One sunny weekend recently we went for a walk, a very long walk, from Finsbury Park to the top of Hampstead Heath and down to Gospel Oak. Towards the end of our walk we ended up in a pub called The Stag for a late lunch/dinner.
As it was a sunny day – the large beer garden in the back was heaving with people and so we sat inside which was also buzzing with people at the bar coming in from the garden to order drinks etc. We chose a little booth and table (the only free space as it was rammed).
We shared the Scotch Egg, the Beef Carpaccio and the Beef Rib with Slaw.
We weren’t really sure what to expect as none of us had eaten there before and we were pleasantly surprised. The food was all delicious and presented very well.
Definitely recommend if you are in Hampstead Heath and looking for a place to eat in the area.
My friend from school, Caroline, (who I have known since I was about 10 years old) came to visit London for work and so we decide to go for brunch. She was recommended The Harwood Arms in Fulham by a friend of hers and so we went.
It is a quiet, bright, airy pub with a friendly vibe. Great for a catch up with friends since you are able to properly hear each other without music blaring in the background.
We wanted everything on the menu, but decided to get three starters to share and then our own main each.
We then ordered a main each. I went for the monk fish, Caroline the lamb and her friend the duck. It also came with a side of the creamiest, richest mashed potatoes to share.
Everything was cooked to perfection and you could tell the food was properly cared for and looked after while it was being prepared. It was well priced and the service was great. I cannot fault anything. Try it for yourself.
The Thomas Cubitt, based in between Sloane Square and Victoria Stations, is named after the famous Belgravia Architect and is one of the four Cubitt House Group’s locally run gastro pubs which are famous of their seasonal dining room menus using and their vibrant pub atmosphere.
We had heard great things and as we were working in the area we decided to try it out!
It was a Thursday evening and the pub downstairs was packed with people chatting away excitedly to friends and colleagues. We walked through and went upstairs into the dining room where we were seated at our table.
The dining room was dimly lit and cozy. The menu had an emphasis on British produce and is it ever changing based on what is in season. Our waiter was fabulous. He talked us through the menu with a sense of passion (which I personally love in a restaurant) and he even recommended a wine for us that would go well with all of our dishes.
I ordered the pan fried seabass, Jack had the steak and Sandra adventurously ordered the pigeon and we shared some vegetables and fries between us.
The meat and fish were perfectly cooked and they each came with their own quirkiness which made the dish exciting and definitely not your usual boring-bog-standard-pub-grub.
We ended the meal with a cheese board to share which we were talked through by our waiter and we nibbled on this as we finished the rest of our wine.
We had a really great experience all around – A must try if you are in the area.
One Sunday afternoon Renata and I decided to go to the Victoria and Albert Museum as we had never been before. After walking around a couple exhibitions we built up quite the appetite and decided to go to Jaks on Walton Street, but stumbled upon their other cafe Zefi. From the outside we could see that they had a garden in the back and it was a glorious sunny day, so we had to go and sit out there.
Beautiful fresh smells came from the garden where there were tomatoes and other vegetables, herbs and flowers growing. You order from the counter inside. They have a few main savoury dishes, salads, pastries and cakes that they make each day. They also make smoothies, frozen yoghurts, fresh juices and then teas and coffees.
Fresh on the counter that Sunday were a Spinach and Feta Filo Pastry and a Salmon and Broccoli Lasagne, so Renata had the Filo Pastry and I had the Lasagne with a salad on the side.
They were both healthy and wholesome with good ingredients and it is reasonably priced. I’d recommend to go if you are in the area. There is also indoor seating with quirky décor.
If you are looking for a taste of a proper Hong Kong Dim Sum, I recommend Royal China in Queensway. To get a table you will need to get there early as you cannot do a lunch booking on the weekends.
My aunt and uncle and I went for a dim sum lunch one Saturday. We got there just before 12noon and luckily we got a seat but the restaurant was already almost full up!
You order from the menu at The Royal China and there is plenty to choose from.
We had some dumplings which were all made so beautifully and you could taste that they were freshly steamed.
We had some sticky rice which is wrapped and steamed in lotus leaf.
We had some fried bits like spring rolls, which I am not usually a huge fan of, but these were cooked so well. They weren’t greasy and they were perfectly crisp on the outside and again you could taste that they were freshly cooked.
We also had some barbecued suckling pig which comes cut in squares with absolutely crisp and crunchy skin piled perfectly over squares of soft and tender meat.
And finally to end the meal we had some duck pancakes which again was lovely. A great barbecue-like taste to it.
Overall it was a great meal. I definitely recommend for a very Hong-Kongese Dim Sum.