What's on the menu – Giles Coren experiences inedible food at Oblix

What's on the menu – Giles Coren experiences inedible food at Oblix

Rainer Becker's Oblix on the 32nd floor of the Shard lives up to Giles Coren's low expectations, in the http://blogs.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/blogs/guide-girl/2013/06/what-the-critics-say---round-up-of-the-latest-restaurant-and-hotel-reviews-4.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Times](http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/magazine/article3793259.ece).<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

Coren's distaste for the Shard itself is matched by a food and service experience, which he says included a table that wobbled, "terrible food" and "a full body slam" from a waiter.

The Bar Shu group's Baiwei in London's Chinatown is well-received by the [Guardian's](http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jun/22/baiwei-london-wc2-restaurant-review) Marina O'Loughlin, who finds a well-travelled menu of dishes that she had not seen before in the UK.

Bruno Loubet's veg-centric restaurant Grain Store in King's Cross is a must-visit if you want to be part of London's dining scene, says David Sexton for the [Evening Standard](http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/grain-store--restaurant-review-8664429.html), who adds that not all surprises are welcome.

For the [Telegraph](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10114086/Honey-and-Co-London-W1-restaurant-review.html) Zoe Williams says that the stark décor at Honey & Co in London W1T belies a holiday feel and subtle approach to Middle Eastern dishes.

The unfussy, seafood-dominated cooking at the George & Dragon in Devizes, Wiltshire, ticks all the right boxes for Matthew Norman, also for the [Telegraph](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/restaurants/10120877/Restaurant-review-The-George-and-Dragon-Wiltshire.html).

The [Independent's](http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/reviews/restaurant-1701-bevis-marks-synagogue-london-8665394.html) Tracey Macleod finds unexpected but rather delightful open-minded and adventurous cuisine at Restaurant 1701, Bevis Marks Synagogue in London.

Emma Sturgess samples the tasting menu at new Chelsea opening, the Five Fields, on behalf of the [Metro](http://metro.co.uk/2013/06/20/the-five-fields-restaurant-is-a-good-idea-in-theory-3847788/) and finds it stuck on repeat.

The food at STK, on London's Strand, grasps for adequacy and mostly misses, says Jay Rayner in the [Observer](http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jun/23/stk-restaurant-review-jay-rayner) who suggests the poor spelling of the restaurant's name is the least of its worries.

On the hotels front, the [Times'](http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/travel/wheretostay/southeast/article3794005.ece)Caterer and Hotelkeeper journalist Christina Simons - as homely, slightly eccentric and full of character.

Tony Naylor for the [Guardian](http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2013/jun/21/beryls-bed-and-breakfast-selby-north-yorkshire-review#) - enjoys a colourful overnight stay in a vintage caravan that is Beryl's Bed and Breakfast in Wistow, North Yorkshire.

Nonsuch House in Kingswear, Devon, bowls over the [Sunday Telegraph's](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hotel/110017/Nonsuch-House-Devon-hotel-review.html) Fiona Duncan with its astonishing view, décor, food and people.


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