This weekend I popped in to the iconic, mid-century Lancaster London Hotel to try out their ‘Island Grill’ restaurant. The restaurant boasts central London spot just 5 minutes walk from Paddington Station, and offers a modern, seasonal European menu. It’s also recently been awarded the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s top Three Star rating, thanks to Head Chef Adam Woolven’s vision to create an eco-friendly – yet luxurious – dining experience. Continue reading Review: Island Grill Sustainable Restaurant, London
If you’re still at a loss about where to wine and dine your beloved on this most controversial of romantic occasions, I thought I’d tap in to a whole fountain of foodie knowledge and compile a quick list of restaurant recommendations from my fellow food bloggers of Cardiff. I asked a handful if they would like to share with me the one Cardiff restaurant that they’d suggest for a perfect Valentine’s dinner – and here’s what they came up with. Continue reading Recommended: Cardiff food bloggers share their restaurant picks for Valentine’s Day
Acclaimed chef Lee Skeet (former Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing, Tom Aikens and Hedone Head Chef) has announced he will be holding a series of pop-up events here in Cardiff. Continue reading Acclaimed chef Lee Skeet announces series of Cardiff kitchen takeovers
Tapas – and Spanish cuisine in general in Cardiff – has come a long, long way in the past couple of years or so. Gone are the days when the Cardiff branch of La Tasca (in the Brewery Quarter – remember?) was the best we had to offer. Instead, we now have a handful of thriving independents with a real passion for sourcing excellent produce and creating authentic dishes as good as any you’d find in Barcelona or Bilbao.
Whilst this dreary January weather has me longing for hot days drinking cold wine and eating salty snacks by the sea, for now I can happily settle for a bite to eat in one of these local Cardiff gems.
If you haven’t already heard about Crafty Devil’s crowdfunding campaign, now is the time to get on board -they only have a few weeks left! Continue reading Help Crafty Devil get #CannedInCardiff for tastier & more eco-friendly local beer
If you’re looking to throw a dinner party with a difference in 2017, why not impress your friends and family by hiring out your own private chef?
Cardiff Airport recently announced that it was expecting 35,000 passengers over the Christmas period – up 9% on last year – with the most popular destination being Amsterdam.
Having recently taken the short KLM hop over myself, I can’t say I’m surprised. It’s a gorgeous, picturesque city, with the city centre located just minutes away from the airport by public transport.
And the best thing? My return flight cost me less than £100! If you’re looking for a great destination for an affordable mini-break in 2017, this is the one. Continue reading 48 Hours in Amsterdam: Beer, Boats & Smokes
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the biggest fan of afternoon tea. My lust for savoury food is far stronger than my sweet tooth, and I am really not all that bothered about cake – especially not the dense, spongy kind found on so many afternoon tea stands across the country. Sorry Mary Berry!
So there I was, thinking that afternoon tea was one of life’s little luxuries that I just wasn’t that into, but then everything changed.
I tried the festive afternoon tea from The Angel Hotel & Restaurant in Abergavenny. Continue reading Review: Afternoon Tea & Apres Ski at The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny
In the spirit of fattening up for the festive period, it’s safe to say I ate like a king in November! I can already tell my January diet is going to have to be brutal to make up for all of this indulgence – but here are my favourite pickings from the last few weeks…
Everybody knows that Christmas is the season of goodwill and charity, but unfortunately it doesn’t always extend to the way we shop for our Christmas presents. And who can blame us? I mean, “ethical Christmas gifts” – they don’t sound very glamorous do they? Continue reading HungryCityHippy’s Ethical Christmas Gift Guide 2016