Al Fresco


With all the beautiful weather we’ve been having (overnight thunderstorms aside), I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite al fresco places to eat.

Manicomio, not to be mistaken by Manicomio Poco which I also love, on Duke of York Square is a great spot for lunchtime in the sunshine.

Manicomio RestaurantI had lunch there recently, which I started with an obligatory glass of Prosecco.

Manicomio RestaurantWhilst the OH enjoyed his beer, he also delighted in his octopus starter.

Manicomio RestaurantAnd I ordered the yellow fin tuna crudo, which was a real treat.

Manicomio RestaurantFor our mains, the OH had Grilled Brixham monkfish ossobucco which he relished and which I had a little taste of and thought was a particularly good choice!

Manicomio RestaurantSaying that, I really didn’t have any food envy because my lobster tubetti with tomato, basil, chilli and garlic was also on another level. Just gorgeous!

Manicomio RestaurantBut our lunch wasn’t just about the food, the wine was superb. I’ve always had quite a nonchalant interest in rosé wine, great for summer but I’d never discovered any with much substance. Until now, that is. The Sancerre rosé which I tried at Manicomio had depth and flavour, it’s made me fall in love with rosés for the first time.

Manicomio RestaurantSo overall we had yet another successful lunch at Manicomio and I’m looking forward to going back!

Manicomio Chelsea, 85 Duke of York Square, London, SW3 4LY

If you follow me on Twitter, you would have seen that yesterday I was on my bike for most of the day. I was out and about at 8am, cycling to Richmond Park where I trained for my London to Brighton cycle ride which is taking place next week – and later in the afternoon, I cycled through Kensington Gardens, along Notting Hill and through Holland Park. I couldn’t get enough of my bike. The weather was just too gorgeous!

But this also meant that my body was craving carbs by early evening and I felt like having a large pizza, preferably al fresco because of the lovely evening. The first al fresco Italian that springs to mind is normally Made In Italy on the King’s Road. But there is another Made In Italy in Chelsea, located on Hollywood Road which has a back garden – and that’s where I headed to.

We sat outside where I ordered a glass of Prosecco and the bf ordered a beer.

As for the pizza, I ordered a Fra Rosario with mozzarella, tomato sauce, roasted potatoes (told you I needed carbs!), sausage, onion, capers and rosemary whilst the bf ordered a Porcini e Speck: ham and mushroom.

And we had it all! Though, I did give my crust away.

I love this corner of the world. In fact, Hollywood Road is easily one of my favourite streets in Chelsea where you also have The Hollywood Arms, Brinkley’s and now The Chelsea Day Spa!

By the end of this week, this year’s Indian Summer will be a long distance memory. But at least I have my photos!

On Saturday, it was all about park life, picnic and bubbles!

Hyde Park

And I loved cycling around in a summer dress in October!

My Bike Hero Brompton bike on loan from Bikeminded

On Sunday, I enjoyed a lovely lunch at Manicomio.

Manicomio at Duke of York Square

Admittedly, it was strange to be eating al fresco with autumn leaves falling on the table.

A glass of Rossini

A seafood pasta dish, which was accompanied by a glass of white wine.

Cheesecake - sooo good!

My initial choice was The Marketplace at Chelsea Farmers Market but it was heaving!

Marketplace at Chelsea Farmers Market

El Gaucho at Chelsea Farmers Market

Ahh, what a gorgeous start to October indeed!

Last night, I popped into Made in Italy on the King’s Road and had a late lunch or early supper on the roof terrace. I’m caught in a Catch 22 situation at the moment; the more exercise I do, the more carbs I crave. What is going on?

Though admittedly, a visit to Made in Italy never feels like a burden. And yesterday was no different.

I had the Rigatoni Mama Mia: Rigatoni with homemade meatballs, aubergines, cherry tomatoes and parmesan, which was very yummy.

The bf had the Fra Rosario pizza: Mozerella, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted potatoes, sausage, onion, capers, rosemary. Also great!

And I had just one glass of wine (pre-hols discipline again!), whilst the bf had a couple of bottles of Moretti.

If you’re heading there to make the most of the summer, buon appetito!

This afternoon I had a meeting at The Troubador and given how muggy it was I suggested that we sat in the garden. It’s been a while since I’ve sat in that garden and it reminded me of the times I used to hang out there when I lived around the corner on Redcliffe Square; drinking jugs of Pimm’s at a time.

I love The Troubador. It’s a place full of character.

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