of Delicious Easter Treats

Côte Restaurants Unveil a Parade of Delicious Easter Treats

Designed by Gordon Ramsay’s Former Executive Chef. Easter à la Côte at one of their stylish restaurants featuring the delicious £25 a head sharing menu; or celebrate Easter in style with Côte At Home’s Seasonal Spring Lamb or exquisite Roast Chicken three course dinner. Special focus on fresh seasonal ingredients highlighting the best of Côte’s…

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40 Dean Street

40 Dean Street

Italian Food with Charm. It’s been more than a decade since my last visit to 40 Dean Street but it’s as good as I remember – and perhaps even better! Soho is my neighbourhood of choice for interesting independent restaurants. They are for the most part small and characterful, and 40 Dean Street has that…

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Alpine Feast by the Thames

Alpine Feast by the Thames

Côte in Kingston. I am an unashamed supporter of Côte. ‘But it’s a chain,’ I hear my dear reader cry! Yes, it is and it’s a very good one. The food is delicious and well-presented with decent portions and all at a good price. They also offer special menus from time to time, and the…

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Asador 44 Cardiff

Asador 44 Cardiff

Deliciously unmissable. A short time ago I wrote about Parador 44. That’s the superlative-inducing hotel found just up the stairs from Asador 44, its stylish sibling restaurant. Asador 44 has a convenient location just around the corner from the Principality Stadium and the castle in Cardiff. Shoppers are well-served by the wide array of independent…

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Coppa Club Putney

Coppa Club Putney

Igloos and River Views Coppa Club has recently launched a new venue and it’s right on the river in bustling Putney in London. The company was founded in 2015 in Sonning-on-Thames, and they have now expanded around the home counties. Take a side street down by Putney Bridge and head to the water. Coppa Club…

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Crazy Pizza

Crazy Pizza

… in Classy Knightsbridge It’s a not-so-crazy pizza experience at Crazy Pizza. It’s rather more a polished and smart affair with fun touches. It’s as swep-up as one can imagine but perfectly accessible for pie-lovers of all ages. Crazy Pizza is found right next to Harrods. Just exit the Underground and follow the pedestrian street….

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Ladurée Teatime

Ladurée Teatime

What could be more quintessentially English than afternoon tea? A great location helps, and they don’t come much more iconic than London’s Covent Garden. Add a little French je ne sais quoi and one is looking at a rather delicious package. Covent Garden was buzzing with life before it became such a tourist hub. The…

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Me and Mes Amis in Maastricht

Me and Mes Amis in Maastricht

I have said it before, and I will say it yet again – The Netherlands has amazing food! It’s not all gin and cheese, although both are very good. There is a wealth of dining opportunities in this country so why do we overlook such gastronomic treasures? I have no idea, but I think Mes…

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The Bisschopsmolen and a Pie

The Bisschopsmolen and a Pie

Nestled in the historic streets of Maastricht is the Bisschopsmolen or, in English, the Bishop’s Mill. It truly was once a mill and its reputation grinds on in the guise of its bakery and restaurant. The mill was built in the 7th century and has had different roles since its construction. In the 11th century…

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Il Gallo d’Oro – Madeira

Il Gallo d’Oro – Madeira

I have mixed feelings about Michelin-star restaurants. Yes, they can be striking and obviously the food will be memorable, but sometimes they lack soul and continuity. One has the sense that they might be trying too hard to keep that glittering accolade, at the expense of their guests. Il Gallo d’Oro Madeira has changed my…

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Madeira restaurants – two gastronomic halves of Funchal

Madeira restaurants – two gastronomic halves of Funchal

What a wonderful island! Funchal in Madeira offers a great climate, history, creditable wines and superb food. There is a wealth of eating opportunities to cater for every taste, pocket and time of day. There are cosy bakeries, shelves groaning with both sweet and savoury treats for breakfast and late morning snacking. Bars and cafés…

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Madeira Quinta da Casa Branca Dining

Madeira Quinta da Casa Branca Dining

Funchal in Madeira is one of my favourite cities and Quinta da Casa Branca has one of my favourite restaurants. That is surely a recipe for delicious contentment and a very happy reviewer. I have not actually stayed at Quinta da Casa Branca but dream of doing so. It is perhaps one of the most…

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The Garden House Restaurant for Lunch

The Garden House Restaurant for Lunch

We had visited this delightful and intimate hotel before (read my reviews here). The Garden House is part of the Beaverbrook Estate and the smaller of the two hotels, the other being the lavish and imposing main house which was once the home of Lord Beaverbrook, one of the most influential men of the last…

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Abokado for Breakfast – High Holborn

Abokado for Breakfast – High Holborn

Abokado is a chain, but it has become just that because it delivers what people want and it has regulars, and that, these days, is an accolade! We had breakfast in the High Holborn branch, which is just a stone’s throw from Holborn and Chancery Lane Underground stations. There are a few seats at this…

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Le Caprice and RA250 Summer Exhibition

Le Caprice and RA250 Summer Exhibition

This is an exceptional summer in London. We are, at the moment, enjoying a heatwave and it’s the Royal Academy’s celebrated Summer Exhibition. It’s rather special this year as it’s the 250th year of this wonderful and sometimes controversial event. And one can make a day of it by having a delightful lunch at Le…

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Ametsa for Dinner

Ametsa for Dinner

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction is a unique collaboration between Elena Arzak – voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2012, her father Juan Mari Arzak, and Mikel Sorazu, Igor Zalakain and Xabier Gutierrez. This superb one-Michelin-star Basque restaurant is found at COMO The Halkin Hotel in London’s Belgravia, and it’s a convenient and worthy…

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The Petersham Hotel Richmond for Dinner

The Petersham Hotel Richmond for Dinner

The Petersham Hotel Richmond is a perfect gem of a hotel and I am delighted to say it’s within walking distance of my home. OK, that walk would be a healthy trot of several miles but the hotel is near enough to be called local, and I am so pleased. This impressive building is perched…

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El Pirata in Mayfair – tapas review

El Pirata in Mayfair – tapas review

Mayfair is one of the swankier neighbourhoods in London. It has everything the well-heeled might need: classy boutiques, jewellery, galleries and some great restaurants …expensive great restaurants. And then there is the gem that is known as El Pirata. There isn’t much in Mayfair that could possibly be described as cheap – not even good…

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