Tag Archive: Bloggers

  1. Top bloggers rate their best fish and chips in the UK – old-school fish and chip shops win the day

    Some of the UK’s top food bloggers have shared their top tips for the best fish and chips in the UK with toptable.   Their suggestions include restaurants, pubs and old-school chippies across the UK.

    “Most of us remember nostalgically where and when we have eaten our best fish and chips and our top food bloggers, who are constantly searching for the next best dish, are no different”, comments Lucy Taylor, Head of Restaurant Relations.

    Old-school fish and chip shops are favoured by the bloggers.  Rosie Birkett rates ‘Fish and Chips’ in Walmer near Deal, “… it’s all fresh and perfectly cooked…”  Oliver Thring raves about Fisher’s in Fulham, “You expect it to be useless but it’s bloody brilliant.”  And Food Urchin says that Fishy Business in Upminster, “… stands out from the crowd.”

    For a traditional fish and chips experience and some great mushy peas both Rocket and Squash and Bitten and Written tip The Golden Hind in Marylebone, whilst PalAtTable says you can’t beat Nautilus in Hampstead where they serve “…some well-cooked, sizable chips, vibrant green mushy peas and home-made tartare sauce to boot!”

    Chris Pople said, “At the risk of sounding like a grumpy ex-pat Northerner, there is no truly great fish & chip outlet in London”, but suggests both Master Super Fish in Waterloo and the Princess of Shoreditch as good choices.

    Further West, Stein’s Fish and Chips in Padstow, hits the spot for both Hollowlegs and Essex Eating.  And Hugh Wright sticks with his Dorset favourites – Chez Fred in Westbourne and Long’s in Lilliput.

    Finally,  the Cave Street Fisheries in Hull evidently struck a chord with The Epicurian who writes, “The best fish and chips I have ever had was at Cave Street Fisheries circa 1984 – no idea if it’s still any good though!”  And Peckham based Food Stories says, “Well, the best fish and chips I’m afraid is made by my Dad. This of course means that no-one else can ever eat them apart from me. Sorry!”


  2. Still looking for that perfect restaurant for Valentine’s Day?

    toptable reveals the UK’s top food bloggers’ tips for romantic restaurants

    Finding the ideal restaurant for a romantic date can often be a daunting task.  toptable invited some of the UK’s leading food bloggers to share their experience and thoughts on the restaurants they think are the most romantic and why.

    The resulting list is varied and features a number of hidden gems amongst some of the UK’s best known restaurants.  Greedy Diva chose The Waterside Inn, saying, “It’s elegant and intimate, the food is wonderful and the service is perfect.”  The CattyLife selected The Ledbury in Notting Hill, commenting, “With two Michelin stars and a lot of class, my favourite restaurant balances pristine service with delectable food and trust me, you’ll leave with a heart brimming with content in more ways than one!”

    Andrew Edmunds in Soho was the choice of Eat Like a Girl who said, “Peering through the window into the soft candlelight, I couldn’t resist that first meal and it has become a firm favourite.”   PalAtTable agreed, “I considered the grand (Geales) and the wow-factor (Hakkasan) but kept going back to a much-loved and trustworthy restaurant to spark some romance.”

    Gaelic culinary charm trumped with Bitten and Written praising L’Absinthe in Primrose Hill, commenting that “… Jean-Christophe Slowik has created a true neighbourhood gem of a French bistro.”  And Tamarind and Thyme chose Le Vacherin, Malcolm John’s classically French bistro in Chiswick.

    Restaurants serving sharing plates enticed several bloggers.  Food Stories opted for Tierra Brindisa in Soho, London, “…as it’s tapas you share the plates – sizzling padron peppers; goat’s cheese drizzled seductively with orange blossom honey; plates of stunning, nutty jamon Iberico with its luxurious melting fat, washed down with indecent amounts of Pedro Ximenez. Swoon.”  And Rocket and Squash said, “Restaurants serving small, sharing plates are ideal date territory and Fino is a good option.”

    For a romantic meal with a difference, Gourmet Chick chose Dans le Noir in Clerkenwell where you eat entirely in the dark.  “While you may not be able to look into your beloved’s eyes, the darkness heightens every other sense so you can focus on the taste, texture and scent of your meal”, she commented.  And Bruce Palling said that dining at Brunswick House in Vauxhall was “magical and unforgettable “.

    “I can’t think of many who won’t be impressed by the sumptuous decor, Michelin-starred food and breathtaking vistas at Galvin at Windows”, said Cheese and Biscuits.

    Finally, that most romantic of foods, oysters, was not ignored by Intoxicating Prose who said “…nothing is more sensuous as a broad platter loaded with tangibly fresh crustaceans… for the ideal Valentine’s evening, perch high at the long, snaking counter of Wright Bros Oyster & Porter House, Borough Market.”

    “This is a great list that provides our customers with great tips for romantic dining”, said Lucy Taylor, Head of Restaurant Relations.  “Whether you are looking for a formal or more casual restaurant or just something a little bit out of the ordinary – there are choices to cover all bases.”

  3. toptable reveals the UK’s top food bloggers’ best restaurants of 2010

    Some of the UK’s most respected food bloggers have shared with toptable their top ten restaurants in 2010.  Passionate about restaurants and constantly looking to be surprised and inspired by food,  their choices demonstrate the broad wealth of culinary experiences available in both London and across the UK.

    The bloggers were unanimous in their admiration of Hawksmoor in Covent Garden referring often to  the Kimichi burger, lobster roll and as Cheese and Biscuits wrote, “… and my God, those beef dripping chips…”.  Italian restaurants were also favoured with  Polpo and Polpetto, Zucca, Alloro, L’Anima, Zafferano, Bocca di Lupo and Cinquecento – where Douglas Blyde was rendered speechless by the tagliatelle with white truffle – taking top spots.  Bob Bob Ricard is noted for the ‘top class food’, ‘best roast lamb’, ‘champagne at the push of a button’ and as The Epicurean says “…the best value for money wine list in the UK”.

    Hidden ethnic gems such as Sushi di Shiori – described by Catty as “…hands down the best, freshest and most delicious sushi and sashimi I’ve had in London….” –  Koya, Pearl Liang, Kikuchi, Dishoom and Tayyabs sit alongside culinary luminaries; The Ledbury, Le Gavroche, Fat Duck, The Square and Galvin La Chapelle.

    Out of London restaurants; The Kingham Plough (Chipping Norton) The Pot Kiln (Yattendon) and The Kitchen (Edinburgh) all struck a chord with Bruce Palling who described the latter as “…probably the most original cuisine in Scotland…”. Dan of Essex Eating rates The Gurnard’s Head in St. Ives and The Lido Restaurant in Bristol amongst his most memorable dining experiences this year.

    Lucy Taylor, Head of Restaurant Relations said, “The combined list of bloggers top restaurants for 2010 creates a fantastically diverse resource for toptable users giving them plenty of really informed tips as to which restaurants to try and which chefs to watch in 2011.”