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Bringing Tuscany to Chiswick at Villa di Geggiano

As a lover of Italian food, and the odd Italian tipple, the menu at Villa di Geggiano in Chiswick was certainly enticing. With many ingredients specifically imported from the villa in Tuscany, we had a feeling that we were heading for a very special evening.
The lounge before dinner
Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the lovely Gordon and Ilona with a glass of chilled prosecco. Read more…

Critic & Blogger Review Roundup 13th January 2017

Jay Rayner
Jay Rayner visits the new London opening of Aquavit, sister of the much-lauded New York site: it’s all ‘shiny and golden and glossy’, but ‘you’ll be paying’ for such things. It’s smorgasbord to start, where traditional gravadlax is ‘profoundly, indecently, lovely’, and ‘utterly engrossing’ mackerel tartare is the ‘best of these dishes’. Read more…

Critic & Blogger Review Roundup 6th January 2017

The Laughing Heart

Jay Rayner
The Holy Birds Image source: Sophia Evans for the Observer
‘It’s hard to hate’ chicken, says Jay Rayner, but at The Holy Birds in Shoreditch, they manage to serve ‘disappointment fashioned from calories’. Duck fat roast potatoes are ‘overcooked… drenched in the greasiest bit of the duck’, and the main-event chicken is ‘floppy’ and ‘tastes of salt’. Read more…

Southern Hospitality at the JW Steakhouse

JW Steakhouse

Whisky and steak being 2 of my favourite things, I was looking forward to an evening of an American-inspired menu, washed down with rare and old bourbons. JW Steakhouse at Grosvenor House‎ has one of the most comprehensive bourbon selections in London, and ran a series of nights celebrating all things southern states and beyond, hosted by bourbon blogger Tom Fischer. Read more…

Pet Pamper Day: Egerton House Hotel

Knightsbridge certainly caters to the glamorous and the fabulous, and that doesn’t stop at the people. It is hard not to stumble across a 5′ 8′ immaculately dressed woman walking her equally fashionable pooch! Egerton House Hotel have opened their doors to these adorable pups and are putting on quite the spread. Read more…

FishWorks – It Really Does

The Bideford day boat Ray Wing - FishWorks

Unknown to many of the people passing down Marylebone High Street, concealed behind the dazzling, iced-packed, fish-stacked counters of FishWorks fishmongers, there lies a little gem of the ocean, a small treasure chest of sumptuously sea-salted delights.
FishWorks – Fishmonger
From the outside they exhibit a mesmeric display of finned creatures and rocky crustaceans. Read more…

Dreaming of a (Marco Pierre) White Christmas 2016

A risotto of smoked haddock, crispy quail’s eggs, spinach

After visiting Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s in Threadneedle Street last year for the festive menu, I was extremely excited to try the new Christmas menu for 2016! Just as remembered, the decor with the high ceiling, quirky portraits of Marco himself,  red leather seating and pretty Christmas lights gave a warm, festive feeling when entering the restaurant with a little Marco Pierre Read more…

Review: Brunching at The Balcon

The Balcon

The Balcon
I think when it comes to dining out, there is nothing more decadent or enjoyable than an indulgent brunch. The idea of catching up with a good friend and perusing a menu where it is the norm, and thus appropriate, to start the day with champagne and poached eggs is too good a thing to miss. Read more…

View 94 – Fine Views, Finer Food

View 94

As a born and bred Londoner (or at least one of those fake Londoners that grew up in the outer boroughs), I’m a bit of a know-it-all. In my mind, no gem is hidden to me, no trendy pop-up will pass me by, and there’s no riverside restaurant that’s not on my radar.
Sometimes it’s great to be wrong. Read more…

A Long, Lazy Lunch at Café Rouge

Charcuterie et fromage-sharer

The French know how to dine. Lunch is traditionally the biggest meal of the day involving many courses and hours of grazing and wine drinking. That’s a culture I could get on board with. So when my sister was down to visit where better to catch up than the relaxed yet classy Café Rouge.
With multiple branches it was easy to find a convenient location. Read more…

Not One To Forget: BBQ steaks & More at Orange Elephant

Orange Elephant dining room

Big Green Eggs in the kitchen
For a few years now I’ve been dreaming about the day I could get my hands on a Big (or small) Green Egg, the now ubiquitous ceramic Kamado-style grill that you’ve probably spotted on episodes of Great British Menu or at your local gastropub. These smoker-cum-barbecues are things of joy that can imbue food with the magical smoky taste of a summer barbecue. Read more…