How to Host a Business Lunch: 7 Tips to Make it a Success

Gone are the days when business meetings were only held within the four corners of an office. Today, you can bring these conventions to a more luxurious venue to boost its effectiveness in achieving your business goals.

How to Host a Business Lunch Meeting

A business lunch meeting is an effective tool in establishing a great impression with potential investors, partners, and clients while learning more about them. This is the very reason why the term “power lunch” was coined.

Whether you’re meeting with clients, investors, partners, or employees, a business lunch should always be done with thorough planning and preparation.

From booking a table and inviting your guest to bringing up business talk, here are seven tips on how to be a gracious host before and during a lunch meeting:

Before Lunch

Business lunches are much like romantic dates. Aside from dressing up appropriately, you also need to invite your guests and make preparations to keep them comfortable by:

=> Making a professional invitation

When inviting guests to a business lunch, you must choose your words carefully. A good invitation should:

  • Clearly indicate the purpose of the lunch meeting, leaving no room for confusion or misunderstandings.
  • Ensure that the guests know that you’re the host and that you’re paying for the meals.
  • Make it easy for the invitee to graciously decline without making him uncomfortable.

=> Selecting an appropriate venue

When choosing a venue for your business meeting, it is best to pick a place you’ve been to for a couple of times. This way, you’ll know that the food and service are topnotch.

If you’re traveling out of town for a business lunch, research about the best restaurants online before the trip. Check the website and read reviews of past customers, particularly those written by people who have conducted business lunches in the place.

It is also worth noting that every person has a different taste, so you must make sure you know what your guest likes. If in case you cannot learn this ahead of the meeting, you should play it safe and avoid ethnic or exotic restaurants.

Fine dining, waterfront restaurants, and steakhouses for your business lunch are the safest choices. Just remember to ask if your guest has any dietary preferences or food allergies to avoid difficult situations later.

=> Do a pre-meeting reconnaissance

Even if you’ve tried dining at a restaurant before, it won’t hurt to do some reconnaissance before the meeting. Head to the venue you picked and determine if it has the right vibe for your meeting.

You should also check if there is enough privacy to discuss business stuff without getting too much interruption. If possible, seek out a private room where you can convene about sensitive matters.

During the Business Lunch Meeting

Now that the invitation has been made and the place of the meeting is set, it is time for you to create a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience for your guests. To do so, you must:

=> Arrive earlier than your guests

As the host, it is important that you be the first to arrive at the venue of the business meeting. The best way to ensure this is to set your arrival at least ten minutes earlier than your scheduled appointment.

Once you’re there, wait for your guest at the bar or table and tip off the hostess to be on the lookout. The extra time also allows you to get some more last-minute preparations done, such as:

  • Let the waiter know about the business meeting so he can keep the interruptions at the bare minimum.
  • In case a guest is in a hurry, you should make sure that the waiter hands over the bill the moment you finish your meals.
  • Even better, give him your (or the company’s) credit card before your guest arrives. This way, your meals can be paid for right away, the bill will never arrive at the table, and there won’t be any confusion as to who’s paying.

=> Turn off your phone

When dining with a potential client or investor, you must strictly follow professional etiquette. This means you should turn off your phone and keep it away throughout the lunch meeting to ensure that your guest has your undivided attention.

If you’re expecting an urgent call, let him know as soon as you get seated. Don’t forget to set your phone on vibrate. Once it goes off, take a quick glance and silence it immediately if it isn’t the urgent call you were expecting.

In case your guest is using his phone, wait until he’s done before proceeding with the conversation.

=> Let your guests sit down and order first

As the host, you must let your guests get the first pick of the seat, so they’ll feel comfortable. If they hesitate, gesture towards the better seats to let them know that they can sit in those.

You should also let your guests order first, then copy the number of courses they asked for. This will ensure that you eat at the same time as they do, avoiding that awkward situation when only one of you is still eating.

=> Build rapport before bringing up business talk

Never start with business talk as soon as you and your guests sit down. Make sure that you have a bit of casual talk first to help your guests feel at ease.

Casual conversations can also give you the chance to learn more about your guests’ personalities. Just make sure to keep it within easy topics like hobbies, sports, and non-controversial news. Avoid making it too personal, especially if it’s the first time you get acquainted with each other.

Also, remember to be sincere. Even though you’re at a business meeting, you have to make the conversation real. This will show your guests how much you respect them and would also reflect who you are as a person.

A Final Word

Business meetings can make or break your relationship with potential clients, partners, and investors. Make sure that you plan them well and execute them in the right way with the help of the above tips.


A Guide to the Cheap Eats in London

A guide to the best cheap eats

24 hours in London – A guide to the best cheap eats….

