I’m quite possibly in the minority of people who have never visited Patisserie Valerie. I’ve walked past one of their 78 shops up and down the country on my travels many a time always thinking ‘I will pop in one day’ to have a tea and cake. But I’m afraid to say it has never happened – until now. That’s because I’ve normally ended up going for lunch or dinner elsewhere leaving no room for pudding. But recently I was invited to sample their summer menu and so I finally found myself in the Reading branch.
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The much-anticipated No. Fifty Cheyne is now open after a complete rebuild, masterminded by Sally Greene (Founder Director of the Old Vic and proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s). I recently went along to the ground-floor restaurant during their soft opening week and although was warned there may be a few finishing touches to be done, there was nothing I could fault. The only thing that needed completing was the first-floor cocktail bar and drawing room which has since opened.
Food at train stations is hardly ever appealing least of all because of overheated pasties being left around for hours or stale sandwiches sitting around for days. But Patri – which translates as ‘railway food’ culture – does things rather differently and incredibly deliciously. I recently went along to try out their extensive menu in west London with my friend Natalie. We were pleasantly surprised.
Ever since my trip to Vietnam last year, I have been passionate about Vietnamese cuisine but it’s not always easy to find a restaurant that can recreate food the same as it is done in the country. So in my hunt for find nosh that is close to the real thing as possible, I stumbled across Vietfood restaurant in the heart of Soho. With a prime location, it’s great for both passing footfall as well as easy to get to in central London.
With the hot British weather looking set to last the rest of summer, the focus on light and refreshing dishes has never been so prominent. Those seeking a taste of the Mediterranean in their own back garden can enjoy this hydrating and vibrant watermelon and feta salad. You can even wow guests at a BBQ or a picnic in the park.