2017 Fantastic Foodie Year

A quiet sort of start to the year decided to try some local pub restaurants The Rabbits & The Orange Tree and have benn pretty pleased then to finish the month back my favourite Place Haywards in Epping. So now on to February and bang what a great start by going to The Artichoke in Amersham for the first time an evening visit with an overnight stay at the Crown Hotel this will be followed by a trip to The Palomar in Soho for some Israeli Cuisine and at the end of the month a Tasting Menu evening at Haywards before beginning March with a visit to the amazing Midsummer House in Cambridge continuing with our first visit to Cafe Spice Namaste an Indian delight then back to Haywards to sample the New Lunch Menu a great month ended with a return to the fantastic Typing Room in Bethnal Green. Now onto April and something I really enjoy sandwiches & cakes at the amazing Claridges Hotel for an outstanding Afternoon Tea a great start to the month which continued with a return visit to the fantastic restaurant The Artichoke and sampled the stunning New Lunch Tasting Menu . Then on the Sunday a delightful Roast at Marygreen Manor Hotel in Brentwood. On Easter Saturday it was back to Haywards for another fantastic lunch the following weekend we had a fabulous overnight stay at Taplow House and enjoyed a fine evening meal in Berry’s Restaurant serving very good English food while overlooking the grounds of the hotel gardens. That brings April to a close onto May when I’ll enjoy a fantastic week away in Lake Garda update soon. So after a fantastic week away tasting some excellent Italian food it was back to my favourite restaurant Haywards for a delightful lunch with the Restaurant Manager Amanda. The month of June is definitely going to be a highlight of the year and it started at Shackfuyu with some fantastic Japanese Cuisine the following week was an Essex treat dining at Rubino Kitchen in Maldon & Haywards in Epping my county should be very proud next on the list was Chotto Matte in the heart of Soho trying the New Weekend Brunch Menu of great Nikkei food before on the Sunday another great Essex pub the Two Brewers in Chigwell for a great roast dinner. The following Saturday was the start of my Anniversary celebrations with lunch at Haywards with excellent food once again our anniversary eve meal was at The Astor Grill at Clivenden House great food in a stunning location before the highlight of the month our stunning Anniversary dinner at The Artichoke in Amersham the quality of the food & service just keeps getting better & better. I think you’ll agree this was a magical month. So into July we go and a new restaurant to try and without doubt the best Turkish meal I’ve ever had at Oklava in Shoreditch the flavours were absolutely stunning this was followed by another new restaurant for me this time on the Kings Road, Chelsea for a really delightful lunch at Medlar great modern French cuisine with a lovely friendly local vibe. Now the following week was a bit different as we dined at Crockers Chefs Table an intimate private dining setting where the chef prepares the food in front of you. The following Saturday it was of to Haywards to sample the New Dishes on the menu and yes they were amazing then on the Sunday another new place for me was Smokestak a fantastic Smokehouse BBQ restaurant which you should definitely put on your list as the food was mouth-wateringly good we ended the month with a trip to Stevenage to stay at the Cromwell Hotel and enjoyed a fine meal in there newly refurbished restaurant the Rump & Wade. Well now we’re in August and we started with a new place for me at Ceviche in Soho and some glorious Peruvian food  and then on the Sunday we tried a local pub The Jobbers Rest that’s been turned into a lovely restaurant and still keeping a nice area just for having a drink. The food is a mixture of French & English dishes. The following Saturday it was back to Haywards for some more stunning food. I will now be taking a break and jetting of to California for a well deserved holiday looking forward to the food which I know will be fantastic so see you soon . Well I’m back after my trip to California and yes I did enjoy some amazing food firstly in Santa Monica at the Water Grill we enjoyed a fantastic seafood platter . Then on to San Diego where it was good to visit a couple of old favourites like Phils BBQ , Bubs at the Ballpark the best sports bar in San Diego , Broken Yolk Cafe and Red Lobster also great to try a couple of new places the Blind Burro and a fantastic place Dukes in La Jolla a really friendly restaurant with amazing views of the coast line plus a great Mexican called Barra Barra Saloon in the Old Town . So back home and in to September and yesterday headed back to the Jobbers Rest in Upminster where I tried a fantastic Cheese Soufflé to start & a memorable Bouillabaisse for my main Full of amazing flavours then finished with a delightful Chocolate Delice. The next two Saturdays were spent at Haywards firstly to sample the new dishes and then to enjoy a fantastic Tasting Menu full of amazing New Dishes . Stay tuned as there’s a big highlight at the end of the month and yes that highlight was a visit to Core by Clare Smyth and it was totally amazing the food & service was excellent just waiting now for the awards to start rolling in definetly a must visit. So into October we went and started with a fantastic return to Oklava in Shoreditch for some more amazing Turkish food then a delightful Sunday Lunch at Jobbers Rest in Upminster where the food and service was once again excellent. Onwards to the following weekend where we visited a lovely little Italian Vini Italiani in the heart of Covent Garden absolutely fantastic place for wine and the food they serve is also a delight then on the Sunday we just fancied a burger and lucky for us our local place the Smokin Griddle serves the best burgers you’ll find anywhere in the Uk. Then the next weekend it was another amazing visit to The Artichoke in Amersham this time for the New Lunch Tasting Menu where the food and service was again excellent and on the Sunday we’ll it had to a fantastic Sunday roast at Haywards. So into the last Sunday of the month where we enjoyed a nice family lunch at The Thatched House in Upminster part of the Vintage Inns chain with nice food and friendly service c u in November So here in November we are and a real treat with a great Cooking Demo at Haywards because although we’ve dined there many times it was good to see chef Jahdre & Rebecca demonstrate how to make a glorious dessert you just don’t realise how much preparation goes into it . On the Sunday it was of to the Jobbers Rest for a delightful lunch with family. The following Saturday took us back to one of my favourites the Typing Room in Bethnal Green where the food , wine & service was one again excellent then it was a midweek outing to support a great book for Essex Chefs & Restaurants with a collaboration dinner at Haywards joined by Rubino Kitchen to produce a fantastic Tasting Menu full of excellent local produce. So now now it’s to the final weekend of the month with a magical stay at Claridges where we enjoyed there amazing Breakfast Menu also on this weekend we enjoyed a fantastic return visit to Jinjuu Mayfair with more amazing Korean food then the following evening we had a fantastic experience by dining at Marcus at the Berkeley with food of the highest quality. We started December with a visit back to Haywards to try the Christmas Menu and of course there legendary Xmas Puddings the following week was another amazing highlight of the the with a fantastic visit to the Ritz for the amazing Menu Surprise where the main course of Beef Wellington was stunning. Well it’s onto the weekend and wow with an amazing return to Core by Clare Smyth and once again it was truly stunning as the food and service was outstanding then to the Sunday for an excellent festive Sunday lunch at the Artichoke in Amersham . Well I suppose there was only one place where we could possibly end our dining year and that was back at my favourite place Haywards for a another glorious festive lunch . This ends my amazing year which certainly has been a great one

