Bitter Withy

It's a fine, welcoming 'local', I would be happy to have it five minutes from my house.

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Marco Polo

The Marco Polo in Wickford is literally a minute's walk from the Blue Chutney, that I've reviewed in the past, although Blue Chutney looked closed as we drove past.

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It’s Raining Again

Despite the keycard's promise of 'king size comfort', my room was barely nine feet wide, with a gabled ceiling that made the room feel even smaller.

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Gherkin

The consensus was that we’d enjoyed an excellent lunch, in sublime surroundings, at an impressive price.

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Poles Apart

The food was tasty enough, and piping hot, but just lacking in imagination. Old school, and not necessarily in a good way.

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Banana Republic

(Boomtown Rats) I wrote last year how I nearly tried ‘Banana Tree’ in Chelmsford’s ‘Exchange Quarter’; at that time I tried somewhere else, but this time I ventured in. The bells of the nearby Chelmsford Cathedral were chiming 5pm as I walked in to a nearly empty restaurant. The waitress – Olga – welcomed me […]

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Y Gylfinir (The Curlew)

So, a true local pub with welcoming hosts, a good selection of beer and exotic spirits and excellent food. What’s not to like?

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Sheraton Gibson

The Sheraton is unashamedly ‘Old School’, that’s one of its charms, and until the pressure to redevelop the site with something taller, glitzier and more efficient, long may it so remain.

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Red

We came, we tried, we were disappointed. There are better, less pretentious BBQ pits in central London. We won’t be back.

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The Crown

The various cuts of beef were beautifully cooked and wonderfully tender. The peppercorn sauce was tangy and tasty, as was the mac & cheese. We struggled, but both left clean plates, a most enjoyable lunch.

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