All reader reviews by Leude


I have eaten twice now at this place and it has a real buzz to it. From the “Mary Quant” style dresses on pretty and skinny “meet and greeters” to a restaurant supervisor who could be straight out of Tintin with his fair hair and quiff!

It has a real retro feel to the place. The hotel is pretty chic as well and continues the sixties retro and urban vibe.

The food is accomplished cooking with an assured hand and some nice quirky touches and for a place so fresh and new it seems to have found its feet quickly.

The chicken liver parfait is top notch, the ham and eggs is a novel twist with cured Denhay ham and soft boiled eggs. The pork cheeks are divine with a garnish of cabbage and mashed potatoes a true comfort dish along with the lamb stew and vegetables. Lighter dishes include a delicate hot smoked salmon and a popular mainstay is the pie of the day -Chicken and Tarragon on one visit.

Puddings continue an English theme with a passable egg custard tart or a really scrumptious banana cheesecake or Bakewell tart with the optional extra of clotted cream. A dedicated cheese menu of all British cheeses ensures the patriotism continues.

Service is still finding its feet but it should only get better and the spacious terrace will offer a popular al fresco option for the warm days and sultry nights. I have been reliably informed the menu will soon change to a more summery selection and so will look forward a return visit.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Ken Lo's Memories of China

I have long been a fan of this place... eating here for twenty plus years and a big fan of Ken Lo's Cookery School (Now his daughter's Jenny Lo Tea House just around the corner)

Chef Kam Po But is a master at the stove and the best way to appreciate his culinary talents is to go for a set menu with a good sized party. I had two highly memorable banquets recently including a pre ordered Peking Duck carved at the table and the Mongolian Crispy Lamb with lettuce puffs are outstanding dishes. Also try the Steamed Knuckle of Pork or the Braised Brisket of Beef (special orders)... outstanding comfort food.

I have taken many guests here including many foriegn visitors who have told me they hate chinese food (especially Germans) Well they have always left converted and amazed...

This place is consistent and I have often compared dishes done here with lesser establishments. The Crispy Szchaun Beef with Carrots and chilli is a dish that illustrates well the art of benchmarking!!!

I know Mr But well now and I believe his cooking days are likely to be numbered now as he reaches his 60th Birthday in 2009... do my advice is get in there before he hangs up his jackets...

Monday, January 19, 2009
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

Sophie's Steakhouse (Covent Garden)

I called into this place for a late lunch with my ten year old daughter after a stressful out patients visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital. I had been wanting to visit since its opening last autumn and felt it would be a perfect chance.

A warm welcome greeted us and the menu is a truly carniverous feast that also had a good balance of alternatives to those less meat inclined. The childrens menu came as a large place mat with colouring pencils much appreciated by the ten year old who was gainfully occupied by this throughout the visit.

Our server "Chelsea" was friendly and efficient with our order... the food arrived quickly. The "children's menu" quarter roasted chicken with chips was a generous portion and was quickly demolished and much appreciated. My set priced menu rib eye steak was cooked as requested (medium rare) served with a well made bernaise sauce and a half grilled tomato and a generous bowl of chips. The starter mixed salad came ready dressed and provided the necessary greenery to go with the meat...overall very enjoyable.

The little wooden platter of thinly sliced salami presented with menus - gratis was a nice touch to get the gastric juices flowing...It was also good to see Sophie on hand working the room and keeping the well oiled machine going.

The wharehouse feel to this place had a real good buzz to it and the simple but stylish design to the place was the right pitch to ensure its future success.

The total bill for a quick simple lunch came to just over £25 for the two of us - I will return...

Monday, January 19, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Crab and Winkle Restaurant

I had a lunch here recently and was pleased to find that it had improoved since a previous less memorable visit.

The menu is well balanced with good local sourced fish and other items. My only gripe is some dishes seemed a shade elaborate and complex so dissapointed slightly on delivery.

Service was efficient and friendly and the best tables have the picture window views of the harbour. Summer alfresco eating can be done on a balcony and if you only want a snack fresh oysters from their fishmarket below taken at a bench table on the harbours edge with a chilled bottle of wine I am sure would be heaven!!!!

Worth trying in a town that is full of none to impressive eateries and its location will definitely not dissappoint.

Sunday, February 17, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

The Mulberry Tree

What was once a spit and sawdust pub (The Red House) this place has undergone a real transformation. The chef Alan Irwin a scotsman has a great pedigree having previously worked for a number of years at Chapter One as a sous chef... the food here is as good with some really memorable dishes. The Slow roasted Pork belly or the braised ham with outstanding creamy mash were much enjoyed. Puds lacked a little imagination on our recent visit but the chef apparently had been away on maternity leave for a few days so suspect was playing catch up... overall this was seriously great food and was on a par with places like Apicius in Cranbrook or the West House in Biddenden..less formal and more akin to the Sportsman at Seasalter... we will return and would thoroughly recommend.

Monday, December 17, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

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