London – critics number 1 restaurant, Restaurant Story
Many critics say this is London’s premiere restaurant, so we went to see what the fuss was about. ‘Story’ only seats 40 covers, you need a reservation, it will cost the national debt of a small town, but, boy is it a great night. Presenter of the cruise TV channel Doris Visits, Jean Heard went there for a night out.
Getting a table is not easy, and it is a whole night affair so there is only one sitting. The restaurant is small and is in a small 1980’s type building in the middle of Tooley Street (in the middle means on the pavement). You will need to make a reservation. You are asked to turn up with a book, and there is a library of books in case you are bored, but that is not going to happen.
It is a set menu, but we had a meat eater, two pescatarians, and a vegetarian, and that was no problem to them. There were many snacks or canapes before the first course. All prepared like works of art.
The first course was ‘childhood’, and yes I do remember bread and dripping. It comes as a dripping candle. I never ate bread and dripping then, my dad did and died young of a heart attack. However, I was not excused, they had a butter candle which was extremely indulgent, but truly wonderful. I have since tried to find butter candles and can neither find them to buy or the recipes for the edibles versions. No doubt one of you will find me the answer. It is quite a spectacle.
Hey, let the film talk. We didn’t take the film crew so it was shot with a Handycam.
Big thanks to my daughter Laura Aikman and Matt Kennard who took me to the restaurant as a much belated special birthday present as I was recovering from an incident on a film set on my real birthday. I am glad she waited the two years so I could truly enjoy it. Perfect timing, fantastic treat.