Here are some of the fabulous desserts I enjoyed in the month of September which includes my four faves from Madeira.

Madeiran Faves

Apple Tarte Tatin at Haywards Restaurant

Lemon Meringue Pie at The Pipe of Port

Knickerbocker Glory at The Top Oak

Chocolate , Pear , Hazelnuts at Haywards Restaurant

Well that’s it for September stand by for some Michelin Star and AA Rosette beauties in October 🤪🤪


A delightful return to the Top Oak to enjoy another great Sunday Lunch. This is definitely a place to visit if you like good food with friendly service and a nice atmosphere.

#SundayLunch #Essex #StaplefordAbbots

On Saturday we decided to head off to Southend-on-Sea for a visit to The Pipe of Port as the reviews that I’d read said they had a great wine selection accompanied with good food. So after a nice stroll along the seafront from Westcliff we ended up at Southend high street. Once you reach Southend Central station immediately look to your right and that’s where you’ll find this place. From the outside you get the impression that your entering a warehouse but once through the the door you go downstairs to find a bar with two dining areas. One to the left and then the main dining room to the right with the kitchen at the end.
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CONGRATULATIONS to my great friends Amanda & Jahdre because as of monday their restaurant Haywards now has the distinctive honour of holding 3 AA Rosettes.

You should know by now that I have been a frequent visitor to this restaurant during the past six years so when I heard that they would be getting 3 AA Rosettes I couldn’t have been more pleased. This award is nothing more than they deserve and on Saturday i once again enjoyed another fantastic Tasting Menu Lunch at Haywards (see below). Over the past six years I’ve witnessed first hand how this great restaurant with all their hard work has gone from strength to strength. The food by the very creative Chef Jahdre and his team of talented chefs is simply amazing. This has been matched by Amanda and her Front of House team who always provide you with excellent friendly service. I’m certainly looking forward to many more visits in the future. Congratulations again to all at Haywards 🥂

#Epping #Essex #3AARosettes

I certainly wasn’t let down in any way during my week in Madeira as the desserts were absolutely delicious. So here are just a few that I had the pleasure of trying 🤪

Passionfruit Pudding at Restaurante Petiscos

Chocolate Cake at Madmarket

Pumpkin & Coconut Pudding at Restaurante Petiscos

Caramel Cake at Cafe Tofa

Blackcurrant Cheesecake at Mariqueira Splendida

Chocolate Speckled Cake at Madmarket

Chocolate Mousse at Marisqueira Splendida

And you can’t leave without having a Portuguese Tart 😀

Portuguese Tarts at Cafe Mona Lisa

So for me being a dessert lover my week in Madeira proved to be a great success. I look forward to returning one day soon to sample more of these absolute delights. 🤪

Just back from a fabulous weeks stay in Madeira where I enjoyed a fantastic Foodie experience. Whenever I’m on holiday I will always try to find restaurants that serve not only great local cuisine but are also popular with the locals themselves. On this occasion I was lucky enough to find three amazing restaurants that served excellent Portuguese food that was so good we visited each one on two occasions. We were also lucky as these restaurants were just a short walk from the Pestana Promenade Hotel where I was staying.
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While I was dining at Restaurante PVP: Pão, Vinho e Petiscos in Madeira I enjoyed this amazing Cadao Douro 2017 Portuguese red wine. This wine had a lovely ruby red colour with flavours Red & Black fruits and a hint of vanilla. It was also very smooth on the palate and would accompany a variety of meat & pasta dishes perfectly. This definitely a wine I would highly recommend trying.

#PortugueseWine #CadaoDouro

Are you ready to feast your eyes on some amazing desserts. Well you don’t have to wait any longer because hear come some absolute delights from the month of August.


Strawberry , Sorrel , Pistachio at Da Terra

Pistachio Kulfi at Tandoori Lounge

The Macaron = Raspberry , Almond , Mint & Peach Sorbet at The Oxford Blue Pub

Spiced Rice Pudding Creme Brûlée with Greengage Sorbet at Oklava

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Summer Berries at Blacklock Shoreditch

Blackberry , Beetroot , Liquorice & Corn Flower at Kitchen Table (Bubbledogs)

Banana Soufflé with Passionfruit Sorbet & Lime Caramel at Haywards Restaurant

What’s that I hear you say. You would like to see one more. OK then hear it is 😜

Blackcurrant Souffle with Homemade Jam & Blackcurrant Leaf Ice Cream. at The Oxford Blue Pub

Well that’s it another fabulous month of glorious Desserts comes to an end. See you next month for more delights and hopefully some nice ones from Madeira 🤪

This was certainly a fantastic week of amazing food and great hospitality which included some of the best Turkish food , an absolute banging Sunday Roast , a Michelin Star night that I won’t forget in a hurry and finally finishing with a fantastic lunch with my great friends.

I started the week last saturday with another great visit to Oklava to enjoy more of the excellent Turkish cuisine inspired by the very talented chef Selin Kiazim. I’ve been here a few times now and am never disappointed as the food is fantastic which is matched with great friendly service.


On the Sunday I headed back to east london for a first visit to Blacklock Shoreditch and to sample one of their Sunday Roasts. We decided to have the All In where you get a mixture of Beef , Lamb & Pork with all the trimmings. It proved to be one of the best roast dinners I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. Well worth a visit.

Blacklock Shoreditch

Now we moved on to Thursday and my actual birthday with a first time visit to the Two Michelin Star Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs. To say this was a stunning dining experience would be an understatement. The food here is outstanding which is matched with excellent wine pairings. There is also great interaction with not only the staff but the chefs as well. Quite simply a must visit.

Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs

I decided to finish the week with a visit to my great friends Haywards Restaurant where chef Jahdre had prepared a Special Tasting Menu for us. This consisted of more amazing new dishes that were of the usual high standard as was the service which made this a fantastic way to finish a fabulous week. Haywards Restaurant

I would like to say a massive Thank You to Oklava , Blacklock Shoreditch , Kitchen Table & Haywards for making this a very special week. 🙏