“Don’t talk to me about sophistication, I’ve been to Leeds.” That famous line from a classic Harry Enfield sketch – involving an unsophisticated, boorish Yorkshireman – was referenced on more than one occasion during a recent trip to the county’s largest city to explore the Leeds food scene.

“Compromise is not about losing. It is about deciding that the other person has just as much right to be happy with the end result as you do,” observed author Donna Martini.

Roast Restaurant be thy name, in Borough Market they flock, give us rib-eye steak and Rioja, on earth as it is in heaven, for despite any financial meltdown, they will come. James Lawrence seeks comfort food in London.

The debate about the future of formalised experiences and fine dining is akin to Brexit; three commentators, four opinions. Many critics have stated repeatedly that several high-profile closures – including Claude Bosi’s Hibiscus in 2016 – combined with a general consensus that consumers prefer ‘casual dining’ is  evidence enough thatContinue Reading

James Lawrence braves building noise in one of London’s busiest areas in order to down cocktails and eat oysters. The man’s devotion to his readers knows no bounds… If location really is everything, then Vivi is possibly London’s most divisive restaurant; situated at the Tottenham Court Road/Charing Cross Road intersectionContinue Reading

James Lawrence visits Kahani and experiences subtlety with power, and confidence with restraint. So far, I really like it. Admittedly, I have only just put my foot through the door but I have already received a warm welcome from the manager – and the smell is enticing. I’m sitting inContinue Reading

The front of the Jack Russell Inn, Faccombe

You would be forgiven for doubting your sat-nav on the approach to the Jack Russell Inn in Faccombe. Driving through the trees, the green canopy pierced here and there by shafts of sunlight, it feels as though you’re driving into the depths of a forest, and should be leaving breadcrumbsContinue Reading

[if_slider id=”5454″] I’m quite sure there is an unwritten law that states: when spending any amount of time in Canada you must, at some point, stay – if even for just one night – in a log cabin by a lake, preferably with a log burning stove and a plentifulContinue Reading

James Lawrence explores some of the best Chinese restaurants in London, and takes a look at the move towards regionalism. The last decade has seen our appreciation of Chinese cuisine move far beyond the staples of sweet and sour pork, spring rolls and special fried rice. Regionality has become allContinue Reading