From White Waltham to Piccadilly

Saturday, October 15th , 2022

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The Beehive in White Waltham has a different head chef now that Dominic Chapman has moved to The Crown at Burchetts Green. Things seem fine in the kitchen, with a very nice Scotch egg kicking off the meal, which featured excellent rabbit lasagna and apple millefeuille, amongst other dishes.

The Ritz is a regular haunt of mine, and was on sparkling form at this latest visit. A lovely new scallop starter was a refreshing start to the meal, which continued with classics such as the langoustine a la nage and the ballotine of duck liver. A new dessert was especially worthy of note, a stunning modern take on Black Forest gateau (pictured). This looked and tasted great, and is the kind of thing that you might expect to appear from a top-notch pastry section in Paris. The Ritz sails serenely on, the food evolving and improving steadily.