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Englishmaid's picture

Hello everyone coming to London.


In June my daughter and I are going to the Taste of London Festival in Regents Park . Many of the best London restaurants set out their fare and we get to spend a day drifting and sampling - heaven !! I just had a look at the website and they've published some of the contributors and their signature dishes. I'll be sure to try any on your behalf - it's a tough job but I'm willing to make the sacrifice !!


In lustful anticipation -


Rhian


http://www.channel4.com/life/microsites/T/taste2008/events/london/restaurants.html

AnnL's picture

(post #56897, reply #1 of 34)

Hmmm, we picked the wrong month to go to London.  You'll  have to report on how this is.  :-)


Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

ashleyd's picture

(post #56897, reply #2 of 34)

I've often thought about going to this but can never quite get the time. Enjoy yourself and be sure to report back.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #3 of 34)

We went last year and the weather was dreadful - needed wellies - but it was very good fun. Nice atmo . Ate everything from pork pie and the most divine turnip chutney from the Paternoster Chophouse to basil pannacotta made by the wonderful Angela Hartnett . I have to admit to feeling a little full by the end of the day. I don't drink, but if you're that way inclined the champagne and real ale tents looked like they were doing a roaring trade. If it's possible to fit it into your diary I think that there's some space left. We're going on the Sunday - so if you do consider going give me the nod and we might meet up.


R

AnnL's picture

(post #56897, reply #4 of 34)

You should join us for one of our dinners/lunches in July.  It would be nice to meet you.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #5 of 34)

Hi Anne,


I would dearly love to meet up with the CTers. That weekend happens to be one which is very busy - but perhaps I could come up to town another day and meet you all for coffee or a meal ? I'm having difficulty following your proposed activities, so I was going to let it all get settled before making any plans. You are going to have the best of times !!!


R

AnnL's picture

(post #56897, reply #6 of 34)

Yes, it's going to be fun!  I hope you can manage to meet up with us.  We'll all be in London from Thursday evening onward.  I'm arriving Wed. am.  I believe Evelyn and Ashley will get to London late Thursday afternoon.  Not sure about Wolvie and Astrid??  We'll probably have a light meal Thursday evening somewhere, perhaps you can make that? 

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #7 of 34)

Very possibly. I'll work on it. We are away on friday and saturday of that weekend. We are staying on our friend's boat on the Thames for the Henley music festival and tradition dictates that I supply dinner, so it really depends on how organised I can be. Making and transporting a four course meal to be eaten on deck whilst wearing evening dress is always a challenge !! But I will do my best to get up and meet you all .


Regards Rhian

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56897, reply #11 of 34)

Okay, I just had to go look up the Henley Music Festival. Now I am really, really jealous. I wanna go too! It sounds wonderful, and to be able to attend on a boat, on the Thames, must be just sublime. Lucky you! Oh, and BTW, I do hope you and your hubby do join us for dinner. I'd love to meet you.





"lucky in love; unlucky in metabolism"
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AnnL's picture

(post #56897, reply #12 of 34)

I was purposely NOT looking up the music festival....

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #13 of 34)

I will truly try to meet up with you all. I'd love to put faces to texts !! In the meantime just keep on planning and looking forward to your trip.


Best


Rhian

ashleyd's picture

(post #56897, reply #16 of 34)

Just to prove what a discerning bunch we are Ottolenghi has several salad dishes featured in the July edition (now on sale) of Delicious magazine.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #17 of 34)

Some of those salad recipes are lush. I'm def. going to try the smoked duck and cranberry one . I hope to hook up with you at Ottolenghi on the Thursday night if that's what everyone's doing . What about booking it ? You seem to have been chief organiser and bottle washer on this gig and I've done nothing to help you . I'm very happy to book if you're not doing it.


xR 

ashleyd's picture

(post #56897, reply #18 of 34)

Ha! Just made the booking for 7.30, if you (and DH) can join us for that we'd love to meet you, either at the hotel before or at the restaurant.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #19 of 34)

Hoorah ! Will be there ! Prob with James as well, although much depends on whether we are short-staffed that day ( one of our salesmen is expecting a bouncing baby any minute ) . Can't wait.


Rx

ashleyd's picture

(post #56897, reply #24 of 34)

I'll up the reservation. The Hilton is on Upper Street in Islington, a short walk from Angel tube station.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #26 of 34)

Thanks -  I will work towards meeting you all for pre prandial drinks ( or a pot of tea ).


Rx

Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #20 of 34)

PS Which Hotel ?

evelyn's picture

(post #56897, reply #21 of 34)

The Hilton in Islington.  So looking forward to meeting you and James. :-)

The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes. (unknown)

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
evelyn's picture

(post #56897, reply #22 of 34)

part of me wanted to add 'Bond...James Bond', but I refrained.

The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes. (unknown)

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
evelyn's picture

(post #56897, reply #23 of 34)

but then, of course, I immediately had to post about it here. LOL

The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes. (unknown)

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
soupereasy's picture

(post #56897, reply #27 of 34)

Determined to stay in that corner...;)

Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #28 of 34)

Now I'm feeling bad for you . Perhaps another time ? We have spare bedrooms if you wanted to stay . Something to aim for ?


Rx

Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #25 of 34)

Not James Bond - but James Kirk - really ! Captain of the Starship Enterprise.

ashleyd's picture

(post #56897, reply #8 of 34)

Thursday evening will probably be at Ottolenghi (see post somewhere upthread) on the basis that it looked fascinating and is within easy walking distance of the hotel. Lunch on Friday is booked at Zaika, dinner on Saturday at Morgan M and lunch on Sunday at the Sportsman (Seasalter).


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #9 of 34)

Might be able to make dinner at Ottolenghi . Could be that I may have husband in tow - would that be in order ?


R

ashleyd's picture

(post #56897, reply #10 of 34)

Very much in order.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

evelyn's picture

(post #56897, reply #14 of 34)

How very nice it would be to be able to me you and your husband, Rhian!

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
Englishmaid's picture

(post #56897, reply #15 of 34)

Well today was the Taste of London Festival. It was great ! The weather was fab for a change and the atmo is so friendly, with all the staff going out of their way to make it a memorable experience for all. We highly recommend the following :-


Everything from Benares - Indian with a twist


Wagyu beef with champagne teriyaki from Cocoon.


Confit of Gloucester Old Spot with Rosemary scented cannelini beans from Salt Yard


Lobster ravioli with shellfish cream sauce from Zilli Fish


Tom's Place and Tom's Kitchen were doing a roaring trade , especially the battered red gurnard and chips(fries) with tartare sauce and home made dark chocolate and orange marmalade ice cream.


The standard of food in the capital has never been higher.


Not long now !!

shelly's picture

(post #56897, reply #29 of 34)

You're not going to believe this, but I was in London last week staying in the Melia White House (right next to Regents Park)  Was too scared to go the the 'Taste' festival lest I miss my plane back to Israel on Thursday night.


For those of you planning a visit to London in the near future, do you shopping before you come, prices are sky high.

ashleyd's picture

(post #56897, reply #30 of 34)

Prices are only sky high if your original currency is not doing too well against the pound, visitors from the Euro zone will do quite well.



Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.