Friday 29 November 2013

Saturday 16 November 2013

Bonnie Scotland - Glasgow

I love visiting Scotland, Glasgow to be exact and it's friendly Glaswegian folk. 

Glasgow is the largest City in Scotland and as such has a lot to offer visitors to see and do. With over 20 museums to visit and fantastic shopping on offer it is the perfect city get away.  

On a recent visit I stayed at Hotel Indigo in the heart of Glasgow City. A short walk to all the shops and restaurants but far enough away not to be bothered by any of the hustle and bustle of the street noise. 

As a boutique hotel Indigo offers a vibrant modern and comfortable room.  The bed was huge and really comfortable. The best nights sleep I have had in ages. 

Those amongst us who love their bath you will not find one here but worry not they have a fantastic rain shower instead. The hotel also offers lovely Jo Malone toiletries, tea, coffee and mini bar nibbles.  

The hotel bar for some evening cocktails before hitting the town also comes highly recommended. 

Visiting this time in October, venturing out for dinner it was pouring with rain. So my mission was to find dinner as quickly as possible and as near to the hotel. 

We settled on Ad Lib on Hope Street a relaxed globally influenced restaurant. The menu from a quick glimpse had loads of lovely offerings and deciding what to have was going to be tough.    

No meal however would be complete without having Irn-Bru Scotland's other National drink to start. I haven't drunk Irn-Bru since I was a child and my Scottish Grandfather used to give it to me as a treat. Brings back wonderful memories. 

For my main I opt for Scottish half Lobster served with garlic butter, fries, rocket salad and chipotle mayonnaise £15.00

My friend opts for The ‘Big Burrito’ - seared steak, chorizo, red rice, black beans, salsa and sour cream £10.95. It was massive and despite shovelling it in we were absolutely defeated by it. 

A wonderful meal and stay in Glasgow and can't wait for my next visit to Scotland.

Want to plan your trip to Glasgow? Have a look at these websites for some inspiration and ideas.

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Wednesday 6 November 2013

A slice of tranquillity in London's West End

I've always lived in London, and as a consequence I'm aware that finding peace and quiet in our great city can sometimes be quite a challenge. 

That was until a couple of years ago I stumbled upon Indigo Restaurant in the heart of the West End at One Aldwych.  Ever since visiting it has remained a firm family favourite. 

What better way to spend a busy weekend in London than having brunch at Indigo restaurant. 

Once through the doors you leave behind the hustle and bustle of London. 

Indigo is the perfect place to catch up with friends or family, read through the weekend papers or have a hearty brunch after the night before.   

Two courses cost £21, Three courses £24 and you can add unlimited Prosecco for £14. 

I simply can't decide what to have so I always go for three courses. Indigo offers a mix of breakfast offerings and lunch on the menu so there really is something for everyone. 

I always start with pancakes, with chocolate chips and golden syrup.  

I love pancakes and cooked fresh these are just divine. A strange starter if you are not carrying on with the breakfast theme but who cares. 

For my main I opt for roast cornfed chicken, seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes. Such a good choice that the entire table follows me. 

The chicken is cooked perfectly and the bouillon gravy is just wonderful. I'm personally not to sure about the beetroot as a main vegetable but I am sure some people will love it.   

For dessert Indigo has loads of choice, buttermilk panna cotta with rhubarb compote, Bellini sorbet, seasonal fruit salad and apple upside down cake with apple sorbet.

The choice for me is easy, it has to be chocolate trifle with caramelised nuts. Large chunks of chocolate brownie, chocolate cream and caramelised nuts. 

Whilst the rest of the table go for Eton Mess, strawberries, meringue, cream and strawberry sauce. 

This is a old fashioned favourite but I am not sure the chef knows what Eton Mess is. This dessert was just strawberries and cream, wonderful yes but not Eton Mess. 

Indigo restaurant at One Aldwych is a wonderful escape from the craziness of London. All in all a wonderful meal and nothing beats a weekend of good food and catching up with family. 


One Aldwych Hotel

Telephone Number :

020 7300 0400

Opening Hours:

6.30am - 11am

12pm - 3pm
Monday to Friday

12.30pm - 3pm
Saturday & Sunday

5.30pm - 10.15pm


*Two of the photography's kindly supplied by One Aldwych 

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Saturday 2 November 2013

Yummy Lunch - Yum Bun

In a concerted effort to steer clear of the usual sandwiches for lunch, I venture to Yum Bun open Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm. They sell hand-made steamed buns - soft, warm and perfect for scoffing in Winter. 

Yum Bun have an exciting menu of four choices of steamed buns (Mushroom, Chicken, Pork and Pollock)

The Bento Box is my number one choice. 

You get two buns, my personal favourites are the ramban chicken, tartar sauce, chilli dressing and lettuce. 

Second choice has to be the slow roasted pulled pork, hoi sin, cucumber and spring onions. 

The Bento Box also comes with salad, two vegetable gyoza and soup.  

Yum Bun is truly delicious and beats a sandwich any day. 

Yum Bun can be found at:

31 Featherstone St,




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