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Pineapple, blueberry, kale & almond milk smoothie

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!

Nutribullet green juice Nutribullet green juice Pineapple, kale, blueberry and almond milk smoothie

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The Shed

“Notting Hill, despite its central location, is a dead zone for good restaurants. Well at least it was until The Shed opened its charming blue doors in October 2012.”

Goats cheese and honeySet up by Oliver and Richard Gladywn, the concept for The Shed is simple: locally sourced sustainable produce with little waste. They put together a daily-changing menu of delicious tapas-style sharing plates photowith many of the ingredients hailing from their family farm in Nutbourne, West Sussex.

The menu can be a little confusing on your first visit. ‘How big are the ‘Mouthfuls?’ ‘How many dishes should we order?’ Luckily the friendly lumberjack-shirt-wearing staff are always eager to talk you through every plate on the menu. I would recommend 3-4 dishes each if you’re not too hungry but 5 will fill you nicely if you’re ravenous!photo 2

Favourites on the current menu: Chorizo, labneh, crisp bread and kale (£8), Lamb chips with harissa (£7.5), Wood pigeon with port (£9), Veal ragu and tagliatelle (£8.5), Pan fried goats cheese (£6.5), Spatchcock quail (£8.5). The desserts are excellent if you have room.

The Shed is a truly special place taking British produce and London dining in an exciting direction. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. 8/10

The Shed Restaurant
122 Palace Gardens Terrace,
London, W8 4RT

Call: 0207 229 4024
Tweet: 
@theshed_resto
Email: info@theshed-restaurant.com

No. 11 Pimlico Road

photo“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 photoand 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!
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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


No. 11 Pimlico Road,

Belgravia,
London,
SW1W 8NA

0207 730 6784

info@no11pimlicoroad.co.uk