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Today’s piece is brought to you by my very good friend and one of my favourite people to eat out in London with, Becca. You may have spotted her in some of my Ibiza photos, but today she’s talking about one of our other favourite topics: food!
Despite the pollution, crowds and the daily battle for a seat on the tube, London has had my heart for the last four years. As the famous saying goes, “a bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else”. There is just so much to do, so much to see and – most importantly – so much to EAT.
And right now restaurant booking service Bookatable are offering set menus at some of the city’s gourmet hotspots with food inspired by London itself.
Whether you’re craving exotic flavours, dinner with a view of the city, local pub grub or even Michelin Star rated cuisine – Bookatable’s ‘Feast on London’ has you covered. Some offer three courses for as little as £25 per person, which means it is now affordable to eat your way around the capital.
Stepping into Town House at The Kensington Hotel
I headed to the recently refurbished Town House at The Kensington Hotel for some traditional British food.
Located on a quiet street in the heart of South Kensington, with a discreet entrance, Town House describes itself as “a home away from home”. The ambience certainly matched this description because I felt like I just stepped into a friend’s home – albeit a sophisticated one.
The decor was unfussy with period rooms, wood panelling, glass vases – English to a T. The menu was a similarly casual affair, with no pretentiousness or small portions here!
Town House focuses on fresh seasonal produce and quality. The set menu consisted of recognisable British classics, from pie to fish and chips, making it a great option for a traveller looking for a taste of local food.
The waiter made us feel so welcome. He was friendly and attentive but left us alone long enough so we could have a good gossip.
My friend and I enjoyed a leisurely dinner of three courses washed down with a glass of Ridgeview ‘Cavendish’ Brut, all for £35 each.
To start I had ‘ham hock terrine’, which came with a tangy chutney and toasted brioche, followed by London Pride’ pie & mash, a delicious upmarket take on shepherd’s pie with a rich sauce.
My friend chose the traditional fish and chips, served with pea puree and tartar sauce. Judging by how quickly she cleared her plate, I would call it a success.
If you were looking for something lighter, Town House offer a seasonal risotto that is suitable for vegans. In fact, there was a vegan option available for every course, which can’t be said for every classic British restaurant.
Finally, the dessert deserves a special mention: the two of us enjoyed our Eton Mess and admitted we did not want it to end!
Eating at Town House
We visited in the evening but Town house is open all day, too. The cosy atmosphere makes me think it would be the ideal place to while away an afternoon with a novel.
What I love is that this is not somewhere I would have found on my own. Not only did I experience a part of London away from my regular haunts, but I also got to dine in a stylish hotel.
Available until the end of April, check out Townhouse’s Feast of London menu for the definition of British food with a luxury feel. Or browse the other menus on offer. Your biggest dilemma will be how to choose!