Tag: food

Cumbria, Dinner, Out of London

Comida, Kendal

Tapas at Comida

A week in the Lake District and some much needed rest and relaxation. We explored the beautiful countryside, and especially the cafés and restaurants near to our Airbnb apartment in Kendal. We pigged out on some great brunches and dinners, and had tapas twice – with wildly different results. Firstly a word of advice: if …

Breakfast, Brunch, Out of London, Yorkshire

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 …

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 …

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 …

Brunch, Essex, 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 …

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 …

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 …