The Lanesborough

Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough, Belgravia , London

Arriving for Afternoon Tea we were greeted by the very friendly doorman who directed us to reception. We had to wait a little while for someone to show us to our table, but it was worth the wait !

We chose the Parisian Afternoon Tea which was delicious and enjoyed the added bonus of a pianist playing throughout.

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The sandwiches arrived first , they really were delicious, especially  the Nicoise Tuna & the Chicken with Advocado – really nice to have something other than the traditional , Cucumber , Beef & Salmon that most Afternoon Teas seem to offer.

Refill sandwiches were offered , the only slight negative for the sandwiches – a little underwhelmed by the presentation ?

The taste however definitely made up for that.

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Next came our favourite bit, the Cakes & Scones and they didn’t disappoint, a selection of French madelines & cakes all of which were delicious , not usually a big fan of madeleines, but these were moist & tasty .

One of our party asked for a Gluten & Dairy free option which the staff were happy to provide , and they offered some lovely meringue and fruit cups .

Finally we had homemade scones with choice of Jam or Lemon curd with fresh clotted cream.

£48 per person on a par with similar Afternoon Teas in London, a beautiful setting and think the sandwiches were probably the nicest we have had to date.

 

Sakhli No.11, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Currently No.3 on TripAdvisor in Tbilisi, Sakhli No.11 did not disappoint. We visited early on a Sunday lunchtime and although it was quiet, we felt comfortable and relaxed, with papers to read while you waited for freshly prepared and expertly cooked Georgian food.

Here’s a snapshot of the outside with traditional balcony, the inside so homely.

We chose vegetable soup, chicken salad and shoti bread served with adjika spices and oil

Then Salmon with blackberry sauce, Chicken Shkmeruli (garlic milky sauce), fried potato with onion and cheesy polenta (carb heaven!)

Unsurprisingly, we had no room for dessert, hopefully next time! Fantastic service, friendly staff who explained all the dishes clearly 🙂

Humble Grape, Battersea Rise, London.

Following a trip to the Motor Show in Battersea Park, a quick Trip Advisor search came up with this nearby establishment and we were delighted with what we found! Humble Grape is essentially a Wine Bar with food. The concept is that all the wines which you can just pick from the shelves and drink are sourced directly from the producer. The choice was astounding and how I could have stayed for hours!

The small buy wholly acceptable menu consisted of sharing platters, small tapas style plates and a couple of main plates. I chose the Catch of the day and my son the Rump steak.

An absolute jewel, we couldn’t believe our luck. Can’t wait to try their other bars in Fleet Street and Islington

The Cross at Kenilworth

We headed over to The Cross on a Saturday evening for dinner. A lovely “Country Gastro Pub feel” in the centre of Kenilworth.

Staff were very welcoming and friendly, they showed us to seats in the bar for drinks first. We chose from their fabulous Gin Menu , although they also have an extensive wine & cocktail menu too.

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We loved the large Gin glasses and the contents of course !

Starters

Scottish Scallops with truffle sauce tender and flavoursome – definitely recommend.

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Crispy Duck egg with mushroom veloute – light and tasty with the egg cooked just how we liked it, soft to touch.

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Chicken Liver Parfait with beetroot jelly, absolutely delicious, beautifully presented and the parfait was so creamy (not for the diet conscious!) with a tangy chutney to compliment.

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Main courses.

Duck with glazed carrots, apricot and bulgar wheat – usually served Pink but I like mine a little more well done – was cooked just as I requested and still so tender.

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Wiltshire Pork Belly

Served with black pudding, pigs head croquette (tastes so much better than it sounds!) roscoff onions, lovage & mash – sublime

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Crispy skin Turbot with sea vegetables – light and flavoursome – couldn’t fault the food.

IMG_5299Last but by no means least – the dessert 😋

Small but perfectly formed selection of naughty but definitely delicious desserts . We chose Alphonso Mango crumble with Kenilworth honey ice cream and the Black Forest chocolate sphere with hot cherry sauce (the hot sauce was poured over at the table) which melted the sphere to reveal the Black Forest and ice cream centre .

We will without doubt be back here again, the waiting staff were knowledgeable and explained each dish when served, they were attentive without over crowding giving us space to enjoy our food and chat!

3 courses with a pre drink, water and 2 bottles of wine – about £75 per head but so worth it – a well deserved Michelin star here .

https://www.thecrosskenilworth.co.uk

Nipa Thai – Rugby

Fabulous THAI Food, right in the Centre of Rugby , parking available outside after 4pm,

  • Beautifully carved wooden tables & chairs
  • Delicious Food
  • Great Service with friendly staff
  • Reasonably priced

We had a fantastic time at Nipa, great selection of tasty food , with a lovely atmosphere.

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Starters :

Vegetable Tempura, with a sweet chilli sauce – delicious

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Prawn Tempura

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Crispy Duck – never disappoints

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Main Course

Weeping Tiger – recommended , and didn’t disappoint . IMG_5060

Nipa THAI Chicken – had to try a signature dish, it was so tasty , served sizzling on a hot skillet ,the chicken was tender and juicy and the red THAI sauce was just spicy enough and full of flavour .

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Thai Red Curry – always a favourite.

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We orders Jasmine & Coconut Rice which arrived in cute ceramic pots.

Would definitely recommend a visit, great menu with some really tasty dishes at good prices.  Ooh nearly forgot , we even sampled their desserts (a small but pleasing selection , we shared a Mint Chocolate Bomb , and a Cheesecake.

 

Three

Sunday Lunch at Three in Rugby – ££

Kate’s been a fan of this cute café/bistro style eatery for a while but it was fun to have a “Specsy Ladies” lunch together. Currently every fortnight there’s a Sunday Roast Club. This week it was roast chicken, what’s not to love? It’s possible to have starters and desserts too, well with us that’s a given so thumbs up there.

Starters – Prawn Cocktail & Pate

The Main plate. What we love is that all the veggies are already on the plate, so not only does the presentation look good, anyone who was thinking they might swerve anything green can’t! Don’t get me wrong if you really can’t stomach anything in particular they won’t “force” you but as my 15 year old said on a previous visit “I’m going to have to put my big boy pants on and eat it, aren’t I?!” You bet, he he!IMG_0381

Desserts – Brownie Sundae, Brownie & Lemon Tart. Cheese was also an option.

A carafe of wine and water were our drinks of choice and at the end of our meal Vick offered us a digestif on the house, mmmmm we chose Baileys 🙂

As ever, the most friendly warm welcome from Lisa. The décor is clean and modern but comfy. Looking forward to a fabulous BBQ in the future. Thank you 🙂

 

Galvin at The Athenaeum

Another London day trip, this time at Galvin at The Athenaeum on Piccadilly. We met a friend and had cocktails in the bar before lunch, loved the choices on “beer mats”, the Sidecar was a definite thumbs up!

The decor in the restaurant was beautiful and the staff attentive, nothing was too much trouble. We chose from the Prix Fixe menu and were all delighted with our choices, the warm crunchy bread was divine.

Our main courses

and divine desserts 🙂

As ever our visit began and ended in the bathroom, and yes we took photos here too! A lovely finishing touch with the doormat too we thought.

All in all an excellent experience and looking forward to a trip to Galvin at Windows in the future we all agreed.