Showing posts with label On The Menu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label On The Menu. Show all posts
It's become something of a badly kept secret around these parts that brunching is one of my favourite weekend activities, and I'm firmly convinced that a leisurely catch up over tea and toast/granola/eggs is one of the most enjoyable ways to round off the week. One dining destination which has been on my 'to visit' list for what feels like forever is Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, and last Saturday I finally ventured to Clerkenwell to give it a much anticipated try...

Suffice it to say, I was not disappointed! The weekend brunch on offer at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is one which had been recommended to me so much- and after sampling the menu for myself I can well and truly see why. Whilst the food options aren't extensive, they are perfectly considered, offering light bites such a toast and crumpets alongside heartier options such as a cooked breakfasts and much fabled bottomless cocktails. Ever a creature of habit, I plumped for a pot of Earl Grey tea and French toast with berries, clotted cream and honey- the kind of luxurious breakfast which I'm convinced I'd never be able to perfect in the kitchen at home! The food was delicious, and the relaxed atmosphere perfect; as well as being a huge fan of the food on offer I'm also convinced that Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings offer some of the prettiest tables in town too!

Have you discovered any new foodie favourites recently?

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19.07.2015- On the Menu: Brunch at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

Although I'm a real fan of seeking out new styles of cuisine, sometimes you can't beat some foodie home comforts, can you? Tucked away in Covent Garden Market, Battersea Pie Station is a foodie destination which has been on my 'to visit' list for ages, and a little while ago I finally had the opportunity to try their trademark traditional  menu for myself. Established in 2009, Battersea Pie Station has garnered a reputation as London's go-to for pastry perfection, so you can imagine how eager I was to give their offerings a try:

The menu, which varies from day to day, isn't all that extensive, but it offers simple, expertly crafted cooking which is as heartwarming as it is hearty- back when I visited it was to escape a rainy, grey evening, so some comfort food was very much in order! I plumped for the Chicken Pie (the last one in the shop I'll have you know!), accompanied by a very generous side order of green beans.- because if you can't go a little bit Girl vs Food on a wet Wednesday evening, then when can you, eh?!

The pie was cooked to perfection, with a flavoursome filling and incredible pastry casing- such a lovely change from a lot of the open pies which I've tried in other restaurants before. With lashings of gravy and a touch of greenery, this was a great plate of grub which went down an absolute treat. Perhaps true testament to how delicious it was comes from the fact that I now find myself having to avoid the market for fear that I'll stumble inside and end up devouring everything on the menu!

Have you tried Battersea Pie Station?

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08.07.2015- On the Menu: Battersea Pie Station

There's no doubt that one of the best things about being within easy reach of any big city is the opportunity to explore lots of new things, whether they be undiscovered gems away from the tourist trail, unusual experiences or newly opened dining destinations. Although I've got some tried and tested London favourites, it's always lovely to have an excuse to try somewhere new for the first time, so when I caught up with Hannah at the end of last week we made an impromptu trip to one of Central London's newly opened bakeries for some seriously indulgent Friday food at Crumbs & Doilies:

Situated just a stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of Carnaby Street, Crumbs & Doilies is a small but perfectly formed treasure. Serving up a different selection of freshly baked cupcakes every day, it's the perfect pitstop to head to if you're taking a well deserved tea break, or if you find that your sweet tooth has gotten the better of you at the end of the day. With a really diverse menu there's something to please everyone on offer, and the option of mixing things up with mini cupcakes is a great one too- particularly if you're torn between flavours. I opted for the Salted Caramel cupcake, and suffice it to say that I'm already planning a return visit to stock up on some more!

Have you visited anywhere new to eat recently?

