Douglas Blyde

Douglas Blyde

A former documentary man, Douglas Blyde is utterly gripped by gastronomy: driven by a love of good taste and fascinated by that almost nocturnal, nervously energetic breed known as chefs. He longs, one day, to own a pristine restaurant, boutique hotel, almost mythically revered vineyard and a vast chocolate factory

  • Cutting Cheese on Moxon Street

    Thursday November 19th, 2009

    Douglas Blyde attends the launch party of Marianne Lumb's 'Knife Skills' book at London's premier cheesemonger, 'La Fromagerie'

  • Down with Bloggers - Chapel Down

    Wednesday November 18th, 2009

    There is, as the adage goes, no such thing as a free lunch. Owing to the intensity and expectation of organisers, Douglas Blyde found a recent meal at Borough Market’s British restaurant, ‘Roast’ occasionally hard to digest.

  • Spirited Marriages at ‘Simpson’s In The Strand’

    Sunday November 1st, 2009

    Described by Time Magazine as ‘the best cognac you have never heard of’, Audry was founded in 1878 by Aristide Boisson, great, great, grandfather of current owner Bernard.

    Douglas Blyde eats a rare meal at Simpson's - one entirely accompanied by Audry Cognac

  • Conscientious Cocktails-all profits will be donated to charities helping wounded British soldiers

    Tuesday October 27th, 2009

    Intrigued to taste the inspiration of Yorkshire mixologist, Andy Pearson, Douglas Blyde ventured below the Thames waterline to the cellars of the Royal Horseguards Hotel.

  • Jeremy’s Restaurant, Haywards Heath

    Monday October 26th, 2009

    On the drive to Borde Hill gardens, through tree-branch tunnels, I spied the aftermath of a great many game birds, spread on tarmac. Morbidly, I found the sight mildly appetising. Rather than irrational bloodlust, I interpreted this as impatience to sample the speciality at destination, ‘Jeremy’s’, a family-run restaurant known for its game...

  • Ondine Edinburgh

    Tuesday October 20th, 2009

    Douglas Blyde last saw Edinburgh’s ‘Ondine’ restaurant as a building site. Two months on, he returns to test-dine the finished product and is enthusiastic about this glamorous seafood restaurant and what is arguably 'Edinburgh’s opening of the year'.

  • Ice Man- Francesco Mazzei at Cocorino

    Wednesday October 7th, 2009

    Cocorino’ is a story in two halves – gelateria and focacceria, each with their own doors. Brought to you by L’Anima restaurant’s dynamic chef,Francesco Mazzei , who worked in his family’s Calabrian gelateria and pastry shop aged eight, and Linda Yau, sister of his long-term mentor, Alan, the launch of the sweeter side of this rather cute Marylebone Village venture occurred last Wednesday. Lured by licking, Douglas Blyde went along to discuss cool-runnings with Mazzei.

  • Moreish Meals on Wacky Wheels

    Sunday September 27th, 2009

    Street food need not be about ‘E-Coli, Mr. Whippy or sausages from a tin’ according to food columnist and broadcaster, Richard Johnson. Through his newly established British Street Food Awards, the 46 year-old presenter of BBC’s ‘Kill It, Cook It, Eat It’ hopes to uncover our most ‘razzle-dazzling, showman mobilers.

  • Bringing Gastronomy to Gaol

    Saturday September 19th, 2009

    Douglas Blyde goes to prison. No, not as punishment for his purple prose, but to sample the food at the Clink, the only restaurant in the UK to be located inside a prison. Not only did he rather enjoy this unique experience, he was even allowed out to offend again.

  • Quartz to Crystal

    Friday September 18th, 2009

    Following the first glass masterclass in Britain, Douglas Blyde catches-up with Maximilian Riedel, 11th generation figurehead of the world’s most famous luxury glassware firm. It was founded in 1756 in northern Bohemia.

  • Dominic Chapman: Casting His Own Shadow

    Thursday September 10th, 2009

    Douglas Blyde talks to Dominic Chapman, Tatler's 'Best Young Chef' about unbeatable chips, 'Razz Jazz' cakes and how he has emerged from the shadows of Heston Blumenthal and Michael Parkinson...

  • Ondine to open in Edinburgh

    Friday August 28th, 2009

    Chef Roy Brett is so excited by his latest venture that he can hardly sleep. Named ‘Ondine’ after the water sprite who marries a mortal in Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballet, the 80 plus cover seafood bar and restaurant opens soon in Edinburgh. Douglas Blyde went to the building site to see him.

  • Coach & Horses

    Monday August 24th, 2009

    Two foraging carnivores have modestly gentrified Clerkenwell’s ‘Coach & Horses’ into gastropub territory. However rather than tick box diners expectant of Michelin frippery alongside a beer garden / sprog storage pen, it now draws genuinely hungry foodies craving good value, hearty quality.

  • Taking a shot at The Glorious Twelfth

    Tuesday August 18th, 2009

    Livers fried with shallots, brandy and fresh thyme until soft, breasts cooked to pink perfection.  Douglas Blyde stalks, shoots and eats the first grouse of the season in the company of South African Chef, Pete Gottgens

  • On-Site Parking: ‘Frank’s Café and Campari Bar’

    Monday August 17th, 2009

    Through sculptures, lighting and curious sounds, the otherwise derelict top tiers of a Peckham car park have been transformed into polished decay and dreamy decadence.‘Bold Tendencies’, is the third summer showcase from the local but far-reaching, ‘Hannah Barry’ gallery.

  • Wheelers of Whitstable

    Monday August 10th, 2009

    To secure a sitting at Wheelers at either 1pm, 3pm or 5pm at the Formica counter, or past a curtain, the demob-demure dining room, you must be dogged. I tried for months, finally capturing a cancellation with hours to spare.

  • Cultured Milk: ‘Frae’

    Friday August 7th, 2009

    Rather than silver spoons, two Glaswegian entrepreneurs were seemingly born with biodegradable starch ones in their mouths. We investigate the craze coming to a high street near you – virtuous yet decadent, frozen yoghurt.

  • From Roulette to Rillette: ‘Murano’ on Celebrity Equinox

    Sunday August 2nd, 2009

    From working at Washington’s ‘Watergate’ to opening Las Vegas’ ‘Playboy Bunny’, Jacques Van Staden now has a new ambition - for his upmarket restaurant on ‘Celebrity Equinox’ to be the first at sea to win a Michelin star. In advance of its naming,Douglas Blyde made haste to Southampton to appraise the newest and most environmentally friendly cruise ship.

  • Due South

    Sunday August 2nd, 2009

    The title of this restaurant worried me. Not only does it have ‘Carry On’ connotations, it also sounds like the title of a hellish, low budget, box-ticking sitcom.

  • An Arran Adventure - waterfalls, lochs and lots of whisky

    Monday July 27th, 2009

    TV Presenter turned ‘Godhead’, David Icke predicted that by Christmas 1991, great earthquakes would obliterate Cuba, Greece and the Isle of Arran. Despite evidence of volcanic activity some 60 million years ago, I am glad to report that my recent visit to what has been branded ‘Scotland in Miniature’ proved his prognosis ‘marginally faulty’.