It’s fair to say that every time you visit London, it’s never really a pleasant experience for your wallet or purse. Although the cuisine is fantastic, it always tends to come at a price. So, it really takes the fun out of eating out, even though London is probably considered one of the best cities when it comes to food! Don’t worry though, because the list that we’ve collated a little list which provides some of our great food for up to only £10 a head (or thereabouts). And we’ve covered every single base with some of your favourite food choices.

Abu Zaad

Based in Shepherd’s Bush Market, this Syrian restaurant is definitely something different to start the list with. We recommend going there around 11am – 1pm where you can load up on the freshly baked bread, houmous and other specialities at their all-you-can-eat breakfast on a Sunday. Be careful though as it’s easy to go overboard considering the portions are rather large, but for only £9.99 we’re not surprised if you do!

City Caphe

Fancy a bit of East Asian cuisine? City Caphe in Mansion House specialises in everything Vitenamese food and it’s no surprise that it gets plenty of customers through the door. It’s open every weekday between 11:30am – 4:30pm but it tends to be heaving around lunchtime, so you need to get there quick! Although it may get a bit cramped and busy, once you tuck into the food it’s all completely worth it. Spring rolls and baguettes are just a couple notable favourites. £8 will cover you nicely.

Flat Iron

Strolling through Covent Garden will help you find the famous Flat Iron restaurant that’s all about the steak. It’s different in terms of its seating with communal tables and no bookings service, so it’s definitely the sociable atmosphere if you don’t mind making a few friends whilst you eat. If you’re a red meat lover, this may just be the spot for you with steaks served right on the board and a selection of sauces to choose from. For a basic deal, you can tuck in for about £10.

Island Poke

We might not get the tropical weather of Hawaii but you can still reap the benefits from the cuisine. You can find Island Poke on Kingly Street where it’s home to some exotic food choices. It combines clean eating with fusion of flavours to create dishes containing the likes of soy tuna, sushi rice and spring onions. An Ahi Bowl at lunchtime is definitely a customer favourite and at just £8.85, you can’t go wrong.

Joe Public

A best eats list wouldn’t be completed without a restaurant specialising in Pizza! Queue Joe Public in Clapham. They bring the New York style pizza to the UK and you can practically enjoy it anytime after lunch, right up until midnight. You’re more than welcome to go for seconds… or thirds.

Two large slices of pizza seem to satisfy the taste buds relatively well with toppings ranging from chicken to veggie options. Prices for are around £3.50-£5 depending on what you fancy.

Whether it’s a dinner for two or a large group gathering, the price of your meal shouldn’t make you feel guilty after having such a good time. It’s always worth taking the time to research a few restaurant deals to see what’s about and you might just find that you’re getting more than your value for money!


Getting A Taste Of The Mediterranean In Liverpool: 5 Of The Best Restaurants


With summer fast approaching, many of us may be looking forward to our impending holidays or city breaks planned to make the most of the guaranteed sunshine in other destinations. But, if the sometimes dull spring weather is making you feel a little grey, then there are some ways you can create the feel of being on holiday without having to spend too much money.

The Meditteranean is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world and is home to some of the best food and beaches in Europe, but Liverpool has some wonderful Meditteranean restaurants where all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy some wonderful food – just imagine you are sat dining on a Mediterranean beach!

Neon Jamon

Neon Jamon is the place to visit if you are searching for tasty tapas, great atmosphere and fine Spanish wine. Just a short walk away from Penny Lane, this is the perfect Friday night restaurant and is ideal if you’re looking for somewhere to dine with friends or family. With melt-in-the-mouth Spanish meats, including their signature acorn-fed Iberico ham, fresh sardines, traditional patatas bravas and delicious créma Catalana, you’re sure to enjoy each and every one of the dishes on offer.


Othello’s is one of only a few traditional Greek restaurants which sticks to what it knows best – food. Here, you’ll find no loud music, no plate smashing and no Greek dancing, but instead, you’ll be treated to a warm and friendly atmosphere. Gerry, who is the owner, has been crowned as the Best Greek Chef in Your Move magazine, so it is safe to say he knows his stuff. The Mousakka is a popular dish here, with many customers saying it is the best they have ever had.

Salt House Bacaro

This Spanish and Italian inspired restaurant is well known by locals for its sharing platters and amazing Campari drinks. With an Italian-influenced drinks menu and a Spanish style a la carte food menu, the infusion of different food, drinks and cultures works well here. From a pea puree risotto with a pancetta crumb to a raspberry and limoncello semifreddo, there’s no shortage of tasty dishes. If you want to experience a true mixture of Mediterranean foods, then Salt House Bacaro is the spot for you!


If the infamous Liverpool rain ever takes you by surprise, then you should add in a stop at Fattoush until it passes. Sat just behind the World Museum and Central Library, Fattoush specialises in Mediterranean and Lebanese dishes. This dining establishment is well-known for its friendly staff and great service, so it’s a great place to relax after a busy day sightseeing or shopping. There is plenty on offer here, including tasty kebabs and chicken skewers, homemade hummus and some of the best baklava the city has to offer. Their Lebanese coffee is worth a try, as is their mint tea, but they also offer a good beer and wine menu.

