House of Tides

Way aye, man! Howay, pet! Mi eyes, Duncan, mi eyyyyyes! Okay, enough of that. If you hadn’t already guessed I recently took a wee trip up to Newcastle… well actually, up to the beautiful Northumberland coastline on what I believe the cool kids are calling a “mini-moon”. After having married a couple of days earlier, […]

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Singh When You’re Winning.

So… last month I had my stag do. Cue late-night debauchery, promiscuity, handcuffs, etc. Well actually, no. (Not initially anyway.) Because my best man pulled out a right humdinger of a trump card: an evening in the company of bon viveur, raconteur, and all-round bloody nice bloke Tony Singh. Yep, that Tony Singh – he of The […]

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Arboreal

Last week I was invited along to a tasting of the new menu at Arboreal, the 2 Rosette restaurant at the Merewood Country House Hotel in Windermere. Arboreal is a new venture created last year when the kitchen team, led by chef Carl Semple, decided to split the existing restaurant into two separate entities: The Grill and Arboreal. […]

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The Death of Michelin.

The Michelin Guide. An annual publication of almost mythical status that can, quite literally, make or break the fortunes of a restaurant. Each year the catering industry holds its breath in anticipation of the latest edition – how many new stars this year? How many three-stars? Will anyone lose their stars? Some chefs have become […]

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L’Enclume

A few months ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to a tasting lunch at L’Enclume. I say ‘fortunate’ because not only does L’Enclume have a sterling reputation (2 Michelin stars, 5 AA Rosettes, four-times consecutive winner of Good Food Magazine‘s ‘Best Restaurant in the Country’) but also because somebody else had offered to pay for it, […]

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