Sex & The City Brunch in London

I pulled a Sex & The City style girls brunch in September! It was my very good friends birthday and it was a ‘big’ one so a big girls day out was in order. My lovely friends allowed me to organise the whole day and seen as I had been desperate to try out a bottomless brunch at the fabulous Tanners in Bermondsey  this was my first port of call. Yay!

Tanners offer two sittings of their bottomless brunch at either 11-1 or 2-4 so we opted for the second. After sharing a cheeky ‘magnum’! of Prosecco on the train courtesy of the birthday girl we rocked up at Tanners. The venue is so fab at the top of Bermondsey Street, a now very trendy part of the world and well worth a wander on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for drinks, eats and a gander at all the lovely independent shops plus just round the corner is Maltby Street Market, you can read more about this fab place here.

Anyway back to brunch, by the time we were sat down the whole venue which is just gorgeous and a mix of shabby chic and school room (we were sat on an old gym vault made in to a sofa), was alive and buzzing. The tables are set beautifully with croissants, granola pots and fresh juice to start. Once you’ve settled in you get to choose from one of Tanners signature burgers or signature benedicts and of course your drinking weapon, the staff are attentive and friendly without being intrusive and most importantly keep your prosecco (our choice) flowing. As if that wasn’t enough you also get to choose elderflower jelly or fizzy chocolate pot for dessert, obvs we all went for chocolate!

I genuinely can’t recommend Tanners enough for bottomless brunch for ambiance, food, staff and drink – 10 stars! Plus it’s only £35!!

The rest of our day was filled with posh cocktails.

We started with a table on the terrace of the OXO tower. The views are stunning and if you have a lovely day like we did it really is just lush. You do feel part of the ‘London Set’ lol. Their porn star martinis are to die for and come with a very cute skeleton glass which your shot of prosecco is in. I was actually taken here for my 30th and I’ve always remembered it….

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and even more cocktails at the London Cocktail Club in Covent Garden.

Needless to say we all needed a week to recover 🙂

Where can you recommend for brunch or a girlie day out?

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Rainforest Cafe Review

So far we’ve had a pretty chilled summer holidays. Given the fact I’m still working and of course the great british summer, it’s tricky to go full on with days out but last week we took a visit to London to the theatre (more on that in another post) and visited the Rainforest Cafe afterwards.

I’d popped in here last year and stayed just for a drink in the bar as there were no tables available to dine but Z had loved all the animal noises from around the ‘jungle’ and sitting on the bar stool that are shaped like the legs and bottoms of various animals, giraffes, zebras, lions, complete with tails. With that in mind I’d tried to book online the previous week but it was showing up as fully booked so we took a chance and walked in hoping that they would have some tables on stand by and for once it actually paid off 🙂

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Experience

One of our party had had a birthday a week before so they gave her a big birthday sticker and showed us to our tables. We were sat by a big monkey in the trees that freaked the kids out first of all when they saw his eyes move but soon calmed down when we told them it was just pretend. Shortly after when it started jumping around and making monkey noises another freak out ensued but after the initial shock they both enjoyed it immensely every time it went off!

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There are different animals all over the restaurant including bigger monkeys and elephants that move and make sounds at set intervals plus a thunder storm here and there. There is a brilliant ‘pond’ with fish ‘swimming’ on the floor that move when the kids step on them and of course the delightful character Cha Cha, a giant frog that cuddles all the children.elephants

The childrens ‘Rascals’ menu is £12.95 which includes a main, dessert and drink and although a lot more expensive than your normal high street childrens menu you expect it due to the experience surrounding you. Adult meals range from £10-£20, my friend had a prawn linguine and I the pulled pork burger. With some ‘experience’ restaurants the food can suffer but overall it was of a good standard and the portions were a great size and taste.

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The staff were attentive and accommodating, replacing a spilt childs drink and providing our birthday girl with a rendition of Happy Birthday from our fellow diners whilst standing on a chair with a candle in her dessert 🙂

Overall

The kids thought it was magical and really enjoyed it and lets be honest thats what it’s all about isn’t it?

7/10

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Time for tea in Chislehurst

So I love finding hidden gems in our local community and recently I happened to find another one!

I don’t know about you but I love a little bit of pampering and lets be honest most of the time we deserve it 🙂 I found out the Bulls Head in Chislehurst have gone through an amaze balls transformation in their old drab dining area. It is now B E A U tiful!

I went along to check out the launch of the new dining area out the back of the pub and we were treated to cocktails and cake – what a perfect combo?

