Lazy Susan took a road trip to Cornwall for a long-anticipated visit to Coombeshead Farm – with the added excitement of co-founder April Bloomfield in the kitchen (usual boss Tom Adams was away). Dinner in the cosy barn-turned-dining room included the very best produce from the farm’s kitchen garden and animals – pork with leek and apple sauce was a symphony of simple excellence.
The Dumbwaiter hadn’t been to Oblix since it had first opened in the Shard. The restaurant, which is overseen by Rainer Becker, was busy on a Sunday lunch. They’ve recently launched a special Sunday roast menu for £48 per person. The Dumbwaiter and his chums shared all the starters including burrata, olives and datterini tomatoes fried octopus, avocado and coriander steak tartare, beef tomato and grilled sourdough followed by rump of roast lamb and a bottle of London Cru 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Petersham Nurseries in Richmond has found a second home but this time in central London in Covent Garden. Tucked between King Street and Floral Street, the famous restaurant and shop, has now opened two new restaurants within a large courtyard space that joins their shop and deli. The Dumbwaiter dined at the less formal of the restaurants last Friday and the place was heaving. Executive chef Damian Clisby was overseeing the kitchen at La Goccia, where we dined on dishes such as pizzetta with robiola, basil, pistachio mortadella and linguini, crab, chilli, parsley.
Everyone knows Harrods but do you know that the famous Knightsbridge department store has 26 restaurants and over 150 chefs on-site? On Wednesday evening, Clerkenwell Boy hosted a summer social at the Terrace restaurant where executive chef Andy Cook rustled up a feast that included British asparagus and seasonal Pyrenean milk fed lamb. But the Harrods sourdough that is baked on site by Lance the baker stole the show.
The mere memory of Greg Marchand’s 140-day fattened chicken is enough to make Lazy Susan’s mouth water. As is the smoked Banka trout, the maple bacon scones and pretty much everything M. Marchand served up this week at a preview dinner of The Residence at Taste of London. Hosted in the industrial-cool environs of onefinestay’s Weston Street home, the evening kicked off with Zacapa rum apéritifs before five delightful courses with perfectly matched natural wines, all served up by the charming Frenchie Covent Garden team.