Perfect Post Work Tapas And Tipples At Little Drury, London

Little Drury is a new cocktail bar nestled neatly under the New London Theatre right in the heart of - well you guessed it, Drury Lane! Recently I was invited along to take a look around and sample a few of their delicious cocktails so here's a tasty little snapshot of the evening I was lucky to experience in this sweet little spot in London. Ideal for meeting friends after work to unwind from the chaos of a busy day or a smart location to choose for an intimate workplace meeting or get together where you can be sure of great food and exceptionally friendly service.

Little Drury Cocktail Bar London

Now I know that when you're asked to review a location you have to bear in mind that they know who you are and therefore fully intend to give you the best possible service. The thing is, in my opinion, you can usually still tell if this is a genuine reflection of the staff and how they really feel about their job and the place in which they work. In this case the management and staff at Little Drury clearly have a true passion for the business that they have created.

Little Drury Cocktail Menu

The style of this contemporary and cute location is smart and chic. Beautiful exposed brickwork, gorgeous copper tables and trimmings and a lovely relaxing, intimate and calming feel - off set by the low lighting, the pretty sea green colours and the fun and unique city signs and modern design elements.

Downstairs you can sit either inside or out and pick your cocktail of choice to be made from the main bar. Upstairs and overlooking the bar below, is a small but perfectly usable space for private hire, complete with table football and a decent TV screen. Functional and ideal if you wish to kick off your day with a team meeting outside of the office or perhaps need a space to get the team together for drinks after work. 

If you're looking for a quick bite before heading off to the theatre then this is also the ideal location. Being in the heart of theatre-land and offering quick but filling tapas bites of extremely tasty and great quality. With a passion for sourcing the best ingredients, Little Drury have put together an enviable menu of very reasonably priced Italian and Spanish inspired tapas. Generously portioned plates will be certain to please as you wash them down with a unique choice of classic cocktails with a Little Drury original twist!

Basil And Grape Mojito

For example the classic Caipirinha gets a subtle makeover made with the refreshing taste of basil and grape. The Mojito has a little added strawberry for that summer sweetness. Or try something completely different like the Drunken Avocado. Fresh avocado blended with lycée and lemon juice. There's something to tickle everyone's fancy including a decent selection of non-alcoholic cocktails too.

When it comes to the food I hope that the pictures themselves will do the talking but needless to say it was delicious and for tapas, very filling and decently sized. The perfect accompaniment to the carefully chosen cocktail selection. If you do visit then make sure you try out the two house specials because I know that you won't be disappointed!

Little Drury Cocktail Bar, London
Little Drury Tapas Menu
Little Drury Tapas
Little Drury Tapas
Little Drury Tapas
Little Drury Cocktail Bar

So if you find yourself London way in need of a friendly place with a happy vibe to take the weight of your feet and enjoy a drink or two, pop into Little Drury and say hello. Come rain or shine this is a lovely spot to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

For more information and to make a reservation visit the website: www.littledrury.com and keep up to date with the latest news on their Facebook page: Little Drury.

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday everyone and I look forward to sharing some more What Now news and ideas with you later this week. Farewell for now.

Louise

*The food and drink sampled here was complimentary as part of being invited along to review. My opinions are however 100% honest and completely my own. If I hadn't enjoyed it I wouldn't be sharing it here today.


Summertime Dining at The Riverside Brasserie

With summer doing its best to be in full bloom despite the odd downpour now and again, I thought today I'd share a little sunny dining experience that I was lucky to be invited to experience recently at the Riverside Brasserie in Bray. This nearby village with its stunning and peaceful Marina holds host to a beautiful riverside restaurant that is well worth a visit in the summer sun.

Bray Marina
Beetroot Salad

Bray village is well known to foodies around the world for being the spot where you can find two of the finest three michelin star restaurants in the world. The Waterside Inn and The Fat Duck. Yet many miss the opportunity to visit this particular restful and delightful dining location, tucked away discretely on the rivers edge as you venture into the serenity of Bray Marina. It's a spot that's well worth a visit for some very tasty food without the hefty fine dining price tag.

