ExteriorI am often slow and even a touch reluctant to act upon the recommendations of others, for one reason or another, but my friend Andrew had mentioned a couple of very pleasing meals he’d had in the restaurant of the Royal Overseas League, at 100 Princes Street. I was intrigued enough to pay it a …

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ExteriorEvery once in a while, I feel the need to do a check-in visit with one of our bigger global chain restaurants, just to make sure that the local equivalents are offering something of vastly better quality. I’m meaning places like Burger King, KFC etc, rather than the horrors of TGI Fridays – places with …

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ExteriorOK – I’m going to commit one of my regular heresies and eat a thing at a place that’s not really their main point of existence, or to state it more simply I went for a fry-up in a cake shop. The place in question was Patisserie Valerie, the UK-wide chain of cake emporiums that …

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SignJohn Lewis. Never knowingly undersold. Their Christmas advert, which launched earlier today, will no doubt capture the hearts of the nation in the same way as their penguins and ghastly cover versions have done in previous years. But what of their cafe restaurant, The Place to Eat, on the top floor of their St James …

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StarterI disengaged from popular culture in about 2005. Prior to that, I knew about soap operas, vaguely popular music, films and what was on the television. Now all I’m left with is karaoke, Youtube clips of cats, and repeats of The Big Bang Theory that could just as well be episodes of Friends but for …

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