The Kitchin , Edinburgh.

I had , in the past  made a couple of attempts to get a table at The Kitchin in Leith , Edinburgh but it was always so popular that the restaurant was totally booked up weeks in advance. This time I made sure that I got in there bright and early and booked myself  the…

Linthwaite Hotel , Big plans and big smiles.

Linthwaite country house hotel perches itself upon high ground looking out over England’s longest `Mere`, Windermere (remember, it`s a `Mere`, not a lake). My visit to Linthwaite coincided with the onset of a late Lake District Autumn, the leaves were just starting to fall and the colours under a low setting sun were straight out…

A return to Castle Terrace.

Another trip to the wonderful city of Edinburgh and as always I head straight to my number one place to dine , Castle Terrace with the extremely talented Chef Dominic Jack. It was very sad to see the restaurant losing their Michelin star in October 2015. To be perfectly honest I was fully expecting them…

Michelin Star for the Samling.

Michelin announced their awards for the 2017 guide yesterday and the  results  were superb  for  the  Cumbrian dining scene with 3 new Michelin Stars for The Samling , Forest side and Gilpin hotel. Chef Nick Edgar has only been cooking at the Samling for a few months now  after a 15 year stint at Raymond Blancs Le Manoir. Nick has…

Forest side – All systems GO.

This was my second visit to dine at The Forest side in Grasmere. This time I had just married my sweetheart a day earlier and so we decided to make it into something special and booked in for an overnight package. That way meant that we could also drink and experience the drinks flight with…

The House of Tides , Newcastle.

Kenny Atkinson opened up the House of Tides on the Newcastle Quayside in 2014 and very quickly gained his first Michelin star in 2015. Good quality and well sourced ingredients that are well matched up and then very accurately cooked and presented with no gimmicks is what it`s all about here. This was my second experience…

The Raby Hunt – Golf pro to wonderful Chef

    It`s taken me quite a while to get over to eat at The Raby Hunt near Darlington but i`ve finally managed to get my backside over there to sample the delights of `self trained` Chef James Close. The restaurant is pretty isolated and only has the two rooms so if you`re planning to…

Oak Bank , Grasmere. More Cumbrian delights.

The village of Grasmere sits slap bang in the heart of the Lake District. A beautiful little place to stay with a 360 degree view of stunning Green mountain scenery  all around. Grasmere is very much a tourist destination and when the sun shines the visitors are guaranteed to flock to Grasmere for the walking…

The Grand Hotel – York.

Apparently the Grand hotel is the finest place to stay in the city of York. It  has a fine dining restaurant terribly named “Hudsons”  ( After the 1800`s railway developer ) that certainly sits up there with the best places to eat in the area. I booked in for dinner after seeing some of Chef Craig…

Hidden Treasures in YORK.

This was my very first trip to the beautiful city of York. …even though it was on an extremely soul destroying 4 day Electrical regulations course. I think that the most powerful sales pitch for me was discovering Chef Joshua Overingtons previous employers. The Waterside at Bray , Tom Kerridges Hand and flowers and Restaurant Ledoyen in Paris….

Epicure , Le Bristol in Paris

Restaurant `Epicure` at Le Hotel Bristol was our last meal of the Parisian weekend trip. I had always wanted to dine here as their ALC menu read so well but sadly was so crazily priced that I had chosen to eat elsewhere. My top dining buddy  The Finediningexplorer organised the Paris weekender and so we decided to…

The London Ritz , Finest in the Land.

Once again the London Ritz proves too much of a temptation for me , I guess that  i`m hooked on the place and can never visit the big city without heading off there to eat. It holds everything that appeals to me about my passion for gastronomy. The dining room is as grand as it…

“Culinary Theft” at Chez L`Ami Louis , PARIS

O…M…G….Where do I start about this place  ? I`m sitting here trying to find a way to describe how I feel about my meal at the Parisian Bistro Chez L`ami Louis . Well if you`re a guy and you`ve experienced a good hard kick between the legs then that`s something similar to how you`ll feel when you get the bill…

Ledoyen , PARIS – Choose very wisely.

