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February 2014 pictures

2 Mar
Roast dinner at the Cutty Sark Tavern

Roast dinner at the Cutty Sark Tavern

Valentine's Day dinner in

Valentine’s Day dinner in

Me and the Who's Jack team at LFW

Me and the Who’s Jack team at LFW

At the Jasper Garvida LFW after-party

At the Jasper Garvida LFW after-party

Orla Kiely LFW AW14 show

Orla Kiely LFW AW14 show

Weekend break in York

Weekend break in York

Staying in Hotel du Vin, York

Staying in Hotel du Vin, York

The Shambles

The Shambles

Lunch at The Good Life Eatery, Sloane Avenue

Lunch at The Good Life Eatery, Sloane Avenue

Poached eggs, kale, sweet potato, quinoa and almond pesto bowl

Poached eggs, kale, sweet potato, quinoa and almond pesto bowl

Sunday roast dinner at The Cutty Sark TavernI have written about this fantastic roast at The Cutty Sark Tavern in Greenwich in my Best Restaurants in London post so I was delighted to go again at the start of Feb. You can find the pub just a short walk along the river from the Old Naval Colleges – last time I also stumbled across a really cute cake workshop venue called Fair Cake nearby! It is best to book this place in advance or otherwise turn up when doors open at 12pm on Sunday as there is usually a queue. I had the roast chicken with beetroot, roast potatoes, swede mash, pigs in blankets and gravy which was so tasty and well cooked – heaven!  

 Valentine’s DayAh, the old V day. Some love it, some hate it. I think it is a fun excuse to do something whether you are in a relationship or not, even if it is just something like the cinema! This year I was full of a horrible cold so the boyf and I stayed in and cooked steak with salad and chips. Unfortunately the champagne in the photo stayed unopened as I couldn’t breathe to appreciate it!

 London Fashion WeekI spent the weekend at London Fashion Week writing for Who’s Jack magazine and one of my favourite shows was definitely the Orla Kiely AW14 collection – the ‘raining cats and dogs’ idea was so cute. I also got the chance to attend the Jasper Garvida after-party at Movida thanks to Felicities PR!

Weekend in York: The boyfriend and I had been given a hotel voucher for Hotel Du Vin as part of our Christmas present so we decided to use it on a weekend in York. The hotel was really stylish and we were lucky enough to get the Suite at the top which was completely fabulous! It included a big, squishy king-sized bed, a roll-top bath, a chaise-lounge and a long walk in-shower, as well as touches like a Bose sound system and proper coffee machine. It was probably as big as our flat in London! York itself was lovely – you can read more about my time in York here

Lunch at The Good Life EateryI took a friend from Manchester here after seeing it pop up on Tanya Burr’s blog and I’m so glad I did! Though it was super small and squished, the food was incredible and all completely healthy. We both went for poached eggs on quinoa, kale and sweet potato with an almond pesto and I can definitely recommend it. Plus, if you go on a weekend you can walk it off around the cute little Sloane Square market and perhaps pick up some malteser fudge, as we may very well have done…

What did you get up to this February?

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A Weekend in York

2 Mar

One gift that the boyfriend and I received over Christmas was a Hotel Du Vin voucher, so we decided to put it to good use last weekend and have a weekend break in York.

After a three hour drive from the Midlands (for which I stayed awake for about 40 minutes!), we arrived at Hotel Du Vin which was based in a beautiful building on the outskirts of the town. We were lucky enough to get the Suite at the top which was amazing; there was a huge king sized bed, a roll-top bath, a chaise-lounge and a long walk-in shower, as well as a proper coffee machine and Bose speakers.

Hotel du Vin, York

Hotel du Vin, York

Me outside Hotel Du VIn

Me outside Hotel Du Vin

Our suite

Our suite

Roll top bath

The walk-in shower

The walk-in shower

After jumping on the bed and Instagramming the room to my heart’s content, we headed out to do some exploring. York is an old, medieval city and we had actually visited during ‘Viking Week’, so there were plenty of casual Vikings walking around adding to the vibe. We started by having lunch at the famous Betty’s – unfortunately there was a huge queue for the main Betty’s (which had a beautiful Easter window display NOM!) so we decided to try the smaller, more vintage Betty’s café down the road. This had more of a ‘granny chic’ vibe about it but a much smaller queue; after waiting for about 10 minutes, we were shown to a cute little table in the back where I ordered poached salmon & prawns on sourdough bread and the bf ordered the chicken club sandwich. Both meals weren’t super special but were tasty and good value, though they were both trumped by the gorgeous caramel egg that I bought from their shop downstairs! Apparently their chocolate is handmade and it tasted SO. GOOD.

Betty's window display

Betty’s window display

My prawn/poached salmon lunch at Betty's

My prawn/poached salmon lunch at Betty’s

Betty's caramel egg

Betty’s caramel egg

After lunch, we spent some time walking around the quaint Shambles streets, full of old, wonky shops, including an INCREDIBLE fudge shop which I would highly recommend, if just for the many free samples! We went inside the Minster, climbed up onto a little castle and toured the city walls before heading back home to freshen up for dinner. We had a drink in the hotel’s lovely conservatory area before heading to eat at Loch Fyne. This is a small chain seafood restaurant with plenty of dinner options for decent prices; both of us chose the option to have a fish of our choice, cooked to our choice, with a sauce of our sauce and two sides, all for £15. After dinner we went for drinks at the cool cocktail bar Evil Eye and All Bar One.

The Shambles

The Shambles

York Minster

York Minster

York castle

Museum Gardens

Museum Gardens

Casual Vikings

Casual Vikings

We started the next day with the hotel’s breakfast – I took full advantage of the ‘Pantry’ table which was piled high with fruit, pastries and most importantly, an incredible home-made sticky fruit flapjack. (I may have sneaked one into my bag too, shh)! After wondering around the town’s markets, we met my bf’s brother for lunch at the pub that he works at called ‘The House of Trembling Madness‘. This is actually next to the smaller Betty’s and is a shop selling all kinds of artistan, rare and local alcohol downstairs with a very cosy, rustic pub upstairs. Though we probably didn’t need anymore food, we decided to share one of their popular platters which came with olive bread, marmite bread, pork pie with black pudding on the top, salad, chicken and duck, amongst other things. Advice: if you want to get a seat, get there early!

Breakfast

Breakfast

The House of the Trembling Madness

The House of the Trembling Madness

 

Our platter

Our platter

After stuffing our faces yet again, we decided to call it a day and head home for another meal with my parents. All in all, a great weekend!

Have you ever been to York? Is there anything else you would recommend seeing?