The Beech House Amersham

The Beech House is a local restaurant chain to where we live. They have a total of five locations in Amersham, St. Albans, Beaconsfield, Solihull & Hampton Hill. The first one opened 5 years ago in Beaconsfield and is about to re-open following a massive extension where it has almost doubled in size.

The Beech house in Amersham opened in February 2018 it is just a short walk from the station (around 5 minutes to be precise). Upon arrival we immediately spotted the outside seating area, and both commented that it would have been lovely to have been able to sit outside had it been a glorious summers evening.

There are several seating areas at The Beech House making it suitable for all types of parties (it isn’t a small restaurant it seats 140 customers).  We were shown to our table which was at the black of the restaurant, the interior design of the restaurant offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and made us feel very relaxed.

We arrived at around 7pm on Thursday evening and the restaurant and bar was already filling up. Our waiter for the evening introduced himself and offered to make us a summer cocktail which of course we accepted right away. We were served the Watermelon Spritz and the Pineapple Punch, both of which tasted so delicious and we would highly recommend.

To start we decided to go for the Antipasto Misto board, as it meant we got to try a little bit of everything. We loved this starter and we were really impressed by the size of the sharing board, you could have shared it with 3 people.

We also shared the Calamari which came with a spicy mayo dip (lemon, chilli, harissa)! We love calamari so were pleased with this choice.

For main we struggled to decide what to get, we wanted to get 2 dishes and share them (obv) but there was SO much choice it difficult to decide what to go for. We also didn’t want to go for bread over load as we wanted to get dessert too!

In the end we opted for a burger and a build your own salad. There was a pulled pork burger on the specials menu which we were really tempted by,  but in the end decided to go for the classic on the main menu, the Bacon and Cheddar House, it was a decent burger and superb choice!

For the salad, there was lots of choice on the build your own, we went for the superfood and omitted the tomatoes and replaced with avocado. We also added halloumi, who doesn’t love halloumi!

For dessert we were informed that the sticky toffee pudding was now vegan so we thought we would give that a go, and we were also told the panna cotta was new so decided to give it a try. The Peach Melba Panna Cotta was our favourite and we are so glad we went for it, it was really light and made us feel all summery! We loved the addition of the berry granola.

We were also give a dessert cocktail to accompany our desserts and it was the most refreshing thing! It was so green but so yummy, we would go back for this cocktail any day!

Thank you so much for having us and treating us so well! We cannot recommend The Beech House enough and it’s so perfect that it is so close to home!

Darlish Ice Cream Parlour

Darlish sells a range of Persian inspired ice creams that are uniquely luxurious, light and refreshing and 100% naturally flavoured. Darlish has an ice cream parlour in St. Albans, they are open 7 days a week and you can find the opening times on their website! Darlish is located right by the clock tower in the city centre!

A couple of weekends ago we had the pleasure of spending our afternoon outside in the sunshine tasting lots of delicious ice cream! We arrived at Darlish Parlour at around 1pm and the queue just kept getting longer and longer!

We wanted to make sure we tried as many flavours as possible so we could report back to you guys of course! We enjoyed our first ice creams before having a selection of tasters! The first ice cream we tried were of course off of their signature menu! We went for the Saffron, Rose & Pistachio which was so flavoursome. We loved the large pieces of pistachio throughout the ice cream giving it a good crunch!

We also enjoyed the Rhubarb, Pomegranate & Rose Sorbet which was just so light and refreshing! These 3 delicious flavours complimented each other so well we can see why this one is a best seller!

We also made sure we sampled another one of their signature flavours which was the tahini ice cream! It was super delicious, you should definitely order this is you like tahini!

If you are after a refreshing ice cream we would recommend ordering the kiwi & cucumber flavour because this is sure to hit the spot! It would be perfect on a boiling hot summers day!

The final ice creams we tried were probably our favourite the muscavado one which basically tasted like salted caramel was an absolute dream we could have eaten the entire tub! We also loved the hazelnut & cookie butter, which surprisingly was vegan and tasted sooooo delicious- if you love hazelnuts then this is definitely the ice cream for you!

