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Throwback Thursday – A Night at The Waterside Inn

I’ve been looking forward to writing this Throwback Thursday for a while, and now I’m finally getting round to it. Early in 2013, Tim treated the two of us to a night away at The Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, run by chef-patron Alain Roux, of the famous Roux family. The website describes the cuisine as ‘unashamedly French, exquisitely executed: every deliciously decadent concoction celebrates the superlative skills of the chefs’ – what more could you want? The Waterside Inn has been in business for over 40 years and no other British restaurant can claim to have held three Michelin stars for so long. We were booked on a package which included a night’s stay at the beautiful venue, a tasting menu in the restaurant and breakfast in our room the next morning. The Waterside Inn has a total of 11 rooms and describes itself as a ‘restaurant with rooms’ – a very French concept, allowing diners to easily retire to bed after a lovely dinner. Our bedroom and bathroom was beautifully decorated and very cosy …

Dinner at Michael Caines – ABode Exeter

In January, Tim and I spent a night at the ABode hotel in Exeter, while we were down there doing wedding planning. For those of you who don’t know, we both went to university in Exeter and have many happy memories there, which is why we wanted to get married in Devon. We settled for Dartmoor in the end, but most of our suppliers were located around the city centre, so we generally stayed around there. The ABode hotel (formerly the Royal Clarence) is located on the beautiful cathedral green and is home to one of Michelin starred chef, Michael Caines’, restaurants. We were booked onto a ‘date night’ package, which included the room (a beautiful one, too!), a bottle of prosecco and a three course meal for the two of us in Michael Caines’ restaurant. I had been to the restaurant once before, while we were at University. We went for dinner for a friend’s 21st birthday – it was lovely, but being students, we couldn’t afford to indulge too much! For starter I …

Throwback Thursday – Fish Company, Reykjavik

I encountered a bit of a problem when writing today’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ blog post, and it’s a problem I’m going to have a lot going forward. I have some great memories of some incredible restaurants… but can I remember exactly what I ate? Probably not! Also, many of my restaurant experiences were prior to the days of being able to take sneaky food photos on my iPhone – I was unlikely to get out my digital camera and begin flashing away at the table, ruining the ambience for everyone around me! So this is the first post that tackles these issues. We visited Fish Company during our holiday to Reykjavik, Iceland, in January 2012 and it’s remained one of my favourite dining experiences of all time. Fish Company is nestled away under a bridge in the centre of Reykjavik town. The restaurant is dimly lit by candlelight and incredibly cosy. As you walk in, you’re greeted by a wall of colourful Post-It notes, from visitors from all over the world.      We decided on the …