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Sotto Sotto

Abbey, Bath and North East Somerset
19/03/2017: Sotto Sotto - lower and lower you go, and there beneath the streets of Bath awaits a magical welcome.We loved the interior - a series of rooms under vaulted arches, magnificently decorated and with a crisp, fully-alive atmosphere. We loved the food - delicious Italian food, beautifully prepared and presented… in my case Bruschetta classica, Casarecce pasta with Taggiasche olives, and passion fruit sorbet. But most of all we loved the staff - such professionals, all Italian, full of character, thoroughly charming.These days Sotto Sotto must be one of the finest restaurants in Bath. Thank you for a memorable evening!
19/03/2017: I won't be able to do it justice in words... Just go here. The food is delicious, the staff are fantastic, the service is impeccable, and the setting is beautiful. Perfect way to spend a special evening.


Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

St Endellion, Cornwall,Isles of Scilly, 60-100£
19/03/2017: Overrated and over-priced. I'm afraid this was a disappointing experience. There is a lack of atmosphere, largely due to the uninspiring decor. The staff were attentive, but I felt, could have explained the dishes on the tasting menu with more detail. The food was good (all fish) but a tad monotonous if I'm honest.Having had a 2010 Pomerol, as per the wine list, we were then given a 2011. The sommelier didn't highlight this and seemed a little put out when we queried it. You would expect the sommelier in a 2 Michelin star restaurant to understand that the year can make a significant difference to the taste, quality and price. The real bug bear and something that should be discouraged, was adding 12.5% gratuity to the bill. Gratuity should not be linked to wine as it requires the same level of service to open a £500 bottle of wine as it does a £50 bottle yet 12.5% of either is a significant difference.Just shy of £1000 for 4 people and it simply was not worth it. Nathan Outlaws is not a patch on Paul Ainsworth's No6 in Padstow.
16/03/2017: Nathan Outlaw's 2 Michelin starred fish restaurant serves a set tasting menu (£125 per head). We were there for dinner so it was dark but it would have astounding views in the light. We did not take the matching wine option (£75 per head). Service is impeccable. Food is exciting and tasted fantastic. This is a wonderful dining experience. Save up and do it!


Blacksands Bistro

Ilfracombe Central, North Devon
16/03/2017: The crab souffle was about as good as anything I have had anywhere, and the fish stew similarly great, but this is a place where the whole feel is just brilliant and the people are the real stars. Genuinely outstanding!
07/03/2017: We booked a table here for last Friday night. We were not disappointed. This place was recommended by our B&B owner but we had already booked. She said we would not be disappointed and we weren't. The food was really lovely, we started with the crab soufflé and home made houmous followed by the beef burger and fries. Would recommend all of these. A great drinks list and some lovely cocktails. We didn't know at the time but this bistro is a family run affair, and what a great team they are. Myself and my husband also really enjoyed the background music. Thank you for a lovely evening.



St Agnes, Cornwall,Isles of Scilly
13/03/2017: We were booked in here for our wedding anniversary and it could not have been better - from the moment we walked through the door to leaving we could not fault it. The staff, the service , the food, the wine, the ambience - just wonderful - one of the best meals we've ever had.
12/03/2017: Went to the restaurant after being recommended by friends.We were glad that we took their advice.The restaurant was very busy, a good sign.Excellent menu with plenty of other choices on the specials board.All of the food was excellent, and for the quality very reasonably priced.Would definately go again, and recommend to others


The Chef's Dozen

Campden-Vale, Cotswold
19/03/2017: Not sure I would agree that this restaurant deserves the praise it seems to get. We eat in a lot of 'fine dining' restaurants and I applaud the idea of a limited menu, but I was not taken by the 3 choices for the first 2 groupings. You select a dish from 4 separate groups. As a previous reviewer suggested, perhaps the groupings should be fish, game etc? Some of the dishes contained similar ingredients, no good if you are not a fan of them! For the first course, I settled for duck egg custard with a couple of additions mentioned on the menu, but, in practice, it was rather clawing eggy mixture in a bowl with a bit of a crisp on top! My partner didn't fancy the squirrel option but did like the fish he chose. My next course was fish, gurnard, but it was advertised as being with a range of ingredients including curry. There wasn't an awful lot of flavour in it and not much food. We both had roe deer for the next course, which was cooked well, but, again, was billed as being cooked with ingredients such as sloe gin etc, all 'disappearing' on the plate.Again, we chose the same desserts, a quince soufflé with cinnamon ice cream. The texture of the soufflé was good, but it had minimal flavour. On the other hand I think someone had tipped too much cinnamon powder into the ice cream! It was far too strong!The amuse bouche were good, but there was a pre- dessert which was milk ice cream 'with honey'. It was VERY bland and had granola on it, rather like a breakfast dish - not very inspiring. I think it was a honey wafer with it, but it needed more of this sweetness. I ordered a coffee at the end but wasn't offered any varieties. We were both given petit fours though, 2 of the 3 being good, but one just a flavourless sponge.We had rhubarb royals (£12 each) at the start, but, again, rather lacking in rhubarb flavour. We thought the wines were rather pricey and we were being encouraged to have more, so I suspect they fairly 'hard sell' their drinks.The bread was a nice touch - a small wholemeal loaf for the 2 of us, great in theory, but with a rather cakey and unusual texture. It was served with butter and the de riguer of posh restaurants these days, dripping.The atmosphere and service overall were good and the restaurant was nice and warm on a chilly evening, always good, but I do feel it is a bit pretentious and they could make a number of improvements - mostly by boosting the flavour of their food!
12/03/2017: Visited as a birthday treat as a surprise organised by my wife. It was a quiet night and only one other couple in.The feel of the restaurant is very intimate and we enjoyed the excellent service. The options for the food were interesting and we'll executed and I liked that the chefs brought us the food. Couldn't bring myself to try squirrel, but having been to several high end restaurants I can't imagine a star is too far away for this little gem.