We ended our visit with a delicious homemade waffle that was so incredible! We had the chocolate truffle waffle which was covered in chocolate ice cream (so dam good) and also melted chocolate and chocolate chips! If you love chocolate then this is definitely the waffle for you! When we return we are going to try the banana and cinnamon flavour because that also looked so tasty as it was covered in toffee sauce, yum!

Darlish can be found in Wholefoods, Selfridges and also As Nature Intended! Oh and if you live near St. Albans make sure you pop by!

Buns & Buns Covent Garden

We were invited to visit Buns & Buns in Covent Garden and had the most amazing time, not only was the food delicious, the service was top notch and the atmosphere was lovely too!

Located right in the middle of Covent Garden, Buns & Buns could not be in a more perfect location. The inside is so nice with lots of copper and lovely marble tables we were in heaven, not to mention the open kitchen too!

Buns & Buns are all about ‘bringing bread back to the table’ so all their dishes are paired with bread or buns from around the world, they believe that ‘bread is life’ and to be honest we couldn’t agree more (we LOVE bread!)

We both decided we had to have one of their alcoholic beverages after seeing other diners drinks, they just looked so pretty! Rach opted for the Raspberry Wine Spritzer and Annie went for the Mandarin Spritz (basically Aperol Spritz but with added mandarin juice!) – they were both super pretty and the orange and pink made a perfect photo!

We then decided to (of course!) share a couple of the starters, it was hard to choose what to have so the best option was the share. We went for the, hummus & tatzihki foccacia, corn fritters and pork belly bun.

The pork belly bun stole the show for us, it was the first time for both of us trying a bao which is a chinese steamed bun and we opted for the classic one with pork. We really have to return to try the chilli prawn one now!

The fritters were also really delicious we didn’t really know what to expect when we ordered this dish but thought it was worth a try! They were small pieces of beer battered sweetcorn and it was served with a wedge of lime and aioli! The lime was the perfect addition and we are so glad we squeezed it on top! We didn’t really eat the aioli as we aren’t massive garlic lovers. We would definitely recommend the dish and it is perfect to share.

The hummus and tatzihnki came with a generous amount of bread and we also really enjoyed the tomato salsa it reminded us of being on holiday in Spain eating tomato bread! We love hummus so we knew we would love this dish so if you like us are a hummus fan then you can’t go wrong with this choice!

For the main we ordered two dishes to share of course! We went for the clay oven pizza that was topped with Burrata, San Daniele Ham, Datterini tomatoes & Fior Di latte cheese. It was really delicious and so filling that we actually couldn’t finish it all! If you are going for the pizza was main make sure you have room for it! We think it would also be the perfect sharing starter.

We also ordered the Organic Rotisserie Chicken which is marinated with yoghurt and lime. It is served with chicken gravy, roasted carrots, broccoli & sourdough (of course)! We did enjoy the chicken it was incredibly flavoursome but we must admit it did have a bit too much butter on for us!

For dessert on the menu we were only able to see the cheesecake but our waiter very kindly told us that there were a couple of other options! We went for these delicious donut like desserts that were filled with chocolate sauce of vanilla cream! They were soooo delicious and we loved the cinnamon taste of the donuts, we would 100% recommend you ordering them!

We loved that so many of the dishes were made for sharing. We love sharing dishes when we go out for dinner because it means we get to try so much more! If you visit we would definitely recommend ordering all of the sharing dishes!

We had the most fabulous evening at Buns & Buns and we left with massive smiles on our faces. We will definitely be returning again soon and we think you should as well!

Whipped London

Oh my gosh, if you have a sweet tooth then you HAVE to visit this place. Located on Dury Lane just off Covent Garden Whipped is the perfect place to come for a sweet treat. In fact its located next door to The School Of Rock Musical so you could pop into Whipped before or after the show!

Owned by Alice and Jamie. Alice is a Michelin trained chef with 14 years of high end patisserie experience and each dish that Whipped sells has been designed by the co-founder and chef, (Alice) and refined with the help of the other co-founder (Jamie).