Bacchus Taverna

If a faraway Greek beach is only but a dream this year, then you can still experience some of the greatness that Greece has to offer with a visit to Bacchus Taverna. One of Liverpool’s best-kept secrets which is hidden in plain sight, only locals and those in the know are aware of its locations. The owner once served in the Greek army and was a sailor, but he can now be found at Bacchus Taverna every night. It’s known that he often goes to the local markets at 4 in the morning to ensure he gets the freshest ingredients. The food comes from recipes passed on through generations, with moussaka, salads, taramasalata and juicy meat dishes all taking centre stage on the menu.

6 Restaurants in Manchester Known for Their Beautiful Atmosphere
Author Bio: Natalie Wilson is a freelance travel writer and can provide advice on anything, from vacation destinations to hidden travel gems. When not writing, Natalie can be found reading a good book or planning her next travel destination. At the moment, she is looking at the Algarve and its appeal for holiday-makers, particularly hotel recommendations and luxury Algarve villas.  You can connect with her on Twitter @NatWilson976.


6 Restaurants in Manchester Known for Their Beautiful Atmosphere

The fine dining experience doesn’t solely rely on the quality of food in Manchester, there are restaurants known for the way they are decorated, and when you’re going for a meal, the atmosphere plays an essential part of your evening.

Here’s a look at six of Manchesters best known restaurants for tasty dishes and a perfect ambience.


Article written by Natalie Wilson


Offering modern Chinese cuisine and original cocktails, Tattu is one of the most famous restaurants in Manchester. Its Asian themed decorations are the first thing you will notice when entering this restaurant, and its iconic indoor trees with beautifully coloured leaves are something you could stare at for hours. The restaurant offers a collection of dishes that are small and well presented, and it’s advised that you order a few starters to share so you and truly taste the variety of the menu.


Located in Spinningfields, this restaurant isn’t the easiest to spot as it is underground with a small glass entrance in the shape of a pyramid. When you make your way downstairs, you will see the clean-cut finish that the restaurant has created to make every customer feel they are dining in luxury. Beige and white decorations accompanied by light wood furniture used throughout the location will keep you enjoying yourself while waiting for your food to arrive. The cuisine is Australian which includes influences from Indonesia and Japan and is known to have some of the best dishes in Manchester.


This elegant dining experience is in a grand hall which includes ceramic pillars, an atrium ceiling and an indoor garden atmosphere. Refuge doesn’t just cater to diners, it also includes a roomy bar for those wanting more than just an evening of fine dining. There is a complete variety of cuisine to choose from on the Voltini which is similar to the tapas style menus. This is a reasonability priced choice of venue when compared to the previous two restaurants mentioned.


Allotment… With two bars located in Birkdale and Manchester’s Northern Quarter

From the outside, you might be expecting to enter an old fashion pub and greeted with a haze of noise. However, Allotment is known as one of the prettiest bars/ restaurants in the Northern Quarter. Filled with plants, greenery and fairy lights, the fresh surrounding is also accompanied by a tasty menu with a great choice of signature dishes. The Horticulture- theme of this venue also includes chunky wooden tables and chairs and is renowned for its grand gin menu.

Tast Catala

A true taste of Catalonia, this bar is owned by Manchester City F.C. manager Pep Guardiola. The intimate tables and light ambience gives this restaurant a refreshing appeal that is perfectly matched by an adventurous menu. The head chef of this establishment wants every customer to experience Catalonia for its finish meals, their goal is to treat you to cuisine that is unexpectedly good, and there tends to be 4 to 6 courses to experience.

Randall & Aubin

Arguably the best place for seafood in Manchester, the front of this restaurant is highlighted with branded awning and fresh seafood displayed like a marketplace shop front. As you enter, a bar area is available while you wait to be seated, and the rest of the venue offers a low light ambience which is brightened up with authentic lights and clashing neon signs. The dining area is warmly carpeted, and dark woods are matched with gold finish piping to offer more of an authentic finish.

It always best to review the prices of each venue before you commit to any bookings, however, if you want a luxurious experience for a special occasion, all 6 of these choices have slightly different prices brackets and a different take on their potions, but they all promise to offer a memorable evening.

Author Bio: Natalie Wilson is a freelance writer in the travel niche, and can provide advice on anything from travel accessories to hidden gems. When not writing, Natalie can be found reading a good book with a cup of tea or planning her next travel destination. You can connect with her on Twitter @NatWilson976.


The Best Pizzerias Manchester Has to Offer

manchester pizza

The Best Pizzerias Manchester Has to Offer

With Pizza being one the most popular foods in the world right now, it is no surprise that Manchester has ran with the revolution now serving up some of the best pizza the UK has to offer. With pizzerias popping up all over the city, it is easy to become spoilt for choice. Here are some of the best Pizzeria’s that Manchester has to offer.

