Lussmanns Fish and Grill St Albans

Lussmanns St Albans

St Albans is fast becoming a city known for good food, as evidenced by the annual St Albans Food Festival, which will soon be in its sixth year, along with three independent restaurant listings in the 2013 edition of The Good Food Guide. Although there are a growing number of ‘award-winning’ restaurants in St Albans, flying the… 

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First Visit to Petersham Nurseries Teahouse and Cafe

Petersham Nurseries Cafe

A dry bank holiday weekend in Britain – fairly unusual! To mark a bright, sunny day, we took an impromptu trip to Richmond Upon Thames. After a little row in a boat and a lovely walk along the riverbank, we also decided to pop into Petersham Nurseries. I’d been meaning to go for some time. Strangely I… 

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A Foraging Walk and Banquet with ‘The Foragers at The Verulam Arms’ St Albans

Foraging Banquet-

Nettle soup with wild garlic-infused olive oil, sweet onion tart topped with foraged herbs, blue cheese cheesecake with wild poppy seed biscuits. The kind of food you would perhaps expect to find on the menu of a Michelin-starred restaurant – not at your local pub. As a foodie with a great love of all things local, I was intruiged… 

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Restaurant Review: Thai Square, George Street, St Albans


I was recently asked to review a branch of the Thai Square chain of restaurants. Given that we have one locally here in the Roman city of St Albans, I was only too happy to pop in. Like many of its local counterparts here in St Albans, Thai Square is a chain, with nineteen individual restaurants across… 

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Restaurant Review – Jamie’s Italian, The Bell, Chequer Street, St Albans


Last weekend saw the opening of a new branch of Jamie’s Italian in St Albans, taking over the space that used to be The Bell Public House on Chequer Street. The Bell becomes Jamie Oliver’s 25th restaurant in the Jamie’s Italian chain and since it’s on my doorstep, I was eager to visit. I joined… 

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Restaurant Review: Pizza East Portobello and Discovering Burrata!


My visit to Pizza East Portobello was quite memorable for two reasons. Firstly, it was the first place in which I ate burrata, a fresh Italian cheese made from mozarella and cream made in a tiny village in Puglia. The Independent described it as “Britain’s new big cheese. Ultra-soft, creamy burrata is replacing mozzarella as the grande formaggio… 

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An Audience With Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons

A cold blustery night in November.  The log fire burned brightly from inside a solid stone fireplace decorated with tea lights.  Ruinart champagne flowed generously.   As we awaited the arrival of our host for the evening, Chef-Patron of the two-starred Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, there was anticipation and a sense that we were guests who… 

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