Dinner at Zengo, Le Royal Meridien Hotel, Dubai

Our trip to Dubai was filled with some of the most incredible food I’ve tasted. The quality was exceptionally high at every spot we tried. I’ve heard a lot about how great the service in Dubai but the flavours… Oh the flavours! We had so many new favourite dishes. From the very best crème brûlée at La Petite Maison to hot fluffy pitta bread to swirl in bowls of incredible garlicky, zingy hummus beiruti, we truly feasted.

 

I’ve found myself using the words “favourite” and “best” way too much since I came back from Dubai. I genuinely can’t stop. We ate SO many beautiful things and I just can’t stop telling people about the food. We treated ourselves to some of the best restaurants and the food was just consistently incredibly high quality and packed with flavour! Our Dubai trip was predominantly about relaxation and eating and, for that, I have no regrets!

A foodie highlight of our trip was our meal at Zengo, one of the Pan Asian restaurants at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort. It’s a hotel that the Doc has stayed in many times and so he was keen to take me there on our first trip to Dubai together. On this occasion, we didn’t stay there but we had an epic dinner that I just have to share with you! SPOILER ALERT: You may get hungry, sorry!

Here’s what we ate:

Citrus fruits, togarashi, pickled onions dill oil, lemon gel

Too often when something is listed as “spicy” on a menu, in fine dining restaurants, I find that spices are used VERY cautiously. Chefs, I get that you don’t want to overpower flavours but spices (and not just chilli) can be a burst of flavour and warmth that bring a dish to life – if the menu says spicy we know it’ll be spicy (or at least we hope so when we order it!). When our first dish at Zengo was brought to the table, I wanted to get up, run into the kitchen and give the chef a HUGE hug! WHAT A REVELATION! A chef who isn’t afraid to pack food with flavour and a generous amount of chilli.

I love fresh tuna and this seared tuna was just utter perfection with its spicy crust and tangy freshness. Dotted between the tuna were delicate slices of fresh sweet pineapple and zesty lemon, which married perfectly with the tuna. This is about as good as any starter gets – fresh, zingy, spiced with togarashi (a Japanese spice chilli blend) so well balanced! I honestly think I could have had plate after plate of this and left Dubai as a very happy, very full lady. Delicious!

Next up, we had the Angry Zengo Maki Rolls – Tuna, avocado, cucumber, sriracha sauce

More tuna, yes, but so different from the last dish! This was another sublime take on something that can often be quite simple. These maki rolls were incredibly fresh and full of flavour from the kick of sriracha. They had been garnished with a crispy topping of tempura crumb, which added some crunch and texture. An absolute triumph and up there with some of the tastiest maki rolls I’ve ever eaten! My lunchtime Itsu sushi order, al-desko, will never be the same!

Our final raw starter was the salmon sashimi which had the perfect amount of fattiness but next to the other starters, it couldn’t compete. By no means was it bad, it was definitely very good quality, it just paled in excitement next to the other dishes! I loved how beautifully it was presented, on ice with edible flowers and hot wasabi.

Moving onto hot starters, Chicken karaageChicken thigh with Korean chili sauce and sesame seed

Succulent chicken coated by a light, crispy batter came with a tangy, spicy dipping sauce. Whilst I presume this dish was probably fried, I liked that it wasn’t at all greasy and actually pretty light despite the very generous sized portion!

I washed this down with a fruity Cherry Blossom mocktail of hibiscus, cherry and lemonade to rehydrate. But of what we had to drink, the Doc definitely ordered best. He’s a huge fan of Negronis and it’s almost always his drink of choice for a pre-dinner drink. Zengo’s Mango Negroni didn’t disappoint – the mango juice was actually frozen into a large ice cube, so it melted slowly, releasing bursts of mango with each sip.

After our starters we were in for a bit of a laugh – our waiter came over and asked: “How was your meal? Can I bring you the dessert menu?” Awkward much?! Either we had eaten more than is socially acceptable for most people for starters, or he was utterly confused. We laughed, told him we were keen to try the mains and deliberated over what to order. Zengo has an extensive menu from curries, to wok-fried dishes, hot dishes cooked on the Robata and grilled items so there was a lot to choose from!

After much umm’ing and aah’ing and a few peeks over at the dishes on nearby tables, we went for the BBQ lamb ribs, the Chicken coconut and the US prime tenderloin.

