Restaurant Review: The Wild Rabbit, Kingham, Cotswolds

It’s getting to that time of year again where I get another year older. This year myself and Clara have taken a break in the Cotswolds (cottage review to appear soon) and Clara treated me to lunch at The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, recently awarded it’s first Michelin star in the 2017 awards. Kingham reminds me a little of Bray (in terms of quality of food per person who lives there!), as the tiny village has two very high quality pubs, including The Kingham Plough (no stars at yet!), which we’ve already added to our list for a future visit.

The Wild Rabbit is part of the Dayleford Organic Farms empire, owned by Lady Bamford. This is a traditional, English pub with restaurant and rooms – although one of the poshest pubs you are likely to visit!

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Sorry it’s been a while

Sorry that I’ve not posted any updates in a little while.  After a busy summer doing up our garden which has kept me busy most weekends I have a few restaurant reviews to post over the coming weeks.  I also have a review of our recent visit to Hook Norton Barn in the Cotswolds where we spent a long, relaxing week in the countryside.

More coming soon…

Hotel Review: The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

I’ve just returned from an 11 night trip to the Dominican Republic with my wife, staying at The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium. We booked this hotel mainly due to the fact it was adults only, but like most hotels in Punta Cana, it also offers all-inclusive board by default. We were really looking for a restful break spent on the beach or by the pool in late April / early May and we took a chance with booking in the Dominican Republic, despite this being the end of the high season. In the end our gamble paid off, with only a couple of days of rain throughout out stay.

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Restaurant Review: Sake No Hana, London

I recently visited Sake No Hana, London on a Wednesday evening with my wife. We’ve previously visited the sister restaurant, Hakkasan and had thoroughly enjoyed it. We both love Japanese food, and were both very excited for our visit. We’d seen they were offering a set menu deal, ‘Taste of Sake No Hana‘, four courses for £31, and booking this online we qualified for some free drinks with the meal as well.

The restaurant is located in upmarket St James, just around the corner from Green Park station and close to The Ritz and Fortnum and Mason. The building is a strange 60/70’s concrete monstrosity (from the outside), with the bar located on the ground floor and restaurant on the first.  Arriving at the restaurant involves a trip up an escalator and a walk around the central core of the building to find your table. It’s an odd setup (more to come on this later), but the inside of the building is decked out in wooden shutters and Cherry Blossom flowers (mostly fake). It’s a really nice ambiance, with an open kitchen to watch the chefs preparing the fish and sushi.  We were there at 6pm when it opened but the restaurant quickly filled up, so it’s obviously a popular destination, even on an early weeknight.

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Reading List: 5th March 2016

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My reading has been a little slow over the last couple of weeks as I’ve not found that many articles worth telling others about. This week I have focussed on the 100 coolest people in tech; creating a technology career framework; what’s next in computing; how the term MVP is abused; how you need to improve by small amounts each day and how to find out where your surname is most popular.

As usual, any thoughts or comments, please let me know.

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Reading List: 20th February 2016

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For my reading list this week I take a look at the topic of #noprojects, something that keeps on cropping up in my reading; how to make microservices work in the real world; Docker, Mesos and Marathon; Cybersecurity themes for the next three years; how to source security superheroes and finally the top 10 ways to spot truly exceptional employees.

As usual, please leave me a comment below if you have any thoughts!

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Reading List: 13th February 2016

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It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post and I’ve been busy reading as usual. This post contains my favourite tech article for non-techies of at least the last six months from ThoughtWorks on the Implications of Tech Stack Complexity for Executives. I also take a look at managing stress, anxiety and burnout in teams; why Renaissance Florence is a better model than Silicon Valley; how to hire great coders; being more humane in technology solutions; 10 killer interview questions from CEOs and how to organise growing agile teams for self-organisation.

As usual, if you have any thoughts please leave me a comment below.

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Reading List: 31st January 2016

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This week I’m still catching up from the lack of posts over the past few weeks meaning this post is jam-packed full of items I’ve read. This week it’s been extremely varied with everything from models around employee engagement taken from the Harvard Business Review; agile in large enterprises, and why it may fail; a basic guide to securing your infrastructure; the history of autism; why asking yourself “What am I not willing to compromise on” may be better when it comes to understanding your future career; why you should stop listening to music while working; 2016 for Facebook messenger and finally another book list of 33 books to read before you reach 30.

As usual, any comments please leave me a note below.

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Mini Restaurant Review: Provender Cafe Bistro

I’ve been meaning to visit Provender Cafe Bistro for a while, ever since I read this restaurant had gained a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2012. It’s been pretty lazy of me too, given it’s less than 2 miles from my house. I finally got to visit last week as a treat for my parents birthday this year. For those who don’t know, a Bib Gourmand is handed to restaurants serving “good food at a moderate price”.

Located five minutes walk from Snaresbrook or Wanstead Underground stations, on the central line in Zone 4, its a suburban restaurant located on Wanstead High Street. We opted for their daily set menu, which serves three courses for £16.50 in the evenings. We booked the night before and got a table, although others turning up as walk ins on the night were not so lucky. We arrived at the start of service, the first through the door, which is not unusual for us.  Service was friendly throughout, although much more on the casual side than restaurants located closer to the city centre. The only slight issue we had was one of the waiter pacing behind us when the restaurant was empty – this left us feeling a little overlooked.

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