That’s all for now Happy Dining


My Amazing Festive December

Well it’s the last month of the year and for me personally it certainly was one of the best with the food and service being of the highest order . Our first delightful experience was to visit The Ritz Restaurant situated in a glorious hotel where the dining room really does take your breath away. The food was stunning the wines were amazing and the engagement between the staff and ourselves made this an occasion not to forget


Our second delight of the month was to return to the amazing restaurant Core by Clare Smyth where our experience was once again excellent and I can honestly say this amazing chef and her very professional team are simply destined for the top


Now to our third amazing treat of the month and this was visit one of my favourites The Artichoke Restaurant in Amersham for a festive Sunday Lunch. They really do look after you and it’s certainly worth a trip because not only is it a great restaurant but also a lovely little town


Now onto our final treat of the month and I suppose it had to be at my favourite place with my great friends at Haywards Restaurant for a fabulous Christmas Menu Lunch and despite our many visits the standard in food and service has never dropped so I’ll look forward to many more visits in the future


Well that’s the last month of what’s been a fantastic dining year so it’s just left for me to wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year see you in 2018 Happy Dining

A Great November

An excellent way to start the month was to visit my second home Haywards but this time for a great Cooking Demo with Chef Jahdre & pastry chef Rebecca who demonstrated the making of a delightful Salted Caramel Tart this was followed on the Sunday with another visit to the Jobbers Rest for a lovely family Sunday Roast . We continued the month with a fantastic lunch at the Typing Room where the food , wine & service was once again 1st class. Our next trip was back to Haywards but on this occasion they were joined by the head chef from Rubino Kitchen and created a amazing Tasting Menu to promote a great book for Essex Restaurants & Chefs and now to the end of the month and what a finale it was while staying at Claridges and enjoying there stunning food at breakfast the evenings were spent at two fantastic restaurants firstly at Jinjuu Mayfair for some amazing Korean food so glad we returned as the food is absolutely delicious then on the following evening it was one of the highlights of the year with a visit to Marcus at the Berkeley and with Marcus Wareing at the helm we new it would be excellent and indeed it was the food amazing along with the wine which perfectly matched each course and with top quality service the evening was a real treat and rounded of a fantastic month

