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Michelin Restaurants with Rooms- Winteringham Fields

Michelin Restaurants with Rooms- Winteringham Fields

Nestling on the banks of the Humber estuary is Winteringham Fields, a superb Michelin star restaurant with rooms. We opt for the couples retreat package (a Christmas present to ourselves), which includes an eight course surprise tasting menu, an overnight stay, and continental breakfast. The room: […]

Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

As returning customers to the amazing Michelin star food of Restaurant Sat Bains (2 Michelin stars) I thought ‘can this really be as good as last time?’ By the end of my 10 course tasting menu I discovered it wasn’t as good as our last […]

Quality food in Cambridge: Restaurant 22

Quality food in Cambridge: Restaurant 22

quality food in Cambridge


If you are looking for quality food in Cambridge Restaurant 22 is the place to go. It has been far too long since our last visit and since then this superb establishment has gone from strength to strength. Gaining both local and national acclaim (all of which is well deserved), delighted customers pack this restaurant to sample inventive and delicious plates of foods.

quality food in Cambridge
New season beetroot, goats curd, Wiltshire truffle

Snacks:

You can order from a short A La Carte menu, or chose from a five or seven course tasting menu. We of course opt for the seven course tasting (£55pp) which kicks of with a trio of snacks including plump Nocellara olives, new season beetroot, goats curd and Wiltshire truffle.

Pearl barley, spiced apple, “fruit pig”, black pudding


My favourite is a crispy pearl barley cracker with dots of spiced apple and black pudding which is simply delightful.

Truffle mac and cheese

The chef’s surprise snack is also excellent. A truffle mac and cheese bite.  A plate full of these alone would make you very happy indeed.

Bread:

Guinness bread and shallot brioche

This is followed by a couple of sensational individual breads. Guinness bread with a quenelle of Guinness butter is dark and warming, and a light shallot brioche to dip in aged balsamic vinegar is its perfect partner.

Amuse Bouche:

Watercress, smoked eel, horseradish.

Next up a watercress, smoked eel and horseradish amuse bouche that gets better with every mouthful. The heat and peppery hit of the horseradish builds throughout.

Starter:

Aged Hereford beef tartare, pickles, bone marrow, Burford Brown yolk.

Aged Hereford beef tartare which is served with pickles, bone marrow and Burford Brown yolk. This plate looks beautiful and tastes even better. Perfectly balanced and one of my stand outs from the menu.

Fish:

Line caught Cornish cod, turnip dashi, whipped cod roe.

Line caught cod is served with whipped cod roe and dashi which is topped with a light airy turnip foam. Small pieces of pickled ginger add a surprise element to this Asian inspired dish. Wonderful.

Main:

Sutton Hoo chicken, cauliflower, cep, jus gras

The main event is another exemplary dish. Sutton Hoo chicken is served in three different forms. Breast, wing and leg are all present alongside charred cauliflower and a silky-smooth cep puree. It is packed full of that deep, rich mushroom flavour that I for one love.

Cheese:

Optional Cheese Board

You don’t have to have the cheese course but then you will be missing out on a great selection of cheeses with crispy bread and chutney. Treat yourself and go for it because I doubt you will regret it.

Pre Dessert:

Yorkshire rhubarb, hibiscus, gingerbread

Moving onto the pre-dessert, a small glass of Yorkshire rhubarb, hibiscus and gingerbread. The tartness of the rhubarb is well matched with the sweet, spicy gingerbread. It looks amazing and tastes pretty good as well.

Dessert:

Dark chocolate, Jerusalem artichoke, blood orange.

To finish a dark chocolate delice topped with tiny Jerusalem artichoke crisps. Served with a beautiful blood orange sorbet, what a way to finish a meal. All this is washed down with a dry, clean crisp bottle of Italian Riesling recommend by the excellent sommelier.

I sit back in my chair relaxed, happy and content. I make a promise to myself that I won’t leave it so long before I return to the outstanding Restaurant 22 again.

Restaurant 22 is one of the great places for quality food in Cambridge mentioned in our foodies tour of Cambridge.

Great Places to Eat in Rutland, The Olive Branch

Great Places to Eat in Rutland, The Olive Branch

Following a recommendation from fellow foodie friends we discovered The Olive Branch in Clipsham as one of the great places to eat in Rutland. A good place to catch up over a plate or two of delicious food. Using homegrown or locally sourced seasonal produce, […]

Brilliant Burgers in Birmingham- Original Patty Men

Brilliant Burgers in Birmingham- Original Patty Men

The Venue: Nestling behind the shiny disc-covered building that is home to Selfridges in Birmingham you can find the Original Patty Men. The self-proclaimed ‘patty pimps and purveyors of filth!’. These are brilliant burgers in Birmingham. A firm favourite of the cities street food scene […]

Where to Get Bao in London- BAO SOHO

Where to Get Bao in London- BAO SOHO

BAO:

