Rebecca Williams – a bit about me

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.

BEST BURGER: foie burger gras at Joel Robuchon, and then the burger at Bar Bolud.

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?

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19 Replies to “Rebecca Williams – a bit about me”

  1. How about curry, Rebecca? I’d be interested to hear of your favourite in London.

      1. Cheers Rebecca. I’ll certainly look it up and give it a try! Could I possibly tip you off about my favourite Thai place, please? A hidden gem. A true word of mouth success. Marie’s Café – 90 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London SE1 7AB.
        ‘Unpretentious English-style café with classic fry-ups by day and Thai dishes in the evening (BYOB).’ BE PREPARED TO QUEUE. Highest recommend. You’ll thank me forever!

  2. Best Meal – the “Chef’s Choice” at Het Oude Posthuys in Leerdam, complete with wine package matched to each of the courses. Had it twice, quite different each time, loved it both times.
    Cocktails – The Booking Office at the newly-renovated St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
    Steak – virtually anywhere around Dubai Mall that serves Wagyu Beef.
    Sushi – the one evening sushi making course at Feng Sushi on the South Bank. Make it yourself and eat it.
    (Best ever sushi is probably not repeatable – tuna caught from a dive boat on the way to the Great Barrier Reef, prepared by a Japanese Sushi Chef who just happened to be on board – he was learning to dive, then eaten within a couple of hours – fantastic).

  3. Will do – CePages – enjoyed the Maldon Rocks & fine burgundy . The French brothers have created a small intimate restaurant ion busy WPR . Worth a visit !

  4. Gosh Rebecca & I thought I knew West London sushi haunts – will definitely try . New French – CePages- just opened am trying CE soir and then Rum Kitchen on All Saints which has great variety.

  5. Who doesn’t love food, wine and travel… reading your list of items, surprising my best ever meal (and I confess I’ve blown a lot of money on food wine and travel) was also at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant – his New York London – fabulous experience. Thanks for following – i appreciate it. Since your theme is right in line with my likes… a follow in return. will enjoy reading your posts. all the best, Ian

  6. Hi Becky, Thanks for recently stopping by my blog! I am happy to have found yours. It looks like we have a lot of interests in common. I look forward to looking through your posts and recipes!

      1. I sure do, otherwise I wouldn’t have followed – I don’t follow indiscriminately. Out of interest, how many secret diner requests do you get? If you don’t feel comfortable disclosing this here, I can always send you an e-mail.

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