I ducking love food

Hello! hope you had a lovely weekend, what a beautiful day Saturday was! Sunday not so much, I took my dog for a walk and the sun did keep popping out and then hiding again.  Also- saw this on facebook and thought it was soooo true! I am honestly evil when I’m hungry-avoid me at all costs. Anyone else?

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Thursday 12th April 2018.

So on Thursday I went up to the O2 to watch my teenage crush (that has continued into my 20’s) Harry Styles. I left work at 4 and drove up and parked at Stratford Westfield- parking during the week is only like £6/£7. At Westfield they have a shake shack so we decided to go there, anywhere at the o2 would of been soooo busy and Westfield was actually quite quiet (for Westfield.)

I love this burger place so much, I honestly recommend you go if you’re in London and there is a fair few of them around up there. However the chips were not as good as normal- normally they are heavenly. We had the raspberry lemonade too, it’s so delicious, really sweet! I had a cheeseburger, cheesy chips and a raspberry lemonade and it came to about £10. Rosie had the double shackburger which is just a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce (no idea what shacksuace is, I assume it’s just burger sauce.) Also, my name now is Eli.

 

It’s such quick service there and it’s sort of self service as you go up and order and then they give you a buzzer so when that goes off you pop up and collect your burger. It’s like five guys but tastier. Less choice though and no groovy drinks.

We were done by 6:30 so made our way to the O2 which is a straight line- so good for after the concert as everyone seems to be going in the other direction. So got to the O2 about 7. Great night and my inner fan girl was relived and I fell in love for the 293363th time.

 

 

Friday 13th April Tank & paddle.

I didn’t get home from Harry Styles (lol just his concert) until 12:45ish and I had to be at work for 7:15am to go to London- cue a walking zombie. My friend works about a 2 minute walk from my London office so we decided to meet for lunch. She suggested a pizza place and I happily agreed, I love carbs. She booked a place called Tank & Paddle for 12:45 which is in the heart of the city. It’s huge inside and the atmosphere was really good, it was rammo! It’s self service so you just pop up and order. I’m lucky as with my work pass I got 25% off. My friend had the M E A T Y O U R M A T C H which was pepperoni – Spicy Beef – Smoked Bacon – Chicken and a coke. Then I had B I L L Y G O A T ’ S S T U F F E D which was rosary Goat’s Cheese – Spinach – Red Onion Chutney and an elderflower and lemonade. It came to £9 each and the pizza was hugeeeee! it was so so good, I’ll definitely be going back there. They have a 3 locations so I’d like to try the others. If you like pizza- go to this place!

 

 

Saturday 14th April-Canterbury.

So on Saturday as it was such a lovely day my friend and I decided to go to Canterbury for a day of pre city break shopping. we left medway about 10:20 and got into Canterbury centre (after the park and ride) about 11ish. We did a few shops then realised we were hungry. We decided on going to the Old weaver House in Canterbury- I use to come here a lot when I was little as my Grandma grew up in Canterbury so we spent a lot of time here. It’s an oldy woldy kind of place, a lot of character. I always remember it being nice so opted for it. We also got to sit outside so that was cute, it’s  not that big outside but it is sheltered too. It’s actually next to the river where the boats go- I must do one of those tours one day. I was quite hungry and knew I wasn’t eating later so went for the duck (hence the title) which was a boneless half duck with orange sauce, served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables. My friend went for the fish and chips- she said this was ok not the best fish and chips she had had, and that it was quite greasy. My duck was actually quite fatty- I know duck is a fatty meat anyway but it was a lot of fat- I left half of it. The veg was really good though- I really hate hard veg but this was super soft and tasty. I think this was just an off day for them as it’s normally really good! The baguettes looked really tasty and I know their roasts are good. Please do try this and let me know what you think.

 

The meal came to about £36 so £18 each which isn’t too bad for big meal and a soft drink each. My friends dad actually paid for our lunch bless him, a big thank you to him!!

Also found this photo on my phone LOL, no idea who or what I’m giving a resting bitch face too- I think I was eyeing up the wine and the chips the lady had on the table next to us.

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After our meal we decided we needed something sweet so went to the Eleto chocolate café. I’ve been here once before but in winter. It was really busy with all the tables outside taken, we managed to get one by the window inside which was nice as the sun was coming in keeping us toasty. About 10 minutes after we got here all the tables inside were taken up. We decided on a pot of English breakfast tea to share, my friend went for a milk chocolate crepe with strawberry’s and I went for a milk chocolate crepe with whipped cream. The crepes arrived super quick and pot of tea was about 5 minutes after. I really enjoyed mine but didn’t manage it all as they put soooo much sauce on it! So tasty though, I like it because it’s not the same as all the other dessert places which are everywhere and it’s nice to go to somewhere that’s a bit different. You also feel like you’re giving money back into the town as it’s quite an authentic place! It cost us about £6 each so not extortionate! I’d definitely recommend even if it’s just a coffee or hot choc (they are fab) and they do savoury stuff too!

The sign in here is also a rule to live by!

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As we were walking back to the shops we spotted a cool looking tea room- it was alice in wonderland themed and it looked so cool! I googled it when I got home and they have one in Canterbury and one in Herne bay! https://aliceandthehatter.co.uk/ it looked really fun! The reviews aren’t that great but I’d still like to try it!

 

I’ve got a busy weekend coming up but no food plans which is very strange! A wedding, a 40th and the London Marathon (not taking part, purely spectating and having a drink for every mile completed by the runners) I’m going out for an Italian on Wednesday as my friend who is taking park in the marathon wants to carb herself up. I do not need carbs but obviously going for moral support!

 

Have a good week, hopefully the weather is going to be as beautiful as they say!!

Ellie

@ellhales

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The Thrill of it all…

Hope you all had a lovely weekend, weird weather- lovely On Friday and Saturday then miserable on Sunday. Get me on holiday.

 

Friday 6th April- The Broadwick Chatham Dockside.

So back In February one of our colleagues took an early retirement so, of course food was on the cards. However, it was scheduled when the beast from the east hit Kent therefore it had to be cancelled. Originally we had booked Zippers in dockside however that has now closed down (gutted because Zippers was actually quite nice) In it’s place is a new restaurant that only opened in time for Easter. We were a bit apprehensive on trying it because there was about 18 people and if it wasn’t that great it would of ruined the afternoon. However on the day it opened a few people on my team went and tried it and said it was good so we went ahead and booked it for 1pm on Friday.

The layout it pretty much exactly the same as zippers, just they’ve changed the décor inside, it’s very airy and quite fresh. It was a really nice day so it was really bright in there, the view onto the boats is quite nice too. The majority of us were drinking, a few of us ordered the cocktails, the first one I went for was a mojito. It was nice but there was far too much ice in it- I went for 2 sex on the beach cocktails after and they were much better-super tasty, I couldn’t really taste the alcohol in them-dangerous. The cocktails are about £7/£8 so average prices really. For starters I went for calamari and this was really good, the portion was huge too. For mains I went for steak fajitas, I always liked these at zippers so decided to give these a try. These too were also really good, you got loads of peppers and onions too with it. (garlic too apparently as when I got home my mum informed me I stunk- lol soz sah) I’d definitely get these again, they are pretty much exactly the same as Zippers were. They are £16 though so a bit steep I guess for Chatham-really worth it though!

