Thackeray's 85 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, tel 01892 511 921 Once home to William Thackeray, this Heritage-listed building is now the site of Kent's most romantic Serious Modern restaurant. Chef and co-owner Richard Phillips served his time with Marco at Criterion, Les Saveurs and the Oak Room and does a highly polished job with rare roasted lamb with Provençal herbs and wild halibut with sevruga caviar.
Miller Howe Rayrigg Road, Windermere, Cumbria, tel: 01539 442 536 Originally owned by acclaimed chef/patron John Tovey, this hotel and restaurant is now run by former European editor Charles Garside. Chef is Paul Webster, who cooked for MPW at Titanic, Criterion, Oak Room and Mirabelle. A highlight is local meat such as Lord Cavendish's salt marsh lamb, while roast squab pigeon with buttered lentils and seared scallops in savoy cabbage are beautifully worked.
Ouest 2881 Granville Street, Vancouver, Canada, tel: 001 604 738 8938 After eight years cooking in Europe including at MPW's Canteen, Vancouver boy David Hawksworth returned to a hero's welcome with his first restaurant, Ouest. With its leather-panelled walls, marble floors, and city-smart bar, Ouest is a real treat, as is the caramelised Atlantic lobster with tagliatelle of vegetables and – one of the best salads of all time – the Salad Ouest with root vegetable chips.
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