Rudy’s Pizza

If you any Mancunian about the best pizza in town, Rudy’s will most definitely be the first place that springs to everyone’s mind. Rudy’s is a two-man band pizzeria made from only the best locally sourced ingredients. When it comes to having a passion for pizza, these guys have it.

Rudy’s 60 second pizzas focus on the traditions of Naples whilst offering top quality hand-made ingredients to provide you with the perfect pizza. Each pizza uses double-proved dough making the base so fluffy and airy that when placed into the heat of the burning wood fire over for 60 seconds a puff of soft middle and crispy edge is created.

Wash down with an array of quality wines and beers from the generous drink menu and finish off by indulging in an Italian dessert of the day. You can’t go wrong.

Situated in two central locations, Ancoats and Peter St, Rudy’s shares the heart of Naples with Manchester.

Double Zero Pizza

With Neapolitan Pizza a clear favourite amongst Manchester, it will come as no surprise that Double Zero also offers the softer, flatter and crispier attributes of Naples pizza.

Their four-ingredient pizza dough is proved for a minimum of 48 hours and then stretched by hand and cooked for 90 seconds in their beautifully authentic wood fire imported all the way from Naples.

Roost Pizza

A local favourite and simplistic joint of craft beer, pizza and rotisserie chicken. In a laid back and informal environment, here you can enjoy the memorable flavours of Roost pizza inspired by traditional Neapolitan cooking.

Cooked in a wood fire, the crust forms a light and crispy base to hold the selection of delicious toppings. The most popular pick being the four seasons, a combination packed full of flavour; chestnut mushrooms, slow baked shredded ham, roasted artichokes and juicy black olives.

PLY – A bustling bar and pizza hangout with a mirror tiled, wood-fired oven

A bustling bar and pizza hangout with a mirror tiled, woodfired oven

It’s needless to say, given the title of this article that PLY do one of the best pizzas in town, but it really does. Pizzas are made fresh by a talented chef enthusiastic about his flavour and certainly not compromising in taste.

Although the menu is small, the immensity of flavours, light and crispy textures and melt in the mouth cheesy toppings make up for it.

You can expect a laid-back environment with a bustling bar and simplistic yet stylish décor. The bar serves a selection of delicious craft beer, fine wine and a modern twist on classic cocktails.

Crazy Pedros

Not your traditional Italian styled Pizzeria, Crazy Pedro’s offers a menu of weird and wonderful pizza toppings to accompany some of the wackiest cocktails Manchester has to offer so you can swig cocktails and nibble on pizza all night.

The Nacho Libre is a favourite amongst regular goers and consists of a topping of cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos and nacho crisps. Weird right? For something a little weirder, why not try the fried chicken and waffle option consisting of crispy fried chicken, smoked bacon, maple syrup and waffle.


Located in West Didsbury, Proove takes pride in its Neapolitan its slow-proved sourdough base and San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy to make the sweetest and tangiest if tomato bases.

Proove has a menu of antipasti and deserts as well as an extensive wine list for a true Italian dining experience.


5 Of London’s Best International Restaurants

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5 Of London’s Best International Restaurants

Food in London can quickly become very samey – the streets are dominated with fast-food eateries and budget takeaways. Finding a good meal in the capital can be tricky if you don’t know where to look, especially if you want to try something that is a little different from the usual offerings.

London is home to some of the best and most famous international eateries in the UK. With such a diverse culture, the city is sure to be home to some great restaurants and cafes teaming with delicacies from all over the world. Here are 5 of the best international restaurants that London has to offer.

Food From Portugal

If you’ve ever visited the 18th-century streets of Lisbon, with the iconic yellow trams rattling past and a warm breeze passing over you or even the Algarve’s stunning red cliffs and tried fresh seafood right on the beach, then you’ll know just just delightful Portuguese food is.

The true joy of Portuguese dining lies in the casual-ness of it all, from the hospitality to wines. If you’re looking to recreate that feeling in London, then Estrela Bar on South Lambert Road is great place to pass time whilst sipping cold beer and ordering different forms of grilled and fried fresh seafood. From the casual service, Portuguese speaking staff and the seriousness of which the football is taken, you’ll feel far from the hustle of the London streets.

Australia – Australian Food In London

Most people think of Australian dining as more of a mindset than what is on the menu. A good starting point is Chelsea’s Granger & Co, which is the newest of four named restaurants throughout the city.

Founded by Bill Granger, who is from Australia himself, the restaurants serve dishes which most Brits will be used to seeing in American and European restaurants, but the distinctively laid back and unpretentious approach and setting will give you a true Australian vibe, no matter the weather outside. For ambience, it is a true winner and is a relaxed and comfortable place to dine.

