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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 …

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 …

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 …