On Sunday we paid our first visit to Nes’Cafe in Hornchurch. We’ve walked passed it so many times and have always seen that it’s very popular. Well now after today’s visit I can see why.

Are you ready for a Greek fest because the majority of this months desserts come from my holiday in Skiathos. But do watch out for my favourite dessert the year so far at the end by the amazing Ami Ellis.

Yes ladies and gentlemen we’ve been back again. But seriously though why wouldn’t you. This is a fantastic gastro pub serving the finest food. It is also in an excellent location at the Cheeseman’s Gate entrance to Windsor Great Park. Put this together with the friendliest of service then a visit to the Bailiwick is an absolute must.

If your looking to enjoy a fabulous cocktail with a friendly atmosphere then look no further than the Lobby Bar. This bar is set in the Bourtzi Boutique Hotel with an outside seating area right on the popular Pappadiamanti Street in Skiathos town.

It was great to be back at Polykratis where we’d enjoyed amazing food with excellent friendly service in the past. But since our last visit three years ago the restaurant has been refurbished to give it a nice modern feel which I have to say is for the better. They are now open all day as well giving you ample opportunity to visit for breakfast , brunch , lunch or dinner. The menu has also been refined to incorporate new dishes as well as a couple of old favourites.

We were lucky enough to be able to visit twice during our return to Skiathos and after enjoying two amazing evenings I would highly recommend a visit for yourselves. The team from front of house to the kitchen were excellent and really can’t do enough for you.

Below is just some of the fantastic food and wine we enjoyed which I’m sure will get you reserving a table the next time your in Skiathos.

VISIT No.1
VISIT No.2

I would just like to say thank you to all the team for their fabulous hospitality and can’t wait to return again next year.

Unfortunately we’ve had to wait three years before we were able to return to the beautiful Greek Island of Skiathos and in particular our favourite restaurant Basilikos. The food here created by chef Nikos and his team is amazing. This is matched by excellent service led by manager Giorgos.

Are you ready for another month of dessert delights. Well get your eyes ready because here they come.

CHOCOLATE , COCOA PULP , COCOA NIBS at HELENE DARROZE at the CONNAUGHT
LEMON TART at LE MOULIN PATISSERIE
PISTACHIO PARIS BREST at HELENE DARROZE at the CONNAUGHT
POACHED YORKSHIRE RHUBARB at CARACTERE
TORTE DE LA NONNA at DA VINCI’S HORNCHURCH
CHOCOLATE TART & MASCARPONE ICE CREAM at CARACTERE
TOFFEE APPLE CRUMBLE DOUGHNUT at JOE & JAM
PUMP STREET CHOCOLATE MOUSSE at FALLOW
PEANUT BUTTER & JAM DOUGHNUT at JOE & JAM
CHELSEA TART & CARAMELISED WHEY at FALLOW
CHOCOLATE BROWNIE at DA VINCI’S HORNCHURCH

So that’s it for June but wait until you see July’s as you’ll be in for some Greek treats as we’re of on holiday to Skiathos .

Well what more can you say about this amazing restaurant. On our last visit back in November we clearly felt the bar had been raised to the next level. But low and behold after this visit where after a few staff changes and the input of a brand new menu the quality of food , wine and service has risen again. We visit quite a few Michelin Star restaurants and to me Caractere can easily stand along side them with pride.

When you have a dining experience like we did on saturday then all you really need to say is thank you. From the moment we entered the Connaught until the moment we left everything was just how hospitality should be. The welcome , food , wine and service was simply impeccable which is why it is no surprise that this restaurant holds the coveted honour of three michelin stars.