Whipped are famous for their whipped cheesecakes and we can see why. We sampled the chocolate cheesecake and oh my it was so light. This whipping technique makes the cheesecake almost like a panna cotta and its simply amazing!

We were so stuck with what to go for but glad we went for the epic chocolate one, next time we want to sample the oreo, s’mores or a fruit one!

Whipped also serve cookie pies, which are filled with cheesecake, topped with marshmallowy meringue and then lots of different toppings to finish them off. We went for the honeycomb one which was simply delicious. The honeycomb was perfect! Different flavours come daily so keep an eye on their Instagram to see what they are serving each day!

Whipped also bake for events and have even created a two tier cheese cake for a wedding! How cool would that be at your wedding! They also have lots of requests for birthdays and Work functions!

We also had a coffee whilst we sat and enjoyed our delicious cheesecake which was also really good!

We had the best time in Whipped and it really made our morning complete! Make sure you stop by when you are next in the area!

We also recently visited the store to try some of their new Easter products! It was such a fun evening and the new cookie pies and cheesecakes are so delicious!

Les Filles by LLS Cafe

We recently visited Les Filles by LLS Cafe and had the most incredible meal! We found LLS Cafe on the Nutrifix app, they are a big fan of LLS Cafe and so are we! Becca the nutritionist at Nutrifix has quoted some of the health benefits of the dishes we chose which you can find throughout our post!

Les Filles was super cute and we fell in love with the place as soon as we entered! We got to sit at the window seat which in our eyes was the best seat in the house!

They also have LLS branches at Hampstead, Lancaster Gate & Waterloo. The Craven Terrance branch near waterloo has only recently opened! We went to the branch in Paddington and couldn’t recommend it enough!

We both opted for the waffles, but as Rach is a bit fussy she omitted the eggs and had hers with avocado and smoked salmon. Annie enjoyed the 2 poached eggs with hers and also added some smoked salmon as well!

If you’re looking for something savoury, the sweet potato waffles with eggs, avocado and smoked salmon is a great choice. Packed with protein, heart-healthy fats and carbohydrates making this a nutritionally balanced meal. This would be a great post-workout meal to replenish depleted stores and help to rebuild muscle fibers.

Another great option for savoury (which we both sampled) and if you’re looking for a veggie option is the halloumi with roasted veg with sourdough, this meal is packed with protein, fats, various vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre. This combination will satisfy you and keep you feeling full until your next meal. We loved the harissa sauce it came with it tasted oriental and had SO much flavour and definitely made the dish!

We both shared the pancakes after our savoury meal. If you’re after something sweet, the buckwheat pancakes will definitely satisfy you. With pancakes made using buckwheat flour, these are fibre-packed ensuring to keep you fuller for longer as well as contributing to good gut health. Topped with a delicious combination of coconut cream, homemade chia jam, fresh fruits and date syrup, providing sweetness as well as an array of vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants.

These pancakes are also gluten free and vegan friendly. You are given 3 pancakes and a very generous amount of toppings, the chia jam was incredible and we loved it! It also went really well with the coconut cream, we aren’t usually fans of coconut yoghurt but oh my the cream was yum and complimented the pancakes perfectly.

We also had this all washed down with a delicious coffee and juice/smoothie. There is such a good choice of drinks that we had to go for 2 each.

Rach went for the cappuccino which was served in the cutest mug & coaster and Annie and Americano, again served in a very photogenic cup!

Rach went for a juice and she prefers a juice to a smoothie, she went for ? This was incredibly refreshing and the addition of ginger was not too overpowering (which it often can be). Annie had a smoothie which was super thick and incredible, made with almond milk and lots of berries!

We had such a lovely afternoon and we honestly cannot recommend this place enough! We will definitely be returning soon and we are already so excited about it!

Eat Genesis Vegan Restaurant Review

Eat Genesis is located on Commercial Street in Shoreditch, pretty close to Liverpool Street Station so super convenient if you work in the city or you are in Shoreditch. Eat Genesis is 100% plant based and also organic!

Eat Genesis is very hip and trendy which we guess is expected when located so close to hip and trendy shoreditch! It’s actually a vegan restaurant but with a crazy menu serving burgers, nachos, milkshakes etc you would never know it was vegan!