 

At this point I was ready for a nap-food coma galore and then the waitress brought over the dessert menu- different stomach for dessert remember. The majority of people were going for dessert so it would of been rude not to right?… Their dessert selection I guess is quite standard, I went for the profiteroles and these were good, I probably wouldn’t get them again as they were quite heavy and thick.

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I’d definitely go back here again, no doubt we will back soon. The food is great, you can see the chefs cooking as it is an open kitchen which I always think is a plus. Although we pre-ordered the food didn’t taste as if it had been sat there or been heated up. I don’t think it was, as it took the normal amount of time say if we hadn’t pre-ordered. The service was really good too and the waitress’ and waiters’ were lovely. It’s a really nice restaurant and if you don’t like any of the desserts then there is always Creams next door!

From here we went to Ship and trades for a few drinks and sat outside as it was really sunny, it’s so nice here on a sunny day- I’m not a huge fan of their food but their drinks are fine. Then from here we went to Pier 5 for a few more drinks. They have quite a good selection of drinks here, their cocktails are great. I’ve been here for food a few times too- the pizza is so nice-huge though you could probably share it between two of you. I then went home at 8 as I’d been drinking since 1 and that’s a long time for a lightweight and I was going out for the day on Saturday. Definitely try both the Broadwick (they still don’t have a website though so that’s weird) and Pier 5.

 

Saturday 7th April 2018 Flat Iron & Sam Smith.

So on Saturday mum and I were lucky enough to get tickets for Sam Smith at the O2 (we were so bloody excited) We drove up and parked at Stratford Westfield as this is much quicker than getting the train home and cheaper than parking at the O2 itself. We then got a tube to Oxford circus and decided to try the Flat Iron near Carnaby as we always go to the one at Covent Garden. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the tube -omg It was so so busy there were humans everywhere, like ants spilling on the road. We got there and were told it would be a half hour wait, which we were fine with as normally it’s around an hour. We walked along to Zara and were looking round there when 10 minutes later I got a text from them telling me my table was ready, Flat irons really good as they’ll take your phone number to tell you when a table is free so you can go and have a mooch about elsewhere. It was really small in there, mum and I were lucky we got a two table to ourselves it seemed other people were on tables with strangers. They don’t do cocktails at this one (probably a good thing really given the alcohol consumed the night before) which is a bit gutting but they do the other drinks. I went for the strawberry and basil fizz and mum went for a ginger beer. The steak at this one is £1 more expensive than the Covent garden one, at a huge £11 (sarcasm btw) and they do pretty much the same sides. They also do the burger. We both went for the flat iron steak medium rare and then ordered chips and creamed spinach. It didn’t take long to come out- 20 minutes I’d say. Really speedy service and our waitress was nice. The steak was perfect as ever and the creamed spinach was lovely. I’m not a huge fan of chips but I tried a few but they were so salty I didn’t really like them. I spilt my ice on my menu so sorry about the pants pic.

 

We didn’t get the mousse as we saw the waitress put her hands in the mousse on the tables next to ours. I’m not a fan of mousse either so it didn’t bother me. At the Covent Garden store you get free salted caramel ice cream so that’s a bit disappointing. I’d probably stick to the Covent Garden restaurant in future over this one. I plan on trying the other locations that they have. However if you are in this area and fancy a cheap eat I’d recommend this place- it only cost us £20 each for all of that and the service charge.

We then shopped some more before making our way to bond street tube station at about 6pm to go to North Greenwich to watch Sam Smith- who was INCREDIBLE OH MY GOD ONE OF THE BEST SINGERS I’VE SEEN LIVE. However just before we got on the tube we got a bottle of water, some cookies and some Percy pigs from M&S which we planned on eating on the tube but it was so jam packed we didn’t get to eat them and then when we got to the o2 they were confiscated 😥 we had to stand to the side and quickly eat a cookie each and a few Percy pigs. So if you’re going to the O2- hide your food! No I’m kidding kids don’t be naughty.

 

We had a brilliant day- wasn’t really food filled which is highly unlike me but it was still fab. Then on Sunday I went to Confucious in Chatham which is a Chinese restaurant where it is one set price but you can order as much as you want. It’s honestly the best Chinese restaurant in Medway I’d say. It looks soooo skanky from the outside and the décor isn’t that great but you know what they say about judging a book by it’s cover! I think it’s £19 for the food and it’s so worth it. If you ask nicely they may give you a 10& VIP card.  I didn’t manage to get any pictures as I was so engrossed in the food. The best thing about it is if you’re eating and you decide you want more you can ask and they’ll bring it out. The parking is a bit pants as it’s round the back of gala bingo which is pay and display. If you’re in the mood to eat loads of Chinese and you’re in the Medway area- please go!

 

I’m going to watch Harry Styles this week (so excited I bloody love him) so I’m sure I’ll get some good food there!

 

Have a good week!

Ellie

@ellhales

xxxx

Easter weekend in food

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break, those 4 days off are heaven. Only 22 more working days until the next bank holiday, push through! A big thank you for all our emergency service teams who do not get bank holidays and work their bums off all year round.

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Friday 30th April.

On Friday evening I met up with my lifelong friend Shannon. We were besties in primary school, drifted apart in secondary school then got back in touch in the last couple of years. It’s like nothing ever changed, that’s when you know you’re good friends. We decided to go to Latino Joes in Rochester. I’ve only ever been there for cocktails so was excited to try the food. The cocktails are actually really good and it’s probably the best place in Rochester for drinks. It’s a really varied age group, on the weekend they have a DJ playing from about 9 onwards, the one on Friday was playing some absolute tunnnnes.

I’d already offered to drop and pick my mum and her friends up from Rochester so I was driving (error made by me) We booked a table for half 8, it wasn’t too busy so that was good, but there was a good atmosphere. To be honest it’s always good in there. For starters we ordered the calamari, when it arrived it looked huge and thick and in my head I thought “that does not look great.” But it was SO tasty! I’d probably get that again.

For mains we both went for chicken fajitas and got a side of nachos, you got soooo much food! If you wanted a light dinner or were not too hungry you could definitely share the fajitas with someone. The mocktails there are really nice too if you are not able or choose not to drink, but after 4/5 of them the fruit juice was burning my throat. Our meal came to £38 each but that was calamari, 2 chicken fajitas, nachos, 3 cocktails and 3 mocktails. I’d definitely go back here for food (I want to try more) and would recommend it, even for just drinks it’s a cool place.

 

Saturday 31st March.

On Saturday Mum and I went to the cinema to watch Peter Rabbit- It’s so cute, really funny too! After we popped to bluewater to grab some food and do some shopping. We wanted something quick as we were hangry so decided to go to Pizza express, the old one at bluewater (in the posh section) as they’ve just opened a new bigger one behind TGI’s near the cinema. We both went for the chicken pollo pesto( I always get this) and we tried their chips. The pasta wasn’t as hot at it normally was and I’d won’t get the chips again, They were an odd flavour! We were both unsure on them. Still a nice quick meal though, I’ll try the new restaurant next time.

 

 

Sunday 1st April.

