Bryn Williams at Somerset House

It feels special walking into Somerset House, the grand courtyard entrance and charming architectural features make it one of my favourite places in London. Skye Gyngell opened Spring restaurant here a few years ago and now celebrated Welsh chef Bryn Williams has opened his first central London eatery within the iconic cultural venue’s South Wing.

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The long restaurant is made up of a series of stylish dining rooms, each with culinary still life photography by Allan Jenkins. The decor is warm and luxurious and suits the location well, with a little nod to Williams’ Welsh roots (herringbone flooring, Welsh-printed upholstery and brown leather banquettes). From the window-facing tables you can look across over the River Thames.

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We got comfortable on the nicely cushioned benches and prepared for a feast. Both my guest and I were starving and excited by the prospect of a menu that champions fruit and vegetables. Every dish sounded delicious, focussed recipes showcasing the best seasonal British produce.

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Meat and fish fans need not fear as there are still plenty of hearty dishes to choose, rib eye steak and grilled red mullet were both on the menu when I visited. However I urge you to try the vegetarian dishes… Grilled Leeks with barley, buttermilk, Burford Brown egg and mushroom was a fresh recipe for spring, buttery and divine with a carefully cooked creamy egg yolk and herby dressing. My guest loved the simple but elegant Wild garlic soup with pink fir potatoes and crème fraiche and I really enjoyed the Pickled radishes with black garlic, apple and pork belly. Though this dish involved wonderfully rich pork, the radishes, crunchy fried sage leaves and black garlic puree stole the show.

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There was only a short list of desserts to choose from, but even still we struggled to narrow it down. The waiter eventually insisted on the ‘very photogenic’ Lavender meringue with lemon posset, lavender & blueberry ice-cream and the Chocolate pavé with almond and blood orange. The lavender dessert was a delight, delicate and subtle, it was the perfect contrast of citrus and floral notes. I was pleased to find the chocolate pudding quite light and again matched with a seasonal citrus fruit. The blood orange sorbet was particularly delicious.

I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a Saturday in London than wandering round an exhibition at Somerset House before settling for lunch at Bryn Williams.

More information and book a table here.

Meraki, Fitzrovia

Greek food is a cuisine I rarely crave… but feasting at Meraki made me wonder why. I came to the conclusion that good Greek food is hard to find in London, which is why this new Fitzrovia eatery should be on your radar.


Meraki was opened in summer 2017 by Peter Waney, a restauranteur who started managing restaurants 15 years ago with his brother Arjun. Their foodie journey began with Zuma in Knightsbridge, followed by Roka and La Petite Maison. More recently, the Waney family acquired and revamped award-winning, internationally-recognised The Arts Club on Dover Street. They have also opened Oblix at The Shard, Coya on Piccadilly and Coya Angel Court in The City. So I think it’s safe to say Peter and Arjun know how to create and run a successful eatery in London.


Upmarket and stylish Meraki is found on Great Titchfield Street amongst many other great foodie spots. The staff are instantly welcoming and the restaurant has a smart professional look, decorated in shades of gold and cream.

The menu is split between cold and hot mezze, fresh and raw fish dishes, salads and sharing dishes. We decided to share a selection of the mezze, which all sounded very appetising. First up, a wooden platter of Greek dips, authentic taramasalata (white in colour, not fake pink!), smoky aubergine, and a richly flavoured and coloured spinach and feta dip.


Our waitress offered tips on what specialities not to miss. Delicate and vibrant Octopus Carpaccio, devilishly indulgent Mastelo cheese with a tangy tomato & chilli chutney, wonderfully light Courgette and Aubergine Tempura with a touch of spice and paired with a contrasting tzatziki. I also loved the meat dishes, particularly the Lamb kebab spiced with Meraki’s secret spice mix, they were soft with a crispy exterior and perfectly seasoned.


Head chef Athinagoras Kostakos kindly made a selection of mini desserts for us to sample. The stand out was the Orange-Agave syrup cake with white chocolate namelaka, crispy filo pastry and clementine sorbet. It was moist and satisfying, sweet but light… my guest and I both agreed it was one of the best cakes we had every eaten! The Lacta Chocolate fondant with olive oil ice-cream was also tasty, a more dense and rich pudding for those that can still fit it in.

For stand-out Greek food in London I cannot think of a better restaurant than Meraki. Delicious dishes, an atmospheric dining room and welcoming service. Tick tick tick.

More information and book a table at Meraki here.

Air France x Good France: Parlez Vous French Food

A few days ago I joined Air France and a group of gastronomes at the French Institute in South Kensington for a night to celebrate French food and to launch the ‘Do you speak French Food?” campaign.

This is the fourth year that AirFrance has partnered with Good France to celebrate this special annual culinary event. Each year, on 21st March, the first day of Spring, an amazing dinner is arranged to promote French fine dining.

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This year the theme is Wines & Spirits and international gourmet cuisine. Over 3,000 restaurants around the world will be taking part in this amazing culinary initiative, offering “à la Française” menus to guests, a lovely opportunity for diners to experience French food without having to travel to the country. Some of my favourite French restaurants in London are taking part, including Frenchie, The Greenhouse, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, and Club Gascon.

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At last week’s press conference we listened to inspirational talks by Raymond Blanc and Michel Roth who spoke of their fondest foodie memories and the importance of food education. Then it was over to Air France to give us an insight into the “Do you speak French food?” campaign. We watched the short, original and quirky video clips which represent a mini gastronomic dictionary, hoping to help customers around the world to grasp a better understanding of some French gourmet culinary terms in an amusing and informative way.

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Followers are invited to add their own culinary terms to this gastronomic dictionary and post a related pic on Instagram. The competition takes place from 16 to 21 March and the winner of the best combination will win two long-haul tickets to the destination of their choice.

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On 21 March 2018, to mark the start of the “Gôut de /Good France” event, Air France will also organise the first ever wine and Champagne tasting event in the sky with Paolo Basso, voted the world’s best sommelier in 2013. On flight AF072 connecting Paris to Los Angeles, the expert wine consultant will present the wine and Champagnes list that he has signed for the company to the flight’s Business customers. Premium Economy and Economy customers will also be able to discover the medium-haul Business class wines.

While the flight is taking place, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs will kick off the world’s largest dinner reception – bringing together over 3,000 restaurants and 150 embassies across five continents to celebrate and promote fine French cuisine.

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Needless to say we were all starving after hearing about all the amazing culinary events, and so we headed downstairs to try dishes created specially for the occasion by Chef Michel Roth, taste premium French wines, and marvel at the prettiest miniature patisserie! Such a delicious and fabulously French way to spend an evening!

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Air France.