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Review: Pop Brixton

Nights out as a couple are rather rare these days when you factor in the noisy toddler, the bottle refusing baby and fairly epic levels of general tiredness. But when a friend’s birthday plans were cancelled last minute we found ourselves with a Friday night babysitter and nowhere to go. This could mean one thing only: DATE NIGHT. My priority was alcohol. Lots of it. The husband’s was being able to sit down. If we were to step away from the comfort and convenience of a full wine fridge, a 9pm bedtime and several episodes of the West Wing we needed to be inspired. After much debate and googling of options we decided on a rather reckless approach of heading to Pop Brixton and seeing what happened, with an aim to try Kricket (for the sitting down bit) if we could get a table. These crazy levels of spontaneity meant a smear of red lipstick later and I was running out of the house still wearing a Star Wars t-shirt and a teething necklace. It …

REVIEW: Salon, Brixton

As the mother of a toddler and a four month old who, so far, isn’t keen on the bottle (she doesn’t get this from me), going out for dinner isn’t that easy. But when it is possible it’s extra glorious. Tuesday night was such an occasion. I met one of my oldest friends from school at Salon, Brixton. I’d heard good things about this place, mainly from murmurings on social media, and in an effort to feel that I wasn’t completely out of touch with things that don’t involve small people, I went out on a limb and suggested it to my (much trendier) friend. I’m delighted to say that Salon didn’t let me down. With suitably soft and candlelit lighting all fears of obvious bags under my eyes were gone and I could focus on the stunning set menu and glass of fizz in front of me. There’s no choice with the set menu, but if you’re a foodie (and a very tired person) then being presented with delicious courses as a fait accompli …

REVIEW: Le Pont de la Tour, London Bridge

My husband and I snuck in a rare weekday lunch a couple of weeks ago – child-free and everything!  It was a beautiful sunny day and all our Burger Lobster plans went out the window as we decided it would be rude not to sit outside.  So to the Southbank we headed and got ourselves a lovely table overlooking the river and Tower Bridge (although admittedly in the shade!) at Le Pont de la Tour. We plumped for the Menu du Jour, which is £25 for two courses, as we sipped on beer and a very delicious Fresh Peachy mocktail, and nibbled on gorgeous olive bread and soft, creamy butter. In the end I deviated from the menu de jour slightly, starting with the roasted wood pigeon, confit leg tortellini, celeriac and pear, which was melt in the mouth, meaty and delicious. The husband had the cured gravalax which arrived pretty as a picture and was quickly demolished. He then went for the ragout of rabbit, broad beans, radish, wild garlic & pea veloute which …

REVIEW: The Leather Bottle, Earlsfield

When the sun comes out and we’re hungry (or just thirsty!) our default South London beer garden is The Leather Bottle in Earlsfield.  Easter Monday was one of these delicious days and we scurried out of the house in search of perfect outdoor sunshine and BBQ food.  Rows of picnic tables basking in the sun greeted us happily, and we were delighted to see that the BBQ was indeed fired up and churning out it’s trademark burgers and chips. Quickly I was tucking into a cheeseburger with chunky tomato relish, ale onions, and salad, which was so tasty and comforting it was like all the best bits of a Macdonalds (the plastic cheese!) in a poshed up version for the sunglass wearing South London market. The chips are of the yummy skinny fries variety, and there are lots of them. Pub burgers are often rather hit and miss, but this one nailed it, although it does come with a price to match – two burgers (one with relish, one with bacon) with fries, a child-sized hotdog …

REVIEW: Shackfuyu from Bone Daddies

These days when I’m in Soho I’m usually running between meetings or to the tube in fear of the ‘late pick-up’ charge at my son’s nursery. Last week I was able to amble through at about 5pm, just as everything is gearing up for after work drinks and date nights and girlfriend catch-ups. Given the chance to actually take in my surroundings I noticed many new restaurants which have popped up in the time it’s taken me to stop drinking for long enough to have a baby. It made me remember being young and single, and earning a real paycheck I could fritter on lovely things to eat and drink. And then I felt old and a bit washed up, and definitely lacking a finger (a leg, anything) on the pulse of Soho’s new trendy eateries. Luckily I was doing a Q&A with Steve November (the director of drama for ITV) later that evening for the March session of the Writers’ Group I run for Women in Film & Television, and I had already decided …

REVIEW: Hood, Streatham Hill

A rare Saturday night out with the other half and we decided to try Streatham’s very latest eaterie, Hood. Following a soft launch and the opening party the previous night, we were among the first eager diners to try it out. Skipping up the road towards, we hoped, good food and booze, we arrived hungry and excited to support a new neighbourhood place which has been part-financed by the community in a crowd-funding initiative. After a warm welcome we settled at our table and ordered a snack of hummus with bread and vegetables to keep us going while we perused the small but lovely menu. Food chosen we devoured the dips (who knew radishes could be so good?) and got stuck into the drinks list, full of craft beers and reasonably priced wines. Our starters arrived and we were not disappointed.  Seared mackerel with pickled roots and horseradish sauce for me that just melted beautifully in the mouth, and pork rillettes with apple, shallots and sage cream which left me with severe food envy – …