Category: Location

Pie at the Sanctuary pub

The Sanctuary pub in Tothill Street, Westminster, together with its adjacent hotel, is owned by Fuller’s. That means it specializes in pies. It does a bar special of 3 pies each accompanied by a recommended ale. This time, however, the choice was for a five-spice duck pie, which came...

Sea bass at Fish Works

I often go to Fish Works in Swallow Street, Piccadilly, which specializes in excellent fresh seafood. This time the choice was oven-roasted sea bass, baked in lemon, thyme, olive oil and sea salt. It is served whole or filleted, and the choice was filleted. It was very good indeed....

Heliot Steakhouse in the Hippodrome, Leicester Square

Heliot Steakhouse in the Hippodrome Casino at Leicester Square is remarkable, in that the bar and restaurant tables are on a balcony that overlooks the main gaming floor. So diners tuck into their steaks while looking down on the action at casino and card tables below. I ordered a...

Cambridge Chop House 10th birthday

The Cambridge Chop House celebrated its 10th birthday by a special purchase of Syrah sold at £16 per bottle instead of £26. I’ve been going there since it opened on King’s Parade in Cambridge, and have had many excellent meals over the years. This time I began with salted...

Exquisite mackerel at Roux, Parliament Square

Steve Groves is head chef at Michel Roux’s Roux at Parliament Square in the heart of Westminster. I went for lunch on Monday and had the most exquisite mackerel starter I have ever eaten. It came with heritage carrots, citrus and sesame. Then I went on to the dry...

The Salt Pig – Cambridge

Madsen and I recently dined twice at The Salt Pig in Cambridge’s Green Street. Before our first visit i was extremely excited as there had been some hype about this restaurant opening. We arrived and were given a table in the window. We started off with a bottle of...

Gordon Ramsay at Bread Street Kitchen

Trying to find an ad-hoc table in the evening around Christmas time in the City of London is rather laborious due to the extreme amount of parties (most of the banks and insurance companies book out whole bars), we decided to go up-market. After getting turned away from Barbecoa we...

Goose for Christmas

I bought a fresh 5 kg goose from Waitrose (about 11 lb). I pricked the skin, rubbed oil over it and rubbed in sea-salt. It took about 3 hours to cook in a 170 fan oven, lightly covered in foil, and basted occasionally. No stuffing. I par-boiled the potatoes...

Lamb and onion pie with English vegetables

It could be diced lamb, but this time I chose minced lamb. I pre-cooked it on the hob until it was brown, then spooned off the fatty liquid. I fried the chopped red onions in a separate pan, then added them to the mince with a little water, powdered...

Thai Tapas at the Thaikhun in Cambridge

I often eat lightly at the Thaikhun in Cambridge, preferring a selection of starter dishes. In this case I ordered the spring rolls, pork & prawn dumplings and chicken skewers with satay sauce. Sometimes I have the deep fried prawns, and sometimes the Thai fishcakes. It’s quite enough to...