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Vinous Table: The Sportsman, Kent, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2022

I first heard about The Sportsman not long after it opened from a local friend, and it had only taken a couple of decades to visit. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. This is cooking where the chef wisely takes a back seat and allows the ingredients do all the talking.

The trout and rabbit dishes served at the bistro.

Vinous Table: L’Espace PH3 Bistrot/La Pyramide, Vienne, France

France, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, NM

The hotel boasts two restaurants, the two Michelin-starred La Pyramide and a bistro, L’Espace PH3. On the first night, attendees convened at the bistro in order to mine its eye-boggling wine lists, and the following day, the second part of the Chambertin tasting was accompanied by a specially prepared menu in the flagship restaurant.

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Vinous Table: Cornerstone, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2022

Cornerstone is the kind of restaurant that I am seeking more and more these days: either waiting patiently for a Michelin star or recently in receipt of one, yet unburdened by the accolade. As a showcase for Tom Brown’s culinary skill, Cornerstone works perfectly.

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Vinous Table: Bar Le Côte, Los Olivos, CA

United States: California, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2022

With its seafood focused menu and bright décor, Bar Le Côte is a very welcome addition to the Santa Barbara wine country dining scene.

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Vinous Table: La Cabotte, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Aug 2022

A small number of people, a small number of bottles, fantastic cuisine, first-class service and the usual lively cross-table banter – you could not ask for more. Prices are extremely reasonable within the current inflationary climate. If you are a Burgundy lover with time in London, then this restaurant has to be one of your first ports of call.

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Vinous Table: Lorne, London, UK

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Neal Martin, Aug 2022

Lorne is my favourite restaurant in London right now. I would not claim it is the best. But favourite? That means much more to me.

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Vinous Table: Marea, New York, NY

United States: New York, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2022

As great as the wines are, I am once again reminded that wines are made special by context, in other words the circumstances, places and people that surround them. This was a truly unforgettable night of food, wine, friendship and camaraderie. Until next time…

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Vinous Table: The Waterside Inn, Maidenhead, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jul 2022

The Waterside Inn is everything that one could wish for. Not only with the standard of cuisine, exquisite as it is, but the service, ambiance and without question, the setting.

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Vinous Table: The Ritz Restaurant, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jun 2022

If you are seeking old school glamour. If you want to dine in a place with historic legacy. If you are not on a diet. If you want to escape the humdrum and seek a slice of razzamatazz. If you can tie a Windsor knot, then I recommend The Ritz.

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Vinous Table: Royal China Club, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jun 2022

Overall, Royal China Club delivers high-class cuisine with minimal fuss and impressive execution. Despite its location in the heart of London, it manages to conjure the ambiance of a local restaurant.