   I won`t go into glorious detail about the current Parisian restaurant scene at the moment as it`s a whirlwind of jumping Toques that`s a seemingly impossible task to keep track upon. Today I`m eating at  Le Pavilion Restaurant Ledoyen in Paris. Superchef Yannick Alleno is the current star of the show here  and has been cooking…

The Water Library , Bangkok.

The Water Library in Bangkok – Normally the first thing that would hit you upon entering into a restaurant is their display of Wines. Here, unusually it`s Water , lots of it stunningly displayed in a floor to ceiling `library`. Focusing on their primary product  I`m actually wondering what a Water tasters notes would read…

Le Cinq , George V, Paris , Best of the Best.

I`m supposed to be a food freak and yet I can`t believe that it`s taken me so long to get over to eat in Paris , the Mecca for lovers of fine dining and the birthplace of gastronomy. My trusty dining partner and ultimate food geek friend Finediningexplorer contacted me and basically issued the orders…

Forest Side , The Lake Districts multi million pound hotel opens.

My first experience at Forest side was a year ago. I popped in on my way past to see chef Kev Tickle. I was expecting a sample of freshly baked Bread with his latest Cheese discovery. Instead i walked into a mudbath full of contractors and civil work. Exactly a year later and after almost…

Gaggan , Bangkok – Number 1 in Asia.

WOW , So Gaggan pulls it off once again. An Indian restaurant sat surrounded by thousands and thousands of Thai food outlets in the huge city of Bangkok. Of course that`s just the small picture. On a larger scale Gaggan  Anand has managed to bag the top position for the second year running….The Best restaurant in the whole of Asia…

” Eat Me ” in BANGKOK …No thanks.

Apparently this is one of the best restaurants in the whole of Asia. Infact I`ll go as far to say that in last weeks food awards ,  “Eat Me in Bangkok ” ( No sniggering at the back please ) was awarded 23rd on the list of `Asia`s Best Restaurants 2016 `. Of all the hundreds of thousands…

The Samling set their bar at top level.

When something happens in Cumbria it really doesn`t take long to get around the houses. Recently though it`s taken just that wee bit longer than usual due to half the roads and bridges being out of service as a result of the flooding . News reached me on the West coast of Cumbria pretty quickly that The…

Wat Damnak , Siem Reap , No1 in Cambodia.

My main reason for visiting Siem Reap was the same as most of the tourists in the region, the stunning 9th century temples of Angkor Wat.The whole area was a mass of historical and archaeological sites. Pretty breathtaking scenery so that’s why I`ve added a few non foodie photos to this post. If the scenes look familiar then…

Osha , Bangkok….One to watch.

I stumbled across Osha totally by accident whilst browsing through a Bangkok lifestyle magazine in my hotel lobby. Three photos of the impressive looking food they were cooking there was enough for me to book in for lunch the next day. The company started trading in San Francisco in 1997 and has now expanded to…

Sharrow Bay hotel – The Diamond years menu.

  Here we go for a little trip back in time to the Golden years of the Sharrow Bay country house hotel on the banks of Ullswater.I can actually hold my hand up and tell you …. I bought the t-shirt , I was there. I`m staring blankly at the screen right now working out exactly when it was….ermmmm…..Oh crap,…

Miller Howe , A country house in Windermere.

My first visit to Miller Howe was way back about 30 years ago when “Celebrity chefs” were just emerging into the public eye. Housewives favourite John Tovey was the chef and owner of Miller Howe at the time and my dining experience there really wasn`t a good one. My only recollection of the food on that…

Susi Diaz, “La Finca” Restaurant , Alicante , Spain

3 generations of cooking skills have been passed down to Michelin starred Chef Susi Díaz , owner and chef of La Finca Restaurant in Elx, near Alicante. Susi has been running the restaurant for 30 years tweaking and developing classical dishes into what they have become today. The menu here features Citrus fruits, herbs, and flowers grown in her…

Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond.

  A quick road trip over from our overnight stay in Edinburgh to Loch Lomond for lunch at  `Martin Wishart at Cameron house`. Head chef Graeme Cheevers has been running the restaurant kitchen here for a few years now and the restaurant is a proud holder of a Michelin star.The restaurant has three menus running at the moment. A 6…

Castle Terrace – Edinburghs finest.

