Category Archive: Reviews


  1. Country Files – Daylesford Farm

    I had a lovely weekend out in the Cotswolds – really worth a visit if you haven’t been! Lady Bamford’s Daylesford Farm is pretty spectacular. I had a delicious lunch of Jerusalem artichoke and truffle risotto (OMG so good!) with a delightful pint of Laverstoke Farm ale followed by a glass of Daylesford’s own white wine (left room for improvement but not bad). All in all a perfect family outing with my in-laws! Did I mention there is a spa as well? Might be hitting that up for a bit of Christmas cheer come mid-December….

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  2. Bill’s – The Breakfast Club

    Located on a bustling street just about where Piccadilly turns into Soho is a charming little restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Bill’s is definitely part of a chain, but it’s comfortable and well-decorated, non-fussy, and with nice, efficient waiters. You can tell it’s the regular haunt for some of the people there, and I’m not surprised because it feels a bit like home and the coffee is delicious.

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  3. The Canton Arms

    The Canton Arms in Stockwell, South London is local to where I live. I have heard a couple rave reviews so I thought it was time to give it a try- the results were ace.

    It’s a bit of an old boozer, and the front of house doesn’t seem like much, some old stools and low tables, a wrap around bar with some good ales, your standard lagers and KP peanuts – but it has character and the crowd is not full of old boozers- it’s full of young, seemingly talented, slightly arty but not in that pretentious way, chatty, fun people. Then make your way around the back to the restaurant area and you are blasted with the buzz of happy people diving into plates of beautiful food. The smell is amazing.

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  4. Our Wedding Rehearsal Dinner with The Wine Key

    Ok- today I am feeling nostalgic. Not many of you know, but I married my best friend this year and it was fabulous. Now, I’m not going to gush too much about the details (though I could for hours and might do later) I am simply going to tell you about a really great part of our wedding which might give some of you readers a little idea for your next big family event.

    My man and I wanted to do something special for our families and wedding party before our big day. We ummm’d and awwww’d about what to do until we came up with a brilliant idea – we love wine and we love learning so let’s do something with both for our guests! Enter Charlotte and The Wine Key to lead a wine tasting class at our wedding rehearsal dinner.

    It was wonderful! My in-laws are English and my husband and I especially wanted to share with them some of the gorgeous wines available in the USA and we also wanted to share some prize wines from Vashon Island, WA, where we were getting married, with everyone. Charlotte offered a number of options and guided me through their characteristics so that we could pick the perfect palate to match our very American, elegant BBQ theme.

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  5. Introducing- The Best Breakfast Club

    I am obsessed with breakfast. I love sunrise, bacon, eggs, pastries, coffee, the excitement of reliving yesterday’s fun- really everything to do with the meal that starts the day. I usually make at least one cooked breakfast a weekend. Bacon is always on the menu, we are kind of bacon fiends here, but always from free range pigs.

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  6. Autumn Ale

    I love beer. It’s many shades and flavors. It is an under rated beverage in comparison to wine, but it is making a big comeback in the form of small batches and microbrews. It’s delicious and complex, with variety to match anyones taste.

    If you’re here in the UK, lucky you! You are in the home of ale! With Oktoberfest out of the way, it’s time to make new beer for Autumn.  I am personally dying to try Pumpkin Ale. If anyone has a recommendation on which ones to try, please let me know! If your not into pumpkin, it’s hops harvest season, so those special batches with fresh hops will be around. Delicious. You’ll be able to find them at Cask Ale pubs all over the country. Don’t see one? Ask your bartender, they might know when it’s coming in.

    This week, why not explore your love of beer, your love of ale, your love of relaxing. Just sit back with a lovely shade of that delicious copper-colored drink. I’ll let you know what I think about the pumpkin stuff…

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  7. Eat your Rainbows!

    We found this delightful wrap filled with bean cake, rainbow chard, sprouted beans, plantain and peppers and a delicious sauce at the Partridges Food Market in Duke of York Square in the King’s Road. The stall is called Rainbow Creations, and bases it’s food on the company mantra- ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food’.  I must say, we did feel really good after eating all those colors and it tasted amazing! I am pretty sure you’ll find me there next week….

    Partridges Food Market
    Saturdays, 10am-4pm

    Oh, and Rainbow Creations have a great website inclusive of soothing jungle sounds if you want to learn more, plus they do catering too!

    www.rainforestcreations.co.uk

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  8. Borough Market = Land of Plenty

    Now, I’m not gonna say that I don’t like shopping for shoes – I love shopping for shoes. It’s a bit of a weakness really…. But nothing beats shopping for food. It’s vital that we eat, but it needn’t be a dull process when it comes to doing the shopping!  For foodie fun there is hardly a better place than Borough Market for all sorts of delectable goodies, including these gorgeous chickens…

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  9. Borough Market Snack

    Corned Beef with Pickle and Mustard on Rye…

    Slightly distracted by the delicious food here at Borough Market. There really isn’t anything to fault Borough, even the bustling crowd is a plus, shuffling you along to try new things. It’s one of my all-time favourite places in London. And I just can’t take my eyes of this sandwich… Yum!

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  10. Gastonomica – Review and Invitation

    This summer Gastronomica in Pimlico, London, an Italian restaurant with REAL Italian food, is opening its doors from 6-9pm every Wednesday for aperitivo and wine and you’re invited! Don’t miss it, it’s really special.

    Here is the story…

    In 2000, Marco Vineis, tired of his fast lane job in the City, founded Gastronomica to import high quality food from Italy and provide advice to chefs in the UK. Here is Marco- he’s the one in the hat!

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