"Booked for a birthday dinner and it was an exceptional meal with lots of different dishes i had not tried before. Service was spot on and will be returning very soon!"
"amazing sushi and sashimi at a fraction of West end prices."
"Strange place. But NO phones allowed. Quite expensive but trendy Farringdon demands it."
"Reasonably priced lunch with a view of the promenade and beach, luckily not windy, could have been cold. Wine quite expensive for the place."
"The Coq au Vin, had flavour but was the meat was dry. Plats du Jour (belly pork) was OK. The food arrived remarkably quickly. I'm OK with Coq au Vin being preprepared but it must be possible to maintain it and not dry out the meat. Good dining room, good wine by the glass and very good service."
"Lovely ambiance with period features in the dining room, candles and tasteful decorations. Menu has great range of courses - including rabbit, goose and other unusual dishes. Massive range of vodkas and varied wine list. Tried a very nice Georgian dry red wine. Staff really welcoming from the moment of arrival. Not the cheapest meal out but very good value."
"First visit. Still in soft launch. Food was very good. Service patchy - but friendly. Hope it maintains this standard."
"Really tasty food. Staff are brilliant and such a lovely venue. We've been a few times and the standard is always very good."
"The food was of excellent quality and generous portions. I didn't have room for pudding. The sauces and souffles were sensational and I remember the bouillabaisse with great pleasure. The service is well paced and we were offered tap water as standard. We could have had mineral water but it wasn't forced upon us. The wine list seemed well researched and extensive. We were made to feel very welcome and look forward to going back. It is a restaurant with rooms so we stayed over for a couple of nights in the very old, well kept building."
"Instinctively, I don't want to like this place. I love Vienna, and this place is a pastiche, but it is a really good imitation, and the food is excellent."
The Observer's critic-in-chief heads to Manchester to try out the new Hawksmoor and stumbles across a veggie dining room, 1847, serving great food – well, apart from the desserts. Read our roundup of restaurant news in Manchester and enter our Hawksmoor Manchester competition.
Meanwhile the Guardian's Marina O'Laughlin pays a visit to the much gushed about Kitty Fisher's
Everyone else love, love, loves it but Marina can't help but feel she's ended up at a house party she wasn't quite invited to, particularly as the restaurant staff seem allergic to answering the phone. We can attest to that having called them on at least 10 occasions without success.
The award for most ferocious review this week has to go to The Sunday Times's A A Gill
The critic has a thing or two to say about Mayfair's 'ridiculously overpriced' Mexican, Peyote, including: “...fiddly, neurotic preparation with pale, polite taste and silly, parsimonious sharing plates that aren’t bounteous or fun and are more like eating the catering pitch for a drug cartel’s wedding.”
Over at The Times, Giles Coren gives his opinion on Russian-imported pizza chain Bocconcino
“Bocconcino isn’t a bad restaurant. It just isn’t a necessary restaurant.” At £202 for pizza and pasta it's not hard to see why Mr Coren might feel that way – mind you, a £46 bottle of wine probably helped nudge the bill up.
And last but not least, Ms Maschler reviews Brindisa's new Morada Asador
The Standard's long-standing critic heads to the latest outpost of this tapas chain (in Soho) and finds the meats are the reason to flock here – from the 'delectable' milk-fed lamb to the Secreto Iberico.
Matthew started out at The Crofters Hotel in Lancashire before moving to St. Martins-on-the-Isle on The Isles of Scilly, working with Kenny Atkinson. He was a semi-finalist on the Beeb's MasterChef: The Professionals in 2010 and last year was a regional finalist on the broadcaster's Great British Menu, representing the North West.
Matthew says: “Pennyhill Park has a formidable reputation and I am very excited about joining The Latymer as head chef. It’s a great privilege to have this opportunity with a platform to really showcase my food in such superb surroundings.”
Danny Pecorelli, MD of Exclusive Hotels and Venues, which incorporates Pennyhill Park and the South Lodge Hotel in Horsham (among others), adds: “Matt is an incredible talent and his passion is infectious so I've no doubt he will create some show-stopping food whilst being a fantastic mentor to the team.”
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