Well Street Kitchen – Hackney Wick, London

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Back in April Jade, Laura and I woke up fresh and early on a Sunday morning (for once!) and decided to go for brunch. We had tried to go to Dishroom the previous day but breakfast there stops at 12 noon. We thought we had plenty of time to head over on the Sunday but had to reevaluate again when sat outside Laura’s place in the car waiting at 11.30am. One morning we will make it there all together! So instead we headed to Well Street Kitchen in Hackney Wick on a friend’s recommendation.

Hackney Wick Brunch

The menu wasn’t too big but we wanted to try everything on it, so it took us quite a while to decide what to have. The waiter came and asked for our order 3 times before we were ready to make a final decision!

Hackney Wick Brunch

Hackney Wick Brunch

We enjoyed some Virgin Marys and coffees while we waited for our food.

Hackney Wick Brunch

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Hackney Wick Brunch

After a quick debate on the realness of the flowers on the table, our food arrived.Hackney Wick Brunch

Laura and Jade went for the hash brown stack with chorizo, smoked aubergine, breaded poached egg and mint and yoghurt sauce.

Hackney Wick Brunch

Credit to Laura for the egg shot!

I went for smashed avocado, roasted tomatoes, feta, poached eggs on toast with a side order of chorizo. Everything was delicious!

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Hackney Wick Brunch

We stayed for quite a while enjoying some uninterrupted girl time and then headed over to Westfield for a spot of Sunday retail therapy.

Hackney Wick Brunch

 

Christmas Trees and The Pig

My family are definitely one for Christmas traditions and I certainly take after them! Last year Mike and I wanted an excuse to visit The Pig in the Forest and went for a special lunch to celebrate his half birthday. Important things don’t you know… Even Rosie the Londoner agreed with our celebrations this year…

M half birthda

Anyway, I am getting sidetracked! Last year the day we went to The Pig we also happened to buy our Christmas tree in the morning. So when we got back we decorated it. A ‘tradition’ I was keen to continue this year!

I booked us in for lunch quite a while ago for the last sitting of the day. We dawdled around in the flat in the morning so by the time we left to go tree shopping we were running slightly behind. We wanted enough time to get the tree, take it home then get on the train to Brockenhurst. We did the same last year and walked from the station to The Pig down a road that was closed for resurfacing. It was a lovely walk, no traffic or another soul to see, surrounded by lovely countryside with warm tarmac under our feet (I could actually feel the heat through my shoes!).

Christmas Trees and The Pig

Back to 2014….We headed over to B&Q to pick out a tree however there weren’t many to choose from….

Christmas Trees and The Pig

Which was not good considering our time constraints. The next option was Stewart’s and as the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining- it turned out to be a much better place to get a tree from. There were decorations everywhere (note – must go back), hundreds of trees to choose from and the best bit yet, real Rudolphs!

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After browsing the tree selection we settled on a nordic spruce and then picked the tallest one they had. We may have gone a little bit on the large side. But, oh well, it’s our first Christmas in the Treehouse so it has to be a special one!

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Christmas Trees and The Pig Christmas Trees and The Pig Christmas Trees and The Pig

We drove home as quickly as possible, jumped out of Mike’s car and into tree-free Milo the mini and headed to the Pig.

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I am glad I booked as every table was taken! We sat down, ordered two ‘Friday G&T clubs’ and browsed the menu to decide what Piggy bites we wanted to get.

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We got two starters to share – mushroom pappardelle and fish croquettes with samphire. I almost forgot to take my foodie photos and got stuck in as soon as it came, but luckily Mike reminded me to get a snap before it disappeared!

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We each ordered another drink – ‘Gardeners Tipple’ for me to go with the squash and chorizo risotto and a glass of red wine chosen by the sommelier for Mike to go with the partridge he ordered. As expected the food was deeeeelicious!

