Tuesday, 20 October 2015


A Speedy Lunch Spot

A cheeky lunch meeting is always welcome and if you happen to be near the Strand, Ludenwic may well be your answer. Perched within easy reaching distance from Holborn, Chancery Lane, Covent Garden and theatre land, drop into this simple, Scandinavian cafe for a scotch egg, toasted sandwich, one of their impressive range of fresh salads or perhaps just a coffee. 

Ludenwic is the brainchild and second venture from Oliver Hiam and Dominic Hamdy who, while at university founded Scotchtails, the one-stop shop for all your scotch egg needs, also stocked in Ludenwic's fridge.

At the counter you'll find enticing pastries, sandwiches and creative salads with sweet potato, aubergine, broccoli, pearl barley and whatever inspires the chefs each morning. 

 Collaborating with London Juicer Natasha Mae of Mae & Harvey, each day there are also fresh batches of beautifully colourful cold-pressed juices.

Their coffee cups have even been featured on Coffee Cups Of The World .. this is a big deal in the land of the coffee cup so I hear! Check out who else has made the cut here

We got stuck into our lunch of juice, salads, toasted sandwiches and weren't at all childish when confronted with our scotch eggs..

 To top it all off, some mini treats in the form of a gooey chocolate fondant and (perhaps too almondy) lemon drizzle cake. Ludenwic is a happy alternative to grab a bite, you won't have your mind blown but you will have you stomach satisfied.  

Here's where and when you can get your Ludenwic hit:

45 Aldwych

Mon - Fri 7am - 7pm
Sat 10am - 7pm

Lundenwic Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Friday, 16 October 2015

Shotgun BBQ

Savour the South

And London just keeps on dishing out the delights. This time it's in the form of Shotgun Bbq in Soho, the latest concept from Mississippi-born Brad McDonald and Marylebone's The Lockhart

Mastering a classic long, slow bbq cooking style, expect to find smoked ox tongue, tender brisket, and fall away Boston Butt along with serious side offerings and soft serve ice cream for afters. 

Heavily committed to the London restaurant scene, we weren't going to miss out on the 50%-off soft launch, so understandably failed to engage much self control when selecting our lunch time feast.

The Lunchtime sandwiches (burgers) are a bit naughty, but not your flat-lining coronary-inducing trouble makers. Packed inside fluffy potato buns, we opted for smoked ox tongue with oyster mayo and melted onions (drooly drool etc) and the Bologna with pickle mayo and Westcombe cheddar. Both provoked a 'phwoar' situation with the accompanying beetroot, baked potato puree and coleslaw excellently balancing out the meaty feast.

The winner of the savoury show however had to be the Boston Butt. It effortlessly tumbled apart with a slightly spicy kick and left us all with widened eyes and satisfied belly's.

At the delicious marble topped bar stretching the length of the restaurant, there's a boozy cocktail list compiled by Matt Whiley (aka The Talented Mr Fox) and kept ship shape and super smooth by James Stevenson. Watch this space, I predict there won't be much elbow room once word spreads about his creatively cool concoctions!

London's appetite for fancy fittings is insatiable, as is mine, and I'm a sucker for lighting. Equally fascinated by the interior as I am with the food, Shotgun Bbq is no exception and I couldn't get enough of the fish bowls casting a faintly pinkish glow against roughly painted white walls and the test tube-esque filament bulbs lighting up each table.

With space freed up for dessert, it was time to climb back aboard. Superior sour cherry and milk chocolate soft serve were not to be missed. We also had it on great authority that they would beat Mr Whippy hands down and we weren't disappointed. 

Accompanying our ice cream, was a gooey chocolate brownie coated in a goats milk chocolate sauce. I am an open minded soul but under no situation can I be persuaded in favour of goats cheese/ milk or any other dairy-based goat item. I let my guard down this once. Oops. 
I appreciate I may be in the minority but if you are one of the few who share my distaste, abstain from the sauce, it tastes of goat. The brownie was delicious though.

I'll be back in no time for one of these guys!

Kitchen: Noon - 11.30
Bar: Noon - Midnight

26 Kingly Street


Thursday, 15 October 2015

The Vault & Milroy's

Through the bookcase

I've been holding onto this one for a while but have decided that it's finally time to release the not really a secret any more. Especially as they have been working hard on new Autumn/ Winter menus and treats for all. 

One to tumble down the rabbit hole into, beneath London's oldest whisky shop and through a carefully concealed bookcase door, you will find the well hidden Vault. One of Soho's most delightful cellar speakeasy's, The Vault has brought a new lease of life to Milroy's Whisky Shop. 

When you emerge into the bar downstairs, you'll be engulfed in warmth and cosiness. Intimate (although able to seat 55), it's a good idea to call ahead (if your group is more than 5) to make sure your seats are saved. 

Martin "Simo" Simpson and his wondrous team have created a superb destination for cocktail enthusiasts, whisky newcomers and old souls. With homemade syrups, smoking guns (the Smoking Gun cocktail is one to look out for), classic and unconventional tipples there's something for everybody.

Nestled inside the pages of old books that smell deliciously of way back when, are the tipples and topples (£9 - £12). Carefully created, curated and concocted by the masters behind the bar, each cocktail is cleverly named and if you can guess the relevance I'm pretty sure you'll be firmly written in The Vault's good books. 

If you're starved of learning, read all about baby animals, nests and gazelles. At least if your date is dull, you'll have something to distract yourself with. If you're lucky, you might get tales of Charles II and then you're really in for a treat! 

With London's myriad of underground bars, The Vault has firmly made its mark as the perfect spot to make yourself at home and return to time and again. This proud pooch has taken control of the chesterfield but I'm sure he wouldn't mind sharing it! 

Before your night comes to a close (or indeed before your night starts if The Vault is at capacity), stop off for a cheeky dram at Milroy's (prices from £4.50 per 35ml dram).

With over 250 whiskies from Scotland and around the world, the guys behind the 12-seater bar will help you choose and teach you a fair amount if you're up for a little tutorial, they have all the stories! If you fancy becoming a regular, they'll also keep your own bottle on site to enjoy. 

And hot off the press, The Vault have teamed up with town drool next door - Bo Drake, so when you get peckish, you'll also be able to taste some delicious East Asian bbq too!

Hidden through the bookcase at:
Milroy's of Soho
3 Greek Street

The Vault is open:
Monday - closed
Tuesday - 6pm to 11.30pm
Wednesday - 6pm to 11.30pm
Thursday - 6pm to 11.30pm
Friday - 5pm to 11.30pm
Saturday - 5pm to 11.30pm
Sunday - closed