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There’s a new’ish restaurant in Chelsea that I’m excited about. It’s The World’s End Market which I’d looked into a few times before visiting and have always seen a good buzz in the evening. Curious, I had it on my list of places to check out. But before I could organise myself, Fiona from London Unattached kindly invited me to go along with her for lunch and review it.

Neither of us were disappointed.

The World's End Market

Inside, the interior stays true to the pub features of the original building which is a great thing. I’ve visited this venue over several years and its style has always changed but this is the first time in a long while since it actually feels authentic.

Bright and spacious during the day, this is a great lunchtime spot. Fiona and I were the first people to arrive (always great for photos) and by the time we left, this space was lively and filling up with folks lunching.
The World's End Market

And for foodies, there’s plenty of food porn to ogle at.The World's End Market

The menu itself is impressive and it took Fiona and I a short while before we could actually decide on what to have. The World's End Market

A glass of Prosecco always helps. 😉

The World's End Market

For starter, I chose and very much enjoyed the tuna tartare with a poached egg on top. The fish was wonderfully fresh and meaty, it made me realise how rare it is to find good seafood when dining out. You really have to seek it out.
The World's End Market

Fiona had the salmon carpaccio with horseradish, shallots, lemon and truffle oil, which I had a taste of and it was equally as fresh and flavoursome. Top marks. The World's End Market

For main, I had the skate wing which is the best I’ve had in a long while. Tasty and meaty, the skate arrived dressed in lemon caper butter with a salsa verde on the side; and there really wasn’t much left after I’d finished with it. The World's End Market

Fiona sang the praises of her lovely fillet steak. (Here’s Fiona’s review for the full low-down.)The World's End Market

And for dessert, I thought given that it was Shrove Tuesday and I was preparing to give up a couple of treats for Lent (I’ve already failed on the added sugar attempt), I thought I’d dive in and go for a slice of red velvet cake with my soya flat white. That was my excuse anyway. 😉

The World's End Market

Fiona had the chocolate fondant, which looked like a great way to polish off a meal. Slight food envy there.
The World's End Market

It goes without saying that I’ll be back. The burgers look fantastic (Truffle Burger, anyone?) and I think this would be a good spot for breakfast too; not to mention the cocktails. So much to choose from, I’m just pleased The World’s End Market is so close by.

The World's End MarketThe World’s End Market, 459 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LR

Thank you Fiona for inviting me and to JPR Media for arranging our review.

Chelsea Girl

As the temperature starts to dip and winter nips at our ankles, I can’t help but think back to Bumpkin’s winter menu tasting and feel warm inside. Bumpkin Winter Menu

Except, our evening didn’t take place inside but outside in Bumpkin’s beautiful garden with pretty lights and a welcoming warm ambiance.

The warmth also came from a couple of delicious cocktails which kicked off the evening. This one here is the Plum Pudding, which includes fresh plum, plum liquor, Vanilla Vodka and Disarono Amaretto. It was heavenly and so I took my time with each sip to savour the flavours. Bumpkin Winter Menu

For my starter, I had the Sloe Gin Salmon with English caviar and cucumber which I very much enjoyed.

Bumpkin Winter Menu

And for my main I had the Highland Venison, Savoy cabbage, crispy bacon and game chips which was tasty all over. I tend to fear that food envy may strike me at any point but during this evening, I was very happy with my choice.

Bumpkin Winter Menu I was also pleased with the mac and cheese, which I’m sure I’ve already written somewhere that I don’t normally order. But if it’s there on the table, in front of me, how could I resist? 😉 Bumpkin’s mac and cheese is definitely worth trying, for the record.Mac

Bumpkin Winter MenuAlong with my main, I enjoyed a glass or few of this lovely Pinot Noir. I wish I could wax lyrical about the merits of this fine bottle of wine but sadly for my limited knowledge, the sound of my tastebuds doing a fine dance was too loud for me to take in any of the sommelier’s expertise.
Bumpkin Winter MenuAs for the other dishes on the table, they included this fine looking burger … which apparently passed The Mayfairy test.

Bumpkin Winter Menu

These scallops, which were available as a starter or main, almost triggered my food envy … Bumpkin Winter Menu… as did this Salmon Wellington.

Bumpkin Winter Menu

To complete the meal, I thought I’d end on a cocktail note and so I ordered this Apple Crumble, which included 8 Pampero Rum shaken with apple juice and butterscotch schnapps. It was so good and it felt like I was sipping a dessert …

Bumpkin Winter Menu

… but of course, I couldn’t resist pudding itself and so I tried this Warm Vanilla Sponge with gooseberry jam and toasted almond ice cream.

Bumpkin Winter MenuThe evening was delicious and the company was divine. And yet again I left Bumpkin with that warm feeling inside.

