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London for 8-9 days mid July

Re "what else to do" that is semi-food related (to keep this kosher for Chowhound), have you visited Windsor? It's very convenient for Londoners by train from either Paddington or Waterloo station. Takes about an hour to get there.

There's lots to see there, especially of course Windsor Castle, with Eton just over a bridge. On Eton High Street, I really like Gilbey's restaurant for a well-presented and tasty lunch.

Windsor is also not far from Bray, if you want to go with one of Heston's restaurants.

Jul 11, 2013
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Cafe Cranberry & Black Rabbit Cafe (Bloor West Village)

I hear the Henry VIII pub at Bloor and Jane is good. I haven't eaten at that location but at another one further west at Royal York. This second location is fairly small but the food is good (I've tried the curry).

Feb 08, 2013
Lake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lunch near Westminster Abbey/Parliament

St. John's Smith Square is a concert hall (in a converted church), about 5 minutes' walk from Westminster Abbey. It has a very decent restaurant, which is open at lunch time.

http://www.sjss.org.uk/cafe-restaurant

Jan 10, 2013
Lake in U.K./Ireland

lunch in/around Windsor?

My favourite place to eat in Windsor is Gilbey's. Nothing else in Windsor comes close.

The restaurant is actually in Eton, on the High Street, which is just over the footbridge near the river and Windsor & Eton Riverside train station. Walk over the bridge and the restaurant is several doors up the street on the left side.

Very good quality at reasonable prices.

Jan 10, 2013
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Longdan Chinese supermarket, Kingston-upon-Thames

Thanks! I'll look for it this weekend.

Oct 27, 2011
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Longdan Chinese supermarket, Kingston-upon-Thames

Do you have an address? I googled it but didn't find anything.

Lake

Oct 18, 2011
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Best London restaurant in Zone 3/4/5/6

I'd say your best bet would be to go to Chiswick. Lots of tasty options there (see some recent posts).

Aug 08, 2011
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Chaconia, Trini on Deptford High St - London

I was just thinking about where to get Caribbean roti today. You've whetted my appetite!

May 04, 2011
Lake in U.K./Ireland

100-150 People- Business Cocktail Reception- Downtown Core

Have you considered Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Museum?

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Jamie Kennedy
9 Church St, Toronto, ON M5E1M2, CA

Apr 20, 2011
Lake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

[York] Food shopping and local treats (We're coming from the US)

Thanks for your updates and for reviving this thread. I'll be going to York for a few days in July for an event at the Early Music Festival, so I'm looking forward to trying some of your recs then.

Apr 06, 2011
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Your input please for my upcoming trip to London!

Since you're in London for less than a week, Silk Road is rather off the beaten track. I'm not sure it's worth a special trip when you have limited time. Finding some good Chinese restos in central London would be better time spent.

I'm from Canada myself (Toronto), and I generally find Chinese food is better in Toronto than London, no doubt because the Chinese form a higher percentage of the local population in Toronto and Vancouver than in London. And Chinese food is better in Vancouver than Toronto. So just be aware of that when looking for Chinese in London.

That said, the high-end Chinese restaurants have good reputations, as well as non-Cantonese options such as Sichuan or Malaysian.

Mar 25, 2011
Lake in U.K./Ireland

NYC gals visiting T.O in Nov looking for great mid-priced restaurants

Hi ladies,
When out-of-towners come to Toronto, I always like to take them to the Marche in BCE Place, an office building at Yonge and Front. It is a very fun place, with huge lineups, but it doesn't take long to get a seat if there's only 2 of you. When you are seated, you are given a plastic card. There are many stations with different types of food. You go around the dffierent stations, ask for what you want, and the server adds it to your card. At the end the cashier tallies up what you have on your card.

The food is good (although some chowhounds might turn up their noses) and nice desserts. The atmosphere is the main thing.

Oct 15, 2010
Lake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Inexpensive places in Russell Square (and beyond) [London]

Soho (with many tourist sights nearby) is not too far from Russell Square and has quite a number of good and interesting restaurants mentioned in recent threads. Chinatown is in Soho. (Try Haozhan.)

Polpo, Koya (Japanese), Bocca di Lupo (a little more expensive but apparently very good) are a few restaurants that have singled out in Soho. I can personally vouch for Koya and Polpo.

Aug 05, 2010
Lake in U.K./Ireland

one saturday in london

For a a kitchen/restaurant supply/housewares shop, Lakeland is one of the biggest. They don't have a location in central London, but if you decide to sightsee in Windsor, they do have a location there. They also have an online shop.

Jun 14, 2010
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Christmas (Eve) Dinner in West London

You may already know this, but public transportation is a nightmare from the afternoon of Christmas eve to at least Boxing Day. NO public transportation is running. Taxis cost a fortune and should be booked in advance. This may limit your dining choices as well, unless you have a car (in which case, no problem!). :-)

Jun 01, 2010
Lake in U.K./Ireland

[York] Food shopping and local treats (We're coming from the US)

OK, I found some links.

This is the restaurant I tried. Reservations are recommended:
http://www.york360.co.uk/restaurants/rustique.htm

I wanted to try this restaurant but didn't get around to it:
http://www.york360.co.uk/restaurants/...

My best meal by far, though, was the one in Helmsley.

May 31, 2010
Lake in U.K./Ireland

[York] Food shopping and local treats (We're coming from the US)

Although I stand by my recommendation to get out into the countryside as well as see York itself, I had at least one quite decent meal there and there were a couple of others that I would have tried if I stayed longer. I can't remember the name of these places, but if you hit the tourist office and ask for the freebie local literature, you'll have places to look for. Also, if you walk around most of the old picturesque streets (York isn't huge, so you're bound to get around), you will find places that you like the look of. The restaurantI tried -- and the 2 others are close to it -- are very near the tower on the round hill. My memory is appallingly bad so I can't remember the name of the hill, but it's a local landmark.

