Critic & Blogger Review Roundup 4th November 2016

Jay Rayner

Riley’s Fish Shack

Riley’s Fish Shack. Photograph: Alex Telfer for the Observer

Jay Rayner heads to 2 shipping containers on a beach in Tynemouth. Here he finds Riley’s Fish Shack which is ‘so, so good.’ Fish unsurprisingly leads the menu, offering ‘the pristine quality of fish cookery you always hope to find in one of those fancy, raised pinkie finger London places, but rarely do.’

Grace Dent


Image source: Evening Standard

Grace Dent finds a restaurant that is ‘100 per cent 2016 London’ in Kiln. This new opening is a ‘sit-up, counter-dining, mainly no reservations, rural Thai and borderlands barbecue experience,’ where skewers of spiced hogget are ‘almost grotesquely delicious,’ and turmeric-speckled smoked Thai sausage is ‘marvelous.’ In short, ‘you should go.’

Marina O’Loughlin

The Cauldron, Bristol

The Cauldron, Bristol
Photograph: Adam Gasson for the Guardian

Marina O’Loughlin heads to the quirky Cauldron in Bristol. From the ‘short menu fizzing with eccentricity,’ gnocchi is ‘like none [she’s] ever eaten,’ onion bhaji ‘is as good as any [she’s] had,’ and fried monkfish, prawn and squid on tangy miso and seaweed tartare sauce is ‘a total pleasure.’

Kathryn Flett


Image source: The Telegraph

Kathryn Flett labels Sardine her ‘favourite restaurant of the year.’ She is a fan of her veal and pork-stuffed tomato, smiles all the way through grilled calf’s liver, roast squash and lentils, and raves about her dark chocolate pot with alcoholic prunes.

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About Chris Tilsed

After stints in Brighton and France, Chris returned to his native London and its restaurant scene. Bringing back a love of French cuisine, Brasserie Zédel and Bleeding Heart are amongst his current favourites. When he's not eating food or writing about it, Chris can usually be found playing or listening to music.

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