Restaurants in Wales say people not showing up for tables they've booked is a serious threat to their survival. On Valentine’s Day, Bar 44, one of Cardiff’s most popular restaurants, had 16 tables not turn up on what is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year. Owner Owen Morgan said it happened on a "weekly basis". Last week, just six of the 26 tables booked in at Arbennig in Cardiff’s Pontcanna suburb turned up. And Cardiff restaurant Bully’s, the Hare and Hounds in Aberthin , near Cowbridge, The Humble Onion in Dinas Powys have all spoken out about the problem, which seems to be widespread and damaging. Of course it boils down to money, but it isn’t as simple as losing out on your table’s bill. There is food left in the fridges, drinks unopened, staff and suppliers to be paid, bills and other overheads. Then there's the debate on how to solve it (aside from what you'd expect is the most obvious and decent way of solving it: … [Read more...] about Why it’s such a disaster for restaurants if you don’t show up for your booking
THE menu at Purezza in St James’s Street might be varied, but a meal there always starts the same way. As soon as you step through the door, a smiling waitress is waiting with a question: “And are you aware that we are a plant-based establishment?” Plenty of people aren’t. It’s an easy mistake to make. Aside from the cheerful vegetable stencil art adorning the front window, it looks much like any other local Italian joint. Think timber beams, warm lighting and a huge tiled pizza oven dominating the open kitchen. But there’s one key difference. Despite a menu packed with pizza, pasta and plenty of creamy desserts, not even a whiff of animal by-product makes it past those gleaming doors. That means no eggs, no milk and not a scrap of cheesy goodness. Don’t even dream of any actual meat. This week The Gourmand is testing out the UK’s first vegan pizzeria. To set the record straight, it’s fair to say we went in feeling a tad … [Read more...] about Food review: Is this the most ‘Brighton’ restaurant in the city?
A burger restaurant in Bromley has been recognised as one of the best after winning an OpenTable Choice award. Burger & Bubbles, based on Southend Road in Beckenham, first welcomed hungry customers in October. The restaurant has now won the Diner's Choice award. Diner's Choice is an independent award decided by the number of quality reviews a restaurant receives through the online booking platform, Open Table, which analyses over 400,000 a month. A spokesman for Burger & Bubbles said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful customers who took the time to give us such great feedback. "We will continue to make sure we keep up and exceed your expectations with regards to food, service and the overall experience.” Burger & Bubbles also serve Freakshakes and cocktails. … [Read more...] about One of Bromley’s newest restaurants wins OpenTable award
PUBLISHED: 18:14 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:14 08 January 2018 Charlotte Smith-Jarvis Pasta with chilli and lemon. Archant Charlotte Smith-Jarvis visits a popular pub on the Essex/Suffolk border. Crab, chilli and lemon tagliatelle. Food In this honeypot village (the heartland of the Milsom group) you have to dare to be different – and that’s exactly what The Sun Inn aims to do. In the kitchen the team uses rare breed meat, dayboat landed fish and seasonal fruit and vegetables to craft a menu of dishes heavily influenced by the regions of Italy. As we sat down a basket of crunchy-bottomed bread was planted on the table. Pinch pots of salt and pepper, and oil poured into a dish while we waited were a nice touch. Braised beef with mash. To start I tangled al dente pasta onto my fork. It had been tossed with chilli, lemon, herbs and a generous dose of brackish crab meat. Salty, a little citrusy and with a slick of oil, it was a truly unctuous bowl, and more … [Read more...] about Restaurant review: The Sun Inn, Dedham: “Great food was let down by slow service”
PUBLISHED: 15:20 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:31 08 January 2018 Emily Cotton Grilled quail at Pea Porridge. Picture: Gregg Brown. A mecca for food enthusiasts, the many excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants in Bury St Edmunds, are rapidly growing in both popularity and number. Have you paid a visit to any on the list? Tuck into seasonal dishes at Maison Bleue. Picture: Archant Maison Bleue The award-winning Maison Bleue has an elegant ambiance, however its open kitchen allows diners a glimpse of owner and chef Pascal at work. Seasonal meat, fish and vegetarian dishes and mouth-watering puddings are all perfectly created at Maison Bleue, with updated renditions of French classics proving to be Pascal’s signature dish. 1921 Independent restaurant 1921 Angel Hill has made a highly successful name for itself in the town. The unique fine dining experience offered at 1921 sets this establishment apart from its competitors. The dishes served here, by chef patron Zack … [Read more...] about 10 restaurants you must eat at in Bury St Edmunds