Lunch at Thompson@Darcy's, St Albans

Ren Behan | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ren Behan

I could honestly say that I had never had a bad meal at Darcy's in the former hands of Ruth Hurren. It was our 'go-to' special occasion restaurant, the perfect venue for birthdays, anniversaries and a Sunday lunch that was incredibly hard to beat.

Christmas Time Beside the Seaside

Suzi Dixon | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Dixon

Think of Santa, think of the seaside? Most people don't! But Bournemouth residents (buoyed by the council's ambitious plans) enjoy winter as much as our scorching summer, with tonnes of Christmas fun for kids of all ages.

In Haggis Heaven

Mike Gerrard | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

Sometimes it's the little things. As a regular and often weary traveller, what I really don't want to do when I get into a hotel room is go crawling around on the floor, reaching behind desks and following lamp cables behind chairs... all to try to find a spare electrical socket to plug in a charger. And often there isn't a spare socket unless you unplug the mini-fridge or one of the lamps fi

The Loch Ness Inn

Mike Gerrard | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

Haggis Bobotie? What on earth is Haggis Bobotie? First of all it helps if you pronounce it right. It sounded to me like some Scottish delicacy I'd missed out on, as I was pronouncing it like Bobbity. The right way to say it is B-bow-tee, as the Manager of the Loch Ness Inn in Lewiston, Isla Urquhart, explained.

Mr Ross Doesn't Work For Free

Ross Semple | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Ross Semple

It wasn't until the end of the shift that one of the girls I was working with let it slip that I wouldn't be getting paid for my time. Yes, that is correct. Aside from a few pounds in tips, I wasn't getting compensated or my time. I might as well just have spent the evening engaging in my normal routine of obsessive cleaning and reality television.

Tipping in Support of the Arts - Did You Ever Suspect the Likes?

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Orlagh McCarron

Unlike the States your tip does not make up our pay packets but they do go a long way to making our job a damn sight less sufferable and your dining experience subsequently a helluva lot more pleasant - with the right attitude in both camps it's sure to be a win/win situation.

Supper Club Superlatives

Ashwin Bhardwaj | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ashwin Bhardwaj

Supper Clubs have revolutionised London's dining scene: rather than cooking in a restaurant, enterprising chefs host in their homes, where, without the risks and overheads of a restaurant, they tend toward the experimental, with food that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Sampling Korean Food

Ashwin Bhardwaj | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ashwin Bhardwaj

Other than Samsung smartphones, the big import exciting London's bloggers is Korean food: whilst a row of Korean eateries has existed behind Centrepoint for years, the recent explosion in street-food and markets has brought Korean flavours to a wider audience. But, apparently, there's more to Korean food than mixed rice, Kimchi (fermented cabbage) and chilli pepper paste.

WATCH: The Most Pretentious Restaurant Ever?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Well, you thought things were bad with no-reservations bookings - but if you head to Eat in Brooklyn, New York, be prepared for something worse. In th...

Traditional Fare Comes to King's Cross

Ben Falk | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Falk

Both my guest and I (guest? It was my mum) got a bit lost as we wended our way to the Great Northern Hotel this week, which sits between the newly-refurbished King's Cross Station and its close neighbour St. Pancras. It's all those exits - utterly baffling.

Country House Comfort in Perthshire

Mike Gerrard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

We were a little unsure of the place at first, as when we checked in and made our way up the grand staircase to our room, there was a kind of reverential hush about the hotel. It was the kind of feeling you might get if you were a guest at Buckingham Palace, I imagine.

Award-Winning Scottish Hotel

Mike Gerrard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

Shortly before we were due to stay at the Loch Melfort Hotel, south of Oban in Argyll, the owners were voted Scottish Hoteliers of the Year. They already claimed to have the best views on the west coast of Scotland, and their Asknish Bay Restaurant has won two AA Rosettes every year since 2001.

Antony Bennett Interviews Acclaimed Chefs Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Arzak: Part One

Antony Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Antony Bennett

The excitement level in me is at 100% - I'm about to burst as I pull up to a restaurant ranked number eight in the world with no fewer than three Michelin stars. Armed with my whites neatly folded into my bag and my note pad, I'm ready to lean straight into my next culinary learning curve.

Splitting Restaurant Bills No Longer A Passive-Aggressive Nightmare Thanks To New App

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Finally there is a solution to cheapskate mates who go quiet when the restaurant bill arrives. *takes a deep breath, smiles through gritted teeth*...

WATCH: New Toilet-Themed Restaurant In China

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Here at HuffPost UK Lifestyle, we prefer not to shit where we eat, but the same cannot be said of the toilet themed restaurant craze that seems to be ...

Would You Try A Lasagne Burger?

Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Now, while we like to advocate a healthy approach to diet on HuffPost UK Lifestyle, we couldn't resist sharing this Lasagne burger with y'all. Post...

Say Hello Again to the Greenhouse

Ben Falk | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Falk

You can feel the villagey nature of London's most expensive neighbourhood in the mews houses that surround it. But while I have a tendency to shy away from places packed full of financiers, the airy yet intimate environs of Michelin-starred The Greenhouse means it feels comfortable and even cosy.

Even for World Beater Noma, Noro Is a Serious No-No

Stephen Easthope | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Easthope

Hot on the hooves of the horsemeat scandal, Noma, widely considered to be the world's best restaurant, was discovered to have sent 67 diners home with Norovirus during the month of February. It's not quite what you'd expect from a tasting menu that costs £170 a head

Tesco's Having A Giraffe

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

Tesco has bought family-friendly restaurant chain Giraffe for £48.6 million as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the profitability of the superm...

Mothers Who Inspired Our Cooking

Martin Morales | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Morales

I have a great respect and appreciation bought about by my ancestral indigenous heritage which worshipped Mother Earth: Pacha Mama. As a cook and restaurateur, Mother Earth is tied to my life like the most fulfilling umbilical cord, supplying me with the most beautiful produce and ingredients which help me live, work and feed others.

A Look At London's Food Culture

Zahra Razavi | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

London is a city exploding with life. Grand, diverse and unique are all words regularly used to describe the British capital and its vibrant culture...

Charlie Thomas

Is Romance Dead? Figures Show We're Spending Less On Valentine's Day | Charlie Thomas | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK

Businesses normally look forward to 14 February as a much-needed boost after the highs and lows of the Christmas period, but new statistics show Brits...

Happy Quinoa Year!

Martin Morales | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Morales

Known as the 'mother grain' for its balanced nutritional value, it has a high quality protein, high fibre content, minerals and plenty of vitamins. If compared to other similar grains in its category, then quinoa wins hands down; its power is impressive.

What's to be Learned From the Case of Jamie Oliver and 30,000 Missing Napkins?

Stephen Easthope | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Easthope

Upon discovering that Jamie Oliver loses 30,000 napkins a month to petty-theft, I could not help but feel slightly disappointed. Did no one, for example, have the imagination to pinch all occurrences of the letter 'S' from his menus?

London: Hidden Culinary Gems

Laura Pearson-Smith | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Pearson-Smith

We all know the most famous and stylish places to eat, drink and snack in London; but if you scratch under the surface, there are some great lesser-known places on offer from this bustling city.