Thanks so much for all help planning my London trip.
We had two lunches at Hinds Head in Bray. Really good pub food with a hint of Heston, who actually was at the pub when we ate.We had the peasoup, oxtail and kidney pie (which was exellent). The triple cooked chips was really good the first day, and absolutey amazing the second. I prefer to sit in the pub section instead of the more restaurant like room. Much more heart, and some great local ales.
We ate and slept at The Waterside Inn, and I had pre ordered the Canard à la presse, which probably brought us the best table at the restaurant. If you like the classic french cuisine, go there. And discuss the menu with Diego, its part of the experience. He knows everything about french gastronomy (and everything else it seems). The duck was great, pure theater, with a fantastic sauce. Classic food and wine.
In London our first restaurant was Hedone. It just blew me away. Fantastic ingredients, the sweetbreads was the best I ever had, the bread as well. I`\m norwegian so I could talk to Mikael in my mothertounge. A man who dont compromise. Alain Ducasse had been the week before, and said the bread was maybe the best he ever had. We sat at the bar, very nice. After service Mikael went straigth to the bar and started eating. Great guy, great restaurant, and a really great sommelier. Maybe the restaurant who made the biggest impression for me on this trip.
The Ledbury. Everthing has been said already, very friendly. We were invited to the kitchen afterwards to a chef who was just as much interested in hunting as in cooking it seemed. Showed us his last victims on his Iphone. Small kitchen, impressing. They made us a dessert on the spot. I really liked the food, modern and vey clean taste, perfect meal in any sense.
So, I had to cancel some reservations, to have a reasonably clear head.
Terroirs, I dont know. Bad day for them, bad day for us. But had some great ox hearts.
St.John. Have I`ve been living in London I would have eaten there often. So much has already been said. Fantastic place. After the meal I litally bumbed into Fergus Henderson in the street, so I had to thank him for a great meal, and also that they serve things like seagull eggs and smoked roe of cod. Things I`ve eaten all my life. Short conversation, nice guy.
Alyn Williams. I had been drunken all too much beers at Cask Pub and Kitchen the night before. Great pub, if you like Mikkeler they had and amazing collection. And many many others, and you can buy all their beers to take home, even the casks. Back to Williams, its something about these hotel restaurants that I dont fancy so much. But we had a great meal, due to the night before we had the wine menu, but we had a smoke beer to ..., some pig course. Last meal a little bit tired, and one should have some fun too!
Had a great time, so thanks everybody. Written in a hurry, excuse my english.