Archway House B&B

Was looking for somewhere to stay while we dined at Midsummer House and I’m very pleased that we chose the wonderful little B&B which was in a great and very easy accessible from the M11. The three rooms all situated on the first floor ours was overlooking the back garden which was a fair size and would be nice to sit in during the summer. We had a nice comfortable bed a shower room and were left plenty of tea & coffee making facilities. Elaine & Graham were lovely hosts and treated us to a lovely breakfast before heading home. I would definitely recommend a visit to this B&B if your coming to Cambridge I know we’ll stay here again the next time we’re in the area

Midsummer House 

Well what can I say other than this was a magical evening and emphasised the reason why this is my favourite Michelin Star restaurant. Such a fantastic warm and friendly welcome on our arrival that made us feel right at home straight away. We were first served a lovely homemade Gin & Tonic which was lovely. We decided to have the 8 Course Tasting Menu to which we were asked if we’d like to see the Menu or be surprised we decided to be surprised. So firstly the Amuse Bouches were a delight before moving to the first course a Pumpkin Veloute then Braised Pork Knuckle & Raclette Cheese simply stunning followed by a fantastic Scallop dish Then came the signature course of Roast Quail with Shallot Purée & Sour Dough simply Devine then came a delightful Monkfish course then I have to say my favourite course which was Venison accompanied by amazing Venison sausage rolls Before Dessert we chose to have a Cheese course and they had the most wonderful Cheese trolley tNow on to my favourite part of any meal Desserts and both were fantastic firstly the Aerated Pear with  Blueberry then the Passion Fruit,Yoghurt Sorbet & Dark chocolate then when you think you can’t eat anymore outcome the treats some amazing Doughnuts and Chocolates I would like to thank the Sommelier for a fantastic selection of matching wines that just went perfectly with every course also to every member of staff who’s service was exceptional. I hope that Midsummer House soon gets 3 Michelin Stars because based on this visit they certainly deserve them. 

February Dining 

Well after a quiet January my dining year took off in February firstly a visit to a fantastic restaurant The Artichoke in Amersham it was an amazing evening with an overnight stay at the Crown Inn Hotel across the road looking forward to returning in June. The following week I tried a New type of cuisine food from the heart of Jerusalem at The Palomar in soho and it was amazing. After a couple of great Sunday Lunches at Haywards we went back to try the new Tasting Menu and as always the food was fantastic and we didn’t have far to travel as we stayed in there B&B The Gate House. So that was February look out for where I’ll be in March as my plans are looking great to me . Happy Dining you can see my reviews of these restaurants on this site

The Gate House 

A lovely little B&B on the premises of Haywards Restaurant and the Forest Gate Inn pub which makes it an ideal place to stay after enjoying a great evening in the Pub or Restaurant or even both also perfectly situated if you to explore Epping Forest and Epping Town Centre. It has Four Rooms 3 of which are located upstairs and one which has Disabled access on the Ground Floor to which there is a nice seating area if you just wanted to chill for the evening. You are served a nice continental or you can be provided with a Full English if you so wish everything is catered for by your wonderful host Jane . Looking forward to staying here in the future 

The Crown Inn Hotel 

This was our first visit to the Crown Inn Hotel and we were very pleased. It’s a lovely old architectural building with a few modern twists . A very friendly girl greeted us at reception and was very helpful and even showed us which room we would be staying in when we return in June and now having stayed here we can’t wait.There’s plenty of outside space in the courtyard which would be very nice in the summer. Our room was on the ground floor and it was quite spacious with a nice sized bathroom and a huge walk in shower. We had a nice selection of complimentary items including a Half Bottle of Red Wine. Would definitely recommend staying here in this lovely little town of Amersham 

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Haywards Restaurant 

A fantastic evening at this great restaurant a real credit to Fine Dining in Epping , Essex. Although I’m a frequent visitor it’s nice for us to go for a Tasting Menu evening which we did last night and the food was yet again amazing and along with the excellent choice of matching Wines plus great service made for a truly amazing evening. We started with a nice selection of snacks and a delicious Amuse Buche before our first course a fantastic Ham Hock Terrine . We then moved on to a delightful Artichoke dish followed by a beautiful Monkfish course the the main course of Duck which was amazing.The desserts were also a delightful experience with a Floating Island and a Rhubarb Dessert. You also have to have a Cheese course with the fine selection of British & Irish cheeses and The to finish a lovely selection of Petit Fours I would like to highly recommend that a visit to Epping to enjoy a fantastic meal and if you don’t feel like driving home they have a pleasant little B&B on the premises. You can also visit the on site pub The Forest Gate Inn a traditional old pub for a nice pre dinner drink

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The Palomar

Had been meaning to visit this restaurant for a while now to try a new type of cuisine from the heart of Jerusalem and I have to say I’m very glad to have done so . It’s a small but very friendly place as you walk in they have a walk in service where you can sit at the counter and watch the chefs work but we were lead through to the dining area at the back which was very nice & cozy. Our waitress Olge was excellent asking us if we’d been before then took us through the menu advising us of how many courses from each section we should order . We started with the RIP & Dip section where we had the most amazing Bread & dips along with Fish Falafel we then had the special of the day which was a lovely dish that included White Crab Meat just Stunning then onto the larger of the sharing menu dishes to which we had the amazing Octo-Hummus and the fantastic Jerusalem Mix with a side order of Josperised Aubergine plus a Fattoush Salad all the dishes have this delicate charcoal,nutty and slightly creamy texture but taste delicious Now on to my favourite course of any meal Dessert and we weren’t let down in anyway we decided to go for the sharing dessert called a Jerusalem Mess which was fantastic but me being me I couldn’t settle for that and when I saw they had a Chocolate Fondue with Peanut Brittle I couldn’t resist and I’m so glad I didn’t it was gorgeous   Definitely looking forward to returning soon and I would highly recommend this restaurant 

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A Fantastic Evening at The Artichoke 

This was the first time we’ve been here for an evening and what an excellent dining experience it was . A very warm and friendly greeting on arrival then escorted to our table to let the festivities begin. We decided to go for the Tasting Menu with matching Wines and I have to say it was heaven starting with a fantastic Trout dish then an amazing Crab Thermidor followed by a delightful Artichoke dish and stunning Cod course then on to the main courses and my highlight a glorious Venison with orange curd and the braised Beef which was very rich . The matching wines were a delight coming from Italy,Hungary,Austria,South Africa and France. Now to dessert a fabulous Poached Pear Galette and a Cambridge Cream & Rhubbarb . All in all it was truly a fantastic evening which was made even better due to the great warm and excellent service from every member of staff . So if it’s a fantastic evening with amazing food and wine in a great little town then take a trip to Amersham and visit this restaurant. I’m already looking forward to returning in June 

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Haywards 

Great to be back at my favourite restaurant to sample more of the fantastic European cuisine and especially the stunning Soufflé 

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