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Terra Vergine (London)

limster wrote it up here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/865287

Aug 05, 2014
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Salisbury by the Cathedral, and the Avebury area of Wiltshire?

Red Lion in Pewsey is pretty good. Also if I remember rightly George and Dragon in Devizes is quite nice too. Was last at both about a year ago.

If you head down Devizes way, make sure you stop by the Caen Hill Locks, amazing sight to see. And of course check out some of the white horses. Lovely part of the world!

Jun 01, 2014
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On the District, Circle, or Piccadilly lines [London]

Hi June, I revisited Launceston Place fairly recently, and I enjoyed the food even more with the new chef. I'd happily recommend it.

Apr 08, 2014
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Foodie walking tours

The TFC in Dalston (Ridley Road) is the best one I've seen in their chain, it's huge and you can often get bread straight out of the oven, as well as browse their huge olive/deli counter. The Camberwell one is still pretty darn good if you're in the area though.

Jan 16, 2014
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Pubs in London

+1 for craft beer company in leather lane. But they do get very busy later in the week.

If you're out that way, a couple of minutes walk is the Gunmakers, which is a lovely pub that has nice real ales, and is quite a bit less manic than the Craft is. (Gunmakers is closed sat-sun.)

Dec 12, 2013
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[London] Banh mi?

Sad times. Panda panda has changed their menu to remove the Vietnamese items, including banh mi. They are now reinventing themselves as a standard British sandwich shop & coffee bar (albeit also selling bubble tea.)

http://panda-panda.co.uk/

Dec 04, 2013
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Apero: great new restaurant in South Kensington

We had the tasting menu a month or two ago. The cooking was generally quite good, but some of the portions were far, far too large. One of the (many) courses in our tasting menu included two complete and huge breasts of chicken, served for only two people. We wanted a doggy bag for the last half of the meal!

Nov 13, 2013
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Afternoon Tea [London]

Sorry to be contrary, but last week I had afternoon tea in the Lanesborough, and they definitely had ham sandwiches!

Sep 13, 2013
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9 days in London...

My father's a huge fan of the crumble for dessert. It's pretty good.

Aug 08, 2013
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Chicken Salt/Hei Hei salt help please...

Scratch that - I walked past it today and it's closed down. Oh well, I suppose there's always online.

Jun 29, 2013
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Chicken Salt/Hei Hei salt help please...

If you're in London, the Australia Shop at covent garden sells Chicken Salt.

Jun 19, 2013
deansa in U.K./Ireland

Middle of the Road Indian Restaurant in London

I use an RSS reader to get all the latest posts, so I don't need to try to figure out what's new and keep checking back. I use feedly, but there are many others around.

There may be one coming up. My email address is on my profile page, mail me your email address and I'll let you know if I hear anything.

May 13, 2013
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Greenwich

I second both gemuse's suggestions. For good beer in a good setting, I'd also suggest the Meantime pub in the Royal Naval College - lager focused, but very good lager and the full set of meantime beers on tap.

If you find yourself a little bit further south, I've been wanting to try Zero Degrees, Blackheath for quite a while. I think they have a microbrewery on site. Would be interested to hear reports on what it's like!

Apr 13, 2013
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Kastoori

I've been a number of times to the Tooting branch and I rate their dosas. As you say though, they're not that great for kottu. For kottu in Tooting, I prefer Dosa 'n Chutney.

Apr 12, 2013
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London for 5 nights

Agree the comments below. However if you want specific suggestions near to Hayes I suspect people may be able to help more. But it might be worth clarifying which one. Confusingly, there are two Hayes in London! One's in West London, the other South East.

Apr 10, 2013
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London - Kaya toasts and Ipoh white coffee at Candy Cafe, Chinatown

Sedap only have it if they're serving kaya-based desserts that week, so call ahead to avoid disappointment.

You could also make your own if you feel like a little challenge - pandan leaves are available in Chinatown grocery stores.

Apr 07, 2013
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Antepliler tomorrow - is it worth going to Green Lanes when I'm near the Upper St one?

Never been to the upper st branch so can't compare, but going to green lanes is a bit of an experience - it has a very different vibe to the rest of London and feels really Turkish - so in my view is worth a visit.

I returned to hala a few weeks back. I think they brush the meat drippings over their bread, and it tastes absolutely phenomenal.

Apr 06, 2013
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Near Liverpool St station?

I haven't been yet, but the new Jugged Hare gastropub is a fairly short walk and gets good reviews. Only other new place that springs to mind is HKK, but that's high-end Chinese.

Mar 29, 2013
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Trip to London (researched)--need help narrowing options

Ahh oops so the OP did. Yes if you look vaguely Malaysian you'll be fine. I am unmistakeable white boy, so it was fairly obvious in my case.

Mar 20, 2013
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Trip to London (researched)--need help narrowing options

It's quite difficult/uncomfortable to get into Malaysian Hall Canteen unless you're Malaysian. First & only time I went six months ago, they grilled me and eventually said they'd give me something to eat but not to ever come back unless I came with a Malaysian.

