Having enjoyed fantastic dining experiences at the old Cafe Spice Namaste we couldn’t wait to pay a first visit to their new place. The location of the new restaurant is in a fabulous spot on the Royal Docks in east london on the River Thames giving you amazing views back up the river past City Airport to Canary Wharf. They really have found a great location and when you look around you’ll see that the area is also well populated. This can only be a benefit to the restaurant to make it as successful as the old place.

Trio of Roasts at The Black Horse

This was a fantastic roast dinner to start of the year which has certainly set a strong benchmark for the rest to follow. The Trio of Roasts including pork belly , turkey & beef along with all the trimmings consisting of seasonal vegetables , roast potatoes , yorkshire pudding , gravy , stuffing and the additional cauliflower cheese. Everything was cooked nicely and a real pleasure to eat.

As we head out of Christmas and into the second week of the year it’s time to get the Sunday lunch trail up and running. With this we headed for a long overdue return to the Black Horse in Brentwood which is part of the Vintage Inns chain. I’m also now very pleased to say we weren’t let down in the slightest.

After starting the year in isolation it was great to get my foodie year up and running. For this I decided to stay local and enjoy some fabulous Punjabi Cuisine at my favourite Indian restaurant the Tandoori Lounge. I love their Punjabi style of food which is very different to your normal Indian restaurant. This is why I find it hard to understand when I see people turn up look at their menu and leave because if you love Indian food then you will love it here.

So we’ve come to the end of another glorious year of fabulous desserts and I’m pleased to say that the month of December didn’t disappoint in the slightest. So sit back and enjoy these absolute delights which will obviously include some festive treats.

FESTIVE BAUBLE at FROG by ADAM HANDLING
CHRISTMAS PUDDING at HAYWARDS RESTAURANT
TIRAMISU at DA VINCI’S HORNCHURCH
MONT BLANC PAIN PERDU at CORE by CLARE SMYTH
CONCERTO CAKE at LE MOULIN PATISSERIE
PISTACHIO MACAROON CHRISTMAS TREE at LE MOULIN PATISSERIE
PROFITEROLES at DA VINCI’S HORNCHURCH
STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING at HAME by ADAM HANDLING

Well that’s I’m afraid and another fantastic year of desserts comes to an end. I’d like to thank all the pastry chefs for creating some amazing desserts and looking forward to trying many more in 2022

Happy New Year to you all and see you again in January

It’s been another tough year for the hospitality industry due to the continuing COVID 19 situation. But that being said we’ve still managed to enjoy some of the finest dining experiences you could ever dream of. This is all credit to the amazing effort from every restaurant , hotel , pub and local cafe have put in.

As it’s only a few days until I release The 2021 Lloydies which are my personal Food and Drink Awards therefore I thought it would be a nice time to say Thank You to this amazing industry.

Hello All well here we go again with another amazing month of desserts. I hope you enjoy these delicious treats from the month of November.

It’s always a pleasure to visit Cornerstone where you get the opportunity to enjoy some amazing fish dishes and this occasion was to prove even more delightful. On our previous two visits we definitely thought the bar had been raised to the next level and this was easily maintained here today. The food was fantastic and matched by excellent friendly service which all in all made for a fabulous dining experience.