Finally, I manage to return to Edinburghs finest restaurant ,Castle Terrace to eat the superb cuisine of the amazing chef Dominic Jack. It`s been a while since my previous visit so I was pretty excited to be spending the weekend in the city and prioritised Castle terrace as my number one choice of places to dine. The restaurant showcases…

The Witchery by the castle – Edinburgh , Scotland.

The Witchery is situated in an ideal location and sits directly beside the Castle at the top of  Edinburghs Royal mile. The hotel and restaurant are immaculate and have managed to keep their unspoiled character since the place was built in the 16th century. The locals say that it`s one of the cities best kept secrets…

The Red Denia Prawn….Best in the World ?

Quietly sipping on my Apple Gin & Tonic and feeling like a beached Whale after 31 courses , my thoughts of sleeping on the bed for a few hours were totally quashed by the waving arms of Chef Quique Dacosta. “Hurry up , come on , we need to hurry I have something I want…

Quique Dacosta – 3 stars in Denia , Spain..

Quique Dacosta , one of a very special breed of premier chefs from the category of  “ There`s Chefs…..and then there`s Chefs”. I was extremely blessed to spend the weekend with Quique and his teams at his flagship restaurant in Denia and also his 3 other busy establishments in Valencia  – El Poblet , Mercatbar…

The Inn at Ravenglass , Seafood heaven.

In the tiny village of Ravenglass on the West coast of Cumbria , Spring is finally in the air. The Winter months haven`t been too bad this year but there`s been many days when the fishing boats can`t even get out out to sea. Nice to know that the Chef at ” The Inn at Ravenglass” ,Craig Niven has still…

Mr Coopers House and Garden, Manchester.

I reckon I must be the last of the Northern `foodies` to try Mr Coopers house and Garden restaurant. Some greedy Gannets like number one food blogger Hungry Hoss have dined here on multiple occasions in the 18 months that the restaurant has been open. Cory, my daughter needed to be in Manchester for a…

A quick foodie fix in Bangkok… “Again”.

I have already blogged about these two Bangkok restaurants before so this time  i`ll cut out  the chit chat and just present some up to date photos of the current food that they`re doing here. The first stop during  my  Asian  Xmas break was the restaurant  Sra Bua by kiin kiin.This  high end restaurant is…

Lake Road Kitchen – 125 day old Beef.

Since my first visit to Lake road kitchen in Ambleside a couple of months ago  there`s  been a very special  piece of Beef hanging in the fridge with my name all over it. I was so tempted to return earlier to try it but a  reservation had been entered into the restaurant  diary on the…

FERA – At Claridges , London.

It was a cold December Saturday night in London and my first ever trip to Claridges for dinner. I was accompanied by a couple of my foodie friends ( David from the Critical couple blog and Kevin Finediningexplorer ).I `was` going to leave my camera at the hotel and have a blog free evening but seeing as though it`s surgically attached to my…

HEDONE , London – The`Carte Blanche` menu

Chef Mikael Jonsson runs his London Chiswick restaurant Hedone with total precision and passion for the sourcing and cooking of the very best of ingredients . It was a return visit for me after being so impressed during my initial trip a year ago. I dined at the Michelin starred Hedone during game season last year so if…

Lake Road Kitchen – Another Diamond for the Cumbrian collection.

                                             At the time of writing Lake road kitchen has only been open for 20 weeks and finally i got around to eating dinner there last weekend. The tom tom drums were beating out the message within days of the restaurant opening but i held out for weeks waiting for them to settle in and…

La Verticale , Hanoi – Vietnam meets France.

This trip to Vietnam was only a flying visit for 4 days , basically to have a little look around Hanoi , relax , eat and weigh myself down with a travel bag crammed to the max with Coffee beans. Hanoi is the city to head to for lovers of Coffee and Cafe culture and…

The Rib Room at the Landmark hotel , Bangkok.

Whenever i visit Asia , i always like to start and finish my holiday  with a few days in Bangkok city. I`ve been fortunate enough  to squeeze in more than 35 visits now over the last 10 years and i`m beginning to feel totally at home there. Being a creature of habit i always stay…

Rogan & Company – Late Summer Tasting menu.

