Well what more can you say about this amazing restaurant. On our last visit back in November we clearly felt the bar had been raised to the next level. But low and behold after this visit where after a few staff changes and the input of a brand new menu the quality of food , wine and service has risen again. We visit quite a few Michelin Star restaurants and to me Caractere can easily stand along side them with pride.

When you have a dining experience like we did on saturday then all you really need to say is thank you. From the moment we entered the Connaught until the moment we left everything was just how hospitality should be. The welcome , food , wine and service was simply impeccable which is why it is no surprise that this restaurant holds the coveted honour of three michelin stars.

This was a quieter month on the dessert front but I still got to enjoy some absolute delights.

After enjoying two fantastic evening’s consisting of A la Carte and a Regional Tasting Menu the team kept saying that we should come for Sunday Brunch. So this weekend we took up their recommendation to which I am now pleased to say was an excellent one. I would also like to say that it is exceptional value for money when you consider the quality of the produce.

It was so good to be back at one of our favourite restaurants Frog by Adam Handling where we’ve always enjoyed amazing food , wine and service. We were also delighted when earlier this year the restaurant deservedly earned the honour of a Michelin Star which personally I thought was long overdue. The team in the kitchen led by Adam and Cleverson create truly stunning dishes. The front of house team with Sean , Andy and Florine leading by example is exceptional. Then to round it off you have Nadia who is a fantastic sommelier.

This restaurant has been a long time favourite of mine in the nine years it’s been open. I have always said that Hayward’s is the best restaurant in Essex and after our latest visit I see no reason to change that statement. I’ve had the pleasure of watching the food consistently improve to the standard where they are now comfortably holding three AA Rosettes. The food has also been matched by excellent friendly service from their young front of house team.

Are you ready then here is an amazing feast of desserts from April.


It’s been quite a few years now since our last visit but last night we finally went back to the Mandarin Palace in my hometown of Hornchurch. I can honestly say that we won’t be leaving it very long before we return again. We enjoyed great Chinese food along with excellent friendly service from every member of the team. We also loved a couple of old school touches that reminded you of years gone by.

It was great to be back at the Princess of Shoreditch and enjoy another fabulous dining experience. We visited twice last year for a tasting menu and sunday lunch where the food inspired by talented chef Ruth Hansom and her team was delicious. But I can honestly say that going by this visit the bar has definitely been raised to the next level. The cooking and presentation of each dish was absolutely amazing. So yes folks make space in your diary to come and see for yourself.