William Sitwell

William Sitwell


William Sitwell is one of Britain’s leading food writers. He is a restaurant critic for The Telegraph as well as a commentator and travel writer for that newspaper. He was formerly the multi-award-winning editor of acclaimed magazine Waitrose Food for 16 years.

William has authored four internationally successful books: A History of Food in 100 Recipes (translated into nine languages), Eggs or Anarchy; The Remarkable Story of the Man Tasked with the Impossible: to Feed a Nation at War and The Really Quite Good British Cookbook.

His latest book The Restaurant; A History of Eating Out, was published by Simon & Schuster in the UK and US (by Diversion) in 2020 and was described by Bloomberg’s Richard Vines as ‘more entertaining than many a restaurant meal’. A frequent presenter and guest on TV and radio and a popular speaker at events, he is one of the long-standing critics on the hit BBC show MasterChef and the host of Biting Talk, Britain’s liveliest food and drink podcast.

He also entertains diners with William Sitwell’s Supper Club, providing exceptional food in extraordinary locations across the UK and is the founder of the world smallest wine store WilliamsHouseWines.com. He lives in Somerset with his wife Emily and he has four children.

William Sitwell @WilliamSitwell

I’ve heard the bright, brilliant, funny and eternal voice of #SteveWrightInTheAfternoon coming out of cafés, barbers, builders’ vans, shops, cars and my radio all my life. His sad departure from @BBCRadio2 makes me feel like I’ve been sacked as a listener. 😢

@WilliamSitwell reviews @LerpwlRest, Liverpool: ‘Clever, high-end food’


Although, there are some places where you need to PUMP UP THE VOLUME ⁦@Telegraph⁩ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/restaurants/noisy-restaurant-phenomenon-control-need-ear-plugs/

iPhone autocorrecting B&Q to V&A suggests some unusual possibilities.

Good to hear Michael Eavis pronounce it Gla(r)stonbury.

Bayraktar is a word that every Ukrainian knows and loves 💛💙

Just had my first carvery. Nice and quick.

On a weekend of Queen anecdotes, this won't be matched. Just lovely.

Trillions of food podcasts out there. But this one is utterly charming, genuine and actually quite useful! ⁦@matthewfort⁩ https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-home-front/id1626970337?i=1000564649816

Nothing wrong with working at drink, hic! ⁦@Telegraph⁩ But NOT with a plastic cup.. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/05/25/nothing-wrong-drinking-work/

Not sure what’s worse. A sickly sweet trifle or being called Ian by #garyrichardson @BBCr4today

More cheese, great fizz, top chefs. Incroyable mais vrais: Britain now whacks France in the food stakes… https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/05/10/sorry-france-britain-better-food/

The perfect storm that is ⁦⁦@opheemtweets⁩ by ⁦@aktarislam⁩ - this week’s ⁦@Telegraph⁩ review https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/restaurants/william-sitwell-reviews-opheem-birmingham-world-melting-pot/

@WilliamSitwell reviews @BlacklockChops, London: ‘Meat piled high and wines on tap… glorious’


This is still one of the greatest 2 minutes of British tele I’ve ever seen 😂