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Articles by Philip Seaman

Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020

Winner House of Feasts, Eye Green, Peterborough Finalists Hitchen’s Barn, Oakham, RutlandBoboli, Kibworth Harcourt, LeicestershireBar Iberico, Nottingham The winner is House of Feasts in the village of Eye Green near Peterborough, which impressed with its take on modern Polish cuisine. Chef-patron Damian Wawrzyniak shows drive and passion to showcase a largely unknown and underrated European […]

Asian Restaurant of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020

Winner Sanctua, Oadby, Leicestershire Finalists Sarpech, Oakham, RutlandGurkha Lounge, Peterborough, CambsHerb, Leicester Sanctua is the winner for its stunning vegan cooking. We ordered Sanctua’s vegan banquet, which combined extraordinary flavour combinations. The main – ‘A Celebration of the Sweetcorn Harvest’ – comprised smoky, charred lime, herb-and-chilli butter corn on the cob with peanut-butter curry, coriander […]

Dining Pub of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020

Winner The Wheatsheaf at Greetham Finalists The George at Alstonefield, StaffordshireThe Queen’s Head at Belton, LeicestershireBells Kitchen at The Bell, Finedon, Northamptonshire The winner is The Wheatsheaf at Greetham. There are fewer pub classics than you might expect on the menu at The Wheatsheaf. Instead, you are presented with a choice of more ambitious dishes […]

Producer of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020

Winner Elms Farm, Costock, Leicestershire Finalists Vine Farm Dairy, Great Dalby, LeicestershireKingarth Farm Dairy, Burton Overy, LeicestershireHome Farm Produce, Grove, near Retford, Nottinghamshire The winner is Elms Farm of Costock. Elms Farm is run by the Brown family, who have a long heritage of managing farms. As a family, they are passionate about sharing their way of […]

The Rustic Crust

The Rustic Crust of Mansfield cooks seriously good pizza. From “Poppy”, their Land Rover Defender, they serve wonderful Neapolitan-style creations…


On Saturday nights, BaRnby’s in north Nottinghamshire runs themed bistro nights in Blyth Memorial Hall. These could be Middle Eastern, French, Italian, Spanish or Greek…

The Urchin

The Urchin in Hove is a superb shellfish and craft beer pub located a few yards from the sea. It serves some magnificent seafood…

La Pergola at The Wheatsheaf

At La Pergola near Cambridge they focus on their Italian roots. Most dishes are homemade, including bread, sausages, antipasti pickles and pasta sauces…

Johnsons of Old Hurst

A diverse family farm enterprise near Huntingdon, established in 1899. It’s a steakhouse, butchery, tearoom, delicatessen – and much more besides…

The Elm Tree

This quirky boozer in a Cambridge backstreet five minutes from Parker’s Piece is a hidden gem – a rare ‘proper’ pub – part of a dying breed…

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 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 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…