The interior is super pink, what most people know as millennial pink. We loved the pink vibes and the seats by the window at the front are also millennial pink- they are definitely the best seats in the house, especially for those insta pics! Luckily we were shown to our table and we were given one of these tables!

To order your food you head to the counter, they will give you a buzzer and when your food is really the waitresses will bring it to you. We aren’t actually too sure how the buzzer works entirely as ours didn’t actually buzz, maybe they are magic buzzers, hehe!

We ate vegan food a couple of weeks ago and we were not the greatest fans so we were a little nervous with what to order, we decided to share our food (again!) so that we could try a bit of everything!

We both ordered the same drink which was a Lo Bros Apple Cider Vinegar tonic with elderflower. We had not tried this flavour before and we absolutely loved it!

We first started off by sharing the panko avocado soft taco, the flavours of these were delicious especially the beans and we loved trying fried avocado for the first time! Once sampling this we knew we were in for a treat as it was very tasty!

For main we decided to share 2 salads the first one was a kale caesar, which came with generous slices of avocado and the most delicious (vegan) caesar dressing.

We also went a bit rogue and tried the Thai papaya and mango salad, this was super different but also super yummy! It tasted like summer in a bowl and the mango, oh my was delicious! It was quite spicy though so if you don’t like a bit of a kick then this might not be the dish for you.

We also had a bowl of the fries which came with tomato sauce and were some of the tastiest fries we have sampled! They are cooked in avocado oil and are gluten free we cannot recommend these fries enough, if you visit you have to try them!

After looking at the burgers we wish we had gone for a salad to share and a burger to share as they looked EPIC! Guess we will have to return to try the burgers!

There was further seating downstairs which is also where the toilet are located. As this seating was down in the basement it was quite dark down there so we were glad we sat upstairs! The toilets were pretty and pink as you can imagine!

We really enjoyed our time at Eat Genesis and if you fancy some vegan junk food we would 100% recommend you visiting!

Farmstand Breakfast Review

Farmstand was founded in Covent Garden in 2016, they have an all day menu which is based on the diet that the founder has been following since he was diagnosed with cancer. He believes it was vital in improving his health. Farmstand source the best ingredients seasonally and offer a plant-powered menu from scratch.

Farmstand breakfast

Farmstand sell 80% plant based, 5% sustainable fish and 15% ethical meat they are also dairy free, added sugar and artificial ingredients free.

Farmstand breakfast

We visited one Saturday morning at around 10AM, the restaurant was quiet but it did start to get a little busier by the time we left. Unfortunately the coffee machine was out of order which did put a couple of customers off. This didn’t actually bother us though as they were still serving filter coffee which tasted absolutely delicious.

We also ordered a couple more drinks, Rach went for a green juice (of course) it was the easy being green Farmstand juice which was so nice and really refreshing. Annie ordered a ginger kombucha by L.A brewery that was so delicious and the ginger flavour was incredible!

Farmstand was like a little jungle, there were plants everywhere which we absolutely LOVED!

Rach ordered toasted sourdough & Avocado which cost £3.50. The smashed avocado was really tasty and served on the side so you could add as little of as much as you wanted! In fact as it was only 1 slice Rach had some left over!

Farmstead breakfast

Annie ordered the tomato salsa & soft boiled eggs on rye bread, which was absolutely delicious. The Rye bread was incredibly moist and they were very generous with the salsa. Hard boiled eggs are Annie’s favourite kind of egg so this was a nice treat as most places don’t have hard boiled eggs on the menu. This dish cost £3.25 which is cheaper than the Avocado on sourdough which really surprised us as we would have expected it to have been way more.

Farmstand breakfast

Farmstand is a great place to come for a coffee catch up, as there is lots of seating and the filter coffee that was had was delicious and strong, just how we like it!

We would love to return to try the lunch menu, where you get to pick a main and 2 sides, as it sounds yum! We also fancy trying the banana bread with compote as it looked and sounds delicious!

