Posts By: Michael Penney

Review: The Pickled Hen

Contemporary yet rustic décor and ornate ornithology on display makes a lot of sense thematically at The Pickled Hen, a lovely restaurant situated in the Marriott Hotel Marble Arch. Upon entry you’re immediately drawn to the robust bar and high ceilings of the eatery. Read more…

Review: Mews of Mayfair

Portland Crab on Toast - Mews of Mayfair

Descending a slight incline into the courtyard just off New Bond Street, I find memories of the back streets of Paris wash over me momentarily – beautiful floral arrangements and shrubbery of a neighbouring establishment, rows of tables and seats, and candlelight complementing the setting sun. Read more…

Review: Le Garrick, C’est Chic!

Escargot, Calamari & Scallops - Le Garrick

Looking to get away from the hustle & bustle of Soho? A lovely restaurant minutes away from the gaping touristic maw that is Leicester square calls out. Its name? If you’ve read the title you can probably guess it’s Le Garrick. A French restaurant that has withstood the changing surroundings of the theatre district for over 30 years. Read more…

Feast on London: A Fiery Feast at Bonfire

In the midst of the month-long Feast on London extravaganza, this intrepid blogger was tasked with trying out the fare at Bonfire, a plethora of classic American staples situated on the first floor of the Barbican centre. With a well stocked bar, and a wonderful terrace overlooking the harsh beauty of the Barbican estate, I was looking forward to sampling the delights on offer. Read more…

Review: Diciannove Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Spaghettini all’ astice - Diciannove Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Thursday evening in beautiful, breezy London town and my companion and I craved classic Italian food. Luckily, we were booked in to sample the delights at Diciannove in the City – a mellow and tranquil escape from the mayhem of Blackfriars. Upon entering we discovered we were to dine during one of the weekly jazz nights at the restaurant. The smooth melodies set the tone for a relaxed evening. Read more…

Streaky Gin Review: Deep-South Cooking & Deeper Cocktail Glasses

Streaky GIn

On the south side of Hyde Park lies Streaky Gin, a place that exudes a quirky, hip vibe that is reflected in the robust range of cocktails available. Streaky Gin is not all drinks however, it specialises in homely, comforting fare from southern USA.
Buffalo shrimp
To start, I had buffalo shrimp, described on the menu as succulent – a description it more than lived up to. Read more…