Friday was a special night for me, I discovered my favourite new restaurant in London.

I’ve always had a love for antipasti, meat & cheese boards. Whether it’s because they remind me of Summer holidays abroad or family buffets at Christmas, there really is nothing better. Antipasti boards are sociable and casual, normally enjoyed over a bottle of wine and the constant vocal admiration over the variety of food in-front of you, such as the “tangy French cheese” you just tried for the first time and how well it “compliments the chutney.”

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Cork & Bottle have an extensive 34 page wine list

‘Cork & Bottle’ just off of Leicester Square is where I found paradise! Making my way down the spiral staircase I was greeted by a warm, cosy and bustling wine bar with every table in sight packed full. After-work glasses of wine were being had at the bar, whilst full blown meals were being enjoyed on the tables around us. The red tiled floor, wooden stools, quaint glass framed photos and bottles of wine decorating the room transported me to a different country in an instant.

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Despite it being incredibly busy, all of the staff were as polite as ever. As we waited, we eyed up all of the meats and cheeses in the ‘deli style’ counter.

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We were only made to wait twenty minutes for a table on a Friday night with no reservation. To our upmost surprise we were given the best table in the restaurant after the group before us left early – we were informed that normally it can take up to two weeks to book ‘the booth.” It must have been our lucky day!

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The booth

Tucked away from the main part of the wine bar and the restaurant we had the space all to ourselves.

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Whilst we sipped on a bottle of cabernet sauvignon, we read through the menu and really struggled to not over-order.

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We went for the duck liver pate to start and a selection of cheeses and the Cork & Bottle plate for a main to share – needless to say, we were stuffed.

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Duck liver pate

The lovely lady who served us offered to pick our cheeses for us and oh my, she did a good job. The “Vacherin” cheese found at the bottom of the cheese menu is the gooey, delicious mess that you can see  pictured below, it was like a brie but creamier and more rich, I would definitely recommend it.

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There was another antipasti plate to accompany the plate above (on the right), which took a little longer to prepare and included fried calamari and perfectly cooked duck

Cork & Bottle is my new favourite place and I’ll be back here very soon!

If you want to visit:

44-46 Cranbourn Street,
London WC2H 7AN
United Kingdom

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Daylesford Organic Farm Shop

Being a country girl I was more than excited to discover a “Daylesford Organic Farm Shop” tucked away in Notting Hill. Even though there are supermarkets like Whole Foods available around London, it is still nice to find a smaller and less commercialised organic food shop. Once you’ve made your way past the vibrant organic food, you’ll find a lovely restaurant which offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and supper. There was no queue to get a table and the service was fast and friendly, rare for a restaurant offers brunch on a Sunday!

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The shop

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The restaurant

I headed here for brunch on a Sunday morning and being a poached egg and smoked salmon fanatic I had to get the poached eggs, smoked salmon and hollandaise (£12.50), the eggs were cooked to perfection. However, I definitely could have done with more sourdough bread to mop up the hollandaise sauce (to die for) and the egg yolk. I would thoroughly recommend the hollandaise, it was rich and creamy, just as it should be.

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George had scrambled eggs, toast and streaky bacon (£9.50). The eggs were buttery and there was plenty of them but even though the bacon was delicious, it wasn’t crispy enough for me!

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Organic love heart, what a lovely view!

I’m a fan of anywhere that serves a Bloody Mary or an alcoholic beverage with brunch, However, I opted for a non-alcoholic Virgin Mary (£5) at Daylesford – it definitely packed a punch! The fiery pepper and tomato juice gave more of a kick to my morning than any caffeine could have done and it’s far better for you, worthy of try if you like it hot and spicy.

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Virgin Mary

The highlight of my meal had to be the walnut and fruit toast with jam and butter (£4) which I ordered separately. I’ve never felt so comforted and satisfied by a piece of toast and I probably could have eaten three to four slices more. At least you know you’re getting some protein in from the walnuts whilst curbing your carb cravings, it isn’t all bad!

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So, it may not have been the healthiest meal in the world with the creamy hollandaise, streaky bacon and bread. However, Daylesford do some seriously healthy and yummy looking yoghurt bowls with ingredients such as goji berries and flax seeds if you’re trying to stay fit this January. I think I’m going to have to head back here just for the fruit toast.

 

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