Category Eating out

Brixton Pop

  Vietnamese salads! Badass jerk chicken! ‘Fried’ ice cream! Where can one eat this in South London? At the brilliant new Brixton Pop, that’s where. All these goodies and more are served from street-food-style restaurants housed inside recycled shipping containers. It’s bonkers and wonderful. And waaaaaaay better than Shoreditch Boxpark. Read all about it in my first feature for […]

Maltby Street Market & Monty’s Deli

  Everyone who comes to London gets told about Borough Market as a foodie destination. I’ve got fond memories of Borough from its early days, but it has become a victim of its own success, gridlocked with daytrippers. You’ll easily pay £10 for a punnet of olives and you have to queue for absolutely bloody […]

Volcano Coffee House, West Norwood

Ugh. Costa Coffee, one of the most dreary coffee chains on the planet, has opened a new branch on my local high street in Crystal Palace. To them, I say EFF OFF. We already have at least six independent places to drink coffee on that particular portion of the street alone. It’s so bloody cynical […]

Streatham Common Cafe

Note: this cafe has now changed hands. I am heartbroken, because we have lost some truly great cafe heritage. Gone are the beloved Formica tables, strong coffee and cheery San Remo family. I wonder where they are now? Sometimes I have days where I’m so stressed out by the noise levels created by my own family […]

Wheelers Oyster Bar, Whitstable

I very much hope to return to Wheelers Oyster Bar in Whitstable one evening in the future with several bottles of BYO tucked under my arm and cast-iron babysitting in place. For as lovely as it was having our wedding anniversary lunch here recently with our three-year-old daughter E, it wasn’t half nerve-wracking trying to […]

Boyce da Roca

Update: Sadly, this wonderful cafe closed its doors on 17 July 2016. A huge loss! Dear lorrrrrd in heaven, I have found a little slice of paradise in Crystal Palace – a cafe called Boyce da Roca. It serves up THE most heavenly cakes, toasties and brunches known to all SE Londoners. Its coffees are […]

My ice cream dream: the 1950’s ice cream parlours of Kent

  Some of you might know that I am a total whore for ice cream. I just went on holiday to Kent where one of my main objectives was to eat as much of it as possible. I had long dreamt of eating ice cream in an old chrome-countered seaside parlour, but until now had […]

Brawn

It’s not often I go out to a restaurant and end up with wine in my armpit. But it did happen at a recent meal at Brawn, on Colombia Road in Hackney.  The very nice waitress was opening a bottle of pink plonk at our table and the cork shot out. She exclaimed ‘Oh!’ in a […]

Seaside eating in Whitby

When my friend P invited me to stay for a few days in his holiday rental cottage in Whitby, a North Yorkshire seaside town famous for its fish ‘n chips, I jumped at the chance. Bram Stoker set part of his ‘Dracula’ novel here. The town is flanked by an imposing ruined Gothic abbey on […]

Alexandra Nurseries Cafe

Oooh this place is lovely. I have discovered a little piece of paradise in the unlikely corner of SE London that is Penge. Not hugely known for its quiet, tranquil spaces, and more for the frenetic high street with its pound shops and chicken cottages, Penge is hiding a little secret in Alexandra Nurseries. It’s […]