Bread & Meat, Cambridge

Last week I spent the day in (a very freezing) Cambridge showing a London friend the sights! even though I used to work in the city I never spent much time appreciating how many little back streets there are to wander through. Although we wandered to the river it was way too cold to go punting which is one of the main tourist-y things to be doing in Cambridge, so instead we strolled around the Fitzwilliam Museum, the University buildings and stopped off for lots of tea/coffee/hot chocolate (anything to keep warm basically!).

For lunch we headed to Bread and Meat which is tucked away on Bene’t Street near the Corn Exchange venue. Having not spent much time in Cambridge over the past few years I’ve probably missed a number of ‘trendy’ places like this popping up across the city, but this is the one we stumbled upon…and I’m so glad we did! The name is definitely accurate, the fairly simple menu gives you the choice of a ciabatta sandwich or a bread free bowl which includes your choice of meat, slaw, salad/veg and potato wedges. There are a few sides to choose from too, (check out the menu on their website). We both went for the bowl option with their signature porchetta, the Italian style roasted pork with herbs was delicious with a yummy perfectly crunchy crackling and a salsa verde sauce. Apparently the homemade sausage rolls are v.tasty too and for those with a sweet tooth the handmade brownies looked amazing.

If you live or work in Cambridge then this place is definitely worth checking out, oh and they serve wine and beer too so it could be a great little stop off before heading to the Corn Exchange for a gig!


Image via Bread and Meat website 


Shame Cambridge wasn’t looking quite as colourful as the food!….





Bühler and Co – Walthamstow

Not having a permanent base in London for the last couple of months (it’s a long story!) has meant that I’ve been hanging out in a few different areas while I’ve been staying with whoever will have me…that’s mostly been in Walthamstow with my friend Steph and it’s meant I’ve had the chance to try out a few of the local brunch spots. So on a sunny Saturday morning we decided to check out Bühler and Co on Chingford Road, the little cafe tempted us in with the mention of cinnamon buns on the board outside, however resisting these (this time) we chose to go for the baked eggs (me) and the quinoa cakes (Steph). The eggs were combined with spinach, chick peas, feta and sun-dried tomatoes and were delicious. Everything else on the menu sounded amazing too, especially the french toast with peaches and mascarpone (definitely trying that next time). There’s a really lovely garden area at the back of the cafe too which was the perfect little sun trap and there’s also a little summer house style/covered bit in the garden which would be perfect for a birthday gathering or something along those lines! Oh and to be honest I didn’t even realise this was a veggie/vegan eatery until reading up on it after…for any meat lovers (like myself) there are too many yummy alternatives on the menu here for you to miss it!



Brunchin’ at Sodo


On Saturday morning we headed to Sodo in Walthamstow to check out their new brunch menu, and what a good decision it was! We both went for the baked egg dishes, Steph tried the hot eggs and I went for the goats shroom ones and they were A-MAZING and the perfect cure for a slightly sore post-Friday night head. Oh and not only can you get the standard breakie fare you can also try a brunch pizza – yes a pizza for breakfast, which sounds like the perfect hangover cure lets be honest.
I love the decor in this Sodo too with its mostly wooden and exposed brick interior and casual bench like seating, and the staff are always super friendly too!
If you want to soak up some of the weekends alcohol then Sodo is serving their brunch menu between 10am and 2pm Saturdays and Sundays.



Matthews Yard, Croydon

Croydon isn’t somewhere I usually hang out but I headed there the other day for a spot of shopping with my sister and we stumbled across this little gem; Hoodoo’s cafe. It’s situated behind Surrey Street Market in Matthews Yard, which along with the cafe also houses a live music venue and creative workshop space. The lattes were fab and we tried the Southern breakfast from the menu, which was a tasty combination of buttermilk southern coated chicken, waffles and pineapple salsa, mmm.

As well as Hoodoo’s Matthews Yard also has Brgr and Beer taking up residence at the moment!