A last minute request to work the weekend ended up spoiling my well made plans so a quick message down to Cartmel and i was smiling again. I managed to get booked in for a last minute Friday lunch slot and a marvellous late summer tasting menu cooked by head chef Kev Tickle. I`ve already blogged…

Restaurant “Urban” – Hotel Istana , Kuala Lumpur.

  I stopped over for a few days in Kuala Lumpur on my way to Singapore recently and i`m so glad that i did. The hotel that  i booked  was called  `The Istana ` and was pretty well situated in the city centre. The  shopping malls , Petronas twin towers and night life were all nearby so…

Rogan & Co – Summer Tasting menu introduced.

This was my second trip to Rogan & Co in the village of Cartmel , Cumbria. Chef Kevin Tickle has now settled into place and after much staff discussion a new Tasting menu has been introduced. This consists of  8 courses for £65  ( plus a few little extra taster courses) and will be changing…

DAL PESCATORE , ITALY – Use your camera if you dare.

                                Following on from dinner at Osteria Francescana on the Saturday evening we thought it would be a good idea to stop off for a nice traditional Italian Sunday lunch on our way back to Milan airport. Unfortunate news for our wallets however, the 3 Michelin starred Dal Pescatore Santini happened to be on our…

The Cottage in the Wood ( 2 )

A Tuesday evening return trip to `The Cottage in the Wood` , Braithwaite in the heart of the English Lake district. I decided to go for the a la carte this time as the Summer Tasting menu was still running from my last visit in April. Warm welcomes and friendly smiles all around set the standard…

“Let`s do Frogs” – Dinner at Osteria Francescana.

I remember a crazy day quite a while ago , a bit of a mad moment when i made a 350 mile trip down to London and back home again just to eat lunch at Marco Pierre Whites restaurant in Knightsbridge. Since then i`ve obviously grown older and much dafter and regularly make the same journey…

Janice Wong – 2am Dessert bar ,Singapore.

For those of you like myself who crave the sweeter things in life then this is the place for you. I had two reasons to go to Singapore. One was to eat at Waku Ghin and the other was to eat every dessert at Janice Wongs 2am dessert bar. I contacted Janice before my trip and…

WAKU GHIN – Singapore , A long journey to eat dinner.

  Restaurant  Waku Ghin , Number 7 on the list of Asia`s best restaurants , Number 50 in the World  2014  and the Singapore base of Japanese chef  Tetsuya Wakuda,  a bit of a shining star of Japanese cuisine and media. The only reason I went to Singapore was to eat here so i was expecting…

Koffmann – An evening of the classics.

My latest trip to London was a bit of a last minute job so i really didn`t have much time to think about where i was eating. My friend David from The CriticalCouple blog suggested that we should do a London classic – Pierre Koffmann at the Berkeley ,old school at its very best. Koffmann is…

Sunday “Dinner” By Heston Blumenthal

This was my second visit to `Dinner` by Heston Blumenthal. My first time was just a short while after opening and now 3 years later on the restaurant currently boasts 2 Michelin stars. Dinner is situated within The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge so it`s absolutely simple to get to by tube ( Knightsbridge station on the…

Andrew Wong – A Taste of China.

                                                               I normally manage to fit in 3 or 4 trips down to London every year to keep up with the capitals foodie scene.Problem is though i always tend to be a bit of a creature of habit and stick to the places that i know best. On this visit my foodie friend Kevin( finediningexplorer ) managed to drag me away…

The Cottage in the Wood – A perfect lovers escape.

It`s really hard to believe that there`s an amazing secret little hideaway hotel sat virtually on my doorstep and during all the years that i`ve been into food, i still haven`t managed to eat at The Cottage in the Wood. I`ve travelled all over the world to search for and to eat amazing food and yet a 25 minute drive in the…

Rogan & Co in Cartmel – Chef Kevin Tickle cooks a Spring Lunch.

                                                                                          I`ve been back and forward to Cartmel for over ten years to eat at Simon Rogans Lenclume restaurant. Strangely enough i`ve never actually experienced the food at Simons other restaurant in the village, Rogan & Co. as I`ve just headed to the flagship to eat instead. Recently Rogan & Co has unergone a total…

Fab Friday lunches in town.

