Take me to the Yorkshire Tea Gardens

Over the last forty years the UK has seen a massive improvement in the quality of the food and drink that sits on our supermarket shelves. But tea, our national drink is still a national disgrace. Almost unthinkable now, but up to the early nineties, London was the hub of the tea world, with mostContinue reading “Take me to the Yorkshire Tea Gardens”

Are Whisky Drinkers Being Spun a Good Yarn?

The New Order of whisky investors, it seems are no-longer  prepared to wait the 10 years plus to recoup their investment. They want their returns NOW! To achieve this they are releasing ’embryonic malts’ at 3, 4 & 5 years onto the market at super-premium prices.  Until recently these embryonic single malt whiskies  would  atContinue reading “Are Whisky Drinkers Being Spun a Good Yarn?”

Stecca an Italian Restaurant that mends broken hearts

IT BREAKS MY ‘HEART’ that great Italian restaurants in the UK are as difficult to find as rocking horse shit! Most major British cities have a decent French Restaurant, and the Michelin guide reflects that, but an Italian that presents food that sings of Italy, seems to  hit the flavour road block at the BritishContinue reading “Stecca an Italian Restaurant that mends broken hearts”

Your 100% Perfect Valentine Champagne

Want a bottle of the best Rosé champagne I’ve tasted in the last 30 years for your special Valentine? Devaux Champagne  Rosé Cuvee D is 100% perfect for Valentine’s Day? Available from Quality Wines  D Rosé Cuvee D, Aged 5 Years, Devaux Champagne, France, 75cl, £54 This Pink champagne is produced from 50% Chardonnay &Continue reading “Your 100% Perfect Valentine Champagne”

Premium Rum is where it is at for Bartenders & Drinkers

By Martin Isark The Rum Market is Booming in the UK, at last count it was worth over £1 billion and catching up the Gin market which is £1.2 billion very fast. It comes in as white, golden, dark and spiced rum which enables it to cover more bases than Gin, Vodka or Whisky. BartendersContinue reading “Premium Rum is where it is at for Bartenders & Drinkers”

I rocked-up to Cottons Club with the Blonde and she was impressed

By Martin Isark The Gin explosion in the UK is good if you are G&T or Martini drinker, or if you are one of the owners of the new must have Gin brands: Marylebone, City of London & Horse Guards, but, unfortunately, if you are Rum aficionado, you will struggle to find a bar orContinue reading “I rocked-up to Cottons Club with the Blonde and she was impressed”

The Valentino Truffle Martini is a must try before you die

By Martin Isark Most Gin Martini lovers around world have been or have it on their bucket list to go to Dukes Hotel in Mayfair, to sip Allessandro Palazzi’s world famous Martinis, but now there is another one to put on your bucket list. Valentino Bau’s Truffle Martini that’s served at the Waterside Inn at Bray. 

The Chequers Inn is a Restaurant that Michelin Guide has missed

By Martin Isark There are just 120 Michelin Guide inspectors worldwide and on average they eat out 250 meals a year, that’s around 30,000 restaurants that are going to be inspected throughout the world each year. And there are millions of chefs and restaurateurs  around the world praying for an inspection, especially  when you considerContinue reading “The Chequers Inn is a Restaurant that Michelin Guide has missed”