Well what a difference seven days can make. It was only a week ago when I said that due to the current national lockdown situation I would once again have to put my blog on hold. But where there’s a will there’s a way. So yes not only have I found a way to return quickly but also it will be another way to support my amazing friends in the hospitality industry.

Hello everyone it is with regret but once again due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation I have to make the following announcement.

With the forced closure of restaurants , cafes & pubs I have made the decision to put my blog on hold.

So there will be No new food reviews for you to enjoy and No more amazing desserts to drool over.

I will as before continue to support local businesses.

Hopefully this situation will end sooner rather than later.

I will still be around on social media posting as many food pics as I can

Take Care & Stay Safe

All the Best

Lloyd

So here we go with the final glorious desserts of the year and despite all what’s happened I’ve still been lucky enough to have enjoyed a fabulous month of absolute delights

When we heard the news that our area was moving into Tier 3 which meant that the hospitality industry would have to close down once again I immediately thought about trying to do something special for a Boxing Day treat. As we’d had the pleasure of eating at a couple of Adam Handling’s restaurants in the past this led me to think about his home delivery service Hame. So I looked on their website and as luck would have it they were doing a Xmas Lunch package.

Well what a year this has been and none more so than for the hospitality industry. COVID-19 has certainly affected us all this year with hospitality being hit the hardest. To the fact that on three occasions pubs & restaurants have had to close their doors for indefinite periods. Yet despite all this I’ve still managed to enjoy some of the most amazing dining experiences ever which is all credit to this amazing industry. The food , wine and service from every restaurant , pub and local cafe has been truly fabulous.

This sweet wine and dessert was just the perfect way to end a truly fabulous tasting menu lunch at Core by Clare Smyth. The dessert was a Mont Blanc Pain Perdu that was absolutely amazing. The pairing by sommelier Gareth was a fantastic Chateau de Rayne Vigneau 2005 Sauternes with it’s flavours of saffron & apricot matched the dessert perfectly

This was a fantastic dining experience that will be remembered for quite a while. A visit to a Tom Aikens restaurant had been on our list for a time now so therefore when we read about his latest venture it really appealed to us and we couldn’t wait to go. This all came to fore on a delightful wednesday lunchtime. We arrived at hyde park corner and made the short walk to the restaurant which is in a fabulous corner setting of a mews. We were given a friendly welcome on arrival and were shown into the ground floor area which has a small lounge area plus availability for five people to sit at the chef’s kitchen counter.

A visit to Trinity Restaurant had been a long time coming so therefore I’m now delighted to say that after today I can finally cross it of my list. I’m also delighted to say that the expectations I had before were not only met but surpassed in every department as the food , wine & service was excellent. I’d seen chef Adam Byatt on the television many times and had become a big fan. Then with hearing amazing feedback from friends I have in the hospitality industry only enhanced our decision to visit his restaurant. So on a chilli sunny saturday we headed from essex to south west london.

So as it’s time to head out of another lockdown and into Tier 2 I’d like to say Thank You once again to my hometown of Hornchurch. To all those that have been allowed to stay open one way or another you’ve been a real credit. To those who haven’t I’m sure the people of Hornchurch won’t forget you as we all need to do as much for our community as possible.