This was simply outside dining at its best. The location , food , service and all round hospitality was second to none. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at the Corinthia Hotel on a couple of occasions and are due to return once again at the end of June. Therefore when I heard they were going to be creating an an outside dining experience I just couldn’t wait to make a reservation. So with no hesitation I got in touch with my good friend Matthew O’Connor and all was sorted. This now brings us to the day itself and with beautiful spring weather we headed into town. We arrived at the Corinthia Hotel and was escorted to the lifts where we were told to go to the first floor. On exiting there was Matthew himself waiting to greet us.

This turned out to be a lovely lunch with my in laws. I say this because our welcome was not that great. Once we’d arrived and parked the car we headed towards the outside dining marquee. As we approached I was asked if I’d reserved a table and with this he alerted a lady who I presumed was the manager. Our name was taken and we was pointed to a rickety park bench table outside of the dining area. When we questioned this we were told in an abrupt manner that they were fully booked and this was our table. We took our seats but felt we wouldn’t be able to enjoy our lunch sitting here. Also at this time which was 12.30 pm the dining area was empty.

As we enter the next stage out of lockdown I just felt the need to say a little thanks to a few local businesses for their efforts in recent weeks which have kept us going through these difficult times

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Fusa Sushi asking me if I would like to try their food. This was something I was very pleased to do especially when firstly they were a fairly new business and secondly they were in essex. Once I’d looked at their menu’s which consisted of sushi , sashimi and maki rolls etc. a style of cuisine that I really enjoy I couldn’t wait to place an order. We decided to order the Subrashi Okasan menu priced at £58 for two people plus as they offered us a little discount we ordered an extra item of maki rolls.

Mixed Roast at Da Vinci’s

As takeaway Sunday roasts go you will have to go a long way to beat this beauty of a mixed roast from Da Vinci’s in Hornchurch. The beef was nicely pink , the turkey & pork were very tender and delicious. All the veg was perfectly cooked and the roast potatoes along with the yorkshire’s were a delight.

Although it was only a month ago when I first enjoyed the fabulous global cuisine from Pink Foodie I just felt I had to tell about my delightful yet surprising experience on this occasion. The reason I say this is because I’m not a vegan but I’m always willing to try different things. So therefore as were once again enjoying the food from Pink Foodie and the extremely talented chef Megha Arora I wanted to focus this review on the three amazing vegan dishes that I ordered

So into March we go and another fabulous selection of desserts for you to enjoy.

This was yet another amazing dining experience enjoyed in the comfort of our own home. A couple of months ago we ordered Core at Home for the first time and it was absolutely fabulous. This led us to want to order it again and to no surprise it was equally as memorable. The menu this time was very much dedicated to spring as the courses included turbot and chicken as well as the famous potato dish. We received our video of Clare on the friday which guides you through the cooking and plating of each dish on the menu.

We had hoped by now to have visited the Princess of Shoreditch where Ruth is the head chef but due to the ongoing Covid situation that we’re in this has not been possible. So therefore we was delighted when she had joined Finish & Feast and created a delightful three course Cook at Home menu. With delight we headed straight away to their website and placed an order. This was also to be our first time using Finish & Feast so was also interested to see if they were as good as other delivery services that we’ve used. I’m now pleased to say that despite a slight delay with the delivery which with great customer service was sorted immediately they were. The parcel arrived on the friday in good condition and inside the packaging was excellent.