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Restaurants - my little black book

By May 22, 2015 , , ,

Like any foodie I like to eat out, a lot, at least once a week if I can on average. So after a while you start to amass quite a list of favourite places to go. My list here in the Netherlands is proving a slow process but it's getting there, but my list in the UK is well established after 18 years of dining out. 

Now I mentioned in the title a little black book but I actually have a large black book and in this book I have menus from all the Michelin stared places where I had a really good meal. There are quite a few places that didn't make the book because even with a Michelin star they weren't that great. The book isn't exclusively all UK restaurants but from places around the world. As much as I'd like to, I don't exclusively dine at Michelin star places all the time. In the past 10 years I've found some real gems, starred and non starred in the UK and London which I'd like to share with you.






When I left the UK I put together a list of restaurants for friends that were part of a dining club that I started, known as "Grub Club". We used to meet once a month and go somewhere nice to eat.Tthe highlight of those trips was a suckling pig feast at St John in Smithfield, London. I'd like to share that list with you so those readers in the UK might benefit and those possibly planning to visit the UK might like to know some useful addresses. I've tried to break down the list into types of cuisine, the majority of the restaurants are in London but I've also included some of my favourites out of London that are well worth travelling for.







Indian
Lahore Kebab house
           Tayyabs
           CafĂ© Spice Namaste 
           Cinnamon kitchen 

French
Androuet
            La Relaise de Venise (just does steak and chips, you can’t argue with that, and does them well)




Cheese and Wine
The Wine Library
Planet of the Grapes
Cheese at Leadenhall
Sourced (St Pancras)





Meat and Game
                St John Bread and Wine
                St John
                Hawksmoor
                Barbecoa
    Simpsons Tavern





Mexican
                Wahaca

Turkish
                Haz
                Ozer
                Sofra




Russian
                Wodka

Spanish
                Tapas Brindisa

General (London)
                Duck and Waffle 
                Sushi samba
                Byron (chain, but does good burgers)
    The Gilbert Scott
    Poppies (fish and chips, near Spitalfields)

General (out of London)
The Old Bridge at Huntingdon
The Pheasant at Keyston
The Plough at Bolnhurst (my absolute local favourite)




Michelin
                Purnells
                Restaurant Sat Bains
                Le Manoir au Quatre Saisons
                The Nut Tree (Murcott, pub)
                Hambleton Hall
                The Hand and Flowers Marlow
                The Waterside Inn
                The Fat Duck
     The Hinds head
      Sketch 
    Apicius
    Thackerays
    Midsummer house
     L’Enclume
    St John

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