London, Lunch

Balans Soho Society, Westfield Stratford

Balans interior bar candle

We were lured to Balans by an enticingly brief mention in The Guardian from Grace Dent, an admired food writer and East End local. So off we set for a lunchtime treat. Balans Soho Society is a small chain of eight restaurants, all in London. At Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre they are located on The Street, …

Dinner, Lowestoft, Out of London

The Jolly Sailors, Pakefield

Two and a half years of monthly visits to Lowestoft, and we have become experts on the local dining experience with all its eccentricities. Our explorations most recently led us to The Jolly Sailors in Pakefield. Booking ahead in Lowestoft is usually a good idea although it depends on your eatery (and whether they deem …

London, Lunch

IG9 Brunch & Cafe, Buckhurst Hill

IG9 Salad

We had been meaning to pop in for quite some time, and finally made it. IG9 Brunch & Cafe has recently had a bit of facelift, and very fresh and invigorated it’s looking too. It now has a book exchange and comfy seats by the window. The layout is comfortable and not over-crowded, always a temptation …

Brunch, London

Soho Joe, London

As the other Instagramming clientele were ushered to their seats the troglodytes were shown downstairs (that will teach me to reserve a table for brunch, even if they say you can). Our low ceilinged cave had one long table easily able to seat the three of us and was lit by tealight candles, creating flickering …

Brunch, London, Out of London

Green Owl Canteen, Loughton

Sunday = Brunchday in our house and when we heard that one of our favourite cafes, The Green Owl in Buckhurst Hill, had opened a sister eatery in nearby Loughton, the temptation to try it out was too much to resist. The Green Owl Canteen may technically fall in Loughton, as advertised, but I’d say that …

Dinner, London

Sarastro, Covent Garden

The longer you have to wait for a treat, the sweeter the taste. Months ago we promised ourselves the reward of a slap-up dinner to celebrate the new job that I didn’t yet have. We’d even chosen the restaurant: Sarastro, a turkish restaurant with a difference, in London’s Covent Garden. If you’ve walked up Drury Lane …

Lunch, Out of London

Cortijo del Cura, Freila

Our two week holiday in a peaceful Spanish cave home in Almeria was the perfect balance to the hectic pace of London. We loved exploring the ‘wild west’ style countryside and on our wanderings we were lucky to find this gem of a restaurant, Cortijo del Cura, on the shores of Lake Negratin. This is …

Breakfast, Brunch, London

The Green Café, Greenwich

We made a return trip to Greenwich on the late May bank holiday weekend and timed it to coincide with our favourite meal of the day – brunch. A quick Google threw up plenty of options, not surprising for such a bustling town and tourist magnet, and we were drawn to The Green Café on …

Dinner, London

Buenos Aires Café, Greenwich

A hot summer’s day is a glorious excuse to enjoy the best that London has to offer, and so we set off for a day out in Greenwich and ended up at an Argentinian restaurant – the Buenos Aires Café. We started our afternoon with a meander around the National Maritime Museum’s Great British Seaside …

Dinner, Out of London

Comida, Kendal

Tapas at Comida

A week in the Lake District and some much needed rest and relaxation. We explored the beautiful countryside, and especially the cafés and restaurants near to our Airbnb apartment in Kendal. We pigged out on some great brunches and dinners, and had tapas twice – with wildly different results. Firstly a word of advice: if …