Author: Adrian

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 …

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 …

Breakfast, Brunch, London

Grind, Covent Garden

Half-way through the Easter bank holiday weekend we decided it was time to venture into London for a little culture and brunch. Life had been busy of late with very little time to enjoy the delights on our doorstep. So this was a good opportunity to make use of my Tate membership by seeing two …

Breakfast, Brunch, Out of London

The Hardware Société, Paris

My birthday surprise was a wonderful weekend in Paris. Travelling on the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. Now let me tell you, when your birthday falls exactly one week before Christmas the combined present becomes the norm. The result of this means I can count the number of birthdays celebrated …

Dinner, London

Bill’s Restaurant, Kingston upon Thames

It was a bright cold Saturday afternoon when we rolled up at the sparkling new DoubleTree by Hilton (yet another great deal), very happy with our decision to stay overnight. We were here for a Gin Party thrown by some local friends, marking yet another relationship milestone – hooray! Now, as with any Gin party …

Dinner, London

Masala Zone, Covent Garden

It was Sunday night A, her son and I walked along Floral Street, Covent Garden. It was 9pm and the city felt quieter than normal with the majority of weekenders having already headed home. We had been to see the new Blade Runner film at the Leicester Square Cineworld and were all in good spirits, although …

Brunch, London

L’ETO Caffe, Soho

Our truancy day dawned, a day of fun ahead, everyone else at work – happy Friday!  And how do you start such a day … yes of course – with brunch. Off into town we went, the Breakfast Club in Soho our goal; all previous attempts had failed as we’d baulked at the sight of …

Brunch, London, Lunch

Ozone Coffee, Shoreditch

Brunch at Ozone Coffee Roasters is definitely more artisan than shabby chic, with real coffee roasting happening downstairs. It sits on the edge of the city near to Old Street, Hoxton and Shoreditch. Ozone has a stylish industrial interior providing a good selection of seating, accommodating solo coffee drinkers with their laptops at nice window seats …

Dinner, Out of London

Blue Boar, Oulton

Lowestoft is a town dominated by carveries and not the natural home of the Gastro Pub, so the Blue Boar in Oulton is an oddity (technically not actually Lowestoft, but no letters please). Our weekend for meeting family was coming to an end. We had enjoyed pies at Ropeworks and a dinner at the Harvester and …

Dinner, Out of London

The Ropeworks, Lowestoft

Not being able to put off meeting the family any longer we bravely left the bubble and headed East to meet mothers… …and to Lowestoft, a town past its prime by a considerable margin. Showing A around its eateries filled me with dread, meeting my mother seemed to be the least of my problems. One …