It's not that they're racist, it's because the place is subsidised by the Malaysian Government and they only want to subsidise Malaysian citizens.

Mar 20, 2013
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Trip to London (researched)--need help narrowing options

They have a lunch special - it's just a fixed subset of their main menu with smaller portions and cheaper price. If you're specially visiting, I'd go with a la carte.

Mar 20, 2013
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Trip to London (researched)--need help narrowing options

You should come out to dinner with some of us London posters. That's the only way we eat! :)

Mar 20, 2013
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Mama Wang's (roujiamo) - Archway, London

I went to Archway last Saturday to try it out. He had three different pots on the boil - there was the mentioned braised meat, cumin lamb and home-style sichuan tofu.

Roujiamo were quite nice and the muffin worked for me (though it's my first time eating them.) Interesting addition in the bun was pork scratchings with a sichuan pepper dusting - not sure if this is a standard part of a roujiamo, but it was tasty!

Mar 06, 2013
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Near London: country pub with a walk, near train station

I've never been, but Orwell's at Shipley nearby is rated highly. You could walk from the bustling town Centre of Reading along the Thames to Henley, diverting to Orwells for lunch. But that's more like 9 miles.

Jan 24, 2013
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Near London: country pub with a walk, near train station

Hampton Court is nice, but it's a pretty urban area. Even in the parks you don't really feel that far out of town in my experience.

Pewsey is a long way out and there's normally only a train every two hours. I don't think the walk to the Red Lion will be particularly scenic - just walking along an A road. If you are going to Pewsey, I'd recommend heading north a little, then walking along the very pretty avon & kennet canal, then maybe getting a taxi back to the red lion.

Jan 24, 2013
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Foodie walking tours

I'll focus on things I like to do as well as what would appeal to tourists. To start off with, here are some of the "rougher-diamond" areas I enjoy.

Camberwell - FM Mangal for lunch. Spend a couple of hours in the awesome craft beer pub The Storm Bird to work up your appetite. Then dinner at Silk Road. Pop into the Turkish Food Centre to pick up some nice groceries to take home. Or, once it finally reopens, go to the crypt in St Giles church for the best jazz venue ever.

Green Lanes - Lunch at Hala or Antepliler. Stop at one of the sweet shops to get some baklawa for later - there's one attached to Antepliler. Head to the bakery opposite Iceland, and grab some of the tahini bread for dessert (it looks a bit like a pain au raisin, but with tahini instead of sugar and raisins), or anything else that looks good. Get some nuts to nibble on from one of the several dedicated nut shops if that floats your boat, and stop off in one of the turkish grocery stores if you want to pick up any Turkish ingredients for home. Head to the Salisbury for an atmospheric drink (but if you're a tourist, walk up to the pretty middling pub on top of Alexandria Palace for a fantastic view of London, and while you're there look around the palace itself.)

Deptford - this one is more a set of snacks. Start at Panda Panda - get a banh mi (and a che ba mau if you have a sweet tooth). Head across the road to the Cote d'Ivoire place and have some of the spring rolls. Then go up the high street to Chung Viet and enjoy their food and much-improved toilets. I think JFores can suggest a pub around here, otherwise Dog & Bell for some good ales and a very local feel. If the street market is on in the High Street while you're there, keep an eye out for where the market also forks off on a road to the west - there's an amusing collection of hipster brick-a-brac to browse in that section. Then catch the DLR to Maritime Greenwich and have a nice afternoon there doing touristy stuff.

Tooting - grab a dosa at Chennai Dosa (the special masala has served me well), then a drink across the road at the Wheatsheaf, or for grander but noisier surrounds the Tooting Tram and Social. Drop by Pooja sweets to take home some great burfi and if you're still hungry they sell pretty good samosas. On the tube back, quickly hop off at Clapham North and grab some Hot Doubles at Roti Joupa.

Jan 20, 2013
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[North Yorkshire] Scarborough, Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay

Cool, thanks zuriga1! I'll take a look for it when I'm there.

Always up for good B&B tips. If it's not appropriate to post here, my email's in my profile or you may already have it.

Jan 20, 2013
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Near London: country pub with a walk, near train station

Hand & Flowers in Marlow, though probably not so much game in April. It is at the more formal end of pub food. You can walk along the Thames Path to Marlow from wherever is convenient, e.g., Henley.

http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/thames...

Jan 16, 2013
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[North Yorkshire] Scarborough, Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay

Hi all,

I'll be cycling between Whitby and Scarborough (through Robin Hood's Bay), any suggestions for good meals in the three towns? Is Magpie still good, or are there better fish restaurants?

I'm looking to try some of the famous Yorkshire chippies, but also anything else worth eating, of whatever cuisine or price point.

Thanks!

Jan 16, 2013
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Help: 'gourmet' ice cream van's (London)

I've only had their excellent brownies, but if your friend fancies a more chocolate twist to their ice cream van (including chocolate ice-cream), ChocStar http://www.chocstar.co.uk/parties.html might be worth a try.

Jan 15, 2013
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