Category: Dinner

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 …

Dinner, London

Masala Zone, Covent Garden

It was Sunday night A, her son and I walked along Floral Street, Covent Garden. It was 9pm and the city felt quieter than normal with the majority of weekenders having already headed home. We had been to see the new Blade Runner film at the Leicester Square Cineworld and were all in good spirits, although …

Dinner, Out of London

Barracuda, Sliema

An October week in Malta was the perfect antidote to the autumn London blues. We indulged in the obligatory game of ‘what if we lived here?’ and quickly discovered that we couldn’t afford it, or at least not in one of the traditional townhouses with Maltese balconies that we admired so much. Someone is certainly …

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 …

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 …

Dinner, London

The Gilbert Scott, St Pancras

Much to our surprise we found ourselves approaching our six month anniversary. Where did that time go? Wanting to mark the occasion in style we were keeping an eye open for that extra special place and that handy restaurant lover’s helpmate Open Table came to our rescue with a fabulous offer of three courses and a …