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Christmas Trees and The Pig  Christmas Trees and The Pig

The Pig has a 25mile menu so they source 80% of their ingredients within a 25mile radius. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I rave about them! I have so far been to the Pig on the beach, and in the forest. Next on the list is the Pig in the Wall in Southampton and the Pig in the Bath, in…. Bath!

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Christmas Trees and The Pig

After we finished our main courses we had two macchiatos and then ‘retired’ to the drawing room to sit next to the crackling fire.

Christmas Trees and The Pig

Mums look away now! Mike also had a little stoogie outside whilst we wrapped up in blankets.

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We got to our table at 2.30 and didn’t end up leaving until 8.30 and I could have stayed longer! We headed back home on the train and made a start on the Christmas decorations before getting totally distracted by the River Wild on TV and moving from being next to the tree to being on the sofa, whoops!

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Roll on next year to keep up the tradition!

Birthday DIY afternoon tea at the Larderhouse

Larderhouse, Southbourne

To celebrate Mike’s Mum Frances’ birthday earlier in October, Mike arranged afternoon tea at the Larderhouse in Southbourne. I came straight from my dressmaking course which was just around the corner so arrived first and took some photos whilst I waited. The restaurant was decorated with lots of autumnal pumpkins, corn, and flowers.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

Mike and Frances arrived not long afterwards and we sat at our table to decide what to order. We only found out once we had sat down they didn’t ‘officially’ serve afternoon tea but as we had been looking forward to sandwiches, tea and cake we decided to make our own version up from the menu.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

We ordered a  platter of various meats, cheese, chutneys and flatbreads, a ham hock sandwich with home made pickles to share and each went for a different tea to try.  They had lots of different teas to pick from and also a long list of coffees. You can have the coffees served at your table through what looks like strange looking science equipment, you can see one in the corner of the below photo. Unfortunately they only serve them in the evenings (an excuse to go back!).

Larderhouse, Southbourne

Larderhouse, Southbourne Larderhouse, Southbourne

We all dived in straight away when the food arrived and I forgot to take photos first…. again! Everything was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. If you are anywhere as much as a cheese lover as me and you live nearby I recommend you make a visit now!

Cheese me!

Cheese me!

Although the platter and sandwich left us pretty full, we of course found space for desert and each ordered a different one to try. Chocolate brownie for me, almond and plum tart for Frances (my favourite of the three) and a lemon curd Eton mess for Mike.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

When Frances got up from the table Mike quickly asked the staff if they could add a candle to Frances’ desert which they happily did.

Happy Birthday to yooou!

Happy Birthday Frances!

Now to plan another visit to try more of their cheeses and sample the huge wine menu!

A bloody good brunch

After Zurich I stayed in London for the weekend. On Saturday Mike and I headed over to Shoreditch to meet up with friends at Penkul and Banks for brunch that included unlimited processco and bloody marys – best brunch idea ever!

I lost count of how many prossecos and bloody mary's we had.

 

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A bloody good brunch

It was the first time I had seen everyone since getting my camera for my birthday, Laura decided to test it out for me…

A bloody good brunch

We had some good conversations about beards whilst having lots of bubbly top ups.

Beards.

I lost count of how many prossecos and bloody mary’s we had!

I am still getting used to being a ‘blogger’ and totally forgot to take a picture of any of the food, so you will just have to take my word for it that it was good! As were the bottomless drinks – which left a certain someone slightly tipsy, mentioning no names… Laura!!

Rawlins took a little fancy to the lady serving us and decided to write a note leaving his number and left it with our bill. We didn’t realise her friends were sat on the table next to us and when they heard about it they read the note and decided Rawlo needed to rewrite it and insisted a smiley face was added!

Champagne cycles.

Lots of input for the note!

Lots of input for the note!

Rawlo and his note!

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A bloody good brunch

After the bar closed at Penkul we moved on to a few pubs, the boys wanted to watch the football so Laura and I headed elsewhere to escape and have a coffee.

