Zoe Williams of The Sunday Telegraph visits The Island in London’s Notting Hill, a gastropub housed in what used to be a “vile old boozer”. The menu is all “open-handed eccentricity”, with lemon sorbet floating in the gazpacho and a sardine topping the grilled mackerel main course. The grilled lamb fillet salad is “an oily mess” but the warm cherry and almond tart with amaretto cream and hazelnuts is “absolutely delicious”. She concludes that it’s a “lovely place with good staff”, but “the food just doesn’t taste that nice.” She awards it 5 out of 10. Allan Brown of The Sunday Times visits the Restaurant in Glasgow’s Princes Square, which was once Terence Conran’s “superb” Etain. Brown longs for Conran to return, as the new restaurant is nothing but “an off-the-shelf version of what businessmen believe a modern restaurant should be.” The décor “resembles “an upmarket railway cafeteria”, the menu is “dispiriting” and each plate “is “just a mechanism for harvesting the appropriate margin”. Terry Durack of The Independent on Sunday visits the The Only Running Footman, a gastropub in London’s Mayfair. It serves “big man food” together with “more girly dishes”. The snails are “chewy” and the risotto is “disappointing” but the slow-roast pork with mash is flavoursome and bakewell tart and coffee are both excellent. He awards it 12 out of 20. Jay Rayner of The Observer lunches at Vanilla Black in York, a vegetarian restaurant which serves “intriguing stuff” using “top-quality” ingredients. He particularly enjoys his gypsy toast with a sauce which “sang with the musky, winter fragrance of clove”, and his “smart little treacle tart”. The Sunday Telegraph 21/10/07 page 78 (Stella magazine) The Sunday Times 21/10/07 page 15 (Food, Ecosse) The Independent On Sunday 21/10/07 page 67 (Magazine) The Observer 21/10/07 page 77 (Magazine)