The BBQ lamb ribs were flavoured and cooked very well, however, whilst the portion was very generous and I liked the slight sweetness of the curry-infused sauce, the ribs were a bit too fatty for my liking.

The Chicken coconut, on the other hand, was divine. Marinated charred chicken bathed in a fragrant coconut sauce with a velvety, almost luxurious feel. I loved the slight smokiness paired with the freshness of the fresh mint and coriander salad which it was served with.

Surprisingly, one of the side dishes was up there as one of the best dishes for me. Now hear me out. The main ingredient was tofu. No this isn’t bland, tasteless, sponge-like or boring at all! It was comparable to some of the best pan asian dishes I’ve tried and I defy anyone who says they don’t like tofu once they’ve tried this dish at Zengo! It annoys me when some restaurants treat tofu too simply (I.e. just fried and seasoned) because frankly it is boring. Tofu isn’t full of flavour on its own; it really needs flavour and a bit of attention. Zengo’s tofu is DELICIOUS! Tofu came in a glorious five spice batter. It was peppery, with a soft tender centre yet audibly crispy on the outside. Whether or not you’re vegetarian – oh god you NEED this. This is technically a side dish but I think it would make a great starter. It’s the most flavour packed tofu I’ve ever had!

Our final main was the US Prime Tenderloin, cooked medium rare and serve on a Fois gras sauce and parsnip puree. It was cooked to perfection!

We were pretty full but our waiter advised us that we couldn’t leave without pudding!

We had no idea what to expect when ordering the Pralus Bio Equateur – I still don’t actually know what it means but what arrives was a theatrical show on dry ice of dark chocolate pudding, sweet honeycomb cake, peanut plantain and beautiful honey ice cream. I actually really loved the plantain and icecream most and would have been happy to have had just that. The portion was enormous so I’d recommend sharing puddings rather than individuals.

Our final course, and possibly my favourite of all was the white chocolate semi freddo.

Zengo had this perfected. It was light and refreshing with lime brioche, spicy peanut brittle and a mini mountain of sweet green apple salad – perfect after such a heavy meal! I can’t recommend it enough!

I was so pleasantly surprised by Zengo at Le Royal Meridien hotel – innovative dishes, romantic atmosphere, generous portions and beautiful settings that make it a contender for best Pan Asian restaurant in Dubai! The service was good but not quite as slick as some of the other Dubai restaurants we tried, but the food and atmosphere more than made up for that!

Dare I say it? Well, I probably shouldn’t say so but I like it even more than Nobu (and it’s less expensive!) If you’re in Dubai or planning a trip, book in and let me know what you think! (And don’t leave without trying that seared tuna, ok?!)

What are your favourite spots for Pan Asian food? Leave a comment below or contact me via Instagram. More info needed? Check out the website here.

Our meal at Zengo was complimentary, but as always, my views are 100% my own!

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La Petite Maison Dubai – an incredible lunch

La Petite Maison is somewhere I’ve wanted to try for many years. Seven years to be specific!

When I was at university, each summer I got a temp job to pay for my summer trips. One year, I got a temporary job as a secretary for a wealth management firm in London. I walked past La Petite Maison London on Brook’s Mews, every single day that summer. I heard voices in French and English, witnessed business meetings and saw friendly reunions over impeccable food and wine. It looked beautiful and glamorous – I was nineteen and it looked dreamy. Dining al fresco with food that looked Masterchef-worthy… well, it was pretty as a picture and I wanted in! But I was a student and frankly, I didn’t have a full Celine purse to match the bill! I peeked in a few times and began my restaurant list. I looked away most days but all these years later I hadn’t forgotten it! A couple of times I’d been booked in but plans had been rearranged so, even after I started full-time work, I never made it to La Petite Maison.

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So, when we booked a trip to Dubai, La Petite Maison was at the top of my list of places to eat and the first restaurant I booked. It’s a risky strategy though, going somewhere you’ve put on a pedestal for SEVEN years! I had heard good things but didn’t know if it was worth the hype.

The day finally arrived, we got a taxi to DIFC Dubai and we were finally there to meet my #foodiegoals from 2010!

The room is bright white and airy, with French art everywhere. The white interior has splashes of colour from vibrant Mediterranean vegetables piled high around the open kitchen. There are antique style Taittinger champagne boxes and elaborate salt and pepper mills! It’s the epitome of #interiorgoals on Instagram! The bar is clad with rose gold and copper accents and despite the rise in popularity of bare tables in London, here, the white tablecloth is back, unapologetic and back in action, broken up with simple burst of bright veg and pepper mills!