Farmstand breakfast

We went to the toilet before we left and downstairs there was a couple of people attending what looked like a knitting class! It looked so cute and would be the perfect activity if you like to knit!

The staff at Farmstand were really happy and all had smiles on their faces! Something we really appreciate when visiting restaurants.

So the next time you are in Covent Garden make sure you stop by Farmstand for a delicious meal that won’t break the bank!

Comptoir Libanais Review

Comptoir Libanais opened its doors back in 2008 the founder Tony wanted to create a restaurant and serve food that ensures its guests fell in love with the Middle East and its bold flavours. He still dreams that Middle Eastern food will be as popular as Italian food one day as he strongly believes food from the Middle East is the best in the world!

We visited Comptoir Libanais a couple of weekends ago whilst visiting Bath. We have both previously been to Comptoir Libanais before but for breakfast, this time we were visiting for lunch and we were so excited.

We arrived at around 1pm and the lovely waiter showed us to our table. The restaurant was buzzing and by the time we had ordered our food the staff had to turn customers away as they were at capacity.

We both ordered a drink Rach went for the homemade lemonade which she absolutely loved, it was really refreshing! Annie ordered a Diet Coke and we also asked for a jug of tap water.

To start we asked the waitress to recommend what we picked, we aren’t super fussy so we are more than happy to eat what the staff suggest! We ordered the meze platter, mezze salad (fattoush) and chicken wings. Oh my the sauce (pomegranate molasses) on the chicken wings was absolutely incredible, you have to order these!

The meze platter is great if you want a selection of different dips! We really enjoyed all of the dips but we could have done with a little bit more flat bread. We loved the you can have a large or small platter – we went for the small which was sufficient!

For main we ordered the grilled chicken salad. This was served with chicken, feta, pomegranate seeds, tomatoes, lettuce &  spring onions. The salad was so delicious and we were very happy that it was served with the pomegranate molasses dressing, we actually asked the waitress for a little bit more of the sauce and she as more than happy to bring some over for us.

We also opted for the mixed grill, which the waitress also recommended. This came with lamb kofta, chicken kofta and chicken taouk all served on delicious rice. If you love meat then this sure is the dish for you! We loved the vermicelli rice it was yum!

We didn’t have room for a dessert as we were absolutely stuffed and didn’t want to waste any food. Instead we both ordered a coffee, Rach had a cappuccino and Annie had an americano. The coffees were delicious and really strong, we definitely felt more awake after them!

Our waitress was so busy running around everywhere but she still managed to make time for us and check we were okay. She was also more than happy to help us with recommendations something we quite often ask for when visiting a restaurant.

We love the fact you can see the chefs prepare the food in Comptoir Libanais it really adds to the atmosphere. You can also see all of the fresh ingredients in the fridge and the brightly coloured pickles.

We honestly cannot recommend Comptoir Libanais enough, the food was absolutely incredible, there were so many delicious flavours and the quality of the food was great. We loved it so much that we have already booked a table in London to go back!

Camile Restaurant Review

Camile is a healthy authentic Thai restaurant serving delicious good quality Thai dishes. They first opened their doors in Belfast. Camile has since opened four branches in London one in Tooting Broadway, Clapham Common, Battersea & Bermondsey.

We visited the Clapham Common branch on Abbeville Road one Sunday afternoon. It was a lovely change tucking into a Thai instead of the more traditional roast dinner.

Camile Thai

The manager of the Camile restaurant in Clapham was incredibly welcoming and made us feel super welcome. There were a couple of other customers in the restaurant but on the whole it was fairly quiet.

To start we ordered the shareable Tiffin Box for two (which is a customers favourite). We seem to be ordering sharing platters more and more recently but it just means we get to try a lot more in one go and not order lots of dishes and waste food.

Camile Thai

On the Camile sharing platter there was four spring rolls. Two of the spring rolls were vegetarian and the other two were meat there was also chicken satay which was served with a delicious peanut dipping sauce that we absolutely loved. We also tucked into some chicken wings as well which were full of flavour. We loved this starter and really cannot recommend it enough if you visit Camile.

