New neighbourhood brunch and dinner spot Ham could well prove a compelling reason to take a trip to West Hampstead village. Head chef Matt Osborne has a fine pedigree, including The Ledbury, Terroirs, The Other Naughty Piglets and, most recently, head chef at Toasted in East Dulwich (RIP). The name is inspired by the old […]

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Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton “I couldn’t take any risks for my wife’s 50th birthday weekend… so I placed my trust in Raymond’s impeccable hotel and restaurant… result: perfection!” M Blanc’s “magnificent”converted Elizabethan manor boasts a “dream location” in a picture-book village south of Oxford and, “if you want to spoil someone with […]

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Clos Maggiore WC2 “You feel that love is in the air!” at this “very special” destination (yet again the survey’s No. 1 choice for a romantic occasion), especially in “the inner sanctum” – “the lovely glass-roofed courtyard at the back, hung with blossom, a roof that opens in fine weather, and with an open fire […]

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The UK’s top 100 restaurants are revealed in Harden’s Best UK Restaurants 2018 published today – the country’s most comprehensive restaurant guide available in bookshops, with approximately twice the number of entries as The Good Food Guide. The guide hails London’s The Araki as the country’s best restaurant. The experience is “world class” and, at £385-a-head, […]

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East Grinstead’s “lovely country manor house” Gravetye Manor will close on 2 January for four months to develop a new space for the hotel’s restaurant. Reopening in May 2018 the new look restaurant, under head chef George Blogg, is being designed by architect Sir Charles Knowles, in collaboration with interior designer Claire Nelson (The Ledbury and Elystan Street) […]

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Harden’s has released the final shortlist for this year’s definitive London Restaurant Awards, which takes place on 11 September at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square. Nominations for the awards are derived statistically from Harden’s 27-year-old annual survey of UK restaurant-goers.  This year 8,500 people contributed 50,000 nominations within the categories specified by Harden’s. The […]

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The Clove Club in Shoreditch pipped Notting Hill’s The Ledbury to be the top-ranking British establishment on the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which was announced in Melbourne this week. Eleven Madison Avenue in New York, run by Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm, was crowned the world’s best restaurant, leapfrogging defending champ Osteria Francescano of […]

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Heston Blumenthal has bagged a Lifetime Achievement award in the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants shindig. He will know whether the refurbished Fat Duck has returned to the Top 50 when the full list is announced in Melbourne on April 5. It does seem a bit odd if it doesn’t. The award comes as the Bray […]

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Clare Smyth, often described as Britain’s leading woman chef, has signed a lease on a property in Notting Hill and will open her heavily anticipated new restaurant there this spring or summer. Smyth quit Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea’s Royal Hospital Road last April after almost 10 years at the helm – which made her the only woman […]

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⦿ Jay Rayner of The Observer reviewed Veneta, just off Piccadilly, which, while “not an actively bad restaurant”, brought his culinary year to a disappointing end. “I long ago stopped taking notes in restaurants, figuring that if I couldn’t recall what I’d had for dinner that spoke volumes. With this one I had to dig out the […]

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