I had a lovely birthday dinner at Clos Maggiore, near Covent Garden in London. This restaurant is one where you have to book long in advance (in my experience, at least a couple of months) – but it was worth the wait. For a romantic occasion, it would be hard to beat the conservatory, with its blossom trees and roaring wood fire. The menu was excellent, and the service impeccable (if slightly arrogant – when I commented to our waiter “It’s a very good menu”, he replied “No, it’s an excellent menu”). Every dish was superb – I can vouch that the braised shoulder of rabbit (starter), the guinea fowl (main) and chocolate fondant were all exceptional. As an extra touch, for my birthday, they piped a suitable greeting on the dessert plate in chocolate (and again for the petit fours with coffee).