Suckling Lamb at La Choza, Spain

The Spanish municipality of Manilva is renowned locally for its eateries and Venta La Choza just off the main road didn’t disappoint. Its a traditional restaurant that’s been under the same ownership for over 25 years and you can feel that when you arrive. We had the Suckling Lamb...

Christmas Dinner at the Bua Garden, Spain

In the small municipality of Casares the Bus Garden restaurant overlooks a short 9 hole golf course with views down over the ocean. Ordering a turkey roast dinner in Spain is a bit risky but the Bua Garden made a great job with a 5 course menu to accompany...

Fabulous French Cuisine, Casse Croute

Casse Croute on Bermondsey Street is a small French eatery, it can seat just 30 people and as such has a perfect cozy ambience. The L’escargots were cooked in a pastry and served with a creamy sauce – delicious but not identifiable as snails at first! The main course...

Sunday Roast at The Mitre, Holland Park

The Mitre is a Greene King restaurant but under its Metropolitan pub company and so is unidentifiable as a GK venue when you first arrive. It had favourable ratings for its roast dinners online so amongst my table we tried the Pork, Chicken & Beef roasts. They all came...

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...

Apple and cherry compote

It is a simple, but a very good dessert. Peeled and chopped apples simmered with stoned cherries in a mix of creme de cassis, lemon juice and orange squash (no sugar added). Cooked until the apples are soft, then cooled and chilled. Brilliant with cream. It does help to...

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...

Caramel and sea-salt biscuits from Harrod’s

Christmas is a time when you indulge in nice stuff you might go easy on at other times. Among my best this year I was given a box of “all butter, caramel & sea-salt biscuits” (aka cookies) from Harrod’s. They were crumbly, sweet and firm without being too hard....