What's on the menu: Good cooking, but ‘over-engineered' at Manchester House, says critic

01 December 2013 by
What's on the menu: Good cooking, but ‘over-engineered' at Manchester House, says critic

Aiden Byrne's Manchester House is serving up "brilliant cooking", according to Jay Rayner in the Observer, but he finds the £3m restaurant to be "BIG and over-engineered".

Angela Hartnett's Café Murano is worthy of its Michelin-starred sister, finds Lisa Markwell in the Independent. "This is food that tantalises and warms me all at once," she says.

The Evening Standard'sGrace Dent checks out the Gay Hussar. The Soho stalwart faces closure, and Dent says she can see why.

Karam Sethi's Gymkhana in London W1 impresses another critic, this time Zoe Williams at the Independent. "There are curry houses, there are posh curry houses, and then there's this," she says. "Do trot by."

Augustine Kitchen in London SW11 has pedigree with Mon Plaisir's former head chef Franck Raymond in the kitchen. But the Metro'sAndy Lynes says the food and décor are letting the side down.

Fay Maschler visits Foxlow, the latest Hawksmoor to hit the capital. Writing in the Evening Standard, she says that the new baby by "budding catering entrepreneurs" Will Beckett and Huw Gott is recognisable as a restaurant of our times.

AA Gill is enthralled by the Zaha Hadid design of the Magazine in London W2, but his review in the Sunday Times says he suggests you avoid eating there.

The Independent'sJohn Walsh

D&D London's Angelica at the top of new retail complex Trinity Leeds "oozes glamour" and serves a bistro-style menu, according to the http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/what-s-on/restaurant-reviews/restaurant-review-angelica-trinity-centre-leeds-1-6282227" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Yorkshire Post.


Writing in the Guardian, Chris Moss recommends the outstanding restaurant at the Hardwick in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, as a great pitstop for a break in the Brecon Beacons.

Pauntley Court - the former home of Dick Whittington - in Remarle, Gloucestershire, is a B&B that allows you to enjoy medieval grandeur with modern comforts, says Matthew Bell in the Independent.

The Times'Tom Chesshyre enjoys superb bedrooms, but finds the food to be predictable at the Lewinnick Lodge in Pentire, Cornwall.

Fiona Duncan finds the cost of food and rooms at The Red Lion in East Chisenbury, Wiltshire, a tad high for a country inn, but gives it top marks for service, in the Sunday Telegraph.

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