Gidleigh Park ★★ // South Devon // England

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Michael Wignall, the former **2 star chef at the Latimer at Pennyhill Park, took over from Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park in 2016, where Caines had given 20 years of strong and creative service. Wignall is now on …

Pascade by Alexandre Bourdas // 2ème // Paris

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Alexandre Bourdas, a **2 star chef, has an outpost in Paris with a menu built almost entirely around a signature dish from his Normandy restaurant – the pascade. Best described as a giant sweet and salty Yorkshire pudding, …

La Bastide de Moustiers ★ // Alpes-de-Haute-P...

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Alain Ducasse definitely knows what makes a great restaurant. Precision in technique, a blend of creativity and tradition, the best ingredients and superb front-of-house staff. Though a glitzy setting (like at the ***3 star Dorchester) is not always …

Restaurant Michel Chabran ★ // La Drôme // F...

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Lyon has long been touted as the French capital of gastronomy, and with nine ***3 star, 25 **2 star and over 140 *1 star restaurants within 100kms, it’s clear that food is taken very seriously across the Rhône-Alpes …

Septime ★ // 11ème // Paris

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It may require unwavering dedication to secure a booking at Septime in the trendy 11th arrondissement, but I can confirm – it’s time well spent . Chef Bertrand Grébaut has drawn on experiences and his training from Alain …

Pottoka // 7ème // Paris

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Following hot on the heels of restaurants from Aveyron, Basque has become the new hit cuisine in Paris. Restaurants like L’Ami Jean and l’Entredgeu are great, and now, Pottoka has been added to our list. Chef Sébastien Gravé …

Turner’s Restaurant ★ // Birmingham // ...

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Birmingham. Perhaps not the British city you think of for its gastronomic prowess, but the West Midlands’ capital has been quietly establishing itself as the UK’s second starred destination behind London. The clear evidence of this is a …

Two Cats Kitchen // Birmingham // West Midlands

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It’s not every day you get to try and new concept in cooking, particularly one as outlandish as “Baltic-Russian”. On the face on it, it sounds heavy and hearty. However, Two Cats Kitchen in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter …

L’Origine ★ // Rouen // France

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Rouen is a very attractive medieval city just over an hour away from Paris. Offering an imposing cathedral, a fairy-tale like big clock and the spot where Joan of Arc had her head lopped-off; there is something for …