Our weekly summary of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 25 September 2022. ***** The Sunday Times Even the most cynical of critics will be won over by Water Lane, insists Marina O’Loughlin: it’s “just the most serene and beautiful place, billows of flowers framing ornate grade […]

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Our weekly summary of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 18 September 2022. ***** The Evening Standard “One of 2022’s best openings.” Jimi Famurewa reviewed Caia, a Notting Hill wine bar with a “banging soundsystem” from the same team as Fiend nearby. “Its specialness hit me by […]

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Our weekly summary of what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 11 September 2022. ***** The Sunday Times The Stratford hotel in east London is “a building that Ridley Scott might have rejected for Blade Runner as too comically dystopian”. Inside, on the 7th floor (“suspended between a […]

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Happy Bank Holiday Monday! This is what the national and local restaurant critics were writing about in the week ending 28 August 2022. ***** The Evening Standard “Lately, I have been reacquainting myself with the joys of a bargain restaurant deal.” Taking advantage of the “citywide awakening… that budget-consciousness and brilliance are not mutually exclusive […]

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Our regular summary of what the national and local restaurant critics have been writing about in the week ending 10 July 2022. ***** The Guardian “Genuinely intriguing and appetising dishes.” Grace Dent was in Soho (which is “especially staggy and henny these days”) to review Firebird, “an elegant new restaurant opened by Madina Kazhimova and Anna […]

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Here’s our regular summary of what the national and local restaurant critics have been writing about in the week ending 3 July 2022. ***** The Guardian Grace Dent reviewed refurbished pub The Cove at Fairlight, near Hastings, which “closed in 2014 and sat about looking sad until Olivia Loveridge and Henry David took it on […]

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Here’s our regular summary of what the national and local restaurant critics have been writing about in the week ending 26 June 2022. ***** The Observer Jay Rayner was in Margate, trying out the food at Sargasso,”the second restaurant from chef Ed Wilson and the team behind Brawn on London’s Columbia Road”. From the plate […]

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Here’s our regular summary of what the national and local restaurant critics have been writing about in the week ending 19 June 2022. ***** The Evening Standard “The world of hospitality is in a rictus scramble to recreate pre-pandemic bonhomie without the necessary staffing capacity to do so. There is no need for me to […]

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Here’s our regular summary of what the national and local restaurant critics have been writing about in the week ending 12 June 2022. ***** The Observer “Can you enjoy a good meal in a bad building?” Jay Rayner was in Edinburgh pondering an odd question; it was pertinent as the restaurant he reviewed, Ka Pao […]

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Here’s our regular summary of what the national and local restaurant critics have been writing about in the week ending 5 June 2022. ***** The Observer “Restaurants of such class turning up in locations such as this” are a positive effect of the pandemic, according to Jay Rayner who was in Sheen, west London, at […]

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