The mornings are getting brighter, the evenings are getting lighter and this is my favourite time of year! I’ve filled my fridge full of yummy fruit and veg which makes it easy to whiz up a smoothie, which is just what I crave on a sunny Saturday.
Today, I threw half a small pineapple, a handful of kale, a handful of blueberries and a large splash of almond milk into my NutriBullet and made the below in under a minute. Et voila!
“A unique and magical place: a forest inhabited by strange trees, gnomes and other unexpected creatures.”
A bar attached to a wax work museum wouldn’t be my first choice. Isn’t that like going to the café at Madam Tussaud’s? But the description on the website of El Bosc de Les Fades is too bizarre to ignore. I had to see what this weird and wonderful drinking grotto was all about.
My adventure started an hour before I even got to the bar, as I couldn’t find it. I walked around Las Ramblas asking for ‘el bar en el bosque’ which didn’t get me very far. Perhaps it was my rusty spanish… Someone eventually pointed in the direction of the wax museum and led me to the woodland themed bar. Decorated with paper lanterns, trees, mini waterfalls, fairy lights, mirrors and the occasional creepy waxwork, El Bosc de Les Fades is certainly unique! Go for a caipirinha or two as the cocktails are pretty good here. It gets very busy after 8pm. 7.5/10
El Bosc de Les Fades,
Passatge Banca 5, Barcelona, Spain(El Barri Gòtic)
There’s a magical feeling about May weekday evenings in Soho. As creatives and business types spill out of their offices and onto the sun-soaked streets, bars and restaurants in Soho are in their element. One of my favourite places to get a drink, and a good spot on the cobbled streets is at Fernandez & Wells on Lexington Street.
The place is small, so you’ll be lucky to get a seat after 6pm. But the tapas and drinks are so good, it’s worth clinging onto the end of the bar for their parma ham. In fact everything there is delicious, but my favourite bar snack is the chorizo and manchego cheese served with crusty bread and olive oil. 9/10
Fernandez & Wells 43 Lexington Street
“I was taken to No. 11 as a surprise, and what a lovely little surprise it was.”
I wasn’t sure what to expect from a local gastropub in Pimlico, but the atmosphere at No. 11 Pimlico Road is just perfect, the whimsical fairy lights and candles contrasting with the contemporary furniture and tiled walls. This is the kind of place where Alice in Wonderland might stop by for a Rhubarb and ginger pudding or some Banana ice cream (both on the menu).
The sharing platters to start lend themselves well to groups who like to try a bit of everything on the menu. I could have ordered all of them! We had Crispy peppered squid with parsley and garlic aioli (lightly battered and very tasty) with a Potted mackerel pate and amazingly thinly cut rye crisps. A bottle of Picpoul de Pinet was the perfect accompaniment – definitely the LAST bottle of wine I drink until after the marathon!
Although the waitress advised me to try their ‘excellent’ burgers, I’m pleased I chose the Sea Bass with cauliflower puree, wild mushrooms, tenderstem broccoli and crisp potato hash. This was delicious but the potato hash was a bit on the crispy side. I also tried the Chicken schnitzel with home made remoulade and fries, which was perfectly tasty. I’ve read negative reviews about the service here, but our waitress was lovely albeit not very attentive. Perhaps they are understaffed? The atmosphere really is lovely and I would definitely return here for drinks and nibbles if I was in the area. 6/10