Tuesday, March 25, 2008

London Round Up

Back at the end of February I headed down to London, for the The Fairtrade Everyday Cookbook launch and lunch at Pétrus.

We managed a little more than that while we were down there. After the launch we headed to Maxwell's in Covent Garden. Thanks to a discount card we were enjoying a reduced price meal which was actually pretty good. I'm not sure I'd necessarily want to pay full price (but then, I probably wouldn't have ordered a big steak), but the steaks ordered were cooked to order, the plate of pasta was generous in size (and it was all eaten, so it must have been OK!) and the burger looked huge. The restaurant is right opposite Covent Garden tube, so it's easy to find, and they do offer discounts on main courses on Monday.

Definitely somewhere to seek out is the Planet of the Grapes (how cool is that name?!) in Leadenhall Market. Recommended to me by Jacob at Interwined this tiny bar's big selling point is that all the retail wine is available to drink in the bar, with a flat £10 corkage fee. Could I convince anyone to drink with me?! No. Not happy about that, but consoled myself with the purchase of a 2000 Fox Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as a birthday present for a friend (who shared it with us!). The food is based around sharing plates but they also serve Pieminister Pies. These pies aren't cheap (at PotG it will set you back £7 for pie, salad and chutney) but they are very very good. I opted for chicken, bacon and tarragon pie, while Andy munched on a steak and chorizo pie. What's even more exciting for Leeds residents is that I've spotted North selling them!

We rounded off our stay in London with dinner with friends and a morning wandering around Pimlico and Chelsea, finishing off with ginger cake in Daylesford Organic in Sloane Square. It's not the cheapest piece of cake you'll find, but as you do get 2 slices you can always exercise restraint and share both cost and calories! Just make sure you take along your big sunglasses!

1. Maxwell's, 8 James Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8BH, phone: 020 7836 0303
2. Planet of the Grapes, 9/10 Bulls Head Passage, Leadenhall Market, London, EC3V 1LU, phone: 020 7929 7224
3. Daylesford Organic, 31 Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AG, phone: 020 7881 8020
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there... I own pieminister and have just read you blog... thankyou for very much for the nice commentys about our pies. If you are ever in Bristol please drop in and i will buy you lunch... I am glad you liked the Chickken of aragon... Jon (the pie man) ...

10:21 am  
Blogger Joanna said...

Sounds like a good trip ... thanks for some good ideas for places to visit


12:08 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Hi Jon - thank you so much for commenting! It's no problem to say nice things about nice pies: ones with a proper filling to pastry ratio!

Hi Joanna - if you're into wine I'd definitely get yourself to Planet of the Grapes and even have one of Jon's pies while you're there!

12:40 pm  
Blogger aforkfulofspaghetti said...

You're not going to tell us about your lunch at Petrus?? Aw, please?

11:39 am  
Blogger Alex said...

Petrus ... is here!

8:55 pm  

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