All posts tagged: restaurants in london

A Fab Fishy Supper with the EatAbout Founders

  The lovely Alexandra of EatAbout (formerly of Zomato) recently invited me to a supper club hosted by EatAbout’s founders, Philip and Felix, and I was promised a LOT of seafood. I couldn’t wait! Especially when the team were posting photos from their trip to Billingsgate Market ridiculously early that morning (including them tucking into bacon and scallop butties, which might just be one of the best things ever!) The event was hosted at the flat Philip and Felix share, just up the road from Chancery Lane station – you couldn’t ask for a better location! The place was beautifully decorated with a few touches of Swedish décor, where the guys are originally from. In case you haven’t heard of it, EatAbout is an alternative to typical restaurants where you eat in the home of a chef! You can search the website by city, date and number of guests, and they’ll match you with the available chefs and show you what meals are on offer. The meals are sorted by proximity to your search location, and …

Pretty Food and Cocktail Making at Rum & Sugar

Last month I got possibly the most lost in London that I’ve ever been. You know the kind of lost where you actually get a bit panicky, because you literally can’t work out where to go? It happened in Canary Wharf, which is in fact the usual location of my ‘getting lost escapades’ in the capital. Why is that place so damn confusing? I was trying to get over the river to West India Quay from Canary Wharf station, but because the bridge was closed, this was near impossible. I eventually found a solution, which I will share with you later. The reason for this tirade as part of the blog post? Even though I got lost for a good half an hour, it was worth it in the long run! I was invited to dinner at Rum & Sugar, a bar and restaurant which boasts a collection of over 150 rums! We got quite into our rum when we were on holiday in St Lucia earlier in the year. We even brought a really …

A Sunday Roast at The Ship Tavern, Holborn

One of my favourite things to do at the weekend is to go for a good Sunday lunch, so I was excited to be invited to The Ship Tavern in Holborn. I don’t usually venture too far from home in South London for a weekend roast, so I was hoping the trip into central would be worth it. The restaurant is located right next to the tube station, hidden away down a little side street. If I’m honest, from the outside it doesn’t look like much – it looks like a typical pub. But you ascend a flight of stairs from the street and you find yourself in a gorgeous, cosy, candlelit hideaway! I’m including some photos of the venue from their website, as my camera was never going to do it justice. Even though it was lunchtime, because it was so dimly lit, it could almost have been any time of day, and I liked that. Not so great for photos, but lovely for ambience! It also has a remarkable history – it first opened …

Dinner at MASH Steakhouse, Soho

Just before we went on holiday, we were invited for dinner at MASH in Soho (the name stands for ‘Modern American Steak House’). Tim and I first went there a few years ago for his birthday when it opened in 2012 and absolutely loved it, so we couldn’t wait to see if it had changed and what the menu would now be like. It is a Danish business, with the first restaurant opening at Bredgade in Copenhagen in 2009. A lot of attention is paid not only to the food, but to the design of the venues and attention to detail. MASH is a massive venue, underground in Soho. It really does remind me of the steak houses I’ve been to in the US before, with cosy red leather booths and a 30’s style – it’s spot on! There is one tiny issue though. The lighting! Perfect for the ambience, but not so much for foodie photos! I’ve done the best I can, but I thought I’d also include a few photos of the venue …

Dinner at Eco, Clapham Common

I’m sure you all know by now that I adore Italian cuisine, but I hadn’t actually visited any Italian restaurants nearer to where I live, now that I’m south of the river. A week or so ago, I was kindly invited to try out Eco in Clapham with Ceri – I’d driven past it a few times and it had always looked really cosy and inviting, with a big orange pizza oven in the middle. We kicked things off with some bread, olives and cocktails – I started on a Bloody Mary (using organic tomato and balsamic) and Ceri had a Gin Giardino (gin, elderflower syrup, apple and cucumber). Both were lovely, although the Gin cocktail had the edge for me, so I moved on to this one afterwards! They were a little too easy to drink!! The menu really made our mouths water. We were both in the mood for pasta, and it was nice to see quite a wide range of pasta dishes on offer – I’ve found in some Italian restaurants (especially …

My Top 5’s of 2015!

I started this blog at the end of February this year and I never expected it to take off in the way that it fortunately has. It was a bit of an experiment, really. But I’ve ended up spending every free moment I have on it, and I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve published over 200 posts this year (and would have done more if I had the time!), writing about a wide variety of restaurants and foodie products and experiences. I thought I’d put together some of my favourites. This proved to be pretty hard to do, as there were so many incredible places and items to choose from. But I managed to narrow it down to the following: Top 5 Restaurants Tonic and Remedy I really was blown away by this restaurant. I was expecting good things, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the huge range of flavours and techniques used in the dishes here, all at very reasonable prices. And their Bloody Mary still remains my favourite! 2. Fera at Claridges …

#FoodieFriends – Dan’s Trip to Tom’s Table

A big thank you to Dan for sharing his experience of the Tom Kerridge pop-up at Harrods!… I’ve wanted to go to Tom Kerridge’s incredibly popular Gastropub ‘The Hand and Flowers’ for some time, however given they don’t follow the usual ‘book-a-month-in-advance’ policy of most restaurants, Tom is clearly a believer in the old proverb that ‘good things come to those who wait’ – the next dinner reservation they have is in August at time of writing! So when my parents noticed that Tom was doing a pop up restaurant in Harrods, we jumped at the chance and managed to snaffle a booking. We had no idea what to expect as it was vague on detail, and transpired to be a temporary mini counter style restaurant set up in the food court. When I say mini counter I mean it – there were maybe 30 covers in the place but the area the chefs were cooking in was incredibly small, as you can see in the picture below. I know when I cook properly I …

My Birthday Dinner at Fera at Claridge’s, Mayfair

As I’m sure you know, Tim and I love to go to nice restaurants together, but the past few months have mostly been taken up with house admin and my new job. Luckily we had a special occasion in October which was the perfect excuse for a gourmet night out – my birthday! Tim had booked a table at a restaurant as a surprise, and I was over the moon to discover on the morning of the big day that we were going to Fera at Claridge’s – we’d both been wanting to go for some time. It was a Wednesday night and we headed into Mayfair after work, a short walk from my office on Oxford Street. Claridge’s really is such a glorious hotel, with opulent decor and impeccable service as you would expect. We started with cocktails in the Fumoir – a dimly lit and cosy bar, we pondered over how many cigarettes had been lit in there over the years, and who it had been host to? We then moved over to Fera …