Guest Review: Dave Spikey

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CRAZY BEAR

BLOOMSBURY & FITZROVIA

It’s very different to most people’s perception of a Thai restaurant. There’s a cool basement bar, where the moody atmosphere complements the tempting drinks menu, plus a striking dining room upstairs. The menu for vegetarians is varied & enticing, which is the exception rather than the norm, as many restaurants simply substitute bean-curd or vegetables for meat.

GREENS

MANCHESTER

43 LAPWING LANE, WEST DIDSBURY, MANCHESTER; 0161 434 4259

This was the first gourmet vegetarian restaurant I discovered over 10 years ago – &, in my book, it is still the best. The food is inventive, impressive, inspirational & some other words beginning with an i – ivocative, that’s another. Chef Simon Rimmer, who surprisingly is not a veggie, consistently creates the most wonderful menus using seasonal local produce.

TIBITS

MAYFAIR & ST JAMES’S

12-14 HEDDON STREET, W1B 4DA; 020 7758 4110

Wonderful veggie food. Tibits has a chilled & relaxing atmosphere, helpful staff & a Swiss-inspired self-service system: you pay according to the weight of food on your plate. You pile it high with a massive selection of delicious hot & cold Asian, Indian & Mediterranean-influenced dishes, then get it weighed. Each dish is lovingly crafted with carefully sourced, seasonal ingredients.


Comedian Dave Spikey co-starred in the award-winning Channel 4 series Phoenix Nights. His first book, He Took My Kidney, Then Broke My Heart (And Now the News from Dave Spikey), is published by Michael O’Mara Books at £10. The DVD of his recent nationwide tour, Dave Spikey – Best Medicine Tour Live, is out now.


Comedian Dave Spikey co-starred in the award-winning Channel 4 series Phoenix Nights. His first book, He Took My Kidney, Then Broke My Heart (And Now the News from Dave Spikey), is published by Michael O’Mara Books at £10. The DVD of his recent nationwide tour, Dave Spikey – Best Medicine Tour Live, is out now.


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