Denmark – Danish Food In London

Tucked slightly around the corner from Portobello Road and flanked on either side by a Moroccan and Austrian restaurant is a small slice of “hygge”. The popular Danish concept describes a warming and cosy atmosphere, and Snaps + Rye has it in large abundances. With flickering candle light, an array of potted plants and a pop playlist, the restaurant is full of smiles from the staff.

Pastries and open sandwiches are on the breakfast menu, but three nights a week the menu opens up to something a little more refined. Dishes vary with the season, from cod to crisp asparagus and new potatoes with goats curd, a five-course menu is just £38.

Switzerland – Swiss Food In London

If you’re a fondue fan, then St Moritz is one of the very few remaining true Swiss restaurants in the UK. For a more boozy dining option, this restaurant is the oldest fondue restaurant in London.

St Moritz has been serving fondue and carbs in the capital since 1974. Genuine Swiss cuisine is served everyday and features fresh seasonal dishes, from veal, spatzli and traditional bratwurst. If your sweet-tooth is calling, then be sure to order the fondue au chocolate, which is a pot of fine melted Swiss chocolate served with fresh fruit.

South Korean Food

For flavorful and, more importantly, affordable, Korean cuisine, Bi Won in Bloomsbury offers the finest South Korean dishes in a friendly environment. The restaurant is both run and favoured by Koreans, which is a sure-sign of authenticity. The menu offers all of the classic Korean dishes, from bulgogi (grilled slices of beef), bibimbap (steamed rice with sautéed vegetables and fried egg) and kalbi (marinated ribs) all served with side dishes, including the famous kimchee (spiced pickled cabbage).

The deliciously spicy tofu casserole and savoury seafood and spring onion pancakes are a must try, along the with the black sesame ice cream for dessert. Be sure to wash it all down with a Hite beer or a shot of soju, which is Korea’s answer to sake.

Setting up an international restaurant in any city can be quite a challenge. For the restaurant owners, they have to get used to a whole new lifestyle and way of living if they are moving over from the city where they are originally from. Often, it can be a lengthy process and one which, unfortunately, isn’t guaranteed success.

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Getting the right information and documents together can take years and a lot of people have to apply for British citizenship as it can be uncertain as to how long they need to stay for. This is why, when possible, it’s always good to try out new cuisines and dining experiences, as you’re not only experiencing something new but you are also supporting a local business and independent owners.


5 Ways to Stay Healthy When Traveling in the Caribbean

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By Kal Kennard

The Caribbean is a dream destination for most travelers because it offers the chance to experience a stress-free lifestyle in one of the most comfortable climates on the globe.

If you are heading to that part of the world and want to maintain your wellness, read on to learn five ways to stay healthy when traveling in the Caribbean.

1. Believe that it is possible to stay healthy while traveling.

For many people, staying healthy while traveling seems like an impossible feat. While trying local foods is often a highlight of exploring the globe, too much of a good thing becomes not such a good thing when you are trying to watch your diet and maintain your health.

While you want to treat yourself while traveling, you also don’t want to return home with 10 extra pounds to have to deal with. The best way to stay healthy is to do a little bit of research prior to landing in the destination, so you can have a game plan and feel prepared to remain as healthy as possible.

Luckily, when traveling in the Caribbean, you will find that the local cuisine is generally healthier than the offerings in other parts of the world. Dishes here tend to be comprised of foods that are on the leaner side with less fat, and your plate will always be filled with fresh ingredients.

As there is a multitude of opportunities to find healthy and delicious alternatives in the Caribbean, you won’t find it too challenging to ignore the majority of the unhealthy treats.

2. Know the healthy options to look for.

Instead of touching down in the Caribbean and having no idea what you are going to eat (and therefore running to the nearest fast food spot out of hunger), it is best to have some knowledge of the area you are in and healthy options that you can order.

Caribbean cuisine

Some of the most popular healthy local dishes include mango-shrimp salad and coconut-spiced sea bass. Additionally, healthy mango is infused in a lot of Carribean dishes, from sweet sauces to nutritious smoothies, so that is a food you can certainly indulge in.

Additionally, see where the closest grocery stores are to where you are staying so that you can stock up on fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks to keep you from falling prey to bad decisions when hunger strikes.

3. Embrace the fish.

With easy access to the water, fish is a staple of Caribbean cuisine and therefore should be a significant part of your diet when traveling in this part of the world. After all, it is healthy, tasty and incredibly fresh.

In local restaurants, you will find a variety of dishes featuring top-quality fish including sea bass, swordfish, tuna, wahoo, snapper, and grouper. Additionally, if you prefer your fish without bones, you will also find other options on the menu, such as conch and other shellfish.

Depending on where in the Caribbean you are traveling, you may find other fish dishes such as tacos or creative adaptations of traditional Spanish paella (a seafood stew made in a garlicky broth with rice).

