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Review: Feasting like a king at The Yacht

When a chance to dine at The Yacht popped up, I just knew that I had to get a seat to try out some of the mouth-watering dishes available.
The Yacht from the outside sitting beautifully on the River Thames
A short walk from Embankment or just across from Temple station sits the majestic yacht. With lights glistening in the dark waters of The Thames, The Yacht is hard to miss. Read more…

Review: Winnie the Pooh-inspired afternoon tea at The Phelman

Having grown up on Winnie the Pooh books, I was very intrigued when I heard that The Phelman and the V&A had teamed up in honour of A.A Milne’s beloved bear. The Phelman was hosting a Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea experience inspired by a multi-sensory and playful exhibition exploring the magical world of Winnie and his friends at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Read more…

Review – Charlotte’s Bistro Chiswick

Beetroot Cured Salmon - Charlotte's Bistro

Chiswick has a reputation as one of the more affluent areas of London, a leafy suburb that is financially out of reach for most of us and as a result isn’t necessarily explored as much as is should be. The actor Colin Firth was born there, and when it comes to picturing Chiswick in the mind’s eye, the Richard Curtis idealised view of London isn’t a bad comparable. Read more…

An iconic view at The Brasserie – The Tower Hotel

Scallops - The Brasserie at the Tower Hotel

In 1967 London Bridge was sold to an American named Robers P. McChulloc for a new ‘English’ theme park in Arizona, soon to be the second most popular attraction in the state, behind Niagara Falls. Popular myth, albeit a particularly snobbish myth, goes that the American thought he was buying Tower Bridge and was hugely disappointed when the less iconic London Bridge turned up. Read more…

Review: Plaquemine Lock, N1

According to its own website, Plaquemine Lock’s fare is at ‘at once exciting and exotic, but at the same time comforting and strangely familiar’. On my visit I found this can be said for more than just the menu, as Plaquemine Lock is a pub down a quiet, leafy street in Islington. Cajun and Creole cuisine may not be too common for a Londoner to experience, but the boozer sure is. Read more…

Review: Authentic, healthy and delicious; Vietnamese food at Pho Manchester Corn Exchange

Pho Manchester Review - Dishes

When I quit my job to travel southeast Asia and concentrate on my blog Sophie’s Scran, Vietnam was one of the places I was most excited about. There’s a visitors’ visa, which allows you to enter the country for 15 days free of charge, but I thought, hang on: Two weeks is not going to be nearly enough. So I bit the bullet and purchased a 30-day visa instead. Read more…

Review: winner winner, Chicken Society dinner

Chicken Society Main Course

While everyone knows central London is the hub for funky restaurants and new spots, it is also a pleasure when you find a local gem on your doorstep in the suburbs. Especially when they serve chicken on chicken with a side of chicken!
Chicken Society
Chicken Society, based in Finchley is a cool, trendy spot with a menu based around everyone’s favourite bird. Read more…

Redefining eggs: party brunching at COYA Mayfair

Let’s play a game of word association. If I say ‘brunch’, chances are you’ll probably say… eggs? Brunch became a London restaurant staple faster than you can say hollandaise, but if it had one drawback…? They’re all getting a bit similar. Runny eggs on toasted muffins with ham? Salmon? Spinach? Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but seen one brunch, seen ’em all. Read more…

Review: British comfort food with a French twist at Plate

I really like the way 2017 has shaped up for the London restaurant food scene as there have been more than a handful of bright sparks that strike a good balance between casual ambiance and fine dining. With restaurants opening left, right and centre, it can be difficult to pick one ones to try.
One caught my eye however – a restaurant called Plate Restaurant and Bar. Read more…

Flora Indica – majestic Indian dining in Earls Court

Okra Fries - Flora Indica

I love Indian food. It’s on the table at least once a week in my house and I’ve been to the sub-continent a couple of times over the years – mainly with the sole purpose of eating as much as my body would allow! This considered, I was brimming with excitement at the prospect of visiting Flora Indica, on the Old Brompton Road, a 5-minute walk from Earls Court Station. Read more…

Bubbles & Battenberg: A beautiful afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental

Afternoon tea, my favourite quintessentially English tradition. For me, an ultimate indulgence, and it doesn’t get much better than the way it’s served at the Mandarin Oriental’s Rosebery Lounge. Joining me on this Sunday afternoon was my best friend Chantelle who had managed to unshackle herself from her two young boys for a few hours in-order for us to have a much needed catch up. Read more…