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The Night

On the night we indulged in beautiful and gorgeous cakes plus lovely gin and tonics courtesy of sip-smith gin, martin millers gin and fever tree tonic. This is the best tonic ever, for those of you that think I’m talking rubbish because its all about the gin – trust me – its not. Fever tree really does mean you can taste your gin as the quinine (the strong taste you have in a g&t) isn’t as strong as in a normal tonic water. It actually compliments the gin as opposed to over powering it.

I tested a elder flower tonic water form Fever tree which went perfectly with my martin millers gin and a normal fever tree tonic that went beautifully with my sip-smiths gin. Thank you fever tree 🙂

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Additionally there was a great mixologist who had made some cocktails that I normally wouldn’t of chosen due to the whisky content but they were amazing also. I’ll include these in a later post about different cocktails so keep your eyes posted!

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Anyway, I digress, the new room at the back of the pub is stunningly gorgeous. It is spot on trend shabby chic, vintage and bright due to the gorgeous skylight and all the windows looking out on to the garden. It offers a calm and trendy spot to indulge in afternoon tea. Yes, they are offering a local afternoon tea – no more trekking up to London! I totally will be taking Mummy there for a girly catch up with a cheeky glass of fizz.

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If you don’t fancy afternoon tea this room is also used as the restaurant for dinner of which the menu is diverse. I sampled the cheese fondue which included brie, camembert and blue cheese with bread, calamari which was fantastically fresh and olives with mozzarella but there is a ‘proper’ evening menu to choose from too.

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If you really feel like indulging yourself the Bull also hosts a hotel, the biggest suite is absolutely amazing with a four poster bed, seating area, bathroom with roll top bath, twin basins and double shower. The perfect place for a local romantic get away.

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To fin out more and book your romantic get away/afternoon tea or just to go and have a drink in the lovely garden (that does have an outside bar) visit their website now.

 

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Champagne Afternoon Tea Anyone?

Days out for Mummy & Daddy are important now and again to help you reconnect with your partner and remember that you do have your own personalities.

Recently the other half and I had a gorgeous day out at Vertigo 42 in London. It was a christmas present bought for us by the ‘kids’ (very generously 🙂 )

Food

Lovely range of sandwiches including salmon, ham and cucumber.

Two cakes each, one a chocolate caramel and the other a lush passion fruit number.

A scone with clotted cream and jam.

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Drinks

A glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne and some Earl Grey for me.

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Overview

A circular venue with AMAZING 360 views of London, we were lucky with a spectacularly sunny Spring day so you could see for miles. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. One tip I received from my Mum who had been the week before was to ask for your tea when they deliver your champagne so you have it with your food.

This was bought on a voucher offer and for £30 for two was stunning value. Afterwards a wander round the City and a couple of drinks in Leaden hall Market which was bustling with the after work crew made it a lovely day out.

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Dining out in a Cafe…???

Ever thought about dining out in a cafe??

I’ll be honest, it’s not something I would jump for joy at the thought of. But and that’s a big BUT, I would now!! Well certainly at this little gem!

I visited Marcos of Hayes on a Friday night for an informal get together with the school mums and was pleasantly surprised.

For those of you who aren’t local, Hayes is set just outside Bromley, Kent. It’s villagey and a lovely community to live in, I know I might be biased but there we are. Not so long ago the local cafe changed hands and became Marcos of Hayes. I popped in with my bud Regan from What I Ate Last Night to sample cake and coffee (which was gorgeous by the way!) and met the new owner; Marco (funnily enough!). The cafe has been given a makeover and has the mixture of Italian deli and comfortable coffee shop down to a tee.

Anyway I digress, an added string to the bow was the introduction of evening meals on a Friday and Saturday night and Sunday lunches, obviously on a Sunday! It works on a BYOB basis meaning an evening meal out with friends or the other half doesn’t have to break the bank.

Atmosphere

The cafe is lovely upon an evening, soft lighting, checked table clothes and a mixture of diners. It was relaxed and comfortable, the perfect place for an intimate dinner or casual catch up.

Food

The evening menus are a 3 course set menu priced at £26.95 at the time of my visit.

Starter: Antipasto

Gorgeous olives, sundried tomato’s, cured meats, artichoke, mozzarella and bread.

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Main : Sea Bass

Stuffed with prawns, crab meat and herbs in a tomato sauce, served with vegetables and sauteed potatoesmarco3

Desert : Carrot Cake

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Drink : I took along a bottle of Prosecco that was kept chilled in the fridge.

It was all absolutely beautiful. I could not fault anything and the portions were a perfect size. There is lots more to choose from on the menu that my fellow diners sampled and looked scrumptious but I guess you’ll have to pop along and have a look for yourself 🙂

Overview

If you are looking for a reasonably priced meal in a comfortable and relaxed environment with quality food and ingredients, this is it.

