Whether you’re passing through for English garden party, drinks on the fake grass-lined terrace overlooking Dubai Marina, hanging with a couple of buddies round the pool table, or tucking into the the fist-sized Scotch egg or best rhubarb in town, The Croft is a comforting slice of UK nostalgia. Velvick clearly couldn’t completely throw off his fine dining past and go full-blown gastropub, but to all intents and purposes, that’s exactly what it is. For burgers, barbecued meats, fish and chips or a classic roast, there aren’t many better places. The prices are extremely reasonable, too. More adventurous diners should dive into the braised beef cheek, a stomach-stretching dish enriched by truffle mash, spinach and glazed roasted vegetables. Traditional British desserts like apple tart, alongside vanilla cheesecake and a cheeseboard, all round things off in style.