May 31, 2010
Lake in U.K./Ireland

[York] Food shopping and local treats (We're coming from the US)

Hi Morganna,
Just a heads-up that it's wise to make reservations for most restaurants in the UK, especially popular or high-end restaurants. They get booked up easily. Lead time really varies. Some places can be booked earlier on the same day, while for others may need 24 hours, a few days, or even a few months/year! (for Michelin-starred and similar).

Lake

May 19, 2010
Lake in U.K./Ireland

[York] Food shopping and local treats (We're coming from the US)

I agree with the others that York is easily doable in a couple of days. It's even more interesting to get out into the countryside, using the fabulous buses in the area. Much cheaper than taking sightseeing buses and you can stop wherever takes your fancy.

For instance, on the road to Helmsley, you can see a big chalk white horse on one of the hillsides and you also go by two crumbling monasteries, which are tourist spots (one of these isn't visible from the bus).

May 13, 2010
Lake in U.K./Ireland

[York] Food shopping and local treats (We're coming from the US)

Hi,
I spent several days in York last year. I took a bus to Helmsley, which is about an hour and a half from York. I had my best meal in the area at the Black Swan hotel in Helmsley. It's a very scenic route through the Yorkshire Dales on the bus to get to Helmsley, and it makes a very nice day trip. You can pick up the bus schedule from the Tourist office at York train station.

May 13, 2010
Lake in U.K./Ireland

A Meal in Windsor

Yes, give Gilbey's a try and do report back (when the time comes). Windsor/Eton is a lovely place to visit and can easily occupy your hours before you need to fly out to Italy. Don't forget to take a walk in Windsor Great Park, which is vast.

Regarding the western London suburbs, Chiswick is renowned for its good restaurants. If you have time during your week in London, it is well worth a visit. If you search on the Internet, you will find information about Chiswick restaurants.

Lake

Jan 09, 2009
Lake in U.K./Ireland

A Meal in Windsor

Hi Steve S,
Hope you and your wife have fun during your visit. I'm a transplanted Canadian myself from Toronto.

I've had a couple of nice meals at Gilbey's in Eton. Eton is a five-minute walk from Windsor; it's practically the same town. Just go across the pedestrian bridge over the river (near Windsor and Eton Riverside train station) and Eton High Street is on the other side.

Gilbey's is on the High Street, on the left-hand side. It serves reasonably priced, delicious food, and has a good set menu before 7 pm. Check their website at http://www.gilbeygroup.com/eton-home.htm.

A little further along the High Street you will find Eton school itself, full of English schoolboys wearing top hats and posh attitudes.

Jan 07, 2009
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Christmas Lunch in London

Choose a place you can walk to because cabs are eye-wateringly expensive on Christmas day, when there is absolutely no public transportation. I suppose you could look at renting a car, if you're not intimated by central London roads.

Dec 17, 2008
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Good food and Football - London Pubs

Have you tried Marco Pierre White's restaurant at the Chelsea Football Club at Stamford Bridge?
http://www.marcorestaurant.co.uk/

Dec 11, 2008
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Le Pont De La Tour, Hereford Road or Landau Restaurant?

Some of my family (who were visiting from overseas) and I tried Hereford Road on a Sunday night a few weeks ago. There were four of us. We were not bowled over, I have to say. I had a crab on toast appetizer, which had a curry-based dressing and which (for me) was not much above what you would find in a good college canteen. I followed this with a beef cheek main dish. This was quite flavourful but not perfect, and I found I had to add ground pepper from the table.

My brother, who used to work in the restaurant business, said Sunday nights can be iffy due to the chef often taking that night off. Nonetheless, I would not hurry back.

In contrast to this experience, we went to Phoenix Palace a couple of times and Tom Ilic and thoroughly enjoyed those occasions. Tom Ilic does wonderful food, with maximum flavour at minimal prices. Kudos to him.

Oct 15, 2008
Lake in U.K./Ireland

It's your 50th birthday in London and someone else is paying...

I second Galvin's Bistrot. Had a lovely meal there some months ago and would gladly go back again.

Sep 02, 2008
Lake in U.K./Ireland

9 hour layover ...

I don't know if this is too late, but...

Since you haven't been to London in a decade, walking to the Tate Modern along the South Bank is still a very good idea. The South Bank is now a major tourist attraction. The London Eye is right by Waterloo train station, then if you walk east along the south bank, you will reach Tate Modern and the Globe theatre. Both are well worth visiting. Directly across the river from the Tate is St. Paul's, which you can get to via the Millenium Bridge.

As others have said, the Tate has decent food and there many pubs along the river.

Jul 06, 2007
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Young Thailand new location

I too have fond memories of going to their Church Street restaurant. It seems like business had really dropped in the months before they left there. Too bad they are no longer in my neck of the woods - I don't think I would get out to Keele very often.

May 14, 2007
Lake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

My London Trip-4/20/07

Good report, Lissy, and great for tourists. Thanks!

May 14, 2007
Lake in U.K./Ireland

Is GBP 50 a Cheap Meal in London?

Lunchtime menus are usually cheaper, even at decent restaurants. You could consider having lunch as your largest meal. If you go to a food hall such as at Harrod's or Selfridge's, you can take away some really good food at reasonable prices. You can't eat on the premises, but Hyde Park is close to Harrod's.

May 14, 2007
Lake in U.K./Ireland