I love to eat and cook at home. I also really love to eat out. Having travelled a fair bit for work and independently, I’m at my happiest trying something new to eat and drink in interesting surroundings.
Just before the London 2012 Olympics (to help visitors to the UK and London in particular), I started adding all my reviews of restaurants and attractions on Tripadvisor so I’m not going repeat the old ones in this blog, although I will post links to my new ones. My ratings and photographs on Tripadvisor are marked ‘JED457’. There are lots of reviews of London eateries such as Colbert, Byron, Polpetto, Quo Vadis, The Criterion, Iberica and The Riding House Cafe as well as places I’ve been on holiday more recently in Cornwall, the North of England and France. As you’d expect, I also cover all my favourite haunts in the beautiful East of England where I’ve lived most of my life such as the fabulous Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds.
Many of those reviews are from our ‘Empty Nesters’ Club outings – our tongue in cheek name for our autumn and winter dining forays with a couple of our neighbours and good friends whose kids have also, allegedly, flown the nest. Basically, we take it turns to choose a place for lunch on a Sunday, preferably somewhere we can walk off the excesses afterwards and have a good old natter along the way. We’re working our way through the ‘Flying Kiwi Inns’ in Norfolk and other favourites include the Dykes End at Reach in Cambridgeshire, the Bildeston Crown in Suffolk and the award-winning The Old Bank Bistro in Snettisham.