Tea and Coffee Winter Festival

The Winter Tea and Coffee Festival is happening on Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th November. The event is a celebration of our much loved drinks, tea and coffee, with demonstrations, tutored tasting and talks!

Waterloo Bar and Kitchen – Waterloo

When a friend of mine was going to be going out of the country for many months, it just wouldn’t have been right if we didn’t go for a leaving lunch.

Megan’s Delicatessen – Chelsea

Megan’s Deli is the perfect place for a Sunday brunch. This café is small and cute and has small seating areas over a couple of floors. What makes this café special is if you head down the steep stairs, it opens out into a little outdoor garden area.

Coquine – South Kensington

Coquine is a very chic and boutique-like with its patterned walls, carpeted lightshades, huge wall mirrors and teal green decor! It has a bar area in the middle of restaurant. Secluded at the back of the restaurant is an oval table surrounded by high chairs! A nice setting for having drinks and food with a…

Cafe De La Paix – Chelsea

If you want a good range of teas and hot drinks, then Cafe De La Paix is right up your street! They have the regular tea bag teas, herbal teas, coffees, soy milk, but they also have a few extra special teas! It was difficult to decide between the chai tea and the mint tea…

Bluebird Cafe – Chelsea

Bluebird Cafe makes up just one part of the Bluebird Courtyard, which includes the cafe, restaurant, shop and bakery. It has a lovely outdoor seating area with the heaters to stop you getting chilly! The interior has a black and white theme with its black wooden chairs and chequered floor. It feels like quite an…

Gourmet Pizza Company – South Bank

Gourmet Pizza Company looks like a beach hut and it may not be exactly next to a beach, but it has the River Thames on its side! The actual location is in Gabriel’s Wharf on the South Bank. Seen as it is a pizza restaurant, it seemed wrong to order anything else other than pizza….

Melanzana – Battersea

Melanzana was one of those places that we weren’t sure whether to go into or not. This was only because we thought it may just be a take away deli and we wanted somewhere that we could sit in and have hot drinks. As soon as we entered, we were impressed with the colourful displays…

The Riverfront at BFI Southbank

So, as promised we went back to the newly refurbished BFI Cafe. The original review from August 2008 can be seen here: http://ratemybistro.co.uk/bfi-film-cafe/ The interior is all new and they have the separated seating areas: one for the restaurant and the other for the cafe/bar. I think that the bar area has tried to become all trendy…

Tas – Waterloo

Tas is a great restaurant that serves Anatolian/Turkish cuisine. The food is very tasty and portions are quite big. The kitchen and the bar are at the back end of the restaurant. The starter we had was borek: filo pastry filled with feta cheese and spinach. This was nice and as there were four pieces,…

Las Iguanas – The O2 Greenwich

We initially came to this Latin American restaurant for coffee but then ended up returning to it later in the day for an evening meal! Its nice that the restaurant is divided into sections: one part for the restaurant and the other part with comfy seats for drinks! The latte and mocha drinks were really…

Hisar – East Dulwich

A very reasonably priced Turkish restaurant in the centre of East Dulwich. I always like to start with the Hisar Mantar: fried breadcrumbed mushrooms with garlic mayonnaise. This goes well with the yogurt, cucumber and mint starter. The Patlican Salata had a nice taste with the flavours of the aubergine, peppers, tomatoes complemented by the garlic, lemon, mint…