I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who likes tea and cake at any time of the day and I have a particular preference for them served together between the hours of 2pm and 4pm. I love it when you can try an afternoon tea with a difference; I have tried a gentlemen's afternoon tea before complete with mini pork pies and sausage rolls, one that included soup and another with mini ice cream cones. The afternoon tea at Buddha Bar Knightsbridge has
I love a trip to London. If I get the good train it's less than an hour and it's a great excuse to see some friends who live in the big city. I always try to go somewhere I haven't been before rather than returning to somewhere I've already tried. There's always something new going on! My most recent trip up was organised to make the most of a restaurant offer from Bookatable. I didn't actually know until I investigated that there are all sorts of
It's been all go in London for me this month; I also managed to squeeze in a dinner at Matsuri St James. This was a meal of firsts for me: sushi, teppanyaki, sake and plum wine were all new to me and what a great way to be introduced to them. (I had tried sushi before but I don't really think it counts as it came in a plastic tray from a well-known high street chain). As restaurant meals go this has to be one of the most fun places I've been to. I
As you know I quite like tea. As part of this tea appreciation I have become a fan of the more unusual teas and seek to try as many different types as I can. I was invited to spend some time with Twinings and meet Mr Stephen Twining himself. Their shop on The Strand is long and thin and you could spend a long time smelling the different teas on the shelves. We were sat at the back of the shop; it was great to see Fiona again (from the blog London
I am very pleased to say that I got highly commended in the UKBA14 for individual food and drink blog! The evening was good fun and I met some lovely fellow bloggers; it was also a great excuse to spend some time in London and see friends I haven't seen for a while. I know there are plenty of blogs about London restaurants and places to go but below are the places I ventured to (one Michelin restaurant, one breakfast club and one traditional pub) and
From the outside the PipsDish restaurant in Covent Garden looks simple and understated, welcoming and homely. Inside is a similar story with a few wooden tables and chairs and big kitchen at the end. The kitchen gave me pretty bad kitchen envy with the piles of crockery on the huge shelves. It's a nice place to be as there's plenty to look at as people bustle around and you start to notice the fresh ingredients and food dotted around the place.
I was invited to try an interesting meal dubbed 'Le Drunch' by the mustard brand Maille. Normally I have to turn these invitations down as, although not very far, I'm not in London. Fortunately for this occasion I was in London anyway. Maille had a stand at Spitalfields Market where you could try some of the products they make. I was surprised to find they made béarnaise, tartare and aïoli as I'd only ever seen their Dijon and Wholegrain mustards
A few weeks ago there was an elusive warm day. I ventured to London to meet a friend for lunch and was getting rather overheated. I'd planned my attire for a cold, wet day you see. In order to rectify my perspiring situation I decided to be cultural and went to have a gander around the Saatchi Gallery. It was wonderfully chilled in there; in both temperature and atmosphere. Worth a meander if you're in the area. After a rather confusing start to
A good cocktail is a marvellous thing, a bad cocktail is an evening ruiner. I have had some atrocious cocktails and some incredible ones. I used to spend a lot of time in Leicester where there were loads of places to get good cocktails but unfortunately I don't frequent Leicester as much as I used to and decent cocktails are now hard to come by.
I visited a friend in London over the weekend and we took ourselves out for some cocktails. I had been
You know the drill. Shopping all day, buying little treats and you get to the stage where only a cup of tea can hit the right spot. I say cup of tea but I don't mean of the PG variety.
Particularly when paying for my tea while out and especially so in London I expect more than a pyramid shaped tea bag for my money.
This is where I was lucky enough to stumble across one of those 'gems'. I guess everyone else is fortunate to know about this place