      My day to day job generates no complaints at all as my hours are based over a four and a half day week. Fair enough , getting out of bed at 5.30am every morning has its downsides but finishing for the weekend on a friday lunchtime makes up for the sleepy starts . Recently,…

Xmas in Asia

I guess i`m simply a homeboy at heart.I`ve spent every xmas at home since I was born …I love it. Xmas day with the family and then my best meal of the year at Mum n dads on Boxing day , cold Turkey , chips , eggs , chutneys and half a dozen slices of…

Gaggan , Bangkok. The best of `Gaggan Anands` Tasting menu.

It was the final day of my  Xmas  holiday and a fellow foodie friend of mine ( finediningexplorer ) had recommended that i eat at Gaggan in Bangkok. It seemed a bit strange to me to be going to an Indian restaurant in the Oriental city but after almost 3 weeks of non stop Cambodian and …

An amazing 18 Course Lunch at The Ritz.

The final London meal of 2013 had me returning once again to my old favourite , The Ritz hotel for a little treat before the Xmas madness kicked off. I had booked myself a table for myself which would allow me the opportunity  to be at one with my thoughts and reminisce about the ups and downs…

HEDONE – Ssshhhh , genius at work.

Next Easter i`ll be making the long journey all the way to Singapore to eat at Restaurant `Waku Ghin`. I was so impressed after reading several blog posts that i ended up day dreaming about the food there every day and so i eventually emailed them to make a reservation.I only wanted a table for…

Restaurant `Nahm`, The Oriental city`s finest.

       I won`t babble on about Nahm when i`ve done it a couple of times at length on here already. The most important thing is to actually see what you`re going to get to eat whilst you`re there so just take a quick look at the pics below. Anyone wanting more detail about the…

Making the very best of Natures seasonal bounty.

I forage for it , i cook it , i style it , i photograph it  and then finally i can eat it .If the truth be known then the latter is probably my favourite part of the exercise. The whole process can be a pain in the butt and  takes a full day of…

Bo.lan – Bangkoks best traditional Thai dining experience.

Another visit to Bangkok and another wonderful little exciting adventure into the amazing cuisine that this city has to offer. Restaurant Bo.lan opened in 2009 and now sits comfortably at number 3 in Bangkok .It is also ranked number 36 in Asias top 100 restaurant experiences so definitely one for the traveller to add to…

Restaurant Massana , Girona and the dish of a lifetime.

  Foodie travellers on their journey to Girona will no doubt be heading over to eat at the Worlds number one restaurant 2013, El Celler de Can Roca. Once they`ve had that culinary experience then what else is on offer in the area ? Well Barcelona is the obvious place to head to but that`s about…

The Best Restaurant in the World ?

                                                                                                                                         El Celler de Can Roca , Girona.The “ Worlds best restaurant 2013 “…..quite an accomplishment and an even greater reputation to keep hold of once you`ve earned it. An establishment that`s virtually impossible to just `slip in` for a meal there unless you`ve pre- secured your table ” one year ” in advance.If you…

Rocambolesc , Girona …. Could this be the Worlds best ice cream shop ?

Visitors to Girona will notice the sheer amount of Gelateria and ice cream parlours dotted all around the city. They`re beautiful little set ups decked out in traditional yesteryear styling and dotted every few paces in and around the old town and the citys main shopping streets of the Santa Clara area. I also observed…

SoLITA, Manchester and a “Light Bite” with the “Hungry Hoss”

A quick overnight  stop off en route to Manchester Airport and the obvious choice where to dine had to be the blokey blokes food mecca….SoLITA in Manchesters Northern quarter…Once again. My 3 dining companions were the Legendary Manchester food blogger The Hungry Hoss , SoLITA owner and stand up comic Franco Sotgiu and my 16 year…

Tarantella…… and Tarantula bites ???

                         It seems only right that i should be mentioning nice eating places that are on my own doorstep  so let me introduce our local Italian restaurant,  Tarantella to all the Cumbrians out there who haven`t yet experienced it. Formerly known as Cheers wine bar it now goes under Tarantella on the high street of Cockermouth…

Oak Bank Hotel, Grasmere – Darren delivers the goods.