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25.06.2015- On the Menu: Crumbs & Doilies, Soho

Indulging in a spot of leisurely weekend brunch is undoubtedly a new favourite pursuit of mine, and a little while ago I caught up with Hannah and Lily over tea and a succession of perfectly presented plates at The Modern Pantry. Nestled away in the gorgeously picturesque (and blissfully quiet!) surroundings of Clerkenwell, The Modern Pantry had been on my dream dining out list for ages, so when a free Saturday morning slot appeared it seemed like the ideal opportunity to get to grips with their much talked about menu:

Marrying together traditional, homely food with a seasonal approach to ingredients and a dash of unconventional ingenuity, this is a menu which is an excellent all rounder- whether you're looking to try something completely new or are after those all important comforting classics mixed up with a selection of freshly imagined favourites. Their weekend brunch menu encompasses all areas of the tasting spectrum, from sweet treats like coconut waffles and raspberry pancakes to excellent staples such as smoked salmon and classic eggs. Needless to say, I opted for tea straight away (Earl Grey of course!), swiftly followed by scrambled eggs with streaky bacon, slow roasted tomatoes and buttered mushrooms. Heavenly without feeling anywhere near as unhealthy as a conventional fry up! To round things off on a decidedly sweet note, I plumped for the rosewater and sour cherry chocolate brownie- which I'm sure is about as close to heaven on a plate as anything which I've experienced to date. Exploring a bit more of the city outside the boundaries of my usual haunts was also lovely- and Clerkenwell is such a beautiful corner of town that I'm sure it won't be long until I find myself heading back there for a second helping!

Have you ever been to The Modern Pantry?

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12.06.2015- On the Menu: The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

This is probably old news to regular readers, but brunching is rapidly turning into one of my favourite pastimes. Since paying a visit to 3 South Place and sampling their selection of mid morning goodies last month, I've been on the lookout for some new haunts to add to my ever increasing eating list, and a few weeks ago a spontaneous catch up on the South Bank afforded me the chance to sample the brilliant brunch bonanza at Canteen. I'd been to towards the end of last year for a cheeky pre-IMAX cup of tea and quick bite to eat, but with a little bit more time to investigate their menu on this occasion (and having skipped breakfast in favour of some valuable extra snoozing seconds!), I opted to explore their selection of seasonal foodie favourites:

Canteen's menu offers Great British grub at really reasonable prices, and varies from season to season to ensure that everything on offer is as fresh and sustainable as possible. I found the prospect of scrambled eggs far too tempting to resist (served perfectly with granary toast and chives), and my lovely friend Kate opted for the poached eggs and avocado- definitely an option which I'll be exploring next time I pop along. With eyes bigger than my belly (as always!), I also ordered the sausage roll and tomato relish, complete with a poppy seed topping- a lovely twist on a really satisfying staple- sometimes you can't beat a bit of comfort food, eh?! Finally (and because no meal is complete without pudding), we both plumped for the chocolate cheesecake as a sweet way to finish things off- and from someone who's not normally a cheesecake fan, it was a gamble which really paid off as it was absolutely gorgeous- although I wasn't entirely won over by the crème fraîche accompaniment.

Are you a fan of Canteen? Where are your favourite brunching haunts?

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25.05.2015- On the Menu: Canteen

Weekend Brunch. Possibly one of the most cherished phrases in the English language. The promise of a leisurely meal straddling breakfast and lunch whilst combining the best of both worlds is one which I've come to really appreciate over recent months, particularly when I want to make the most of not having to set an alarm! For a special Easter weekend treat, Lily, Hannah and I decided to sample all that the weekend brunch menu that 3 South Place has to offer, sitting down for a much needed catch up over some tea and seriously scrummy delights:

Having sacrificed breakfast in favour of maximising my opportunity to enjoy as many things as possible from the menu (and an extra fifteen minutes in bed!), I instantly plumped for a pot of Earl Grey, swiftly followed by a bowl of yoghurt, granola and berries- a real morning favourite of mine. This granola was pretty luxurious, with plenty of raisins, seeds and nuts adding the perfect crunch to the mix. Next up, I opted for the Croque Madame- another indulgent treat which was the perfect combination of some breakfast and lunch favourites. For something sweet to finish things off, I selected the milk chocolate set cream with salted caramel, which proved a real winner...although I have to confess that by this point, I was a tad too full to finish it off completely! 

