It was great to be back inside the restaurant after our last visit where we enjoyed a fabulous al fresco dining experience back in April. I also have to say that the turkish food we enjoyed on saturday was probably the best we’ve ever had. This was matched with fabulous cocktails , good wine and fantastic service. So you can understand why Oklava is clearly one of our favourite restaurants to visit.

It’s always been a pleasure to pop into Le Moulin my local patisserie in Hornchurch either for a light lunch or because they make the finest cakes , pastries , breads as well as serve the best coffee. The patisserie is run by fabulous hosts Helene & Serge along with their great young team who can never do enough for you to make your visit an pleasurable one.

It’s that time again when I reveal the delightful desserts I’ve enjoyed throughout the month. So here my delights from August and watch out for some birthday treats at the end 🥳

It was only a couple of months ago that we popped in for a quick thali lunch and because we enjoyed the food so much we couldn’t wait to come back. During this time I noticed they were doing a Biryani Supper Club on a sunday afternoon. This was to be perfect as I had my birthday coming up and would be a great way to celebrate and indeed how right I was.

Having seen Ruth on Great British Menu we were delighted to hear the news that she was to become head chef of the fine dining restaurant upstairs at the Princess of Shoreditch in east london. This would also be a great location for us to be able to visit as it’s on Paul Street and only a ten minute walk from Liverpool Street station. Unfortunately due to the current situation we were unable to get here any sooner than on saturday. But I’m delighted to say it was worth the wait.

Well here we go again. Another visit to Core and once again the superlatives are endless. If you could give a restaurant four michelin stars then I’d be knocking on their door right now because that’s personally what I feel they deserve. This was an afternoon of stunning food , amazing service , excellent wine and fabulous cocktails that got my birthday celebrations of to a truly outstanding start.

Cote de Beouf at Haywards

It’s always a pleasure when the Cote de Beouf is on the menu at Haywards as it’s a fabulous cut of meat. Once again the meat was perfectly cooked and came with a braised ox cheek , seasonal vegetables , yorkshire pudding , mushroom & roast potatoes making it one of the best roast dinners around.

As an Italian food lover this restaurant will always be a highlight of my dining calendar and after saturday’s visit there is no reason whatsoever to change that. The food is absolutely fabulous and matched by the best service and great wine. I can honestly say that I am already looking to when I can go back.

We first met Steven & Ami at their previous establishment the Oxford Blue Pub where we’d visited a few times and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond their control they had to start looking for a new place. This led them to taking over the Bailiwick Pub which is literally about five minutes drive away. What you’ll hear now is how you can turn around a situation and come back stronger.