The more pictures and reviews that I’d seen of this place the more I wanted to visit and now I can cross it off the list and I would highly recommend you pay a visit yourself as this restaurant serves amazing Smokehouse BBQ . As soon as you walk through the door the fantastic aroma of BBQ hits you so your already licking your lips even before you’ve seen the menu. The place has a nice friendly atmosphere which is noticed as soon as you arrive. Once seated at the table we looked at the menu and wanted to order everything as each each dish looked so appealing but on the advice of our waitress we made some great choices we started with a couple if nibbles which were Crispy Ox Cheek & Padron Tempura then came the starters of Pastrami , Sour Cabbage & Pickles + the most amazing Wild Mushrooms with Beef Dripping on Toast and the it just got even better when the mains arrrived Thick Cut Pork Ribs with Pickled Cucumber & Beef Brisket with Mustard Barbecue Sauce both courses were so flavoursome we accompanied these with a delightful side dish of Baby Gem , Walnut Gremolata & Crispy Bacon all washed down with Wine & local brewed Pale Ale. So onto the desserts to which there were three on offer so it would have been rude not to order one of each and glad we did the Sticky Toffee Pudding was one of the best I’ve had especially with Burnt Butter Ice Cream the Salted Caramel ice cream with hazelnut praline & Lemon Curd with Rhubarb Granita were equally delicious and rounded of a fantastic lunch. So yes this place is definitely worth a visit as the food is amazing and the service is very friendly 

PASTRAMI , PADRON TEMPURA , CRISPY OX CHEEK & WIL MUSHROOMS ON TOAST
PORK RIBS , BABY GEM & WALNUT GREMOLATA , BEEF BRISKET & DESSERTS

If your looking for a different kind on dining experience then ”this  could be the place for you . The clue is in the name of the restaurant seating a maximum of 10 around the chefs table so that you can watch the chef prepare the food right in front of you and also engage in conversation with the chef Scott Barnard & owner Luke Garnsworthy and other guests. On this occasion there was just the two of us but believe me that didn’t take away anything from a fantastic Tasting Menu Lunch where the food was amazing and matched with a great choice of wines. We started with a lovely selection of snacks before we tried the fantastic Tring Brewery Bread & Marmite Butter then a nice refreshing Sardine & Tomato course this was followed by an Aerated Pea & Broad Bean Soup before a delightful Plaice course with a fricassee of Lobster & Cauliflower then came the main a fantastic Rump of Lamb a Caesar Dressing & Baby Gem Lettuce. The next course was cheese but not what you think as it was a Lancashire Bomb cheese and homemade Piccalilli served on a cracker and it was amazing followed by a refreshing pre dessert before yes dessert itself a Chocolate & Tonia Bean Cremeaux , kirsch parfait , poached cherries & almonds this brought to end a great lunch which I would highly recommend whether your a couple a small group plus the fact that the menu is changed every month which also makes it ideal if you decide to make a return visit or even  become a regular customer which I myself could quite easily be

SNACKS & PETIT FOURS
BREAD , PEA & BROAD BEAN SOUP , SARDINES & PLAICE
LAMB , CHEESE , PRE DESSERT & CHOCOLATE & TONKA BEAN CREMEAUX

I have to say visiting this restaurant was a truly delightful experience with great food good wine and a very friendly atmosphere. Had heard about this place a couple of years ago decided to keep my eye on it and liked everything I was hearing so yesterday to the Kings Road Chelsea we went . The restaurant is situated about half way between Fulham Broadway & Sloane Square and has a real local feel. A nice friendly greeting on arrival then shown to our table to enjoy a lovely G&T to which they have a good selection while we looked at the menu.. A very appetising Lunch menu  with a good choice of starters , mains and desserts . We decided to have the Mackerel Tartare & the Wood Pigeon Boudin & both were very delicious indeed then on to the mains which were the Suckling Pig Loinwith Glazed Cheek which was amazing & the Boudin of Corn Fed Chicken and also fantastic these courses were superbly matched with great wine chosen by the sommelier. So next we’re the desserts a Strawberry & Prosecco Jelly a delightful light dessert & the Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel which was heaven as was the Sweet Wine to match . To finish was some delightful Petit Fours to go with our nice selection of teas. So glad to have finally visited and will definitely return and would also highly recommend that if your in the area to pop you will not be disappointed 

#KingsRoad #Chelsea 

Wood Pigeon Boudin with White Tabella Beans
Mackerel Tartare with Oyster Beignet
Sucking Pig Loin with Glazed Cheek
Boudin of Corn Fed Chicken
Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel
Strawberry & Prosecco Jelly with Lemon Sorbet

The easiest way to start is to say that this is the best Turkish meal I’ve ever eaten the flavours of each course were amazing. This little restaurant set in  the streets of shoreditch was a real delight with a fantastic menu created by chef Selin Kiazim. When we looked at the menu believe me we just wanted to try everything but in the end we went with the recommendations of our excellent & friendly waitress and so glad we did as they were fantastic choices.  They also have a great selection of wine and most also seem to be by the glass aswell plus a great Izmir Beer . The restaurant has an opened kitchen so you can smell the amazing flavours before they reach the table. Well I suppose I better get to the food which started with a delicious Baharat Spiced Bread & Date Butter before the amazing Pastirma Sausage & Grilled Hellim this was followed by the most stunning Flatbread which included Octopus , Ricotta & Caper Leaves then a fantastic Aubergine dish. Then came the mains of Crispy Pomegranate Glazed Lamb & Seftali Kebab just food heaven . But do leave room for dessert as you don’t want to miss out on those one was a Kinefe a Crispy Kadayif & Cheese Pastry & the other a stunning Chocolate! Prune & Cardamom Delice matched with a delightful Turkish dessert wine. I definitely can’t wait to return and I would highly recommend a visit as the food , service and general friendliness of the place makes it a real pleasure. 

