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London "Third Wave" Coffee

I just want to give a word to a new place that''s opened round the corner from me and stands some comparison with the above based on my sole visit so far - Fred & Fran on Kynaston Road, Stoke Newington. So good to get great coffee in a chilled venue on a random backstreet! And they give you a biscuit with your coffee too :-)

My favourite places are Dose and Allpress, by the way. Haven't really explored the Soho/Fitzrovia coffee scene yet although I'm planning a day out sometime!

Oct 06, 2011
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[London] Chatsworth Road, Clapton

Went here for the first time yesterday, on market day. A great place to spend a few hours relaxing in the sunshine.

This is a seriously good juice/smoothie/shake bar with a wonderful vibe, super-friendly staff and great music. OK, so my malteser shake wasn't the best shake I've ever had, but the lime juice was excellent. Loads of interesting blends to try, too.

There's a creperie that looks very good too - anyone tried it, or any of the other places in the area?

There were some good-looking grilled chorizo sandwiches being served up and various bakers and butchers selling from stalls.

I really enjoyed it - much more pleasant than Broadway Mkt.

Jul 25, 2011
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The Corner Room [London]

We managed to get a table for 5 within about 20-25 minutes last Thursday evening - first person turned up to request the table at 7:15. It wasn't super-busy, just nicely full. You could get a seat in the bar too if you wanted.

Jul 25, 2011
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The Corner Room [London]

I echo what's said above - tremendous food for a tremendous price. We paid about £40/head for three courses and a decent amount of wine. I actually thought the wine list was pretty good value with the house red being very tasty.

I've never seen pork quite that rare but as noted it is incredibly tender.

The bar is almost more worth of comment: their 'blazer' cocktail is a sight to behold and the one with an old leather book was also sensational. Service there left something to be desired though - we waited 20 mins for a table but were left standing at the bar trying to order (and failing), and after finishing dinner our cocktails took about 30 minutes to turn up. Given how drunk I ended up though that is perhaps no bad thing!

Jul 22, 2011
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Avoid at all costs...


£9.15 is pretty reasonable for a burger, although not for a pre-cooked one I admit

so where should we avoid again?

Jun 30, 2011
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London best Fish & Chips Restaurants

A shout-out for my local, Sutton & Sons in Stoke Newington. Really good, classy place! Superb variety of fish and perfect chips...

Jun 18, 2011
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New foodie in London. Looking for the best sandwiches money can buy.

I really like Caradells on Red Lion St in Holborn. Beautiful variety of breads, decent fillings. Love the grilled chicken and avocado on chilli focaccia in particular....

The Red Lion
East Chisenbury, Pewsey, Wiltshire, Wiltshire , GB

Jun 18, 2011
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Lake District

It's been a while since I went, but I had a great meal at Sharrow Bay. Beautiful setting right by Ullswater as well. Fond memories!

Jun 18, 2011
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London Tower Hill Area Suggestions

Suggest you take a walk down river through Wapping and go to Wapping Food at the Wapping Project: great food, a great space and a nice walk there and back from Tower Hill.

You're also close to some of the great ethnic places like the Vietnameses on Kingsland Road and sub-continental places like Needoo, Lahore and Tayyab.

May 31, 2011
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Loch Ness, Isle of Skye and Edinburgh-- Recommendations Please

When in Skye last year we had a tremendous meal here

food very good, service utterly exemplary - seriously some of the nicest we've ever had and they then tried to refuse our tip! we enjoyed the uber-fresh local oysters and the Scottish cheeses in particular.

the other excellent food experience we had on Skye was to purchase fresh cod and scallops straight off the pier in Portree and then cook them up in our rented cottage. Great!

Apr 07, 2011
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Gauthier Soho [London]

I went on Friday. Exceptional food, good service, good wine, nice room seems a fair summary.

We had the lunch deal - including 1/2 bottle of wine each and coffee and service we paid £40/head for the full works, other than getting a wider choice of dishes: inventive canapes and amuses bouches (squid with tapenade and crustacean sauce), several kinds of excellent bread, 3 courses, pre-dessert, petits fours.

I chose liver with pancetta and cheesey gnocchi for starter. Everything was cooked perfectly: the liver was soft, the bacon crisped and the gnocchi were tasty enough to remind me of Heinz Beck's signature carbonara ravioli.

My main was lamb with salsify and carrots. Again, the lamb was cooked perfectly (might have been a bit pink for some) but the course was less of a stand-out than the first.

Finally, I had the selection of cheeses. My friend adored his sweet pudding too.

Highly recommended!

Nov 24, 2010
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Wanting it Hot Hot Hot in London

Easily the spiciest meal I have had anywhere is here

The food was delicious too although the setting isn't particularly special. It was for a friend's birthday and they looked after our large, rowdy table well.

The dishes with a 3-chilli rating are hotter than anything I've had in W China, though I had some Tom Yum soup in Thailand and Laab in Laos that rivalled it!

Oct 26, 2010
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Isle of Skye Restaurants

We ate at the Glenview in May and I can give it a wholehearted recommendation - tremendous, good-value, incredibly fresh food in a great setting and with stupendous service. They even tried to stop us tipping - we insisted, some of the best service we've had in ages.

Trying to remember what we ate apart from the oysters... think I had a great pork dish and then a chocolate dessert and my wife had fish and the Scottish cheese plate.

We stayed in Staffin just up the coast. Was one our best holidays!

Aug 12, 2010
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Smoked duck sandwich @ A Gold, Spitalfields Market, London

Nice summary, which chimes with my experiences there. £4.50 for their hot sandwich of the day is money well spent, as evidenced by the decent queue that forms for service (think they kick off at 12:30 every day).

Roast beef with watercress, roast potatoes, mustard and horseradish on a crusty bloomer is particular favourite.....

May 30, 2010
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London--Outdoor Fine Dining and one other night

there is some outdoor space at The Ledbury - I ate indoors, but it was certainly worth the trip to Notting Hill!

May 18, 2010
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Place for a high-end lunch with plenty of natural light

Thanks, we went with the Ledbury in the end as the vege tasting menu and general reviews look good....

Will report back!

Apr 21, 2010
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Place for a high-end lunch with plenty of natural light

Thanks all. We live in Spitalfields and work in Liverpool St so I'm going to rule out those suggestions, which are all good ones.

We enjoyed the Greenhouse when we went there, I will suggest that too - it was night and we were in the private room so I remember it as quite dark and intimate. Is it in fact as much a light and airy place as its name implies?

River Cafe is a good idea too, will consider. It's further to go but we haven't been there so....

Apr 13, 2010
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Place for a high-end lunch with plenty of natural light

Hello people

Long-time lurker who's been enjoying the information and is now seeking some specific advice.

It's my wife's 30th birthday in May and her parents want to take us plus her sister+partner out for a Saturday lunch somewhere nice. Budget is not really a consideration.

My wife wants to go somewhere with lots of natural light - potentially with a view - and good, European food. We've been to Galvin at Windows and Rhodes 24 and preferred the latter, but I suspect the former is better on a Saturday. Can you think of anywhere that would suit better than Windows? Last year we had a lovely meal at The Gun but that was for her 29th and this is, well, her 30th.

Some other considerations: my sister-in-law is a vegetarian, and my mother-in-law prefers relatively quiet, relaxed places where you can hear one another talk.

I can think of plenty of restaurants that can fit these last considerations, but none of them really do it on the airy/light side of things. Help!



Apr 12, 2010
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