Harry’s adventures in food receiving five-star reviews
IT’S never too late in life to try something different – and Harry Fogg will drink to that.
The 82-year-old is carving out a new career as a restaurant critic, giving a grilling to eating establishments across Tameside, Oldham and Glossop.
Harry, a retired office clerk, visits a new venue each week, judging them on factors including food and wine, atmosphere and accessibility before awarding them between one and five stars.
A resident at Millbrook Care Home, in Stalybridge, Harry took up his new hobby following the death of wife Dorothy, who he was with for more than 40 years.
When word of his culinary critiques spread, he decided to write them all down together and he has now published his collection of reviews called My Adventures in Food.
To date he has sampled the fare at more than 30 different pubs and restaurants, sampling food – some for the first time – from all corners of the globe. He said: “You name a restaurant and I’ve probably been to it.
“This was just something I thought I would like to do, something a bit different.
“I wanted to sample Chinese and Indian food for the first time.”
Despite acquiring a taste for foreign food, Harry still has his firm favourites – as long as they know how to cook a good steak and pour a decent glass of red wine.
His top picks include The Roebuck, in Strinesdale, the Old Bell Inn, in Delph, and Ashton’s Broadoak Hotel – although the latter recently had a star knocked off for ditching its tablecloths.
Harry added: “Food is the main reason for awarding stars but other factors are taken into consideration – how friendly the staff are, if the service is slow, what the toilets are like.
“It’s all my own opinion, based on visits, but a few people have asked and if they want my advice then I’m happy to help.”
Harry Fogg prepares to sample the fare on offer at the The Broadoak Hotel