The marina itself is also worth a walk around, a place to daydream of owning your own beautiful boat in which to cruise up and down the Thames, plus with nearby public footpaths along the river and around Bray Lake this is also a great place for keen walkers and dog lovers. Especially as four legged friends are welcome to join you as you dine outside at the Brasserie and chow down on a well earned lunch after a energetic walk along the river, just as we did.

Smoked Salmon

So to the food! We ate on a Sunday when a very reasonably priced set menu is on offer that includes a choice of starters, roast dinners and desserts. Classic and tasty food, perfectly portioned, seasoned and delicious. Priced at £21.95 for two courses or £24.95 for three the quality and quantity makes this great value in our book and won't leave you disappointed.

To start we sampled the smoked salmon gravlax and the beetroot and goats cheese salad and were equally impressed by both. Fresh ingredients and lots of flavour plus I'm still impressed by how thin they sliced that pesky beetroot!

Roast Chicken
Roast Beef

For the main course on a Sunday afternoon you can choose from a variation of roast dinners or a vegetarian option of spinach and gruyere crepe casserole. The meat eaters in us couldn't resist the temptation of a little roast chicken and a sampling of tender rare beef. Each meal comes with the classic roast accompaniments and I can still taste the crisp but fluffy roast potatoes as we speak.

Lemon Cheesecake
Eton Mess

When it comes to dessert you just cannot go wrong with a classic Eton mess! Extremely popular this well loved dessert was the order of choice for many other diners so we had to give it a go. However my favourite had to be the cheesecake of the day. This subtle lemon cheesecake with fresh berries had a soft melt in the mouth biscuit base that went down very happily at the end of a very relaxing and delightful meal.

Bray Marina

If you're looking for somewhere peaceful by the river to relax, soak up some sunshine and eat some good food then the Riverside Brasserie makes for an ideal choice. This hidden gem will be visited again by us very soon in the future. We had a lovely time and are keen to head back to give their breakfast and afternoon tea the once over in a few sunny weeks time. You can get yourself a taste of breakfast between 10am and midday whilst afternoon tea is on offer at 3pm. I'll be sure to report back on my findings once I've given each of these delightful options a whirl as well!

Over the summer months, until the end of August, they will be open 7 days a week so if you're in the area then book yourself a space and go and see what it's all about. I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this lazy and lovely spot by the water just as much as we did.

Louise

 

*This meal was complimentary as part of being invited along to review. My opinions are however 100% honest and completely my own. If I hadn't enjoyed it I wouldn't be sharing it here today.


Lunch At Fifteen Cornwall

So while we were in Cornwall we had a lot of very delicious meals, fresh produce and generally top quality food. Being close to the sea, fresh seafood was of course readily available. I mentioned that giant bowl of fresh mussels at the local pub in my last post didn't I?! Amazing! 

When we go away we tend to leave most things unplanned as we very much prefer to get to a place and seek out the best that we can find or just wait until we stumble across something special once we arrive. On each trip though we will usually look into and book maybe one well known restaurant or local activity. For this particular trip it was lunch by the beach at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen.

Fifteen Cornwall
Fifteen Cornwall

Fifteen is located on the beach front of the very beautiful Watergate Bay and if you're staying in this area, whether you intend to visit Fifteen or not, you must go and check out this very beautiful and famous stretch of the Cornwall coast. Where many surfers go to play, Watergate Bay is completely stunning. Unfortunately you'll have to take my word for it as the day we visited was so very windy that I didn't get enough pictures of its beauty. I think I'd taken so many beach photos by this point I was a bit beach photo-ed out! 

If you're not aware of the premise behind the Fifteen restaurants both in Cornwall and in London, the idea behind both locations is to help to nuture and train apprentice chefs and staff looking to find their way in the food industry. Fifteen Cornwall is owned by the Cornwall Food Foundation and the apprentice training programme run by the restaurant is mainly funded by the restaurants own profits. So your visit really does go a long way to contributing to this programme and helping to change young lives for the better.

