Hello, my name’s Rebecca Williams and I’m a senior broadcast journalist, working in live News programmes for the BBC in London. As I’m sure you’ve gathered from the title this blog has little to do with my day job. It came about after my hunt for a hobby which would involve my love of food, travel and writing. So, following a six-week evening class with Lulu Grimes at Leith’s School of Food and Wine, I came up with ‘holdtheanchoviesplease’ because I love all food, but deplore anchovies. I write about everything and anything that excites me. Expect to see reviews on restaurants and hotels, food, wine, home baking, product reviews and some interviews with the people behind the brands. I may wander into the world of lifestyle and fashion.
My Foodie Loves …..
BEST MEAL EVER: in spite of being rushed out as some of the last diners it has to be Gordon Ramsay au Trianon Palace – the Degustation Menu (with accompanying wines) is an experience. Second, and it is a very close call, ‘Dabbous’, Whitfield Street, London.
BEST SERVICE EVER: has to be The Savoy Grill at The Savoy Hotel in London (in the Marcus Wareing days).
COCKTAILS: American Bar, The Savoy Hotel; Claridges Bar, Claridges, London; Artesian Bar, The Langham Hotel
FAVOURITE FRENCH RESTAURANTS IN LONDON: Koffmann’s at the Berkeley/Chabrot Bistrot d’Amis/Le Boudin Blanc.
BEST ITALIAN: in London La Famiglia, Langton Street, simply because it’s a traditional family Italian. For great Italian food which is easy on the pocket Demartino, Great Portland Street. Out of the UK – Caminetto d’Oro, Bologna, Italy.
FAVOURITE LOCAL HAUNTS: The Popeseye, Hammersmith – a fabulous steak restaurant.
BEST PUB GRUB: It’s a tie for first place – both in Bray – both Heston’s pubs, who else? The food at The Crown is magnificent (fish and chips in particular) and The Hind’s Head is another brilliant boozer with amazing food. The Five Horseshoes at Maidensgrove is a great summer pub.
STEAK: Sorry both out of the UK – in fact, a world away – Argentina, Cabina Las Lilas, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires; Francis Mallman 1884, Mendoza, Argentina; Smith and Wollensky, 49th Street & Third Avenue, New York
DESSERTS: my melting middle chocolate pudding or Banoffee Pie (from the former Hungry Monk Restaurant in Jevington is now, sadly, three cottages).
BEST BREAKFAST: Full English. On a tray. In bed. Hambleton Hall, Rutland Water.
Why not share your favourites with me?