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We had been advised upon booking that, given that it was Ramadan, there would be no alcohol served. Whilst we perused the menu we went for a glass of Limonade Noire instead – a thirst-quenching refreshing mocktail of rosemary-infused honey, lemon, activated charcoal and soda water.

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Menu at La Petite Maison, the best restaurant for lunch in Dubai on the Lifestyle Enthusiast blogFor starters, we opted for a full-flavoured black olive tapenade which was served with perfect crispbreads. The irony-rich flavour of the olives made a strong match for the bread but they paired like they were made for each other!

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We decided to share the whole sea bream in Papillote for our main. It was described as fish en papillote with olive oil, lemon and herbs. It was presented, whole before being filleted and served with a fresh shaved fennel and chive crunchy salad. This was some of the tastiest fish I’ve ever had, with bold but not overpowering flavours of confit lemon skin and herbs aux Provence. A side of Dauphinoise potatoes completed it! A glass of white wine would be so good with it but the Limonade Noire was a surprisingly good match!

Of course, the fish was perfectly cooked and a triumph of a dish. There were lots of “mmms”, “aaah my god” and “this is so delicious!”. Our plates were spotless at the end – despite the large portion we polished it off!

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The potatoes were oozy, rich and creamy and worked surprisingly well!

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We were offered the dessert menu, and I thought back to all that time ago, where I had walked past the London restaurant and peered in at the desserts. They were so pretty and had wowed me. I couldn’t come all this way and not eat pudding. We were full but we had to! I can always find space for dessert, can’t you?

We had a slight mix up and ended up swapping a cheesecake but ended up with the best Creme Brûlée and apple tart EVER! I never go for creme brûlée as it’s not that exciting – I find it pretty much the same wherever I have it and find it can be lacking in flavour… but the Doc loves it and I’m now sooooo happy he suggested it! Honestly, it was the most creamy, soft, almost custardy perfection with a thin crisp sugar audibly crackly topping. The apple tart was up there too, finely sliced sharp apple delicately topping very crispy, sweet puff pastry. La Petite Maison definitely know good pud!

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Creme Brulee at La Petite Maison, the best restaurant for lunch in Dubai on the Lifestyle Enthusiast blogWe loved our meal so much, with faultless food, generous portions for a fine dining spot and impressive service, I have no doubt we will be going again one day when we are next in Dubai.

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So yes. It’s been seven years since I got my first glimpse of La Petite Maison in London and whilst it’s been many years and I’ve had many many many meals since, I still haven’t made it to that Brooks Mew’s London branch of this restaurant. That’s got to change ASAP as if it’s anything like it’s sister restaurant in Dubai, well, then we may have just found my new favourite French spot for us, outside of France!

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I couldn’t recommend it more if you love French food and are visiting Dubai! It was, to me, like Aubaine but with miles better service and food!

What’s your favourite French restaurant? Where should I try next?

La Petite Maison Dubai is located in the DIFC area of Dubai. More details can be found on the website here.

 

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The five best dishes to try at Roka, Aldwych

The weather isn’t following the rules at all – it’s June and in my eyes, that means it should be two things – warm and sunny. We should we walking around in summer dresses, with huge sunglasses and sandals. We should be drinking Pimms in our gardens, hosting barbeques with our families and looking for the best spots for al fresco lunch – those are the summer rules, aren’t they?! So, like the weather, I’ve not been following my rule of not eating out more than once a week either. Naughty I know, but it’s been a busy few weeks – I was off work ill with gastroenteritus (yep it sucked!) and then had a week away in Dubai (heaven – watch this space for more content on it!) but now I’m back, and hopefully back to stay!

Of course, I’ve gone ages without writing a food post and now I’ve only gone and written two in a go, but #sorrynotsorry. I have a list, longer than my arm, of new restaurants to check out, and in one week I ticked off two: the Clove Club and Roka. We’d managed to secure Time Out vouchers to get Roka’s famous bottomless brunch £42 per person, including 10 small plates, a main, a very moreish Bellini and unlimited wine/prosecco, as well as an epic dessert platter for the table! It may well have become my new favourite London brunch spot!

