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Young Parisians pile into Pret

Pret a Manger and Exki, Paris

I spent the first decade of my sandwich cafe life when in the North West of England referencing Pret a Manger. The first branch of Mangetout in Liverpool opened in…[Read more]

Salcombe by the sea

Salcombe Dairy

I have a weakness for small well run factories. Perhaps it’s because I’m orderly by nature that I get excited about wholesale production organised into cartons and pallets stacked up…[Read more]

Bruno and his team

Grain Store Kings Cross

The January before last, the restaurant critic AA Gill declared 2012 to be the year of the vegetable. In the event, this prediction did not materialise as it was instead…[Read more]


Balthazar Bakery

The most eagerly awaited opening in the restaurant world this Spring was the second branch in London of Balthazar, Keith McNally’s highly successful New York restaurant. Arguably the doyen of…[Read more]

Scandanavian Kitchen

Nordic Triangle

Scandanavian Kitchen/Nordic Bakery/Fabrique In the late 1960s my mother inherited an interior design business in Manchester. This was not quite the glamorous occupation it has now become. Much of her…[Read more]

Chick pea ribollito with pesto

Food for a working foodie

We all know that preparing food is time-consuming, and even the foodiest among us foodies occasionally just long to be cooked for. At the end of a long day of…[Read more]


Princi – The Genius of Alan Yau

If you’re walking down Wardour Street in Soho from Oxford Street at any time of the day or evening, you can easily miss Princi. There is no A board on…[Read more]

Lemon meringue at Cafe Pouchkine

Le Snacking in Paris

City restaurant tours have become much easier with the fashion of small plate eating. This is particularly the case in London where starter sized portions are now possible in many…[Read more]

Reminiscent of a Cornish caff

Bonnie Gull

Pop ups are a good idea. For the novelty and ephemerality element obviously, but also from a practical point of view. You can try out an idea first before committing…[Read more]

No need for a sign

Septime – Paris

I don’t much like booking weeks ahead for a restaurant. Necessary perhaps when there’s a special occasion or a group of people to get together, but otherwise, to have to…[Read more]