Breakfast, Brunch, Out of London

Bettys, York

Bettys York

We had a week off and headed up North to visit some friends and meander around the Lakes – first stop, Bettys Tea Rooms in York. If you haven’t come across Bettys before, this is one for the Must Visit List. Founded almost 100 years ago by a Swiss pastry chef and chocolatier who got …

Breakfast, Brunch, London

Lighthaus Café, Walthamstow

Lighthaus Cafe

Sundays are brunch days more often than not, either at home or as the weather gets warmer we venture out and explore. Last Sunday we stayed local with a visit to Lighthaus Café in Walthamstow after seeing a brief mention in Grace Dent’s restaurant review pages in the Guardian’s Weekend mag. Industrial Revolution Lighthaus is set …

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 …

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 …

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, 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 …