BBC’s Britains Best Home Cook judge, owner of The Royal Oak and first-time dad, Dan Doherty and his partner Becs, digital editor at Delicious Magazine, join us to discuss where they fuel up with coffee, pub lunch with fellow mamas and papas and their best piece of advice for eating out with tiny ones!
Born and raised in Shrewsbury, British chef Dan has soared to foodie fame since his days at the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. Cooking up a storm at 1 Lombard Street, Noble Rot, Roux Fine Dining and The Old Brewery, in 2012 Dan embraced the role of Executive Chef at Duck and Waffle, London’s acclaimed 24/7 gourmet dining restaurant. Creating a melee of signature dishes including the indulgent Foie Gras Crème Brûlée and must Instagrammed, Spicy Ox Cheek Doughnut. Dan’s innovative creations and passion for seasonal and sustainable ingredients have led him to pen two cookbooks ‘Duck & Waffle: Recipes and Stories’ and ‘Toast Hash Roast Mash: Real Food for Every Time of Day’, and recently Dan hit our TV screens judging contestants on the BBC’s Britains Best Home Cook how alongside Mary Berry and Chris Bavin. His latest venture – The Royal Oak, in the heart of Marylebone, serves up seasonal fare and a smashing Sunday roast.
1. I’d like a table for…
Dan: Lunch at The River Cafe between 1-3pm, when Tilly is having her lunchtime nap. Outside is best, in the summertime, so the warm air keeps her in a deep sleep, while we eat a long lazy lunch in the sun.
2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
Dan: Browns of Brockely – Its a lovely little coffee shop that’s just a 10 minute walk from home. It’s a perfect pitstop on the morning commute.
3. Best brunch with kids?
Dan: Arlo & Moe in Crofton Park. The chorizo scrambled eggs, atop buttery sourdough, with a pot of tea for me please.
4. Children’s menu must-visits…
Becs: We aren’t really about children’s menus, we’d rather she eats what we eat (which means a lot)
5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
Becs: The Brookbank pub near St John’s is great for big groups (and kids). They have a baby music class on Wednesdays so great to get lunch there beforehand
6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
Becs: Honeybournes in Ladywell has lovely gifts for little ones – I get a lot of birthday present shopping done in there
7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
Dan: Do it as soon as possible – we’re hoping that subliminally she’ll be used to it and behave better in the future!
8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
Dan: Hmm tough one…I’d say take me out as otherwise we’ll just be in bed by 9! Bob Bob Ricard, Bocca di Lupo or Gymkhana are all winning date night dinners in London.
9. My earliest food memory…
Dan: Mum or Dad making a Sunday roast after the football. The windows all steaming up as the meal is coming together, the smell of roasties, lots of gravy!
10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
Becs: It would have to be four of my friends but without the kids – a proper catch up with cocktails and a babysitter for the next day