So March has been busy. Work keeping me (very) entertained, but with a few days off now for Easter, there’s a bit of spare time to write another blog post. I’ve realised I’ve actually eaten and drunk very well this month, so here’s a summary of some new discoveries and some old favourites…
Life Goddess Greek Cafe; authentic, Greek Cafe and Deli situated in Central London near Holborn. Ate a lovely classic Moussaka. Can highly recommend for a quick, healthy, tasty lunch.
Bageriet; Swedish Cafe in Covent Garden. A very small little place, but charming inside, only room for maybe 5-6 people but delicious cakes and great coffee
Paternoster Chop House; A good dining venue in the City if you like steaks and meat. I just drank on this occasion, and had a fantastic gin and tonic with Williams Chase Gin, a fantastic British produce, made in Hereford. Incidentally I visited their distillery back in August and it’s well worth a visit if you get the chance.
Old Parsonage Hotel; an old favourite of mine from my Oxford days, the restaurant within the Old Parsonage is part of the Mogford Collection (also Quod Brasserie & Gee’s Restaurant), but the Parsonage is arguably now the top of the three in terms of food. Very efficient service, good selection on the menu, and well-executed food. I ate pigeon salad to start, rabbit and leek pie for main and a lovely fresh lemon tart for dessert. Well worth a visit if ever in Oxford. Also open for Afternoon Tea.
Back in Oxford again, but this time slightly off-piste. I came back to my alma-mater Brookes Restaurant at Oxford Brookes University, for a dinner hosted by final-year students as part of their Events module. The dinner was themed, ‘A Match Made in Britain’, with three courses from separate parts of the UK (Scottish Salmon three ways; Welsh Rump of Lamb; English Bakewell Tart) plus a matching drinks menu of a Cotswold Cider, English Red wine, and Sloe Gin. Food was outstanding, some great flavours, and a great sense of pride for the team that put the event on, especially as I remember my own event only too vividly!
I’m very glad that amongst my close friends and family are some fellow food snobs, one of whom invited me down to South London of a Sunday for craft beers, meats and cheeses. Starting off at Westow House, a pub that specialises in fantastic craft ales from the nearby Gipsy Hill Brewery, we then visited a fantastic shop, Good Taste, selling meats and cheese. A great selection, as well of course some great beers and interesting wine, and will certainly be worth another visit.
Princi. An Italian all-day dining venue on Wardour Street in Soho. Open for breakfast through to dinner, with a fantastic display of fresh salads, cakes, pizza and pasta dishes, this makes a great, albeit slightly pricy, lunch venue.
New Street Wine Shop. Hidden away by Liverpool Street Station, part of the D&D Group, NSWS is a fantastic venue, whether for a light glass of an evening, a bite to eat, or a couple of bottles to take away for the weekend. I took a glass of Barolo, a plate of scotch eggs and sausage rolls, and a bottle of Montepulciano to take away for Easter lunch.