Eats, writes about it. Ponces about on telly. Has big hair.

Bonhams: restaurant review — A restaurant of quiet ambition, located within a fancy auction house, is a whole bunch of dreadful, overwrought analogies just waiting to happen. It didn't help that, on the day we visited the restaurant inside Bonhams on London's New Bond Street, the galleries were filled with glorious works.

We’ve had our fill of fussy fine dining — Spare a thought for Britain's high-end laundry businesses. For decades they have been able to rely on the restaurant trade for income; on those gilded gastro palaces, their chandeliered dining rooms laid with tablecloths so thick they could double as sails for ocean-going yachts. Now apparently, not so much.

The Marksman: restaurant review — 254 Hackney Road, London E2 (020 7739 7393). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £90 If there's a better lunch to be had in Britain right now than the beef and barley buns with horseradish, the kid goat curry with the fried potatoes and the brown butter and honey tart served at the Marksman pub on the Hackney Road, I want to know about it.

Restaurants: Imperial China, WC2 — This is what it took to get me to Imperial China in London's Chinatown: an ornamental goldfish pond; a dinky bridge across it; a bit of wood panelling; a baby grand piano and a pianist playing the theme to Love Story.

Wedding season is here: bring on the crimes against food — A while back I received an email accusing me of snobbery. Just another day at the office, then. My crime that day was to have said during an episode of MasterChef that a dessert "looked like the sort of thing served at a cheap wedding full of regret held at a hotel on a ring road".

Leicester House: restaurant review — 1 Leicester Street, London WC2 (020 3696 6460). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £120 How can an entire street corner lose its way? How can it simply stop being a place anyone wants to visit and become instead the subject only of deep sighs and shrugs?

Duck & Rice: restaurant review — 90 Berwick Street, London W1 (020 3327 7888). Meal for two, including drinks and service, £110 For a moment I didn't want to step inside Alan Yau's new "Chinese gastropub". I wanted to treat it like that beautiful girl I had the hots for in my first year at university.

Jay Rayner: 'Me playing is akin to watching the dog walk on his back legs' — Recently I had a surprise: the fitness monitor on my wrist announced I had passed my 10,000 footsteps-a-day goal before lunchtime. This was odd, given I'd spent the entire morning sitting down. Then I realised where I'd been sitting: at the piano, practising my left hand stride.

Mr Cooper’s House & Garden: restaurant review — Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester (0161 932 4128). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £110 At the bottom of the menu at Mr Cooper's House & Garden, which is neither a house nor a garden but a hotel restaurant in Manchester, it says : "Stay true to your roots."

Berber & Q: restaurant review — Josh Katz cooks in Technicolor. His food has the bash and enthusiasm that other menus have the words for but not the flavours. Given it's in Hackney, in a reconditioned railway arch, that there are no reservations and that there are railway sleepers involved - given that, on paper, it's a hipster restaurant checklist as compiled by - this is remarkable.
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Jul 02, 2015

I kept meaning to review this one. But meaning to do so, is not that same as having the will to dial the number...…

Jul 02, 2015

Thanks for all Catalan food links and tips

Jul 02, 2015

Anyone know of any good (eng lang) food blogs for area of coast in Catalonia around/north of Lloret de mar #holidayplans

Jul 02, 2015

Coming to a future OFM. Me. in rubber gloves. being a kitchen porter.…

Jul 02, 2015

Musicians! @officialronnies is running a musical instrument amnesty. Get unused instruments to ronnies July 11. Info:…

Jul 01, 2015

@XantheClay ah, so you ate xmas lunch on the second hottest day of the year

Jul 01, 2015

Go have a look @XantheClay She's eating Christmas lunch on the hottest day of the year

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