What's on the menu – AA Gill finds inventive and unpretentious food at Bruno Loubet's Grain Store

What's on the menu – AA Gill finds inventive and unpretentious food at Bruno Loubet's Grain Store

Grain Store in London NW1 finds a fan in the Sunday Times' AA Gill, who praises Bruno Loubet for serving inventive and unpretentious food with a contemporary panache, adding: "Bruno is still one of the most agreeable and bonhomous chefs in London."

The Metro's Emma Sturgess is disappointed with the slow service at Aqua Group's Hutong on the 33rd floor of the Shard. Aside from saving you the cost of going to the viewing platform atop, she isn't sure what the point of a visit is.

Casa Negra - Will Ricker's reinvention of his old Great Eastern Dining Room site - is a colourful and characterful sibling to the flamboyant Bodega in Soho, according to the Independent's John Walsh. He says the whole place has a "jolly, Mexican-seaside vibe, not something you often find in trendy Shoreditch".

The chef at The DairyLisa Markwell, also for the http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hotel/114164/Woolacombe-Bay-Hotel-Devon-review.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Independent](http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/reviews/review-the-dairy-15-the-pavement-clapham-old-town-london-8732686.html).

The Telegraph's Bee Wilson visits former Masterchef runner up Alex Rushmer's Cambridge restaurant the Hole in the Wall, which she says passes the crucial test: whether you'd go back. A return visit is already in the pipeline.

Back in London and the Metro's - Andy Lynes tries the pizza at Covent Garden eatery Homeslice. He suggests that while it makes sense as an efficient business model for owners Mark Wogan (son of Terry) and chef Ry Jessup, he wishes he'd stayed at home and sliced up a Domino's.

Jay Rayner is in Leeds for this week's [Observer](http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jul/28/friends-of-ham-leeds-restaurant) review, where learns the art of eating Prosciutto di Parma ham at the perfect temperature. He says he would choose Friends of Ham over any number of bona fide Leeds restaurants and what's more, he did.

The Evening Standard's Grace Dent discovers of North London gastropub St John's Tavern, describing it as a solid, dependable name describing a perfectly affable London boozer that serves dependably great meals.


Plenty of hotel reviews doing the rounds this week. The Times' Tom Chesshyre tucks into a superb steak at the Lazy Cow in Sailsbury, Wiltshire, and enjoys the stylish well-priced bedrooms, but finds the cow-theme to be a little heavy-handed.

The Chalk and Cheese in Shouldham, Norfolk, receives a visit from the Guardian's - Sally Shalam, where she enjoys the eclectic décor and fun of the bed and breakfast located in an old school house

Charlotte Philby checks into the Angel & Blue Pig in Lymington, Hampshire, for the Independent, following a "diligent" £400,000 refurbishment.

And finally, Fiona Duncan praises the owners of Woolacombe Bay Hotel in Woolacombe, Devon for keeping it up-to-date in the [Sunday Telegraph, but questions its dark décor and odd food combinations.


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