This month we’re all about sharing food! (Yes, I can’t believe I wrote that either). It’s not all bad though, remember that feeling of enviously staring at your friend’s delicious meal? Well forget about that! We’ve found these three awesome restaurants that get rid of food envy and share the love!
Let’s start off with Barrafina, an authentic tapas restaurant with authentic Spanish fare! Whether seafood is your catch or a delicious selection of cold meat is your game, this is the place to be!
With three restaurants, two in Covent Garden and one in Soho, you’re spoilt for choice. Visit their website here: http://www.barrafina.co.uk/
Do you love Thai food? Can’t stop yourself stealing the odd king prawn when your friend’s back is turned? Then it might be worth popping into The Begging Bowl. This authentic Thai restaurant serves only sharing meals and does it pretty well, if we may say so. With everything from crispy squid to traditional Nahm Prik, this is a Thai food lover’s heaven. Visit them here: http://www.thebeggingbowl.co.uk/
We’re giving you the flavours of Peru for our final restaurant. Chicama is a seafood restaurant that uses seasonal British produce and fish to create delightful dishes that you can share! They have two ‘feast’ menus that offer plenty of food to go around, hooray! Check them out here: http://chicamalondon.com/
Let us know what you think of these places on our social media pages!
Spring is so close but don’t miss the last of those warming winter fruits and vegetables, delicious apples, pears, squash and sprouts are all still in abundance. Why not actually be the one to do the picking?
There are lots of ‘Pick Your Own’ places around London and the UK where you can go and pick the best of the seasonal fruit and veg and enjoy a great day out in the countryside. The delights of seasonal fruit picking seem to have gone off the radar with people. Perhaps things are just so readily available now and the pleasure of finding the food yourself has gone. From central London you only need to go as far as Enfield, Esher or Orpington for one of these fantastic farms and a great afternoon’s entertainment.
It’s the time of year when we all think about is our waistline and remember the temptations of the iced gingerbread, mince pies and chocolate tubs of December. Here is our guide on where to eat RAW best! Raw food or ‘live food’ dishes are made from produce – usually but not always unprocessed, organic and vegan – cooked at a temperature below 48C (warmer than body temperature, but still not even half way between frozen and boiling water).
Wild Food Café – www.wildfoodcafe.com
A Neal’s Yard oasis. Their Instagram account alone will make you a raw food convert.
Saf, Old Street – www.safrestaurant.co.uk
Described as the top dog when the explosion of raw food first started out.
Vitao, Oxford Street – www.vitao.co.uk
One of the first pioneers this is certainly worth a visit.
The Bonnington Café, Vauxhall – www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/bonnington-cafe
The chef behind gourmet raw delivery service Raw Fairies. This is a real community café.
Mildreds – www.mildreds.co.uk
Famed from Soho, Camden and Kings Cross, this restaurant is somewhat of a mecca for vegans and vegetarians alike. Their raw food menu is plentiful.
Still looking for last minute gift ideas? Christmas is all about the food and the presents, so why not combine the two?! Check out our suggestions for all the family – whether it’s your cheese obsessed dad or your tea loving grandma.
For those with a sweet tooth: Personalised Marshmallows
We LOVE this creative present. What’s better than printing some pictures of you and your best friend, partner or sibling onto a squidgy sweet marshmallow?! Tasty and memorable!
Cheese lovers: Chutney Hamper
This little hamper provides a welcome addition to any cheese lover’s cheese collection. From caramelised onion and garlic to pear, apple and ginger – there’s a chutney for everyone!
Alcohol lovers: Prosecco & Chocolate Mini Hamper
This gift is perfect for those who love a little tipple with the added extra of some sweet treats on the side. Presented in a beautifully wrapped box with an assortment of chocolates to satisfy everyone’s tastes!
Tea lovers: Tea Gift Set
Perfect for those who love a good cuppa! Not only do you get a variety of different teas but you also get a chai tea
Chilli lovers: Hot & Spicy Chilli Hamper
If you know someone who loves a bit of spice, why not buy this hot and spicy hamper?! From savoury to sweet, it includes everything from chilli rice crackers to chilli chocolate and hellish relish, amongst other fiery delicacies!
With the winter nights flooding in and frost hitting the morning buses, it’s officially fondue season. Of course we like to think that our offering at the Hampton Court Palace and Tower of London ice rinks is particularly tasty (it’s certainly inspiring skaters night-after-night to nestle into the chairs and stools of our Dip Dunk Lodges!). But where on the high street can we get these wonderful pots of hot cheese? Here is our hit list:
The oldest Swiss restaurant in London – it opened in 1974 – this is the real fondue deal with plenty of cheesy choices: Gruyere, Emmental or Vacherin with crusty bread, potatoes or vegetables as your dippers. More carnivorous types should order the Fondue Bourguignonne – cubes of prime beef you cook yourself at the table in hot oil.
This little family-run French bistro on Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street draws you in on frosty nights with its dark red walls, mahogany tables and flickering candles. A wine, fondue and Raclette bar where you can eat and drink hybrid French-Italian fare for about £15 per person? Yes please.
It may not be gourmet cuisine, but kitsch Austrian restaurant, Tiroler Hut, makes up for it with bundles of noisy character. As you make the narrow descent into the hut on Westbourne Grove, you’ll be accosted by raucous yodelling, dirndl-clad waitresses and shot-downing (they stock Unicum liqueur – Hungary’s answer to Jägermeister). So expect to be dancing before the end of the night. Go for the cheese fondue for two with raw vegetables alongside classic schnitzel and goulash dishes. Prince Harry’s a fan…
This is the posh Chelsea option and a real chance to get to know your cheese. As well as classic French dishes like escargot and French onion soup, you can opt for the Fondue Savoyarde – Emmental, Comte and Beaufort; or the Raclette with baby potatoes, charcuterie and pickles.
This chic cheese shop and bistro is the London outpost of the famous Paris fromagerie. As you can imagine, the whole place is an ode to cheese (with an odour to match!), and the house specialities are Raclette and fondue. Go for the traditional Comté or Emmental or check what today’s special blend is and mop it up with cornichons, charcuterie and tasty bread.