Being in England for the past 10 days, I’ve done a lot less cooking, but just as much eating. If you happen to ever be in England, here were a few of our favorite finds…
The Primrose Eatery, Primrose Hill, London
A small cafe-style breakfast + lunch spot, nearby Ricks flat. We ate here twice, it was that good. First time I got the Primavera Crepe, which was light and super satisfying. Second time I got the Falafel Feast. Both were very delicious! Matt enjoyed a full english breakfast (scored it a 7 out of 10, the mushrooms being the highlight) and the bacon and brie sandwich. Overall – we would definitely recommend an outting here. The food was made fresh and with care and the service was spectacular.
The InSpiral Lounge, Camden, London
The Inspiral Lounge is a vibrant vegan/raw-inspired cafe downtown Camden. We frequented here twice, per my request. The Banana Karma smoothie was amazing (A blend of soaked cashews, dates, banana, cacao and rice milk). I also got a cappuccino and mint brownie, which were both also decadent and de-li-cious! go!
Chesire Tandoori, Northwich, Chester
A favorite Indian spot of Linda and Dave, we ventured out for a traditional curry on our first night at Brookside Cottage. The popodums and chutney are definitely the best we’ve had. I opted for the Vegetable Kashmir, a sweet and mild yellow curry and Matt was impressed with his Chili Chicken Masala. Good picks. The Kashmiri Naan was perfectly doughy and fluffy and full of fruits and nuts. Overall a great meal.
Carriers Inn, Hatchmere, Chester
Thursday afternoon, following a morning of shopping, Linda, Matt and I settled in for a pub lunch at the Carriers Inn. The pub has operated since 1637 and was easy to picture what it might have looked like back then. We sat right next to the fireplace – a cozy spot. The people were super friendly and the food was delicious. To start, we shared a bowl of sweet carrot soup and Matt got chicken livers, a popular dish in the motherland. For mains, we enjoyed a broccoli and stilton quiche, hake with roasted peppers and tomatoes (beautiful presentation btw) and sausage and mash (another English favorite). After that meal, all we wanted was an afternoon siesta.
The Salt House, St. Johns Wood, London
Upon our arrival back to London, Stu took us to his ‘local pub’. It was an intimate traditional pub with a nice open bar up front and a small dining room out back. We split a bottle of red wine and shared the fish and chips (best yet!) and beetroot and wild mushroom risotto (will be planning to make my own version of this recipe). Overall great meal and a cozy environment.
Camden Lock Markets, Camden, London
Imagine a world food festival packed tightly into a small market alley, with aromas sizzling, frying and stewing from each corner of the world. Camden markets is a food-lovers dream. After some serious deliberation, the ‘Israeli Queen’ stall fed me well with a classic falafel pita sandwich. Topped with shredded cabbage, couscous, soy bean mash, hummus, tahini, pickles, chili sauce and raita, the felafel was stuffed in a warmed whole wheat pita bread. Matt settled on Venezuelan-inspired food at ‘The Cornbread House’ stall. The corn-based, fluffy english muffin-looking pita pocket was filled with a chicken and avocado salad-type filling. Both picks were full of flavor, tasty and warm – just what we needed as we stumbled through the crowded markets on a 30 degree afternoon!
The Honest Sausage, Regents Park, London
On our walk through Regents Park from Primrose to Covent Garden, Matt was literally taken from his track when his eye caught a sign for a ‘hot, bacon sandwich’. The Honest Sausage is a small, random hut in the middle of Regents selling bacon sandwiches and sausage rolls. Matts bacon ‘buddy’ ( english-style bacon on soft bread was perfectly cooked and the bread nice and soft. Just the energizer we needed for our walk into town.
Bar Italia, Soho, London
We luckily stumbled upon Bar Italia (recommended by Ryan) as we roamed through Soho. It was a perfect stop, as we were in need of some warming up. Bar Italia reminded me of Cafe Pompeo or some other authentic Italian cafe in the North End. With Panetone boxes lining the shelves and Italian pastries filling the display windows, we enjoyed a strong cappuccino and a rich hot chocolate with the Italian futbol match blaring from the flatscreen in the back of the cafe.
Cove Bar, Covent Garden, Central London
We found this place back in 2005 and it forever remained in Matts mind as ‘that great pasty pub’. Overlooking the piazza of Covent Garden, this small, cozy, Cornish-themed pub serves all sorts of pasties. This time around, we settled on a vegetable + cheese, which ended up being taken to go since it took so long to make. A pastie on the road isnt such a bad thing really, and it was pretty cold anyway.