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2 August 2014

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Blog Reviews from Life of a Londoner...

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  1. Proper country style pubs are hard to come by in our big city. By 'country' I mean cosy, drinking and eating pubs. Not a gastro modern style pub which seem to have totally taken over almost every area of London by the dozen although one is not complaining! I want a fire, I want proper meals, a great wine list and a lovely homely, comfortable atmosphere, throw in a few wandering dogs and I'm back home in Derbyshire - bliss! The Ladbroke Arms is one of these treasures. Don't get me wrong, it certainly has London prices however it also oozes charm. There's a lot of elbow touching around small rickety tables, a couple of meandering pooches and a wonderful hearty atmosphere that only happy locals bring...

  2. Published : Friday, 4th April 2014

    Mama Lan- Clapham | Mama Lan

    Mama Lan's has been on my Brixton Village hit list however they've made my life much easier in that there's now a Mama Lan's within a ten minute walk away from my new palace in Clapham Common. Mama Lan's is famed for their hand made dumplings and so these were definitely on my hit list to try. I went with two of my Uni lovelies and nestled in for a feast of food and gossip. The service is swift and friendly and we were seated in the 'no bookings' venue straight away around 6:45pm (the early bird(s) catches the free tables!!) - N.B. it's cash only at present however I am told this is soon to change...

  3. 10 of us decided it had been too long and a while back settled on a local SW London restaurant to celebrate a return, back on home soil, from the gorgeous Pariee! French inspired 'Soif' was the perfect choice. Now, not wanting to be an overly boring blogger I kept my camera at bay as much as possible unless people insisted which (thank you) many did! A lot of Soif's delicious plates slipped through due to the menu being heavy on 'sharing is caring' and trying to keep five hungry boys' paws off a plate of food, just so you can take a snap, isn't exactly an easy task!! Soif's décor is typically French. Random, old French posters and pictures adorn the walls. Gorgeous tiled tables and miss-matched furniture make this a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere, perfect in our case for larger groups!...

  4. Published : Monday, 31st March 2014

    Polpetto | Polpetto

    One of my best boys is literally down the road from my place of work and luckily is into food (and restaurants) as much as I am (possibly even more so!). It was a Friday and wanting to treat ourselves (and very lucky if we were to get in) we popped down to the newly reopened 'Polpetto' for a spot of lunch. Luck happened to be on our side and we arrived just before the Polpetto rush at 12:30pm and were seated straight away at the bar. Another place to be inspired by décor the ceiling is stunning (one can only dream!) and like her sister restaurants it's stripped back, bare and basic goodness!...

  5. Published : Monday, 4th November 2013

    Barossa | Barossa brunch...a Fulham local

    Barossa has always been one of my favourite places to spurge out on the weekend and grab a bite to eat over weekend papers and a good cup of warming coffee. It's Aussie ran so expect blooming good coffee and huge portions! It's always crazy busy on the weekend from opening until close and recently opening for dinner during the week (Kangaroo is being served) Barossa is becoming a firm favourite with us SW6 brunch munchers (if it isn't already). I'm extremely unadventurous and go for the same thing every time 'Corn fritters with smoked bacon, avocado, rocket and tommmy chilli jam'...

  6. Published : Friday, 1st November 2013

    Royal China | Royal China...Fulham Road

    Royal China has always been 'up there' with Dim Sum lovers and you're lucky to get a spot in the smaller of the branches on Fulham Road on a weekend for some steamed delights. I was, on this occasion, lucky to bag an early spot and settled in with my book for some 'me time' and stuff my face with one of my ultimate food heavens. I don't entirely know where my love for Dim Sum started, I do think my cousin Mr H is to blame, and it costs me a small fortune as my cravings come in thick and fast. It has now been around for almost my whole London existence and has picked me up at low times, helped hugely with hangovers and ultimately been the destination for a number of wonderful catch ups - Dim Sum, I thank you...

  7. Published : Thursday, 17th October 2013

    Tonkotsu | Quest for the best Ramen...Tonkotsu

    My ramen quest continues...for this weeks treat I found myself popping through China Town and heading into the widely acclaimed Tonkotsu on Dean Street. The restaurant is a small, two story, 30 or so seater with both table and bar seating. I settled in at the Ramen bar at the front and was greeted by helpful staff, whom encouraged me to try the gyoza after a friend had told me they a an 'absolute must' - naturally, I ordered some of the pork filled ones to arrive ASAP and settled into the noodle menu...

  8. Published : Tuesday, 15th October 2013

    Dirty Burger Vauxhall | Dirty burger... oh my days

    Warning this may make you drool... I never thought I'd see the day where I would find a burger joint to rival my beloved Patty and Bun... however I've found a close contender... Under the railway arches and almost impossible to find (for us)- we walked round the same roads and back again about three times - no jokes, all 9 of us girls failed horribly with our Google-map apps!?! We finally came across the shack like burger joint that is Dirty Burger...

  9. Published : Wednesday, 9th October 2013

    Sake No Hana | Sake no Hana

    This week and last this city has held London Restaurant Festival, where us Londoner's and visitors can get a taste from some of our greats for a bargain deal... browsing on book-a-table for the incredible deals you can have I settled on Sake no Hana, four courses, a glass of bubbly all for £29 - great in many ways but mainly as I hadn't visited yet. A branch off the Hakkasan family tree it has the sleek and minimal vibe that most Japanese eateries have, however with the Hakkasan touch of modern and unusual décor with decent music to get you in the party mood. With its elder sister branch being one of my fondest family memories I was hopeful that I was in for a treat...

  10. Published : Tuesday, 1st October 2013

    Shoryu | Quest for the best Ramen...Shoryu

    Ramen-mania has hit London in the past few months and I fell in love with the stuff a while back before my little blogging days at Bone Daddies. I have now started a mini search into finding the best close to work and today's treat was exceptional. Shoryu Ramen's motto is 'It's in our bones' referencing to the laborious pork bone stock the ramen is made with, and therefore I knew they were serious about their foods...

  11. Published : Wednesday, 25th September 2013

    The Wellington Arms | Blissful weekend away at The Wellington Arms

    Each September we've started a bit of a tradition in getting out of London, heading to Hampshire and going to the Newbury show - a proper country folk knees up! The past two years we have decided to make a whole weekend of it and stay at the wonderful Wellington Arms in Baughurst - a beautiful country pub serving excelling food and houses three beautifully furnished rooms. It has now become one of my favourite places to go, it's just bliss. The pub has a small, self sufficient farm which they use throughout their dishes. The herbs used in the cooking are grown around the patio and garden and a small holding field is at the back of the land for their pigs, sheep, bees and chickens - possibly the freshest eggs I have ever had!...

  12. Published : Friday, 9th August 2013

    Polpo | Polpo

    Polpo has taken London by storm and now serves its Venetian delicacies in three different locations. The name describes the place perfectly - 'a humble restaurant serving simple food and local wines'. It couldn't be more spot on. The relaxed atmosphere is what I like most about Polpo. Friendly staff from the moment you walk in serving warming and delicious foods that silences a table...