Mya Lacarte in Reading, the restaurant owned by former Apprentice winner Yasmina Siadatan, serves a menu that promotes and experiments with British produce but it's not quite good enough for a repeat visit, says Lisa Markwell.
Writing in the Independent on Sunday, Markwell says there are a lot of crowd-pleasers on the menu at Mya Lacarte "but the delivery is hit and miss". "It should be said, though, that the actual delivery to the table by keen and knowledgeable waiters is a definite hit," she adds.
AA Gill reviews Michael Caines' restaurant at the Bath Priory and is amazed at its attempt to recreate an elegant age that never existed.
The Sunday Times food critic complains about the stuffy atmosphere and setting at the hotel restaurant: "What amazes me is that anyone is still trying to flog this ridiculously laughable theatre of life, this Princess Di memorial version of an elegant age. It's two hours of your life that are taken over by Gilbert and Sullivan."
Meanwhile John Walsh, writing in the Independent, has a totally different experience at the historic Holbeck Ghyll Hotel in Windermere, Cumbria. Dining at the Michelin-starred restaurant, overseen by head chef David McLaughlin, he finds a menu dedicated to hefty cuts of meat but with great attention to detail.
The Observer‘s Jay Rayner visits the Leeds outpost of family-owned Italian restaurant group San Carlo, a chain that is thriving in the recession because it knows what it's doing.
Dishoom in London's Upper St Martin's Lane captures the imagination of the Sunday Telegraph‘s restaurant critic, Zoe Williams. She describes the interior of this Indian-style café as "beautiful" and the food "brilliant", as well as being impressed by the lowish prices.
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