Before my holiday in Portugal, I spent the night in Windsor in a beautiful hotel which I just have to tell you about.
I’m always on the lookout for cool places to stay just outside of London to get away even for just a day and relax. I’ll share all my favourite places soon but if you haven’t been to Windsor I would highly recommend it.
The whole trip was planned by AccorHotels and I was lucky enough to tour a few of their London ones before hand. The tour started in Euston at the Ibis Euston, when I’m on a budget but still want a nice hotel I always go for an Ibis as I find them to be a great price point and I think I might book another one for a trip I’m considering next month.
However I really fell in love with The Pullman Hotel, I’ve driven past it so many times and had no idea just how beautiful it is inside! Really modern and luxurious as well as located in Kings Cross so in a great location too. We stopped here for some canapes and cocktails and they were really good, it’s a great location for weekend drinks or even work lunch/drinks and the decor is very chic.
For our main dinner we headed to Novotel London Brentford where we had a Moijos in a bag (genius idea!) and a chicken main, again the food was delicious and decor was perfect, maybe not quite as beautiful as The Pullman but not close behind. Location wise it is a little further out near Chiswick but it’s just off the M4 so easy to get to and a great option if you’re looking for a hotel in the area.
Our final stop and where we stayed the night was the Mercury Castle Hotel in Windsor. If you haven’t been to Windsor it’s a really great little town a short drive/train journey from London with things to see and do or also the perfect place to relax. Even if you’re not planning on exploring Windsor and are just looking to relax I’d still highly recommend the Castle hotel, the service was better than in most hotels, decor is perfect for a non-city hotel and I slept amazingly. I had a really lovely evening enjoying a cocktail before just chilling in the super comfy bed.
Breakfast was also amazing, I enjoyed my tea in bed before tucking into my full English breakfast. We even managed to catch the changing of the guards before we left, although it did start to rain heavily!
Can’t wait to visit the Mercury Castle Hotel again and if The Pullman wasn’t so close to my house I’d simply have to book to stay there, such beautiful hotels!
Although the bf and I go out for dinner all the time I don’t think we really do enough other date night (probably my fault) so this weekend we went bowling, just the two of us and it was such good fun!
I’ll admit that I never win him at anything that required physical activity other than at a golf driving range and he totally taught me everything I know. I’m not the best loser so luckily he also helped me through bowling and I think I got my first spare and strike in the last ten years!
We went to All Star Bowling Lanes which I’ve actually been to before and it’s by far the best bowling alley I’ve ever been to! It’s not too big and I would recommend booking but it’s got a real luxurious feel to it.
After our two games of bowling (and yes I lost both) we, of course, had to have dinner, because what is date night with no food? The menu is very American-inspired, with all the burgers, hot dogs and nachos you would expect. We shared a Popcorn Squid, which is probably the best squid I’ve ever had as I love crispy food and I went for the Meatball Hoagie off the specials menu, Mike got a burger and we shared some chips. Actually, we ended up sharing our whole meal, since sharing is caring and he really wanted to try the meatballs.
The meatballs were so good and I’d highly recommend them (I did remove the cheese on my half as I try not to eat dairy) but they are limited edition so you’ll have to get in there this month to try them for yourself. Oh, also get the Gin and Elderflower Julep Jar, such a good cocktail!
Would highly recommend All Stars for a date night or just hanging out with friends and there are four London locations and one in Manchester but check out their website for more info.
What should we do for our next date night? I was thinking some sort of exhibition, please leave recommendations in the comments
Last week I was invited down to Yeah! Burger in Kings Cross for a meal which naturally I said yes too, I simply find it too hard to say no to burgers!
It’s located short walk from Kings Cross station and the beautiful Granary Square in The Star Of Kings which currently serves Yeah! Burger. The menu is pretty standard; burgers, hot dogs, sides and fries plus the pup serves great cocktails too.
I had looked at the menu before hand and was set of getting a hot dog so I was pretty disappointed when I was told they were all out of hot dog buns, instead I went for the Yeah! Burger and the boyfriend went for The O.G. We ended up halving both so I could share my thoughts on the menu better.