Fifteen Cornwall View

So to the restaurant itself and our very enjoyable lunch ...

Italian inspired, locally sourced ingredients play a major part on the menu here. The beachfront location ensures a wonderful view of the shenanigans on the beach below - cue us watching intently as a Father attempted to fly a small kite in the bustling wind for his daughter, a man attempted unsuccessfully to kite surf and one extremely happy dog did sooo many laps of the beach in such a short space of time that it took our breath away! Try if you can to get a table by the glass front of the restaurant and its exceptional view, to enjoy the benefit of such a spectacular spot.

Fifteen Starters.jpg

We chose to visit at lunchtime and were told by many approving locals that this was the best time to visit in order to get the best of the view and to enjoy the best of the bay. Booking in advance is advised as this place is pretty popular and can get very busy.

To start we went with the chefs selection of seasonal antipasti and were very pleased with the array of fresh delights that arrived at our table. The huge chunk of fresh Burrata cheese - oh my! Just mouthwatering. The only slight disappointment were the olives as we personally didn't really feel that a bowl of olives really constituted as a proper dish for a starter. However upon mentioning this to our server this was very quickly remedied and we really appreciated the understanding and responsive service.

Fifteen Cornwall
Fifteen Cornwall
Fifteen Cornwall
Fifteen Cornwall

Of course fresh fish is going to be one of the main draws at a restaurant like this and for that reason I went with the local turbot for my main course. Fresh and beautifully cooked, balanced with subtle flavours of broad beans, pea shoots and a little parma ham (if I've remembered the finer details correctly) it was one of those dishes that looks truly beautiful as well as delivering a real punch of taste and delight as well. To keep the balance Dan chose to sample some fresh, made in-house, pasta with beef rib ragu and yep it really did melt in the mouth as anticipated.

Fifteen Cornwall
Fifteen Cornwall
Fifteen Cornwall

After grazing on the fresh antipasti and making our way through the mains we really didn't have any room left for dessert - I think we were also a little cream tea-ed out by this point anyway. So we sipped our drinks, me a glass of Prosecco, Dan a tomato juice with all the trimmings and apparently a very good one to boot, then made our way home, full and happy from a lovely afternoons dining and sightseeing.

Fifteen is definitely worth adding to your itinerary if you have the opportunity to do so. It's a bit of a treat in terms of the price but it's a destination that's certainly worth a visit plus make sure you allow yourself enough time to take in the delights of Watergate Bay whilst you're there as well.

As a lot of my Cornwall tales so far have been concentrated on dog friendly locations it's worth mentioning that you aren't able to take your furry friend to Fifteen as it doesn't have any outside space and understandably they aren't allowed in the restaurant. So this is one for you to enjoy sans four-legged friend but is still worth the trip as a treat for the humans!

I'll be back very soon with part two of my Cornwall series - if you missed part one you can find it here: Tales From The Cornish Coast: Part One. In the meantime have a very happy Thursday and hope to see you back here on the blog very soon.

Louise

 


Dinner On The Roof At Vintage Salt, Selfridges

Happy Friday evening all. Time at last for another weekend and in fact another bank holiday weekend here in the UK. Here's hoping for sunshine and fun for all!

Now I'm still working on editing my Cornwall photos and putting together a couple of lovely (I hope) posts for you, so in the meantime I thought today I'd share a few photos from a birthday celebration meal that I was lucky to have with my family last night. Plus it still has a Cornish theme - albeit a London based one.

Vintage Salt

Last weekend I officially aged by one more year - another year older, perhaps not wiser but we can always hope! The weekend was spent making chocolate, as you may have seen from my previous post, alongside celebrating with the odd glass of Prosecco with friends in my home town (got to get that Prosecco in where you can, have you not heard about the pending UK shortage?! Disaster!)