4. Limit the amount of rum you consume.

There is no denying that rum is the main alcoholic beverage in this part of the world, and the price of rum drinks can be incredibly appealing. However, if you want to maintain your health and wellness goals while traveling, it is is crucial that you limit the amount of rum you consume.

The sugar in alcohol is an easy way to rack up a lot of empty calories in a short amount of time. Therefore, help your body, your mind, and your wallet out and only have a couple — or none at all.

5.  Just keep swimming.

When traveling in the Caribbean, it is easy to squeeze in some active movements because you can always choose to swim in your hotel pool or (preferably) in the sea! After all, it would be wrong not to take advantage of the 83-degree year-round water temperature!

Have you ever been to the Caribbean? Do you have any tips for staying healthy while traveling? Let us know in the comments below!

Kal Kennard is a Partner at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.


The Best Restaurants In The North Of England: A Foodie Guide


Dining out is one of life’s little luxuries. Whether you prefer a fine establishment dining experience or love exploring the local food market on a weekend morning, there is nothing quite like enjoying great food.

The North of England is often overshadowed when it comes to what the UK food scene has to offer. With the bright lights of London boasting an impressive 71 Michelin-starred restaurants and the independent eateries of Camden, to the coastlines of Cornwall offering some of the best seafood restaurants in the world, the South certainly isn’t short of superb restaurants.

However, the North is growing substantially in terms of the dining establishments it has to offer. From the rolling moors of the Yorkshire Dales to the rugged terrain of the Lake District, the North is now home to some of the best restaurants in the UK. If you are a true foodie fanatic or simply enjoy good food and company, then be sure to add these restaurants to your list.

Northcote Hotel, Blackburn

Set in a beautiful stretch of countryside running across the edge of the Ribble Valley, Northcote may seem like a rural retreat at first glance, but the Michelin-starred food has put the restaurant on the map.

Built within a 19th-century manor, the house now boasts an impressive 26 rooms for guests to truly enjoy the surroundings and offerings of the Northcote. But, regardless of the attraction of the room, Northcote is famous for one thing: the food. The hotel has managed to keep hold of its Michelin star for more than 20 years and is one of only two Michelin-starred restaurants in Lancashire.

Almost all of the ingredients are locally sourced, with many even coming from the hotel’s own gardens. Whether you prefer to sample the 6-course tasting menu or want to enjoy the freshly-baked scones and delicate sandwiches that make up the popular Afternoon Tea menu, there is something for everyone’s tastes and budget.

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20 Stories, Manchester

Towering above the bustling city of Manchester, 20 Stories is one of the city’s newest restaurants. With a fine dining menu consisting of heritage beef, cod cheek and a pumpkin, truffle and goat’s cheese flan, there is plenty of seasonal dishes to choose from. If the fine dining experience isn’t for you, you can also enjoy the selection of bar snacks on the outside terrace.

Acclaimed chef Aiden Byrne, who previously helped Manchester House achieve other dizzying levels of success, has taken on the D&D restaurant and aims to use local produce in all of the dishes featured on the menu, with the majority being sourced within 50 miles of the city. 20 Stories is one of the best places to eat in Manchester, thanks to the 360-degree views across the city, glamorous interiors and signature cocktail and wine menus.

L’Enclume, The Lake District


One of the Lake District’s, and perhaps the UK’s, most iconic restaurants, L’Enclume is a restaurant where passion and creativity come together to showcase some of the finest ingredients on offer. Opened in 2002, the Michelin-starred restaurant favours seasonal, stripped-back dining and one of their specialities comes in the form of foraging and growing their own produce and ingredients.

You don’t get to find out the menu here until you are ready to order, due to the exceptionally fresh nature of the ingredients. Placing your order is a hugely sensory experience thanks to the server’s delivery who entices you to listen and learn about what is on offer. Once your order is taken, a wax stamp sealed grey envelope is left in the centre of the table. Inside is the full menu of what you will be enjoying and it is left up to you to decide whether you open it or not.

Not only do you get to enjoy fresh, seasonal dining at L’Enclume, but the beautiful surroundings, perfectly paired wines and exceptional waiting staff all make it clear as to why L’Enclume is quickly becoming the destination of choice for diners.

Cavendish St, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6QA

WreckFish, Liverpool

WreckFish first became known when they successfully managed to crowdfund a record-breaking £200,000 for the restaurant. Since then, the restaurant, which calls Slater Street in Liverpool home, has become extremely popular in the Northern city thanks to a vastly inclusive menu that is perfect for all. Last year, it won 19th place in The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards out of the top 100 restaurants in the UK.

If you’re looking for a dining destination to enjoy a laid-back brunch with friends, or want to plan a family meal, there is sure to be a menu to suit your needs. As well as individual tables, a communal table runs through the middle of the restaurant to encourage lone-diners to sit and chat with one another or you can hire the private dining room for free for larger gatherings.

