Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The Orangery

A Royal Breakfast

A cheeky little morning jaunt somehow ended up in my arrival at The Orangery in Kensington Palace Gardens. Accompanied by Prince William (I decided I’d rather have the fresh air than travel by helicopter), we arrived at the gorgeous entranceway just in time for breakfast. (William had some business to attend to, so decided to give food a miss). 

With a little gang of other keen beans, we skipped down the hallway of the stunningly bright and white Orangery, dreaming we were part of Queen Anne's 18th Century royal court. Meanwhile, the sunshine streamed in through the enormous windows to give us that much needed morning boost and suggestion of Vitamin D (oh Spring I'm ever so glad you've finally sprung)!

The serene glamour oozed around each pristine white column, statue and crisp table cloth but without a hint of ponse. While I would avoid arriving here in a state of dishevelment, ball gowns are not required (unless you want to return with me and have a bit of a waltz down the room).

We were seated at an awfully lovely table adorned with equally lovely crockery and began to peruse the menu. Coffee first! (And apple juice).

After I was cappuccino-ed up, it was time to plan my point of attack. The menu had something for everyone, breakfast really does provide for most tastes and at a very reasonable price too given that we were on royal soil!

Having recently discussed the delights of egg poaching (seriously, I need one of these in my life), it was only ever going to be Eggs Benedict for me. Of course the customary umm-ing and ahh-ing about the waffle option ensued but we came to an appropriate ‘get everything’ arrangement (..and then went a bit mental on Instagram..).

The table was filled with all the breakfasts. Royale's, Benedict's delicious cinnamon cream and apple waffles, full English's, fruit salads and cups upon cups of tea.

Understanding that their restaurant had just been invaded by a group of camera's leading their pet humans behind them, the staff were a delight and no request was too much (aside from giving us Prince Harry's number. Something to do with client confidentiality blah blah blah)!

We were left with that comfortable, cosy contentedness and no desire to leave and start the day. Breakfast begins at 10am, so while it is a rather luxurious week day excursion, I'm sure the bright ones amongst you could come up with a reason to hold a very important offsite breakfast meeting!

A huge thank you to The Orangery for hosting us and to this lovely lady for inviting me along, (you can see her stunning photos here).

That's all from me for now .. go poach an egg, I dare ya!

The Orangery
Kensington Palace
Kensington Gardens
London W8 4PX

020 3166 6113

Check out these other lovely ladies who joined me for breakfast   Claire, CharlotteSupalRachelKristabel and Laurie.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016


A Lunch Hop

If you find yourself in Soho at lunchtime and are on the hunt for a speedy but filling bite, take a gander at Bunnychow. Bringing the flavour of South Africa's Durban to the eclectic home of Soho, these bunny's pack a punch.

The man of the match is the Bunny Chow, basically a hollowed out loaf, filled with pretty much whatever you fancy, be it chicken, spicy curry, an English breakfast or (drool) dark chocolate. There are also handy consumption instructions on the wall for those who struggle with the concept of what is essentially an edible bowl. I may or may not have struggled..

A healthy(ish) menu bursts with fruit juices avec alcohol if it's been that sort of a day or sans booze if you just want a juicy hit! I went for a citrusy mint and cucumber number, dubiously radioactive in colour but no hint of an artificial taste thank goodness! 

Onto the bunny's and it's all flavour, spice and freshness. Pulled chicken marinated with ginger, garlic, chilli and lemon arrived in a matcha bun bowl and was a little more spicy than I was expecting but they packed a whole lot of good food inside the bready container (£6).

Pulled pork marinated with coriander, sage, spring onion and pomegranate molasses was topped with a cabbagey coleslaw was served in a squishy charcoal bun, also enormous for a speedy lunch but equally packed with flavoursome spicy meat and veg (£6).

Because I love a bit of knowledge, this was a handy addition to a 'lekker bru' lunch!

To accompany our bunny's we had some chicken wings and ribs (both £3) which had a rather powerful nutmeggy, clove spice to them and I'd probably just stick with the bunny's next time, quite enough to go around!

And since every meal must end with something sweet (yes, it must), we couldn't help but order the chocolate and pistachio bunny. Slightly smaller but totally indulgent, a chocolate lovers total heaven! 

We left with our stomach's filled and that sortof post-meal lethargy that inspires horizontal syndrome. Bunnychow is a chilled place to get away from your desk or a cool spot for a grab and go lunch - the aromas will make your office envious! It's also open pretty late so after a cocktail or two it might be just what you fancy.

Opening Hours
Mon – Thurs: 9am – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 9am – 11pm
Sun: 10am – 7pm

74 Wardour St, London W1F 0TE

I was invited as a guest of Bunnychow but as always, scribbles are from the heart (and stomach).