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  1. Published : Saturday, 19th July 2014

    Benares | Benares

    f like a lot of us, a large chunk of your celebrity chef knowledge is gleaned from lazy weekend mornings watching BBC's Saturday Kitchen, then you will no doubt be familiar with Atul Kochhar and you have probably already heard of his upmarket Michelin starred Mayfair eatery, Benares. This regular face on the show serves Indian food to die for, which means the downside is that your local curry house will never be good enough again. If you can afford it, splash the cash on the tasting menu with its paired wines. It is well worth the £82 for the food plus £55 wine cost. The staff are attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes and their often complicated ingredients and the sommelier really knows his stuff. It's a great way to sample some wines you might not normally pick but that really complement the food...

  2. Published : Wednesday, 16th April 2014

    Le Pont De La Tour | Le Pont de la Tour

    Literally translated as Tower Bridge, the name of this fantastic French restaurant gives its location away. Situated right next to its namesake, with outside tables almost up to the river's edge and in a prime location for people watching, this is a stunning venue worth booking for the views and setting alone. The food is another reason to visit however. Being French, you can expect a certain standard, (is there a bad French restaurant?) and it certainly does not disappoint.The starters include steak tartare, Hors d’oeuvre maison (a trio of mini fish dishes including smoked salmon blini, lobster salad, and a crab cocktail), foie gras or a half-dozen oysters...

  3. Published : Saturday, 23rd November 2013

    The Old Spot | The Old Spot

    Given the endless beauty of the surrounding landscape and architecture, parts of the West Country appear remarkably devoid of good eateries. Research on the historic towns in the region returns numerous ancient forts, monuments or settlements that are well worth a visit, but if you want some good quality sustenance, you will struggle. Luckily The Old Spot in the delightful city of Wells (those with a thirst for pub trivia will know that Wells is the second smallest city in England and the only one in Somerset) is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Located right next to the cathedral on a picturesque cobbled street, The Old Spot is extremely welcoming, and small enough to be intimate and private. If you are lucky you can get a table with views of the cathedral...

  4. Published : Sunday, 3rd November 2013

    Box Tree | The Box Tree

    If you find yourself on the hunt for fine food up north you could do a lot worse than arranging to visit The Box Tree. This old West Yorkshire farmhouse in Ilkley was where Marco Pierre White started out and he has now returned to contribute to the finest dining experience for miles around and which holds a coveted Michelin star. The building has been well restored to give a relaxed and cosy ambience, and you can sink into the comfy armchairs whilst enjoying an aperitif and looking through the tempting menu...

  5. Published : Thursday, 27th June 2013

    Inamo St James | inamo St James

    While most people imagine future technology meaning being able to teleport oneself or driving flying cars, which are obviously still a way off, the future of dining has arrived. And you will find it at inamo St James, an innovative new Japanese restaurant in London, which uses state of the art technology to create a waiter-less ordering system...

  6. Just like the Queen, strawberries and cream at Wimbledon and rainy bank holidays, some things are quintessentially English. And taking afternoon tea at the Ritz is no different. As well as being English, the strict dress code, doormen in top hats and tails, and the harpist gently strumming in the background, all add to the grandeur and glitz of this very special experience...

  7. Published : Tuesday, 18th June 2013

    Nobu London at the Metropolitan Hotel | Nobu

    Nobu has become synonymous with celebrity dining over the years. Barely a week goes by without a famous face being papped leaving one of the restaurants. It wouldn’t have been so popular for so long without good reason. Great Japanese food and flawless service help make this one of the most glamorous chains of restaurants in the world...

  8. Published : Tuesday, 18th June 2013

    Maze Grill | Maze

    Maze is part of the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square and is very stylish in decor, designed by the legendary David Rockwell (architects and designers for several of the Nobu restaurants around the world) with dark wood and mood lighting. The cocktail list is extensive so you will be spoiled for choice if you fancy an aperitif in the bar before sitting down to eat. The Ginger C (ginger, Smirnoff Penka and champagne) is particularly recommended...

  9. Published : Tuesday, 18th June 2013

    Hakkasan | Hakkasan

    Tucked away down a rather insalubrious looking alleyway off Oxford Street lies perhaps one of the best hidden gems in London, although its reputation and Michelin star have meant that Hakkasan is now widely recognised as one of the finest Asian eateries the capital has to offer. Anyone who has tried to gain entry will know that booking is essential if you wish to pass into this subterranean world where you can indulge in one of the most memorable oriental experiences available...

  10. Published : Tuesday, 18th June 2013

    Tuddenham Mill | Tuddenham Mill

    On the border of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, lies Tuddenham Mill, a traditional 18th century watermill which has been sympathetically converted into a boutique hotel, restaurant and bar. The decor is rustic, yet stylish. Old oak beams give the restaurant bags of character while the fixtures and fittings are sleek and modern. This is in addition to the huge waterwheel displayed proudly behind the bar, alluding to its name and history...

  11. Published : Friday, 24th May 2013

    Medlar | Medlar

    What do you get if you cross a newly awarded Michelin-starred restaurant with rave reviews from the who’s who of restaurant critics, including the terrifyingly brutal Mr AA Gill himself? Answer: Medlar in Chelsea...

  12. Published : Saturday, 4th May 2013

    The Glasshouse | The Glasshouse

    It is funny to think that "London's country estate" isn't actually in London at all. About 20 miles north in Hertfordshire would be more accurate. Despite the discrepancy over its exact location though, The Grove is a five-star one-stop shop for spa, golf, luxury accommodation and fine dining. Not to mention a bit of celeb spotting as the England football team stay here...heaven for wannabe WAG's. Food wise - there are three restaurants, The Stables - an informal eatery offering hearty comfort food in the estate's old stable block, The Glasshouse - which serves an all you can eat buffet (in no way to be confused with certain pizza chains' £6 all you can eat menu) and Colette's, the estate's 3 AA Rosette fine dining room. All serve fantastic food in a beautiful setting, and having such a range means they are all perfect for different occasions. Focussing on The Glasshouse...

  13. Published : Thursday, 2nd May 2013

    Sushisamba | Sushisamba

    Following a huge success story in the US dating back to 1999, Sushisamba opened its first international restaurant last year in London’s then newest skyscraper (before the Shard opened its viewing platform in February 2013), Heron Tower, in the City. Located on the 38th and 39th floors, the views from Sushisamba match the food and ambience – utterly spectacular...

  14. Published : Thursday, 2nd May 2013

    China Tang at The Dorchester Hotel | China Tang

    In the London hotel scene, one of the most famous institutions, The Dorchester, is normally associated with English tradition - afternoon tea, sparkly chandeliers and door men with red coats and top hats. Restaurant wise, these kind of hotels with such old-school grandeur have almost always got a celebrity chef at the helm serving the best of British (or wherever they are from). At the Dorchester though, while it does have all of the above, including the Alain Ducasse restaurant, which has an awe-inspiring 3 Michelin stars, our recommendation is for China Tang, a subterranean Chinese food lovers’ paradise, or more specifically, Cantonese...

  15. Published : Thursday, 2nd May 2013

    Zuma | Zuma

    Quite possibly the coolest restaurant in London. With its celebrity clientele and glamorous Knightsbridge location, you can see why the “it” crowd come flocking every night. But not only that, Zuma is contemporary Japanese food at its finest...