Sushi Is On a Roll – The Rise in Popularity of Japanese Cuisine in the UK

It seems like everyone is falling in love with Japanese food these days. The recent batch of food guides and awards have an unmistakable Asian theme running through them with many new entries coming from sushi restaurants. We published a post back in the summer titled ‘Which City is the Haute Cuisine Capital of the…

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Hotels with (tenuous) links to Halloween

Halloween has become the biggest grossing commercial holiday event after Christmas and is now much anticipated in the UK. Celebrating the Christian holiday of All Hallows Eve (followed by All Saints Day on November 1st) it derives from an ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago. We’ve undertaken a little bit of…

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Should restaurants offer a ‘soft drink’ pairing along with their wine recommendations?

I’ve noticed a recurring theme cropping up during the month of October – acquaintances giving up booze. I have several strong-willed friends who are embarking on either get fit routines, pre-Christmas slim downs or charity ‘sober for October’ fundraisers. Now I am in awe of their fortitude but would personally rather join a gym than give up…

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Are restaurants the new art galleries?

Food and art have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial association. Struggling artists along the left bank of Paris produced works in exchange for food and restaurant owners adorned their walls with masterpieces for free. The Victorians sparked the trend for creating panoramic social scenes, famously revived by The Ivy back in 2001 when they commissioned…

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The full list of 2013 – 2014 Michelin star restaurants in the UK

PLEASE NOTE THIS LIST HAS NOW BEEN SUPERSEDED BY THE 2015- 2016 PUBLICATION – LINK HERE Congratulations to Michelin on the latest publication.  Many of these restaurants provide exclusive dining offers and add value privileges to subscribing Design Restaurants Club members – examples: Save on average £38 on two people dining at Alan Ducasse at The Dorchester (3…

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The full list of 2014 Michelin star restaurants in the UK

Also see: The full list of 2015 Michelin star restaurants in the UK Many of these leading restaurants provide exclusive dining offers and add value privileges to subscribing Design Restaurants Club members – examples: Save on average £38 on two people dining at Alan Ducasse at The Dorchester (3 Michelin stars) Receive complimentary glass of champagne…

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