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Vinous Table: Cassis, Mâcon, France

Vinous Table, France

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Cassis is a restaurant that does nothing other than serve delicious food at reasonable prices with the minimum of fuss.

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Vinous Table: The Silver Birch, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Returning to Chiswick after lockdown, I wanted to try something different, and so I booked a table at The Silver Birch, which had the misfortune to open between lockdowns last year.

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Vinous Table: SO|LA, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jun 2021

Given that restaurants have only just reopened, it is unsurprising for me to pronounce this the best meal I have eaten so far in 2021. Whether any restaurant will be able to match it is another question. The bar has been set extremely high.

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Vinous Table: High Timber, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, May 2021

It was a pleasure to get back out again and revisit one of central London’s dining secrets. Anyone with an interest in South African wine should make a beeline for High Timber, which should reopen fully from May 17.

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Vinous Table: Brat x Climpson’s Arch, Hackney, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Apr 2021

Rejoice! Restaurants in the UK are (sort of) open again. I could not have chosen a more perfect reintroduction to fine dining.

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Vinous Table: Le Relais de Saulx, Beaune, France

Vinous Table, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Apr 2021

Le Relais de Saulx served one of the best evening meals I had in Burgundy last year. I enjoyed its cozy and informal ambiance; it’s one of several recent additions to the Beaune restaurant scene that is refreshingly relaxed and unstuffy.

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Vinous Table: Ma Cuisine, Beaune, France

Vinous Table, France: Burgundy

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

Beaune would not be Beaune without Ma Cuisine. For sure, I missed the atmosphere that makes Ma Cuisine what it is, but it will return with flocks of customers once COVID-19 is in the rearview mirror.

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Vinous Table: Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Mar 2021

I had heard about Petersham Nurseries, and given its novel location, had always wanted to dine there. During the lull in COVID-19 cases in the summer of 2020, a friend suggested it would be a suitable venue after weeks of self-isolation.

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Vinous Table: Lorne – Meal Kit Dinner

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Feb 2021

Overall, Lorne’s meal kit was a great success, even more than expected. Not only did the meal kit break up the stultifying routine of lockdown, but I was doing a tiny bit to help an industry inextricably linked to mine.

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Vinous Table: New Year Lockdown

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jan 2021

Surviving until the end of this wretched year felt like something worth celebrating, so we decided upon a Japanese-themed evening. Given that we were isolating in Guildford rather than Tokyo, we had to make some compromises on the food front.