1. What’s the story Bermondsey glory
    Posted On: December 18th, 2013

    What’s the story Bermondsey glory

    Ron & Elva Laughton of the legendary Jasper Hill Winery in Heathcote, South Australia, both delighted and surprised us with their arrival in the UK the other day. They revealed that the reason for the secrecy was that they were celebrating their wedding anniversary and Christmas with a European tour and to quote ‘didn’t want to bloody work!’ In the...
  2. Gavroche Gastronomics
    Posted On: October 9th, 2013

    Gavroche Gastronomics

      Our annual Autumn lunch at Le Gavroche which takes place tomorrow is always a highlight of the epicurean calendar but this year Michel Roux, Silvano Giraldin and their team have upped the ante with a superb seasonal menu. Silvano, it has to be acknowledged, is a persuasive fellow and he had little difficulty in convincing me that, having rested...
  3. Chave at Le Chaudron
    Posted On: August 20th, 2013

    Chave at Le Chaudron

    Hermitage from Tournon   Le Chaudron, which is tucked away in a basement in the back streets of Tournon, is an old Yapp favourite and regular watering hole of some of the most celebrated wine makers in the Northern Rhône. There is no frou-frou French flim-flammery here. It is a pretty basic offering of wholesome seasonal staples but the...
  4. Don’t Try This At Home
    Posted On: July 30th, 2013

    Don’t Try This At Home

    If you fancy tucking into some Canard de la Rouen à la Presse there is only one establishment in the UK that will oblige you – Otto’s Restaurant (service à l’ancienne) at 182 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW. The eponymous patron Otto Tepasse and I go back a long way as he has worked as maître d’ at various...
  5. The Quality Chop House
    Posted On: April 25th, 2013

    The Quality Chop House

      Last week I finally managed to pay a visit to one of this year’s most exciting London restaurant openings at The Quality Chop House at the top of the Farringdon Road near Exmouth Market. I am very familiar with its heavily-listed Victorian exterior and interior as it was a regular haunt of mine in the 1990s under the ownership...
  6. Pep Talk
    Posted On: April 11th, 2013

    Pep Talk

    Barcelona makes a great location for a city break at the tail-end of a seemingly interminable British winter. To feel the sun on ones face and sand between the toes after months being enshrouded in coats, scarves and gloves is truly uplifting. The Ciutat Comtal offers a mine of cultural diversions from the fabulous Museo Picasso and Gaudi’s unmissable architectural...
  7. Underground, Overground
    Posted On: February 28th, 2013

    Underground, Overground

    One of the constant delights of London living is that no matter how long you have lived there you are always discovering ‘new’ places to visit and things to do in areas that you thought you already knew inside out. I had such an occasion last Saturday when I was looking for a suitable restaurant to go to for a...
  8. Café Culture
    Posted On: February 19th, 2013

    Café Culture

    It is hard to believe that 5 years have already elapsed since Le Café Anglais first opened, in the Whitley’s building in Bayswater, bringing some welcome Parisian brasserie bravado and cool art deco influences to the metropolitan dining scene. Uncompromising chef-patron and FT food writer Rowley Leigh is a keen oenophile, as well as a creative cook, but although culturally-rich...
  9. Upstairs at The Ten Bells
    Posted On: November 29th, 2012

    Upstairs at The Ten Bells

    ‘Stay-up’ seems to be this year’s ‘Pop-up’ as restaurants that began as guests, have turned into squatters. I had heard good things about ‘Upstairs at The Ten Bells’ which opened last November intended as a three month stay, but whose success meant that they have taken up residence. A group of guys, aka ‘The Young Turks’, who made their names...
  10. A Full House at the Works Canteen
    Posted On: November 20th, 2012

    A Full House at the Works Canteen

    The Works Canteen ( is an exciting new addition to my home town of Frome’s gastronomic firmament so I was delighted to be invited by its entrepreneurial owners Phil and Liz to host a wine tasting and dinner there last Saturday evening. The Works Canteen is an upmarket café by day and sometime restaurant by night and its’ minimalist, urbane...

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