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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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!