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What's on the menu – critics heap praise on London Edition and Berners Tavern

29 September 2013 by
What's on the menu – critics heap praise on London Edition and Berners Tavern

The London Edition, arguably one of London's hottest new hotel openings, is reviewed three times this week and each time to high praise.

Grace Dent is wowed by its decadent dining room Berners Tavern - Jason Atherton's all-day restaurant in the heart of the hotel, despite all the paps and fashionistas. The problem, she writes in the Evening Standard, is that once ensconced it seemed a terrible shame to leave.

The Sunday Telegraph's Fiona Duncan describes the London W1T hotel as "an exciting" addition to the capital's hotel scene, which "at the moment" is affordable - for value she scores London Edition a perfect 10, with food & drink and style both marked 9/10.

Laure Holt, in the Independent, mostly agrees describing the property as a bit of "a looker", despite some irritating form-over-function niggles.

Jay Rayner pays a visit to Joel Kissin's Boulestin in London SW1 for the http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2433456/The-Great-Northern-Hotel-review-Style-home-comforts-lots-cake-Londons-revamped-railway-Hotel.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Observer](http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/sep/29/boulestin-restaurant-review-london) where he finds a knowingly French menu. Marcel Boulestin was "clearly a man who believed life is for pleasure, which happens to be a pleasure afforded only those with the dosh" - in that he would have loved his namesake restaurant, adds Rayner.

"David Everitt-Matthias is a genius". A bold statement, perhaps, but how else to explain a chef who can handle such bold and diverse flavours and bring to them harmony and common sense, asks Paul Fulford after a visit to Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham for the [Birmingham Mail](http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/restaurants/restaurant-review-le-champignon-sauvage-6104250).

Commenting in the [Telegraph](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/restaurants/10320332/The-Yew-Tree-Highclere-restaurant-review.html)

Tracey MacLeod makes to restaurant visits for this week's second [Independent](http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/reviews/restaurant-review-chop-shop-and-grillshack-are-the-restaurant-equivalent-of-instant-coffee--just-add-customers-8839128.html) review. Dropping into both New York-based Altamarea Group's first london venture Chop Shop and Richard Caring's Grillshack, she describes both as the restaurant equivalent of instant coffee - "just add customers".

Marina O'Loughlin's visit to Luis Baena's Notting Hill Kitchen, London W11, for the [Guardian](http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/sep/28/notting-hill-kitchen-london-review) leaves her perplexed by the touches of Spain in a Portuguese restaurant.

Casse-croÁ»te in London SE1 starts well but goes downhill after the first course says Emma Sturgess in the [Metro](http://metro.co.uk/2013/09/26/casse-croute-starts-well-but-goes-downhill-after-the-first-course-4110735/).

Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Café wants to be a buzzy Manhattanite joint but the food is blisteringly average, says Matthew Norman in the [Telegraph](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/restaurants/10321252/Union-Street-Cafe-London-restaurant-review.html).

The [Daily Mail's Paul Oswell is impressed by attention to detail and endless supply of cake at the Great Northern Hotel, London N1C.

Oliver Denton makes his way excitedly over to Heron Tower to review Duck & Waffle, and isn't disappointed, while Andy Lynes heads to London N4 for Osteria Tufo, which he says should be in every neighbourhood - both in the Metro.

*\Visit Guide Girl for a round up of UK restaurant and hotel reviews from the last seven days**

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