Both burgers were really delicious, probably the best I’ve had this year (and I eat a lot of burgers) but I would say the O.G was potentially the superior burger, especially if you like avocado like I do!
For sides we went for the Tough wings and Yeah! fries, the wings were average at best but the fries were possibly the best fries I have ever had, it’s worth the journey just for the fries!
Dessert was a little disappointing as I wanted something like a chocolate brownie (I like to go all out when I eat out, no dieting here) but they only really offer the banana and ice cream one which we shared or ice cream on it’s own. Since I’m not a huge ice cream but love banana that’s what we went for but I know I’m the minority, most people love ice cream and would be more than happy with it as a dessert.
With prices of the burgers and hot dogs starting at just £6.50 it’s super affordable and I’m already planning to go back, the burgers are delicious but the chips are just absolutely dreamy!
Best. fries. ever.
I had been meaning to go to Sketch for a while and was very excited to have finally gone earlier this week. Sketch has a few restaurants and bars but we dined in The Gallery, which is decked out in a beautiful pink interior and is showing David Shringley’s work. It’s a really unique room and I love all the attention to detail, I didn’t get to see much of the other rooms but the toilets were pretty interesting too but I don’t have photos of it so we’ll save it as a surprise should you choose to visit there.
Although I knew that the decor was amazing, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the French cuisine menu but I loved everything I ate whilst sitting in the lavish pink chair.
Now for me this isn’t a day-to-day restaurant but more of a special occasion, you can dress up and the menu is quite pricey, especially once you counter in alcohol. The starter menu was great, anything from salad, crabmeat and foie gras. I went for the escargots which came beautifully presented, especially if you aren’t one to usually try something like snails as they didn’t come in shells and were fairly well disguised.
Picking a main was quite difficult but after deciding I didn’t want fish or pasta I went for meat more specially the Filet mignon of Duroc farmhouse pig with sage, black pudding and brandy cream, pig ear and chicory salad which sounds so much scarier than it really was. I admit I really do like to try new and usual things but once again it was presented and cooked beautifully, no real sign of pigs ear or black pudding but tasted delicious. I also had creamed spinach which was pretty damn tasty, you have to order it!
If you don’t think that pigs ear and black pudding isn’t for you than I’ve heard they also serve a mean fish & chips.
For dessert I went for Sketch Chocolate which was nice but probably not the best chocolate pudding I’ve had. The macaroons also looked delicious and not quite as heavy, the perfect way to finish a three course meal.
The service was really amazing and I can’t fault it. Although quite a luxury restaurant the atmosphere was still quite relaxed and not pretentious at all. They also have the cutest tableware!
I then went home (after all it was a school night) feeling fuller than I’d like to admit and having had a really lovely night! I already want to take all my friends for a birthday or special occasion, I might also check out some of the other bars/restaurants.
If you are thinking of going Sunday-Wednesday then they have a great £50 offer online making it much more affordable and which we made the most of.
Would love to hear your London restaurant recommendations below.
A few weeks my boyfriend & I were invited down to try Turtle Baym a new restaurant in Walthamstow with chains also in not only in London but nationwide (Location list here). Turtle Bay is a Caribbean restaurant and since I have never tried much Caribbean food I was really looking forward to it.
When we first arrived we both ordered Cocktails, they were really delicious and I would highly recommend checking them out. The list of starters or ‘Cutters’ is pretty good too; Pulled Jerk Pork, Fried Squid, Garlic Flatbread, duck rolls and more. It was quite difficult to chose but we went for Garlic ‘n’ Herb Flatbreat and Chilli Fried Squid, which were tasty and I loved the Caribbean twist.
For main course we had Jerk Pit Burger and Double Dipped Steak both of which were nice but not really anything very special with the burger actually being a little dry. Looking back on it I wish I had gone for something a little more traditionally Caribbean such as one of the One Pots or Jerk Chicken. The portions were all quite generous, reasonably priced and we left feeling satisfied.
Overall I think Turtle Bay serves nice food, with great cocktails and starters however you could probably find somewhere a little more authentically caribbean in London as I did feel it was very much adapted to be quite commercial (as you would expect from a chain).
Have you ever visited any of the Turtle Bay Restaurants? What is your favourite Caribbean restaurant?