Studio Kitchen at K West Hotel – Shepherd’s Bush

Family and friends are what keeps us grounded in life. It’s important to spend time with both. True friendships stand the test of time, no matter how busy life gets. It felt very lucky to be asked to share a day with a close friend and her pampering relaxing birthday treat. To top off the…

Papayou – Nice, France

Nestled in the narrow streets of the old town area is where Papayou is located. All of the food is prepared with fresh market produce and there are Nicois dishes as well as Thai ones. The decor is quite quirky with colourful artwork and structures. Plants and flowers decorate the tables. The kitchen is at…

Piacha Tea Bar – Angel

Piacha was noticed many many months ago by one of the Rate My Bistro team. It looked like “our type of place” with lots of teas and comfy seating. There is something quite special about Piacha. The staff make you feel very welcome and are able to give you tea suggestions. With so many teas…

Bird Thais – Amsterdam

Bird Thais restaurant has been awarded the “Thai Select” seal of approval for Thai cuisine. The restaurant was very busy even though it is spread over two levels. They also have a very small cafe across the road. The decor is quite pretty with flowers on the windowsill. Coloured fairy lights decorate a fake roof…

Hitchin Lavender Tea Room – Hitchin

Every year, the lavender season seems to be missed even though it is in the summer months. This year, a conscious effort was made to make this outing to the Hitchin Lavender fields. Cadwell Farm has 60 different varieties of lavender and a different area for the wildflowers and giant sunflowers. The lavender fields are…

The Academy – Bloomsbury

Many places do Afternoon Tea including cafes and restaurants but having it in a hotel seems to make it extra special. A weekend afternoon with the girls meant treating ourselves to such an Afternoon Tea. The Academy Hotel in a Georgian townhouse in the heart of Bloomsbury was our venue. Afternoon Tea was booked for the…

Jen Cafe – Chinatown

Jen Cafe is a casual eatery of the no fuss kind of a place. The star attraction of this cafe has to be the handmade dumplings. These can be seen being made in the front of the shop and in the shop window. Two portions of the vegetarian dumplings were ordered. One portion was steamed…

Royal Gastropub – Oslo

Royal Gastropub resides in the oldest part of the old Oslo train station. This train station had a big refurbishment in 2015 and now has Østbanehallen: a modern food court and boutique shops. The Royal Gastropub is based in the Norwegian King’s old waiting room. A central island was the bar area and the surrounding…