Journal

25th August, 2012

Les Tablettes, Paris

Les Tablettes, Paris

It’s very rare that from the minute you enter a restaurant, your gut instinct goes to level 1 alert and one’s chef-dar starts beeping and not in a good way, and then from that moment on, as if on cue, the cascading effect of a monumental failure slowly starts to flow. Such was the case […]

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24th August, 2012

L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joel Robuchon, Paris

L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joel Robuchon, Paris

Titan, legend, godfather, celebrity…just a few titles that adorn the legacy of Joel Robuchon, a chef who really needs no introduction and who’s empire extends from Las Vegas to Tokyo with a total collection of 28 Michelin stars (4 restaurants having 3) . Needless to say, the man knows what he’s doing and has done […]

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22nd August, 2012

The Burlington Restaurant, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire

The Burlington Restaurant, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire

Driving from Edinburgh to London can get a bit tedious and tiring. A slight detour via Yorkshire seems like a ridiculous idea if you’re trying to get from point A to B as quickly as possible, but quite a good idea if you want to take the scenic route. After all, the Yorkshire Dales are […]

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22nd August, 2012

Epicure at The Bristol, Paris

Epicure at The Bristol, Paris

Ah, Paris in the summer would make any Briton sell their soul, with its endless days of clear blue skies and hot afternoons that lead into perfect evenings. Truly the city of love, walking in Paris is achingly beautiful and spending an evening on the banks of the Seine with a picnic of foie gras, […]

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22nd August, 2012

Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

Once a run down and undesirable part of Edinburgh, Leith now boasts some of the cities best dining with The Kitchin and Martin Wishart, Edinburgh’s best known Michelin restaurants,  holding shop on its canals. Having been suitably impressed by our dinner at Tom Kitchin, expectations were equally high at Martin Wishart. Whilst his food veers more towards French […]

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22nd August, 2012

The Kitchin, Edinburgh

The Kitchin, Edinburgh

For most people August signals peace and quiet, a time when the streets are empty and the restaurants easy to book. Edinburgh, however, tells an entirely different story as a tornado of creativity and energy sweeps through its windy streets, and the world of drama, dance and music descend upon it. One scarcely has a […]

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21st August, 2012

L’Enclume, Cartmel

L’Enclume, Cartmel

Ah, the Lake District, once the home of Beatrix Potter and her family of rabbits, ducks and other beloved immortals. Anyone who’s seen her biopic with Rene Zellweger and Ewan McGregor would no doubt have been smitten by the landscape of Cumbria. After 5 days of camping at WOMAD music festival, it was time for […]

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07th August, 2012

Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury

Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury

Stonehenge is surprisingly small! We decided to go and see England’s oldest archaeological site before heading over to the little village of East Chisenbury before our final destination of WOMAD music festival, and despite its size, the ring of stones that mark Salisbury Plain’s pagan hotspot are quite remarkable, having been hauled from Wales. The […]

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06th August, 2012

PJ’s Bar & Grill, London

PJ’s Bar & Grill, London

The first thing one notices at PJ’s Bar & Grill is the enormous wooden fan slowly turning as a remnant of a bygone era. However, upon closer inspection, it’s actually the propeller of an airplane – a wooden propeller. Coupled with all the other relics from the colonial era and upper class English society, character […]

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06th August, 2012

Lima, London

Lima, London

A few months ago I was standing on top of Machu Picchu, in awe of the Incan legacy, tucked away in the Andes. What was even more inspiring was that the majority of Machu Picchu was a laboratory for agriculture where the Incas would experiment with different crops by growing them in micro-climates using terraces. […]

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