thefoodpeople loves - our favourite places to eat and drink, July 2018

Introducing thefoodpeople loves... As part of a new series, we want to give you some insight into where we go as a team, what we like, the places that we like to eat and drink at, and more.

The first in the series is July's pick of 10 top places to eat and drink, as selected by thefoodpeople team. In no particular order ...

Brat Restaurant, London

Charles says: "you can't fail to be mesmerised by the rustic Basque cooking over the open flame, it's a primeval thing. The food is full of flavour - go for the snacks and starters, they're so good for sharing; the garlic bread with anchovy and smoked cod's roe were amazing"

The Village Shop & Café, Upper Dicker, Sussex

Sarah says: "A general village shop cum cafe with an antipodean feel, selling local produce, eggs from Keith, Butcher Bob free-range pork sausages, milk from Downsview Diary and bread from Windmills bakery. Not forgetting the foraged ingredients such as elderflowers to make the cordials. Great coffee and simple food cooked perfectly."

The Auld Hoose, Edinburgh

Abbey says: "the self-proclaimed 'Home Of Edinburgh's Largest Nachos' and they do a vegan version too! It's a real challenge to get through one portion between two of you, but they are so delicious you will definitely manage"

Restaurant Twenty Two, Cambridge

Amy says: "Owner Alex is so welcoming it feels like you are eating in your friend's home rather than a restaurant in this tiny spot. Go for the tasting menu which was simple, yet with delicious fresh flavours throughout, like the Cambridge Distillery gin cured salmon, burnt cucumber & sorrel, oh and unbelievably good value."

Trattoria Ritrovo Felicita, Santo Stefano di Camastra ME, Italy

Alison says: "If there's such a thing as 'Sicily on a plate' this hillside 'ristorante' captures it with its rustic charm and regional flavours - one can't go past the antipasto and meats cooked 'alla brace'."

The Plotting Parlour, Brighton

Morgan says: "Just off the seafront, boasting wonderful table service and an ever-changing, brilliantly named cocktail menu, it's the best way to start (and/or end!) your night. The 'Tumi' in particular - a South American fiesta of La Caravedo Pisco, Vida Mezcal, Mole, Lime, Orgeat and a frozen chocolate rim - is worth the trip alone!"

The Register Club, Edinburgh

Scott says: "Former bank has been transformed into a sleek set of serviced apartments but, it is the bar on the 4th floor that is my favourite. You can book a table for a couple for hours and enjoy unparalleled views of vibrant St Andrew's Square and sip on cocktails. An oasis of calm in the city and one for those who like conversation, people watching and slowing down"

Skosh, York

Sarah W says:

"small plates at SKOSH are deliciously different, great for sharing and made with seasonal and local ingredients. The Beetroot, ricotta cheese and green tea is a favourite."

Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, East Sussex

Olivia says: "A breath-taking sweeping drive through the vines, with panoramic views of the South Downs takes you to the Cellar Door where you are warmly welcomed with a tasting of their Sussex sparkling and Seven Sisters spirits. You are sure to come home with a bottle or two!"


Dumplings at XU Teahouse & Restaurant, London

Shak says: "The perfect Soho pit stop for cocktails and top notch Taiwanese fare. Also, not to be missed is the sticky char siu pork"