For the main course we ordered two curries the first one was a Chicken Massaman which is a mild and rich curry with potato, onion and crispy shallots. We absolutely loved this curry and we really enjoyed the potatoes as we haven’t had a Thai curry with potato in it before.

The second curry we ordered was a Red Chicken Curry with green beans, squash, onion and red chilli. This one was slightly hotter due to the chilli but was incredible and once again bursting with flavour.

Camille Thai

We also had a side of brown rice which we absolutely loved and since then have been ordering brown rice instead of sticky rice.

The portion sizes of both the curries was incredibly generous, we couldn’t finish what was on our plates so we kindly asked them if we could take the rest away. Rach enjoyed the left overs the next day for her dinner!

Camile Thai

Something that we particularly loved at Camile was the fact the food wasn’t oily and greasy. It really did taste like a curry you would cook at home but obviously a thousand times better!

Camile are planning on opening more restaurants in London very soon and hopefully some a little more central, so keep your eyes peeled! We will definitely be visiting again soon.

Giggling Squid Review

Giggling Squid started back in 2002 in the basement of a tiny fisherman’s cottage which is now their Brighton restaurant. It all started with a Thai Tapas Menu which is still available on their lunch time menu.

We have heard so many great things about the Giggling Squid we knew we had to try it. We are really loving our Thai food at the moment and it’s great to try lots of new dishes.

We visited the Bath branch of the Giggling Squid and had the most incredible evening. The restaurant was an instagram dream and had such a lovely ambiance. We arrived just after 7 and were shown to our table.

The restaurant is full of flower wallls and they also have ginormous bird cages that you can book (they do try and keep this for customers celebrating special occasions).

Carys was our waitress for the evening and oh my goodness she was just so lovely and super helpful! You can tell she really enjoy her job, which just made the entire evening even more enjoyable.

We were offered a bottle of white or red wine, we went for the red wine and we are glad we did because it was delicious. We were also served a ginormous bowl of prawn crackers (Rachel’s favourite) with sweet chilli sauce, they didn’t last long as you can imagine!

To start we went for the sharing platter which is new on the menu and costs £16.75. We have been ordering the sharing platter a lot recently as it means we get to try a little bit of everything. The sharing platter at Giggling Squid included; Strips of hand-cut pork grilled on skewers, salt and pepper squid, Thai chicken wings, vegetable spring rolls. It was also served with three sauces are favourite being the tamarind, how have we never tried this before!

For mains we decided to mix it up a little bit as we always go for the same thing which is usually two curries, so this time we ordered a Salmon Paneang. The salmon Paneang was a Salmon fillet in a creamy, red curry sauce with stir fried Tenderstem broccoli and pak choi. Even though salmon isn’t typically Thai, the flavours were absolutely incredible. Giggling squid describe the Salmon Paneang as ‘A friendly, comforting dish using super popular ingredients’ and we couldn’t agree with them more.

We also ordered the Prawn Massaman curry. This type of curry is a Muslim style curry from Southern Thailand, it’s made with coconut milk and dry spices such as cumin, cinnamon and star anise. We really enjoyed this curry but we will say if you aren’t a massive fan or star anise then you may not like this dish as the flavour is quite powerful (especially if you eat it like I did LOL).

We also shared a side of brown rice which we are really enjoying at the moment. For a while we always got sticky rice which don’t get us wrong we also love, but there is just something about brown rice that makes it our fave.

For dessert we ordered the Lychee yoghurt ice cream which was full of so much flavour, it was very light and refreshing and made for the perfect dessert. We also loved the fact there were pieces of lychee in it.

We also ordered the black sesame ice cream as it really intrigued us, this is a unique flavour to Giggling Squid as well so we couldn’t not order it. We were not too sure about the flavour at first but actually it really grew on us and we finished the entire bowl, it did have quite a nutty flavour which we really enjoyed.

We also enjoyed a fresh mint tea which was the perfect end to a great evening. The teeny tiny tea pots and cups are so cute and the waitress said she could top them up if we wanted.

If you are looking for a great Thai to visit then it just has to be the Giggling Squid, we honestly cannot recommend the food enough!