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17/08/2015 by .

It’s the hardest restaurant to find your way into, in spite of its familiarity as a London landmark.    Who’d have thought you could eat dinner inside George Gilbert Scott’s clock tower atop St. Pancras station?     It actually houses a private penthouse whose Gothic tower enjoys a sometime alter ego as UNA, a South American supper club becoming one of the hottest tickets in town.

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Isle of Eriska Restaurant

14/07/2015 by .

Head chef Ross Stovold has a lot to answer for as far as I am concerned. The former top man at Michelin-starred Alimentum in Cambridge has brought his Michelin magic to the Isle of Eriska restaurant, within the family owned hotel sitting on its very own Scottish island.

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04/06/2015 by .

To say the china was as memorable as the food could be a veiled insult when applied to a lesser restaurant.   But the spectacular Engawa, filling a niche for high-end Japanese dining in the heart of Soho, is as much a feast as much for the eyes as the tastebuds.

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Pachamama London

08/04/2015 by .

If a preponderance of Peruvian restaurants is a peculiarity of the London dining scene, an even greater peculiarity is that some of the best have non-Peruvian chefs at the helm.   At the top end, Coya in Mayfair makes this spicy, colourful cuisine sizzle in the hands of Indian culinary genius Sanjay Dwivedi, while Pachamama London brings a highly affordable, slightly Anglicised version of the genre to an attractively decked-out basement in Marylebone.

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Cheneston’s Restaurant

18/12/2014 by .

So I got the feeling things were going to be a little different at Cheneston’s Restaurant when the excellent pianist sang a medley of ‘fly me to the moon’ and Cream’s famous hit ‘crossroads’. Not your average lounge music then and all the more welcome in my book.

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The Cherry Tree Inn at Stoke Row

17/12/2014 by .

Re-discovering the area around Henley made for a great weekend break.   We stayed at the Cherry Tree Inn at Stoke Row in the Chilterns, which just oozes with English character.  It was no surprise to hear that the building was originally three flint cottages dating back to the 1700’s although it has been a pub for over 200 years.

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Newby Tea: Pyramid Power hits Waitrose

04/12/2014 by .

Indulge in an elegant afternoon tea dunking silken leaf laden pyramids in a posh hotel and it’s very likely you’ll be tasting Newby tea, a company well versed in supplying luxury hotels. Well now you can have that same experience at home with the news that eight of the award winning Newby tea range can be found on the shelves at a Waitrose near you.

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Adam Handling at Caxton

04/12/2014 by .

Sitting at my table in the recently renamed Adam Handling at Caxton, I was thinking It just goes to show you how persistence pays off. Adam Handling is fast becoming one of Britain’s hottest young chefs following his appearance in the Professional Masterchef Final back in 2013 and a succession of accolades ever since.

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Restaurant at the Randolph

24/11/2014 by .

The restaurant team were all looking a little smug as we were shown to our table at Restaurant at the Randolph, and rightly so considering the restaurant had just been awarded its third AA rosette. Some accomplishment from a kitchen brigade committed to serving only British sourced fresh ingredients. It helps of course if your owners hail from Scotland (especially when salmon is on the menu) and Macdonald Hotels and Resorts has collected over 40 AA rosettes across all its properties.

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Blue Door Bistro

26/08/2014 by .

The Montague on the Gardens tucked away a stone’s throw from the leafy environs of Russell Square, may be not enjoy the celebrity status of some of Red Carnation’s top tier of properties, such as The Milestone for example, but has enough of owner Beatrice Tollman’s trademark artworks and fancy knick knacks about it to leave no doubt of its provenance. It is a stylish boutique hotel with all the hallmarks of Red Carnation’s service and its snug AA Rosette winning Blue Door Bistro is certainly an eatery worthy of a mention.

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