If good pub food with friendly staff and a great atmosphere is what you require then the Albion Pub is just for you. The pub is situated in a nice residential area of Islington and is managed by Beth who I knew from visiting Blacklock. It was a bit of a coincidence that we decided to visit as the thing was I wanted to have a walk from Barbican to The Angel to see how much it had changed since I worked in the area over thirty five years ago. So when I heard that Beth had taken over the pub it seemed a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone as they say. So after our walk round the Angel which really has changed and has now become very trendy we headed off to the Albion. We walked along Barnsbury Road until it joined with Cloudesley Road which then led you to Thornhill Road and this is where you’ll find the pub. It looked very nice from the outside which had seating covering the entire length of the pub. When we went inside you could feel the buzz straight away which continued with the warm and friendly welcome we received. We were then taken to our table which was a booth in the corner and gave you a great view of the dining area. We ordered a drink while we looked at the menu which had a selection of five starters and eight mains. There is the a separate dessert and digestives menu.

We started with the heavenly Grilled Sourdough & Butter which was quickly followed by our starters. We chose the Soup of the Day which was Celeriac and the Pork & Pistachio Terrine with Gherkins & Sourdough.

Sourdough Bread & Butter

Celeriac Soup

Pork & Pistachio Terrine

We then moved onto our mains where we both decided to have fish in two very different ways. My wife ordered the Grilled Monkfish Tail with turnip tops , smoked bacon & roscoff onion purée which definitely received a thumbs up. I decided to go for the classic Fish & Chips which was a lovely Beer Battered Haddock fillet with triple cooked chips , crushed peas & tartare sauce. This was without doubt the best Fish & Chips I had in a long while and would definitely recommend. We also ordered a side dish of Savoy Cabbage & Onion.

Grilled Monkfish Tail

Savoy Cabbage & Onion

Fish & Chips

After a little rest we then looked at the dessert menu where you had a choice of three as well as a cheese selection and a mix of ice creams and sorbets. We decided to share a Cheese course before moving onto dessert.

Cheese Course

Now it was on to desserts where of course you won’t be surprised that we ordered all three. These were a Creme Caramel a Poached Pear & Chocolate Crémeux and the Sticky Toffee Pudding which was absolutely delicious.

Creme Caramel

Pear & Chocolate Crémeux

Sticky Toffee Pudding

We finished with a coffee to conclude a great lunch. The food was delicious and the service especially from Andrea & Alex was excellent as they really looked after us. I would highly recommend a visit here at any time of year as they also have a large garden area at the back.

Thanks to Beth and all the team for a fabulous lunch and hope to see you again someday.

A visit to Helene Darroze has been on my list for quite a while so therefore I was thrilled when I was finally able to dine their on Saturday evening during our weekend stay at Claridges Hotel. After a short walk we arrived at the Connaught Hotel. We made our way to the restaurant reception desk where we received a lovely greeting from Maitre’d Lena who after a little chat escorted us personally into the restaurant

This was our second visit to a Roka restaurant but our first visit to their Mayfair branch. The restaurant is situated on North Audley Street in between Grosvenor Square and Oxford Street. As we entered on Friday you could immediately feel the buzz as there was quite a lively atmosphere. The staff were there to greet you and gave us a nice friendly welcome before escorting us to our table.

This month’s desserts vary from Michelin Star to great old school delights. So sit back put your feet up and get ready because here comes my 10 of the best.

I hope you enjoy 🤪🤪

The last time we visited this establishment was about four years ago under the old name of Fratelli’s which used to be a fantastic Italian restaurant. Then one day things changed and the restaurant was never the same. Recently we saw that the name had changed to Da Vinci and upon reading the reviews which the majority were pretty good we wanted to visit at our earliest opportunity

This was another exceptional dining experience at Core and a perfect way to celebrate my wife’s birthday. This was our 10th visit but for our friends it was the first time they had been to Core and I’m now thrilled to say they loved it as much as we do. On our previous nine visits we’d always chosen to have a Tasting Menu but for the first time yesterday we had A la Carte which gave us the option to pick our favourite dishes.

When it comes to Sunday’s at Haywards they always add the choice of a roast dinner to their A la Carte menu which is either beef , lamb or pork. On this occasion it was the Cote de Beouf which I have to say is one of the finest cuts of meat you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating. Therefore you’ll now understand when I tell you it’s one of the best Sunday Roasts ever and when accompanied by amazing starters & desserts makes you are truly in Sunday Lunch heaven.

It was a real pleasure to be back at Da Terra to enjoy another fantastic Tasting Menu lunch. The food , wine & service was once again excellent therefore it came as no surprise to me when they were awarded a Michelin Star in October. There were a couple of new dishes on the menu and also some of the other dishes have had a few little tweaks made which personally elevated them to the next level.

This was our third visit to Suvlaki which is a fabulous little Greek restaurant set in the heart of Brick Lane in Shoreditch. We was really excited about this particular visit as we were going to be meeting the restaurant owner Irene Margariti who wanted our opinion on the New dishes that have just been added to the menu.