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

Highly Recommended

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

The Diner/Joe’s Southern Kitchen– a new departure for me, but really got into casual-style US diners this year. Both these two well worth a visit.

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!