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Favourite Tables Top Ten Restaurants

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The Favourite Tables Top Ten Restaurants from the last twelve months has been compiled from the number of visits to the restaurant’s page on the Favourite Tables website. 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. With the restaurant’s social media activity across Facebook, where real people “like” a restaurant because they genuinely had a good experience and Twitter for follows and re-tweets were 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 – Adams Restaurant in Birmingham

Head Chef: Tom Shepherd’s recent Interview with Chef’s Table HERE

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

 

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

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2) Ynyshir – North Wales

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/ynyshir/) – Head Chef Interview HERE

Position Last Year – Highest New Entry

3) Romulo Cafe – London

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/romulo-london/) – Head Chef Interview HERE

Position Last Year – New Entry

4) The Dining Room at Chewton Glen – Hampshire

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/dining-room-chewton-glen/)

Position Last Year – New Entry

5) 64 Degrees – Brighton

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/64-degrees/) – Head Chef Interview HERE

Position Last Year – 01

6) Lympstone Manor – Exmouth Devon

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/lympstone-manor/) – Head Chef Interview HERE

Position Last Year – 04

7) The Old Downton Lodge – Ludlow

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/old-downton-lodge/) – Head Chef Interview HERE

Position Last Year – New Entry

8) The Coal Shed – London Tower Bridge

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/the-coal-shed-london/)

Position Last Year – New Entry

9) Pale Hall – North Wales

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/pale-hall/) – Head Chef Interview HERE

Position Last Year – New Entry

10) Prevost – Peterborough

(http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/prevost) – Head Chef Interview HERE

Position Last Year – 05
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:
Alchemilla – Nottingham (http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/alchemilla/)

The Hand – North Wales (http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/the-hand-at-llanarmon/)

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War of the Roses, a foodie battle of epic “portions”

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Thursday 29th November sees the return of the much anticipated War of the Roses, with The Freemasons’ Lancashire lad and Chef Proprietor Steven Smith taking on Yorkshire lad and Head Chef / Patron Josh Overington, of Le Cochon Aveugle, York – in a battle of the two counties.

Tickets are £70 per person with an optional £40 per person to include a wine package.

Tickets for this event have always sold quickly so booking early is recommended.

Guests will be treated to a six-course meal Two Starters, Two Mains and Two Desserts and will be armed with scorecards detailing each course from both chefs. All six courses will be scored individually up until the end of service and you decide who will be victories – either Yorkshire or Lancashire.

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War of The Roses Menu

Soup
Veloute of Woodland Mushrooms, Fondue of Proctor’s Kick-Ass Cheddar, Truffled Cheese Hotdog

Scallop
Hand-dived Scallop Baked in the Shell with Sea Urchin Butter

Lamb
Roast Rump and Kofta, Miso Aubergine, Mint and Yoghurt

Hare
Hare ‘A la Royal’ with Quince Cooked with Saffron

Vanilla Slice

Warm Chocolate Mousse
With Sea Salt Ice Cream, Pepper Tuile and Olive Oil

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The Battle will take place at Le Cochon Aveugle in York

 

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Punjab Curry Supper returns to The Fox at Lyng

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Forget the Indian Summer, how about Christmas in a Tipi

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Have you planned your Christmas party or Christmas Dinner… No, a bit early?

Favourite Tables has been adding Christmas and even New Year menu’s to restaurant Showcase pages on our website for over 5 weeks now. Some locations are now reporting SOLD OUT days.

So with hundreds of menus coming across our desk every day and the Bah Humbug of “it’s only September” the ones that catch our eye are just that little bit special. Like Christmas in a Tipi from the team at The Maybush:

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Look what we discovered in Soho…..

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We were recently invited to a “Private” event in a Soho basement. The only information shared with us was that multiple guests could interact at the same time…

Yes we were intrigued!!!!

It turns out that the creative team at Inamo Restaurants had invited favourite tables to the Interactive Private Dining/Event video games room…phew

To be found below the Inamo Soho restaurant (http://www.favouritetables.com/restaurant/inamo-soho/ )

Inamo has always been inspired by technology, great food, and interactive fun. The Games Room is the next stage in that evolution. A unique private area to the heart of Soho with its own bar and private dining options. Double wall projections span more than 150 inches, there’s a choice of over 150 games on popular games consoles, and up to 8 players can game simultaneously. Yes, it’s massive.

A fantastic fun and flexible location for kids and adults alike! A sneak preview video can be seen below showing the projectors in action.

 

For an evening with your colleagues or a birthday party with a difference, the Games Room is the perfect location. Featuring 2 x PS4s, 2 x Wiis, and Atari gold for retro games, with Chromecast & Apple TV, you can play, drink, eat, sing(for those of a Karaoke persuasion!), watch TV (e.g. live sports), and even project your own content onto the walls for a private presentation, screening, or just showing off your favourite images, videos & music. Perhaps just a games night taking on your mates at Fifa18 on one projector, and watching a live football match on the second, or Wii tennis and a Grand Slam?

Contact Maria, the Party Manager, by email to events@inamo-restaurant.com or call 020 7484 0500.

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Is this the “Perfect” answer to eating out on a Sunday with young children?

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The very creative team at Mommi are about to launch “Kids Corner” during their Sunday Lunch and Brunch service times. So what is Kids Corner we hear you ask? As any parent will know, dining out with 1 or 2 “ankle biters” – to quote Mrs Doubtfire – in your party, can from time to time become, shall we say challenging.

The little darlings can become bored with sitting still, eating their meal and finishing the main before dessert. A single sheet of A4 and a few dodgy crayons is not going to keep them “entertained” for long while you try to appreciate the culinary masterpiece Mommi are presenting you with. If only you could have your own private Children’s Entertainer on hand. Well, abracadabra!! An innovative,  clever link-up between Mommi and The Kids Table does just that!

Children will be entertained in a purpose designed area of the restaurant in the pop-up children’s corner service for restaurants run by fully vetted and validated The Kids Table personnel. The team will keep an eye on the nippers while they enjoy craft, games and face painting; meaning mums and dads can enjoy a long leisurely lunch…and finish a sentence. And what delights are on offer, check out the menus HERE

 

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A soft launch with a dedicated Friends & Family day, on Sunday 23rd September,  gives you not only the opportunity to enjoy some fabulous food but also to enjoy a 25% discount off your bill.

By invite only – contact hello@wearemommi.com to get you and your Mini Mommi’s on the mate’s only list. Just don’t tell everyone at the school gates!!

 

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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:

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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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