My 2022 Food and Drink Awards

Hello all and yes it’s that time of year again when I announce the winners of my personal Food and Drink Awards. I would like to thank all the chefs , front of house and sommeliers for once again being at the top of their game. This has led us to another fantastic year of dining experiences. Also this year keep an eye out for my New category. My favourite Front of House team. This is not about the restaurant managers but the waiting staff who with their personality and professionalism that go into making our dining experience a most pleasurable one.

Before we begin i would just like to clarify again why I call the categories Dining Experience. I could quite easily just say where I enjoyed the most amazing food but I decided that it should be more about the food so therefore include front of house and sommeliers. This would give everyone a chance to add some personal touches that would make our lunch/dinner an all round unforgettable occasion. So with that in mind I welcome you to the 2022 #LLOYDIES

WELCOME TO THE 2022 #LLOYDIES

MY TOP MICHELIN STAR DINING EXPERIENCE

1st HELENE DARROZE at the CONNAUGHT πŸ₯‡
2nd THE FIVE FIELDS πŸ₯ˆ
3rd CORE by CLARE SMYTH πŸ₯‰
4th DA TERRA
5th FROG by ADAM HANDLING

MY TOP LONDON DINING EXPERIENCE (non – michelin star)

1st CARACTERE πŸ₯‡
2nd THEO RANDALL at the INTERCONTINENTAL πŸ₯ˆ
3rd CAFΓ‰ SPICE NAMASTE πŸ₯‰
4th ALLEGRA
5th RESTAURANT ELIS

MY TOP ESSEX DINING EXPERIENCE

1st HAYWARDS πŸ₯‡
2nd RUBINO KITCHEN πŸ₯ˆ
3rd DA VINCI’S HORNCHURCH πŸ₯‰
4th TANDOORI LOUNGE
5th KERVAN KITCHEN

MY TOP GASTRO PUB DINING EXPERIENCE

1st BAILIWICK FREEHOUSE πŸ₯‡
2nd THE GREYHOUND PUB & DINING πŸ₯ˆ
3rd PRINCESS OF SHOREDITCH πŸ₯‰
4th THE RECRUITING SERGEANT
5th QUEEN VICTORIA THEYDON BOIS

BEST SUNDAY ROAST

1st BAILIWICK FREEHOUSE πŸ₯‡
2nd BAILIWICK FREEHOUSE πŸ₯ˆ
3rd HAYWARDS πŸ₯‰

TOP SOMMELIER EXPERIENCE

1st MARIA BOUMPA at DA TERRA πŸ₯‡

2nd MARCO NARDI at CARACTERE πŸ₯ˆ

3rd GARETH FERR at CORE by CLARE SMYTH πŸ₯‰

4th AGNIESZKA at THE FIVE FIELDS

5th PIERRE KNAP at HELENE DARROZE at the CONNAUGHT

TOP MICHELIN STAR DESSERT

1st CHOCOLATE SOUFFLΓ‰ at CORE by CLARE SMYTH πŸ₯‡
2nd BAKED APPLE at THE FIVE FIELDS πŸ₯ˆ
3rd COCONUT , PINEAPPLE , VERBENA at DA TERRA πŸ₯‰

TOP LONDON DESSERT

1st APPLE TARTE TATIN at KERRIDGES BAR & GRILL πŸ₯‡
2nd CHOCOLATE & PECAN TARTELETTE at CARACTERE πŸ₯ˆ
3rd. TORTE DI NOCI at THEO RANDALL at the INTERCONTINENTAL πŸ₯‰

TOP ESSEX DESSERT

1st LEMON TART at RUBINO KITCHEN πŸ₯‡
2nd CHOCOLATE , HAZELNUT , EARL GREY at HAYWARDS πŸ₯ˆ
3rd GAJAR HALWA SUNDAE at TANDOORI LOUNGE πŸ₯‰

TOP GASTRO PUB DESSERT

1st APPLE MILLE FEUILLE at THE BAILIWICK FREEHOUSE πŸ₯‡
2nd SPICED ORANGE PARFAIT at THE BAILIWICK FREEHOUSE πŸ₯ˆ
3rd LEMON PARFAIT at THE BAILIWICK FREEHOUSE πŸ₯‰

MY FRONT OF HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR

THEO RANDALL at the INTERCONTINENTAL

I would like to say a big thank you to every member of staff from reception , bar staff , waiters and waitresses who have made all our visits to Theo Randall a special one. You have all been a great credit to the hospitality industry and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

SPECIAL MENTION

AMI ELLIS

As you know I do love a dessert or two. This leads me to this year’s special tribute. She is my favourite Pastry Chef who I consider to be one of the best in the business. I’m talking about Ami Ellis from the Bailiwick Freehouse in Englefield Green on the doorstep to the Windsor Great Park. I first tried one of Ami’s desserts back in August 2019 when she was at the Oxford Blue. Then during the last year or so I’ve absolutely loved every fantastic dessert at the Bailiwick. Her skill , creativity and flavour combinations are amazing from her bavarois , trifles , mille feuille to a heavenly old school Knickerbocker Glory. Thank You Ami I look forward to trying many more of your fabulous desserts in the future

Well there you are another fantastic foodie year comes to an end. I do hope you all enjoy the #LLOYDIES. I would like to once again thank the hospitality industry for their amazing efforts that has made my dining experiences this year amazing ones. I’d also like to thank everyone for all your support and look forward to seeing you all again next year. Have a fabulous Xmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2023

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By Lloyd Stevens

I'm a big Foodie and love Fine Dining in AA Rosette and Michelin Star restaurants also enjoy good Pub Food especially Desserts . I been living in Hornchurch for 20yrs now and this year celebrate my 25th Wedding Anniversary to my wife Jane . We do enjoy our holidays with Italy & San Diego as our favourite destinations I've decided to focus more on my Foodie life due to over 3 years ago being struck down with nerve damage and recently spondylosis I do enjoy my sport and follow Chelsea , Juventus & San Diego Padres

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