The staff are attentive without being annoying, they readily keep your wine topped up (if you’ve taken it) and the food was served in a timely manner where we didn’t feel rushed.

Would I recommend it? Yes

Would I return? Yes Yes!

Find out more and book on their Twitter and Facebook pages.

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The Little Life of Ickle Pickle

Family Friendly Restaurants; Zizzis.

I’ve written this post for #ToddlerApprovedTuesday hosted by @LaraBeeuk & @3princess_1dude and #Tried&Tested hosted by @Lollinski and @familyfever

Both great linky’s because you can often find inspiration for products, toys, days out with your toddler/pre-schoolers and that’s a thumbs up in my book!

This week I’m writing about our trip to Zizzi’s. I have always had good experiences at Zizzi’s and in my younger kid free days I was  a real frequenter with friends and a voucher code! Now those days are gone it’s a real treat to go out as a family to eat so it’s important that the kids have as good a time as we do.

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The restaurant was busy and buzzing and I was glad we booked – a great tip for anyone when you have kids in tow so you aren’t left waiting whilst they whine or scream (Zachy & Flo’s usual understandable tricks!)

Food

The Bambini kids menu is superb, in fact I think they have a better one than us adults!

Starters : Carrot, Cucumber and dough sticks

Main : Pizza or pasta and you can order some side of vegetables if you had a mind to.

Dessert : Ice cream AND a Chocochino

All for £6.75!

Mr Zachy was very pleased with his food and was even given another pot of crudités later on in the meal when he was still peckish! (Growth Spurt!!)

For smaller tums like Flo they offer pasta and a doughstick for £3 – How can you go wrong?!

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Entertainment

Zizzi’s have a lovely children’s menu sheet they hand out with plenty of colouring space associated to italian food and the cooking area of their restaurants, hams, onions and garlic hanging down etc. They also provide excellent Crayola Twistable Crayons. Both Flo & Zachy enjoyed these immensely and it kept them busy for a long time.


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Overview

It was a really great experience, the kids were busy colouring, their food was fantastic and served promptly. The staff were very attentive and spoke with Zachary directly rather than overlooking him and remembered his name. Its the little things…

Overall I would highly recommend Zizzi’s for a family friendly meal.

Where have you been that you can recommend?

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A little piece of Italy in Petts Wood?

So I was lucky enough to be asked along to review at a local restaurant Murinci’s  in Petts Wood, Bromley, Kent. Of course I jumped at the chance of a free dinner and wine and skipped off out the door 🙂 The restaurant is located in Petts Wood Station Square tucked around the back and so pretty to look at, it’s a lovely quiet spot away from the busy road making it a lovely choice for summer dining or even a cheeky glass of wine outside after a hot train ride from London. murinci Atmosphere It wasn’t overly busy being a Wednesday but we were greeted enthusiastically by the manager and shown to a lovely table in the window by the other diners. Food To start an amuse-bouche of spinach and ricotta cannelloni: IMG_0510 Starter: Huge tasty garlic chilli prawns beautifully presented with asparagus tips and red pepper pesto: IMG_0515 Main: Pan fried Duck breast, served with sweet potato, parsnip. red cabbage, broad beans and Grand Marnier sauce IMG_0520 Dessert: Passion fruit cheese cake… IMG_0521 Drinks Gin & Tonic for an aperitif (obviously!). Dinner was accompanied by a bottle of Castello del Poggio…

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Dessert was accompanied by some beautifully cold Limoncello:

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Decor

Fabulous, bright, colourful and funky – I loved it! The perfect mix of shabby chic and vintage. (maybe apart from the funky lights at the bar area ;)…) I personally think it would be an ideal place for a nice dancing area as well after dinner (meze bar style)

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Overview

The menu is lovely, the descriptions of the meals will have you salivating as soon as you begin to read. The A la Carte menu ranged from approx £5 for a starter to £15-£20 for a main but with a comprehensive fixed menu set a £15.50 for 2 courses or £17.50 for 3 it offers great value plus a selection of wines ranging in price for all budgets.

The staff are fun, engaging and you can see yourself being part of the family after only a couple of visits. My only criticism may be that the meal could of been served a little slower with some time to chat etc in between but to be fair we sat down at 8.30 on a Wednesday and were the last there so who can blame them.

 At Christmas they are offering a 3 course meal and arrival prosecco for only £50! Plus another Christmas Fayre Menu that runs Monday-Thursday that is real value. With New Years Eve only £60 for a 3 course meal and DJ after how could you go wrong..?

Would I recommend it? YES

Would I return? YES – when are we going?!

Book & find out more here: http://www.murinci.com/

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