Brunch, Out of London

The Old Bakery, Cawsand

We were lucky enough to bag a very sweet, if tiny, fisherman’s cottage for our Cornish adventure. The biggest plus was the stunning view right across the villages of Cawsand and Kingsand and to the Rame peninsula and Plymouth Sound beyond. To get that view though you have to go up high – up a …

Lunch, Out of London

The Rising Sun, Kingsand

Off on our travels for the very first time together, we headed down to Cornwall – the twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand to be precise – for a lovely long weekend. Top tip: don’t attempt this on an Easter weekend! After a very long drive from London we finally arrived and settled into our …

Dinner, London, Out of London

Pizzeria Bel-Sit, Woodford Green

This very nearly didn’t make it in to the blog. Not because it’s not an excellent restaurant, which it most definitely is, but because we love it so much we were very tempted to keep this local treasure to ourselves. But we’re nothing if not selfless at Second Bites (see all that eating we do …

Dinner, London

Smaka, Whitechapel

Just occasionally you stumble upon a little gem of a restaurant just by chance. This happened to us when we had been to see a fab film at the Curzon in Aldgate and were heading off back to the tube with rumbling tummies. Unexpectedly we came across Smaka, and luckily we decided to give it …

Dinner, London

Browns, Covent Garden

There comes a time, really unnervingly early in a new relationship, when you have to emerge from the romantic cocoon and start meeting each other’s friends and family. As a single Mum of long standing, the most important of these would be bringing the two most important men in my life together and having dinner …

Dinner, London

Franco Manca, Covent Garden

Need a quick bite to eat that won’t leave you feeling a little bit dirty? You could certainly do worse than one of the fabulous sour dough pizzas at Franco Manca. We went to the Covent Garden branch at peak time on a Saturday evening, and even so there was only the briefest of waits (there’s …

London, Lunch

Byron, Central St Giles

OK, so Byron Burgers have nothing at all to do with the poet. But a simple, straightforward and good quality burger is not all that common when eating out in London and therefore something to be celebrated, in verse or otherwise. We dropped in at Byron for a quick lunch before a lengthy walk up …

Dinner, London

The German Gymnasium, King’s Cross

Our second foray into the treasure trove of delectable bargains that is the annual Evening Standard/D&D Offer was much more satisfying than our city excursion.  This time we picked The German Gymnasium, and just squeaked in before the offer ended. This is a very popular choice, and next year we’ll certainly be booking earlier! London’s …

Dinner, London

New St Grill, City

Realising that our wallets didn’t quite match our appetites, and always fans of a good bargain, we took advantage of the Evening Standard/D&D Offer, which runs from January to mid-February. Two courses with an aperitif for only £20 was just too good to miss, and we tried out New Street Grill. The food was gorgeous …

Dinner, London

Dalla Terra, Covent Garden

Rushing off to the theatre, we were looking for a quick bite to eat in Covent Garden. Not the easiest of missions on a busy Sunday night. We stumbled on Dalla Terra by chance, it’s tucked away just off Long Acre. The atmosphere was buzzy and the staff were welcoming and friendly. We loved it! …