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Blakes Restaurant Review – What We Thought

New? It opened back in February of this year Where? Blakes Hotel, 33 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, www.blakeshotels.com On the menu: Open throughout the day, we headed in the evening where Head Chef Peter Del Campo has created a Mediterranean inspired menu. The menu is extensive with dishes including dover sole with Amalfi lemon; black cod with courgette flower, miso and tahini and pappardelle rabbit ragu. There is also a good choice of sides with heritage tomatoes and basil, grilled sweet potato and sage and sautéed purple broccoli all on the menu. First Impressions: Blakes is hard to miss; as you walk up Roland […]

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Cafe Murano Review – What We Thought

New? The second Cafe Murano, the Covent Garden restaurant opened in June 2015 following the popularity of Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano St James’s, although it’s still worlds apart from the surrounding pre-theatre-esque restaurants you’d find permanent features on coupon.com and the like. Where? 36 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PB www.cafemurano.co.uk On the menu: Cafe Murano showcases the best of Angela Hartnett’s Italian approach to cooking. Known for her passion for seasonal ingredients and ‘simple yet sophisticated’ approach, the menu changes regularly and is split into cichetti, antipasti, primi, secondi, contorni and dolce. A pre-theatre menu respectfully nods at the restaurant’s location, although […]

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Wallpaper* Bar & Kitchen at Harvey Nichols Review – What We Thought

New? Yes, it opened just last month. Where? Project 109, Lower Ground Floor, Harvey Nichols, 109 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ www.harveynichols.com First Impressions: After initially heading up to the fifth floor and being redirected back down through rails of expensive leather, artfully ripped denim and bold footwear, we found the bar to the back of the basement. Surprisingly quiet for a Friday evening, it must be more popular during the day but we were given free reign of where to sit so chose a leather banquette, tucked around the corner. Had it been busier, this would be a prime spot for people watching. The Look: A […]

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The Grill Room Review – What We Thought

Last week we gave our first review of Down Hall Hotel, here is what we thought of the restaurant: The Grill Room: Where? The 2 AA Rosette awarded restaurant, The Grill Room, is situated in the Down Hall Hotel which is on the Essex/Hertfordshire border. Down Hall, Country House Hotel, Matching Road, Hatfield Heath,Essex CM22 7AS www.downhall.co.uk First Impressions: Although busy, the restaurant was quite quiet, the main noise happened to be coming from the thud of the wedding party next door. As we sat down other guests looked at us and gave us a nod every time there was a drunken screech, the […]

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Down Hall Hotel Review: What We Thought

For everything that London has to offer, sometimes we all yearn for a change of scenery, especially when the sun is shining and the sweaty tube is even less appealing. Finding ourselves in this situation, we headed off to Down Hall Hotel. New? No, the building dates back to 1322 and has been home to artists, baronets and Lords. Where?  Situated on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, getting to Down Hall takes about 45 minutes from central London. We suggest taking the train from Liverpool Street to Bishop’s Stortford and then get a taxi which takes around 15 minutes. Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex, […]

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Patron Cave A Manger Review: What We Thought

New? It opened spring 2015, following on from the success of the owners’ (Jean-Francois & Tanzi) bistro Cafe Gourmand in Soho.  Where? 26 Fortress Road, Kentish Town, NW5 2HB www.patronlondon.com On The Menu: The menu is typically French – you’ll find a selection of small plates to start offering the likes of frog’s legs, snails and steak tartare as well as a succinct list of main courses including mussels and coq au vin.  First Impressions: Straight away the restaurant had that neighbourhood feel, the sort of place that the locals go to and know they’re on to a good thing so come back time after time. The […]

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The Lighterman Review – What We Thought

New? The latest addition to King’s Cross’ Granary Square, The Lighterman opened back in March. Where? 3 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH www.thelighterman.co.uk  On The Menu: In the ‘pub, dining room and bar’, the all-day menu is Modern British and the kitchen is headed up by Executive Chef Diego Cardoso. They pride themselves on use of local and seasonal ingredients, with a wood-fired grill section on the menu including everything from 750g Aberdeen Angus rib for two to share to salmon steak on the bone. First Impressions: Granary Square was buzzing when we visited, even though it was a […]

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The May Fair Kitchen Review: What We Thought

New? Spanking new restaurant with a modern feel and a cracking new tapas menu sampling delights from across the Med (sun not included). Where? The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair W1J 8LT www.mayfairkitchen.co.uk Adjoined to the effortlessly chic May Fair Hotel, only a few minutes walk from Green Park but hidden from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly. On the menu: Achingly good Spanish and Italian tapas with a plethora of plates to suit all tastes, you won’t get bored picking and choosing your favourite dishes and will almost certainly leave wishing you hadn’t had that last white sangria… First Impressions: […]

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St Clements Brunch Review – What We Thought

New? Now a couple of years old, St Clements is a staple feature in the weekends of Parsons Green residents. Where? 201 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, SW6 4SR www.stclementscafe.co.uk  First Impressions: As chic yet unfussy as you’d expect for any brunch cafe in South West London, the main feature of St Clements is the counter, piled high with seriously tempting-looking cakes and pastries. Populated almost exclusively by girls in their activewear, with a few couples in their mid-twenties and a couple of buggies outside, St Clements is clearly a failsafe meeting spot for locals at any time of day. The […]

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The Nightjar Review: What We Thought

New? It opened back in 2010 but the new summer cocktails launched last month. Where?  Just a couple of minutes from Old Street tube, it’s tucked behind a very unassuming door – the sort you walk past and never give a second glance; but if you were to stop you’d see a small plaque with a little Nightjar bird on it. 129 City Road, Old Street, EC1V 1JB, www.barnightjar.com  On the menu: The new menu is divided into three areas, all of which are significant in the history of cocktails: pre-prohibition, prohibition, post-war as well as a section of Nightjar signature cocktails. […]

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