The Barbary

Another work trip to London and another chance to embrace solo dining. This time at The Barbary situated in the very quaint Neals Yard in Seven Dials. Perfect for solo dining as the only seats are around the horseshoe shaped bar facing into the hot flames of the open kitchen! Being a fan of their…

Noto, Edinburgh

Noto is a recent addition to the Edinburgh food scene from the people behind Aizle, where they have taken over the old Iris restaurant on Thistle Street and turned it into a simple, almost scandic restaurant. The concept, as is common these days, is small plates for sharing and is always a good way to…

Florence & Pisa

I love Italy and have had many fantastic trips around the country, from my very first time in Garda in 1992 to the latest trip to Cinque Terre, Florence and Pisa. Florence has long remained a favourite of mine, the architecture, the food and the weather as well as the ability to walk without the…

Spuntino, London

I have had a couple of occasions lately on my work trips that I haven’t had any plans, shocker ! So I have found myself embracing solo-dining. It can be quite a daunting experience if you have never done it before, you want to make sure you get the right place to feel comfortable and…

Bird of Smithfield, London

Nothing beats a nice drink at a rooftop bar on a sunny evening, and now summer is (kind of) here, a friend and I took advantage of the lovely sunshine and enjoyed a few drinks up on the roof of Bird of Smithfield overlooking the ornate Smithfield Market. I had read good things about the…

Venison Carpaccio

Earlier this year Stuart attended the Ballintaggart Cook School outside the beautiful village of Grandtully near Aberfeldy in Perthshire. I have previously written about our stay at The Grandtully Hotel, which is owned by the Rowley Family from Ballintaggart and staying here is a lovely way to make a weekend of a cook school visit….

The Grandtully Hotel

Back in March we finally made it to The Grandtully Hotel in Perthshire, run by the wonderful family behind Ballintaggart Farm and formerly the Supper Club Charlie and Evelyn’s table in Edinburgh. Having visited the Supper Club, I knew that their next venture would be a great one. The Grandtully Hotel sits in the little…

The Chocolate Cocktail Club

If you love chocolate and cocktails then The Chocolate Cocktail Club is the place for you! A few weeks ago I paid a visit along with some friends to this pop up; a speakeasy style affair hidden underneath Brick Lane serving chocolate twists on classic cocktails. This pop up was only to be around until…

The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage

A couple of months ago a friend and I visited the newly opened ‘The Lookout’ another offering by Gardener’s Cottage and The Collective situated on Calton Hill. Our taxi driver was convinced there was nothing up there, and that the access road hadn’t been open to traffic in years but was willing to give it…

ROVI, London

I am a big fan of Yotam Ottolenghi and have visited his restaurant Ottolenghi in Islington and Spitalfields, as well as Nopi in Soho, all of which I love.  So I was excited to learn of his new opening in Fitzrovia a stones throw from Oxford Circus – Rovi. As with all his offerings the…