Category Archive: Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant reviews

Review: Lympstone Manor, Devon

Lympstone Manor is in a lovely spot on the Exe estuary and has swiftly earned a Michelin star since chef Michael Caines opened a few years ago. It’s a classic country house hotel, elegantly furnished rooms full of light and lovely things, excellent service throughout. The restaurant offers a classic and a seafood tasting menu …

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Review: Bibi, Mayfair

Bibi is very Mayfair. Fully on trend, there is mostly counter seating, but here the stools are plumply upholstered affairs with comfortable backs. Lighting is dark and clubby. A carafe of water is offered, then appears as £3.5 per person on the bill. And the included service charge is 15% of course. We did enjoy …

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Review: Jeux Jeux, Waterloo

I’m always on the hunt for useful places to eat on the South Bank, so long a wasteland of chain restaurants and nothingness. So after a visit to Jeux Jeux I’m happy to report that you can enjoy a perfectly tasty Hiroshima-style okonomyaki here now. If you’re not already a fan, okonomyaki is a kinda …

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Review: Grace & Savour, Hampton-in-Arden

My previous review of Smoke gives a bit of detail about Hampton Manor, the location for Grace & Savour. Yes, we stayed here for two nights and had two knock-out fine dining meals in a row including a wine pairing here. Yes, the next day on the way home we did feel just a teensy …

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Review: Smoke, Hampton-in-Arden

It being January and miserable, we took ourselves off to a country house hotel in darkest Warwickshire to do nothing but indulge. Recommended. And specifically I recommend Hampton Manor as a great place to unwind. It’s a big ol’ Victorian pile that has been given a warm country vibe with a mixture of big statements …

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