A slice of life – Dining at Donna Margherita, Battersea.

Lavender Hill might have been immortalised by the eponymous film, but these days it feel slightly left behind and a little forgotten when compared with the likes of the Northcote Road and the emerging south London Vegas that is Balham. That being said there are some interesting looking places for eating and drinking along its stretch and one I was especially keen on trying was Donna Margherita. I’ve been intrigued by the place for years and have spent much of the last decade driving past, … [Read more...]

The dinner of theatre – Dining at The Ivy

To many it might come as a surprise that one of London's most famous restaurants is situated at the junction of West Street & Floral Street, a slightly obscure corner located between Leicester Square and Covent Garden. The fact that the Mousetrap has been playing opposite for over 65 years and Stomp just up the road for over 15, gives you the feeling when walking through the area that you have slipped back in time a decade or two. The Ivy is one of the few restaurants in the UK that is a … [Read more...]

January chews – Sunday roast at the Earlsfield

‘April is the cruellest month’ T.S Elliot famously opined. Me, I’ve always thought that April’s fab. Spring weather, longer days and Easter. My view is in terms of months to be endured rather than enjoyed January has always taken the crown. I remember some years back opening my front door on the first working day of the year to be greeted by howling wind, driving rain and the sort of pitch darkness usually associated with horror films. That experience crystallized my feelings about January, … [Read more...]

A tale of two sittings…

Brrrrr, get out the overcoat, put on that bobble hat and wrap that scarf around your neck till it’s so tight your eyes slightly pop out of your head. Yes winter is no longer just coming, it’s arrived, put its bags down and the kettle on. So what does the start of winter mean? Well for some it means mulled wine, office parties and the chance to plan one of those winter sun getaways you’ve been dreaming of. For others though it means long Christmas school holidays and having to keep the kids … [Read more...]

Field and Flower Christmas Recipes

Orange and Thyme Roast Turkey Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 6 hours Ingredients: 1 field&flower medium turkey (5-6kg), 100g Softened butter, 1 tbsp Chopped parsley, 2 tsp Chopped fresh thyme, 2 tsp Grated orange peel, 6 Thin orange slices, 1 Garlic head, halved horizontally, Small handful fresh thyme sprigs, 2 Onions, peeled and each cut into eighths, 2 Carrots, cut into 3cm pieces, 2 Celery stalks, cut into 3cm pieces, 2 Cups turkey or field&flower chicken stock, … [Read more...]

Forkful Food’s Christmas Special

  Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat... but before we tuck in there'll be a whole lot of parties to be had.  If you're one of the lovely people planning to host some festive fun this December, Forkful Food is here to help.  Back by popular demand is our December Christmas Special, and this year we are offering a combination of canapés and manapés (yes, canapés for men!) delivered to … [Read more...]

A cut above – London Steakhouse Co. The Kings Road.

It’s nice to be invited places, but it was especially nice to be invited for a fine dining experience at Marco Pierre White’s London Steakhouse Co, situated on the King’s Road. Well that’s what myself and the Ultimate Rugby Fan were thinking as we met one Wednesday night outside of Sloane Square station. For us it was the second time that we were going to be dining on steak in a few days (check entries passim for my thoughts on Wandsworth’s Meat Up Grill,) and though I like steak, it can take … [Read more...]

Forkful Food’s Top Tips For A Stress-Free Party…

With the Christmas party season just around the corner, Wandsworth-based caterer Forkful Food has the following tips for throwing a party – the stress-free way: Get as much done in advance - use the week before the party to: Clean and organise but if you’re pushed for time, prioritise decluttering over cleaning Order your booze, soft drinks, glasses, ice and chiller bins and arrange for them to be delivered on the day Rearrange furniture to make as much floor space as possible “Walk … [Read more...]

La Petite Bretagne – the freshest, family-friendly creperie in the neighbourhood. Allez-y!

As we approached La Petite Bretagne on foot from the Abbeville Road direction, tummies were grumbling after a busy Saturday morning of activities/homework/housework/slight hangover.  You know the feeling.  Nerves of both old and young were fraying around the edges thanks to blood sugar levels dipping perilously low.  Thankfully that mood was short-lived. As we walked in, we felt instantly far from the madding crowds and quickly took in our light, bright and airy surroundings of a modern take on … [Read more...]

A mixed Monday at the Meat Up Grill

Whereas Thursday is the new Friday for many bars and restaurants Monday is probably the new Sunday. Sunday according to a statistic that I’m sure I remember reading rather than just making up, is now the third most popular day of the week for going out. Now I assume that includes a lot of lunches, but it’s still a far cry from the days of my youth when the most exciting thing to do on the sabbath would be to look out of the window to see if it’d started raining. With Sunday now a Funday, … [Read more...]

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