The Square

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The luxurious The Square restaurant is now owned by Marc Restaurants. The location, once headed up by chef Philip Howard and restaurateur Nigel Platts-Martin, is now home to executive Chef Clément Leroy after Marlon Abela redeveloped the restaurant in 2016. The new reincarnation provides diners with modern haute cuisine in a stunning contemporary art-filled venue... Read more »

The Balcon

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On the night of the skies being red from the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia, my guest and I arrived at The Balcon situated in Pall Mall. We walked into the restaurant at the entrance just opposite the iconic landmark of London's Georgian heritage, the Institute of Directors. The wind blew their enormous flag like a... Read more »

Avec Nous

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Walking into Avec Nous is like entering another world... it is a perfect pairing between a relaxed St. Tropez villa and a cool Californian style lounge.  The ambiance is serene, the music relaxing and at a perfect pitch, the lighting fixtures are splendid, yet not ostentatious while the fire purrs gently.  The camel semi-circular booths... Read more »

Selman Restaurant

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On a warm October day we headed to the beautiful luxury hotel The Selman, on the outskirts of Marrakesh, for sumptuous dining experience. Our chauffeur drove us up to the front door of the spectacular hotel where the Dorman showed us into the lobby where we then glided across the marble floors to the main... Read more »

Le Gavroche

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It’s a funny one, French cuisine. Talk to the average person on the street, and they’ll still hold it up as the pinnacle of all things culinary. Talk to modern “foodies” (yeah, I hate the term too but it’s still probably the best one we’ve got) or ask for opinions on Twitter and you’ll get... Read more »

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

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During our stay at the luxurious Whatley Manor, where we were carefree in the Cotswolds, Charlotte and I were lucky enough to be able to eat at the hotel’s two Michelin star restaurant, The Dining Room. Aside from our treatments at Whatley Manor’s Aquarias spa, we had spent the day on foot and on bicycles,... Read more »

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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It is hard to miss L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon on West Street, near Covent Garden, with its striking and enigmatic black exterior. On entering, the black theme continues, accented with red and a lacquerware-like shine that makes me think – as I am sure other customers do – that I have walked into a giant... Read more »

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

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For me, the prospect of fine dining at lunchtime usually follows the same pattern. I make the booking with the intention of choosing a conservatively sized option – there is, after all, the rest of the day to get through – and perhaps allowing myself two glasses of wine, at most. Inevitably, I change my... Read more »