The Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite.

What is it ? – A well established 17th century country pub serving up good quality locally sourced food. What`s Cooking ? – Country pub food using local and well sourced ingredients. We asked for a Tasting menu in advance and Chef was happy to cook for us. Who`s Cooking ? – Chef Alex Beard….

Ekstedt , Sweden – Food from the fire

What is it ?  –  A very unique Michelin starred Restaurant in Stockholm , Sweden where the guest can experience their full meal cooked over Scandanavian Wood and Fire. What`s Cooking ?  Modern Nordic Food with flavours of Smoke – Seafood , Game and foraged ingredients with a few luxuries thrown in for good measure….

The Black Bull , Sedbergh.

`The Black Bull` –  What is it ? –  A 17th Century Coaching Inn with 18 Bedrooms, Bar, and Dining room / Restaurant. Where is it ? –  The Black Bull is right in the centre of Sedbergh (Sed-Ber) in Cumbria. Staying here will situate you perfectly  for venturing into the Lake District and the…

La Dame de Pic – London

What is it ? – 3 Michelin starred French Chef Anne Sophie Pic has opened her first Restaurant in the UK , La Dame de Pic offering the very best local (UK) seasonal ingredients. Where is it ? – Restaurant La Dame de Pic is inside the Four Seasons Hotel overlooking The Tower of London…

PASTE , Bangkok – Lunch with Chef Bee.

  What is it ? – Thai Restaurant in Bangkok city serving intensely flavoured, beautifully presented , modern Thai cuisine. The recipes have been very well researched from Royal Thai archives and ancient family traditions. Paste has 1 Michelin star and Number 28 on the list of Asia`s Top 50 restaurants 2019. Where is it…

Rothay Manor , Ambleside.

  What is it ? – A Country house hotel and Restaurant in Ambleside , Cumbria (Right in the centre of the Lake district) 10 minutes walk from the shops and bars. Who`s Cooking ? – Chef Dan Mc George formerly of The Michelin starred Bath Priory. What should I expect ? The hotel is…

The House at Temple Sowerby.

What is it ? – A beautiful little country house and walled Garden (with lots of history) tucked away in a “Blink and you`ll miss it” Cumbrian village. Where is it ? – 5 Miles East of Penrith. Leave the M6 Motorway at junction 40. Who`s Cooking ? – Chef Jack Bradley (Ex Hipping Hall)…

Lerdtip , Bangkok with `Iron Chef` Gigg.

What is it ? – Lerdtip , The flagship Restaurant of Celebrity “Iron Chef of Thailand” Chef Gigg Kamol. The Restaurant has a Michelin star and has 2 branches in Bangkok. Where is it ? – Lat Phrao , The journey from our hotel in Nana Soi 4 was a nightmare and we managed to…

The Ryebeck , Windermere.

What is it ? – A traditional English country house hotel / Restaurant. Where is it ? – Just outside Bowness on Windermere , a very busy tourist town right in the heart of the Lake district. Who`s Cooking ? – Nick Edgar spent 15 years working for Raymond Blanc at 2 Michelin starred Le…

Restaurant MCR – Aiden Byrne.

What is it – Restaurant MCR (previously Manchester House) – a busy , modern city centre restaurant . Where is it ? – Spinningfields , Manchester city centre. Head Chef – Aiden Byrne (Ex head Chef of the Dorchester , Tom Aikens , Roscoff , Church Green , Hillbark , Adlards) What should I expect…

Bo.Lan, Bangkok – As authentic as it gets.

What is it ?– A Restaurant serving authentic Thai food currently at number 37 on Asia`s top 50 Restaurants list. Where is it ? – Bangkok city centre down a quiet soi (street). It`s really easy to get there so just take the Skytrain to Thong lor BTS station and it`s a 5 minute walk…

Mizu – Pan Asian food in the Lakes.

What is it ?-  A stunning £10 million Asian Restaurant and Spa extension to the existing Lodore falls hotel. Where is it ? – Borrowdale valley , near Keswick , right in the heart of the English Lake district. Head Chef – Kasun Jayasooriya from Sri Lanka spent 10 years working in Tokyo. He hopes…

The Pentonbridge Inn – Cumbria.

Pentonbridge sits on the very edge of the Scottish Borders about 20 minutes North of Carlisle. The inn, surrounded by 360 degrees of flat moorland is well off the beaten track and basically there`s a couple of houses and not a lot else. The closest town (Longtown) is several miles away and so The Pentonbridge…

The Ritz , London – High end delights.

We`re in London , it`s Sunday lunchtime and as always there`s only the one choice for us…. The Ritz. As always , it`s the 12.30 arrival ,the usual window table and the first diners to be seated in the dining room. Our first course arrived at 1pm and our Petits fours arrived at 5.30 pm….

Restaurant 1863 , Ullswater.

1863 Bistro and Bar sits in the Cumbrian village of Pooley Bridge on the fringes of Ullswater (it`s not a Lake) . The property was originally the village Blacksmiths shop , later becoming the Pooley Bridge post office. Only recently (2016) it was transformed into what it is today – 1863 Bistro and Bar with…

Askham Hall , Lowther Estates.

It`s taken me far too long to get myself over to Askham hall and after staying there for a night I really can`t wait to return again. For those wanting a hidden escape in a romantic little Cumbrian village then this is definitely the place to head to. The 13th century hotel (formerly the family home…