Old Manor Hotel, Bradford on Avon

Old Manor Hotel

Old Manor Hotel

“Are we there yet?” 

This is what I imagine my friend Claire’s dog ‘Yuki’, is saying as she pokes her head out of the car window and wriggles her wet nose in delight as she takes in the smells of the countryside. Destination? Bradford on Avon. More specifically, the Old Manor Hotel just on its outskirts. 

Now, you could be mistaken for thinking I’m talking about Bradford in the North of England, but nope. This Bradford on Avon is a charming and architecturally stunning little town in the South West about 15 minutes drive away from its bigger brother, Bath. Continue reading

Caxton Grill at St.Ermin’s Hotel

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Crab, Avocado, Watermelon and Sweetcorn

If like me you’re a fan of MasterChef, then you may well be familiar with one of the stars from last year’s MasterChef: The Professionals, Adam Handling. Handling reached the finals but was pipped to the post by the equally talented Steven Edwards. He has since gone on to win the prestigious 2014 British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year and is the head chef of Caxton Grill located within the gloriously Art Nouveau styled St. Ermin’s Hotel in St.James’s Park. Continue reading

Foodies Festival – Clapham Common

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Gaucho Ribeye Steak Burger

The 2014 Foodies Festival kicked off at the beginning of May in Brighton and has been touring around the UK since. I managed to catch it closer to home when it pitched up in Clapham Common last month. Top chefs – lots of ex Masterchefs ones mostly – demonstrated their cooking mojo along with tempting foods stalls, drinks stalls and band stand all vying for attention. Continue reading

Indigo: a Rich Mix of Indian pickings

Chaat at Indigo

Papdi Chaat

By contributor Rachel Dring.

Indigo is a modern Indian diner based in Shoreditch, in the basement of the Rich Mix arts complex. Enter through a big sliding glass door past a lit-up picture house sign, into a sleek interior with shiny black veneer tables and chairs and ultramarine patterned wallpaper. Continue reading

Boulestin: Fine, French, Food

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 Scallops

A victim of the 90s recession, the esteemed restaurant Boulestin was forced to close its doors in 1994. Fast-forward to September 2013 it’s back, and has shimmied over from its old Covent Garden site to the more illustrious setting of St.James’s Street. Continue reading