Wondering where to get bao in London? BAO SOHO is an excellent choice. This is one of three BAO restaurants dotted around the city from the same group which all specialise in Taiwanese BAO. These fluffy, delicious steamed buns stuffed with mounds of tantalising different fillings have become a firm favourite of mine.
BAO SOHO, London

Classic Bao:

I opt for a classic BAO and a fried chicken BAO. Both are superb and absolutely packed with flavour. The classic just about wins due to its delicious pulled pork filling topped with an incredibly moreish peanut dust
BAO, SOHO, LONDON
But the fried chicken is a very close second. Crispy and with a hit of heat.
London, BAO buns

Sides:

I also go for a small bowl of trotter nuggets which are deep, rich and piggy in the best way.
BAO, SOHO, LONDON, Nuggets, trotter
A bowl of slow cooked aubergine, spiced to just the right level (for me anyway) are served with a few wonton crisps.  A good contrast to the meaty options and a seasonal soda (blackberry and jasmine) helps wash this all down.
Aubergine, BAO, SOHO, wonton

This is where to get Bao in London:

Service here is efficient and quick and this is a great value lunch in the heart of Soho. Next time I am going all in for a full BAO selection including confit pork, lamb shoulder, daikon, plus the classic and the fried chicken!

Bao Out of London:

Note: if  you live in the Cambridgeshire area GUERRILLA KITCHEN do a fine selection of BAO so try these too. You won’t be disappointed.
To check out our other food recommendations click here.
Lunch in Cambridgeshire:The Red Lion Soham, Cambridgeshire.

Lunch in Cambridgeshire:The Red Lion Soham, Cambridgeshire.

Grace Dent has long been a favourite reviewer of ours when it comes to commenting on restaurants. When she gave a glowing review of lunch in Cambridgeshire at local pub The Red Lion in Soham in the Guardian a few months ago it was always […]

Wonderful Michelin Star Food-Spectrum, Amsterdam

Wonderful Michelin Star Food-Spectrum, Amsterdam

There are many things you can do in Amsterdam but for me what could be better than an evening in the beautiful dining room of recently renamed (from Librijes Zusje) Spectrum  enjoying wonderful Michelin star food      The Venue: The restaurant can be found in […]

A Foodies Tour of Cambridge.

A Foodies Tour of Cambridge.

The food offering in this city has grown rapidly and there are now many excellent places to choose from for a foodies tour of Cambridge. For a quick bite or a special occasion, here are some of our favourites:

Hot Numbers: 

Start the day with a coffee at Hot Numbers. The original shop (just off Mill road) is still going strong but there is also a second branch on Trumpington street. This is more central and ideal for a rest after a trek round the Fitzwilliam Museum across the road. They roast their own coffee beans from sources around the world. The best coffee in the city, possibly….


Steak and Honour:

Have lunch at Steak and Honour. My favourite is the Classic Riverside Beef- brioche bun, lettuce, onion, gherkin, French’s mustard and Heinz tomato ketchup- yum! Delicious burgers with regular features and specials. They still have the cool little Citroen vans that they started out with at regular spots around the city too.
Foodies tour of  Cambridge

Smokeworks: 

Around the corner on Free School Lane,  Smokeworks is also a great option-especially the fantastic lunch time deal (a main, fries and drink for £9.50). Main dishes may include a smoked pork burrito, ribs or a southern fried chicken wrap. Extremely moorish! For our review of SmokeWork click here.
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Jack’s Gelato:
For dessert, pop across the road for a scoop or two (or even three!) of Jacks delicious gelato. In my opinion easily the best ice-cream in Cambridge and possibly some of the best I have ever eaten . Flavours are seasonal and change daily (see the changing board), some examples include classic mint choc chip, salted treacle, elder flower and chocolate sorbet. Outstanding.
Pint shop Cambridge

The Pint Shop: 

Have drink at the Pint Shop. Their ever-changing beer chalk board offers a range of superb beers to suit all tastes and a gin list to please even the most demanding connoisseur. Bar snacks are optional but the scotch eggs are particularly pleasing. The meal offerings here are also excellent.
Restaurant 22 Cambridge

Restaurant 22: 

Finish your day with a real treat at Restaurant 22. Go for the tasting menu and enjoy beautiful plates of flavoursome and exciting food. Some examples are their wood pigeon served with pear, celeriac and pine, or 45 day aged beef with bone marrow, onion and maple. Extremely reasonably priced for the quality of service and cooking.

Foodies Tour of Cambridge Continued:

If only we had more hours to fit in more food these places would also be a must:
Fitzbillies– for their delicious (and famous) Chelsea buns. You can actually buy them as a gift in a pretty box.
Bread and Meat– Big, tasty, meaty (or vegetarian) sandwiches!
For other great local places to eat click here.
Recommendation for Cambridge Foodies: Cotto.

Recommendation for Cambridge Foodies: Cotto.

Cotto has been on our to try list for a long time. The gift of a voucher and a birthday to celebrate gave us that final push to book. Cotto is situated inside the Gonville hotel over looking Parker’s Piece in central Cambridge. The Welcome: […]