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Favourite Five Go To Cambridge

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Our recent report on the must-try dishes in and around Brighton proved so popular that we are now doing the same for Cambridge and like Brighton we could not settle on just 5…

So here are some incredible plates of food we found in and around Cambridge. We picked the dishes that we wanted to try and all the pictures were taken with our iPhone7 plus with no filters used. All the Restaurants are #BestRestaurants on favouritetables.com

 

The first stop… Johnsons of Old Hurst

  • Fillet Steak

Just outside Cambridge in Old Hurst is a 100 year old family run farm. The farm also has a small petting zoo, with alligators (not so petting friendly) and Tearoom/cafe and a farm shop with its own Butchers. Around 18 months ago they opened Johnsons Steakhouse. All the meat used in the Steakhouse is reared on the farm and butchered on site. The beef is then Dry Aged over Rock Salt for 28 days. The dish we choose, A Fillet Steak that came with Double cooked chips and Beer Battered onion rings. A blue cheese sauce, flat mushroom and vine tomatoes.

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28 Day Dry Aged Fillet Steak – Johnsons of Old Hurst – Cambridge

 

  • Rolled Pork Belly

The Plough at Coton just south of the Cambridge city centre has some impressive accolades including Chef of the Year for Cambridgeshire. Our pick is the Glazed Pork Belly |Burnt Apple Puree | Smoked Mash | Seasonal Greens. A dish that is rightly very popular on the main menu. We were lucky enough to have fine weather on the day of our visit, so sat outside on the terrace. As we were not driving a quick tour around the extensive wine list, many available by the glass, was called for.

 

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Glazed pork belly – Plough at Coton – Cambridge

 

We Could not resist the Caramelised apple and pear crumble, with custard

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  • Super Tabboulah Salad with Chicken

Pumpkin | Honey | Grilled Tenderstem Broccoli | Nuts | Cous Cous | Cracked Wheat

The Millworks is on the River Cam in the centre of Cambridge. Housed in an old watermill the building has recently been completely restored and re-energised into an eclectic modern brasserie.

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Super Tabboulah Salad with Chicken – Millworks Cambridge

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  • Rhubarb Seabass (Lalbagh)

The Lalbagh restaurant is an Indian and Bangladeshi in the village of Bourn just 4 miles from the City Centre. A family owned restaurant that has achieved numerous awards for it distinctive menu. Our favourite dish Lalbagh Rhubarb Seabass | Pan Fried Fillet | Garlic | Spices | Sweet & Sour Rhubarb Puree

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Rhubarb Seabass – Lalbagh Restaurant, Bourn – Cambridge

We have to also mention the amazing Peshwari Champen starter, Lamb Cutlets | Garlic Marinate | Raw Papaya | Paprika | Fennel | Cream

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Tandoor Lamb Cutlets – Lalbagh Restaurant, Bourn – Cambridge

 

  • Seared Scallops

At The Three Horseshoes at Maddingley, it’s the Seared Scallop starter that is the standout dish served with Chorizo | Peppered Watercress | Salsa Rossa.

A picturesque thatched inn, The Three Horseshoes is nestled in an idyllic village just 3 miles from Cambridge city centre. We ate in the bar area (because our dog would be allowed in). The main restaurant was very popular on a Wednesday evening we visited.

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Seared Scallops – The Three Horseshoes, Maddingley – Cambridge

 

  • Marinated Monkfish

The Galleria Restaurant on Bridge Street sits right on Magdelene Bridge overlooking the River Cam and has a great view of the Punts gliding up and down the river (main picture above is from just outside) This dish is a stunning Marinated Monkfish Fillets | King Prawns | Basmati Rice | Chilli & Coconut Cream Sauce

We were informed that this dish has made it on to a popular tourist website as one of the best in Cambridgeshire and we would not argue with that.

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Marinated Monkfish with King Prawns – Galleria – Cambridge

Having seen the Sticky Toffee Pudding being delivered to a nearby table, just had to try and yes it was as good as it looks…

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Sticky Toffee Pudding – Galleria – Cambridge

  • Monster Ribs

The original Smokeworks is on Free School Lane right in the City Centre. This dish – “The Monster Ribs” is not for the faint-hearted. A full rack of Deep Cut St Louis Ribs with sides of Beef Dripping Mash | Sweet Potato Fries | Corn on the Cob | Cabbage Mustard Slaw (half racks are available for those of a nervous disposition)

 

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Monster Ribs & sides – Smokeworks – Cambridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An evening with Gareth Stevenson

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Following on from our series of special evenings with Michael Caines now Palé Hall’s very own Head Chef Gareth Stevenson will be stepping out of the kitchen on Wednesday 4th July to host his first evening.