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Rather than go through each and every dish, I just want to say you NEED to go here. It’s brilliant and I want you to love it like I do. I’m going to skip to the good part and tell you what dishes you just have to order, the things you must try at Roka, whether you have the brunch or just go for lunch or dinner. These are my top five dishes at Roka (in no particular order):

  1. Tokusen sashimi moriwase – Chef’s selection of sashimi.
    Roka’s sashimi is perfect. The selection on the day was of tuna, salmon and yellowfin – I couldn’t pick between them as they were all fresh, delicious and perfectly sliced. Served on ice, with wasabi and pickled ginger, these were a triumph and I was really impressed by the quality.Roka Aldwych Sashimi - Lifestyle Enthusiast Blog - What to order at Roka
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  2. Kabocha to amaimo no salada – Japanese pumpkin and sweet potato salad.
    This is about as far from a salad as can be. I’d liken it to a creamy, cool, flavour-packed sweet potato mash. Sounds weird, right? Honestly, this is one thing you CANNOT leave without trying. A bowl of sunset coloured perfection! This “salad” is perfectly balanced, smooth with crispy bits and fresh chives. It’s served cold (and that’s probably the only thing that it has in common with a usual salad!) It was impossible to tackle with chopsticks but truly the most moreish mash / salad that I’ve tasted in years! Roka Aldwych - Lifestyle Enthusiast Blog - What to order at Roka - Sweet potato and pumpkin salad
    It sounds odd. I know. But trust me, it was so so delicious, that I kept wanting to save a bit to the end. The waiters kept coming to clear up our plates, to make space for other dishes, only to hear Eppie, Katie and I repeat “no… no not that one, we’ll keep that!” We refused to give up those last few morsels… Hey, there may only have been a teaspoons worth left in there but none of us were letting that go to waste – it was a plate of heaven. Truth be told, I saved that last bite until just before dessert and it was worth it! I don’t want to be bossy and tell you what to order at Roka but seriously, you need this!
  3. Tai no miso-yaki – Sea bream fillet, ryotei miso and red onion.
    This hulking, meaty piece of fish, with its subtle umami flavours was exquisite. Perfect, soft, flaky fish, with subtle flavouring and a slight charred finish. Incredible!
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  4. Kobuta no ribs yawaraka nikomiyaki – Glazed baby back ribs with crushed cashew nuts.
    These are the special type of dish that you don’t order on a first date (they’re the sticky type that get EVERYWHERE and I have zero chance of eating these gracefully!). They’re the perfect blend of sweet, spiced, sticky and just a masterpiece, needing nothing but a tiny squeeze of lime. Roka chefs cook this on the robata grill, which is said to originate from the fishermen off the coast of Japan, who would cook on the boats with different charcoals and share the bounty with one another using their oars. I love that idea, and whilst I can’t comment on how authentically Japanese these ribs are, they are comforting, succulent, packed with flavours, and I bet you’ll be fighting over the last rib!Roka Aldwych - Lifestyle Enthusiast Blog - What to order at Roka - Glazed pork ribs with cashew nuts
  5. A platter of puddings was a dream end to the brunch.
    Lychee, raspberry and passionfruit sorbets, and fresh tropical fruits lined the platter of lychee and matcha pannacotta, yuzu chocolate truffles, and the most beautiful plump chocolate Buddha. It was almost too pretty to eat. Almost! Starfruit, watermelon, dragon fruit, pineapple and berries dotted the plate but nobody could ultimately resist the chocolate mousse buddha. It was the perfect end to the brunch and I highly recommend it for those dining in a group!Roka Aldwych - Lifestyle Enthusiast Blog - What to order at Roka - Dessert platter of chocolate buddha, yuzu truffles, fruit and panna cotta

The food at Roka is incredible, it’s perfect for brunch or for dinner, one of my favourite spots in London for catch ups, to linger and over eat at! The service, fabulous, and the food delicious. These are just some of my best dishes but there are so many treasures so I say go on, book a table and go soon! I’ll probably see you there!

Dare I say it, I like it even better than Zuma. Rainer Becker you legend, you!

Roka branches are dotted all over London – we went to the one on Aldwych but you can see more options here. 

Have you been to Roka? What are your favourite dishes? I’ll undoubtedly be back soon so need to know! Comment below or connect with me on Instagram and let me know!

