There are only so many smelly candles you can buy your mum on Mother’s Day, and this year I was determined to not wander down that well trodden road again.
Instead, I got my lovely mummy (and she really is, very very lovely) a foodie experience in one of her favourite parts of town – Covent Garden. I found Celia Brook’s Covent Garden Gastro Tour over on www.notonthehighstreet.com, and because the gift is for two people…. well, I thought I’d go along for the fun too.
We met Celia and the rest of the group just outside of Covent Garden station. Celia Brooks is an author and TV chef with a huge passion for food, unsurprisingly, so we felt as though we were in expert hands.
To begin our 3 hour tour, Celia greeted us with macarons from Covent Garden hotspot, Ladurèe… whose premises, Celia told us, used to be a brothel!
They were sensational. We gobbled them up as we introduced ourselves and found out where everyone was from. Most of those attending the tour had been given the experience as a gift, so it turns out I’m not the only one who thought it would be a special and thoughtful present.
From there, we walked down Neal Street towards Bread Ahead, a bakery that specialises in their now their famous deep-filled doughnuts, lovingly fermented sourdough bread, cheese and olive sticks, white tin loaves, focaccia, ciabatta, patisserie and much much more. We tasted a few different bits and pieces… and the olive bread was absolutely heavenly.
Then it was time for chocolate… and lots of it! We headed to Hotel Chocolat for delicious hot chocolate (of varying strengths and intensity) salted caramel vodka, lots of different types of chocolate (I was literally in heaven) and an explanation from Celia as to how chocolate is made and its importance throughout history and the world…
She also provided us all with a special discount for shopping in the store that day – a little added bonus!
We emerged on a sugar high and continued to walk through the streets, with Celia pointing out places of interest and historical facts along the way…
We were all getting rather full at this point, but we were troopers! We continued our tour to sample some amazing Egyptian street food at Koshari Street… I didn’t even know this place was here and I’ll certainly be returning…
We walked the final stretch to the beautiful and bright Dalla Terra & Vetro, where we sampled some wonderful wine and indulged in wild-foraged ‘ciccette’ – Italian tapas.
The whole tour was a total treat and I can’t recommend it enough as a present for anyone who loves food and London.
Celia was the perfect host and the whole pace of the tour was spot on.
Thank you so much for having me!
Book here – Celia’s Gastro Tour of Covent Garden