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Fox & Anchor, Farringdon, Review

Burger with sauce at Fox and Anchor, Clerkenwell

115 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6AA The first time I heard about Fox and Anchor was in the context of its “City boy breakfast”. Located in close proximity to Smithfield, the pub with rooms serves up a meaty breakfast of epic proportions. It’s aimed at, I suppose, anyone who has just partied the night away…

Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham at Dukes Hotel dinner

Quail with terrine forestiere, braised leg, fried egg at thirty six by Nigel Mendham, Dukes Hotel

Menu from a dinner at Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham at Dukes Hotel, to sample the tasting menu with wines matched per course (Read my review here): Quail with terrine forestiere, braised leg, fried egg Circumstance Waterkloof Chardonnay 2009, Stellenbosch, South Africa Scallop with smoked eel, cauliflower, Granny Smith Bodegas Naia Verdejo 2010, Rueda, Spain Turbot with rib of…

Breakfast at Riding House Café, Fitzrovia, Review

Teapots at Riding House Café

43-51 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PQ Expectations, do they always leave you wanting? I’ve waited for so long to visit the Riding House Café that it’s feeling that way. Since it opened last year, I’ve met the chef’s mother, been written about in a review of it and almost visited several times. But between this, that and…

The Leiths Diaries: External speakers

Cheeses with Tom Badcock at Leiths

This is a post in The Leiths Diaries series. Read more here. The external speaker is one of the key components of the Leiths Diploma. It’s not that any of the contents go towards the Diploma – nothing you learn in these lectures are tested in the exams. Rather, it helps to give a more…

Blakes Restaurant, South Kensington, Review

Blakes Restaurant

Blakes Hotel, 33 Roland Gardens, London, Sw7 3PF When you have a chef who’s been with the same restaurant for over 20 years cooking for you, you know that their relationship with the establishment has been a good one. And that good relationship certainly translates across to the food – the sort that you might find…

Bedford & Strand, Covent Garden, Review

Bedford & Strand

1A Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HH My friend Alicia and I have a bit of a thing for wine bars. We used to work together at Food and Travel magazine where she looked after the drinks section, amongst other things, and we got together on a mutual interest in wines, and in particular, natural wines and Tokaji….