A bloody good brunch

Rat and I have birthdays that are close so we always do something joint to celebrate (the more celebrations the better!) and this year decided to go to Clutch for dinner. We met up with some more friends on the way and headed over to Hackney. Clutch is located in what looks like the middle of a housing estate, so feels quite strange sat outside a yellow building on fake grass drinking cocktails. Apparently Mary J Blige had been in earlier for lunch and the guys that had been before raved about it so I was excited to try the food. Of course more cocktails and bloody marys were needed first!

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A bloody good brunch A bloody good brunch A bloody good brunch A bloody good brunch

A bloody good brunch

A bloody good brunch A bloody good brunch

It didn’t disappoint, so much so I took two food photos then gave up to prioritise eating!

Lemon and parmesan chicken goujons.

Lemon and parmesan chicken goujons.

A bloody good brunch

Brunch in Westbourne

Brunch in Westbourne.

After a long lazy lie-in, Mike and I got up and walked into Westbourne for breakfast. We decided to walk through the Chine so I could practise taking pictures for this blog malarkey.

'Casual' stroll mode.

‘Casual’ stroll mode.

Brunch in Westbourne.

Throwing a few maple tree seed helicopters was essential pre brunch activities…

Finding suitable helicopters.

Finding suitable helicopters.

Launch pad.

Launch pad.

We are very lucky where we live (in the ‘Treehouse’!) and Alum Chine is right on our doorstep. When you walk down into the Chine you are below road level and all you can hear are birds and all you can see are trees, it really is beautiful! Despite moving in to the flat in March we hadn’t walked this way through the Chine yet, only going the other way towards the beach. We learnt that Robert Louis Stevenson used to live overlooking the chine…. In good company!

Brunch in Westbourne. Brunch in Westbourne.

Alum Chine bridge,

Alum Chine bridge,

After walking the wrong way and delighting in the fact that if we walk through the Chine we are only a stones throw away from the Living Room (amazing breakfasts) we headed to Le Petit Prince – a family-run patisserie bakery and cafe on Seamoor Road in Westbourne.

Le Petit Prince.

Le Petit Prince.

Brunch in Westbourne. Brunch in Westbourne. Brunch in Westbourne.

You can tell what has been popular!

You can tell what has been popular!

It’s quite small inside and is always full but luckily some people left just as we arrived so we pounced in the empty table.

Mike and I couldn’t decide from the menu so got two different orders and shared half each. We went for ‘The Hungry Fox’ (Westbourne glory sausage, shropshire blue cheese, lime pickled onions and romaine lettuce) and ‘The Prince’s Tale Continued…’ (sweet chilli, sesame and lime crayfish tails with lime and avacado, thai mayo and lettuce leaves). They were both delicious! I can’t recommend the place strongly enough, the drinks were very tasty as well. I had lime and lemonade that disappeared quickly and Mike enjoyed his coffee so much so that we bought a bag of whole coffee beans to take home. A good excuse to test the coffee grinder my Mum & Dad got me for my birthday!

The menu at Le Petit Prince & some cheese straws whilst deciding what to have.

The menu at Le Petit Prince & some cheese straws whilst deciding what to have.

Brunch in Westbourne. Brunch in Westbourne.

Mike mid coffee.

Mike mid coffee.

Enjoying the fresh lime and lemonade.

Enjoying the fresh lime and lemonade.

Brunch in Westbourne.

It’s always good to go nearer the end of lunchtime, the last couple of times we have gone at this time, we have been given fresh cakes and bread to take home.

Freebies.

Freebies.

Important Saturday scores check.

Important Saturday scores check.

Westbourne Arcade.

Westbourne Arcade.

We meandered through Westbourne back towards home and then headed to John Lewis to buy a light for our Living Room. Both our families were kind enough to give us money towards a light for a moving-in present. Now it will probably sit in its box waiting to be out up for three months like the kitchen light!