Hereford Road Restaurant, Bayswater / Notting Hill

A little while back I had a great evening with friends at Hereford Road in Bayswater. This restaurant is a real local gem because it serves simple yet innovative British comfort food, has friendly and efficient service and reasonable prices. Tom Pemberton, former head chef at St Johns has cooked at Hereford Road since its opening in 2007. Don’t expect anything hip and trendy here – it’s a lovely low-key local, perfect for a dinner with friends or family in a nice environment with quality flavourful food. The menu at Hereford changes daily and dishes are reasonably priced from £6-£8 for starters and £10-£15.5 for mains.  Also, there is a great value set lunch for £13.50 for 2 and £15.5 for 3 courses.

Chef and co-founder Tom Pemberton remarks, “It seems to me the area lacks a strong neighbourhood restaurant. Our main priority is to provide genuinely high quality, interesting and affordable British food in a relaxed environment.”

Here some photos of our evening at Hereford Road in Notting Hill…

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As soon as you enter Hereford Road you stumble across the open kitchen and some casual small tables that are perfect for a casual drink and dinner for two. And then down a small flight of stairs is the main dining room, that is light due to a large skylight. It was a very relaxed vibe and seating wise has large red leather banquettes or 2 – 4 person sized tables.

We started off with some wine, freshly baked bread (nom nom) and some starters; the Globe artichoke with vinaigrette and the Crab with English Tomatoes and Pea Shoots.

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For mains we went for a nice selection of different meats! Little fact; before Hereford Road was a restaurant there was actually a butchers in this location.  We had the Braised Rabbit with Fennel and Bacon // The Guinea Fowl with Lentils and peas // The Roast Leg of Lamb with Chard and Anchovy // and the Blythburg Pork Belly with Runner Beans and roast Red Onion.

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They were all delicious. I had the lamb which it was perfectly cooked and the salty anchovies flavour accompanied the meat very well. But think I did have slight food envy for the pork belly – that definitively looked and tasted amazing.

Then some of us couldn’t resist a cheeky dessert, yes…I was one of those people! I had the chocolate pot with cherries and creme fraiche, oh so yummy – and my friend had the Eton Mess which is simple but sometimes you can’t beat fruit, cream and meringue goodness.

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Overall a great night at a lovely bistro in Notting Hill / Baywater!

Hereford Road
3 Hereford Road,
Notting Hill, London
W2 4AB
Tel: +44(0)207 727 1144
www.herefordroad.org


  
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Today is the right day…

Hello everyone. Sorry I’ve been a little quiet on the blog recently – I have just had a lot going on the last week, which meant a bit less time for blogging. I was back home in the Netherlands for the weekend for some quality family time. It was great to see everyone, and especially my little nephew – I became an aunty about 8 months ago. It’s amazing how much the little man has grown every time I see him. It’s fair to say that I am definitely a very smitten and proud aunty.

With a few changes on the horizon for me at the moment, I am loving this quote by the Dalai Lama to remind myself to live in the moment…

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“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” ~ Dalai Lama

Today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live! Focus on today and all that is meant to be, will be. Happy Hump Day everyone :)


  
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Roasted Butternut Squash and Chorizo Salad

Summer evenings call for healthy salad dinners and this Roasted Butternut Squash and Chorizo Salad is one I’ve been loving the recently. The sweetness of the cinnamon roasted butternut squash with the spicy chorizo makes a delicious combination. Looks pretty tasty doesn’t it? Check out the easy recipe below!

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Chorizo Salad

Ingredients:
1 medium sized butternut squash (or pumpkin will work perfectly too)
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Ground cinnamon
Chorizo (I used a pre-diced pack but you can also just dice it up yourself)
1 medium sized zucchini
2-3 handfuls baby spinach leaves
A few pecorino shavings to garnish (optional)
Balsamic Vinegar (or vinaigrette if you prefer this)

Method:
Pre heat oven to 190C.  Prepare your squash by chopping it into big chunks – with your without skin, depending on preference. Place them on a baking tray and drizzle over just enough olive oil to coat the squash, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with some ground cinnamon. Give it a good hustle and pop it in the hot oven for about 20-25 min until the squash is nicely roasted (and soft).