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The Sea Containers Bottomless Brunch at the Mondrian Hotel


In theory, turning 26 isn’t a special birthday. It’s not a quarter of a century, it isn’t a milestone birthday and it isn’t really a traditionally big event. But when you can get together 16 of your faves together for brunch it can only inevitably become a special memory to look back on. Well… that’s if you remember it! No mean feat when there’s prosecco flowing and unlimited Grey Goose Bloody Mary’s…

All I wanted to do this year was get together with close friends and relax. I’ve always liked the Mondrian hotels bars and so, with the promise of bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Prosecco, pretty views, and the ability to fit all 17 of us into one large table, I booked The Mondrian Hotel at Sea Containers for it’s Saturday Brunch. For £50per person (excl. service), you can have two courses and bottomless booze for two hours.

I love the Mondrian Hotel as a venue, as it has so many exciting spots to explore. It’s bright and airy (I love floor to ceiling windows), it serves locally sourced food and, for me, it’s the perfect space to clink glasses with my favourite people (some of whom you may remember from my previous birthdays, travels in Thailand and foodie adventures in London)

We shared reunion hugs, excited hello’s and once we caught the ear of the waiters, the endless flow of prosecco and spicy Bloody Mary’s began. The Doc had just bought me a Canon 750D camera as an INCREDIBLE birthday present (honestly I count my lucky stars), which we took along and played paparazzi with!

It was time to get cracking on the food.

Smashed Avocado on Charred Toast, with ripe cherry tomatoes, fresh coriander, chilli and a soft poached egg. Exactly as it sounds, the crunchy toast played vessel to carry all the soft creamy avo goodness! Simple and delicious.

The breakfast hash of chorizo, roast potato, wild garlic, and a beautifully oozy vibrant poached egg. This was my favourite course – I just love all of these ingredients and they married together so well. OMG so good and well balanced. Definitely the best dish there! I actually didn’t order this but managed to convince the Doc to share with me. #birthdaygirlperks

The Egg Sammy wrapped up a sunny side up egg, crispy bacon, Jack cheese, avocado, coriander & chipotle relish in a brioche bun.

Chicken and waffles: crunchy buttermilk waffles, fried chicken, and Sriracha slaw. This was the dish which unfortunately wasn’t well received – it took far too long to arrive and when it did one of the dishes was a little undercooked.

Pancakes were served with fresh tangy blueberries and comforting maple syrup. They’re not actually on the Bottomless Brunch weekend menu but I had requested them when booking as the options on the set menu wouldn’t suit a few of the dietary requirements in the group. Luckily, the chefs at the Mondrian were happy to rustle a stack of these babies! The blueberry pancakes were a proper crowd pleaser – you just can’t go wrong with good fluffy pancakes, can you?! Perfect for the vegetarians in the group, I totally think these should be added to the weekend brunch menu asap. Take note, Sea Containers!

So the food was a little hit-and-miss, but the prosecco and Bloody Mary’s were free-flowing and seriously delicious – the perfect savoury, spicy balance. Sea Containers will even customise them for you in their Bloody Mary bar, but we loved them as they were!

The food took much longer than usual (over an hour) but the staff made up for the slow service with an extra hour of Prosecco and a bottle of Perrier-Jouet, which was fine by me! We took lots of photos, caught up on each other’s adventures and laughed loudly, fuelled with bubbles!


I do love a bottomless brunch but it can be quite an anticlimax when you find yourself heading home mid-afternoon so merry! Once we had finished brunching in Sea Containers, we headed to the most informal bar at the Mondrian, the Den, to continue the celebrations. It’s an inviting, more informal area, perfect for getting comfy and catching up. The Doc did a very sweet, unexpected toast, the birthday singing commenced, and one of my best friends, Gopi and her lovely husband, Kish bought out the most beautiful Wilton’s Hazelnut birthday cake for me. It was one of the best cakes I’ve eaten in years and it was completely devoured within minutes! It was literally the icing on the cake, topping off a perfect birthday bottomless brunch.

Finally, we ended up in the Rumpus room bar, a firm favourite in my list of top London rooftop bars. It’s chic, pretty and serves incredible cocktails and has gorgeous views over London. At this point, the camera was put away and the birthday celebrations wrapped up.

Whilst the bottomless prosecco and Bloody Mary’s at the Mondrian may be guilty of making my memory slightly hazy, I had the best Saturday in absolurely what-felt-like forever. Nothing puts a smile on my face quicker than spending time with these guys and it was a great spot for such a big group.

I’d highly recommend Sea Containers for your next big group brunch. Take a fun group and don’t forget your dancing shoes… it’s inevitable, the party won’t end with the bottomless brunch!

