Category: Lunch

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 …

London, Lunch

Regency Cafe, Pimlico

If the Regency Cafe looks familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen it on the big screen. The cafe appeared in Layer Cake and Brighton Rock, as well as TV shows including Judge John Deed and London Spy. It was our destination on our London staycation. We’d been over to the Tate Modern to see the …

Lunch, Out of London

The Compasses, Holbrook

I was really looking forward to this meal, and perhaps this was tempting fate. We were in Suffolk on an epic ‘Meet the Mothers’ weekend and A. was first up to run the gauntlet. I offered the choice of venue to Mum, and she plumped for The Compasses in the village of Holbrook where she’d …