Author: Anne

Dinner, London

Langan’s Brasserie, Mayfair

A. was lucky enough to win an Open Table voucher at a Christmas raffle and it has taken quite a while to decide how to splurge in a style to which we would very much like to become accustomed. The timing was great as we used the win to celebrate moving in together and we …

Breakfast, Brunch, London, Out of London

Green Owl Café, Buckhurst Hill

Green Owl Café and Deli   is one of those local treasures that I know we should support more frequently – for brunch, lunch and more. They fearlessly compete with the likes of Costa (two branches within spitting distance) and Waitrose (opposite) giving away free hot drinks, and still thrive. Why? Because they are really, really good …

Dinner, London

Grand Trunk Road, South Woodford

Grand Trunk Road came highly recommended by local friends, and we’d been looking forward to trying it out. As it was booked up most weekends, we decided to book ahead for a special date – December 30th, the first anniversary of our very first date. Perhaps it was the result of our eager anticipation, but …

Dinner, Out of London

Le Petit Médicis, Paris

If you have a birthday near Christmas you’ll appreciate the pain of combined presents and being upstaged by the festive season. So I promised A. that he would have a birthday celebration to remember this year, and we set off to Paris on the Eurostar. For our first evening in one of my favourite cities …

Dinner, London

The Cuckfield, Wanstead

This is one of our favourite local haunts, not least because it’s where we had our first date almost a year ago (thanks Guardian Soulmates!). There’s plenty of space here, and in the summer a huge garden too. Dating back to the 1800s The Cuckfield was originally a coaching house, and you can still get …

Lunch, Out of London

The Courtyard, Elveden

Are you aware of the gentle rise of the farm shop and the spread of the garden centre cafe? We noticed it on a regular long car journey from London to Lowestoft. The easiest pit stop is Starbucks of course, and they have their place. If however you want a proper cup of coffee and …

Breakfast, Out of London

The Lighthouse Diner, Lowestoft

Mid-way through a lovely long family weekend in Lowestoft, and we were looking for a morning treat to balance a week of healthy eating and exercise (OK, that last bit might be just in my head, but we really wanted a treat!). So we headed off to the North Denes, where The Lighthouse Diner sits …

Dinner, Out of London

Barracuda, Sliema

An October week in Malta was the perfect antidote to the autumn London blues. We indulged in the obligatory game of ‘what if we lived here?’ and quickly discovered that we couldn’t afford it, or at least not in one of the traditional townhouses with Maltese balconies that we admired so much. Someone is certainly …

Lunch, Out of London

Hole in the Wall, Sliema

We’ve been on holiday, but thought that was even more reason to share some thoughts on the restaurants we saw on our travels. We spent a week in a fabulous Airbnb apartment in Sliema, perched at the top of the hill nestled amongst the traditional Maltese residential area. From here we were in easy walking …