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



Amazing food , fantastic wine & excellent service I could probably stop there but I won’t because this was truly a delightful dining experience. Have long been a fan of Marcus Wareing and seeing him on the TV enhanced our decision to visit his restaurant. The restaurant itself is set in a fantastic location that is the Berkeley Hotel so you get warm & very friendly greeting on arrival you are then escorted through to the restaurant which at first glimpse is stunning and as you looked around all the tables were nicely situated. We were sat in this delightful little booth that form the outer part of the restaurant. You are then greeted by the head of Front of House and his manner really does set the tone for all members of staff who were all warm , friendly & very professional providing excellent service throughout the evening. Well I better move onto the food which was as fantastic as I thought it would be a truly outstanding 8 Course Tasting Menu that started with a stunning Mackerel dish and definitely the best I’ve ever tasted to be followed by the Orkney Scallop with a Roast Beef dressing. The next course was also amazing Sharpe’s Express 1900 potatoes with girolles , Tunworth Cheese & Truffle just magical our next course was a fabulous Octopus served with a Beef Tea to be followed by the Short Rib with Vindaloo Spices. So now we reach the Main Course and yes it was the highlight Herdwick Lamb , hispi cabbage & mustard simply stunning. Now on to desserts which started with a light Smoked Milk & Mandarin to be followed by a absolutely exquisite Toffee , Peanut , Milk Chocolate & Nougat literally heaven on a plate . A word now for the Sommelier who was very charming and certainly produced some amazing wine that matched each course perfectly and with a fantastic brandy to finish . This ended a stunning & memorable evening to which I will definitely look forward to experiencing again









#Michelin #Knightsbridge

Haywards & Rubino Kitchen

A great evening spent at Haywards to help promote a book about Essex restaurants & chefs featuring 20 great chefs from the wonderful county of Essex and as part of this Jahdre Hayward & Rob Horton decided to spend an evening at each others restaurant . They had a successful evening when Chef Jahdre visited Rubino so last night it was the turn of Chef Rob to visit Haywards and between them produced some great food for a fantastic evening . After enjoying some wonderful snacks it was in to the first course a Pumpkin Tortelli topped with crushed Amaretti Biscuits this was followed by a delightful Poached Trout & Red Cabbage Gazpacho . Then it was on to a delicious Smoked Haddock Scotch Egg with Raisins & Puffed Rice this lead us to the main course which definetly worth the wait amazing Veal Sweetbreads and a Parmesan Risotto before finishing with a heavenly Vanilla & Rhubarb Cheesecake. This rounded of a truly wonderful evening and great credit must go to both restaurants for getting together to promote this fantastic book. PUMPKIN TORTELLIPUMPKIN TORTELLI





#Epping #Maldon #Essex #EssexFeast

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

The Thatched House

A lot of the time on a Sunday you just need a place with nice food good and friendly service and a family atmosphere and today that’s exactly what we got. This was our first visit to the Thatched House in Upminster part of the Vintage Inn chain and we had a lovely family lunch the staff were indeed very friendly and made us feel welcome. We were well looked after by our waitress Sonia who really went the extra mile making sure we had everything we needed. The food was nicely cooked two had the roast sirloin one of us had the steak& mushroom pie and I had the roast Beef duo which included a delicious Beef Rib. The desserts were also nice and you can’t beat a crumble with your Sunday lunch and I had a delightful dessert platter a nice mix of four desserts. So if it’s a nice relaxing and friendly family Sunday lunch your looking for then this could be the place for you

Vini Italiani 

A delightful little Italian in the heart of Covent Garden . Mainly renowned for its amazing selection of Italian wines they also serve an excellent array of Italian food i.e. Breads , cheeses . Meats , pastas and salads.  We started with Parmesan Lollipops just delicious then a selection of breads and pestos followed by some delightful meats & cheese before our mains which were a Porchetta Platter and Gnoc N Cheese yes gnocchi smothered in Cheese very tasty though . I would definitely recommend a visit especially if you fancy a nice glass of Italian wine a lovely meat and cheese plater or a nice meal and you can listen to some nice music outside aswell or just people in the buzzy atmosphere of Covent Garden#Italian #CoventGarden

August & 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