After seeing the chef Tom Kitchin on Great British menu and seeing his restaurant, I’d wanted to visit. The Kitchin on Edinburgh’s Leith waterfront was opened in 2006. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2007 and still has it today.
Last year I was lucky enough to go to the Forest Side for lunch. https://adventuresofcumbrianblondie.co.uk/2016/10/10/a-new-star-is-born-forestside/It was amazing and a few weeks after our visit, they were awarded their first Michelin star. I had seen pictures of their afternoon tea and it went on my never ending list of places to eat. After having words about … More Afternoon tea at Forest Side
Gilpin lodge hotel has always been a favourite place of mine. The Cunliffe family who own it, are always innovative and have a real eye for detail. I love the interior and the food is always amazing. I was very excited to hear about their latest venture, Gilpin Spice. A restaurant almost like pan Asian … More Gilpin Spice and all things nice
I was talking with my friend Al about how we are in danger of becoming food snobs. How we get annoyed at people’s lack of thought in how they present food and drinks. I was out in Kendal town at a well known establishment, I asked for a gin and tonic. I was astounded that … More Food snob
I had never heard about the Raby Hunt restaurant until one of my customers Steve told me about it. Every time he went, he said to me “you must go” this continued for about 4 years. Him talking so passionately about the food imploring me to visit. When the Michelin guide announced the new stars, … More Raby Hunt
When the hotel opened it doors earlier this year I was interested to see what Andrew and his team had done to breath life into this neglected building. Forest Side is an imposing slate-built mansion, built for a wealthy industrialist in 1853, on the outskirts of Grasmere. Across the road, Helm Crag looking down majestically on it. In … More A new star is born- Forestside
After hearing lots of favourable reports about new kid on the block The Old Stamphouse in Ambleside, it had to be paid a visit. Our friends Si and Liz had been and given it a glowing report. With a window of opportunity a table was booked.
It’s fair to say I’m a doer. My twitter friend Jenny and I spoke about her coming to stay, so we made a date and on bank holiday Sunday she came to stay for a couple of days.
I visited the Black Swan in Helmsley about 4 years ago on a Sunday is the new Saturday deal. As I was on the mailing list a deal came through and thought why not. Helmsley is a chocolate box village situated 23 miles north of York. Last time I was at the hotel, it was … More Escaping to Yorkshire for the night….
Can I start a new list before completing my 40 at 40?? I still have my helicopter ride over the lakes to do and just waiting for a clear day and my friend to have a window in his diary to take me. So as I’d been completing my 40 things, there were lots more … More Number 1 off my new list!!