Turning 24 tomorrow, and looking back on some amazing restaurants and foodie experiences over the last year. By somewhat of a coincidence, I’ve been to 24 (1 every fortnight, I know that sounds like a lot), so here they are…
Best in Show
The Manor and Paradise Garage – outstanding, modern British and innovative food and drinks. The finds of the year for sure.
The Michelin Stars
Launceston Place– because who doesn’t like a 7-course Tasting Menu…
Angler– fine-dining fish and seafood in the heart of the City of London
Murano– innovative, clever and refined Italian dining from Angela Hartnett
City Social– modern, stylish, and possibly the best restaurant view in London. Beautiful restaurant from Jason Atherton
Curry Leaf Cafe– authentic Indian cuisine down on the South Coast
Polpo– Venetian-style restaurants and bars throughout London. Great relaxed atmosphere and food
Best of London
The Shed– part of the Gladwin Brothers’ group, a superb British restaurant in Notting Hill. Great spot for brunch
House of Ho– delicious Vietnamese and Asian food, in Central London
Almeida– modern British restaurant in Islington, very clever and interesting dishes
Quaglino’s– had both dinner and afternoon tea here, in this most iconic and glamorous of Mayfair restaurants.
Paternoster Chop House– bar food, great steaks, huge selection of meat, all in surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Skylon– stylish restaurant on the Southbank, which great views over the Thames
German Gymnasium– German and European food in a beautiful space near King’s Cross
Avenue– American-themed restaurant in St James. ‘Triple Pig Burger’ an absolute winner.
Sartoria– slightly biased, but well worth a visit for Francesco Mazzei’s authentic Italian cuisine
Blueprint Cafe– modern European food on the Wharf next to the Thames. Another good spot for dinner with a view
Best of The Rest
The Red House, Newbury– lovely country pub in Newbury, Berkshire. Great wine list and delicious Sunday roasts. An absolute must if in the area.
Old Parsonage Hotel, Oxford– part of the Mogford group in Oxford, the restaurant at The Old Parsonage Hotel is now probably the best in the collection for dining. A very Oxford-y type of restaurant, but delicious.
Valencia– yes granted not a particular restaurant as such, but I had 24 hours here in October, and the Spanish/Valenciennes have a fantastic eating and drinking culture.
Persian Food– again not a particular restaurant (although Little Persia in Shepherd’s Bush is great), Iranian and Persian cuisine is a new discovery for me this year. Very vegetable and herb-based, I look forward to trying more of this delicious food.
Looking forward to seeing what my 24th year will hold in the wonderful world of restaurants, food and drink!