Author: Anne

Lunch, 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 …

Dinner, London, Out of London

The Queen’s Rooms, Buckhurst Hill

This is a local treasure, and as it’s under a five minute walk from the tube station (Buckhurst Hill is on the east side of the Central line) it’s easily accessible, sitting right on the London/Essex border. Living nearby, we love Buckhurst Hill for it’s quiet village-like atmosphere. The Queen’s Rooms is a cafe by …

Dinner, London

Cafe Monico, Soho

How much can you cram into one day out in London? Quite a lot, we discovered through a rather optimistic lack of planning. So after brunch (review to come!) a visit to the From Selfie to Self-Expression exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, a rather challenging film (Una) at the Mayfair Curzon, and a fair bit …

Dinner, Out of London

Upstairs at Baileys, Beccles

Beccles is a lovely place for a weekend get away, or longer if you can manage it. We had another marvellous Airbnb stay, this time at the former Butler’s rooms in a large Georgian Palladian mansion. It was an island of tranquility,  surrounded by rolling hills and woodland, and just a 15 minutes stroll from …

Dinner, London

Sea Containers, South Bank

  In need of a treat, we were delighted when an Open Table offer dropped into the inbox. These deals are a great way to try out some of the swankiest restaurants, without making too big a dent in our bank balance. Off to Sea Containers we went. Uncharted Waters Sea Containers House was originally …

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, 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 …

Brunch, Lunch, Out of London

La Libre, Madrid

We had barely unpacked and settled into to our Airbnb studio flat in Madrid before venturing out to explore the local neighbourhood. On our way to find supplies we passed La Libre, and knew immediately we had found our local brunch and coffee hideout. It’s close to Atocha station and near the Empresa Ruiz metro …

Dinner, Out of London

Taberna La Carmencita, Madrid

On our last night in Madrid we wanted to try something typically Spanish. That sounds a bit touristy, doesn’t it? It was our big mistake. What we didn’t think about was that all the tavernas and bars in Madrid are doing something typically Spanish, largely by virtue of being, well, spanish! So, we can’t really …