So back in early September the PR Company for the BBC Lifestyle sent me an invitation to enter a blog competition. I got a box of ingredients, a recipe, and instructions to complete it all in four days. The prize was a trip to London and to eat at Bill Grangers restaurant Granger & co in Nottinghill. I did not hesitate for a second.
The recipe I needed to make was Bill’s Lime and Coconut Delicious – enough motivation on its own. I went to town and spread the message about Bills new TV series ‘Bills Kitchen: Notting Hill’ as far and wide as I could, and a week or so later I heard that I won.
Since I have never won anything on this scale I was thrilled beyond speech. I had also not been to London in four years and was feeling worn out after years of hard work with few breaks and certainly no proper holiday. I needed a change of scenery.
My trip to London was too short, but I added on a few extra days to visit friends and generally spend some time in a city I love and used to live in. I also turned it into an opportunity to write about a few hotels and restaurants, and generally immerse myself in all things food while I was there. I really packed it in.
I wrote about my stunning stay at the Great Northern Hotel on Kings Cross Station and my night of luxury at the Halkin. I even squeezed in a rushed trip to Warwickshire and spent a night at the gorgeous Fuzzy Duck Pub near Stratford upon Avon.
I ate as much as I could for such a short stay and these are my restaurant highlights from my trip: (in the order that they were experienced) Continue Reading →