I’ve long been known as a great advocate of trying different dining experiences. In fact, both in and surrounding our London hotel, guests have access to a vast array of diverse cuisines and I’m always keen to help them experiment.
When the guests at our Kensington hotel ask me to name some of the great traditional English (or British) dishes they should try while in London, I usually put stout, beef and oyster pie somewhere at the top of the list. (more…)
I don’t like to be accused of being too parochial.
True, I love Kensington but I’m the first to admit that other parts of London have their attractions as well and one of those is that great culinary delicacy called the “Beigel”. No, that’s not a spelling mistake! In fact, you’ll also sometimes see the spelling “Biegel” used. (more…)
I’m quite often asked about traditional British foods and one of those regularly mentioned is the “Cornish Pasty”. (more…)
Well, if the title of this post doesn’t catch your eye then nothing will! (more…)
Many chefs will tell you that significant numbers of people are looking for wholesome but actually very undemanding cuisine after the rich excesses of Christmas and New Year.
As I’ve said before, I am a great lover of British cuisine.
Now it’s perfectly true that great chunks of our indigenous culinary traditions were driven to the brink of extinction by the insane 1960s-1980s headlong rush towards so-called ‘modern convenience foods’. Fortunately, a few enlightened people recognised the damage this was causing and over more recent times there has been a huge upsurge in the re-discovery of our native ingredients and dining traditions. (more…)
I have admitted once or twice to guests at our Kensington Hotel, albeit slightly sheepishly, that for some years I just didn’t “get” organic and biological food.
I was a lot younger when the first notes of concern were raised about certain agricultural practices and I suppose at the time, with the disdain of youth, I assumed it was largely hype and fashion. When I think of how I used to eat in those now long-gone days, I’m pleasantly surprised that I survived! (more…)