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

Le Chabanais: restaurant review

theguardian.com — How much per square metre does it cost to clad a room in tarnished brass? Nail that figure and you could put a hard numerical value on what's wrong with Le Chabanais. Because something has gone very wrong. Not with the food, which is interesting, if rather less interesting than it thinks it is.
Jul 27, 2015

RT @RNLI: Thanks @jayrayner1 for the Fish Supper mention in the Observer this weekend: theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2… - sign up here: rnli.org/fishsupper

Jul 26, 2015

This week's review: Le Chabanais where you pay for decor and food that ain't quite as interesting as they think it is theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Jul 26, 2015

RT @jayrayner1: This week's review: Le Chabanais where you pay for decor and food that ain't quite as interesting as they think it is theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

How Psy taught me Gangnam Style

The lunchtime revolution at a school for children with autism

theguardian.com — In the dining room at Queensmill, a west London school for children with autism, spotting the truly extraordinary moments can be tricky. Matthew, for example, sits at a table wearing ear protectors in a dazzling shade of Day-Glo green, but there's nothing extraordinary about that.
Jul 19, 2015

Meet Lucio, the briliant cook at Queensmill, a school for kids with Autism, who's changing lives one plate at a time. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Jul 19, 2015

RT @jayrayner1: Meet Lucio, the briliant cook at Queensmill, a school for kids with Autism, who's changing lives one plate at a time. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Jul 19, 2015

RT @jayrayner1: Meet Lucio, the briliant cook at Queensmill, a school for kids with Autism, who's changing lives one plate at a time. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Jul 19, 2015

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Jul 19, 2015

RT @jayrayner1: Meet Lucio, the briliant cook at Queensmill, a school for kids with Autism, who's changing lives one plate at a time. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

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Fischer’s at Baslow Hall: restaurant review

theguardian.com — Baslow, Derbyshire (01246 583 259). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £120 How long does it take for the dated to become a much-loved classic? In the 90s we looked back on the fancy French Robin's Nest food of the 70s - snails in their shells with garlic butter, duck à l'orange, profiteroles - and sniggered quietly to ourselves.
Jul 19, 2015

This week's review: a cheerful Sunday lunch with a side order of Chintz at Fischer's, Baslow Hall. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Jul 19, 2015

RT @ObsMagazine: Chintz and over-stuffed pillows - @FischersBaslow would be funny if the food wasn’t so damn good, says @jayrayner1 gu.com/p/4ak85/tw

What’s so bad about ‘processed food’?

theguardian.com — I bloody love processed food. Here's my favourite summer processed pork belly dish. In an oven pan I sauté chorizo, onions and carrots, then deglaze with red wine. I reduce by half, top up with chicken stock and chuck in some brown sugar.
Jul 15, 2015

Why I bloody love processed food (or 'mind your language') my OFM column early theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Smith & Wollensky: restaurant review

theguardian.com — Cooking a steak well is tricky, because you cannot see inside the meat. It takes experience and knowledge. Cooking chips is easy: use the right potatoes, give them a couple of runs through the hot oil, make sure they're the right colour, perhaps even taste a couple. The job is done.
Jul 12, 2015

This week's review: dreadful steaks at Smith & Wollensky where the cows die in vain. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2… I went so you wouldn't have to.

Jul 12, 2015

Now that's a restaurant review... Smith & Wollensky | Jay Rayner gu.com/p/4aehz/stw

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Saltwood on the Green: restaurant review

theguardian.com — I have always associated the village of Saltwood near Hythe in Kent with a certain kind of agreeable louchness. This is because it is home to Saltwood Castle, inhabited by the late Alan Clark MP until his death in 1999, when he insisted on being buried in its grounds.
Jul 05, 2015

This week's review: the gentle pleasures of Saltwood on the Green. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2… (by God the comments btl so far are annoying)

Bonhams: restaurant review

theguardian.com — 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.
Jun 28, 2015

This week's review: the glorious restaurant at Bonhams. If I gave scores this would have been full marks theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Jun 28, 2015

RT @jayrayner1: This week's review: the glorious restaurant at Bonhams. If I gave scores this would have been full marks theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

We’ve had our fill of fussy fine dining

theguardian.com — 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.
Jun 22, 2015

Death to tablecloths: why we've had enough of faine daining. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

The Marksman: restaurant review

theguardian.com — 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.
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Jul 31, 2015

A few days later on August 27 I'm being rude and a little sweary again in Worcester, with another My Dining Hell worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.…

Jul 31, 2015

Going to @edfringe ? Come me, Aug 24, doing My Dining Hell... tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/jay-r… I'm rude and a bit sweary and often cross.

Jul 31, 2015

@dan_lepard @matt_g_b if the issue is carbon foot printing what matters is how food is produced not where. Transport is v small element

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