Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Grant: For the bank holiday weekend, my husband and I checked out the Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace. There were a lot of food and alcohol stalls, either to eat and drink there or for taking home. I ended up taking home some really great gin, some cucumber infused vodka and some chili ketchup that was pretty fantastic. I think the best thing I ate there was an Omelette from one of the food trucks that was probably one of the best I’ve ever had. The poutine there was a bit of a disappointment, as it was basically cheesy chips and not the poutine I learned to love in Canada. But it was a fun day out with a lot of free seminars (and free booze!) so I’m glad we went and checked it out.
Linzi: The Simpsons say ‘you don’t make friends with salad’ but what do they know? They’ve never met this big buttery ball of mozzarella from Pizza Pilgrims in Exmouth Market. Ok, so maybe it’s not *strictly* a healthy salad but, look, it has green! The soft, creamy mozzarella pairs perfectly with the salty sun dried tomatoes and is a wonderful accompaniment to their pizzas.
Sanj: My mum came to visit for the bank holiday weekend so we took her for afternoon tea at Dean Street Townhouse. It’s a beautiful relaxed space and we all promptly sank into the velvety sofa chairs (helped by some prosecco). They weren’t overly generous on the sandwiches but the cake selection defeated us!
Yee Gan: Emma and I got married on Saturday and we’ve been having our mini-moon in Scotland. Our favourite meal of the week was at Martin Wishart at Cameron House on the banks of Loch Lomond near Glasgow. The flavours were stunning. Look out for a full review soon…
Jules: I have shifted from Afternoon Tea to cake, as proven in my current cake and art series. This Wednesday I went to Dorking to visit a friend. We had a not very memorable lunch in a pub, but later on went through tonnes of Antique shops. To my delight one of them – Christique Antique Centre – had a little café tucked away in the back. Review to follow soon.
Grant: When in the Lake District, one shold go to the best restaurant, right? So we went to L’Enclume on our mini holiday to The North and enjoyed some delicious food (19 courses!) with some great wine pairings. Throw in some amazing service, and you have a great holiday meal. Watch for a full review, but in the meantime check out this tantalising veal tartare:
Linzi: When your wonderful boyfriend wants to take you out for a nice dinner and asks where you want to go, what would you say? Well I said steak and when I think steak, I think Hawksmoor. We went to their lovely Spitalfields restaurant for chateaubriand that was to die for! I can also hugely recommend their potted beef and Yorkshire puddings to start, and of course, don’t leave without an order of salted caramel rolos.
Reviews from the week…
Did you catch Yee Gan’s Michelin-starred visit to Drake’s in Surrey? Jules tried afternoon tea at the eerily quiet Savannah by Euston, while international Buncher Becky has a warning about Basalt Wine & Salumeria in Whistler and Vicky is guaranteed to make you jealous of her amazing onsen feeds in Nikko, Japan. And if you’ve ever struggled to find good Mexican food in London, Grant has the perfect guide for you to sort the good from the bland!
Have you got any foodie highlights (or lowlights!) to share from the last 7 days? Or maybe you’ve tried one of our favourites? Let us know in the comments below! Who knows, the Bunch might just check out your suggestions for a future review…