Beaufort & Blake Recommends: Top 5 Places to Eat & Drink
123 Clarendon Road, London
Opened earlier this summer by Chilean-born Juan Santa Cruz, the Clarendon Road restaurant brings Argentinian authenticity to the streets of Notting Hill. His first restaurant outside of Argentina, Santa Cruz has set out to create somewhere that feels sophisticated and elegant but is also a home away from home.
Steeped in London’s gastronomic history, the former gastropub indulges diners with a copper clad interior that sets the tone for the culinary experience ahead. Casa Cruz presents a menu that is pleasingly simple yet thoroughly delicious. The main secret of the cooking is the Argentinean sourced meat, the chefs use no butter or oil and of course the Josper Charcoal Grill.
With a heated roof terrace upstairs as well as a second bar that focuses on cocktails, we thoroughly recommend booking a table to sample some of the very best grass-fed steak and the perfect culinary combination of European and Argentinean cuisine.
Set in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, The Wheatsheaf is one of the Cotswolds’ best-kept secrets. Nestled in the village of Northleach, the pub offers local beers and a welcoming atmosphere making every man wish it was his local.
Head-chef Ethan Rodgers was awarded a Michelin Bib at the tender age of 25 and has worked in some of London’s most reputable restaurants including The Dorchester and The Conrad. His philosophy of using the finest locally sourced ingredients means that all dishes on the menu speak for themselves.
Accompanied by the expertise of qualified Sommelier Lionel Periner, The Wheatsheaf Inn will lead to a discussion of Gloucestershire house prices on your journey home. Watch the video below to see The Wheatsheaf Inn race The Chequers Churchill, both owned by The Lucky Onion, to pick up the first grouse of the season from the Yorkshire Moors.
344 Upper Street, London
Having helped open nine restaurants across London - Tom Oldroyd, former Chef Director of the Polpo Group, has stepped away to open his first solo venture – Oldroyd.
Opening its doors earlier this summer just off Islington Green, the restaurant offers a daily changing European menu built around the best seasonal British ingredients. The small, yet perfectly formed dining space, provides a small-scale showcase for an incredibly talented chef.
Delicious starters combined with larger signature dishes, that can be easily demolished by one or shared with a companion, make Oldroyd the perfect spot to have a casual catch-up with friends.
Walham Grove, London
Hidden away in the back streets of Fulham, the Harwood is not your average gastropub. Following a Sunday visit, it came as no surprise to find that it is currently the only Michelin-starred pub in London with a menu that leaves diners struggling to decide.
Provenance is the key to the Harwood’s success with Head Chef Alex Harper and Directors; Mike Robinson & Brett Graham, developing long-standing relationships with suppliers to ensure all ingredients included on the menu are of the highest quality.
With a wine list of over 200 bins and incomprehensibly good scotch eggs, we would be very surprised if your first visit to The Harwood Arms is your last.
The Company Shed
129 Coast Road, West Mersea
As famous among serious eaters as any Ivy or Ritz, The Company Shed on the Essex coast is the only place to head for native British Oysters. The unassuming wooden shack, opened 25 years back by oyster farmer Heather Haward, may not have the luxurious interior of some of our favourite eateries but here, it’s all about the taste.
Despite not being able to book, The Company Shed on Mersea Island is perennially packed by true foodies looking to sample the native Essex oyster. At a quarter of the price charged in London, you will finish a dozen without pausing for breath.
Before hopping on the train to the Essex coastline, be aware that The Company Shed is a place where BYOB doesn’t just mean bring your own bottle, but also bread, butter, mayonnaise, corkscrew and any other accompaniment associated with standard restaurant life.
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