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Richmond(Surrey not Yorks)

La Buvette was indeed perfect. The kind of food you would expect to find in a small French town and at similar prices. Service was speedy (important pre-theatre). Not warm enough for the courtyard, sadly.

Apr 09, 2015
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Richmond(Surrey not Yorks)

La Buvette looks perfect and is near the theatre. Thanks.

Apr 07, 2015
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Richmond(Surrey not Yorks)

I'm going to Richmond Theatre on Wednesday evening. Is there anywhere to eat nearby that isn't a chain? If necessary we will go to Carluccio, but I'd prefer somewhere more interesting.

Apr 06, 2015
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

restaurant near Waterloo

Six of us went to RSJ on Friday and had a really nice time. Most had the extraordinarily good value set menu (£16.95 for two courses)and I had two starters. On the set menu they had ham hock on toast and then either chicken breast with fettucine, tomato and basil (which looked good) and others spoke highly of sea bream with sea vegetables. One of us had lamb shank with butter beans which he said was delicious. My confit duck with pomelo salad was rather dull but new garlic, slow cooked in olive oil with tapenade and mild goats cheese was gorgeous.
The fabulous Loire wine list remains excellent value, with several bottles under £25.
Service was quite slow, as they were very busy. The room may be uninspiring but it was full of people, mostly middle-aged or older, having a good time.
The food won't set the word alight, but it is well
cooked and the wine is terrific and it's a nice place to spend an evening.

Mar 29, 2015
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Moderately-priced London restaurants?

For a lunch of small(ish) dishes, I'd recommend Brunswick House. It's a minute's walk from Vauxhall tube and is based in an interesting architectural salvage business. We shared cheese-filled churros with herby vinaigrette, crispy lamb rissoles and charred hispi cabbage with lemon mayonnaise. Excellent bread. Lemon marmalade ice cream. Plenty to eat for £10 each including a beer and a lemon and ginger tisane.

Mar 21, 2015
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

restaurant near Waterloo

Thanks for the suggestions, but I think it's back to RSJ. Both Skylon and La Barca are quite a bit more expensive, and Foxeyblue's suggestions don't seem quite right for this event. And some of us didn't like the new restaurant at the National (I did).

Mar 20, 2015
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

restaurant near Waterloo

We're coming from north, south-east and south-west London, so around Waterloo seems convenient. We've been to RSJ a few times, but would be interested to hear of any alternatives ie not vastly expensive, good food and quiet enough to hear each other chat.

Mar 19, 2015
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Long London wrap up

Sounds like a really fun trip. Thanks for the report.

Mar 04, 2015
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Portland restaurant

Has anyone been there? Marina McLaughlin raved about it, Fay Maschler only like the game pithiviers. I suspect it's not my kind of place but my brother is keen to go.

Feb 13, 2015
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Train trip from London for Special lunch/dinner

I'd add my rec for the Sportsman, one of the best and most enjoyable dinners I have had. I don't think you can stay the night, but Whitstable, a short taxi ride away, is a lively little seaside town and the continental is a good hotel to stay in. You can also stay in fisherman's or beach huts - but maybe not a good idea in February.

Feb 05, 2015
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Terroirs

I had another excellent light pre-theatre supper here. Snails and bacon on toast came bathed in a delectably green parsley and garlic sauce. The bitter leaf salad was copious and had a dressing that was both sharp and creamy. My friend was not so thrilled with her leek and potato soup which came with cheese instead of the menu's bottarga. The waiter did apologise for not telling her in advance. Her blue cheese, endive and walnut salad was very good. We shared a pear and almond tart with exemplary crisp pastry.
The wine was so-so - our fault I guess for choosing the cheapest red on the half-litre carafe list (£14.50).
The atmosphere was buzzy and lively. I rather love their little French wine jokes: at the door there's a sign reading 'Attention: chenin mechant'.

Jan 21, 2015
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Another London Food Question: Spanish that's not primarily tapas

When I have been to Spain. I've generally preferred tapas to any other kind of food.
Having said that, I'd go with Moro.

Dec 14, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Special Lunch in London

I didn't much enjoy Launceston Place. The food was very good but the atmosphere was starchy.
The Sportsman is truly wonderful, but will mean a train ride then a taxi.

Nov 10, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Quiet on a saturday night?

Well, in the end we went to RSJ and it was perfect. It was busy but not noisy, service was a little slow but that suited us as a group of friends who wanted plenty of time to chat. No music - hurray!
I had a starter of tender, flavourful ox cheek with mildly pickled yellow and red beetroot. Then silky and rich pappardelle with wild mushrooms in a chestnut sauce. And also, I must admit chips, which were exceptionally good. Friends had steak (large and well cooked) and roast hake, also praised.
The extraordinary Loire wine list includes several very nice bottles at under £25.
The food is not spectacular but it is invariably good and sometimes really delicious. It remains a reliably enjoyable restaurant.

Nov 10, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Quiet on a saturday night?

