Prezzo (Rayleigh, Essex)

Chicken Salad

Prezzo is a family friendly, Italian restaurant which opened its first branch in London in 2000. The venture was so successful that after 14 years there are now over 150 branches dotted all across England. Even though both Prezzo and Pizza Express serve pizza, the former offers classier surroundings that appeals more to the adult […]

Cookie’s Crab Shop

Cookie's Crab Shop in Norfolk

Cookie’s Crab Shop is a tiny establishment on the north coast of Norfolk between Cromer and Wells-Next-The-Sea, just north of Holt. It’s far removed from civilisation and takes a little drive on country lanes the width of a car. The interior is very basic, small, cheap and practical, which reminds me of British cafes with […]

The Milking Parlour

Smoked Salmon & Aioli

The Milking Parlour is based in The Old Manor Hotel, in Trowbridge, just outside Bath. Most Michelin-starred restaurants are based in cities due to higher demand and bigger wages. So it is quite a novelty to come across such a gem in the middle of the countryside. Technically, the restaurant hasn’t been awarded this accolade. […]

Giraffe (London, Victoria)

Interior of Giraffe's Victoria branch

Most parents can relate to the fact that taking small kids to a restaurant can be a nerve racking experience. If you’re not completely lacking in self-awareness, you will know that screeching and wailing will annoy other customers. Not sitting still, spilling drinks, throwing food – the list is endless of bad behaviour kids come […]

Ruin Beach Café

Manchego, Rocket & Pomegranate Salad

What used to be a smuggler’s cottage in the 1800’s is now an excellent casual restaurant on Tresco. Ruin Beach Cafe is anything but a greasy spoon with formica tables as the name might suggest. Instead you’ll find a charming wooden building on top of a beach with stunning views of the eastern parts of […]

Crab Shack

Monster Crab

Fresh seafood straight off the boat and cooked in front of you is my kind of idea of heaven. When you are about to travel to a new destination you start forming opinions and expectations before you arrive that sometimes turn out to be misconceptions. Imagine my puzzlement when I visited Piccadilly Circus for the […]

The Balcon London

Beef Bavette Tartare

My reservation about whether a 5 star hotel experience would be lost on a three year old was unfounded. After our trip to Legoland and stay at Sofitel St James, Robyn told ever Tom, Dick and Harry that we stayed at a “posh hotel” and quickly learned to pronounce the name “Sofitel”. Really, this hotel […]


Kids play at Bumpkin

We visited Bumpkin just before Christmas for lunch during the week and it was tremendously busy thanks to office parties being held. The atmosphere was lively and plate after plate were dished up on the kitchen counter in quick succession. Unlike the other branches based in Notting Hill, Chelsea and South Kensington, the Westfield Stratford […]


Salmon & Avo Sushi

Buddha-Bar is a glitzy restaurant based in Knightsbridge, London. The place itself is huge, with the capacity of seating about 450 people. A fortune must have been spent on the interior design including a floor to ceiling crystallised dragon. When you walk in it’s like being transported to another world. The menu is extensive and […]

Clockjack Oven

Chicken Bites with dipping sauce

As Clockjack Oven proves, sometimes simple is best. Tucked away in one of the backstreets of Soho you’ll find this restaurant who specialises in chicken. Which chain of restaurants does it remind you of? Nando’s, of course! Back in the 80’s I remembered the first Nando’s that opened in Pretoria. Being the foodies that we […]