Foxlow, Soho

The much more chilled, baby sister of Hawksmoor, Foxlow has the same fundamentals – good food, great drink, all sourced to the highest standard. They have a few now, Chiswick, Balham, Clekenwell and Soho. This is based on my experience in the Soho branch!!

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I booked a table via opentable.com, I’m lazy and really do hate to talk to strangers on the phone unless I have to! It’s super easy to do and reliable. My sister and I booked in for Brunch at 11am. Everyone knows by now that I LOVE brunch. It’s probably my favourite meal, just edging out Afternoon Tea. It’s more relaxing, full of great food and every now again a glass (or bottle!) of bubbles or a spicy Bloody Mary.

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A mixture of large and small tables, low and high, leather chairs, wood and tiles all give a very cool, relax feeling. Plus it has massive glass windows, giving it a lot of natural light, but still somehow managing to give an almost intimate feel.

I arrived a little early, and with my sister running a little late, I ordered myself a Vietnamese Coffee. These are a small obsession of mind – slightly sweet, creaming, strong, iced coffees! Though this was not entirely what I got here, it was still lovely, and strong; two very important factors for my morning coffee. It was more of a Frappuccino style, blended rather than over ice and not as sweet. I’m not sure if they used condensed milk or not. But it was £3.65 and like I said still tasty!

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When the Big Sis arrived, she ordered tea, though we quickly realised that both of us wanted something a bit stronger. We resisted the bottomless brunch as we both had places to go that afternoon, it was a hard choice I can tell you now! We went for a bottle of their prosecco, Nino Franco, at £28 a bottle it wasn’t the cheapest thing we could have chosen but it was delicious. And we felt very fancy having bubbles with our brunch!

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I went for the Fried Chicken on Croissant Waffle with a Fried Egg! Didn’t your mouth just water reading that! All of their chicken comes from Castlemead Farm. They are all free-range and well looked after which I always think is a bonus when restaurants do this! It shows they care about all aspects of their place, not just making money. It came with sausage gravy but I was offered maple syrup when it arrived – I couldn’t say no to that! It was amazing!! The chicken, which in past experience can be incredibly dry when fried, was moist and almost fell apart soft. The gravy was thick and so flavourful, though I only had a little as, like I said, maple syrup was offered! For me this was one of the best brunches!

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My Sister, feeling greedy, and knowing she was going out to the football after went for the Full Breakfast! And at only £9.75, it was a bargain for the amount you get. Fried egg, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans and toast! All cooked to perfection.

The service was really good to start but as they got busier they didn’t pay us too much attention. We had to go find someone to ask for the bill. However, when I first arrived they were lovely and very welcoming!

I would highly recommend hitting up this Soho restaurant for brunch! I don’t think you can go to wrong.

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Pergola on The Roof

What I love about London is all the unique pop ups you get in the summer! As I don’t actually live there now it’s hard to squeeze them all in, but don’t worry I do find away! 

With an afternoon free when visiting my family for a weekend, it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with a friend and go to one of these lovely places! 

First on the list was Pergola on the Roof. Situated just past Westfield Shopping centre in West London and both of us based that way it was meant to be! Also helped by the fact it was a gorgeous sunny day (annoyingly though sunglasses were forgotten!) we headed up. We didn’t have a reservation but they do have a few seats available for walk ins. They obviously aren’t as swanky as the reserved ones, just being garden folding chairs but still in did us perfectly. Like I said annoying we forgot the sunnies, the stones reflected a lot of light so I did spend a lot of time squinting at my friend! Thankfully she didn’t take too much offence to it – well I hope she didn’t!! 

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Obviously the first place to start is the bar! After lots of debating we ordered two frozen margaritas…what they don’t mention is you can only get that from the main bar, frustrating but as it wasn’t busy not too irritating. They were pretty good, alcoholic slushes, what’s not to love?! Down side though, and yes we know why it’s the case, but they were served in plastic cups. When it’s around £8 a drink you would think that you would get at least a hard plastic glass but unfortunately not. This bugs me not because no one really likes drinking out of them but they aren’t exactly great for the environment. Maybe something they should think about for next year…or even their winter event! But let’s move on from that, they were refreshing which was exactly what you want on a warm summer day in London. 

After drinking and chatting food was going to happen. Starting with Breddos Tacos, we ordered a couple of Tacos (obviously haha) to share. And man, they were good! We didn’t look amazing while we ate them, but what are friends for but not to mock you while you try not to drop your food everywhere.

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With the second drink in hand we then moved on to 8 Horton Square. Describing 20170507_143625themselves as Mediterranean Food Shack, you really can’t go wrong. If we are honest though, we wanted chips, picky food is what we were after but with Salt n Sauce only serving them with their fish – I don’t think they had prepared for being so busy as they did have just chips on their menu! And with Patty &a Bun being so busy we went to 8 Hoxton Square. And oh we were delighted! With them doing deep fired baby potatoes with probable the best mayo ever we felt like we had landed the jackpot. Safe to say we got our own massive bowls and polished them off easily. I think we will actually need to head to their actual restaurant to try some more of their food soon…maybe when pop up season is over! 

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The atmosphere was perfect – lots of young people with friends, family lunches and definitely some first dates going on. It felt relaxed, yet energetic. There was a buzz that you only get with day drinks in the sun. 

Head up, and don’t forget those sunglasses!