Overall, the perfect way to start the weekend, and I'm already planning a return visit at 3 South Place- the perfect pocket of haven in the city! 

Where are your favourite places to go for brunch?

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06.04.2015- On the Menu: Weekend Brunch at 3 South Place

Whilst I love a good burger (mmmm Patty & Bun) as much as the next person, sometimes it's nice to be a little bit more refined and indulge in some more delicate dining. I'm a huge fan of Spanish cuisine (thank you summer holiday trips!), and since a few local tapas favourites closed their doors a little while ago, I've been searching for something to fill the Serrano ham shaped void in my life. Brindisa is one of my go-to favourites at Borough Market (you haven't lived until you've tried their olive oil crisps), and their South Kensington sister restaurant has become a real favourite for when I find myself on the other side of town. A few weeks ago, after visiting Savage Beauty at the V&A, my mum and I popped in for lunch- and, as ever, the menu was perfection on a plate:

For me, the beauty of tapas lies in the variation which you can enjoy across so many different dishes, and the smaller plates are a great way to be a bit more experimental with your eating. Brindisa's menu has lots of traditional favourites, including an amazing charcuteria selection, as well as seasonal house specials which you'll only find at the South Kensington restaurant. My favourites (and most ordered dishes!) include boquerones, chilli garlic prawns and ham and chicken croquetas with goats cheese- mouthwatering morsels which are perfect for a light, lazy lunch or as a great way to round off the day. If you're planning a visit, I'd also recommend ordering a basket of bread as it usually arrives at the table when it's still warm- heavenly!

Are you a fan of Brindisa?

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25.03.2015- On the Menu: Casa Brindisa, South Kensington

When you think of London, what do you think of? Buckingham Palace, the Underground, Boris Bikes? I guarantee that one of the most familiar images which springs to mind is that of the iconic double decker Routemaster bus, perhaps one of the most instantly recognisable hallmarks of the capital. If you're a bit of a food fiend like myself, then perhaps you'll think of tea, finger sandwiches and a cornucopia of cakes- afternoon tea is, after all, one of my favourite pastimes to indulge in town. And now you're probably thinking how brilliant it would be if there was something which combined both of these London wonders into one experience. Well, look no further- thanks to BB Bakery, it's now possible to have afternoon tea on a bus! Last Wednesday, my mum and I were kindly invited aboard to sample the experience for ourselves- and we definitely weren't disappointed: 

Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, c/o BB Bakery

Hopping on board just a stone's throw away from Trafalgar Square, we speedily settled down with two steaming hot cups of Earl Grey- perfect for keeping the December chill at bay. As we meandered our way past London landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, we indulged in delicately cut sandwiches, smoked salmon and mini quiche, as well as scones served with plenty of clotted cream and jam. Heading westward past the Royal Albert Hall and towards Notting Hill, we tucked into pretty patisserie, melt in the mouth macaroons, luscious lemon meringue pie and super sweet sponge cakes. 

The whole experience was a absolutely faultless- from the service to the food. I was really impressed with how well put together the menu was, with each individual element complementing the overall flavours perfectly. It was also lovely to experience some of London's most iconic landmarks from such a leisurely perspective, and if you're looking for a truly unique, ultra relaxing way to while away an afternoon, then I can't recommend the Afternoon Tea Bus Tour enough- I'm already planning a return visit!

What do you think of this idea?

I was kindly invited aboard the Afternoon Tea Bus Tour as a guest of BB Bakery. As always, my impressions and opinions (much like my love for tea and cake!) are 100% honest. 

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09.12.2014- On the Menu: Afternoon Tea Bus Tour