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He will present each course personally, providing an insight into the creative process that shapes each of the exceptional dishes on this evening’s menu.

£99.00 per person non-resident or stay the night from £475.00 per couple.

To make your reservation for Wednesday 4th July please contact us on 01678 530285 or via email.

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Top100 and How Our #BestRestaurants Ranked

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How the #BestRestaurants on favouritetables.com rated on the SquareMeal Top100

 

 

At No.   7 –      64 Degrees, Brighton:

Recently featured in the #Favourite5 best dishes

At No. 19 –      Little Fish Market, Brighton

At No. 20 –      Benedicts, Norwich

At No. 23 –      Andre Garrett at Cliveden, Maidenhead

At No. 24 –      The Salt Room, Brighton

At No. 29 –      Ynyshir, Machynlleth Wales

At No. 39 –      The Coal Shed, Brighton:

Recently featured in the #Favourite5 best dishes

At No. 40 –      Adam’s, Birmingham

At No. 42 –      Restaurant Mark Greenaway, Edinburgh

At No. 58 –      Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe

At No. 81 –      Skosh, York

At No. 82 –      Restaurant James Sommerin, Cardiff

At No. 89 –      Roger Hickman’s Restaurant, Norwich

At No. 97 –      The Whitebrook, Monmouth

At No. 98 –      Lympstone Manor, Exmouth

At No. 99 –      The Dining Room at Chewton Glen, New Milton

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Favourite Five (plus one) for Brighton this May

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Favourite Tables recently had a great time visited Brighton and we wanted to find the top five dishes, from all the Favourite Tables restaurants, that we could say are the “must-try” dishes on menus and that are available during the whole of May.

So putting our money where our mouths are, several meals were consumed and this is our summary of the Best of the Best. So no matter how much time you will be spending in Brighton this month, a day trip, in town for business meetings or weekend away these are the tried and tested dishes that you simply need to discover for yourselves.

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  • Jerk Monkfish Tail

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Jerk Monk Fish Tail – The Set Restaurant

Inside the Artists Residence, a 23-bedroom townhouse hotel at the top end of Regency Square is The Set Restaurants and their accompanying Cocktail bar, The Fix. The inside of both restaurants is original, relaxed and casual with a rustic and eclectic decor. Our first Favourite Five dish is a Jerk spiced Monkfish tail with Mango Salsa, chargrilled sweet corn, Jerk & Squid ink reduction and cornbread.

 

The Set Restaurant: Directions, Menus and Bookings

** Special mention for the uber-yummy Miso Marshmellow given to us as an appetiser.

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  • Suckling Pig Three ways “Assiette” 

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Assiette of Suckling Pig – Drakes Restaurant

The Restaurant at Drakes Hotel is featured in numerous food guides and has received many accolades recently. You can easily forget you are only a short distance from the busy city centre on Marine Parade, in this cool and calm restaurant. Service was, as you would expect, impeccable. The Trio of Suckling pig – Tenderloin, Loin Cutlet and Rolled Crispy Belly with Morcilla Slices, Red Lentils, Apple Sauce and Quince is one of the stars of our Favourite 5 for Brighton.
 

The Restaurant at Drakes – Directions, Menus and Bookings

 

** The Wagyu Beef Tartare, pre-starter was outstanding.

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  • Spiced Rack of Lamb

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Spiced Rack of Lamb – The Coal Shed Restaurant

The Coal Shed on Boyces Street (those visiting from London can now sample Coal Shed cuisine closer to home with the recent opening of a sister restaurant near Tower Bridge) is famed for its Steaks, the Rib-Eye being regularly mentioned by diners. However, following the recommendation of Nick our waiter we went for the Spiced Rack of Lamb. The lamb comes from a small holding in Oxford and is cooked medium rare, with a chickpea ragu made with tomato, onion, coriander, cumin & ras el hanout (similar to the Indian spice, garam masala), a ginger yoghurt dressing, sliced spring onions and Zhug (a Yemeni dressing made from, fresh coriander,parsley, chilli, olive oil, lime and garlic) The cooking of the lamb was stunning.

