This is Roundhay/Harehill's up and coming restaurant, and extremely good value. The secret is out, because these days Arti is getting a full house and is popular with white and Asian customers alike.
Arti offers some south Indian fare such as dhosa and idli as well as the more standard Indian dishes; warning - the starters are huge and really delicious.
Arti started his restaurant a couple of years back, is very friendly, keen to find out what the customer thinks. This boy's going places! It's a hard act to follow - we've moved to a different city and still looking for an Arti replacement.
285-287 Roundhay Road
Leeds LS8 4HS
Had several very good sunday lunches at The Bluebell - in addition to the normal menu they have one of the best Sunday roasts I have ever eaten.
But there is more to The Bluebell than just the wonderful food, the building is all old timbers and very higgledy-piggledy, service is always very friendly and cheerful - not at all snooty and best of all they serve Cloudy Bay (the most wonderful NZ Sauvignon Blanc) by the glass - my favourite!
High Street, Henley in Arden
This is the ultimate real food, real ale pub with roasts that will blow your socks off. In the middle of essentially not a lot in Lancashire, it's a cosy log fire and half of cider affair, but with exceptional food courtesy of Nigel Harworth.
Based on classic British cooking and local produce, the roasts are great, but more than that try out the local specialities, including my favourite, the Lancashire hot pot with pickled red cabbage. It's not only better than mum's, its better than any roast hands down!
Mitton Road, Mitton, near Whalley, Lancashire.
An excellent place to refuel before tackling the steep climb up Box Hill, the King William IV pub in Mickleham, near Dorking, has excellent roast dinners on Sunday.
The standard menu is also worth travelling for though (see their website), and as Saturday lunch is less crowded than Sunday, there's no need to limit yourself to one day of the weekend.
Parking can be a problem (the pub is up a narrow lane, but there is parking on the main road), but once you get there, there is a lovely beer garden, with stunning views over the Mole Valley. Named best pub in Surrey three years in a row.
Byttom Hill, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6EL
Monday - Saturday 11am - 3pm & 6pm - 11pm.
Sunday 12noon - 3pm & 7pm - 10.30pm.
It's a fantastic Indian restaurant: its curries have actually been flown out to Europe by people who've tasted them and can't live without them, and there are always lengthy queues for a takeaway and a table at the weekend.
It serves all the `standard' dishes extremely well, together with a wide range of its own specialities - the fish dishes and the Balti curries are particularly good. Service is friendly and efficient.
3-5 South St,Manningtree, Essex.
Fish restaurant. It is by far the best fish I have eaten anywhere. The chef is Mauritian, trained at the George Cinq in Paris, cooks your meal anyway you wish, very accommodating and friendly.
24 Seymour Place London W1H 7NL
Phone 020 7724 5001
Nearest Tube Marble Arch 5 minutes walk
The Tiffin Room is a bit of an anomaly - a classy Indian restaurant in the land of cream teas and ice-creams, otherwise known as the Isle of Wight.
It's attached to Bonchurch Manor, a B&B housed in a smart Victorian house with sea views but you don't have to be a guest to eat there. The food is delicious - the masala dosa was the best I've tasted and sea bass cooked in coconut, tamarind and coriander was fantastic.
Standard curry house fare is often too rich and heavy but this food - cooked by B&B owner Shuba Rao - is light and delicately spiced.
The wine list - chosen by Shuba's husband Mark - impressive too and amazingly good value.
Kebab place, because they have real chicken tikka (not that rubbish on a stick). Top naan breads and tasty salad to go with it, I recommend it with all the salad and yogurt and mango chutney.
Sajan, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield.
Excellent setting and service, shame about the food. Very bland!
No taste of coconut in coconut rice! Tasteless prawns.
Very disappointing evening considering the location and high prices.
Food needs to match the wonderful décor.
You could walk past 100 times without noticing. You certainly wouldn't go in unless someone recommended it. The restaurant is on the second floor of the Strand Continental Hotel, which was popular with Indian intellectuals in the 1930s, and nothing has been changed since, not even the lino on the stairs.
It takes dinginess into a whole new dimension and the service can be a little odd, but it offers really good authentic Indian food at rock-bottom prices. An unforgettable experience.
143 Strand WC2 (020-7836 0650)
The London House is quite unlike any Indian Restaurant I've ever been to.
It's situated in the large village of Eccleshall about six miles from Stafford. From the outside it's a beautiful old double fronted building; inside it's modern, light and airy.
There is an extensive menu with many house specialities. The staff are lovely, always welcoming and friendly. Despite its rural location, it is always busy. It's worth a trip!
Eccleshall near Stafford.
I came across this neat and clean fast food outlet. The nicest thing was the service and food quality, this was a surprise because I have visited many fast food outlets and they are very very different.
They have tasty grilled chicken, bbq sauce chicken and all the normal stuff, they even make homemade smoothies.
212 High Rd, Ilford
Fellside Cottage is set in a great location, really quiet with incredible views over the surrounding fells and valley.
The accommodation is really spacious and light and the welcome warm and friendly! Go and stay, it's a great spot!
Fellside Cottage is in Manesty, Borrowdale, up on the side of Catbells
An award-winning Nepalese restaurant that I just can't get enough of. In a city of myriad curry restaurants, many of them very mediocre, this cosy little hidden gem sits on a road that also houses two other Nepalese restaurants - but it is undoubtedly the best.
I know people who travel miles to visit this place, as does Peter Crouch, apparently. I find it very difficult walking past on my way back from work, as the smells are to die for. Try the chicken makhanwala.
140 Burton Road, West Didsbury. On the 111 bus route from Manchester town centre. 0161 445 2145
Northwood is a beautiful Victorian house right on the beach front of St Annes with the most stunning views across the sea.
There are two fantastically modern, ensuite B&B rooms decorated with style and a great deal of thought for comfort and practicality. Far from the traditional and rather basic ideas of the average B&B room, the rooms at Northwood could easily rival deluxe bedrooms at many a top-end hotel with carefully chosen themes, colours, soft furnishings and art work.
The owners of Northwood are incredibly friendly and make sure you feel totally catered for and will go out of their way to see that you have access to all that the surrounding area offers.
The owners are also very child-friendly and being parents themselves, they were amazing in helping out with any child-related items we had forgotten to bring. It's the only B&B I've ever stayed in that manages to remain sleek, elegant and stylish whilst catering so wonderfully to children.
Northwood is ideally situated for the beach, the pier, shops in St Annes Square, the trendy restaurant scene in Lytham, traditional seaside fun in Blackpool and it's ideal for golfers who wish to take advantage of Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. I really couldn't fault it. If you're looking for a comfortably modern and stylish place to stay with a relaxing, friendly atmosphere then I can't recommend Northwood highly enough. It's certainly the best B&B I've stayed in and will be returning there in the very near future.
24 North Promenade
St Annes On Sea
A broken down car in the middle of the Brecon Beacons and an inability to get to our pre-booked accommodation was not a great start to the holiday, but without those factors we would never have happened across Ardwen House - a true gem of a B&B. We were warmly welcomed into a beautifully refurbished room with en-suite roll-top bath, invited for drinks in the library before dinner, and utterly spoilt with some wonderful home-cooked food. We were hooked.
This beautiful Georgian house is a B&B, and then some. Owners, Mike and Susan Gordon (delightful hosts) restored the house from scratch (they also own a modern property available for hire nearby) have had a few celebrity guests stay. The place is going to be featured in the next Mr and Mrs Smith guidebook, say no more.
£138-£258 with complimentary drinks and run of the house. aboutscotland.com/edin/royalcircus.html
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