Category: Lunch

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

London, Lunch

IKEA, Tottenham

As relationship milestones go, the first trip to IKEA has to be up there in the ‘make or break’ stakes. Tales of woe abound – frayed tempers, ambitious furniture too big for the car, flat pack rage. Our survival strategy was a promise of lunch at the end of the shop. Would it work? Scandi-light …

Brunch, Lunch, Out of London

La Libre, Madrid

We had barely unpacked and settled into to our Airbnb studio flat in Madrid before venturing out to explore the local neighbourhood. On our way to find supplies we passed La Libre, and knew immediately we had found our local brunch and coffee hideout. It’s close to Atocha station and near the Empresa Ruiz metro …

Lunch, Out of London

NuBel, Madrid

A city break was our next romance milestone and we decided to visit Madrid. It’s a fabulous city, and we were lucky enough to have a local guide for the whole weekend in the shape of A.’s lovely friend Anna. Our first stop was the Reina Sofia museum of modern art, where we took a …

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 …