It’s a festive time of year and that only means one thing … FOOD! Here are a few of my food finds from December and there will be plenty more to come in 2018!
I mentioned Cutter and Squidge in my July’s London Food Finds and their incredible Aladdin themed afternoon tea. They’re a beautiful little cafe/bakery doing all year round cakes and treats and one thing they do is their signature biskies. If you’re wondering what a biskie is it’s a combo of a brownie, cake and cookie, and Mr snowman is a sandwiched with white chocolate and coconut marshmallow inside. They have a whole heap of other flavours too so check em’ out.
20 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SJ www.cutterandsquidge.co.uk
The Lamprey is set in the beautiful Apex hotel just off Tower Bridge. While this is probably not going to be your ‘let’s stop for a quick bite to eat’ kinda place, it is going to be one if you’re looking for a business dinner, inviting the in-laws or maybe a posh date night. The menu is inspired by ‘Best of British’ and if you’re a fan of the old pastry like me you’ll love it here. Rich, buttery beef wellington and a sweet and sticky ‘Lamprey Pye’ with prunes and beef cheek. If you like a strong cocktail too you’re in the right place.
1 Seething Ln, London EC3N 4AX, www.thelampery.com
In a world overrun by avocado (and having eaten it in many forms in my time), this may be the most controversial thing you’ve heard all year. Ludenwic does the BEST avocado toast I’ve ever eaten. This cozy, minimalist Swedish Cafe in central London adds a touch of orange peel and orange oil over it and believe me it is so simple but a serious game changer. My friend said it was the best porridge she’d ever eaten too so high acclaim all around.
45 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DW, http://www.lundenwic.com/
The Oxo Tower is a bit of a landmark in London and what comes along with a landmark? A big price tag … USUALLY. Yes, the Oxo Tower restaurant is one we would probably only go to for a special occasion but I have some good news. The bar has recently launched its own brunch menu which still in the same building, still with the same great view but at a more affordable price. Some dishes at under £10. The pesto scramble & the baked eggs were real quality and even better eating them with a view over the Thames. Booking not essential but recommended!
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH, www.oxotowerrestuarant.com
Thali in West Brompton is what I would call a traditional Indian restaurant that we all know and love here in Britain. While London’s now big on its trendy Indian style tapas, there’s nothing better than having a good old plate of chicken tikka masala with a peshwari naan. The starters are inventive (deep fried kale with yoghurt and pan-fried paneer cheese) and the curries you could tell are using quality meats ( I’m really fussy about that). Sat on the Brompton road, the vibe is very much local and that means people are returning again and again. That can only be a good sign! P.S When you’ve finished go and have a walk down to The Boltons. You’ve NEVER seen houses like it!
166 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0BA www.thali.uk.com
The Great Chase restaurant in Clerkenwell is solid, British, seasonal cooking with an ethical ethos. The menu changes regularly with the seasons and you’ll find unique options like this sweet potato gnocchi or buttermilk chicken with miso coleslaw. Not to mention a delicious seasonal apple crumble made with butternut squash. If the food wasn’t good enough already they have a huge passion for helping local producers and good causes, and if you go to the loos you’ll see they’ve ‘twinned’ them with some they bought for a village in India. Special without being formal. The best kind of place.
316 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NT, www.thegreatchase.co.uk