Review Index

Andrew Pern Does it Again


Andrew Pern is without doubt one of Yorkshire’s finest chefs and operators and his culinary impact on not only the county but also the UK now spans decades. Andrew returns to his roots in Whitby with the opening of The Star in the Harbour and an impressive 160+ seater restaurant in the building that once housed the Tourist Office.

Tharavadu, Leeds

Tharavadu had been brought to my attention some time ago, but it took their recent success in winning Best Indian Restaurant for three years on the bounce at the Oliver Awards run by our sister paper the Yorkshire Evening Post to remind me.

The Angel Hetton


Unbelievably, it is 10 years since I last reviewed the Angel Inn at Hetton. I have eaten there with friends, attended numerous functions, was even part of a TV documentary filmed there. I still love the place. But there’s trouble afoot.

Mr P’s Curious Tavern, York

Mr P's Curious Tavern

Low Petergate is in that enchanting part of York almost touching the penumbra of the Minster, chock full of snickets and alleyways, and now a new tavern. Not a pub, not an inn, but a tavern conjuring up Dickensian images of jugs of frothy ale, platters of food, mystery and curiosities. Even the name of… Continue reading Mr P’s Curious Tavern, York

Norse Gets Better, or Does it?


I fell in love with Norse, the Nordic influenced restaurant in Harrogate three years ago when they opened as the evening switch over of the daytime café Baltzersens. Like any love affair, there’s the possibility it would fade. With new radical changes I went to find out if the affair is over?

Brewdog Causing a Stir


It was a hard battle with the planners, but Brewdog, the most talked about opening in York for some time, finally happened in December 2016. With over 200 pubs already in the city, on the scale of this was always going to be contentious.

The Pheasant Hotel, Harome

Without traipsing over old ground, just how a village the size of Harome can be home to not one, but two restaurants is still a marvel. That both of these have the prominence most can only dream of simply beggars belief.

No Amore at This Restaurant


I rarely write a scathing review, as an ex-restaurateur myself, I am all too aware of the impact one can have. That does not, however, mean I don’t speak my mind, I say as I find and no holds barred; integrity and honesty are the keys to an honest and fair one…read on

The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham, Norfolk.


A fabulous Inn, in an enviable location. The Inn is picture perfect, and though service suffered from a lack of direction and the food, a severe case of arrogance, I am sure the quality is there as long as you don’t complain about anything and upset the chef. I would go back.