Gordon Ramsay restaurant
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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

‘We shared a glass of Barbeito Rainwater Madeira over Smyth’s signature dessert, a lemonade parfait’

The Foxhunter

The Walnut Tree Inn and The Foxhunter, Abergavenny, Wales

‘The skate had been sautéed, then the shrimps were added, alongside creamy mashed potatoes’

Ham Yard boasts lots of space and natural light

Ham Yard Hotel, London

The interior design is ultra-modern – and will strike some as colourful, others as confusing

Buvette
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Little Parisian cafés, big ambitions

Forget bitter coffee and steak-frites: a new class of café has its sights set high, says Rosa Jackson

Les Papilles’ dining room

Les Tablettes, 16th; Les Papilles, 5th, Paris

Nomicos’ goal is to transport the flavours of his native Provence to Paris. In this he admirably succeeds

Sunken Chip founders Michael Greenwold and James Whelan
©Stephane Remael

Young Parisians and expats shake up the food scene

Posh burgers, food trucks and, er, fish and chips? Even brasseries are so l’année dernière  in the new French capital 

Orrery’s dining room
©Tim Winter

Orrery, London

Orrery stands as an example of how one restaurant can spark change on the rest of the street

Els Casals

Fonda Sala and Els Casals, Catalonia, Spain

A glass of cava, a plate of salami with green peppers and the sunset made for an unforgettable aperitif

Open kitchen at Barrafina
©Paul Winch-Furness

Barrafina, Covent Garden, London

‘The skewers of big grilled chunks of loin of Ibérico pig are the sort of bar snacks they serve in Valhalla’

Toto’s dining room
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Toto’s and Artusi, London

Nothing is going to get in the way of an evening that runs like a speedboat crossing the Lido

Funding boost peps up coffee start-up

64 Degrees, Brighton

The environment shows all the riotous, sexy joy of a tapas joint in backstreet Barcelona

Kirazu, Antidote, London

With just 25 seats at his restaurant, Yuya Kikuchi fulfils the roles of chef and dishwasher

La Ruota, Moneglia, Italy

The restaurant overlooks Moneglia far below, its beach, the calm sea … The vista only improves when the stars come out

On the menu: beyond the cucumber square

Wild boar buns, chamomile scones and cheese with your champagne

Five of the best: Quiet London eateries

From a Bond Street auction house to the 15th-century cloisters of a Smithfield church – some of the capital’s less frenetic food and drink venues

Five of the best: New London pubs

The dark, slouchy pubs of old are giving way to a modern breed with craft ales and film screenings

Bauer, Joseph and Clementine in Vienna

A chic bakery with a bistro attached: is this the Viennese café of the future?

Scott’s, London and Union Square Café, New York

Restaurateurs have opened up parts of numerous cities where other retailers feared to tread

La Vague d’Or, Saint Tropez

‘The menu introduces some very high notes, as well as introducing curious eaters to unusual ingredients’

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