25 July 2014

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  1. The Earl of March has been with the current owners since 2007 and is headed up by Giles Thompson the former Executive Head Chef of the Ritz Hotel London. The classic menu resembles elements of Thompson’s previous experience with some welcomed twists, they also use many locally sourced ingredients from, hand-picked local Selsey Crab to Sussex Beef. We went for dinner on the evening of summer solstice, and with the evening sun burning hot there were many people still sitting out on the terrace overlooking the beautiful view of the Sussex downs. The setting is perfect for drinks with friends, a special occasion or even a private party or Wedding...

  2. Published : Friday, 17th January 2014

    Restaurant Story | Restaurant Story, London

    Tom Sellers, the chef behind Story has brought an eclectic feel of old and new together in this wonderful concept near London Bridge. There is purpose, explanation and depth to each course. The presentation lures you in and the taste can be something polar opposite and explode in your mouth, the Razor Clam comes to mind here. All deliver a pleasant surprise and create an entertaining experience trying to pick out each individual flavour...

  3. Something beautiful about the new first floor cocktail bar at the Farringdon based Smiths of Smithfield is the atmosphere and unique drinks on offer. There was a chilled out vibe with table service all evening, which made a nice change to many launches. I’ve never seen such a well executed cocktail list and the Gaby was my favourite, consisting of: Rye Vodka, Lillet Rose Aperitif, Homemade, Pomegranate Reduction, Devaux Champagne. Some people were a little more adventurous and went for the BBQ Martini: Barbeque Smoked Wood Chip infused Vodka, Noilly Prat Ambre, served with Pork Scratching. Pretty adventurous but tying in well with the history of the business and the meat market opposite. A meat market in a cocktail – who would have thought?...

  4. Published : Sunday, 27th January 2013

    Pollen Street Social | Pollen Street Social

    Quite simply one of the best lunches I’ve had in a very long time. The only downfall was the lack of knowledge of our booking even after an email and telephone conversation. Comfortable, social and not pretentious. Three things I enjoy when dining out. The service was knowledgeable with each dishes execution explained in detail with passion from all of the team. The maitre’d was pretty much made to order my entire meal as I wanted everything and didn’t think it looked right to have two main starters and two mains. Plus they just wouldn’t have all gone in. The portions are a good size and with all of the extra additions in-between each course it is hard enough to do three courses...

  5. Published : Friday, 28th December 2012

    Jeremy's at Borde Hill | Christmas at Jeremy’s

    Starting off in the bar we had a glass of champagne, I had a Bellini and drank dads too as he was a little jaded from the party the night before. These were served with canapés of home cured salmon with creme fraiche, dill cured herring on rye, cheese straws and olives. I’ve added the whole menu in case you didn’t fancy what we had!...

  6. Published : Thursday, 29th November 2012

    Two to Four | two to four restaurant, Dorking – Gourmet Night

    Tucked away in West Street, Dorking in Surrey, two to four restaurant has recently received a listing in the Michelin Guide 2013 and is well established in the area. Owners Jill Pickett and Rob Gathercole have also bought a Michelin Star level chef, Ian Atkinson (The Halkin, Margan Restaurant and Electrolux Young Chef finalist 2009) to join them for their winter season in the restaurant...

  7. Growing up with Bill’s in Lewes I loved the rustic, homey feel to it that delivered sumptuous eats that leave you fulfilled. I’ve since visited the Covent-Garden one and whilst I love the brand it didn’t feel as warm, inviting or have the authenticity about it. But if you’re new to it, you will love them all! Set in the City’s old Butter Market which has been renovated and now hosts jewellers and Patisserie Valerie, Bill’s has a small produce shop on the ground floor and a large restaurant in the top. Beautifully done and detailed touches and knowing that ‘Bill’ was there doing the finishing pieces gives a sense of care and attention still upholding this evolving set...