Ever since we moved back to London from Hong Kong in 2006 I’ve been a regular reader of independent London food blogs.
I’ve never been a fan of review sites because I’ve often come away from sites like Trip Advisor more confused about where to go then when I started.
Food blogs are a far better bet in my opinion because once you’ve found a like-minded blogger there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll enjoy most of the same places they do.
I found these sites particularly useful when I first moved back because I’d been away for over 16 years and literally had no idea about where to go – or even where to start.
Since we set up Rosa’s I’ve found several more because many have ended up reviewing us.
For the past few months, I’ve been indexing them under the tags: food, blog, London with the help of Delicious – my favourite social bookmarking site.
Here’s a list of my 9 favourites but in no particular order. Some have reviewed us in the past but some haven’t.
I hope you find them useful:
1. The Catty Life
Tag line: Up close and personal to all things… edible
Style: Well, er personal. Writes from the heart.
Tag line: London Restaurant Reviews Of Real Discretion
Style: Detailed and professional. Hugh gives his venues a thorough going over.
Also love the name.
3. An American in London
Tag line: Living in London; Traveling and Eating Everywhere
Style: Succinct, no nonsense and uses lots of photos to illustrate a point – an approach I like.
4. A Rather Unusual Chinaman
Tag line: Eating my way round London
Style: Funny, big and clever. A recent find but already one of my favourites.
5. Andy Hayler’s Restaurant, Food and Hotel Guide
Tag line: Andy Hayler’s Restaurant Guide
Style: This guy is serious about food. A couple of years back, Andy visited every single 3 star Michelin rated restaurant in the world and survived to tell the tale. Any man that dedicated – who also still eats out 3-6 times a week – clearly knows his stuff.
6. I Trust Cows More than Chemists
Tag line: Musings about food, ingredients, markets, restaurants, eating, cooking and tasting.
Style: Short, punchy and factual.
7. The Grumbling Gourmet
Tag line: One man, in an unfashionable part of London, eats out more than he should, and talks about it (occasionally)
Style: Funny, knowledgeable and very, very eloquent. One of my absolute favourites.
8. Tamarind and Thyme
Tag Line: Cooking and eating well in London without going broke
Style: Like a nice glass of red. Smooth and very satisfying.
And, last but by no means least:
9. The Happiness Project London
Tag line: A journey to the smiley side of London life
Style: Another one of my favourites. Food reviews from the heart but so much more. One woman’s very readable quest to share a few rays of happiness with the world. Good on you Sasha.
If you have any more suggestions please let me know.
A new suggestion from one of our readers:
10. Rocket and Squash
Tag line: A food journal
Style: Recommended to me earlier today – looks very pretty. Reviews are punchy yet profound.
11. Stuffed in London
Tag line: None – I guess the name says it all.
Style: Another new recommendation. Yet to get my teeth in to this one but look forward to doing so.
12. London Undone
Tag line: A healthy does of pabulum and Pinot Noir
Style: Stylish and informative with just the right dash of humour.
13. Menu Spring
Tag line: London food blog and restaurant review
Style: Foodies at heart (and proud of it).
14. Frank About Food
Style: A London-centric food blog featuring London restaurant review, recipes, articles and opinions.
Another recent find so I look forward to reading its posts over the coming weeks.