Any ideas for a restaurant in relatively central London where we will be able to hear each other speak on a Saturday evening? Around £40 a head. Probably Spanish or Italian but other cuisines considered.

Nov 01, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

A Week in Lucca, September

I'm just back from five days in Lucca. We ate cheaply and very well, almost entirely pasta, both for budgetary reasons and because main courses seemed to be mostly large lumps of sauceless meat.

Favourites were Da Giulio, near Porto San Donato, for both food and atmosphere. Particularly good antipasto. And Piccolo Mondo in Via Paulino, where I had divine pasta (on the menu as maccheroni, but it turned up square) with gently stewed porcini and my friend had delicious spaghetti vongole. The Local Food Market (obviously aimed at American/English tourists but most diners were Italian) had quite exceptional salume but unexceptional other dishes. They have a good shop.

The best ices I had were at Di Colatello, though a friend swears by Grom's pistachio.

Oct 22, 2014
J Sheridan in Italy

BYOB restaurants or those that charge reasonable corkage?

Soif is an excellent restaurant (sister to Terroirs and Brawn) on Battersea Rise. They do BYOB on Monday nights.

Oct 14, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Apples from the Brogdale Trust

The current crop on sale at the Honey Shop is Sanspareil (tiny and delicious), Fillingham Pippin -'found by Darwin on the Island of Chiloe in 1835' - Egremont Russet and Pixie.

Sep 29, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

Ii had a really rather unpleasant evening at Comptoir Tempero. I was on my own. At 8.30pm there was only one other table occupied - I thought it might cheer up, later but it didn't. The first choice included an egg slow poached in some complex way which would have been better just poached, served on a watery aubergine puree - a nasty combination of textures. Boudin for the plat was proudly fait maison but would have been much better bought from any decent butcher. I was too depressed to have a dessert. The only good points were the delightful young woman front of house (she had plenty of time to chat as the place was so empty)and the fact that I had a John le Carre book with me.

Sep 29, 2014
J Sheridan in France
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Apples from the Brogdale Trust

If you are a Londoner, no need to go to North Cheshire or Kent: the Honey Shop on Northcote Road in Battersea sells a wide variety of apples throughout the season from their orchard in Surrey. Both cookers and eaters. Mostly varieties I've never seen elsewhere. Sorry, I can't remember the names but I made an exceptionally good stewed apple puree with one and have been chomping on a very small eater variety like sweeties.

Sep 29, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Gare d'Austerlitz

Thank you, John. I will be there on Thursday (I was mistaken before) 18th September.

Sep 01, 2014
J Sheridan in France

Gare d'Austerlitz

I have one night in Paris staying on the Bd de l'Hopital, en route for the south-west from Austerlitz fairly early the following morning. What is the best place for dinner within 15 minutes walk? And would I need to book (it will be Friday night)?

Aug 31, 2014
J Sheridan in France

Carry out/Deli choices in London

Al Dar is a good and not expensive Lebanese restaurant on Kings Road near Sloane Square. I'm pretty sure they do take-aways. There is also Partridges which will do food to take away. And there is a really fantastic open-air market on Duke of York's Square every Saturday - lots of delicious food from England and all over the world.

Aug 04, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Eating in Lewisham

It was the one on Lewisham High Street.

Jul 23, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Eating in Lewisham

Finding ourselves in Lewisham (start of 21 bus route to Newington Green) there was nowhere obvious to eat. But we chanced on Levante and had an excellent Turkish lunch. Fresh and sparky-tasting mezze (£8 for a plate of four) and good pide. Ayran to drink. Pleasant and efficient service.

Jul 22, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Lunch recommendations by museums & critique my dinner reservations

Re museum lunches: both the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery have pretty good restaurants. Terroirs - excellent French charcuterie and 'tapas' plus interesting wines - is near Whitehall/Trafalgar Square.

May 17, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Dinner near Bedford Way [London]

Sorry, I should have said: It's in London, near Holborn.

May 16, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Dinner near Bedford Way [London]

I have an early evening meeting in Bedford Way next Tuesday. Any suggestions for somewhere for dinner for six of us within easy walking distance? Not massively expensive and not too esoteric.

May 16, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Hedone April 2014

It was fabulous. My cousin and I felt the boat was pushed far enough out with the tasting menu plus wine pairing without going for the carte blanche.
While it may be produce driven, the techniques are also superb. A canapé of of black eel cornet with beetroot foam was one of the stand-outs, another was the warm chocolate with powdered raspberry crisp disc and passionfruit jelly.
Service was delightful. We had an extra cheese course, which we debated, and they thoughtfully brought two plates with the portion divided between us. The cheeses were French, and good. It would have been nice to have the option of British cheeses and they took the contact info for my local very good cheese shop.
Re car vs tube, driving limits your access to their very good wine list.

Apr 16, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Hedone April 2014

I'm going to Hedone for dinner tomorrow - very excited, especially as my usual restaurants are definitely not in that class. Has anyone been recently and can suggest a must-eat?

Apr 14, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland