Favourite places to eat out
Most of my time is spent (happily) chained to the kitchen. I do like to venture out every so often and when I do I like it to be worth it. Local, seasonal ingredients, thoughtfully cooked.
What follows is a list of a few places I’ve visited and loved. The kind of place you go to and can’t wait to return to work your way through the menu.
Ottolenghi – I love, love, LOVE this place. Go for dinner, go for brunch; then buy the cookbook.
Franco Manca (Brixton Market) – delicious sourdough pizzas with mostly organic ingredients and all for about £6!
Leon (various) – not your average chain, nice for dinner too!
The Anchor and Hope (The Cut, Waterloo)- amazing gastro pub. Try the sharing dishes and be prepared to wait!
Konstam (Acton St, King’s Cross) – lovely, lovely, lovely
The Giaconda Dining Room (Leicester Square)
The Salt Yard (Goodge St)- superb tapas
Lantana (Goodge St)- perfect coffee and huge breakfast sandwiches
And a few wine bars that do great bar snacks
Gordon’s Wine Bar (Embankment)
Terroirs (The Strand)
Vinotecha (St John St, Farringdon)
I lived in Oxford for four years and managed to work my way through most of the restaurants. Things have probably changed but below are a few of my favourites.
The Big Bang – a MUST!
The Rose – the best scones. Ever.
Cafe Coco – great cocktails and pizzas
Gee’s – bit pricey but very romantic
The Old Parsonage – same as above