Croydon may not be on the somewhere you’d go out of your way to – although maybe soon it will be 😉 – but if you’re South London based it’s worth checking out Matthews Yards delights and taking a look at their live music programme!

Dip & Flip

I have to admit I was slightly sceptical about dipping my burger into a bowl of gravy, I mean as much as I love burgers (and gravy) I wasn’t sure they needed to go together…however it turns out I was wrong, they really do, well maybe not all the time but when the occasion calls for it. Curiosity got the better of me so I went along to the Clapham Dip & Flip the other night, where after cautiously dipping my bacon cheeseburger into the gravy  I was converted. We also had the cheese and gravy fries, because when in Rome (well Gravy land)…

Sodo in the ‘Stow

Last week I met my friend who has recently moved to Walthamstow for a quick bite to eat after work, we headed to Sodo pizza to check it out after hearing some good things! It’s tucked away down a little street just up the road from the station and has a lovely atmosphere!…Oh and the pizza was YUM. Of course we had to try the aperol spritz’s too cos it would’ve been rude not to really. They also have branches in Hoxton and Clapton if you find yourself in these areas and in need of a pizza fix.

One of the best burgers I’ve ever had, honest.

honestWhat better way to spend a mid-week day off work than by making a list of the top places to find a good burger in London, whittling it down to one and going to eat at said burger joint?…well that’s what I did with my friend Charlotte yesterday, so after a little wander around Brick Lane, we went along to the Honest Burger near Liverpool Street.

So what was it like?….well the heading of this post probably gave that away slightly, but yep, it honestly was one of the yummiest burgers, I went for the Honest (when in Rome) while Charlotte went for the Special…(here she is modelling some of the other toppings.)

charlotteThe beef is supplied by butchers The Ginger Pig and even though the toppings are delicious it’s the meat that’s the winner here…as it should be! It’s also worth mentioning the AMAZING rosemary salt chips which come with all the burgers. Of course now we have to try out all the other ones on the list!

Pizza and Cocktails @ Earlham Street Clubhouse

The Earlham Street Clubhouse in Covent Garden may sound like a posh members bar but don’t let the name fool you…it’s way better than that, the 90’s themed pizza and cocktail bar where all the food and drinks on the menu reference iconic movies from your childhood…Cool Runnings, Sweet Valley High and Keep The Change are some of the cocktails to be found here….some of them even come in the classic American red cup so you can pretend you’re hanging out at Stifler’s house. We chose the Ace Ventura, it was so good we HAD to get two.



You can either get a 12″ pizza or an 20″ one…great for sharing, there’s also a ‘Ross and Rachel’ (of course) pizza where you can choose to have half and half of any of the pizzas on the menu. We went for a Happy Gilmore and a Vincent Vega, both yum!


Inside it’s like an American beach bar, there’s burger phones….who didn’t want one of those in the 90’s? gas pumps that serve you beer, a cupboard you can graffiti on…oh and a juke box where you can use the Secret DJ App, which might explain why we heard Will Smith one minute and Jamie T the next…This is a great place for an after work pizza and cocktail as well as being a good venue for a birthday party if you book out one of the booths at the back!


Rick’s Restaurant

Venturing south of the river at the weekend meant I got to try out Rick’s in Tooting Broadway. Described as “Tooting’s first and only Modern British and Modern European restaurant” it’s owned by Rick Gibbs who used to be the head chef at the Chelsea Arts Club no less!

The cosy little place is on the main high street and is really relaxed and informal making for a really nice atmosphere. The menu changes daily meaning everything is fresh and seasonal. There’s a good mixture of dishes – French, English, Italian – everything basically! we tried the charcuterie plate, the pork belly, (which was amazing!) the sea bass and the courgette fritters, it’s also worth mentioning the wine was great here too. If you like good food in an unpretentious environment then Rick’s is definitely worth checking out if you are a Tooting resident, or even if you’re not!




All photos from Rick’s website