Monday, August 20, 2007

Gastro Pubs II

One of the most interesting celebrity chefs around is Gordon Ramsay. Following his early days with Marco Pierre White, he has made a name for himself in the UK and now in New York at The London hotel. His restaurant at Claridge’s, in the UK, is not bad. The last time I was there we got chatting to Pierce Brosnan and were ignored by Mick Jagger and his 6-foot something model wife. Gordon has now opened a new gastro pub called “The Narrow” at 44 Narrow Street in London. If you’re in the city, give it a whirl. Have the fish ‘n chips or the pig’s cheeks, which I last had at my old time favorite, The Spotted Pig.

My youngest daughter, Bex, lived for a while in Islington. She’s now back in New Zealand but Islington is the Fulham/Chelsea of the 60’s. My favorite pub there is The Albion on Thornhill Road. It has a great wine list, is incredible value, and includes some terrific Bordeaux secrets twinned with the best Sheperds Pie I’ve had for a long time. And then there’s the boarding school treat of treats, Rhubarb Crumble. But someone needs to persuade them to find some custard to go with it!