Where was your best eating of 2013?


It’s getting to that time of year, when it begins to feel like time for Blue Peter reviews of the year. It made me think of the places I’ve eaten over this year, some new, some old favourites, some never to be returned to. Skipping this last lot, then these are five that I would definitely think might get a return visit in 2014:


Burger & Lobster


Burger & Lobster – this is probably the trendiest place that I’ve eaten at this year, and I’m not particularly big on trendy. I did have a great evening here though, even after the long wait (to be honest, we went round to Sofra for a mezze plate of starters and a glass of wine first). The lobster roll was one of the best I’ve had, and the cocktails were pretty darn good too. I would expect the queues would drop off at some point and so make a return visit a good prospect.


The Ethicurean


The Ethicurean – this one is most definitely on my return list. I only went for breakfast, but we had a most fabulous time, and lingered a long time over great scrambled eggs and coffee. Being offered warm caramel apple cake straight out the oven to taste was a delight too.


RSC Lunch


The Rooftop Restaurant at the RSC – I had two great lunches here, and a few cocktails, and was impressed on all counts. As I know from my work with Cast, a theatre restaurant needs to turn out great food speedily when people are heading to a show, and full marks to the RSC for that. Great choices, great service, great setting and fabulous views. And no, that wasn’t just David Tennant.


Langar Hall


Langar Hall – this was the perfect place for an English summer’s evening, for a perfect birthday for Strictly Northern. The food was great for a summer’s evening, particularly my lobster ravioli, and there was quite a lot of Pimms drunk on the lawn. Couldn’t get more divine than to be in that environment with friends on one of the most perfect nights of the summer.


Picture Cafe


The Picture Cafe – this is a great place and a great local business to support. I am pleased to see that it is regularly significantly more busy than the Costa that was allowed to open across the road from it. Great for breakfast, for lunch, for just stopping in for great cakes. And it’s in Bingham, voted as Best Place to Live in Britain. Having a place like this might just have swung it for them.

I am looking forward to many new adventures in 2014, particularly as I know I have trips to NYC and Edinburgh to look forward to. But it’s always lovely to have some places to return to, that feel like old friends that you’re always pleased to see again. Where would be on your list?

Langar Hall shot by Rutty,


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Helen Tarver

Collector of great gifts and fabulous food, mum, cake baker & eater, wine opener. I write about food and the gift of it in its many forms.

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