I am traveling to the UK with my parents in September and would love to get some great restaurant recommendations (favorites, best new, must-tries). I lived in London in 2002 but I wasn't as much of a food person back then.
I am especially interested in restaurants in Edinburgh and the Kensington area of London. This is where I lived and where we will be staying and I only remember Da Mario's and a pub called Angels Arms (I think). And...the Pizza Hut on high street.
I'd love to hear about...
- Best pubs (both with traditional and non traditional fare).
- Best Indian.
- Best desserts.
- Best COFFEE, especially in the Kensington area.
- Best bars for an afternoon drink.
- Favorite new restaurants.
- Must-visit restaurants.
- Restaurants that do fish really, really well (including sushi).
- Spanish (tapas).
- Traditional English.
Also, any super popular places that should be avoided either because they are over-hyped, not worth the money or tourist traps (basically the equivalent of Magnolia in NYC).
I do know of the River Cafe and would be curious to hear of people's experiences. I begged my parents to try The Fat Duck (we're traveling down from Scotland to London) but it's quite a ways out of their budget (and mine, really).
I am really open to any cuisine, although I am far more of a food person than my parents, both in terms of experimentation and cost. On that note, recommendations for grocery stores and food shops would also be appreciated as we're renting an apartment and will have a kitchen.