Kiln, a casual Thai grill restaurant in Soho, was named National Restaurant of the Year yesterday evening at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. A notable occasion in the food calendar, the annual list of the top 100 restaurants in the UK is voted for by the chefs, restaurateurs and food writers. Hosted by Restaurant magazine at The Hurlingham Club in Fulham, Kiln’s victory saw the top spot return to London after Telegraph columnist Stephen Harris's The Sportsman was named Restaurant of the Year in 2017. Kiln's menu focuses on the rural cuisine of Thailand's northern borderlands, and chef-owner Ben Chapman has made countless research trips to Thailand to ensure authenticity in his cooking. A perfumed smokiness pervaded our food, from the Yunnan-style lamb skewers to a spectacular hotpot "Ben Chapman’s dedication – in fact obsession – with bringing … [Read more...] about The UK’s top 100 restaurants: which Thai grill was named the National Restaurant of the Year 2018?
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0 Have your say The knee injury which has ruled Cameron Redpath out of the England tour to South Africa gives his dad another chance to push the case for Scotland but he insists he won’t be going for the hard sell. Bryan Redpath is in France preparing his Scotland Under-20 squad for the junior World Cup which starts this week and knows that, by the time he returns, his eldest son will still have the option of following him into a dark blue jersey after suffering the blow of an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury.It is a huge setback for the 18-year-old Sale Sharks academy stand-off/centre who was a surprise inclusion in Eddie Jones’s touring squad and his main priority will now be a lengthy rehab process. But the old man knows that it gives more time for the youngster to weigh up his international options.“He was born in France and he spent most of his childhood down in England when I was playing there,” said the former Scotland captain and … [Read more...] about Bryan Redpath: I can’t keep playing my son ‘Flower of Scotland’
0 Have your say For those who really want to get away from it all, there are some Scottish islands that provide complete isolation. Disconnect from wifi, wrap-up in a Fair Isle jumper, and relax. St KildaSt Kilda and the surrounding seas are a world heritage site with unique plant and animal life. Hermits can enjoy the stunning landscape and sea birds. If you arrive in your own boat you can contact the St Kilda Ranger, call sign ‘Kilda Warden’, but ships with closed cabins are not allowed alongside the pier in case unwanted stowaways devastate the island. You’ll have to leave your dog at home too because of the risk of disease they could bring to the native Soay sheep, relics of sheep domesticated in the Iron Age. Tourist facilities are limited; the St Kilda Club shop opens by prior appointment only and National Trust advice is to use the toilet on your boat. Kilda Cruises also offer day trips to St Kilda.(Total journey time by boat and bus from Fort … [Read more...] about Five of Scotland’s most isolated islands for hermits who holiday
It's a 16th century Scottish fortress which once thrived amid war, attack and treason, but now parts of Craignethan Castle have been abandoned because of a somewhat different invader - a “very angry badger". Historic Scotland was forced to shut tunnels which are popular with the public after staff discovered the unexpected guest. “If you're heading to #CraignethanCastle over the next few days you might find the Cellar Tunnel closed due to the presence of a very angry badger," the heritage organisation tweeted. "We're trying to entice it out with cat food & send it home.” Read more Badger caught on camera burying cow in world first It did not elaborate on why the badger was angry, but it is thought the animal may live in surrounding woodland and have become lost. Staff first spotted some dug-out earth and saw the badger after closer inspection. They have been trying to lure it out with cat food and honey ever … [Read more...] about ‘Very angry badger’ forces parts of Scotland’s historic Craignethan Castle to close
THE Commonwealth Games sees athletes from Scotland compete under their own flag rather than part of Team GB. This means that when the country wins a gold medal it is the Scottish National Anthem - The Flower of Scotland - which is played, not God Save the Queen. It has been used as the anthem for the Commonwealth Games since 2010 replacing Scotland the Brave.What are the lyrics to The Flower of Scotland? O Flower of Scotland, The Hills are bare now, Those days are past now, … [Read more...] about Flower of Scotland lyrics: What are the words to Scotland’s Commonwealth Games national anthem?