Top 10 – food & drink experiences over the years..

To celebrate Clicky’s 10th birthday this year, the team have been given the task of creating their own Top 10’s. This week, Digital Branding Consultant, Jonney shares his favourite food & drink experiences!
My life has been pretty much centred around eating and drinking for the last 20 years so when Clicky asked for my Top 10 to celebrate their 10th Birthday it was a pretty obvious choice to try and list my Top 10 food & drink experiences.
This is not a definitive list and not in order of preference – I will have forgotten some that may have been better, forgive me, I’m getting old… However, all of the below also hold great memories that extend beyond what was on the plate or in the glass…

1. The River Cafe, London / Visit their site >>

We went here on our honeymoon eight years ago. This Michelin starred restaurant has always been on my bucket list and it didn’t disappoint – incredible interior design, clean lines, bright colours against white walls. I remember drinking “La Grola” by Allegrini, a producer that has become a favourite since. Wild boar ravioli, roast pigeon & beans, lemon tart – all delicious.  Fun Fact – Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall both trained here…
River Cafe

2. Tickets, Barcelona / Visit their site >>

I was lucky enough to be taken to Barcelona by Estrella Damm to meet Ferran Adria (owner of El Bulli, one of the most famous restaurants ever), go to his El Bulli Exhibition and then visit Tickets, a new tapas concept developed by his brother Albert.  It’s circus themed with entertaining theatrical service and on the night we went we were treated to eighteen different dishes…

3. The Freemasons Arms, Wiswell / Visit their site >>

In my humble opinion (and that of The Good Food Guide no less) this is easily the best food pub in the UK. Nestled in the beautiful Ribble Valley, in the heart of God’s County (Lancashire, obviously) the Freemasons offers relaxed charm, gastronomic excellence with a twist of contemporary creativity.  We had an amazing seven course lunch with paired wines here a year ago and can’t wait to return soon…
Freemasons 2

4. Hospiz Alm Restaurant, St. Christoph, Austria / Visit their site >>

A slide to get to the loo and the largest collection of large bottle wine in Europe… just two incredible reasons to visit this restaurant in the alpine village of St. Christoph above St. Anton in Austria.  The food is Tyrol fayre, the service relaxed, the staff uniforms very traditional and the photo’s of who has visited is an eye opener. We loved it so much we went back twice in 3 days…

5. Sa Taverna d’es Port, Mahon, Menorca / Visit their site >>

An all time favourite place to eat. It’s worth booking flights to Menorca just to eat here. It’s not fancy, it’s not expensive, it’s not trendy, it is however the place that all the locals go to.  It’s on the port side opposite all the yachts and fishing boats and booking is essential.  Sit back and ask the team for their recommendations, order the fabulous Albarino wine, and relax…

6. Due Colombe Restorante, Brescia, Italy / Visit their site >>

On a wine trip to Piedmonte and Franciacorte regions of North Western Italy we were taken to this stunning restaurant in an old farmhouse and barn, part of a 1000 year old hamlet that has been restored.  A fabulous five course lunch of traditional Italian cuisine was finished off with a selection of homemade grappa which made for a great sleep on the flight home…

7. The Farmhouse, Morzine, France / Visit their site >>

There’s no better place to unwind after a great day on the mountain than in the bar at the oldest building in Morzine, the incredible Farmhouse, a beautiful chalet hotel beautifully restored by Di & Dorrien.  Roaring log fires, impeccable service and decadent cocktails on our last visit – we’ll eat and stay over next time for sure.
The Farmhouse

8. Brandon Baltzley @ Sticky Walnut, Chester / Visit their site >>

I’ve been lucky enough to eat at the amazing Sticky Walnut a lot in the last few years and we’ve been to numerous guest chef nights but when they advertised that an American chef was flying over to cook we booked in straight away!
Outrageously good and bonkers food, cracking wine and great company ranks this as the number 1 Sticky night!

9. Bar Ristorante La Fodze, Courmayeur, Italy / Visit their site >>

On a ski trip to Chamonix we took a day trip to Courmayeur, at the other side of Mont Blanc, in Northern Italy.  The day was cut short by high winds and blizzards and we had to take refuge in the first place we could find…
Luckily for us we found this family run restaurant (more tiny shack) with open fire pit in the middle and a menu of one item – slow cooked wild boar ragu and pasta – with magnums of red wine and home made grappa. It made for an interesting ski home when the weather lifted!

10. Old Harker’s Arms, Chester / Visit their site >>

Probably my favourite place to have a pint, unwind after work, start a night out, catch up with friends… It reminds me of a classic London boozer, but in Chester – a great mix of people creates a really sociable atmosphere that makes it irresistible and difficult to leave.  A friendly team, the ale is always spot on, they have an interesting wine list and over 100 whiskeys. Freshly made proper pub food is always good when needed.
Loved Jonney’s Top 10? Check out Bethany’s Top 10 Tv ads or Keep your eyes peeled for the next installment – all to celebrate Clicky’s 10th birthday!

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