Couch's Great House

Looe West and Lansallos, Cornwall,Isles of Scilly, >100£
11/03/2017: Daughter's birthday and looking for somewhere special. Not disappointed, food excellent as was the service and ambience. Had a great time and would come again. All we had from the menu was good.
05/03/2017: We'd booked in advance, luckily, as the restaurant ended up being closed the night we were visiting due to an issue with their oven, but the owner, Richard, opened up for us specially as there'd been a mix up and we hadn't been notified. Wow. We had the restaurant and the chef to ourselves, so put ourselves in his hands to select our menu. Simply amazing. Thank you Richard! Can't wait to dine with you again next year.


Cafe Cloud

Newquay Central, Cornwall,Isles of Scilly
18/03/2017: A lovely, quaint little cafe.....clean and well looked after and the two ladies working there are friendly and welcoming.Both dog and child friendly and the food is simply delicious. We had cream tea for two and the homemade scones are a good size and arguably the best tasting in Cornwall. Having tea served in a proper China pot also seems to enhance the taste. The little people had homemade choc-chip shortbread cookies (we obviously assisted them) and these were also delicious!!Easy to see why it has such good reviews and we will most definitely be returning.....
13/03/2017: Just like to wish my dear friend therese and her staff s great season for 2017. Well done therese your hard work has paid off yet again. So anyone wanting a lovely quaint cafe with brilliant and varied food hot or cold, gluten free well taken care of too just pop in and enjoy scones cakes etc all made by therese you wont be sorry. Suggest you dont nibble but wait and experience the whole thing whenever you can.


The Wheel House

Falmouth Arwenack, Cornwall,Isles of Scilly
18/03/2017: We have been coming annually for the last 5 years and this restaurant is one of the biggest pulls that we keep going back to Cornwall year in, year out. We absolutely love this place - the seafood is so fresh and treated with absolute respect. We took our little boy with us and he tried everything - scallops, prawns, lobster and crab - mighty tastes for a less than two year old. It was lovely to be recognised by some of the staff even though we only go once a year. I only wish it was nearer to where we live as it's our favourite restaurant in this country! Love it!
18/03/2017: Have been to this cracking little restaurant a few times now. Can't beat it.the food is so fresh you can visualise it swimming around the harbour only a few hours before eating it. There is nothing we dislike at The Wheelhouse.The atmosphere, the staff always happy and very helpful. I am a novice at dealing with spider crab but with the help of the staff I am getting very good at it. The lady who owns this place is Tina. A winning formula. Please don't change it. Can't wait to go back for my husbands birthday with friends on 6th April. You gave probably read other reviews please note no credit cards,cash only. It's number 1 in Falmouth and so deserves to be? if I could give more than five stars I would.


Chapel House Tea Rooms

Dunster and Timberscombe, West Somerset
15/03/2017: As I was enjoying lunch here the other day I overheard a lady say to her companion as they were leaving "Pity we couldn't have stayed longer", which just about summed up my feeling when I was obliged to leave to return to work. I really would have liked to stay for another cup of coffee and a cake. But why? True, it's a little quirky: part arts and crafts gift shop (we bought a very unusual glass item here last year which looks great on the sideboard), part lounge and tea room. No two chairs or tables are the same. True, the welcome is always genuinely warm, relaxed and friendly. True, the coffee is excellent, the menu imaginative and the food beautifully cooked and presented. But there's something else, difficult to define, which makes this place different, special. I seem to feel a relaxing calm come over me when I go in, a feeling of, sort of, well-being which lingers after I've, reluctantly, left. Uncanny. I've not yet visited when it's really busy (as it was last Sunday when, according to the guys who run it, they were rushed off their feet) so maybe it's different then - but I wouldn't mind betting not. Anyway, I'm going to try to extend my lunch break in future to allow time for that extra cup of coffee and piece of cake!
12/03/2017: Living not to far from Dunster yet never having visited I wasn't sure what to expect, a couple of hours of parking a lot of gift shops and this little tea room.I had planned on purchasing a cream tea and ended up with a pasty as well. The pasty was very good and cream tea even better. Service was quick and friendly. Highly recommend, we will be back!


