Comptoir Libinais appeals to most – even to a three-year-old

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Sometimes chain restaurants can be rather hit and miss. If I am totally honest I don’t often frequent them. They just tend to be bland and boring and they are a bit ‘safe’ because you know exactly what you are going to get it. But there are a few (and I mean a few) that don’t mind visiting. And the reason why I don’t mind heading to them is because they have healthy options (plus there are vegan, gluten free and vegetarian options), have a reasonable sized menu to please most, and is affordable. Middle Eastern food chain Comptoir Libinais (meaning Lebanese counter) is one of them. And talking of pleasing most eaters, my friend Susie’s three-year-old son Billy was totally happy with his food during a recent visit.

The Academy’s Quintessentially English High Tea With An Asian Twist

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The traditional afternoon tea is a great English tradition. Introduced in England by Anna the seventh Duchess of Bedford as far back as 1840, the idea was to fill the hunger gap between lunch and dinner. Today, this custom has taken on a far more fashionable social event with hotels and restaurants up and down the country offering the very best of their sweet treats washed down with an array of teas. But drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China. With this in mind as well as paying homage to the hotel’s literary and cultural connections to Bloomsbury, The Academy has just launched Mr Ma’s Afternoon Tea. I went along to find out more.

Summer Sunshine On A Plate At Patisserie Valerie

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I’m quite possibly in the minority of people who have never visited Patisserie Valerie. I’ve walked past one of their 78 shops up and down the country on my travels many a time always thinking ‘I will pop in one day’ to have a tea and cake. But I’m afraid to say it has never happened – until now. That’s because I’ve normally ended up going for lunch or dinner elsewhere leaving no room for pudding. But recently I was invited to sample their summer menu and so I finally found myself in the Reading branch.

Bottomless Brunch at The Oxbo Hilton Bankside: The treat for every weekend

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The brunch movement is continuing to take steam and has no intention of stopping. Each week there is a new establishment offering one as part of their menu choices. As an experienced ‘bruncher’ Sabi Phagura has spent hours whiling away weekends over bottomless Prosecco and knows exactly what to expect. But even she was amazed at the array of food Hilton London Bankside have laid on as part of their bottomless brunch menu at their stylish OXBO restaurant. 

This midweek set dinner menu fits the Bill

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I admit I was late in the day to discover Bill’s restaurants partly because I travel so much and well when I am not travelling, I try to eat at home. But when my friend Jo won a meal for two competition with them almost four years ago, I was gutted I hadn’t visited sooner. I love going there as a treat and was not going to turn down the opportunity to go there when asked to review the new Bill’s Dinner Set Menu which runs Sunday to Thursday from 5pm until close.