Tesco Extra?

How super is your local supermarket? How much time do you spend there? Daily? Weekly? Even monthly, you’re probably popping in for at least 20 minutes at a time, but is it somewhere you want to spend more time? Like, say, a lunch or early dinner with friends? Not grabbing you by the sweet ‘n’ sour pork balls yet? Bear with, as they say. Read full post


Where to Eat In Broughton-in-Furness

The village of Broughton-in-Furness lies on the Western coast of the Cumbrian Lake District. Specifically at the mouth of the River Duddon that winds its way down from the Langdales through some of the best scenery the national park has to offer. For a small village, though technically a Charter Town, it boasts plenty of options for food and drink, both for locals and tired-out tourists. Read full post


In The Clink

We’ve all made pilgrimages for dinner; been prepared to put in a trek for a bite to eat but would you step behind bars? The Clink started in 2009 and is now running three restaurants in prisons – Brixton, Cardiff and High Down in Surrey – with plans to open 10 more in the next three years. Read full post


The Restaurant Man

The number one ‘Not-At-All-Like-You-Think-It-Will-Be’ Job of All Time has to be ‘Restaurateur’. Someone somewhere, about every five minutes, thinks “Goddammit, I’m done with this ludicrously stable and lucrative accountancy/PR/admin/managerial job; I’m going to sell up, remortgage my house and my children’s kidneys, buy a damp-ridden hole in Arseville and open my own concept restaurant. MAN, I’M GONNA LIVE THE DREAM.” You generally find them 5 months later, partner- and childless, sometimes kidney-less and definitely nearly without a liver due to the quantities of gin consumed to deal with the stress, sleeping on the floor of their ‘dream restaurant’ and twitching every time someone drops a fork. Read full post


A Star In The North?

It has been talked to death why Manchester cannot apparently support a Michelin-starred restaurant. The second (or first!) city and a cultural hotspot, it’s home to a thriving dining scene and plenty of wealthy townsfolk with a ‘tasting menus’-worth of disposable income. Now, however, it seems we have three potential Michelin awardees and, like buses on Oxford Road, two of them came along at once. Read full post


How Posh Is Your Toast?

The gourmet-ification (is that even a word? It is now) of so-called “dirty” foods is now a well-established trend; viz burgers, hot dogs, barbecue, pizza most famously. We’re all happy to get spend-y on what we see as/are told is “artisanal”, worth the money, special, deserving of our dough. And now we’re being told that the HOT NEW THING to spend our dough on is – brace – dough. Toast. One slice or two at around the £3 mark, to be exact. And we’re not talking white sliced with spread from the local caff either. Read full post



Weird, isn’t it, that headline? Flat. And oddly ungrammatical? And yet, apparently they are most certainly welcome as Maria Miller launches the as-titled campaign to attract 650,000 visits per year from Chinese tourists by 2020, adding a whopping £1.1bn to the economy and at least 4 more Chinese takeaways to each village, town and city in the country. We are under instructions to help/make them appreciate our culture, heritage, food (!), sport (!!) and countryside, amongst other things that make Britain GREAT (as Ms Miller herself puts it).
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