The Whole Hog

Lyme Regis, West Dorset
04/03/2017: Great value pork rolls with crackling, apple and stuffing! Made even better buy eating it sat on the beach!
03/03/2017: Awesome place this is a must when visiting Lyme You have to get there early as the queue gets fairly long and they sell out quite quickBut it is so worfh it


The Masons Arms

Bishop's Nympton, North Devon, 20-30£
09/03/2017: We went here for a late birthday treat and it's definitely worth a visit.We had the set lunch menu which is excellent value. All three courses were exemplary both in taste and presentation. You'd need to book so don't just turn up as it was packed even at lunch time all though I believe a masterclass was in progress. Good selection of wines didn't seem unreasonably priced either. Will definitely return here and if you like food you need to come here.
04/03/2017: The food is marvellous . Accomplished cooking , deep flavours and beautifully presented with lots of locally sourced ingredients .This is fine dining without a stuffy atmosphere in a wonderful old pub .You can eat in the front pub next to the fire or restuarant .The chef is the owner and likes to come and meet his guests after the meal .Its friendly attentive service worth travelling for .They also do cooking classes


The Ancient Mariner Bistro

Looe East, Cornwall,Isles of Scilly, 20-30£
13/03/2017: Came here for a meal with friends, lovely staff and atmosphere, small and cute restaurant, food was lovely the only thing to remember is you have to pre order some seafood so they can catch it that day like : oysters, crab, ect.
05/03/2017: Visited as in the area and am sorry to say it must of been a bad day as we were highly disappointed with it. Overpriced and overrated somewhat . Service was ok but the food was not top notch at all and to me was cooked by an amateur or trainee maybe or someone who likes to think they are a chef just because they wear an apron does not mean they have a role of importance in a food place. Its a little bit like split personality and may not be what is written on the tin so don't be fooled as you may get misled by it all.I would not revisit thats for sure


Gidleigh Park

Drewsteignton, West Devon, 45-60£
17/03/2017: We had the ten course taster menu, which was a real adventure of flavours and textures . Presentation was amazing . This has taken dining to a whole new level. Such care and clever combinations leading to an absolutely marvellous experiecnceHighly recomend.
15/03/2017: I won a voucher in a Charity raffle for a cream tea for 2 at Gidleigh Park. I have heard excellent things about the place and was excited to try along with my mum. The grounds are breathtaking after the somewhat windy drive. We were seated quickly in a grand room with comfortable chairs.The service was fantastic and the food more so.Lovely warm hot scones, lots of cream and jam and unlimited tea!! We didn't feel rushed and went and sat on the terrace after. We will be back for the full afternoon tea as it looked mouthwatering!


The Tearoom

St Ives North, Cornwall,Isles of Scilly
15/03/2017: A quick stop at The Searoom for a Coffee. Beautiful view of the harbour from our table. Friendly staff and fair prices. Would recommend.
11/03/2017: This quickly became our regular haunt for good quality coffee and cake during our most recent visit. The staff are friendly and all the food looks and tastes delicious. We had delicious warm light scones with jam and cream - definitely the best I have had! A lady at a nearby table had eggs benedict which looked amazing! I will definitely be returning for more tasty treats!



Lansdown, Cheltenham, >100£
16/03/2017: For the tasting menu you are asked if you have any particular dislikes so they can accommodate for it in your own menu. Using local produce you are given a great selection of courses. As you don't know specifically what you will be getting until it arrives, you get to taste and try things you would never normally choose - which is the point of the tasting menu, I guess! It was like being a judge on Master Chef. Not big portions but a wonderful fine dining experience.
14/03/2017: We so enjoyed our visit to Lumiere. I have to say it is one of the most enjoyable fine dining experiences we have ever had. Helen was charming and the food was truly special.We started with a Chase Vodka Martini. Having struggled to select our food our treats began, beetroot bread sticks in goats cheese mousse (roll of eyes heavenwards), macaroni bites amongst other pre starter snacks. To "start" I enjoyed bream (delicious) and my husband adored his pigeon. We both enjoyed beef cooked a variety of ways for main. I then had the most gorgeous rhubarb dessert. The flavours were so well thought out. I enjoyed some beautiful Cornish sparkling wine. The wine list had a good glass selection and was well priced.This restaurant reminded me greatly of another favourite of ours in Leith.I hope you will have room for us when we are next in Cheltenham.

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