 

 

The Coal Shed – Directions, Menus and Bookings

 

  • Tandoori Black Bream

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Tandoori Black Bream – Indian Summer

One of, if not the, oldest restaurant serving Pan-Indian cuisine in Brighton. Try the Indian Summer’s Tandoori Black Bream, which is marinated in roasted spices and then cooked in the tandoor oven. Served with Mumbai Aloo (spiced potato) and a Sesame Raita, accompanied by a fresh Fennel, Pomegranate and Baby Tomato Salad. The fish was full of flavour, mildly spiced and the skin light and perfectly crispy.

 

Indian Summer – Directions, Menus and Bookings

 

  • Cuttlefish with Ink Tagliatelle
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Cuttlefish Tagliatelle – 64 Degrees

 

Restaurant 64 Degrees was voted Best Restaurant in the Brighton Top 20 Awards two years running (Head Chef Michael Bremner also won Best Chef both years) The restaurant is described as innovative, eclectic small-plate dining in a sleek, industrial-style space with an open kitchen. We sat at the Chef’s Counter to watch the preparation of our chosen dish, Cuttlefish with Ink Tagliatelle and Oregano. The short list of ingredients does not do justice to the flavour this dish delivers. The Cuttlefish soft and perfectly cooked, The Black Ink Tagliatelle thin and exactly prepared to add texture to the dish.  

 

Restaurant 64 Degrees – Directions, Menu’s and Bookings

 

And our “Plus One”

  • Pumpkin Seed Icecream
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Pumpkin Seed Ice Cream – Silo Brighton

 

We had intended to just feature five dishes for our Favourite Five for Brighton, However, when we tasted this Pumpkin Seed Ice cream it just had to be listed. Silo of Brighton is described as a Zero Waste establishment or Pre-Industrial food preparation Kitchen, that said they do create beautiful, innovative dishes which are full of incredible flavours. The slightly nutty not too sweet creamy ice cream, subtle pine oil and the Oats and Seeds topping is just incredible.

 

Silo Brighton – Directions, Menu’s and Bookings

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Lunch By The Sea – A Favourite Tables Offer

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The Restaurant at Drakes reflects the same high level of excellence and quality that has made the hotel famous and provides one of the finest dining experiences along the South Coast. Through the evident skills of a devoted Head Chef and his dedicated team, The Restaurant still sets the standard in Brighton for top quality accomplished fine dining with warm yet professional service and innovative menus.

The Restaurant at Drakes has again received the highest score awarded to Brighton restaurants in The Good Food Guide 2018, for the 9th consecutive year.

We are very proud that Favourite Tables has been chosen to make this fabulous 

SPRING LUNCH OFFER 

available to all users of our #BestRestaurants platform.

Three Courses For The Price Of Two

Please let the restaurant know you have seen the Favourite Tables Offer at the time of booking by calling 01273 696934 then Option 2 for The Restaurant

This Exclusive Offer Runs Until 23rd April 2018

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What does Courtesy, Respect and Common Decency have to do with eating out?

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Does it really matter that you have booked three restaurants for the same time and date. You will then see how you feel on the night as to which one you will actually dine at. The other two… if you feel like it you may call and say “sorry it’s late notice, but we’re not coming” or just not show up.

You don’t really need to show any respect for the restaurants that you “No Show” Your table of 4. Not turning up has no real effect on the staff that have been prepping food, the front of house staff that will be working that night to insure YOU have a great time when you arrive and as for the owners/chefs that take a hit on the turnover, what does that matter to you.

You don’t need to be polite to the “Staff” whilst you have a meal and a few glasses of really nice wine. Their there to be at your beck and call, after all you pay their wages. So you don’t need to show any common decency. So when they don’t jump the second you click your fingers your free to shout at them or belittle them.

And as for any really nice cutlery, plates, bespoke ornaments, napkins, candles or anything else that’s not nailed down, it’s perfectly fine to put these in your pocket or handbag and take.

But wait a minute….. that does not sound like YOU, you would never do any of those things. So why is all of the above on the increase.

Mark Greenaway introduces booking fee after “450 no shows or cancellations in one month”

as reported by BigHospitality.

