Category Archive: British

Ellory: exemplary cooking and wines at London Fields’ latest modern bistro

Every now and again, a new restaurant comes along and shoots straight into my shortlist of ultimate favourite spots in London. Such is the case with London Fields’ latest modern bistro, Ellory. A joint… Continue reading

The Crown at Bray: Proper pub grub at Heston Blumenthal’s old school boozer

Bray, as it turns out, isn’t all Michelin stars and haute cuisine. If you happen to be in the area and fancy something a little more humble than the 3-star delights at The Fat Duck… Continue reading

L’Enclume: simplicity and innovation co-exist at this Cumbrian culinary paradise

Arguably the most stunning and picturesque of England’s national parks, nowhere does the great outdoors and rural charm quite like the Lake District. The gleaming expanse of The Lakes set against Cumbria’s steeply pitched… Continue reading

Mayfields: British cuisine gets a fresh lease of life at this Hackney gem

Modern British cuisine in London has undergone a significant revival in recent years. It’s out with the bland, boring and boiled. There’s now a focus on seasonality, inventiveness and finesse like never before.… Continue reading

Richard Corrigan and Malaysia Airlines take to the skies

Once or twice every year, I find myself on the long-haul Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight between London and KL when I’m making the trip back home to visit the family. On the rare… Continue reading

The Clove Club: seasonal, avant-garde British cuisine at its finest

I’ve been meaning to visit The Clove Club ever since it opened its doors early this year. The only reason it has taken me this long to get round to it is the… Continue reading

The Pig, Brockenhurst: from kitchen garden and the surrounding New Forest straight to your plate

Set in the heart of the New Forest, The Pig is a gorgeous country house hotel and restaurant that prides itself on serving up produce that comes straight from its very own grounds.… Continue reading

Upstairs at The Ten Bells: escalating Spitalfields cuisine to new heights

As far as old boozers in Spitalfields go, they don’t come more historic or vintage East End than the Ten Bells. Perennially packed, with crowds spilling over onto the pavement overlooking the market square, this… Continue reading

Perkin Reveller: Chaucer himself would have revelled here

Flanked by the historic Tower of London on one side and the even more iconic Tower Bridge on the other, the Perkin Reveller seems to have all the makings of a prime riverside tourist… Continue reading

The Ampersand Hotel: Terrific High Tea in the lushest of settings

With plenty of places in London serving up High Tea, one of the things that really makes or breaks the experience for me (apart from the scones of course) is the setting. And… Continue reading

Wheelers Oyster Bar: Head over Wheelers in Seafood at Whitstable

As far as British sea-side towns go, few evoke more charm and heritage than Whitstable. There’s the old harbour, still lined with fishing boats from another era… There’s the narrow alleyways and rolling… Continue reading

Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar: Cocktails with Lobster Rolls and Shortrib Nuggets anyone?

I was bitterly disappointed to find out a few weeks back that Hawksmoor Spitalfields would no longer be serving up their glorious weekend Brunch. It seems with the launch of their new bar,… Continue reading

Dinner by Heston: Blumenthal’s London outpost lives up to the hype

Over the past few years, I’ve spent many a morning trying The Fat Duck‘s reservations line, only to be told by that same (now slightly annoying) auto-generated female voice that that the weekend… Continue reading

Hereford Road: Hearty, no-nonsense British grub at its very best

Every time I’m back in Bayswater, I still get that warm and fuzzy sense of nostalgia of my Imperial College days having spent a couple years as a W2-er back in my uni… Continue reading

Bistrotheque Brunch: a diamond in the rough

With some members travelling (while others a little too hungover to get out of bed), it was a smaller than usual gathering for the August edition of our Brunch Boys Club. If it weren’t… Continue reading

Hawksmoor Brunch revisited: still the best way to kickstart a weekend

** Regretfully, Hawksmoor Spitalfields have since done away with their weekend Brunch menu. It seems with the launch of their new bar menu in March 2012, something needed to give. Brunchers (myself included)… Continue reading

Poppies of Spitalfields

Craving a good ol’ British Fish & Chips, we headed up to our new local Chippy on Hanbury Street which opened earlier this year. Word has it that Poppies is run by owner… Continue reading

Towpath @ Regent’s Canal, Haggerston

What a bee-ee-Ay-utiful day it was in London today. 20°C…sunny, clear blue skies… not a spot of cloud… and we’re still not even halfway through April yet. Seems the British summer has showed… Continue reading

St John Bread and Wine

Few have championed British cuisine more than Fergus Henderson and his St John restaurant. Many regard his book Nose to Tail Eating: A Kind Of British Cooking as the saviour of British cuisine, steering… Continue reading

Mason and Taylor

The craft-beer and real ale scene has certainly seen a recent boom in the capital. With that has come the emergence of more and more specialist beer pubs such as the Draft House… Continue reading