I eventually got booked into a Miller & Carter, we had to go to the Sevenoaks one as Maidstone and Bexley were very unhelpful on the phone. It’s actually quite a nice drive out to Sevenoaks and in a cute village. 5 of us had the Sunday 3 course set menu (£24.95pp) and my nan went for the young guest menu (11.70). The children’s food was actually huge for a “child” and you got really good portion size. For starters we had, 2 salt & pepper calamari, baked cheddar mushrooms, sticky chipotle chicken and black pearl scallops and nan had the cheesy garlic bread. Each of us sampled the starters and they were soooo good. Next time, I’d get either the chicken or calamari, they were my favourites. For mains I went for sirloin medium rare and it was really good. My dad ordered the rump medium to well done and it came out really rare so he had to send it back to go back on the grill. Other than that we all enjoyed it. My nan went for the fish and chips and said the fish was proper and not frozen. My Grandad went for the rib eye and it was huuuuuge.  They always give you a lettuce wedge but next time I’m going to say no to this as I think it’s a waste, just give me the steak. For dessert I went for the brownie and this was really sickly but really good my mum found it quite dry,  it’s like a gooey brownie, I didn’t manage it all but would get this next time, or the mini dessert & coffee. We also ordered the lemon tart and sticky toffee pudding, they were really nice too apparently (I was way too full so sample these) I’d definitely go back to the Sevenoaks restaurant, the staff were lovely and the drinks were great, the toilets were clean and the layout was nice, not too squashed. It’s huge too. I think this one and the Lakeside one are my two favourites. I only managed to get a picture of my pudding, I think I was too hungry to think about taking pictures of my starters and main.

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Monday 2nd April.

Rosie and I wanted to do something on Easter Monday but the weather forecast was so poo we had to decide to do something inside. So we opted for afternoon Tea. We luckily got booked in for the chocolate afternoon tea at Fleur de The in Rochester. When you book you have to pay a £5 deposit, it’s £18.95 for all of it. This is what you get with it. You do need t

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I’m not normally a fan of sandwiches but these were so lovely! They were light and fluffy and the flavours were fab. They were super fresh too! I had the chicken, ham and cream cheese. Egg and tuna aren’t a bit of me.

You also get endless amount of tea, they kept replacing our teapot. By the end of It, if you were to squeeze me, tea would of oozed out of my pores.0B64E95E-8C8A-413A-BC0F-FBAE847FE28A

If you’ve never been here I honestly recommend it, it’s sooo cute. Even all the cutlery is sweet. The décor is vintage and shabby chic vibe, they also sell a lot of their stuff. There is so much to look at, a super cute tea room.

Next were scones, I love it here because they were not rushing us and they left it a good 20 mins/half hour between the courses. I’m not going to lie, I always opt for chocolate afternoon tea purely for the chocolate chip scones- they are just so good! These ones did not disappoint! They were still warm too, all the choc chips were melted😍🤤. You get 2 huge blobs of ganache each too. One blob covers both scones. I made an error, I put the whole blob in between the two halves and tried to eat it like a sandwich-lesson learnt for next time, don’t do that. Two pictures here because they are just so tasty.

 

The last course you get a chocolate cupcake each, you also get a white chocolate lolly to take home, such a cute touch. At this point we were full to the brim so decided to take the cakes home. All in all this is such a lovely afternoon tea and I think great value for money, I’d definitely come back and have this again. The ladies in the shop were so lovely and couldn’t do enough for us. This would make a great present too as they do offer gift vouchers. The whole place is just so lovely, even the toilets have cute little funny signs in them. I think it may of actually been the best afternoon tea I’ve ever had! So chilled and the most amazing food.

 

We were there a good hour and a half, I only had 15/20 minutes left on my car parking ticket so decided to go somewhere else. We were considering Lakeside but they were closing at 5 (rightly so on a bank hols) and Bluewater was 9. With the Dartford tunnel being so unreliable and with it being a bank holiday we opted for bluewater (again ha.) Oh my god it was SO busy, everyone had the same idea as us it seemed to get out of the rain. It took a good 20 minutes to even get parked. We had a mooch about the shops, it was so busy I actually couldn’t be bothered to properly shop. About 5:30 we decided we were hungry again (empty pit of tummys) but couldn’t decide where to eat, we walked past TGI’s, heard the lady say 45 minutes to an hour wait and decided on Cote.

I haven’t been here in ages so I was looking forward to it. We got seated down inside really quickly, it was also busy in here too, the busiest I’ve seen it actually. We were so thirty we hadn’t drunk anything since we drowned ourselves in tea. They give you complimentary tap water in a cool bottle and we got through 4 of them. We both ordered the Roast Duck Breast £14,95- roasted duck breast (served pink) with gratin potato and a griottine cherry sauce and got creamed spinach to share. I’ve always ordered this when I’ve been here, it’s just sooooo bloody tasty, the potatoes are so good, they are just the right texture-not too hard and the creamy cheese they put on them is fab-the cherries they put on there were quite sour and I only had 3 and then decided I didn’t like them. The creamed spinach was really good too. I loved this meal as it left you feeling contently full but not uncomfortable. If you’re ever near a cote or just fancy the sound of it, I would insist you go, the food is really good.

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Hope this post wasn’t too waffly or too long.

I went to Dublin over new years just gone and ate at some really nice places so I was thinking of doing a post on that. I’ll have a think!

On Friday I’m going to a new place at dockside (it’s the old zippers) that’s just opened for a works do, i’ll definitely review that.

 

Have a good week 🙂 only 4 days yay!

Ell xx

London Pig days

I go to London at least once a month, as it’s only a 50/60 minute train away and where I live is SO pants. Every time I go, I attempt to try somewhere different to eat, may that be a full meal or just a sweet snack (normally both).

STK- ME London Hotel, 336-337 Strand, London 11th November 2017

For my friends 23rd birthday last year she decided that she would like to go to STK. I’d seen this all over Instagram and it looked great so I was so up for it. Our table was booked for about 7:30/8 so we got the train about 3ish, went to b@1 at Covent Garden and had a few drinks before hand.  It was then about a 3 minute walk (*struggle, because div me wore new shoes and my feet were not ok hun.) When we arrived they kindly took our coats and our table was not quite ready so showed us to the bar. The barmen were lovely and helped us with our choices, I think we ordered 2 white wines and 2 champagnes. The two Ell’s had the white wines and the bday girl had the champagne and Rosie had this too in honour of Ambers birthday (Rosie normally hates champers but said it was actually really good.) I have to say it was probably one of the best white wines I’ve had, and the glass was huge so it was fab.

 

 

 

We sat on the cute chairs at the bar whilst we waited for our table and took in the atmosphere. It was actually so nice in there, the décor was really cool, the atmosphere was great- I was a bit worried that it would be really posh and I’d feel out of place. However it was super chilled and a good ambience. We had a few selfies- obvs. We also got a lovely lady to take a picture of us, thank you!

 

 

 

We then were shown to our table and we had one the cute little booths round the edge. We all ordered, I actually can’t remember what we ordered but we all went for the same. After we ordered Rosie and Ellen went to the ladies, whilst they were in there the waiter brought over some bread. Amber and I were starving but didn’t expect the bread so we dived in. The bread was warm, it came with an alien looking green sauce and it was SO GOOD- we actually considered eating it all whilst they were in the loo and hiding the evidence (they wouldn’t of even known.) Apologies for the pants photo’s, they are screenshots from a snapchat video lol.