BUMPKIN CHELSEA, 119 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NR.

I attended a bloggers dinner at Bumpkin. My words are all true. The dinner and drinks were delicious. 

Bumpkin has launched its summer menu and last week I went along to a bloggers dinner at their Notting Hill restaurant to have a taste.

Bumpkin Notting HillIt was my first time here and given that I had already visited the Chelsea and South Kensington restaurants, I thought I knew what to expect. What I hadn’t anticipated was that Bumpkin Notting Hill was not only a lot bigger but it also oozed personality, something different, on each floor.

From private dining rooms to larger function rooms, there was an eclectic mix of styles which I absolutely loved …

Bumpkin Notting Hill

Bumpkin Notting Hill

Bumpkin Notting HillAnd of course, there was downstairs which was very busy. Around our table, there were six of us: Sunny in London, Adventures of a London Kiwi, Selena The Places, Love and LondonUrban Pixxels and myself.

Bumpkin Notting Hill

Bumpkin Notting HillThe evening started with cocktails. Think blackberries and Jack Daniels. Not something I’d ever thought about but what a delicious mix and of course refreshing.

Bumpkin Notting HillBumpkin has a cocktail of the day which is definitely worth asking about when you’re there, especially if you like to be pleasantly surprised.

As for the food, I had the scallops for starter with a matching glass of wine.

Bumpkin Notting HillFor my main, I had the slow cooked pork belly with apple celeriac salad and piccallili which I loved.

Bumpkin Notting Hill

And easily the best part of the evening, for dessert I had the baked vanilla custard with poached rhubarb and hazelnut crumble. I can’t stop thinking about this dish, it is that good. And what I wouldn’t give to have it right in front of me, right now.

Bumpkin Notting HillThere were times when most of us ordered the same dishes and there were times I experienced food envy, such as with the roast monkfish and mussels in a light curry cream sauce, to my right.

Bumpkin Notting HillBut overall it was a very satisfying evening, full of flavours and surrounded by fabulous company. The main dining room’s atmosphere was very relaxed and yet animated: a great way to spend any evening I must say.

Bumpkin, 209 Westbourne Park Road, London, W11 1 EA.

London is fast becoming exciting when it comes to healthy choices when eating out. And when the healthier options are available at a favourite local, event better.

This local is Bumpkin; be it on Sydney Street or in South Kensington, which has a brand new guilt-free menu.

Bumpkin Created with Julie Montagu, this menu includes four hydraulic cold press juices:

The Lean Green Machine has green kale, tenderstem broccoli, watercress, Cox apple, lemon, lime, spirulina and a pinch of ginger, whilst the Carrot Digestif includes carrots, oranges, celery and curly parsley.

Don’t Beet Around The Bush is made from beetroot, pear, blueberries, Cox apple, acai berries and lime – and the Bloody Berry has red pepper, yellow pepper, rhubarb, oranges, green kale and goji berries.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsEach of the juices has its own benefits that could make you feel good on a hangover, post-gym or just in general. And as for taste, they’re great. The Bloody Berry was the most unusual of the selection and as a result, the one I enjoyed the most.

After tasting the juices, I opted for the green kale and spinach soup which came with organic quinoa and seven seed pancakes. You may have read in a previous post a year or two ago about how frustrated I was that there wasn’t much quinoa in London restaurants. Well, flashforward to today and it looks like we’re finally catching up with New York where I was eating quinoa over ten years ago.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsFor starter, the OH opted for ribs. He’s got this thing for ribs at the moment and when it came to Bumpkin’s, (in his words), they were really succulent and fall-off-the-bone. They were really good.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsFor main, we moved to the salads. Mine was as a result of the Good Healthy Combinations that is available on the menu. I chose chicken to go with the braised celery, green lentil, wild, mushrooms, granola clusters and chestnuts …

Bumpkin Healthy Options… whilst the OH opted for prawns to go with malt glazed allotment carrots, roasted hazelnuts, pearl barley and spirulina salad, topped with goji berries, bee pollen and a sesame dressing.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsWe’re both fans of warm salads and were impressed with both our choices. I particularly loved the granola clusters in mine as they added a surprise burst of texture to my dish.

But of course, with all this guilt-free dining, it would be a sin to not taste Bumpkin’s Bloody Mary – which is so good, by the way.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsAnd if you are looking for a cocktail to order, then I recommend the British Martini: Gin, fresh berries and lemon. It is so smooth and delicious. You can be forgiven for wanting to order another.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsI like this direction which Bumpkin has taken because it now has choices for every mood or lifestyle and if you’re like me, you can always mix them up a bit for a bit of guilt-free pleasure.

Disclaimer: The lunch for two was complimentary for the purpose of the review. But this did not affect my opinion. If you give this new menu a go – or the cocktails for that matter – you’ll see why.

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