#Turkish #Shoreditch 

Baharat Spiced. Bread & Grilled Hellim
Marinated Octopus & Ricotta Flatbread & Pastirma Sausage
Izmir Beer , Aubergine & Crispy Pomegranate Glazed Lamb
Seftali Kebab , Chocolate,Prune & Cardamom Delice , Peanut Butter ice cream & Kinefe

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

First thing to say is that the drive up to Clivenden House is absolutely stunning then you avert your eyes to the right to see the glorious looking Astor Grill a amazing transformation of an old stable. A warm and friendly greeting on arrival makes you feel ready to enjoy your evening and we certainly did . The Astor Grill Menu is ideal for all of the family with a great variety of dishes .We started with delightful Crudités & Crispy Fried Queen Scallops before moving on to our starters of Prawn Cocktail also Burrata with Anchovies & Caramalised Onion both a real treat . Our mains was a glorious Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich & Fries plus a fantastic Pollock Dish wit Mussels and of course we had to have a side order of Truffed Triple Cooked Chips just heaven . The desserts were also amazing a Eton Mess & one of the best I’ve had a fantastic Chocolate Ganache. It’s a real relaxing setting with high quality family menu making it a perfect alternative to the excellent fine dining in Clivenden House and would highly recommend a visit to this stunning location . It certainly was a great way to our anniversary celebrations #foodie #hospitality #luxury 

So it was Fathers Day and we hadn’t booked anywhere did a bit a bit of searching to find the Two Brewers  had availability so of we went and a great afternoon it turned out to be. There was plenty of space outside to enjoy our pre lunch drinks before moving inside for dinner . This was also a delight with a really good choice on the menu not just a Sunday Roast menu . We had a nice variety of starters between us from Soup , Mussels , Smokin Salmon & my delicious Scallops. Then the mains to which 3 of us enjoyed a nice hearty Roast Beef & myself a great tasting Steak Burger with some fantastic Onion Rings. For desserts 2 of us had a really delightful Lemon Tart. All the food was really good and the service was very friendly so I would recommend a visit to another great pub in Essex serving great Pub Grub #Essex #PubGrub #Hospitality

A lovely little restaurant set in a lodge on a farm in Maldon , Essex  and a real credit to the county as this small team under the guidance of Head Chef Rob produces some great and interesting dishes from using great local produce. It’s a small restaurant but has a great friendly feel from the moment you arrive until you leave . So onto the evening itself they have a good menu where you can choose from 1 to 5 courses which can come as a starter or main or as we did we went for the Tasting Menu so that we could try every course. We started with a nice and refreshing White Grape Gazpacho which was delicious before moving on to what was my favourite course the Haddock Scotch Egg with peas , raisin & curried puffed rice it was heaven then a Beef Carpaccio delightful followed by a Sweetcorn Risotto which came with Balsamic Vinegar interesting but it worked then to balance the Menu we had a lovely Cod with Octopus Caponata it was beautiful. Now onto the main course of Braised Lamb Tortellini & Smoked Aubergine Purée with Gem Lettuce & Beans a great hearty course to finish well almost because there’s always time for Desserts yes Desserts .  There were three on offer so of course we had to try them all the first being a Blackcurrant Panna Cotta with Honeycomb which I got to eat myself as my wife decided to have some Gorgonzola Cheese & Crackers next was Mille Feuille and to finish a Baked Alaska with Lemon Ice Cream nicely made by Dana . I have to say it was a really pleasant evening good food and very friendly service so look forward to returning one day #Restaurant #Maldon #Essex

Shackfuyu 

A delightful Japanese lunch in the heart of Soho where the food & service was excellent . Had looked at the menu before we arrived and the Tasting Menu looked like a good idea which would enable us to try many dishes on the menu . This turned out to be our choice due to the  fact it was  highly recommended by our waiter Antonio who really looked after us even with his recommendation of Saki to accompany the meal. So now onto the menu where we started with some Edamame with sweet chilli soy a great way to start before moving on to the amazing Beef Tartare & Peppered Prawn Crackers a fantastic combination. Then came the best Prawn Toast ever absolutely so tasty this was followed by Korean Fried Wings which were slightly sweet but fantastic. We then moved to the main part of the manu of Miso Aubergine , Iberico Pork Pluma & Hot Stone Rice with sesame,chilli & beef definitely the highlight and worth waiting for to finish dessert was a real treat of Kinako French Toast & Ice Cream. All this and the truly great attentive service really made our visit a real pleasure. I would highly recommend a visit plus would also suggest you try the Tasting Menu aswell as it is not only amazing food but excellent value for money. This is a lovely little and very friendly restaurant and I will definitely look forward to a return visit myself #JapaneseFood #Soho