 

 

Not long after our steak arrived (yay.) For sides, Amber and Rosie went for the normal chips, Ellen went for the truffle chips, I just text her and asked if they were good and she said “yesssssssss, they were so good.” So if you’re into truffle chips, these are for you! I went for the creamed spinach and it was super tasty. Onto the steak. THE STEAK. I’m pretty sure we ordered the smallest size and it was huge!! I was naht complaining. It was up there with the top steaks, we all said the same. I always order my steak medium rare, I like a bit of colour as I think it makes it more flavoursome and tender. Amber HATES blood and she said hers was a bit pinker than she’d hoped but she really enjoyed it. The only thing I wished from the meal is I hadn’t had the 4 cocktails before and I’d gone completely sober.

 

 

The dessert stomach was half full but we felt we HAD to get something because we were there. So we decided to share the Junk Chalice between the four of us. This includes, Vanilla & Caramel Pecan Ice Cream, Boozy Whipped Cream, Pop Corn, Marshmallows, Hot Caramel Sauce, Candy Floss & Gooey Brownie. Heart attack heaven. If I’m honest I was so full, I didn’t really enjoy or/could eat it. The candyfloss was really good, it probably doesn’t help that I’m not a huge fan of ice cream anyway. Amber and Ellen said it was good though. We also told them it was Amber’s birthday and they brought out a really cute little cake thing with Happy birthday on it- cute touch!

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All in all it was a REALLY good meal and the surroundings were really modern and fresh. We paid £73.50 each, so it is a splurge meal but I honestly thought it was going to be more than that. This was 4 alcoholic drinks, 4 different sides, 4 steaks and a hugeeee dessert. They didn’t charge for bread which was a bonus. I definitely would go back, they quite often do set menus so I’d like to try one of those.

 

Big Easy Covent Garden- 16th December 2017.

Rosie and I always near Christmas do a day out rather than buying each other presents. So we booked to go and watch Dreamgirls in London. Of course we had to get a meal in. I’d actually had that horrible flu thing in the weeks leading up to it so wasn’t feeling that great (I’m saying this as it might of affected my taste buds) but there was no way I was missing out on a day out. We decided to go to Big Easy beforehand as I’d heard a lot about it. It’s really cool décor in there and quite easy to find. When we arrived there was a huuuuuge queue and this was for people that had actually booked tables. Eventually we got to our table, I decided to order the crispy Calamari for starters, it’s £8.90 so I thought it would be huge so Rosie and I could share. It wasn’t as big as I’d hoped but it was still quite nice. Probably wouldn’t have it again at £8.90.

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For mains Rosie went for one of the steaks and I ordered the Texas Sliced Slow-Smoked Brisket(16/18hr) 17.9 which states “WE SMOKE ALL OUR BAR.B.Q IN OUR PIT ROOM RIGHT HERE IN CROSSRAIL PLACE SO ITS ALWAYS FRESH. ALL OUR BAR.B.Q IS SMOKED ORIGINAL DRY RUBBED AND IS SERVED WITH OUR HOUSE
MADE BAR.B.Q SAUCE ON THE SIDE IF YOU LIKE YOUR BAR.B.Q SMOTHERED. BAR.B.Q PIT-SMOKED BEANS AND SLAW ACCOMPANY ALL BAR.B.Q PLATTERS.” (Capital letters for dramatic effect) I actually really hated my meal 😦 Rosie said her steak was average “I’ve had better steak, wasn’t horrible though.” We got spinach and mushrooms as sides, I wasn’t too keen on these either.

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The meal cost us £40 each which Isn’t too bad for London with starters sides and drinks. I probably wouldn’t go back by choice, the staff were ok but it was so busy I can understand why. Like I said earlier, it may of been where I had been poorly I may of just not fancied it. I’ve heard their brunch is good but I wouldn’t go unless someone wanted to go for their birthday. Off we then went to watch Dreamgirls (brilliant) and then onto Winter wonderland and had a really fab but cold day- we had to buy these hats and gloves in H&M on Oxford street because it was SO cold. As Rosie is off travelling in September this would of been her last Christmas in England so wanted to make the most of it and have a good day.

 

 

Heddon Street Kitchen-3-9 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BE

I saw this place on Instagram and it was the beef wellington that caught my eye. It’s one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants, did anyone ever watch the cocaine programme he did? All 3 of us were wondering if this was one of the restaurants that tested positive for coke in the toilets! Another Christmas tradition of ours is going to watch Disney on Ice at the O2 (Yes we are now 23 and this was our 3rd year of going) This year we’d booked to go on the Saturday so we could make a day of it. We booked HSK for late lunchtime as we were going to the 6 o’clock show. When we arrived it was really busy, it’s quite easy to find, not far from the tube and in a really nice location. It’s actually really near the Ice bar in London if you know where that is (ps the icebar is nice for a one time thing, once you’ve done it you’re probably unlikely to do it again. Another tip- don’t wear sandals when you go, not that I’m talking from experience or anything).

So the lovely staff on the door took our coats and we were shown to our table, there was a lot of family’s in there so that reassured me that it was likely to be nice. As usual we were starving, I’m pretty sure we ordered deep fried brie so start and it was really really nice. However I can’t seem to see it on the menu so maybe I’m making that up!? We ordered some mocktails (£6.50 each-bit steep for some juice but we looked past it) and they were really refreshing.

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For mains Amber went for the fish and chips (£20), said “it was lush! massive too”. The beef wellington is for two people to share and Rosie said she didn’t mind sharing it with me (Thank god-I would of been devastated if no one fancied it.) I’ve only ever had my Grandad’s homemade beef wellington and that is honestly my favourite thing in the world. He hasn’t actually made in ages (I know you’re reading this Grandad so this is a big discreet hint.) My expectations were super high, and they were not let down. It says on the menu that you have to allow 45 minutes for the beef wellington, which is a good thing because you know it’s done from scratch, they tell you this again when you order. This is why we had starters, sorry Amber you probably just wanted your fish and chips asap. The beef was SO tender and flavourful, quite pink which is what I love. The pastry wasn’t too overdone it was just right, it also comes with a brie mash. I’m not a huge fan of mash so didn’t have any but Rosie said it was really good. The gravy was the red wine jus and that is just the best gravy ever, it just adds so much to your meal.

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We all really enjoyed our meals, I can see why the beef welly is for two-it’s huge. So, I completely read the menu wrong on the beef wellington I thought it was £40 which I thought was an outstanding price. Anyway, our bill came and it said £80. It was £40 per person. Har har *oh.my.god.eighty.pound.for.some.beef* However it was our Christmas day out and Rosie’s last celebrations for a couple of years in England- this is what we told ourselves to try and make us feel better. We had a lovely meal and the staff were lovely, the restaurant cleared out about 3ish and we were the only ones in there. Before that, like I said before there were loads of families of all ages. A really nice atmosphere and it’s decorated lovely. The toilets are really nice and clean too. One of those places where the loo roll is thick and they have good hand soap and moisturiser. If you’re going for a special occasion or just fancy a splurge meal, I really recommend this place.

