With Mr T’s Chinese Visa in hand we had the rest of the day to pop around London. We had every good intention of making it to London Eye for my first visit, but the shops of Notting Hill kept our attention a bit too long. Here’s a little look at what we got up to.
Visa in hand, ready to shop!
Near Bank Station
Eat Tokyo, Notting Hill
Something we have been missing, no sushi in Wincanton!!
All Saints Spitalfields
One of many beautiful Singers
A possible Banksy along Portobello road
Jamie Oliver’s Recipease: iced coffee, bloody mary and peanut butter banana milkshake, all our favourites!!
We were lucky to find a Keith Brymer Jones pop-up shop, I stumbled on some of his products in Kent and loved them. I decided on two pieces that we could squeeze into our cases, salt and pepper pots and mix and measure jug. If we were not moving half way around the world I’m sure I would have came out of that shop with a lot more!! I was also successful in finding Hunter wellies for half the normal price by getting the kids size 5! All in all it was a productive and enjoyable day in the city. The 3 hour bus journey back was a little rough, but good conversation with other travellers made it fly by.
About: Down a small side street, the exterior and menu intrigued us, we knew right away it was a place we wanted to try.
Menu: 3 to 5 choices per course, creative naming of dishes and loads of our favourite ingredients.
Starter: My first experience with scallops!!! They were beautiful and tasty, Mr T’s asparagus was tender and delicious.
Main: We chose to eat one dish at a time together. First was Cheeky Pig 4 Ways, this left my lamb to wait, but the the flavours were so lovely it was nice to be able to enjoy them together and discuss.
Pudding: Simply presented gorgeous ice cream, and delicate poached pear.
Verdict: Exceeded our expectations and a restaurant we would have no hesitations in returning to or recommending to others!
Find it: Victuals & Co. website, Map
Down the quaint alley on the left
Dining room with lovely seaside themed art
Pleasantly surprised to receive an amuse-bouche of heirloom tomato soup with a goats cheese float!
Asparagus in parsley butter
Scallops in lime and lemongrass dressing
Cheeky Pig 4 Ways: Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Pork Loin, Pig Cheek, Black Pudding, Apple Purée, Mash
Lamb: Shoulder, Flank, Loin, Rosti, Aubergine Caviar, Spinach, Carrot, Baby Turnip
Not a crumb remained!!
Pearstachio: poach pear in a pistachio crumb, mango cardamom icecream
Vanilla and ‘Not Chocolate’ ice cream
Mr & Mrs T
The day has finally arrived where I get to visit France! After reading My Life in France By Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme and watching too many episodes of The Great British Bake Off, I have been salivating to get over there and taste some delicious food and wine. Our little seaside holiday in Walmer, Kent lends beautifully to a ferry journey across to Calais, France. At at the price of £1 pp each way, we couldn’t resist.
The pier at Deal
From Deal market to our table, delicious
My new hobby
So for today I will say goodbye to England and cream teas and hello to croissants and wine. I’ll even leave my knitting at home (yes, I have started knitting!!).