Category Archives: Eats & Drinks

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I must apologise to you for the delay with this write up. You saw it on my insta stories, you fell in love, I promised you a piece on my blog that weekend… and then life happened and everything in my world came to a bit of a grinding halt.

So for the past few weeks I have been playing catch up like I’ve never played before – I’m juggling balls like a (semi) pro circus act and I have most certainly dropped a fair few along the way… (I said semi).

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Undercoffee Coffee with Greggs
for Fairtrade Fortnight

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A couple of weeks ago I attended a very special event at the Ham Yard Hotel, one of my favourite hotels, in the heart of Piccadilly.

We had gathered for Fairtrade Fortnight, and to bring to the forefront of our minds, our everyday coffee choices and whether or not they are ethical. Which sounds all very heavy and serious and not at all light and cappuccino frothy… But that’s the point. Buying a coffee is a little treat, which I usually buy for myself without thinking about its provenance.  How can my morning latte decision possibly be of any importance to the rest of the world?

But it is. Enormously.

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Lip smacking deliciousness at
Tandoor Chop House, Covent Garden

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A couple of minutes walk from The Strand, lies the new scrumptious venture from Ennismore – the very very gorgeous Tandoor Chop House – a collision of a classic British chop house and a North Indian communal eatery…

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Gluten free crumpets have arrived
(and it’s a whole new world)

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One of my very first blog posts was all about crumpets. Crumpets and tea, crumpets with jam, crumpets on the sofa, crumpets oozing with butter…

Crumpets sum up cosy for me and I’ve been banging on about them ever since. They are a part of me. Literally. I’m probably around 40% crumpets on any given day. (Apart from Christmas, when I became 70% cheese. There was less room for crumpets).

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Warm smoothies for winter

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I do love a smoothie, but have always associated them with summer.

Until NOW. Have you ever had a warm smoothie? They are my new favourite thing.

It’s still so cold outside and I’m constantly wrapped up in scarves, hats, gloves and thermals… but rather than grab a coffee or a hot chocolate to warm me up, I’m instead whipping up a storm in my kitchen and creating delicious warm smoothies from fresh fruit and veg, and feeding my body at the same time as feeding my soul.

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An Art-Inspired Afternoon Tea
at Rosewood London

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There’s a saying in the world of theatre – ‘form over content’ – which essentially means that lots of effort has been put into making the lighting, the music and the costumes amazing… but the play itself is underwhelming. I’ve often thought of this phrase when faced with beautiful looking cakes in cafes and hotels, which sparkle and glow and look very fancy pants…. but when it comes to it, just don’t taste that great.

But THIS art-inspired afternoon tea, at Rosewood London, was absolutely, one hundred percent, not one of those occasions. On the contrary, it’s one of the best afternoon teas I’ve ever had.

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Zing Zing – delicious MSG-Free
Chinese Delivery

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I love Chinese food. And I mean, I LOVE Chinese food. It started in my teens and a pivotal moment was when I chose Peking Duck & Pancakes at home with a pal, over a New Year’s Eve party in a swanky bar. Where a boy was going to be who I liked. And he played the guitar.

Even then. I ditched both him and the bar for duck.

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Change a little, enjoy a lot…

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There’s no denying it, Winter is well and truly here. And it has brought with it bitter winds, snow, rain, a frozen pond in the garden (you’ll know all about this and my fish rescue mission if you follow me on insta stories) and a cold that creeps into my bones and just won’t budge.

I actually don’t mind the cold weather at all, as long as I can watch it from inside. I like to be on a sofa, wrapped in blankets, warm and toasty and appreciating the freezing snow from the other side of the window.

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London’s Best Hot Chocolate

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Here is London’s best hot chocolate, in my (not so humble) opinion. Before you read any further, I should assure you that I am 100% qualified to write this post. In fact, I couldn’t be more qualified. I’d challenge you to find someone MORE qualified, who has drunk more hot chocolates than me, and seen more sugar stars than me, in London.

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Going Natural

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This year after Christmas, I concluded that I must be about 55% cheese, 45% mince pie. Which is not a great state of affairs and goes some way to explain my increased derriere.

So as soon as midnight struck on the first day of January, I switched gear and made a promise to myself to eat better… and this meant less sugar, less cheese (sad face) and to embrace as much natural food and drink as possible.

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My Ultimate Christmas Cheeseboard

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Just before Christmas, LM and I had a party. We invited everyone we love and opened our house from 12 – 12 (what were we thinking)… and in our carefully worded invitation (with many E17 references – an opportunity not to be be missed) we promised mince pies, mulled wine, much communal singing and cheese.

Lots of cheese.

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A taste of Yorkshire, in London

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Hidden away in Yorkshire is Keelham Farm Shop – an award-winning family-run business which has two shops in Yorkshire and prides itself on championing great tasting, local produce. Hip pip!

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The Tenth Door of Mayfair…
Silver Shoes, Sparkle
and a Birdcage Afternoon Tea

Birdcage Afternoon Tea at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

Afternoon tea is always a gorgeously decadent treat, no matter where you are… But there’s something about the Palm Court at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, with its stupendous Art Deco features, harp player (yes) and crackling fires, that takes afternoon tea to a whole other glamorous, stylish and fabulously elegant level…

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The Ninth Door of Mayfair…
Dinner in a Winter forest
and an unexpected snowfall

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My ninth door of Mayfair is the extraordinary ‘Sketch‘ – born out of a dream to launch a centre, a “lieu” or destination place, for food, art and music, was brought to life by  “Momo” Mazouz  over two expansive floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street in the heart of Mayfair, London.

I visited Sketch for dinner, and the silk Jigsaw dress I’d seen when in their Duke Street Emporium came in extremely handy…

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The Seventh Door of Mayfair…
Cocktails and Snowmen
at Smith & Whistle

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When you have finished a long day at work and you just want to find a cosy haunt with a slice of glamour, a twist of the 1920s and barmen who REALLY know their stuff, where you can kick back with friends and sip inventive and delicious cocktails…head to Smith & Whistle, my seventh door of Mayfair.

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