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Gaucho- Piccadilly 25 Swallow St, Mayfair, London W1B 4QR

On the 5th February 2018 this year my mum and I managed to get some really cheap tickets for Annie for an evening performance. So we decided to drive up to Stratford Westfield and get the tube across. We had little mooch around in the shops along Regent and Oxford street then made our way To Gaucho. I’d actually originally booked Bob Bob Ricard as that is on my list to try, but my mum didn’t fancy it so we decided to go to Gaucho. There was a man on the outside of the restaurant as we approached and he kindly showed us to the front desk, he must of been so cold bless him. I’m not sure if he was a security guard or a doormen, he was lovely anyway. The ladies on the front desk kindly took our coats and then showed us to our table, it’s quite dark in there but very spacious. We both ordered a cocktail, mine was really strong and I din’t end up drinking it. We didn’t bother with starters, just went for the mains and sides. We both went for the 300g sirloin £25.45. Sides are £4.95 each, my mum chose the fat chips and I went for the spinach. We also got mushrooms to share. The steak came out and it was huge! I expected it to be tiny. The sides were really good, if I’m honest I thought the steak would of been nicer. I know I shouldn’t but I compared it to STK and it wasn’t as good. (I need to find another word for good) My mum really enjoyed her steak and said she wanted to go back already and it was one of the best steaks she had had. I was really full at this point but my mum really wanted dessert, I persuaded her to go for the Chocolate mousse (£7.25) so I could try some. I went for the chocolate truffles £4.75. The waiter was like “try the cheesecake, it’s my favourite!” At £10 for a cheesecake it would be my favourite too, no thank you. My truffles were really yummy and my mum enjoyed her mousse, I didn’t end up trying any in the end.

 

 

I can’t remember the exact price but I think it was about £40/£50 each, which was cheaper than STK. However no free bread which was a bit gutting. I would probably go back to try it again, their burger looks really good! In the toilet, they had this HUGE candle and it smelt SO good, the toilets were freezing but really clean. If you’re thinking about going here, I would definitely recommend it.

Bunga Bunga- bottomless brunch Covent Garden- 25th February 2018.

Rosie and my birthday had come around again so we decided to go here. Our other friend Shannon, her birthday is a week after ours so decided to join all three of our birthdays in one and book Bunga Bunga. Unfortunately Shannon was really poorly so couldn’t make it. So Amber, Rosie and I trotted off to London. So the brunch is £46pp, however they add on a service charge so it’s more like £50pp. We had to pay a deposit of £10 each when we booked it to secure our place. It’s probably a 10 minute walk from Holborn station and an 8 minute walk from Covent garden tube station. If you know where School of Rock is currently, it’s just behind that. When we got there it was mayhem, a huge queue of people outside and I asked if everyone had a booking which they did. The organisation of it was really bad outside so if you’re thinking of going, we went to the 2pm slot so maybe get there about 1:30, we missed out on about 20 minutes of prosecco drinking! Probably for the best to be honest.

Anyway we got there, they filled up our glasses and we started drinking. I’m actually not a fan of prosecco but I wasn’t turning down an unlimited amount. It’s not the greatest prosecco either, Amber is an avid prosecco drinker and she said it was cheap stuff. You can ask for bellini’s instead, which I did about an hour in and It was much much better. (or maybe I was just drunk and couldn’t taste it) For starters you each get a little brioche bun, with the choice of nutella or jam. They were warm too and great. You also get a selection of cured meats and some melon. These were ok. By this point the entertainment had started, I’m not entirely sure what it was but they were good singers and after 2 glasses of prosecco it was really fun and you’d learnt the bunga bunga song.

It felt like aaggggeeesss before we got our 1 metre pizza, every other table had eaten their pizza and we hadn’t got ours. Eventually it came out, the pizza was SO good. You get three sections. I’ll attach a picture of the menu below.

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Then there was a free for all on karaoke. OH MY GOD THE BEST BIT. IT WAS HILARIOUS. There is definitely a good reason why they wait until a vast amount of prosecco has been consumed, it was soooo funny. It was super cheesy songs that people were singing and it was great, honestly I was crying with laughter, my (face) cheeks hurt. The two hours goes sooo quickly but we made the most of it. When it’s your birthday they bring out sparklers and a shot for the birthday people. However they ran out of time for ours 😦 we did tell them but they didn’t seem to care paha. It was mainly females in there but 1 in 10 were male. It’s such a good laugh! A really varied age group too. It finishes at 4, you come out at 4 o’clock, the air hits you like a ton of bricks and you realise how drunk you are. So then we went onto 2 more bars (why did we do this.) At about 6 o’clock this is when I passed out and had to go home paha-was in bed snoring by half 9. I would FOR SURE go back here, they actually have a few locations so I’d like to try the others.  I definitely recommend the brunch, however I would say make sure you eat at about 12 o’clock, just in case like us you have to wait ages for your pizza. Also, it’s not that filling so line your poor stomach before throwing some cheap proesseco down it, and ask for the Bellini’s instead.

 

The Guinea Grill- 30 Bruton Pl, Mayfair, London W1J 6NL 25th February 2018

As my birthday fell during the week, I decided to do a meal out with my mum and dad on a weekend. The only day we could all do was a Sunday, which was fine because that meant a Sunday roast. I originally wanted to go to McK Grill in Essex but one day my dad had been saying his friend at work really rated this restaurant called The guinea Grill. I didn’t know if this was a hint that he wanted to go there but I took it as that and booked us a table. We drove up to Westfield, parked and got the tube to Regent Street. We then mooched about then made our way to the restaurant. You would definitely need google maps to find it, probably a good ten minute walk from Bond street. It’s in such a prestige area, expensive cars everywhere! Then three Medderz chavs bowl through. It’s a really old building, it’s like an old boozer when you walk in. The man behind the bar wasn’t friendly at all and got a bit stroppy with me when I couldn’t decide what to drink. We had a drink in the bar bit then went round to the restaurant section. My dad started chatting to the chef- he was really lovely and actually came up to see us when we were eating to check everything was ok. Dad dropped in that he use to be a butcher and he knew his steak cuts (alright Carl calm down.) They were chatting away, he then was telling us all about the Sunday roast and what it comes with, he was also telling us about the different steaks he had and that he wouldn’t mind cooking those if we wanted them. The manager then asked us if we’d like to sit downstairs or up, we chose up and we were so glad we did, it was really airy up there and not as busy or loud. Downstairs was really busy, we took this as a good sign! We all decided to go for the Sunday roast sirloin. They offered us bread to nibble on, this was really nice bread and the butter they gave you was really thick and creamy. I bloody love bread. Our roast’s turned up and they looked unreal, All roasts are served with duck fat roast potatoes, double yolk Yorkshire pudding, honey glazed carrots and parsnips, swiss chard, curly kale, baby onions and bacon. I opted out of the bacon as I wasn’t feeling bacon that day. My dinner came out with all the trimmings on the plate. Mum and dad’s came out with their veg and stuff on a separate plate, I think this is because they had the bacon. It’s such a good roast, really tasty and everything was perfect! My dad isn’t a lover of pink meat but he said he found it really flavoursome! It was sooo filling and we couldn’t manage pudding. I’m not actually sure how much it was as I wasn’t allowed to look as it was my birthday treat, also the Sunday roast price isn’t on the website. http://www.theguinea.co.uk/restaurant?menu=716 you could probably ring and ask! I would definitely go again, the young lad who served us was really lovely and was saying the food during the week is really good and it get’s really busy. I can imagine it’s really popular. It was a lot of families in there on a Sunday, I imagine during the week it’s week day workers. The décor was really historic, pictures of a young Churchill and the Queen’s wedding day, I took a picture of these to show my nan. The Churchill pic was really hard to take a picture of because it was right near the window so the light was on it.

