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  1. This is outside the backdoor of my office but I only went in for the first time a few month's ago generally preferring the omnivorous Chancery next door.

    I thought it was pretty good actually and it almost made me forget I was eating veggie food (only Kastoori Tooting shares that honour).

    The space is rubbish however due to lack of natural light - I never went to Tooks but the late lamented Dine suffered from the same problem; they must be jealous of Chancery's corner location.

    The area is a bit of a lunching desert despite the huge numbers of offices - Chancery Lance has nothing (OK a Gaucho at the bottom) and you really need to venture into Clerkenwell to hit paydirt.

    Edit - desert not dessert

  2. Will be leaving in a few days to Oxford for a week for spouse's work.  I've done a fair amount of research already on center of Oxford eating and most reports seem sadly pessimistic, but I've had a few good tips.  My questions:  can someone suggest a good place for fish and chips?  We'll be staying near the center and will not have a car, so within walking distance is key.  Also, where is the best place for Indian?  Will be on a budget, so around 12 GBP each is the limit (no alcohol).  Thanks!

    The go-to place when I was there was Carfax chippy on the High St. I remember quantity rather than quality being the priority but it wasn't bad.

  3. I'm thinking of taking my 3 and a half year old (daughter) to Maze for lunch. She's used to eating out, eats virtually everything (eg tripe in Madrid) and is well-behaved (in fact better behaved than at home). For example we recently managed a three course lunch at the Whistler restaurant at Tate Britain. We haven't taken her to any high end places though.

    I note from the Time Out guide that children are welcome there so I wouldn't expect the restaurant to have any problems although I will mention it when booking.

    I haven't been myself and was wondering if anyone had any tips. Time Out suggests that the menu is very flexible but the alc online doesn't look as if it has that many choices - is it just that the tapas-style dishes aren't listed? I thought I might do the set lunch for myself and get her a couple of small dishes and a pudding. What do you think?

    Incidentally there's a thread here if you are interested in debating the issue of children in restaurants; I'm interested in Maze-specific advice.

    Many thanks.

  4. Has anyone got any rec's for in or near to Margate for lunch this coming Saturday. Going to the Sportsman the following Saturday so would be good to go somewhere different. While we're on the subject has anyone got any rec's on what to have at the Sportsman (I understand they don't do the tasting menu at weekends?)  :sad:

    On the way to Margate we had a nice lunch at the Oyster Company in Whitstable.

    On the way from Margate to Walmer Castle we had a nice lunch in Broadstairs:

    The Bayside Brasserie.

    Margate has ... errm... some fish and chip shops.

  5. We're off to Margate this weekend and wanted lunch at the Sportsman on the way... poor naive fools you do of course have to book 5 weeks in advance for a weekend lunch.

    So any other suggestions? Is the Granville still owned by Stephen Harris? Funnily enough there's no link form the Sportsman web site.

    Presumably Wheelers will be booked up. Is the Oyster Factory bookable? Or should we decamp to Canterbury?

    Ta v. much.

  6. on the rock star as foodie tack has anyone read alex from franz ferdinand's book of foodie reminisces on tour?

    Yes and the bastard can write as well as play the guitar - very good indeed. The pieces were originally in the Guardian on a Friday (and commissioned I believe by Helen who posts here) and so may be available online. He worked in kitchens before becoming a rock star.

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