Thus last night was time to enjoy the company of family and so we decided to venture to the new summer pop up Vintage Salt on the rooftop of the very fabulous and iconic London store Selfridges, Oxford Street. 

Vintage Salt Rooftop Bar

Located on the 5th floor on the roof, with views of the London skyline, this is the latest pop up to open atop this famous store. Having opened on the 1st of May it will be there for five months. So get your booking in while you can as it is a pretty busy and happily buzzy place - a great location to have great food and a tipple in the city.

We began with a drink out in the sunshine on the terrace, where you can lounge in a deckchair, order drinks from the beach hut and soak up a little sunshine as the city buzzes busily below you. Our table was reserved for 5:15pm but we arrived a little earlier for a drink and although whilst we were there the restaurant got steadily fuller and more lively, the vibe was always relaxed with a side of buzz. Just how I like things!

Vintage Salt Interior

The Cornish fishing village setting is very well done and perfectly suits the light and airy rooftop space. We were even amazed and surprised to see the odd seagull fly over head - in London? Not sure if they had been shipped in for the occasion of had just happily made their way over with the tempting smell of fresh fish. 

In the restaurant itself the smoky, beachy smell of the seaside greets your nose and the open kitchen works busily away preparing fresh, vibrant and delicious food for your eating pleasure. With a selection of grills, salads and fish dishes there's plenty to delight pretty much any taste and appetite and I have to say it really was one of my most favourite meals of late.

Oysters
Tuna Tartare
Tuna Tartare

To start I went for the spicy tuna tartare with avocado and pickled cucumber and after a weeks holiday full of cream teas and hearty holiday food, this light but flavour packed dish was exactly what I needed. Fresh, filling and delicious it really didn't disappoint and I just loved the combination of fresh tuna and avocado, it can't be beaten.

Other options chosen and enjoyed by my family included the jersey rock oysters and the minted garden pea soup. Enjoyed with fresh crusty bread and washed down with crisp rose wine, this made for a happy start to a lovely evening.

Shrimp and Crab Brioche
Truffle Chips

For the main course, because I really do love fish, I went for one of the days specials which was a shrimp and crab brioche served with truffle chips. This again was a delight and full of flavour. Filling but not too much so, I was really very pleased with this choice. 

If you aren't a fan of fish thought don't worry as despite all of my choices being fish based there are also a number of lovely, light grilled meat choices on offer. Including grilled spring chicken and a dry aged beef burger. I can't comment as I didn't taste them but from having a little cheeky peep over the shoulders of other diners, these also looked equally impressive.

Lemon and Bergamont Meringue Tart

And so the meal ended with a selection of summery desserts. When we go for family meals, as we're all more sort of starter and mains types of people, we tend to either leave dessert or, if they look really inviting, will often get a selection to share between us so that we all get a taste of the temptation on offer.

This evening was no different and we made our way through a refreshing and sharp but divine bergamot and lemon meringue, the brownie sundae dip and a chocolate burger with churro chips - which I forgot to photograph. I think the lemon meringue came out on top, the sundae a close second and the burger an intriguing delight but not quite up there with the that of the other two delicacies in our personal group opinion!

Lemon Tart and Cream
Brownie Sundae
Brownie Sundae
Vintage Salt

I have to say that this was a really very enjoyable meal in a lovely and unique location. A lovely way to spend a birthday and thanks hugely to my family for such a lovely treat. Friendly service, a merry atmosphere and great food made for a very happy London evening in the sunshine.

If you're feeling tempted to give Vintage Salt a try then I would recommend making a booking pretty soon as it seems to be very popular. Earlier tables seem to be a bit easier to come by than those from around 6-7pm onwards but I guess it depends on the day you wish to visit.

You may also find it a little tricky to find! You have to navigate to the fifth floor by pushing an unmarked button in the lift. Making it somewhat secretive and all a little confusing but exciting, plus once you finally find your way up there I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Have a lovely weekend everyone and look forward to sharing more with you here on the blog very soon.

Louise