Breakfast, Brunch, Out of London, Paris

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, Paris

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, Suffolk

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 …

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 …

Breakfast, Lowestoft, 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, 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 …

Dinner, Malta, 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, Malta, 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 …