Federale – Lugano

As Lugano is situated close to the Italian border, it does feel like you are in Italy and not in Switzerland. It still has the beautiful views of the mountains and lakes. There are plenty of piazzas, fountains, quaint streets, restaurants, gelato places and shops that make up Lugano.

La Lluna – Muswell Hill

An impromptu weekday evening out led us to dinner at La Lluna. It had come at the right time as when a day has been a bit of a trying one, the time with special close friends helps wonders.

Cafe Rouge – Oxford

Cafe Rouge had a European feel to it. There was the classic red and dark wooden theme with big etched mirrors on the wall. Huge windows could be opened on a hot day and hence there would be plenty of fresh air coming into the restaurant.

Van Speyk – Amsterdam

Van Speyk was extremely busy. It was lucky to be able to get a table quickly after intially being told that there was a 40 minute wait.

Bellillo – Naples

When the pizza craving occurs, it is a bonus to be in Naples-the city of the Neopolitan pizza. People say you can never have a bad pizza in Naples.

Ginza Onodera – Mayfair

Tucked away in Mayfair is where this Japanese restaurant is located. It gives the chance to take time out from the busy surrounding areas of Piccadilly. On arriving at Ginza Onodera, I was taken downstairs into the restaurant area as the entrance level is the bar area.

Le Repaire du Lion – Lille

This creperie was found at the top end of the old town. Just a side line, the boulangerie opposite called Au Lion d’Or, does amazing croissants. A short walk away is also Aux Merveilleux de Fred. Here you can have big or small delights of melt in the mouth meringues and cream. An absolute treat.

Mildreds – Kings Cross

Mildreds is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant a short walk away from the busy Kings Cross. The menu is split into small starter plates and large plates. There are also burgers and salads on the menu.

Bettys – Harrogate

Bettys is the institution in Harrogate famed for its Afternoon Teas. It is now 100 years old and is still just as popular in this market town. Bettys was founded by Frederick Belmont who wanted to a cafe which combined his Swiss treats with good old warm Yorkshire hospitality.

Cote Brasserie – Angel

Cote Brasserie is situated on Islington Green. On entering, the dining area looks quite big and the furniture is dark wooden. There are booths with cushioned seating. There is a private dining area at the back of the restaurant which is separated by a curtain.

Elder – Piece Hall, Halifax

Back in 1779, Piece Hall was a centre point of the cloth industry with it as a trading hall. In 2017, it was renovated and this glorious Georgian place is now home to independent shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Ascot Restaurant – Zurich

It’s not often that the thought occurs to dine in a hotel restaurant. But the menu at Ascot Restaurant looked like a varied and interesting one.