While the squash is roasting in the oven, heat up your grill or frying pan over a medium heat and fry the diced (or sliced) chorizo for a couple of minutes on each side. You don’t need to add any oil because of the fat in the sausage already. When done, drain on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil. While the pan is still hot also grill/fry some sliced zucchini until cooked, they don’t need long as you don’t want them too soft.

When the roasted squash is ready place it in a large bowl, add the chorizo, zucchini, fresh baby spinach leaves and gently mix them all together. Top with a few shavings of pecorino (optional) & drizzle over some balsamic vinegar.

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This salad is a great light meal on its own but also would be perfect as part of a BBQ. It’s got that lovely mix of sweet, spicy and fresh and so easy to prepare. Do you like the look of this Roasted Butternut Squash and Chorizo Salad? Let me know what you think if you end up making it!


  
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Weekend in Whitstable by the seaside..

Last weekend I had a perfect little escape to the seaside. I’d heard a few stories about this cute fisherman’s town called Whitstable in Kent, so I thought it was about time I checked it out for myself! Because it is only about 1 hour 30min drive (1 hr 20min by train) from central London it makes Whitstable a great day or overnight trip location.

Situated on the north coast of Kent, Whitstable is such a lovely little laid-back place with many great restaurants, shops – and of course the sea! Everywhere are many stalls, shops and restaurants selling all kinds of sea food from cockles to eels and crabs to of course Whitstable’s most famous export, oysters! Here are some iPhone snapshots from my weekend in Whitstable by the seaside..

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Walks exploring the Harbour // Enjoying Whitstable Brewery beers + compulsory fish & chips in sun loungers by the beach = happiness // Checking out the town, shops and galleries // People watching and drinks at The Old Neptune, a famous pub on the beach // Happy moments watching the sunset over the sea…

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Dinner at Wheelers Oyster Bar, the oldest restaurant in town (open since 1856!) and famous for – tada you guessed it – oysters! The restaurant is tiny and is usually booked up for months but I was lucky and managed to reserve us a table at the bar. It’s BYO so what better to bring than a bottle of bubbly to enjoy with the seafood. Or you can always run across the load to the local ‘Offie’ for some more drinks. We had a lovely night in this cute little authentic restaurant, the oysters and the rest of the seafood was delicious and it was nice to enjoy a very casual and laid back evening out. If Wheelers is booked up another great option for dinner would be The Whitstable Oyster Company.

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Where to stay in Whitstable? We stayed in a lovely little cottage called the Corner House (link) which was perfectly located just meters from the harbour. Loved the beach style feeling of the place and we had a great stay here. However next time I might try to book a Fisherman’s Hut (which were fully booked the weekend I went) because they are right on the water and look super cute (link)!

Sunday morning was the perfect laid-back day starting with home baked muffins (my winning recipe here) and tea at the cottage, followed by a long walk along the beach to the Tankerton Slopes. It was a quiet foggy morning which made for some peaceful and beautiful moments – with some pebble throwing for laughs.

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Can you tell I loved these little sea huts along Tankerton slopes? We had breakfast outside at Jojo’s – a great little cafe at the end of the beach Tankerton way (about a min walk from the harbour).

Before driving back to London we decided, that while in the area, we should check out the famous White cliffs of Dover. Such a beautiful national park!

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If you had the best weekend ever then JUMP! ;) I seriously recommend going away for a weekend in Whitstable – or even if for just the day. It was one of those weekends were I came back feeling so happy and relaxed, like I’d had a mini holiday. Think the seaside does this to me. It was the kind of weekend where I wished I had a time machine to stop time so that it didn’t have to end….

Thank you Whitstable for the happy memories. Think I will be back :)


  
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What if you fly..

It’s that time of the week again for mid-week inspiration! Love this little poem, it’s a great reminder that you need to take chances in life. Happy Hump Day everyone :)

What if you fly What if you fly..

There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky, and you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling,what if you fly? – The Poetic Underground


  
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