Tag: restaurant review

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 …

Breakfast, Costwolds, Out of London

The Lansdowne, Bourton-on-the-Water

First real rain of the summer and we were off to a pre-planned weekend in the Cotswolds. Ah well, nothing to be done about the weather and I was to meet one of A.’s oldest friends. Breakfast Bounties It would be a tough weekend, but luckily the Lansdowne was the perfect place to give me the …

Essex, Lunch, Out of London

Parrishes, Thaxted

We’re lucky to live on the Essex/London border so as well as having all that London has to offer a short tube hop away, we can also explore some beautiful countryside right on our doorstep. Essex comes in for a lot of stick, but for every blinged-up over-priced eatery catering to the perma-tanned TOWIE crowd, …

Dinner, London

Rivington Grill, Shoreditch

We’d had a brilliant evening at Old Street Records for a PPA Live event, listening to former Smash Hits editor Barry McIlheney interviewing current Now magazine editor-in-chief (and soon to be editor-in-chief of Radio Times) Mark Frith. PPA put on some great events for young journalists and journalism students and my own young journalist son …

Dinner, Lowestoft, Out of London, Suffolk

Blue Boar, Oulton

Lowestoft is a town dominated by carveries and not the natural home of the Gastro Pub, so the Blue Boar in Oulton is an oddity (technically not actually Lowestoft, but no letters please). Our weekend for meeting family was coming to an end. We had enjoyed pies at Ropeworks and a dinner at the Harvester and …

Lunch, Out of London, Suffolk

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 …

Dinner, London

Wildwood, South Woodford

This is one of our local standbys. There’s nothing too fancy here, but when you’re looking for a reliably enjoyable meal in a bright and airy space then this is a solid choice. Wildwood is a chain of restaurants, and they do their best to fit in with the local surroundings and, where possible, to …

Dinner, London, Lunch

Wood Oven, South Woodford

At first glance Wood Oven is your typical Turkish kebab house situated on a suburban London street. As A. is a regular satisfied customer of long-standing and has converted yours truly, we would beg to differ! The menu is simple, but in a Turkish restaurant where the meat is the hero of the dish that …