Michael Winner, of The Sunday Times, tells how he went to McDonald’s after TV personality Sir Trevor McDonald asked him to give his opinion on the fast food restaurants for his news programme. The branch in Kensington High Street was pleasant and the staff looked nicely presented. But Winner’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese wasn’t a patch on the hamburger they serve at The Ivy. His milkshake was oversweet and sickly, and nowhere near as good as those at the Wolseley, but the Chicken Legend with spicy salsa sauce was fine while the salad was actually very good. The chips were also “very acceptable” and Winner liked the fact they served Vittel, a first-class French mineral water. But Winner says he won’t be going back there. The Sunday Telegraph’s Zoe Williams enjoyed her meal at the Bath Priory Hotel in Bath, although the meat portions were rather small. Two tiny breasts of quail were delicious, the oxtail was exceptional and the rabbit had “exactly the wildness you’re looking for when you order something that isn’t chicken”. The cooking, says Williams, is subtle and experimental, the exact opposite of the venue which is conservatism writ large. Somehow, though, they work together “like a couple with exactly nothing in common but a ruby wedding anniversary”. The portions are far from small at the Foragers in Hove, East Sussex, which Terry Durack, of The Independent on Sunday, says is a local boozer serving good beer and a taste of the local countryside on a plate. The home-cooked food is tasty, served “plonk it on a plate” by nice-as-pie staff, and ends in a bill well under Durack’s self-imposed budget of £80 for two. It used to be a “sticky-carpeted” pub called The Stirling Arms, until former Due South sous chef Bek Misch and ex-Groucho Club manager Paul Hutchison took it over. Durack awards it 14 marks out of 20, which ranks as “good”. The Sunday Times 11/05/08 (News Review) page 5.12 The Sunday Telegraph 11/05/08 (Stella magazine) pages 62 & 63 The Independent on Sunday 11/05/08 (The New Review) page 51