1. Review - Autumn Lunch at Le Gavroche
    Posted On: October 24th, 2012

    Review - Autumn Lunch at Le Gavroche

    After 18 months of service to Yapp Brothers I was kindly invited to their bi-annual luncheon at Le Gavroche last week. 100 guests took over the entire restaurant keen to sample great wines matched to a seasonal menu prepared by Michel Roux Jr. Upon arriving in Waterloo we were advised by several other colleagues to pay a visit to a...
  2. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Middle Street, Padstow
    Posted On: October 17th, 2012

    Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Middle Street, Padstow

    Being in the wine trade one is lucky enough to be able to taste and evaluate wines on a regular basis, and whilst on a recent holiday in the Padstow area, I was enthused enough to book a table at a restaurant that had been mentioned in glowing terms from several of our customers and trade contacts alike - Paul...
  3. Menu Musing
    Posted On: September 25th, 2012

    Menu Musing

    It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Last Friday lunchtime I met with Silvano Giraldin, Michel Roux Jnr and head sommelier David Galetti at Le Gavroche to help select the menu and wines for our forthcoming Autumn lunch on Thursday 11th October. As ever we were spoiled for choice with a succession of stunning dishes which we...
  4. Hottest Ticket in Town
    Posted On: August 8th, 2012

    Hottest Ticket in Town

    Forget the Men’s 100m Final, the toughest ticket to get your mitts on is a lunch table at Oliver Dabbous’ eponymous Noho restaurant – currently taking bookings for some point in mid-2013. Mr Dabbous’ cv reads like a Who’s Who of great European restaurants – Noma, Fat Duck, Le Manoir, Texture - and this is borne out in the simple...
  5. Perfect Pop-Up
    Posted On: July 4th, 2012

    Perfect Pop-Up

    A couple of weeks ago during that hot time we fondly remember as ‘summer’ a new phenomenon hit the streets of Frome. Londoners will shake their World-weary heads when I mention the phrase ‘pop-up’ but for us Fromeys it was a real treat. Terry and Paula Architect Terry Pinto ( is a Frome resident of Goan extraction (via Kenya via...
  6. Provençal Perfection at riverstation
    Posted On: June 21st, 2012

    Provençal Perfection at riverstation

      I was delighted to revisit one of my favourite restaurants in the West last Thursday to host a Provençal extravaganza pairing some of Southern France’s lesser-known vinous treasures with a mouth-watering Mediterranean menu devised by chef-patron Peter Taylor. riverstation – do keep up - there is no ‘the’ or capital ‘R’ - is an unashamedly modern establishment that opened...
  7. Marathon Menu
    Posted On: May 4th, 2012

    Marathon Menu

    Twice yearly Yapp Brothers enjoys the great privilege of taking over the entire restaurant at Le Gavroche for our annual Spring and Autumn lunches. A fringe benefit of this is that approximately 2 weeks beforehand I convene with my old friend Silvano Giraldin under careful supervision from maître’ d Emmanuel Landre and chef-sommelier David Galetti and road test numerous different...
  8. (Not) Cooking with Mother
    Posted On: April 11th, 2012

    (Not) Cooking with Mother

    Those Cath Kidston aproned Domestic Godesses are often preaching on the educational and nurturing benefits of cooking with your children. They rustle up a picture of 1950s homely bliss and product designers have given them the props with retro kitchenware to match. Beautiful children help make picture perfect cakes in a spotless kitchen (I suspect Daddy was having an affair...
  9. A Rhône River runs through it: Howards House Hotel
    Posted On: March 30th, 2012

    A Rhône River runs through it: Howards House Hotel

    If one were guiding a tourist to the quintessential English village, Teffont Evias in the Nadder valley 15 miles west of Salisbury would be right up there in my UK top ten. Approached from the Salisbury direction, one descends past sheep grazing on the terraced fields, the impossibly picturesque church and you arrive among 17th century thatched houses alongside a...
  10. Lording it up at Lords of the Manor
    Posted On: March 19th, 2012

    Lording it up at Lords of the Manor

    We used to do this sort of thing a lot B.C. (before children). Jason would be booked in to give a wine talk and I’d accompany him for a luxurious night out. Work for him, play for me. Our lives are busier now and the headache of farming out kids with hectic schedules and needy dogs tends to put me...

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