The White Horse Bearsted

We love going to the White Horse so I’d like to give it a mention for any of my local friends. If you’re local I’m sure you have visited but they have a great menu with some delicious new items on it. We recently visited with friends and had such a lovely time.

I had the Asian style crispy duck salad and it was divine. A bed of cucumber and mooli ribbons, shredded carrot and cabbage, sesame watercress and spring onion with crispy duck in a plum and hoisin sauce.

The cocktails are fab here. I usually always order a pornstar martini but for a change I had a Belsazar Rosé Spritz. A rosé vermouth pared with prosecco, soda and pink grapefruit. Delightful.

If you’re in the area it’s definitely worth a visit.

Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen

Neil and I recently visited Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen for some outdoor dining when we were on a day out shopping in London. We had such a lovely time and the food was exemplary.

We started with a cocktail each. I had a Sea Goose which was Grey Goose l’orange vodka, peach purée, fresh cranberry, grapefruit and lemon. Neil had a Carrie Bradshaw (the leading lady of my favourite throw back tv series incidentally). This had Grey Goose citron vodka, Aperol, blood orange liqueur and lemon. Both were divine.

We didn’t have a starter or bread as we were saving ourselves for dessert but the bread look heavenly and fresh from the oven.

I had the caesar salad which was full of soft boiled egg, crispy pancetta slithers, anchovies and aged parmesan. Of course it was up there with any caesar salad I’ve had before.

Neil had steamed sea bream which came with braised leeks, cherry tomatoes, samphire and brown shrimps. He had truffle brie mashed potato as a side. It was utterly delicious and even I as a non mashed potato fan would order it next time.

For dessert I had pineapple and kiwi carpaccio, passion fruit, lime and coconut sorbet. Neil had sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream ice cream.

It was so lovely to eating, drinking and laughing in the open air and see everyone smiling and enjoying themselves. It’s so good that we are starting to get a bit of normality back. I’m so looking forward to more lovely times out and about.

Fifi’s Brasserie

Shortly before lockdown 2 we went to Fifi’s Brasserie in Maidstone Kent. The food was a real delight.

To start I had thai fish cakes with a dipping sauce. It was presented well and tasted divine. It actually inspired me to make some myself. It was my Birthday so I thought I’d have the burger and chips as a highly calorific treat. It was like no other. The bun was covered in icing sugar which may sound odd but trust me it was delicious and worked really well. It was cooked to perfection and the service was great. Nothing was too much trouble.

Social distancing measures were strict so we felt safe and looked after in that respect. If you are in the area when restaurants re-open I’d definitely recommend a visit.

The Swan, West Malling

Throwing it back to just before restaurants closed recently. Neil and I treated ourselves to breakfast at The Swan, West Malling. A great restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails or a celebration. Their afternoon teas are spectacular too.

We had quite a few different drinks between us. Talk about making the most of it while we could!

I had pancakes with crispy bacon, maple syrup, a cappuccino and freshly squeezed orange juice. This is a real luxury breakfast for me due to the high calorie content but we hadn’t been out in a while so I was in need of a treat. Neil had avocado on toast with poached eggs and chilli flakes, cappuccino, freshly squeezed orange juice and the most wonderful honey and oat smoothie. I’ve never tasted a smoothie quite so delicious and I”m definitely going to give it a go at home.

So looking forward to returning when we can, especially with friends or family. Unfortunately that’s not something that looks likely to happen any time soon but now the vaccine has arrived I am focusing on being positive and so excited for when we can. I don’t think we will ever take sharing a meal and drinks out together for granted again.

The Ivy – Tunbridge Wells

We went to the Ivy Tunbridge Wells for some cocktails and a few delights. We loved it and will definitely be going back for dinner. The barman was so friendly and helpful he made a cocktail for me that I fancied that was not on the menu. Fussy aren’t I ha ha! It was a passion fruit daiquiri and it was bliss.

We had some arancini, zucchini fries and some beautiful sourdough. Talk about carb fest but you’ve got to have a little treat once in a while!


Gaucho is one of my favourite restaurants. I love everything about it, the food, the cocktails, the wine, the tunes. It has such a cool vibe about it. We always start with a cocktail in the bar and it’s so hard to choose!

We always have the fillet steak and a bottle of smooth Malbec. The wine is so fine I almost fantasise about it! The sides are so delicious, the mashed sweetcorn is out of this world and I don’t know what they do to their mushrooms but they are heavenly. How can a mushroom be heavenly?! Just go there and sample them and you will know what I mean.

As a little extra bonus we always see a celeb which is always fun!

Amavi Hotel – Paphos Cyprus

Have you ever been to Cyprus? It’s such a beautiful country. The food and drink is wonderful and so are the people. I went to lots of wonderful places on my stay but this was one of my favourites.

I was strolling along the beach front and I came across this beautiful hotel and had to go in. The decor was boutique style and had a laid back elegance about it that was so inviting.

It was so tranquil sitting here watching the world go by sipping a rosé.

Everything I ordered was delicious. The rosé was ice cold and beautiful. The avocado and asparagus salad divine and as for the houmous and olives, why are they just so much better abroad?

If you are in Paphos I would highly recommend this gorgeous hotel for a beach time lunch.

The Kensington Hotel – London Landmark Afternoon Tea

I went here shortly before lockdown and it was such a lovely venue. We had the London Landmark afternoon tea and cocktails. The afternoon tea was so sweet as all the cakes are landmarks of London and they’re served on a mini London Eye.

They even serve you a little pre-afternoon tea assortment of canapés which was divine. We had a mini puff pastry beef pie, quiche ( one of the only foods I don’t like in life but even this was delicious!) and a fishcake.

Have a Bellini if you go, they rival Harry’s Bar in Venice!

It’s such a great location and easy walking distance to lots of other nice bars and hotels if you want to carry on celebrating as we did.

Château de La Chèvre d’Or

This fairy tale hideaway hotel holds a special place in mine and Neil’s hearts as this is where he whisked me away to and proposed to me. I feel a really affinity with France and it is definitely one of my favourite places in the world.

La Chèvre d’Or really is the most stunningly beautiful hotel and there are not enough words to describe how romantic and captivating this cliff side château is. Overlooking the Côte d’Azur in the village of Éze, the panoramic views are breathtaking. It really is sophistication and elegance itself.

The hotel restaurant has been awarded two Michelin Stars and rightly so as the food is exquisite. The cocktails are to die for. Sipping these overlooking one of the Riviera’s most ravishing settings is an experience we will treasure forever. I was too caught up to be taking photo’s but here is one of the breakfast which was just lovely.

I cannot recommend this beautiful hotel enough and we really hope to return here in the future.

The Waldorf London – Strawberry Cheesecake

I went here for lunch at the beginning of the year for a celebration with my friend and the food was delicious. We had fish and chips and strawberry cheesecake and it was like no other. Sometimes simple food is the best.

We sat in the Good Godfrey’s bar and it was such a relaxing atmosphere.

On a Friday evening when we’ve been here they have a pianist which is lovely. It’s a great place to meet for lunch and drinks that go on a little as it’s close to other nice bars if you want to carry the evening on.

I’ve been here for dinner, afternoon tea with my girls and family and lunch with cocktails and all were fab. I’ll definitely be going back again soon.