It’s a rare thing for us to have a local saturday and enjoy some of my favourite places in Hornchurch but this weekend we had that chance. I’m also delighted to say that even in these tough times all the local businesses seemed to be doing well and there was definitely a good atmosphere as we walked around.

This was our thirteenth visit and definitely a dining experience that surpassed all others. We arrived on saturday lunchtime and were greeted by restaurant director Rob as well as Michal , Ale & Kieran. We sanitized our hands before being escorted to the bar to enjoy one of Ale’s fantastic pre lunch cocktails. He had already been preparing a little treat before we ordered a Coffee Negroni and the Gin & Pickle. While enjoying our cocktails it was nice for some members of staff to come and say hello and welcome us back.

If you like a good Sunday Lunch with friendly service and a nice atmosphere then the Greenman Pub is the place for you. We last visited in march just a week before you know what happened so we’ve had to wait a while before we could return. That day we enjoyed a great sunday roast which is exactly what we were treated to once again today. This visit was a little bit different to the last time as the dining area we was in before as had to be turned into a table service bar area.

Right here we go then with another fabulous selection of amazing desserts . I’m sur you enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed eating them.

Chocolate , Buttermilk , Tarragon , Lemon at Helene Darroze at the Connaught

Creme Caramel , blackberry jam , poached pear at Cornerstone

Raspberry , pumpkin seed , raspberry vinegar at Helene Darroze at the Connaught

Jivara Chocolate Mousse Cake , orange jelly , milk ice cream at Cornerstone

Coffee , mascarpone , amaretto at Haywards Restaurant

Chocolate , cherry , tonka bean at Frog by Adam Handling

Bougatsa at The Hungry Donkey

Banana Souffle , salted caramel ice cream , rum caramel at Haywards Restaurant

Kormos at The Hungry Donkey

So there you have another month of fabulous desserts comes to an end. Hope you liked them and look forward to sharing a few more in October.

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Having been unable to go on our Greek holiday this year we were definitely in need of a Greek food fix. With that in mind it was time to pay our first visit to the Hungry Donkey which is just a five minute walk from Liverpool Street station and only a couple of minutes from the popular spitalfields area. As our Saturday’s are quite booked up it was also great to see that this restaurant was open on a Sunday so off we went. We actually arrived quite early but this wasn’t a problem as we were given a warm and friendly welcome.

I’m a big Foodie and love dining out in the very best restaurants and gastro pubs in the UK. I also enjoy a good Sunday Roast and supporting my local community.
I been living in Hornchurch for 23 years now and this year celebrated my 28th Wedding Anniversary to my wife Jane . We do enjoy our holidays with Italy , Greece & San Diego as our favourite destinations

This rare but fabulous sweet wine from Corsica was a perfect match for a fantastic dessert at Frog by Adam Handling. The dessert was Chocolate with cherry & tonka bean and tasted heavenly. So now it was over to sommelier Kelvin to find a perfect wine pairing and that’s exactly what he did. This Domaine Flumicicoli Muscateddu was an absolute triumph with it’s allspice & strawberry aromas together with flavours of cherry & orange. This really was a magical pairing.

This was our first visit to Frog by Adam Handling and I can assure you right now it will not be our last. We’d previously enjoyed the food inspired by Adam at his branch in Hoxton which due to the current situation sadly had to close. This meant we now had no excuse not to visit his main restaurant in Covent Garden. This would also give us the chance to meet up with some of the Frog team who were now working here. So on a sunny saturday we headed into town. The restaurant itself is situated on Southampton Street which was buzzing with people dining outside in the street.

Unfortunately we only had the opportunity to visit once before the lockdown began. But because the food was good and the service was friendly we decided to order takeaways a couple of times during that period. So now with all our favourite restaurants in full swing it’s been great catching up with seeing everyone. This led us to today when we decided to return to Kervan Kitchen in Gidea Park. When we arrived we immediately sanitized our hands before they took down our contact details. We were then escorted to our table.