Jo Brown - My favourite five restaurants
PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 April 2014
Jo Brown is a consultant in the specialist car sector, working with some of the most desirable motors in the world including Rolls-Royce and Maserati. When she’s not driving luxury cars, Jo, who lives near Altrincham, loves to dine out. She reveals her favourite restaurants.
214 Ashley Road, Hale, 0161 928 9500
This really is my ‘local’! I’m as happy walking into Piccolino in Hale on my own for a quick coffee to break up the working day as I am for a night out with the girls or a celebratory dinner with friends or family. There is always a friendly face, so I am never alone for long. Last summer my weakness was their Aperol spritz, sitting on the terrace, sipping the almost illuminous drink, enjoying the sunshine... perfect!
The Church Inn
Church Lane, Mobberley, 01565 873178
This has to be my favourite pub now. The Church has recently had an overhaul and I love the result. The food is all home cooked, the roast lamb being a particular favourite of mine. They have roaring real fires so this makes for the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon catching up with family or friends by the fire with fantastic food. The wine list is equally impressive with a great selection of fine wines by the glass which is always nice to see when you only fancy one or two.
Fuzen @ Hale Country Club
Clay Lane, Hale, 0161 904 5939
A little off the beaten track, down a quiet country lane, it’s the last place you’d expect to find the most fabulous restaurant...at the gym! My mum particularly loves the food at Fuzen, we last went for her birthday in February. It’s a bizarre combination of people in lycra with wet hair and those, like mum and I who often visit the club just to eat! The food combinations are divine, all made with the freshest, usually organic ingredients and all relatively healthy so it’s always great not feel too guilty afterwards.
35 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LB, 0207 836 5314
I can’t go to London without visiting Rules, said to be the oldest restaurant in London dating back to 1798. A rickety building trapped among modern neighbours, Rules is like stepping back in time. Originally an oyster and ale house it retains much of its historic charm with both the décor and the menu. They greet you with an aperitif menu, the Kate Middleton containing treats like ‘pinky vodka’ and crystalised violets! They specialise in game cookery with dishes like braised beef cheek topped with a fried oyster. On several occasions I’ve bumped into some very famous faces which makes for an even more memorable experience.
Simon Rogan at The French
Midland Hotel, Manchester, 0161 236 3333
The French was always an elegant place but since the refurbishment and appointment of Simon Rogan this has changed everything for me. This is my restaurant of choice for an important business lunch or if I want to impress someone. I recently had the six course taster lunch which sounds bizarre for lunchtime but the alternative was ten courses! Each course was delicate and I even had room for the extraordinary cheese board, washed down with a rich sarsaparilla cordial and a glass of vintage port.