With the recent departure of Head Chef John Cook from The Oak Bank hotel in Grasmere the position has now been refilled by a very exciting new youngster in town. Darren Comish has recently moved into the kitchen and brought some wonderful knowledge and exciting new ideas with him to move the Oak bank onwards…

Cumbriafoodie and Lenclume make the Wall Street Journal

I had a fun morning last week down at Lenclume in the Cumbrian village of Cartmel with Simons Rogans head chef Mark Birchall. We were putting a recipe together for the cover of The Wall street journal weekend magazine. Mark was doing the hard work whilst I just snapped away and then scoffed the results.What I enjoyed most was…

Bangkok – From 5 stars to the street, Everything`s good here.

 “Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin”  – Bit of a strange name but definitely a restaurant  to add to the list of anyone visiting Bangkok. Translated it simply  means  “Lotus Pond” and ” Come and eat ” .It certainly isn`t  traditional Thai cuisine the likes of what you would eat  in most of Thailands restaurants but…

Fluffy Bunny Sundae – would you like a Flake with that sir ?

                  I`m sure that many of you have been through the countryside at this time of year wondering what that delightfully sweet scented smell  that dominates the woodland air  was. The aroma is actually Wild Garlic  ( Ramsons )  flowers coming into full bloom and a sure fire signal that summer has arrived. Wild Garlic…

Herdwick – A grand day ont Joe Relphs Yew Tree farm…. Yis Aye.

“Good stuff comes in Laal parcels“….they`ve stolen my best one liner.That`s exactly what i keep telling people….well it`s my excuse anyways ha ha. The farm people are actually talking Sheep, Herdwick ones which are naturally quite a small breed.I was invited over to Yew tree farm in the Borrowdale valley recently to spend an afternoon…

The George and Dragon with The Lowthers , Penrith.

The George and Dragon is another one of those little ” tucked away diamonds ” i keep going on about. A comforting weekend escape on the verges of the Lake District within a ten minute drive from the M6 motorway .Once you`re through the door then you`ll be shutting yourselves away from the outside world…

SoLITA – Manchester and a big case of “Men v Food”

It was a lads `Big night out` in Manchester .The weekend had arrived , the city was buzzing with party people and our holiday heads were firmly on. We had an early morning flight to catch from Manchester airport but that was pushed into the background in favour of some of Britains best comfort food…

Lenclume – 19 Course Sunday lunch.

                     As you all know , I`ve spent the last 10 years eating at Lenclume and i think by now everyone knows its “just down the road” and “on my doorstep” so i won`t go rubbing it in yet again. This was a totally random booking made on Twitter whilst half drunk in Wetherspoons on a…

The London Ritz – ” What ?…. Again ” ?

By Fortnums clock it`s Twenty past twelve on a cold London Sunday lunchtime.Time to warm things up with a wee trip to our favourite palace of the Pamper treatment. Within five minutes of sitting into the same seats and at the same table as always, the Ritz resident Pianist flowed straight into “From Russia with…

Marcus Wareing ” Chefs Menu ” at Londons Berkeley Hotel.

Another food orientated trip to London and yet another jolly to Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley for “an experience”. Both my dining buddy “The Laird” and i absolutely love the pamper treatment and that`s why we keep on returning over and over again to both MW and The Ritz. We both know that it just…

Simon Rogan at ” The French ” , The Midland Hotel , Manchester.

  Mr Rogan makes the move into Manchesters Midland hotel and Tuesday 12th March will see the doors opening to a very exciting start to the fine dining scene and fingers crossed the Michelin stars back into the city again. I was fortunate enough to be invited down yesterday to a preview of what the…

Roti Chai – Indian Street food in London.

Well folks , after that last photographic disaster on my 7 Park Place dinner ( see my last post ) I think you`ll agree that a quick visit to `Doctor` Paul winch furness has sorted out a few of my problems. Paul runs courses every few months in and around London and takes up to 10 people on…

7 Park Place – William Drabbles Tasting menu 2013.

 It was a return trip to William Drabble at 7 Park place and the first stop on another London foodie weekender. We chose Chefs Tasting menu again as it had totally hit the mark on our first visit ( see here ). I`ve known Chef William for a number of years now, he`s a great…

Glasgows Ubiquitous Chip restaurant.

