Ribs to live and die for

I think I found the best ribs in London! If you wander away from the touristy section of the Tower Bridge/ Bermondsey area, you will come across The Kings Arms, which offered up a smashing half portion of ribs. Read my review here: https://www.weekendnotes.co.uk/the-kings-arms-bermondsey/

Afternoon Tea at the Kimpton Fitzroy


London and afternoon tea are two of my favourite things, but for some reason, I had never got around to trying afternoon tea in London. My Dutch friend had always expressed an interest in having afternoon tea in England, so with this in mind, I planned a trip.

There was quite a bit of competition but the rose garden decor of the Rose Garden afternoon tea in Palm Court at Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel in Bloomsbury enticed me. It also came recommended by colleagues.

The whole thing was gorgeous. Everything was beautifully laid-out, with vibrant rose decor. Also, it lived up to it’s name with vividly- coloured cakes in rosy hues.


Alongside finger sandwiches and homemade scones, we tucked into sweet treats such as a French choux crafted into the shape of a delicate flower and a bright red rose gateau that we paired with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose.

It felt very luxurious. The portions could have done with being bigger, but they were lovely nonetheless.


If you’re looking for a good place to enjoy afternoon tea in London, then you could do far worse than the Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel.

Last Night A Vegan Saved My Life

It has been all about the vegan food for me recently. I’m an omnivore but have a soft spot for vegan food. For this reason I found myself drawn to vegan fare- I often say that I prefer vegan burgers to meat ones.

I recently visited StrEATfeast at Alexander Palace, where there was a wide selection of foods to choose from. Somehow, I ended up finding myself choosing the fried chick’n burger from vegan traders Last Night A Vegan Saved My Life- not least of all due to its quirky branding and memorable name.

This was super gorgeous. I think Last Night A Vegan Saved My Life has got itself a new fan 😀

Eating My Way Through London: Casse- Croute

After my flirtations with Greece and Persia, it seems like I’m turning back to French cuisine. Visiting Casse- Croute makes you feel like you’re dining in a French village. It may not be the cheapest, but it’s not ridiculously overpriced either.

Casse- Croute, simply put, is fab. Situated in the thriving area of Bermondsey, it is small, and authentic. The chalkboard menu (changed daily) only has nine things on it, everything is in French and it feels like you’re being invited into someone’s dining room.

It was a hot summer’s night when we visited and the place was crowded, despite it being a Monday (it was also my 31st birthday).

The starter was a glorious Oeuf with salmon, which was a pleasant surprise.

I could swear I had the duck for my main course but the picture doesn’t look like duck:

And the dessert, a gateaux, was absolutely delicious.

When people say they know a great French place in Bermondsey, this is that place.

A little bit of Scoff & Banter

I haven’t posted on here for a bit because I’ve been at Green Man festival in Crickhowell. This is a lovely festival with such a chilled vibe. I had a great few days with friends, listening to music and relaxing in the sunshine (and sheltering from the rain!)

On a completely unrelated note, a little while ago, I visited Scoff & Banter in Bloomsbury. I was doing a charity run the next day so wanted to load up on protein and carbs. Scoff & Banter seemed as good a place as any to prep myself for race day. The fact it was highly rated helped a lot as well.

This is what I ate:

Starter

Slow-roasted garlic mushrooms on toasted sourdough

Main course

Herb-crusted lamb with creamy potatoes and vegetables

I do love a bit of lamb and this was wonderfully juicy.

I didn’t fancy any of the puddings so didn’t have one, however I should have really gone for this yummy Berry and Mint lattice pie with custard:

Scoff & Banter’s menu leads with a quotation by Virginia Woolfe

“One cannot think well,
love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well.”

Totally true in my opinion and something that Scoff & Banter upholds. Try one of their puddings.

Eating My Way Through London: Bellanger

Bellanger has the feel of a neighbourhood place, rather than a trendy London eaterie. That might be due to its location in the twinkly, cosy section of Upper Street in Islington. Apparently Bellanger is ‘inspired by the Alsatian brasseries of Paris’. If you’re not down with Alsatian dining, then expect to be a little more familiar by the end of your visit.

During my visit with friends a few weeks ago (Bellanger is great for dinner with friends), I had the quiche to start. It was one of the most divine quiches I have tasted. Light and extremely fluffy, it tasted like (cliche alert) clouds in my mouth.

This was followed by the duck for main course. Even though it wasn’t the best duck I’ve ever eaten, it was rich and citrus-y. It was slightly dry, but full of flavour.

Bellanger is sophisticated, but cosy, with excellent service. I’m adding it to my list of good French places in London.