Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen – City

Fine dining at One New Change shopping centre by St Paul’s Cathedral

One New Change is worth visiting for its fabulous roof terrace view of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London skyline. It’s free admission to enjoy this viewing platform and there’s a variety of drinking and/or dining experiences to choose from including Madison’s (with outdoor seating on the roof terrace) and – if it’s fine dining you’re after – Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen inside the mall.


View of St. Paul’s Cathedral from One New Change roof terrace


Stepping into Bread Street Kitchen on a Monday evening earlier this month, I was immediately greeted and seated by very professional, efficient waiting staff. The restaurant was mostly empty (although it filled out later) as I was led through the vast warehouse-style interior with its tiled walls and long leather cushioned benches and huge mirrors.

We ordered a bottle of dry white wine, a Ribeiro Santo Branco from Portugal’s Dão region @ £25.00 (light floral aromas, and easy to drink) and enjoyed some fresh, slightly salty bread with a cheesy crust (cover charge @ £2.00 per head) while reading the menu.


Spacious warehouse style interior with tiled walls and an industrial feel


I ordered a side salad as a starter of marinated beetroot, feta and toasted hazelnuts @ £4.00 while H had potted salt beef brisket with grain mustard, picalilli and buckwheat crackers @ £9.50. We were excited by both, and thoroughly enjoyed our first course.


Marinated beetroot, feta + toasted hazelnut salad – side portion


Potted salt beef brisket with mustard, piccalilli + crackers

For main course I was tempted by the pork belly but I’m not eating meat at the mo, so ordered a fillet of sea bream, broccoli and romesco sauce (a gorgeous nut and pepper sauce although – overall – this plate was slightly dry) @ £18.00 along with a side of macaroni cheese with garlic roasted crumbs @ £5.50 (the cheesy sauce was quite creamy and so good!).

H had slow-roasted Cumbrian saddleback pork belly and spiced apple sauce @ £17.00 with a side of mashed potato @ £4.00. Check out the crispy crackling in the photo below (I *will* go back and try the pork next time).


Fillet of sea bream, brocolli + romesco (nut and red pepper) sauce


Macaroni cheese with garlic roasted crumbs


Slow-roasted pork belly + spiced apple sauce


Too full for dessert, we relaxed over a digestif: an amaretto for H @ £7.00 and a Remy Martin coeur de cognac for me @ £15.00.

The verdict: Excellent service; high quality food that excites (and won’t break the bank), in a relaxing, very comfortable, open space. I plan to eat here again. Soon.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: British, international
~ Address: 10 Bread Street at One New Change, London
~ Postcode: EC4M 9AJ
~ Nearest station: St. Paul’s, Mansion House, Bank
~ Website + menus: Bread Street Kitchen website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Bread Street Kitchen
~ Location: Bread Street Kitchen map


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The Wharf – Gabriel’s Wharf

Situated in a converted boat house at Gabriel’s Wharf, one of The Wharf restaurant’s finest assets is its view over the River Thames towards St. Paul’s Cathedral and the changing skyline of East London.

There’s nothing quite so relaxing as sitting on the terrace here on a summer evening, watching the sun go down while the light and shadows go soft over the City, from Blackfriars across to the Leadenhall Building (cheesegrater).

Riverside view from The Wharf at Gabriel’s Wharf

Part of The Pizza Express group, The Wharf is positioned as a seafood restaurant and has a more independent feel than its high street relations.

Sipping a bottle of prosecco @ £22.00, we watch the world go by and enjoy the view while leisurely reading the menu that offers the likes of fresh daily fish, fish and chips, moules-frites, tempting warm salads, as well as pasta, steaks and burgers.

Seared tuna steak salad @ £15.95

We all order a seared tuna steak salad @ £15.95, comprising a free range egg, capers, olives, mixed leaf salad, fine green beans, new potatoes, tomatoes and dressing and a chargrilled, seared tuna steak – a really good mix of ingredients and flavours.

Converted boat house restaurant

The verdict: Nice and easy, no fuss restaurant with straight-talking food. The Wharf is part of the Gourmet Society scheme (currently 2-for-1 for two people only, and you must book in advance).

More of the menu:
Battered fish + chips with mushy peas @ £15.95

Fish of the day – sea bream with green beans + fries @ £18.95

Superfood salad – butternut squash, pine kernels, broccoli, avocado, goat’s cheese @ £10.95

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: British, seafood
~ Address: 6 Upper Ground, Riverside Walk, Gabriel’s Wharf, South Bank, London
~ Postcode: SE1 9PP
~ Nearest station: Southwark, Waterloo East, Waterloo
~ Website + menus: The Wharf website
~ Photos on flickr: images of The Wharf
~ Location: The Wharf map

More South Bank/Waterloo dining:
~ Bangalore Express
~ Canteen
~ Zen China

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Carriages Wine Bar – Knaresborough

The interior of Carriages of Knaresborough is olde and quaint (as befits this small medieval North Yorkshire town). Its segmented dining spaces (outdoors as well as in) give you the sense of being in a cosy room, even though it is – overall – quite a large restaurant.

On our visit last night, there were three menus to select from:
~ seafood – two courses @ £24.00
~ a la carte – two courses @ £24.00
~ tapas

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Amuse bouche – smoked guineau fowl taster

We ordered a bottle of Foxwood Viognier dry white wine @ £22.50 and a Crianza red @ £23.00 while reading the menu options, and were served an amuse bouche (‘mouth amuser’, a bite-sized hors d’œuvre compliments of the chef) of smoked guinea fowl (beautifully presented on a slate but too smoked and richly intense to be really enjoyable) and a basket of breads.

