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

1847: restaurant review — 58 Mosley Street, Manchester (0161 236 1811). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £75 It's late at night and I'm in the newly opened Manchester outpost of the London-based Hawksmoor steak house group, all wood panelling, reclaimed parquet and seared animal. I am happy.

I refuse to tolerate food intolerances — I was intrigued by this piece in yesterday's Guardian about the problems faced by a mother when she discovered her children have various food intolerances. Now I am a polite chap, so let me say first of all that I have no doubt Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne's children experienced serious problems when faced by dairy or egg based products.

The Apologist Audiobook | Jay Rayner | — Check out this great listen on Marc Basset, restaurant critic for a national newspaper, has made vitriol his trademark. His vivid cruelty makes his many readers laugh - until a chef roasts himself to death in his bread oven, leaving Bassett's review of his restaurant stuck to the d...

Raby Hunt: restaurant review — The Raby Hunt Restaurant, Summerhouse nr Darlington, Co Durham (01325 374 237). Meal for two including service: £120-£200. Some ideas make no sense, even when they succeed: think budget airlines, pop tarts and Milton Keynes. The Raby Hunt in the hamlet of Summerhouse, a 15-minute drive outside Darlington, is another one of those.

It’s Mother’s Day - and no one’s better suited to tasting your kitchen disasters than mum — Mothering Sunday is upon us which means only one thing: all over the country people who have never before cooked a major meal are locked in kitchens attempting to express love and gratitude to their matriarch through the medium of traumatised ingredients. Cue oil-smeared cookbooks, bleeding fingers and gastronomic ambitions hastily reassessed.

Blacklock: restaurant review — 24 Great Windmill Street, London W1. No booking. Meal for two with drinks and service: £70 In the midst of this restaurant boom how we choose what to eat has begun to shift upstream. We used to decide where to go based on vague criteria: did we like small-plate pan-Asian tapas-sharing concepts?

Restaurant review: Karpo, London NW1 — 23 Euston Road, London NW1 (020 7843 2221). Meal for two, including drinks and service, £100From the outside, the muraled King's Cross building which houses Karpo looks like a self-consciously hip Dutch youth hostel. I say this fondly.

Lands End at Sunborn: restaurant review — Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 (020 3714 8111). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £140 In naming this week's restaurant Lands End, the operators of Sunborn London, the superyacht hotel which houses it, were almost right. It is indeed the end, though not of land.

The White Swan: restaurant review — 300 Wheatley Lane Road, Fence, Lancashire (01282 611 773). Meal for two, with wine and service: £75 Forgive me if, for the next few sentences, I sound like a man tiptoeing through a field of uncracked raw eggs. I don't want to offend. Or to be precise, I'm very happy to offend but only with good reason.

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Mar 27, 2015

@bobgranleese @LeCafeAnglais @hotdinners @zoesqwilliams I should know better than to wade in but three words: lobster Cous Cous.

Mar 26, 2015

@SarahVine: @apostrophediva @sophable @jayrayner1 I don't recall ever writing a column about my kitchen” ah, there we go...

Mar 26, 2015

@hazwebb and lovely to meet you too. I could probably do without the whole passive aggressive thing but still

Mar 26, 2015

@forzawin @hazwebb @bashredford look, all I felt was a small prick. Insert your own gag here.

Mar 26, 2015

@hazwebb @forzawin @bashredford but my love, you did it with such grace and subtlety. Given it was a largish knife

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