 

Duck and Waffle-Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY & The Alchemist 6 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7BA 3rd March 2018

I’ve wanted to go to the Duck and Waffle for about 4/5 years now, I finally managed to get booked in. You have to book 2 months in advance so it’s a bit of a faff- worth it though. It’s in the city and we went on a Saturday so the city was eerily quiet. Much better than a week day. It’s pretty easy to find and if you can’t get onto the internet just look for the tall heron tower- hard to miss. It’s in the same building as Sushi samba if you know that. If you aren’t good with height’s, do not lookout when you’re in the lift. It makes your tummy go funny, it is sooooo quick. We arrived and were shown to our table, we were quite near the window which I was pleased about, it seems that the tables that are twos are the ones next to the window. The day we went it was soooo cloudy, gutted! It was the week of the beast from the east so that’s why. I would LOVE to go at sunset. We decided to get the bread I can’t remember if we went for the HOUSE BREAD, SPICED BUTTER & SEA SALT or the ROSEMARY & GARLIC BREAD-both £6, it was really tasty anyway. It reminded me of pizza garlic bread so I think it was the rosemary one. Rosie went for the HOUSE BREAKFAST £16 Lincolnshire sausage, two eggs – any style, dry cured bacon, grilled tomato, mushroom, hash brown, Cheddar & buttermilk scone. Amber and I went for the classic duck and waffle £18. I wasn’t sure about the idea of a waffle and a duck leg, neither was Amber. OH MY GIDDY GOD WHY HAVE I NOT HAD THIS SOONER. It is one of my favourite meals ever. I actually don’t like waffles as I find them too thick, this waffle was PERFECT. The duck and waffle go together perfectly, and the maple syrup that they give you is divine. Rosie tried a bit of ours and was so gutted she didn’t go for it, she said the breakfast was nice but wished she’d gone for the D&W. We all had a coke each and the meal came to £25 each which I think for the food and experience is SO good?! Considering it’s London and you’re 40 floors up and the food is fab, I thought it was reasonable. They only have 2 female toilets which is a bit of a bum (ha) as they were quite busy. I’d definitely go back here, I really want to come here with my mum as I know she’d love the food but hate heights. I do think if you’re bad with heights this isn’t for you, which is a shame! I’m not sure if you could contact them and ask if you could have a seat which doesn’t look out. However the majority of it is glass so I’m unsure if you could get away from the height aspect. The lift on the way down is way worse too, I actually couldn’t look and I’m fine with heights.

After this we decided to go to The Alchemist which is a 2 minute walk away. I first went to the alchemist in Manchester, then 2 years ago went to the London one so knew what to expect-fun cocktails! The cocktails here are like potions and really fun to watch them make them. They aren’t cheap and probably a bit overpriced but it’s the whole experience. I would recommend going here for a birthday celebration or a special occasion, but it’s definitely a couple of drinks kind of place-unless you’ve got loads of money then drink until your hearts content. Rosie and I shared the THE MAD HATTERS
KETEL ONE VODKA, CITRUS,
ELDERFLOWER, COINTREAU AND
SUMMER FRUITS. SCIENCE. £21.
It took ages to be made but it was really cool when it came out. However, not that nice to drink, leaves a funny twang at the back of your throat. Wouldn’t get it again.  Amber went for Peaches and cream £8.50 BRIOTTET PEACH AND PINK GRAPEFRUIT,
LEMON, PROSECCO, FIZZ 
  she said it tasted a bit like soap and wasn’t that great. The screwballs are really good, and
I LOVE their Wow woo’s £9 they are really good, really sweet and sugary.

 

 

 

The Ivy Market Grill Covent Garden, 1A Henrietta St, London WC2E 8PS &

My Old Dutch, 131-132 High Holborn, London WC1V 6PS Sunday 25th March 2018
Rosie and I fancied going to Brick Lane as it’s cool and quirky there and they are only open on a Sunday, we thought we might as well get one of the restaurants that’s on the list done too whilst we were in London. We see it every time we are in Covent Garden so decided to book it. The outside is always decorated so lovely, it was an Easter bunny this time, cuuuuttee.
  It was very busy already at 12 o’clock, every table was taken. We were sat right by the door so every time it opened it was a gust of cold air. I actually don’t have much to say about this place as I didn’t really like it. I felt rushed and really on top of the other table and every time someone would walk past they were so close. I went for the steak, eggs and chips. I asked for medium but it was more well done and I just really didn’t enjoy it. Rosie had the chicken and she said It was nice, so I wouldn’t say don’t go there. I just would not rush back myself personally.
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 We then went to Brick Lane for a few hours, got come cool cheap bits. I really recommend here on a Sunday it’s so fun and AMAZING for people watching. I’m going next month with my mum, I’m going to try and get there early to see if its even better for shopping. After this we had already decided to go to one of the My old Dutch restaurant. This is a pancake shop and I believe there are 3 locations in London. We went to the Holborn one for convenience as a few tube lines were not working that day so we knew we could get there easy from Liverpool street and then easy to get back to Victoria. It’s about a 3 minute walk from the tube station, opposite The Hoxton Hotel. We got a really good seat by the window. We both ordered a pot of tea and a glass of tap water. Rosie went for the huge strawberry and nutella flat pancake and I went for the butterscotch chocolate chip & chocolate sauce but swapped the chocolate sauce for nutella because I’m a fat pig. It didn’t take long to come out and when it did I thought “wow this looks insane” and it was!! The pancakes were so good, not too stodgey and just right! We both didn’t finish them and were very pancake’d out, so worth it. The pot of tea was lovely too, it was tea leaves rather than a bag. If you’re a pancake fan, make a point of going here! It is LOVELY.

 

Sorry for this HUGE blog post, and congrats if you made it to the end. I just wanted to get a few of my recent London restaurants written up. I have a few I still want to try which are my notes below (plz ignore spelling mistakes), not all are in London but I can’t be bothered to type them out haha. If you’ve been to any of the below please let me know what you think!

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Ellie xx
@ellhales

 

The Horseshoes- East Farleigh

 

 

So, I first stumbled across this place on Instagram last year, I added it to my ever growing list of restaurants to try (no joke I have a list on my phone in the notes.) On the 23rd of April 2017 my friend and I decided to try the Sunday lunch. It’s in the prettiest of locations, in a cute quaint village. One of these villages that you drive through the twisty roads and look at all the beautiful country houses and wish you could have a peep inside/wish you lived in one of them. The pub is next to a stables, I’m not sure if they are linked but every time I’ve been there has been some sort of lessons/training going on in the training paddock-cute!