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Scallops + pulled pork starter

Whitby crab with poppadum starter

Setting aside the tapas menu, we all ordered two courses @ £24.00 from the seafood and a la carte menus.

For starters, K had scallops and pulled pork and I had dressed Whitby crab in a coronation mayonnaise with poppadums.

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Rack of lamb

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Monkfish with caper + harissa butter

6oz beef fillet steak

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Swordfish loin with classic hollandaise sauce

For main course, the four of us ordered:
~ rack of lamb in a cranberry jus
~ fillet of monkfish with caper + harissa butter
~ 6oz fillet steak with asparagus wrapped in parma ham
~ fillet of swordfish with hollandaise sauce

The verdict lots of choice, great quality (and appropriately priced) food and wines, and comfortable semi-secluded spaces. Fine dining that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Bill for four – £175.50 excluding service

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: British, international
~ 80 High Street, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
~ Postcode: HG5 0HL
~ Tel: 01423 867041
~ Nearest station: Knaresborough
~ Photos on flickr: images of Carriages food
~ Location: Carriages map

More Knaresborough + Harrogate dining:
~ Drum + Monkey – seafood in Harrogate
~ Storm at The Dower House – Knaresborough
~ Sukhothai – Harrogate, top Thai in Yorkshire

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Canteen – traditional British grub

Canteen serves hearty British food (from carefully sourced ingredients) and after a couple of drinks at the BFI cafe bar on Friday (another evening of incessant rain), that was just what me and L fancied.

We hadn’t booked but were fortunate enough to get a table that had just become available. It was 8pm, the start of the weekend and this branch of Canteen at the Royal Festival Hall was busy, as you’d expect.

Scotch egg

So we were greeted and seated immediately, and ordered a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc @ £19.00 from the ‘Good white wine’ list (as opposed to the ‘the great’, ‘our favourite’, and ‘brilliant white’ sections – all clearly laid out, in a says what it is on the tin kind of way) and a Scotch egg to nibble on as a shared starter.

The Scotch egg was simply divine – with a runny yolk centre and a crispy, crunchy crumb shell, served with piccalilli @ £3.75.

Haddock + chips – with mushy peas

For main course I had haddock and hand-cut chips with tartar sauce @ £13.75 (well it was #FishFryday after all and I’d been hankering after some good fish and chips all day – they were really crispy but not dry, and no oil in sight) with mushy peas @ £2.75, while L had slow cooked beef stew with stout, onions and glazed carrots @ £12.50 and chips @ £3.50.

Slow cooked beef

This was traditional, nourishing British food at its best – great quality food and reasonably priced too. Our total bill for two came to £62.16 including a 12.5% service charge (although – rather cheekily – the new server who brought us the bill asked us to please leave a cash tip as well, saying that waiting staff wouldn’t get the service charge already added to the bill).

Canteen bill for two

A good reminder that the old British favourites, when served well, can be great.

More of the menu

Pork belly

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: British
~ Address: Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London (+ several locations)
~ Postcode: SE1 8XX
~ Tel: 0845 686 1122
~ e: rfh@canteen.co.uk
~ Nearest station: Waterloo, Embankment
~ Website + menus: Canteen website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Canteen food
~ Location: Canteen South Bank map

More South Bank dining:
~ Oxo Tower restaurant – somewhat bland
~ Zen China – great riverside views

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So Bar + Eats – Knaresborough

For the second year running, we arranged an ‘open table’ for friends and family at So! Bar & Eats, Knaresborough, the weekend before Christmas. A chance to catch up and either drink or eat. Or both. And be merry, of course.

It’s worth joining So! Bar’s (e)mailing list or at least keeping an eye on their website as they often have offers on for say, 50p off a pint of such-and-such a real ale, or a complimentary bottle of wine when you order two meals, etc.

So Bar
Scoobie snacks – made us run around like fun lovin criminals

There’s a good choice of real ales (Roosters and Wharfedale blonde – both local brewers -were among those on tap on this occasion), and wines; service is really friendly, helpful and efficient and the food’s great (we were a mixed party of vegetarians and meat eaters).

Following Scooby-doo Pye’s example from last time, I had a Scoobie today, of the sloppy gonzales variety: flour tortillas with toasted chilli beef, cheese, red onion, and sour cream and extra chillies, served in slices so you can easily share (…if you must) @ £7.95.

So Bar
Mini burger selection – sharing platter

Big K and B had a sharing slider @ £11.95 – a selection of baby burgers including baby pulled pork, baby sticky chicken, beef rendang, posh burger and Mexicana chicken served with fries and coleslaw. Very tasty too.

The 5 a day burger @ £8.25 proved popular with N: a falafel burger with houmous, mixed salad and spinach tossed in pesto and dukkah, while K had a yankee burger @ £10.95 (beef burger with smoky bacon, cheese, pulled pork, tomato, onion, leaves, dill pickle and BBQ sauce served with fries and coleslaw) and a side of enormous onion rings @ £2.95.

Others in our party thoroughly enjoyed different varieties of scoobies, burgers, salads and grills.

Great venue not to mention food and drink. So will this new tradition continue next Christmas…


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: British, pub
~ Address: 1 Silver Street, Knaresborough
~ Postcode: HG5 8AJ
~ Tel: 01423 863202
~ Nearest station: Knaresborough
~ Website + menus: So! Bar & Eats Knaresborough website
~ Photos on flickr: images of So Bar food
~ facebook page: So! Bar facebook page
~ Location: So! Bar Knaresborough map

More Knaresborough + Harrogate dining:

~ Storm at The Dower House – Knaresborough
~ Sukhothai – Harrogate, top Thai in Yorkshire

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