Tag Archives: Michelin Star

Launceston Place, W8

Hand dived scallop

Launceston Place is as ‘Michelin’ as they come. Words like dependable, robust and flavourful practically leap to mind. There are some restaurants that have been on our hit-list for years, but for some reason seem destined to stay there. For a long time it appeared that D&D’s London flagship Launceston Place would be one such establishment. But against the odds, ...

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The Hinds Head, Bray

Hereford prime ribeye

We didn’t have a bad meal here. As you can see, the food was all beautifully presented and if we’d been in any other gastro-pub, we’d have been more than content I imagine lots of people who visit The Hinds Head do so after sizing up The Waterside Inn and The Fat Duck and baulking at their prices and lack ...

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Steamed sea bream, enoki mushroom, dashi

Sometimes when I go out for dinner, I expect too much and the experience can never quite match up. On this occasion, it was quite the opposite. One of our Christmas gifts last year was a voucher for Sunday supper for two at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze. We eventually got around to arranging a visit a few weeks ago and genuinely had ...

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The Square

Sauté of Langoustine Tails with Parmesan Gnocchi and an Emulsion of Potato and Truffle

If somebody was to take the ‘fine’ out of fine dining and keep the incredible standard of food, I’d be there quicker than you can say ’emulsion.’ When I eat at a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, I expect near perfection. After all, there are only twenty or so places in the country that have attained this status. They are undoubtedly the best ...

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The River Cafe

River 1

Good food and flawless service, all in a lovely setting on the banks of the Thames. You’d think I’d already be planning a return trip. Well, you’d be wrong. Ever since opening their doors in the late 80s, The River Cafe has been renowned for serving up some of the best Italian food in London. So I’d heard anyway. You might ...

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The Black Swan, Oldstead, North Yorkshire – Revisited

Ox tongue

For us, Christmas in North Yorkshire could only mean one thing, another self-indulgent lunch at The Black Swan. It had a lot in common with our trip there last year; the weather was terrible and the meal was satisfying. Since our last visit (scroll down for review), there have been a few changes up there. Tommy Banks has taken over from ...

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Yauatcha – Dim sum at a premium

fishtank bar

Yauatcha sets its stall out to give diners a modern and refined take on Chinese food. Its Michelin starred status reflects this but so does its pricing. Its location on Broadwick Street in Soho could hardly be better in terms of footfall, even if former owner Alan Yau has opened another Chinese restaurant Duck & Rice in the former Endurance ...

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Benares, Mayfair


Let’s face it, most of us receive a fistful of emails every day, trying to get us to part with our hard earned cash in exchange for discounted meals at all manner of restaurants. There’s no denying the fact that people inherently like a good deal, but in many cases I’m not convinced that’s what’s actually on offer. These days ...

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Kokotxa – Michelin starred dining in San Sebastian


This summer we finally got around to visiting one of the top destinations on our gastronomic bucket-list, San Sebastian. I wouldn’t say it’s been ticked off though, far from it! The city’s reputation as the foodie capital of Europe (if not the world) is now firmly established. It’s home to two of the world’s ten best restaurants, Mugaritz (#4) and ...

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The Ledbury – London’s finest


The Ledbury has quite a reputation. They hold two Michelin stars and were recently voted the world’s thirteenth best restaurant in a poll which saw The Fat Duck come only thirty-third. Australian head chef Brett Graham has been in residence since 2005 and has overseen the restaurant’s meteoric rise. I’ve heard people suggest that a third Michelin star might not ...

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