This morning, I spent a couple of hours re-reading the reviews I’d written on the meals we’d eaten. 113 different eateries - 59 in the UK, 31 in Spain and 33 in America. Gosh, it’s been a fun way of spending time with my companion in life.
The highlights in each month have been:
January - La Cupula, Costa Adeje, Tenerife. Whoda thought you’d find such inventive cooking in the middle of a tourist resort.
February - Ciao Toto, Los Cristianos, Tenerife. And whoda thought you’d find such a quality casual Italian restaurant in the same tourist area.
March - Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria. Local, seasonal, foraged - very 2018. And well worth its Michelin star.
April - Fraiche, Oxton, Birkenhead. We’ve been going for years - even before Marc Wilkinson got his Michelin star. We both used to play on egullet, many years back. With only eight covers, I always wonder how he makes any money.
May - Venture Inn, Ombersley, Worcestershire. We went with low expectations and came away having had a lovely evening.
June - Ocean House, Dennis Port, Massachusetts. Best overall meal in our three week trip to New England
July - Where the Light Gets In, Stockport. Cutting edge food. At last, somewhere inventive near home.
August - Moor Hall, Aughton, Lancashire. Another place into foraged wild herbs, etc. Well worth its Michelin star but our jury is still out on whether it’s worth the second star it got shortly after our visit.
September - Sam’s Chop House, Manchester. “Traditional” British food, with a few modern twists. There should be a place on everybody’s list for somewhere that serves Barnsley chops and corned beef hash.
October - Micatto, Warwick. Town centre Italian. Went in “on spec” for lunch to find authentic regional dishes. You’d be a regular if you were local.
November - Bombay to Mumbai, Bramhall, Greater Manchester. My favourite Indian restaurant - traditional Mumbai street food and fantastic hospitality
December - L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria. The Good Food Guide’s second best restaurant in the UK - and I’m not about to dispute that rating.