Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Athenaeum Hotel is named as London’s top place for afternoon tea in 2012

The Tea Guild has awarded The Athenaeum Hotel in London its top award for Afternoon Tea in 2012. The Athenaeum thoroughly deserves this award for its food, service and venue which all have a very sumptuous and luxurious feel.

My friend and I took pink champagne afternoon tea at The Athenaeum last year as part of our WOD (weekend of dreams) and it continues to be my favourite afternoon tea experience so far. Here is the blog I wrote all about it.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Linden Hall Golf & Country Club

We went on a mini break recently to Linden Hall in Northumberland. It's a beautiful Macdonald hotel with a very nice spa and surrounded by an 18 hole golf course. We stayed on a dinner, bed and breakfast deal and ate in the double AA rosette Dobson Restaurant both nights which demonstrates fine dining at its best. The food was beautiful and served in a very quiet and very high end drawing room. One is addressed as Sir and Madame in an establishment like this. Anyway if fine dining is not your cup of tea you can eat and drink in the Linden Tree Pub on site which is much more down to earth. This is where we watched the Gold Cup with two pints of the finest black stuff. This is what a day off work looks like to me.

Posh Nando's

Now I know I need to work on my food photography. My trusty old iPhone 3G needs an upgrade even just for the camera. We stayed in last Saturday night for the first time in ages, watched The Voice, a bit of BGT and then Anchor Man. Very cosy. So I made us something for dinner with a bit of a takeaway feeling. I called this Posh Nando's as I bought their medium Peri Peri sauce and marinated a couple of chicken breasts whilst watching Jessie J & co on BBC1. I cooked the chicken on the griddle pan and added some mini sliced courgettes towards the end and served it all up with some Mediterranean couscous. The Nando's sauce is just hot enough, cost £2.09 from Tesco and resulted in clean plates all round.

Chicken Caesar Salad

It's that time of year. One day it's warm and sunny and you're wearing a blazer to work having packed the winter coat away. The next day its chilly and you're hunting out a scarf. So what do you eat on these not-quite-summer kind of evenings? Home made chicken caesar salad is a good choice as it gives you the light leafy feel you want for the summer body but packs a nice cosy winter punch with the (low fat version) warm caesar sauce. Top with avacado and plenty of black pepper. Its a hearty salad even suitable for boys.