See you in the festive month of December

My October Feast 

So here we are in October and it started with an amazing return visit to Oklava in Shoreditch for a fantastic Turkish lunch and a whole different menu to our previous visit it really is food heaven so on the Sunday what you need after tasting that amazing Turkish food is a good English Sunday Roast and that’s exactly what we got at The Jobbers Rest in Upminster which is very quickly becoming one of our favourite places . The following week took us to a New place right in the heart of Covent Garden called Vini Italiani just a small place and mainly renowned for it’s Italian wine but the food they do produce is is of a high quality. This took us on to the Sunday and after having a long day in town we didn’t want to go to far and lucky for us we didn’t have to so yes it was a short walk to the Smokin Griddle for the best burgers you will taste for a long time they are just fantastic along with great shakes , fries & onion rings simply devine . Now the next weekend was definitely the highlight of the month with visits to two of my favourite restaurants firstly to The Artichoke in Amersham for a stunning New Lunch Tasting Menu where once again the food and service was faultless and in my mind a very underrated place and then the Sunday brought us to our second home which is Haywards in Epping for a Sunday Lunch and yes it was as good as always. To round of the month we had a nice family Sunday Lunch at a New place for us The Thatched House which is part of the Vintage Inn chain but I have to say it was a lovely afternoon with nice food and good friendly service . See you in November Happy Dining

August and September Dining

These were two quieter months of the year knowing we were off to California at the end one month and in to the other. The month of August started with a visit to Ceviche Soho for a really delightful experience in a lively & friendly restaurant serving excellent Peruvian cuisine and on the Sunday a great local lunch at french influenced Jobbers Rest in Upminster the following Saturday it was back to Haywards for more amazing food before returning to the Jobbers Rest the Saturday after as we enjoyed our first visit so much. Then it was holiday time before easing into september which was spent locally at Jobbers Rest & Haywards where we enjoyed a fantastic Tasting Menu with excellent matched wines then came the highlight of the year so far and wow a amazing lunch  at Core by Clare Smyth truly outstanding food & service and a return will be sooner rather than later. See you in October

My July Foodie Delights

Well this certainly was a great Foodie Month for me as I managed to dine at five restaurants that I’d never been to before and the first one was actually on the opening day of the month and what a start with an incredible Turkish meal at Oklava in Shoreditch with a stunning menu created by the amazing Selin Kiazim. The following week was a long overdue visit to Medlar in the heart of the Kings Road and it was well worth the wait outstanding food with a local friendly feel to the place . So onto the following Saturday and another new restaurant and this one was a little bit different it was a 10 seater chefs table at Crockers in Potten End , Berkhamsted and definitely worth a visit as you see the chef Scott Barnard prepare each dish before your very eyes. Well I couldn’t make it through the month without a visit to my second home Haywards in Epping this time to sample the new dishes created by chef Jahdre Hayward that were going on the menu and of course they were fantastic as usual and then on the Sunday if of to Shoreditch this time for some amazing Smokehouse BBQ at Smokestak the aromas and flavours were heaven. Then on the last weekend of the month we had a delightful overnight stay at the Cromwell Hotel in Stevenage enjoying a really nice meal in there restaurant the Rump & Wade good English food with nice friendly service. This rounded of a really great month lets see what August brings

My Amazing Foodie June 

I have to say this month has been a real treat visiting some old favourites & some New places one of those being where the month started at Shackfuyu in Soho a delightful & friendly little restaurant serving excellent Japanese cuisine including the Iberico Pork Pluma . The following weekend  i stayed in my county of Essex where I tried a new place called Rubino Kitchen in Maldon a lovely little place set on a farm & the food was superb especially the Haddock Scotch Egg on the Sunday it was back to my favourite Haywards in Epping it never disappoints. So onto the following Saturday where I went to Chotto Matte to try the new Weekend Brunch Menu and the quality of the Nikkei cuisine was as good as always which included the fantastic Beef Short Rib. So where next we’ll actually it was back to Essex for a great Fathers Day lunch at the Two Brewers in Chigwell where the roast dinners were a nice hearty portion so will definitely return here. We’re into the last week now & on the Saturday we returned to Haywards for a lovely lunch to set us on our way as we celebrating our Anniversary over the next couple of days to which our Anniversary Eve dinner was at the amazing setting of Clivenden House but in The Astor Grill where the food & service was first class with the Chocolate Ganache dessert the star of the show. So to the highlight of the month our 25th Wedding Anniversary dinner for this we made a return to The Artichoke in Amersham for a fantastic Tasting Menu with the perfect selection of matching Wines made it a glorious evening. Well I hope you enjoy reading about this amazing month I know I’ve certainly enjoyed it. See you in July with some more new places

Shackfuyu – Iberico Pork Pluma
Rubino Kitchen – Haddock Scotch Egg
Chotto Matte – Beef Short Rib
Two Brewers – Roast Beef
The Astor Grill – Chocolate Ganache
Artichoke – Mackerel with Red Pepper Sorbet