Restaurant of the Day: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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This is one of three London restaurants that made it to the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, which are organised annually by Restaurant magazine, and involve more than a thousand chefs and food critics. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has jumped 9 places from last year, to be considered the 36th best restaurant in the world.

This unusual restaurant aims to prove that the history of British cuisine goes beyond roast beef, fish ‘n’ chips and chicken tikka masala. Run by chef Heston Blumenthal, known for his inventive style, Dinner offers dishes inspired by recipes that date back centuries. Billed as “a journey into Britain’s culinary past”, menu items include those used in the Royal Courts of King Henry VIII, among other periods, but adapted for the modern palate. Some are for the adventurous only: Starters include savoury porridge with frogs’ legs, inspired by a recipe from around 1660 (£17) and ‘frumenty’ – grilled octopus and smoked sea broth – from around 1390 (£18). Mains include powdered duck breast (from around 1670, £36) and lamb and cucumber (from 1830, £36).

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