On the Sunday of April last year we arrived and thought “aw cute.” The car park is massive so no issues getting parked. We went in and were shown to our table- I’ve always booked here as it’s a 25 minute drive from me so I’d rather be safe.- We didn’t order a starter as we were not sure how big the roast would be/wanted to save room for dessert(even though the dessert stomach is separate and is always empty.) I decided to go for the roast beef (£13.75) and Rosie went for the chicken (£11.95.) 2B65F1A5-B18B-40FA-8083-73AF369039F4

Ohhhh my god. Hand on heart I have to say it was/is one of best roast dinners I have had out. The beef is so flavoursome. The veg was really tasty, and I’m not a huge fan of roast potatoes but these ones are grand. The gravy- lets talk about the gravy. It’s thick and the flavour of it is unreal. SO good. Rosie said her chicken was good but a bit aggy as it was on the bone, still tasty though. Obviously there was room for dessert- durh. I’ve seen these chocolate bombs everywhere and it was one of the main reasons I wanted to go here. I was not disappointed. This one has chocolate popping candy too, teeny tiny explosions in your mouth. Rosie found it a bit too sickly but for me it was great. I have no filter when it comes to sickliness so that’s probably why. It’s also super fun to pour, however last time I had it back in January they poured it for you so I don’t know if safety regulations have changed, or they’d run out of jugs?! If you’re not into chocolate a huge deal and just want to get this for the experience it is about £7 so maybe have a think about it. I loved it so thought it was worth it for me.

 

 

In June time I took my other friend here, it was a really beautiful day so we sat in their garden to have lunch. it’s honestly so picturesque and such a sun trap (my heaven.) If you’re not a fan of the sun or can’t sit in it for too long they do have big umbrellas so everyone is a winner. I went for the steak sandwich this time (starting to think I like steak/beef) and it was so good. We ordered two of their mocktails, I’m pretty sure they were virgin pornstar martinis. They were HEAVENLY. If you’re into these drinks then you have to get them. I’ve had a few of their mocktails now and they are really really good, I’ll either have this one or the elderflower sherbet. So refreshing-when I went with m family on mothers day they all tried my drink and loved it. 4ABF16D5-608E-4896-90A9-13AB3C3592E1

We then went for dessert. My friend went for the cookie and ice cream (does exactly what is says on the tin) and myself the chocolate brownie. If I’m honest I probably wouldn’t get it again as it was quite dry for me but my friend tried it and really liked it (the world would be boring if we all liked the same stuff eh!) Their lunch menu is really good as a lot of the stuff has FP next to it which means it’s part of their fixed price range, 2 courses £11.95 3 courses £15.50 (Available Monday – Saturday, 12pm-6pm)

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I then crashed a date day in summer between my friend and her boyfriend one Saturday and went here again with them. It was a beautiful day again so we all sat outside and had lunch. We all loved it, I honestly don’t think you can go wrong here. I’ve also been here on a Friday night for dinner, I was expecting it to be quite loud and busy but it was perfect. They also let dogs into the pub section (how brilliant) so I spent the majority of the evening staring at a dog. It’s such a comfortable environment and really homely if that makes sense. Also the staff are LOVELY.

On the 14th of January this year, my friend and I decided to come here with our mums. I somehow got lost on the way, my mum was telling me where/how to drive- I was getting aggy, words were exchanged and we didn’t talk for 10 minutes and you could cut the atmosphere with a butter knife. I have no idea how I got lost as it’s on one straight road from Tovil in Maidstone (blaming the hunger.) We walked in the pub section and Rosie and Vic were in there with a drink, our table was ready so we went and sat down (my mum and I had made up at this point, the occasional dig about driving came up but it was fine- I made it clear she could drive next time ha.) All 4 of us went for a roast. My mum literally will only ever eat her own roast dinner or my Grandad’s roast dinner, so this was either going to ruin her Sunday (and mine as I’d told her how great it was so it was all down to me) or make it. After the car incident, it would of topped it off. Thankfully all four of us LOVED it, even my mum!! Honestly she said it was one of the best dinners she’d had and wanted to go back already, my dad was so shocked she’d eaten a roast out when we got home and told him. It probably helped that they had a huge Gin selection (why is Gin such a thing at the moment?!) so she was in her element. We all had pudding, Rosie and I were food drunk, our mums were just drunk. We all really loved it and had a lovely afternoon. Oh by the way, I love Yorkshire puds so always ask for two, happy paying the extra if required.

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The last time I came here was Mothers day this year- Sunday 11th March 2018. I rang up and paid the £5 each deposit for 5 of us, my Nan, Grandad, mum and dad. Again, as this was my recommendation, it was on my head if it wasn’t great (I had faith.) My dad and Grandad were not that keen on coming, I don’t know why as I’d raved about it so much-probably because I’d suggested it!  So on mothers day it was a set menu of 3 courses for I think £22/£23 which I thought was SO reasonable. My nan is 91 this year and she is tiny and doesn’t eat much so she was going to have the children’s menu (I had rung and asked if this was ok before hand and they said it was totally fine.) We went over at 3pm, I also liked the idea of not having to pre order your food. I always get anxious when you have to do that because I think “when did they cook this, how long has this been sat in the kitchen etc” My dad for starters went for the Lobster and king prawn pot, my mum and Grandad the deep fried brie and I went for the thyme-roasted Portobello mushrooms. Everyone loved their starters (yay) we all tried a bit of each others starters and each was really tasty. My nan had a bit of everyone’s so she was the real winner. For mains we all went for the roast, apart from my mum who chose to go for the steak (she said it was lovely- you did have to pay an extra supplement for this but steak is worth it). When my Nan’s child dinner came out in my head I thought “that’s tiny and not much there.” Anyway we all got stuck in and didn’t talk for a good twenty minutes, everyone enjoyed their dinner (even my dad and Grandad which I was VERY pleased about.) My nan managed all of her dinner and I think it was the perfect size for her as it wasn’t too daunting because it was small. My Grandad and dad went for the lamb and I tried some of it and it was really good, my dad is the son of a butcher so is a good critic when it comes to meat, so if he liked it, it must of been good. The lovely staff then swiftly cleared our table and took our dessert order- I can’t remember what we all had but I know Grandad, myself and my dad went for the profiteroles and they were fab. In between this the drinks were flowing, gin, wine and beer everywhere (elderflower sherbert for me.) As I said before they have an extensive Gin list and I would say 5 different gins were tried that afternoon, they do different combinations and they are tasty (so my family said, I’m just really not into gin-more of an Smirnoff ice and/or archers/cocktail kind of gal.) So we all had our desserts and drinks and sat talking for ages. Thankfully every single member of my family loved it. My Grandad actually said he was going to take friends over he loved it that much. It was such a lovely afternoon celebrating our mums, I try to make mothers day special for my mum as my Grandma (my mum’s mum) is unfortunately no longer with us. The Horseshoes made this afternoon exactly what I’d hoped for and more, my nan also really loved it so it was perfect. The staff couldn’t do enough for us, thank you!

 

I honestly can’t recommend this place enough, it’s suitable for everyone. I just wish I lived closer! Also the toilets are always clean- which is an added bonus.

Ellie xx

 

 

 

 

Restaurants (& a bar) continued…

Continuing on from my last post I forgot to mention a few other restaurants I love:

Pizza express– I love the chicken pasta thang- no photo’s of here- soz.

