Sunday, 8 December 2013

Ape & Bird

I visited Ape & Bird this week - Russell Norman's (Polpo) first pub!

I loved everything about it. The bar area, the ground floor dining room, and the sultry downstairs cocktail 'Den'.

I had a delish 'Damson Sour' cocktail when I arrived, waiting for my pals.

The lighting was just right throughout (very important) and the multi-coloured fairy lights in the windows were there to stay, as confirmed by Russell himself who was there as we were leaving. He seems like such a genuinely nice bloke!

Here's what we ate:

Blood pudding hash, sprouts & poached egg
Pig trotter Scotch egg with celeriac fries
Penny buns, squash and roasted garlic (my favourite dish and pictured above)
Winter chowder, Scottish mussels & black cabbage
Wild mushroom & chestnut cottage pie (Bec's main. See her blog for a verdict)
Cheeseburger (Paul's main)

The mussels were a bit too cold for my liking and tasteless in the chowder (I prefer it when they are cooked in sauce) but everything else was really enjoyable. 

We washed it all down with a couple of bottles of very nice Pinot Noir.

The whole evening was great fun (thanks in part to exceptional company) and a definite highlight of my week. I skipped off a little tipsily to the tube feeling festive. I just hope it doesn't get completely rammed once the PR machine is in full swing as we luckily visited during the first week of opening.

Keep up the good work Russell. ;)

Thursday, 5 December 2013

One of my favourite #52StanleyThursdays of the year.

Ayla & Stan.

Tower Hamlets Mums Website

Sorry for the silence.

I have been working on a very exciting project.

A website.

A website for mums!

A website for mums in the wonderful borough of Tower Hamlets.

Not heard of Tower Hamlets? Bethnal Green, Columbia Road, Spitalfields, Brick Lane, Canary Wharf, - yup they're all to be found in the brilliant borough. is an online magazine covering local schools, nurseries, shopping, dining, services and activities for parents and children in Tower Hamlets and surrounding areas.

Please do visit and have a read and sign up to receive monthly newsletters filled with news and competitions.

There is also a THMs card offering our members discounts and money off at participating partner venues and stores.

Hope you can come and check out the website soon:

Jo xxx

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