Where The Light Gets In, Stockport

Perhaps one of the most intimate dining experiences across the North, Where The Light Gets In is the perfect dining set-up if you are looking for something that is impressive, yet completely unusual.

Stockport is just 20 minutes away from the centre of Manchester and, the Marketplace in particular, has recently undergone a huge transformation which features quirky bars, independent eateries and a regular food and craft market. When it comes to fine dining, Stockport hasn’t, historically, be known as a place to go. Yet, Where The Light Gets In has shown such an increase in its growth that other restaurants are following suit.

Close to the historic market hall, the restaurant is accessible via an inconspicuous staircase and doorway which leads straight  into an airy and light loft space, where you will spend the next few hours completely engrossed in the menu and dining experience.

With just 6 wooden tables, which seat 2 each, there is usually a waiting list spanning months in advance. The chefs and kitchen are permanently in full view for diners to see, which has led to the restaurant being known as having “the most open kitchen in Europe”. The menu features locally grown and foraged ingredients, with some dishes including mushrooms gathered the same day from Delamere Forest, which is just a stone’s throw away.

Much like other locally sourced restaurants, Where The Light Gets In doesn’t have a menu, either for wine or food. You are served what is fresh and produced on the night, whether that’s ox heart or month-aged sirloin steak. The restaurant controversially doesn’t cater for vegetarians or vegans, but will stretch to a pescatarian menu when notified in advance.


How Hotel Roof Terraces Have Created a Whole New Restaurant Experience

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High End Hotel Roof Terraces Have Created a Whole New Restaurant Experience

A changing climate in the property market and a shift in the way we perceive value has resulted in the emergence of rooftop restaurants all across the globe. These skyscraper venues are often part of city-centre hotels, which aim to offer unrivaled views of the central surroundings and a truly luxurious experience. But does focusing on the physical location of a restaurant, rather than the contents of the menu, overlook the art of gastronomy?

In this article, we discuss the key drivers for this change and the expected impact it will have on the restaurant sector.

Maximising Your Property Space

The decision to convert your rooftop into a useable, profitable space stems from the ever competitive commercial property market. In New York, properties are even divided into their own property class system to differentiate status and determine rental prices. The cost of real estate in some of the most prestigious districts in Manhattan means that buyers are desperately trying to make the most of every square foot available.

Besides, the tourism industry has long profited from charging visitors for accessing viewpoints that a rooftop bar or restaurant can offer. Customers get this privilege and more with the additional sale of food and drink. London alone has its fair share of rooftop restaurants, which focus their selling efforts on the view of the city. This allows high-class restaurants to markup their prices even further.

But just how easy is it to convert your roof into a rooftop bar or restaurant? Very. With the help of a trusted commercial roofing supplier, you can refurbish a flat roof so that you can safely advertise it as a venue. Rooftop restaurants are increasingly popping up and, thanks to warmer temperatures, there are hundreds thriving in cities everywhere.

There is no denying that this space-saving concept is financially viable for hotels. But where did the idea even come from?

The Influence of Instagram

With 1 billion monthly active users, Instagram is not only a place to connect with friends, but also a legitimate advertising tool for businesses. The use of influencer marketing on the platform may even have something to do with the origin of the rooftop trend.

Famous travel account @doyoutravel completely transformed the Ritz Carlton in Turkey after shooting a candid photo on its rooftop:

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The globe-trotting duo accidentally promoted an unused spot in the hotel they were staying in to their over 2 million followers. Since the image went live and inevitably went viral, customers of the hotel kept enquiring about the rooftop breakfast service until the Ritz Carlton transformed its Cappadocia site to accommodate the request. Today, the activity sits at the top of the list of the best things to do in the destination.

As this type of businesses is easy on the eye and highly visual, dedicated rooftop accounts seem to do really well with engagement, which means, for these restaurants, there is no difficulty when it comes to promotion.

Is it possible that this social media fluke could have started something bigger worldwide?

What Does This Mean for Gastronomy?

Despite all of the hype, the movement does pose some serious questions for gastronomy. The value of a restaurant is traditionally judged by the quality of its food, locally sourced ingredients and menu pairings. In this capacity, an outstanding restaurant is differentiated by industry accreditations, like a Michelin star. So what happens if this metric changes? For hospitality professionals, this could be dangerously degrading to their culinary skills.

An article describing an upper-class restaurant in Mayfair, London, reads, “why go? For the pink, of course,” which sums up the “instagrammable” trend. While rooftop restaurants make for a stunning setting to enjoy fine food, the gastronomical talent should also exceed standards. The known criteria to be awarded a Michelin star is based solely on the performance and personality of the chef. There is nothing instagrammable about that. British chef Gordon Ramsay has said some outrageous things in the past and is known for his short fuse, but his words are relevant here: “The pressure on young chefs today is far greater than ever before in terms of social skills, marketing skills, cooking skills, personality and, more importantly, delivering on the plate.”

