Monday, 27 June 2011

Taste of London Winner!

About a month ago we ran a competition to win tickets to the Taste of London Festival in Regent's Park... the tickets were won by a lovely lady who took her man along for a date. Here's what she thought of it:

"Hi Miss Mary,

Thank you so much for the tickets. The festival was fantastic - even despite the pouring rain!

Having all the top London restaurants in one spot was quite overwhelming!

My boyfriend headed straight for the Gaucho tent for their signature steak, which was well worth the £5 (10 crowns). We then spent a good hour in one tent sampling wines from different wineries around the world.

I'd heard about Marcus Wareing (The Gilbert Scott) creating a pork pie, with proceeds going to the Action Against Hunger campaign. So we headed off there to try the pork pie and also managed to have a chat with Marcus Wareing himself! We then did a loop of the grounds, making sure to sample all the free foods and drinks being handed out (which there were plenty of!). We finished off the night sharing a bottle of champagne at the French Bubbles tent. It was such a great date night and we can't wait to go again next year!
Thanks again."

For those of you who didn't make it to Taste this year... make sure you put it in the diary for next year. It really is a great festival and, having been for the last 3 years, I can't recommend it enough!

Keep an eye out on the website, our Facebook page, Twitter and this Blog for more great competitions...

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Brecon Beacons Mini Break

We've just listed a fantastic new boutique B&B in Wales on the website and couldn't wait to tell you all about it.

Danyfan is in the Brecon Beacons and is run by Emma and Stevie who go out of their way to make sure that your stay is enjoyable, comfortable, relaxing, tasty... the list goes on!

Here's a sneak peek of the feature from our website...

"Far away, in the Mountains of Wales, you’ll find Danyfan.  A small, boutique bed and breakfast, cradled in the Brecon Beacons with the most delicious food and magnificent views.

I say it’s far away – it actually takes about 3 hours from London, but it feels like another world.  If you want supper on the way somewhere nicer than Membury services, try the Foxhunter  – an award winning pub near Abergavenny.  From there it’s another 45minute drive to Danyfan. 

You’ll probably be offered gin and tonic on the terrace when you arrive (if it’s warm enough) or in front of the fire, before retiring to one of the three bedrooms. Ask for room 2 if you want a four poster bed, or room one for the best views.

Brecon is made for walking so pack your boots. On Saturday morning, after a hearty Welsh breakfast, take a walk up Penyfan (the highest mountain south of Snowdonia) and its neighbouring peaks, Corn Du and Cribyn.  On a clear day you can see the Bristol Channel, the Malvern Hills, Pembrokeshire – pretty much the whole world..."

Click here to read the rest of the feature on our website.

For some rural romance out of London we really can't recommend Danyfan enough.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Metro Garden Restaurant

"Within stumbling distance of Clapham Common tube, Metro’s entrance is modest and unassuming, giving no hint of the paradise hidden through its doors. Do not be fooled – I urge you to wander in and let the welcoming staff escort you to the garden delight out back. Forget a picnic blanket on the Common, Metro is the clear winner for al fresco dining in SW4.

Small tables with crisp white table-clothes are dotted around the beautiful garden with ambient music and twinkling lights to help set the mood. The garden itself is gorgeous but Metro are no fools when it comes to the Great British summer and are prepared for all-weather dining. There’s a covered section giving a lovely outdoors/indoors feel and my date and I were glad to be seated under shelter when rain set in during our visit (despite extensive checking of the weather forecast of course!).

The rain could not dampen our enjoyment however and it was a delight to be looked after by Fran and her team for the afternoon.  The staff cannot do enough for you and kept our glasses full and advised us knowledgeably when we struggled to choose from the menu. A small but perfectly formed wine list made it easy to pick a bottle and the Pinot Grigio went down a little too easily (the second bottle even more so!).

Our food came promptly and piping hot and was simply delicious. My date opted for the roast beef (it felt rude not to on a Sunday afternoon) and was most impressed by the laden plate when it arrived. There were delicious cuts of meat with all the trimmings, and so plentiful was the food he even didn’t seem to mind when I stole a mouthful or two which is always a sign of generous portions..."

Click here to read the rest of this review and to see how our Bad Date Blogger (this time enjoying a Good Date!) enjoyed the rest of her date at Metro Garden Restaurant.

Friday, 3 June 2011

A Quirky New Find...

On Wednesday night I discovered a hidden gem of a pub in Fulham. I was on my way to see the Fleet Foxes at Hammersmith Apollo (in case you were wondering yes, they were amazing!) and my boyfriend suggested we pop in to The Pear Tree first for a bite to eat...

Now, I haven't actually written the blog post yet... but I couldn't resist posting a couple of pictures of this fabulous new find! It's tucked away down a very random residential street, but don't be put off, it's worth the walk!

If you haven't got plans for this sunny weekend I would seriously recommend heading over to The Pear Tree and relaxing in their stylishly scruffy garden. The food is delicious, the decor is quirky and the staff are charming. I can't think of a better place to spend a sunny afternoon, and maybe evening...?

14 Margravine Road
London W6 8HJ 
Tel: 0207 381 1787