             This was my second trip to the Ubiquitous Chip and boy had i been looking forward to it. I love this place as it just has a magical buzz as soon as you`re through the front door. My first visit was a total delight and ever since then i was screaming out for more.As…

Restaurant Martin Wishart on Loch Lomond.

The Scottish weekender had fired off to an amazing start with the superb cuisine of  Dominic Jack at The Castle Terrace in Edinburgh.All those courses along with matching wines had me knocked out on my hotel bed for the full night. The next morning i had planned a “full Scottish”  over at Prestonfield house but…

The Drunken Duck – Ambleside , an escape from life.

THE LEGEND OF THE DRUNKEN DUCK – This unofficial title dates back to Victorian times when a landlady of the Inn found her ducks lying stretched out in the road and concluded that they were dead.Thriftily she began to pluck and prepare them for dinner. The ducks however, were “quick” and not dead. Down in the cellar…

The Greenhouse – Tasting menu, London

This was the first stop of our latest foodie weekender in London and the first time at The Greenhouse restaurant in Mayfair. The Chef here is Arnaud Bignon formerly of The Hotel Bristol in Paris (rather a good addition to his CV there).Hotel Le Bristol has been  on my list of places to go for quite a while and whilst i really don`t…

The Ledbury , London…Back we go again for more Truffles and Game.

We all know about The Ledbury by now….and i`m guessing that most of us have visited at one time or another so i won`t go repeating myself yet again. If you like your food rich, full of robust flavours , well cooked and scattered with luxurious ingredients then get yourself down there during game and truffle season…and as you…

LIMA – Amazing Peruvian restaurant in Fitzrovia.

Head down Tottenham court road , turn right and you`ll be in Fitzrovia .It was the first time i`d ventured into the area and i managed to find LIMA restaurant no problem.I had booked in for lunch after seeing the wonderful looking food on a recent Critical couple blog post. ( here )…i simply had to try it…

Xmas Tasting Menu 2012 at The London Ritz

I`ve already written a few blog posts about the amazing food at the London Ritz so i won`t go repeating myself yet again.I`m sticking by my guns in saying that a visit to London wouldn`t be the same if i didnt eat there before leaving….to me it really is that good.The food is totally `my thing` ,…

La Cave a Fromage – Worth a visit.

Our idea to head to La Cave a Fromage for lunch was simply to try something a little different. We normally try and squeeze in 4 restaurants on our London weekenders and because we were dining at Marcus Wareing that same evening we opted for something that would be easy on the stomach and set us up…

Simon Rogan Masterclass at Lakes College.

Living on the West coast of Cumbria It isn`t every day that you can come home from work , take a quick shower and then pop 5 minutes up the road to eat one of the worlds best chefs food for the price of a takeaway meal. On this occasion Simon Rogan had travelled up…

The Ubiquitous Chip , Glasgow – One of my best finds for years.

Ubiquitous – having or seeming to have the ability to be everywhere at once;omnipresent Chip   Ermmmmm …..No sign of those in this establishment ….or maybe there is. The myth speaks of the fact that the restaurant owner totally refused to serve chips to the people of Glasgow and this actually lasted for 30 years.Over the…

The Waterfront – Whitehaven and my home town Gem.

The picturesque and sleepy little Georgian fishing port of Whitehaven nestles cosily against the western fringes of the English Lake district national park on the Cumbrian coastline…. Hey , i would definitely get a job with the tourist board wouldn`t  i ?  Ok….ok….so  it`s an ex mining town , an historical slave trading port and has strong association…

Rampsbeck Country house – Ullswater.

The problem that i always encounter when dining out is that basically i`m a total creature of habit. I always seem to go for the places i`ve been to before and where i know i`m going to get well taken care of…..hence all of my repeat visits to the same places. On this occasion it…

THE RITZ , London – More Stunning food , Wine and James Bond.

When I`m eating at the Ritz i`m like a child on christmas morning , i`m excited , i`m all smiles and it`s simply because i know exactly what`s waiting for me as soon as i walk through the doors….My own little heaven. As i`ve said on previous Ritz blog posts i can never see myself coming down…