Crepe & Co Rochester- This place is so sweet. It’s not very big but the crepes are so nice. They are kind of crispy?! I’ve been a handful of times and always try to go when I’m in Rochester during the day. The only thing I would say, I wish they put more Nutella in. I’m going to ask next time🐷

Fleur de The- Rochester- A really cute tea and cake shop! I highly recommend it. It gets suuuuuper busy so I’d say go off peak. I’ve been meaning to go to their chocolate afternoon tea. Maybe I’ll book it within the next few months. The two pictures below are from just after Christmas/just before NYE when my friend and I went early one week day morning, safe to say I didn’t manage both. The hot choc is to die for.

 

Miller and Carter– I’ve been here so many times and I actually went to the Harlow restaurant on Christmas Day. I’ve also been to the Bexley restaurant a fair few times and think I’m going there on Easter Sunday. I’ve been to the lakeside boat one once, that was really good. There has been a new restaurant opened near me in Maidstone that I must try. I tried booking for Easter Sunday but they were quite rude and blunt on the phone so I didn’t bother. They had only been open a few days so I’ll let them off and give it a month or so. The first 4 photos are from Christmas Day. How beaut is my mumma! The last one was taken at Lakeside, 21st February this year, it was Rosie’s birthday and we went for a spa day then onto here. Was sooo tasty, even better because she’s with the AA and they give 20% off food and drink at Miller and Carter, get involved people!!

 

Shake Shack- I’ve been to so many of the ones in London, UNREAL! I wish they had one (or one hundred of them) in Kent. I also went to the one in the outlet in New York back in late 2016, my mum thought it was like McDonald’s so wasn’t keen on having it (har har Sah you are wrong), I made her get one and now she’s hooked like me.

The Lobster Shack- Whitstable. Rain or shine this place tastes great! I love it all year round. In Summer you can sit outside, people watch, boat watch, and my most favourite thing to do- dog watch (dogs are allowed inside yay). In winter they have a big fire and it’s so cosy. There is something so comforting about being inside somewhere warm whilst watching the waves crash outside and rain whack the window. I’ll attach a few pics from the various times that I’ve been. For some reason I have hardly any pictures of the food, VERY unlike me, probably so excited to eat chicken nugget and/or fish and chips. The Pimm’s is fab, we shared this between 3 of us. How cute is my dog!!

 

B@1- Cocktail Bar

I honestly do not think I’ve ever left this place sober. The last time I was here I actually passed out and had to be helped out to an Uber. Then passed out again at London Victoria station (I’d been at a bottomless brunch in the early afternoon and it was our birthday celebrations so it’s allowed- right?!) It is my favourite cocktail bar everrrr. Between 4-7pm it’s happy hour (best hour ever), when you’re in London and it works out at £5/£6 a cocktail(the dream) you honestly have to make the most of it- and I do and I never learn to pace myself. We came here before we went to watch Drake at the o2 last year, before this we’d been here so many times, however for some strange reason (not because we were intoxicated) we got lost going from the bar to the tube (It’s literally a 3 minute walk).  We fell in a bin, into the road, I got bin juice all over my coat and my friend ended up with a massive bruise on her leg. Our other friend was on the phone to her boyfriend at the time so thankfully, no photo evidence. I’ve actually only ever been to the two in Covent garden (they are near Shake shack and Ben’s cookies so it’s inevitable what happens after.) We also went the Brighton one last summer- that was good too but we went on a Friday so no real atmosphere- I’m sure it’s super fun of a weekend though. I really do need to visit some more! They play good tunes, the staff are crazy but fun and everything seems funny after two cocktails. If you’re in London and you fancy a drink find a b@1 as they are dotted all over the place, even better if you’re on a budget. 4-7pm!

 

These are my favourite places to eat/drink/be merry in.

Ellie xx

List of places I have eaten over the past year or so. Would I recommend?

Ok, so I eat out A LOT , I’m not sorry and I bloody love it. I always think, I’m not going to be able do this when I have a mortgage and responsibilities (lol- like I’m ever going to move out.) So for now, 80% of my wages will be spent on food and cocktails/mocktails. Below is a list of the places I’ve eaten in the last year or so and if I’d go again/ recommend to other people.

11th March 2017- Sheesh Chigwell.

It’s a yes from me. It was really good. It’s probably more of an occasion dinner as for me. My best friends birthday is the day after mine and we’d celebrated in Thailand so when we got back to England this was our England celebration with our other friend. it’s quite out of the way and we actually stayed overnight (so we could go out out after). I guess it’s also quite pricey when you think it’s just a posh kebab.

The food’s really good and fresh, the staff are lovely, and the décor is beaut and chic.

 

 

18th March 2017- Canterbury Cote & Eleto Chocolate Café/ Kaspa’s 29th April.

Another yes, I think all Cote’s are good to be honest?! The e of Cote has the weird hat symbol on but I haven’t figured out how to do that- soz. We then went to the chocolate café, also great- I highly recommend if you have a sweet tooth like me. It’s always busy though. I also went to Kaspa’s with my mum on the 29th April which is also in Canterbury, very good, bit like the Creams if you’ve been to any of those.

 

2nd April 2017- Brick Lane Cereal Killer Café

I had a hot chocolate- was sickly and great. Bit of a different lunch, loved It and would recommend! We went to Junkyard Gold club after and that was super fun! I need to go back there, being tipsy and attempting it would be fun.

 

 

Flat Iron London- various times over the year. & Milk Train café 6th May 2017

If you don’t know about Flat Iron, GET TO KNOW OH MY GOD IT IS SO GOOD AND SO CHEAP. Please, if you’re a steak lover, go. I’m such a steak snob now because of it and been 3 or 4 times now. The picture below is when I went to watch Ed. The creamed spinach is heavenly. The milk train café is also lovely, it’s tiny so grab a seat quick but so yummy.

 

Plough Inn, Lewson Street Sittingbourne. 26th May 2017.

Really good food!! I felt a bit like I shouldn’t be in there as it seemed it was a locals pub but that might of been just me. I would go back, I had the duck- SO good. si

The New forest and surrounding areas- 27th May- 29th May 2017.

I LOVED this place(s). We ate/drank at so many different places, all of them were lovely. I can’t remember the name of some of them as we stumbled upon them by accident. How cute is this donkey!? (No not my friend or me)

 

1st July 2017- Black Lock Chops.

We were meant to see Adele but she famously cancelled (sob) so we still went up to London for food, and then on the day got tickets for the show Half a Sixpence. Can’t say this was my favourite restaurant. The staff were lovely but the steak was average. BL.jpg

CAU- twice in London once in Amsterdam.

The burger was demolished in Amsterdam on the 29th December 2016- definitely go if you’re in Dam. dam.jpgThen my friend and I went to Lovebox last year on the Saturday so went to the London restaurant before. Food was great, cocktails were tasty and strong (what more do you want)

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Then January of this year I was working in London for two days so met decided to meet two of my friends after work. We went for cocktails before hand (bad idea for lightweights- evidence below I have absolutely no idea who that man is.) However I think the food was good again?!

 

 

I’ll continue this post another day 🙂 more of my favourite restaurants ( which I can’t be bothered to write about as I have soooo many pictures of as I go them a lot) include the below:

Zizi’s

Loch Fyne

The horseshoes East Farleigh.

Tgi’s

 

I always post pics and stories of food/drinks on my insta which is @ellhales

Ellie xx