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Vinous Table: The Waterside Inn, Maidenhead, UK

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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.

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Vinous Table: Tristan, Horsham, UK

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Neal Martin, Jun 2022

This was a suitable epic dinner. It was pleasing to see Tristan recovering from the pandemic and firing on all cylinders. God knows what fellow diners thought about the performance in the corner table. But hopefully they could see that we were enjoying ourselves, something that had been denied so many of us in previous months.

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Vinous Table: Medlar, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jun 2022

It was an outstanding evening of fine food, fine wine and even finer friendship. Medlar delivered yet again, not just in terms of the impressive standard of cooking that complemented these bottles with aplomb, but particularly the sommelier team that handled all these bottles with care, skill and all-important smiles.

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Vinous Table: The Parson’s Table, Arundel, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, May 2022

The Parson’s Table delivered everything I wanted for a small, unfussy but memorable birthday dinner.

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Vinous Table: Artichoke, Amersham, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Apr 2022

If you fancy dining outside the capital but do not fancy driving too far, then Artichoke is more or less on your doorstep. You could even take the tube there, even if that might be a long journey.

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Vinous Table: The Harwood Arms, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Mar 2022

This dinner proved how a restaurant can operate at a high gastronomic level with the minimum of pretention. If you happen to be in West London, then you know where to go…and I will apologize in advance if our party just happens to be at the adjacent table.

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Vinous Table: Noble Rot (Soho) - Rotter’s Christmas Gutbuster

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Mar 2022

Maybe I don’t believe in Santa as I did when I was child, but I do believe in celebrating Christmas with fine wines and company like this.

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Vinous Table: Burgundy Christmas Dinner

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Neal Martin, Mar 2022

Wines like these are not meant to be consumed in silence and solemnity. They should be accompanied by the kind of noise and laughter that echoed through the never-ending corridors and annexes of the house on this night.