The rooftop restaurant trend is an ongoing debate for those in hospitality. This will likely only continue to be the case as we all become accustomed to the alternative image-based perception of quality.


7 Healthy and Satisfying Sides to Round Out Your Steak Meal

A steak is one of the complete meals you can have for lunch or dinner. An 8-ounce filet mignon, for instance, contains 823 calories. It also has 23 grams of protein and other vitamins and minerals meaning you can get some required nutrients as you enjoy your prime cut of beef.

7 Healthy and Satisfying Sides to Round Out Your Steak Meal
Eating steak for lunch or dinner, though, won’t be complete without an order or two of your favorite side dishes.

But if you have already ordered an 8-ounce filet mignon, you may want to think carefully about which sides to order if you are counting calories to lose weight or to stick to your diet.

Whether you’re having your steak at a restaurant or at home, here are some healthy yet filling side dishes that will complete your meal:

Baked or boiled sweet potatoes

Baked potatoes or French fries would definitely be on top of your list for sides to accompany your steak. Go the healthier route, though, and order sweet potatoes instead.

A medium baked or boiled sweet potato contains 103 calories, slightly lower than a white potato of the same size. Sweet potatoes also have higher fiber, vitamin A, and potassium content.

Make sure you order your sweet potatoes baked or boiled and not fried, and avoid slathering cheese and butter on the dish to keep it healthy and low-cal.

Baked or roasted asparagus

Creamed asparagus is another steak side dish favorite. Aside from being tasty, it is rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, calcium, iron, folate, protein, and fiber. Unfortunately, the cream sauce, butter, and cheese added to the vegetable can pack it with fat and sodium.

Baked or roasted asparagus, though, is a healthy option. The veggie will simply be sprinkled with salt and pepper (or some other organic seasoning you like), and it will be the perfect accompaniment for a prime cut of sirloin.

Roasted corn and tomato salad

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Roasted corn on the cob is another classic steak side dish. However, if you will cover the corn with copious amounts of butter and salt, you will cancel out its important vitamin contents which include vitamins B and C, magnesium, and carotenoids.

If you want to eat corn as a side dish to your steak meal, grill the corn and mix the kernels with cherry or heirloom tomatoes, onions, and some lettuce. Add a splash of lemon or vinegar, and you will have a healthy and refreshing side that will complement your grilled steak.

Grilled artichoke salad

Artichokes are great sources of vitamins C and K, folate, fiber, and antioxidants which make it one of the most nutritious vegetables around.

When artichokes are added to a salad, you will have a healthy and filling side. A great salad recipe to try is to mix grilled artichokes with tomatoes, olives, chickpeas, and pepperoncini. Add some provolone cheese and toasted pine nuts and drizzle with vinaigrette, and you will have a delectable side dish to enjoy with your steak.

Roasted carrots

Glazed carrots are gaining popularity as a steak side but the butter and sugar used to make this dish make it a high calorie and sweet dish.

To get the full health benefits of this veggie (which includes vitamins A, K, and B6, and potassium) opt for grilled carrots. When lemon, dill, oregano, and mustard are added, you will indulge in a refreshing side dish that will complement your steak meal.

Grilled or roasted green beans

Green beans are another vegetable packed with a variety of nutrients which include vitamins A, B6, and K, calcium, iron, magnesium, and fiber.

A simple seasoning of salt, pepper, and garlic will bring out the great taste of this veggie. You will love this dish when it is roasted or grilled.

Broccoli salad

Another healthy green veggie that is a staple steak side but has never been quite popular is broccoli. This vegetable is rich in vitamins C and K, iron, potassium, and fiber.

Broccoli can be served in various ways as a steak side dish. It can be added to a salad with cauliflower, apples, oranges, and walnuts. Add your favorite low-fat dressing (vinaigrette is highly recommended) and you will have tasty, tangy salad that goes well with your steak.

If you don’t like broccoli in your salad, order it baked or steamed. Add some lemon juice and a small amount of butter and you have a perfect steak side as well.

There’s no need for rocket science when ordering a healthy and filling steak side dish. You simply choose the vegetables, order them grilled, roasted, or baked, and do away with or reduce your consumption of butter and other high calorie, creamy dressings.

You will then enjoy a scrumptious steak meal without the unnecessary calories, bad fats, and other unhealthy ingredients.

AUTHOR BIO: Jenene Bronwin Batts is the Senior Marketing Coordinator at Tourism Development & Investment Company or TDIC. She oversees website maintenance, PR requests, marketing initiatives and all general guests’ enquiries for the company’s destinations, including KOI Restaurant & Lounge and Boa Steakhouse in Abu Dhabi.


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