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Articles by Philip Seaman

Quick review: Out of my Tree by Daniel Clifford of Midsummer House

This weighty tome stretches to 416 pages – surely making it one of the biggest cookery books of recent times. It contains recipes and pictures of stunning dishes – many of which look almost impossible to duplicate. They show the evolution of the restaurant and Daniel’s drive to deliver extraordinary dishes of the highest order. […]

Darlish

Darlish in St Albans make ice cream in small batches with Persian inspired flavours, serving up some exciting and unusual combinations…

The English Restaurant

Located in London’s Spitalfields, this eclectic, family-run independent restaurant is well worth a visit…

The Churchill Arms

The idyllic Churchill Arms in Paxford, Gloucestershire, serves brilliantly cooked, locally sourced food…

Review: The Churchill Arms, Paxford, Gloucestershire

Walking into this beautifully restored 17th century Cotswolds hostelry near Chipping Campden, I was reminded of the opening line of T.S. Eliot’s poem, Burnt Norton: “Time present and time past. Are both perhaps present in time future?” What stories the walls here could tell of love gained and love lost, of friendships, revelries and more! […]

Review: Bedouin, Cambridge

There is a north African proverb that says: “They ate our food and forgot our names.” Well, I ate the food and do remember the names of the Algerian family who run Bedouin on Mill Road in Cambridge. Brothers Karim and Djamel Rerizani and family serve up wonderfully tasty North African dishes in this atmospheric, […]

Restaurant Twenty-Two

Restaurant Twenty-Two in Cambridge is a small, intimate venue. Based on our lunchtime visit, it will prove popular with locals and visitors alike…

Carpe Diem Pizzas

Carpe Diem Pizzas of Hertfordshire cook and serve delicious wood-fired pizzas from their beautifully appointed van Uno…

The Foragers @ The Verulam Arms

The Foragers @ The Verulam Arms is a gem of a place tucked down a side street in St Albans. This pub focuses on wild food and offers some sublime dishes…

The Cock

The Cock at Hemingford Grey is a popular local destination and former Good Pub Guide UK Pub of the Year, serving a good selection of high quality, well-prepared dishes…

Gurkha Lounge

The Gurkha Lounge is a smart, modern restaurant in Hampton, Peterborough, serving authentic and beautifully presented Nepalese dishes…

Ristorante Il Piccolo Mondo

Il Piccolo Mondo in the village of Bottisham is a smart restaurant serving authentic Italian dishes. Housed in a 200-year-old former school, it has a friendly, warm and welcoming feel…

The Riverside Inn

Riverside Inn head chef Andi Walker made a big impression on Master Chef: The Professionals. He is now bringing his talent to bear at this 17th century former watermill in Chelmsford…

The Fox at Folksworth

The Fox at Folksworth serves up modern British cuisine in a bright, comfortable and airy restaurant. It has a pleasingly commodious feel…

The Chubby Castor

The Chubby Castor in Castor, Cambridgeshire – housed in a beautiful thatched 17th century former pub – is where chef-patron Adebola Adeshina produces some truly special food…

Cambridge Wine Merchants

Cambridge Wine Merchants was launched in 1993 by two friends, Hal Wilson and Brett Turner – still the sole shareholders – and has been winning awards ever since…

Old Bicycle Shop

The Old Bicycle Shop is a restaurant and bar located in Cambridge’s Regent Street, housed in what was once the country’s oldest bicycle shop…

“How I followed my dream and started my own brewery”

Thames Side Brewery owner and head brewer Andy Hayward started home brewing in 1978. With such a wide choice of craft beers and real ales available today, it’s hard to imagine things being so different back then. CAMRA was still fairly new and it wasn’t easy to get ‘real ale’. The beers on offer in […]

The Kingston Arms

The Kingston Arms in Cambridge is a traditional, cosy, ‘proper’ pub tucked away in a residential street. It serves a fine array of beers and honest, locally sourced food..

How Conker puts Dorset into its gin

Let’s face it: gin is everywhere. Exceptional gin, however, is harder to find. You see, with its carefully balanced botanicals, it’s a tricky thing to get right; get the balance wrong, and the subtlety that defines gin goes out the window. Which is why we’re so excited about Dorset’s very first gin distillery, Conker Spirit. […]

The Three Hills

The Three Hills in Bartlow, east Cambridgeshire, is a beautifully restored Grade II-listed 17th century pub with rooms…

Elgood & Sons Brewery

Elgood’s is a family-run brewery in Wisbech on the bank of the River Nene. Ale has been brewed here since 1795, making it one of the oldest breweries in Britain…

The Geographer

The Geographer in Impington, Cambridge, is a travel-inspired café, deli and store. It is a food lovers’ delight!

Cherrywoods Smokehouse

Friends Sam Chadwick and Daniel Owen are the duo behind Cambridgeshire-based Cherrywoods Smokehouse, purveyors of authentic American-style, slow-smoked barbecue…

The Senate Bar and Bistro

The Senate Bar & Bistro is a delightful place in the heart of Cambridge. It serves seasonal, locally sourced produce in a relaxed environment…

The Abbot’s Elm

The Abbot’s Elm near Huntingdon is a traditional thatched inn with rooms serving outstanding locally sourced food…

Edible Ornamentals

Edible Ornamentals in Chawston, Bedfordshire, is a chilli farm, a chilli-inspired restaurant and a chilli cookery school. Chilli heaven!

Bread & Meat

Bread & Meat in Cambridge is a superior sandwich shop whose creations are made with love and top-quality ingredients…

House of Feasts

At House of Feasts near Peterborough, chef-patron Damian Wawprzyniak shows why he is a BBC Top 10 UK Food Pioneer…

The Dyke’s End

The Dyke’s End at Reach in Cambridgeshire offers candlelight, a glowing fire, scrubbed tables and high quality cooking. It’s what a pub should be!