 Which restaurants do you like for big groups? Have you been to The Mondrian Hotel?

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Petersham Nurseries Teahouse, Richmond

Last weekend I visited Petersham Nurseries in Richmond for the first time. We had arranged a belated lunch with our mums for a belated Mother’s day. The criteria was somewhere relaxing, pretty, with vegetarian and healthy options and ideally, somewhere not too far from the family homes. We decided to tick one off the bucket list and visit Petersham Nurseries in Richmond.

Petersham Nurseries is not new – it’s a stunning, rustic garden centre which has been around for over a decade, but it truly is a tranquil oasis in London. We hadn’t quite decided on our venue until a couple of days before so we didn’t have time to book the acclaimed greenhouse restaurant, instead, we decided on the relaxed teahouse which promised seasonal, homemade dishes, and didn’t require a reservation ahead. It certainly doesn’t disappoint!

The teahouse sits in the airy greenhouse and is a perfect spot for a casual lunch in the sunshine. We passed the fields of horses, the beautiful, yellow daffodils, nature’s little wonders, and this incredible welcoming flower mobile as we made our way to the teahouse, exploring the plants and beautiful mirrors all around us.


Petersham Nurseries’ food is ALL about the quality – it’s renowned for sustainable, delicious food based on quality ingredients. The teahouse is pretty casual and the perfect space for getting some sun and having a catch up with a delicious meal.

As soon as I saw the menu I was in overload. Everything sounded delicious and I wanted it all! Do you ever get food envy? I’m so guilty of it, I love the sound of so many dishes and struggle to pick, inevitably feeling a little jealous when someone else’s food looks better! So when my other half suggested we order more dishes to share for the table I agreed calmly couldn’t stop grinning and went wild with the orders, in the name of sharing of course!.

We tried three salads, the first was a delicious flavour-full spiced chickpea, beetroot hummus, and spinach. My mum loved the second especially with mixed pulses, courgettes, olives, sun dried tomatoes, fresh chilli and fragrant mint. The third salad included freekeh, asparagus, crunchy toasted seeds and garden herbs was delicious. The fresh herbs truly set this apart, and all three were delicious. They were vibrant and worked perfectly together. A surprising hit and some of the most delicious salads I’ve had in ages.

The Doc loved the Spaghetti with wild garlic and parsley pesto, which was a grown-up version of pesto pasta – his childhood favourite!

I loved the Cauliflower Tagine best, served hot with what I think was roasted celeriac – it was hot with flavour but not too spicy, served with a cooling mint yoghurt and spiced flatbread. Truly delicious! It reminded me of the bread served with my monkfish at Spring at Somerset House, and the celeriac had a crunch that resembled Christmas Day roasties! Our mums bothy seemed to enjoy all of this, as well as the Montgomery Cheddar and Chutney sourdough sandwiches.

The Spring herbs quiche was served with a rocket salad went down well with us all. The pastry was perfect – Mary Berry would be so proud of the crunchy, flaky crust with no signs of any “soggy bottom!” It had a delicate flavour and a beautiful pastry which was buttery but not cloying at all. Truly delicious!

We washed this all with a carafe of Chegworth Valley pressed apple and pear juice. It was so refreshing and worlds apart from anything from a carton! It was the perfect lunch in that warm Greenhouse. The sun shone down and every dish was delicious and perfect in the sunshine… perhaps the sun heightens your taste buds? I don’t know but I do know that I every single bite of the food.

Strolling around Petersham Nurseries on a sunny day has got to be a London highlight, with the sun on your skin, it’s hard not to smile. Scents of fresh lavender and rosemary, fresh air (which seems so rare in Central London) and the most beautiful displays out. It’s seriously pretty. From the fountains to the flowers, to the most Instagrammable shop ever, I loved it all.






I wish I’d bought these – the scents were amazing!





The shop is filled with beautiful antique style furnishings, garden accessories, homeware and even clothing and accessories. We went for a walk around the garden centre and of course, I wanted everything! But this day was about our Mums, so we finished up at Petersham Nurseries and heading home for tea and cake.

I truly loved the teahouse at Petersham nurseries and definitely want to go back to try the Michelin Star Petersham cafe. Petersham Nurseries is also opening in Floral Court, Covent Garden, and if it’s anything like the one in Richmond it’s sure to be a little inner city haven of tranquility and delicious food; the perfect spot for a last minute lunch in the sunshine!

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