Kenny Atkinson Chef/Owner of House of Tide had item stolen and his staff abused by the diners seen on CCTV:

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In the Caterer its reported:

Valentine’s Day no-shows ‘crippling’ independent restaurants

With Damian Wawrzyniak, owner of House of Feasts, Peterborough, launching his own campaign to combat no-shows after revealing they cost his business about £3,000 in just one weekend. His #StopNoShow campaign has gained a lot of support from chefs and restaurants. Many now considering installing expensive booking platforms to take Credit Card details, Deposits or advanced Tickets. Online reservations provider OpenTable’s has strengthened it’s policy so that, if a diner doesn’t show up for a reservation four times in 12 months, they will be prohibited from making future reservations.

But all this does not really matter, why because it’s not YOU, is it.

To paraphrase Michael Jackson maybe YOU should “talk to the man in the mirror”

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Here’s our little guide to making Veganuary a thing for you.

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Over the last year or so you may have noticed veganism gently muscle its way into the mainstream. More and more restaurants offer Vegan options or have positioned themselves as “totally” Vegan. So thats fine if you plan to dine-out all of January. Because like 60,000 thousand others you have pledged that you, will, be supporting Veganuary – won’t you…..

With demand increasing a bunch of major outlets have started offering plant-based options – Pret-a-manger has been leading the way in vegan ‘grab and go’ food, Wagamama recently started trialing a brand new vegan menu, and you’re now able to order a delicious sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry with your pint of Guinness at many Wetherspoons. Unfortunately though there is nothing that really hits the mark, taste wise, in the To-Go range or Ready-Meals, that is until now.

All that is about to change with the launch by Tesco’s of a brand new plant-based range, Wicked Kitchen. The supermarket has worked with Chefs Derek & Chad Sarno to create the range, to ‘bring the plant-based market from niche to mainstream’. The range features vegan sandwiches, wraps, salads, ready meals and pizza. So if your New Year’s resolution is still intact and you want to give Veganuary a real shot, here’s what you can look forward to.

 

Wraps:

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Ready Meals:

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Pizza:

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More information: www.tesco.com

 

 

 

 

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NYE 2017 round-up of Events and Celebrations

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Mommi – London (Clapham Common)

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Menu is HERE

Dining Reservations HERE

Bar Reservations HERE


 

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Top Ten Most Popular Places To Dine

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Favourite Tables Top Ten Restaurants from the last twelve months has been compiled from the number of visits the restaurant’s page on the Favourite Tables website has received. This was then weighed against the social marketplace of active “Facebook” likes. More weight was given to restaurants with the most recent new likes on Facebook. 


Unlike some other “lists” which are compiled from single “Food Experts” comments or the hit and miss “drive-by” reviews some “Travel” websites favour. The Favourite Tables list has been formed from analysing the locations that were most popular with ordinary people using the website to find, great places to eat. Then the restaurant’s social media activity across Facebook, where real people “like” a restaurant because they genuinely had a good experience, is added as a rating.

The cumulative total creates a list of the most popular and best-loved restaurants:

Topping the list is the very popular 64 Degrees and Head Chef/Owner Michael Bremner

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The Top Ten UK Places People Have Wanted To Eat At:

1) 64 Degrees – Brighton

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/64-degrees/)

2) The Oxford Blue – Windsor

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/the-oxford-blue-old-windsor/)

3) Adams Restaurant – Birmingham

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/adams/)

4) Lympstone Manor – Exmouth Devon

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/lympstone-manor/)

5) Prevost – Peterborough

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/prevost)

6) House of Tides – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/house-tides/)

7) Randall and Aubin – London

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/randall-aubin/)

8) House of Feasts – Peterborough

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/house-of-feasts/)

9) Johnsons Steakhouse – Cambridge

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/johnsons-steak-house/)

10) Millworks – Cambridge

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/millworks)

A few restaurants have proved very popular recently and are just outside the Top Ten simply because they have only been listed for a short period so when looked at over the past twelve months the count of visits was lower.

Notably:
Beach House – South Wales (http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/beach-house/)

Barbecoa – London (http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/barbecoa-piccadilly/)

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A little bit of Morocco in East London

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Many thanks to the guys over @DesignMyNight for sharing this. An amazing Moroccan Medina style bar and restaurant has been opened on a Rooftop in East London. Situated at 1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3JX with Old Street being the nearest Tube Station.

Venue: @_QueenOfHoxton

Enjoy…..