The Brown Cow | London

The Brown Cow
For some reason this amazing pub never made it onto OLBB. Probably because I went here before OLBB was founded and did unfortunately never come back until recently (because there was a lot to check out in between and I do not come in Fulham that often…) So well, just the kind of place that I love. It is an easy place. You’ll have a great ale at the bar while waiting for your brown wooden table with candles. The food is traditional pub food with some real good game dishes (the food is actually fantastic!). The interior is cozy but spacious. They have quite some tables and the pub is also open for brunch! 676 Fulham Road, London | +4420 7384 9559 | Tube; Parsons Green | £££ | Map | Website

Hillgate Pub | London

The Hillgate Pub Notting Hill LondonA good local pub just off Notting Hill Gate, and not touristy! I have been living in Notting Hill for a couple of years now and only discovered the Hillgate this weekend. It’s a very spacious and charming pub with quite a few outdoor tables. Although I wasn’t blown away by the food, I felt I had to post about their Snug Bar which is their semi-private room for groups of 10-20 (12 max for dinner I would say). I celebrated my birthday on Saturday afternoon and really enjoyed it. Good vibe, sweet space, easy going staff and the location is super easy for all the guests (2 mins from Notting Hill tube!) 24 Hillgate Street | +4420 7727 8566 | Website££

La Cacerola | Amsterdam

La Cacerola
This is the perfect place for romantic and intimate dinners in the heart of Amsterdam. It opened as a Spanish restaurant more than 50 years ago, and even though there have been many different owners since then and it’s now serving Brazillian barbecue inspired dishes, you can still feel that authentic atmosphere which makes the restaurant so special. It’s a very relaxed, almost homely place, and the food is amazing. I would especially recommend the picanha btw, it was delicious. The chef is super dedicated bbq-ing away upstairs and he tends to come down after dinner to have a drink with the guests. It’s that type of a place. Weteringstraat 41, Amsterdam | Halte: Leidscheplein | 020 627 93 97 | €€€ | Website

Mall Tavern | London

The Mall Tavern looks like a lovely normal gastropub but offers a really cool private dining experience; the Chef’s Table. We went last night and literally dined next to the chefs working away. It all looks and feels a little chaotic with odd props on the table and empty wine bottles everywhere but it’s definitely part of the charm. You feel as if you’ve entered through the back door… The chef is our host for the night and explains every single dish he serves. He’s really friendly, relaxed and an amazing cook. The dishes are incredibly tasty! The idea is to share everything so you can taste all. If you decide to go, make sure you skip lunch as a huge amount of food is served. Desert is a show on its own which you’ll have to go and see for yourself, I will only say it’s hillarious and involves a smoke machine 🙂 The table is perfect for 6-8 people. Price is £40 per head for food only. 71 Palace Gardens Terrace | Tube: Notting Hill Gate | 020 7229 3374 | Website | £££

chefs table

The Albion | London

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One of my favourite new places to enjoy drinks and food in the sun. This gastro pub is situated in a gorgeous part of Islington and has an amazing garden in the back as well as a terrace at the front, so you’ll have a good chance of finding a spot in the sun. We didn’t get to try the food but had a pitcher of Pimms instead. I did hear their British inspired food is good too. One of their friendly staff told me that if you book a couple of days in advance you can get a table for 10-15 people and share a whole roast together (including the roast pig on the table!). Sounds like a good plan for a summer party! I’ll definitely be back. 10 Thornhill Road, Islington | Tube: Angel | Tel: 0207 607 7450 | Website | £££

The Orange | London

The Orange brunch London

One of the best places in London to go for a lazy and boozy Sunday brunch. It has a shabby chic vibe and they serve the everything you’d hope for including a perfect Sunday Roast, typical English dishes like scotch eggs, but also soups and pizza’s. Oh and I’d definitely recommend the Bloody Mary’s! Great for groups, as you can reserve long tables. But also a good option if you’re around Sloane Square and feeling hungry. They always keep tables available for walk-ins. Dinner is fun too and prices are reasonable. 37 Pimlico Road | Tube: Sloane Square | +44(0)207881 9844 | Website | ££

The Spotted Pig | NYC

The Spotted Pig
Inspired by the English Gastro pub and looking actually quite a lot like an English pub you may wonder why I choose this place to have dinner in NYC.. Probably because I was with a group of 5, amongst which 3 VERY British guys and I thought they would appreciate this place… Well, they did…! I really liked this gastro pub; it’s super buzzing and cozy and they have a nice bar upstairs where you can wait for your table as they don’t take reservations. The whole place is covered in curiosities hanging on the walls (mainly all pigs…) and they created adjacent spaces which makes the restaurant less spacious but at the same time very cozy. I was told the Burger is amazing but didn’t have it as I already had a burger 4 hours earlier… Anyway, I choose to have mackerel as a starter and fish stew as main.. Both very good. 314 W 11th St  New York (on the corner of Greenwich St.| Underground; Christopher St – Sheridan Sq | +12126200393 | $$$ | Map | Website

Bonaparte


This is just another great pub in Notting Hill. I spent quite a lot of hours in here. The pub has a great interior. It buzzing, cozy and trendy and also a restaurant (never tried – eating is cheating). I especially like this place in the winter when it’s cozy and warm and they serve really good Mulled Wine. 
80 Chepstow Road | +442073139491 | ££ | Tube; Notting Hill Gate | Website

The Westbourne


A favorite among the Dutchies.. but also a lot of locals can be found here. Great place to go on a summer day and drink lots of Pimm’s…  I love the crowd that comes here; very Bohemian and trendy in a casual easy way.. Just Love it.  101 Westbourne Park Villas | Tube; Royal Oak or Notting Hill Gate | +442072211332 | ££ | Website

The Cow Pub


This is a great classic gastro pub. Go here for the best pint of Guinness and sea food. Great decor, atmosphere and kitchen. A real favorite among the English (Kate Moss, David Beckham and Sienna Miller). Downstairs is the pub where they serve amazing fish platters. They don’t take reservations here so it’s just a case of waiting for a table. If the weather is good they have a great outside area for drinks. Upstairs is a little more posh. Here the tables come with white table cloth and proper service. 89 Westbourne Park Road 89 |  | Tube: Notting Hill Gate | +442072210021 |£££ | Website | Map