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Don, The
The Courtyard, 20 Saint Swithin's Lane EC4N 8AD
London
United Kingdom

The Don is one of those “old” city lunch restaurants that has been around for years and has got a loyal clientele (I think mainly the older generation that started going to Don when no other restaurants in the city were available). The Don is located close to Bank station and there is a more casual brasserie and a more formal restaurant next to it, located in a courtyard, so more secluded. We went to the more formal restaurant for lunch.

The décor in the restaurants is quite nice, there are colourful paintings (including seven original Hoyland paintings), blue long, quite comfortable chairs, white tablecloths, a standard city lunch setting. The food is modern French/ British and starters are £10 on average and main courses a bit more than £20, so standard for the city.

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3.00

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Andrew Edmunds
46 Lexington Street W1F 0LW
London
United Kingdom

Andrew Edmunds is such a wonderful restaurant I am really surprised that in my 11 years in London I have not visited it before. I was alerted to it by one of my food critic friends, as I asked him about the restaurants with the best wine lists in London. He said Andrew Edmunds had a good and reasonably priced wine list. I had very close friends visiting me from Latvia – Guna and Arturs – and Arturs is a huge wine fan and he was especially trying to visit restaurants that offered a wide range of wines and had an impressive wine list, hence our choice of Andrew Edmunds.

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4.00

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Lyle's
56 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JJ
London
United Kingdom

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The Harden’s guide rated Lyle’s one of the top 10 best new restaurants of 2014, so I was always very keen to go and try it out. The owners/ chefs are James Lowe (who used to be part of The Young Turks team) and John Ogier. I booked a table 2 months before our dinner for a Saturday night and could only then get a table for 6.30, showing how popular this restaurant is. It is located in Shoreditch in between the Shoreditch House and Pizza East, and just like a lot of the surrounding restaurants has that modern, minimalistic and a bit industrial décor. The restaurant is just one room, that is not too big and there is a bar on one side of the room. We had a table booked from 6.30 to 9pm and we were running very late and arrived at 7pm (and some of our friends arrived close to 8pm) and they dealt with this very well, bringing the food quickly and not giving us too much attitude, but they were very strict about us leaving at 9pm when the next seating arrived.

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3.50

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Quality Chop House, The
88-94 Farringdon Road EC1R 3EA
London
United Kingdom

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My friend Paul suggested we go for lunch to The Quality Chop House, a place I strangely had not heard anything about, especially considering how amazing the restaurant was. The Quality Chop House is a dining room, wine bar, butchers & shop on Farringdon road. It was originally opened in 1869 but obviously the original owners have changed since then and it is a different type of restaurant.

The restaurant apparently is great if you love wine, with a long wine list and a wine shop alongside the bar and dining room. 5 of us came here for lunch and one of us ( South African) ordered a glass of wine (the rest of us did not drink) and surprisingly was recommended a South African wine. The Butchers & Food Shop located next door sells a range of British meats as well as home-made condiments and pies. I did not visit it, but Paul went there after our lunch to stock up for his supper, and Paul only eats the best food, so this must be a great shop.

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4.00

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Tredwell’s
4a Upper St Martin's Lane WC2H 9NY
London
United Kingdom

Tredwell’s is the new restaurant by Marcus Wareing. In comparison to his flagship 2 Michelin star restaurant Marcus (recently renamed from Marcus Waring to Marcus), Tredwell’s does not aim to get a Michelin star and aims to serve people cheaper Marcus Waring influenced food in Covent Garden. I had read a lot of reviews of this restaurant, most of them negative. I generally thought this was because people wanted to be mean to Marcus Waring like people can to do with famous chefs, but when I went there, the restaurant had so many problems, I could see where the negative reviews were coming from.

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2.50

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Hardy’s Brasserie
53 Dorset Street, Marylebone W1U 7NH
London
United Kingdom

Hardy’s Brasserie is an “old school” sort of brasserie in Marylebone. It was established in 1984 by Nick de Bastarrechea, and is hidden from the main streets and if you don’t know where it is, you probably won’t walk past it. I have been living around Marylebone for many years now, and had never noticed it, and the only reason why I went there is because I read about it in a newspaper.

We came here for breakfast, but you can also enjoy British and European food at lunch and dinner at Hardy’s Brasserie either in their casual brasserie (where we had brunch) or in their white linen restaurant. They also have some tables outside, and as Hardy’s Brasserie is located on a quiet street, you can sit outside, enjoy a glass of wine and not have too many passers-by staring at your drink/ food.

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3.50

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St John
26 Saint John Street EC1M 4AY
London
United Kingdom

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St John is a very special restaurant. I never thought I particularly liked British food, but I absolutely loved St John and also their sister restaurant St John Bread and Wine, so these restaurants have totally changed my perception about British food. I am not alone in rating this restaurant highly, and it has been part of the 100 best restaurants in the world list for many years and has 1 Michelin star.

 

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4.50

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Hixter
9A Devonshire Square EC2M 4YN
London
United Kingdom

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Hixter is a restaurant owned by Mark Hix and just like his other restaurant Tramshed focuses on chicken and steak but the menu is definitely broader than at Tramshed. There are now actually 2 Hixter restaurants one in the city (Devonshire square, where I went) and one in Bankside (the area that is seeing more and more restaurants open these days). Mark Hix is a famous restaurateur and a food writer (I have and use one of his cookbooks) and he has now 10 different restaurants in London (I have reviewed a few).

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3.50

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Gidleigh Park
Chagford TQ13 8HH
Devon
United Kingdom

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Gidleigh Park is a country house located in a wooden wally in Devon. It is quite hard to reach the place on a very narrow road, which is very beautiful, but apparently during the winter larger cars can’t even get there. Gidleigh Park houses a two-Michelin star restaurant with Michael Caines as the main chef (the restaurant was recently voted number 1 restaurant in the UK by the Harden’s Sunday Times Food List 2014). Gidleigh Park also has bedrooms (apparently all individual in style and design) and you can stay there for the night and then wonder in the gardens of the estate, which I saw some people doing when I was there.

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4.00

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The Elephant (brasserie)
3-4 Beacon Hill TQ1 2BH
Torquay
United Kingdom

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The Elephant is a two storey restaurant in Torquay, Devon. There is a more informal brasserie on the ground floor and the 1 Michelin star restaurant on the first floor. My boyfriend had booked a table in the informal brasserie, but when we got there we did really want to try their Michelin restaurant but unfortunately as it was a Saturday and as it is one of the most popular restaurants in Torquay we could not get a table there and so had dinner in the brasserie. We did not mind though as the food was amazing.

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4.50

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