Pizza

London-Pizza

Last week I visited Swingers, a Crazy Golf Club located right next to the iconic Gherkin building in the City.
Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

I was with Steph who had kindly invited me and we were the guests of Venue Search London who have Swingers on their list of exclusive places to hire.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

Before last week I’d only held a golf club on a course in Majorca (Disney clubs for toddlers not included). And so I felt slightly wary about what to expect. Thankfully when we walked in, the crazy golf course looked more fun than intimidating …

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

… and with some bubbles to help us along the way, I had so much fun trying to putt like a pro.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

On top of the course, the buzzy atmosphere and the flowing drinks, there was also the amazing food to enjoy. Putty & Bun, Pizza Pilgrims and the newest guys on the block, Le Bab.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

In my humble opinion, Patty & Bun serve the best burgers in town.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

And upon hearing the story behind the Michelin trained founders of Le Bab, I had to try their gourmet kebab which was truly amazing. Succulent meat and so tasty.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

Sadly, I didn’t get to try the pizza and I confess have yet to try Pizza Pilgrims. But there were plenty of satisfied looks from folks who were indulging.

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

The evening flew by and as we left our clubs behind I knew this place was a winner. Recently opened in the City, it’s definitely one to try after work or to get a party of folks along to. It’s a lot of delicious fun!

Swingers The Crazy Golf Club in London

Swingers, 8 Brown’s Buildings, London EC3A 8AL

The King’s Road is a very long road and it stretches beyond World’s End until it becomes New King’s Road and leads us to Eel Brook Common, which I love. In and around this leafy area a new pizzeria has opened. It’s called Santa Maria and some folks may already know about it from its original Ealing restaurant.

Santa Maria prides itself on its traditional Neapolitan pizzas that are cooked in their wood fired oven …

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

… and it is already proving popular amongst the locals – not least because of its eye-catching interior that seems very intriguing when you’re walking past.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

I popped in for an early supper with the OH and Little Man after a visit to the playground on Eel Brook Common.

And for me, the evening started with a glass of Prosecco while …

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

… the OH poured himself a beer.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

Some of you may already know that I gave up wheat at the start of the year and because Santa Maria doesn’t serve gluten-free pizzas I thought I’d test the pizzas on two huge pizza fans when I was invited in to review.

The OH had the San Giuseppe with smoked mozzarella, rare breed Yorkshire sausage, friarielli (wild broccoli), chilli flakes and parmesan.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

And Little Man ordered his favourite: margarita pizza with mushrooms.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

Both pizzas were devoured. The OH was particularly impressed with his and Little Man took home what he couldn’t finish. The toppings looked amazing and the thin base of each pizza looked very tempting.

I ordered a few side dishes to make up my main. They included meatballs with ricotta cheese …

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

… caponata, which arrives with bread as a starter.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

And I also enjoyed a mixed salad to accompany my very tasty dishes.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

For dessert, the OH ordered a tiramisu …

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

… Little Man enjoyed (another) ice cream this weekend and …

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

… I had a lemon sorbet floating in lemoncello.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

Overall, this was a very satisfying visit. The staff were all very friendly, the interior made the restaurant somewhere you wanted to be and the food was all very good. Definitely a great spot!

Santa Maria Pizzeria, 92-94 Waterford Road, Chelsea, SW6 2HA

I feel the need to blog about my regular pizza hangout; Rossopomodoro on Fulham Road. The reason being Little Man’s second birthday which he had in the upstairs part of the restaurant last month. As a result I’ve gone from being a fan of this place to being a HUGE fan, especially of the staff.

Rossopomodoro is generally kid-friendly so it’s a great place to go for lunch or an early supper. Alternatively, later in the evening, it’s a good spot to hang out with friends too.

Rossopomodoro Chelsea on Fulham Road

When we popped in over the weekend, I started our early supper with an Aperol Spritz. When folks say they haven’t tried this cocktail, I describe it as a savoury Pimm’s. If you love Dirty Martinis, I think you might like it. Think olives.

Rossopomodoro Chelsea on Fulham Road

And when I chose Little Man’s birthday venue, I wanted the focus to be on good food as well as a fun space. There are no bouncy castles or soft play areas upstairs but there is a huge room with a great sound system and a screen to play a film in the background. We had Thomas The Tank Engine on, which went down a treat. The kids didn’t really stop to watch (thankfully) but it was good for them to see Thomas chugging away when they looked round.Rossopomodoro Chelsea on Fulham Road

As for the food, I love the pizzas here. All the kids loved the pizzas here, apparently so did the fussy ones, which made Little Man’s birthday a huge success.Rossopomodoro Chelsea on Fulham Road

This was the pizza (below) that I had on Sunday. It was the Salsiccia Friarelli with pork sausage, friarielli, smoked mozzarella and basil, which I really enjoyed.
Rossopomodoro Chelsea on Fulham Road

As well as kids’ parties upstairs, the space also has other events including Rosso Cinema and live football in Italian.Rossopomodoro Chelsea on Fulham Road

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos from the birthday party to post. But if you are looking for an event space, this place is definitely worth considering.

As for the rest of the time, maybe I’ll see you in around. As I’ve said, I love it in here.
Chelsea Girl

This wasn’t my first visit to Goat. I had initially visited it when it first opened. But for a few reasons, I didn’t feel comfortable writing a post on my experience because I’d rather say nothing than something bad.

Goat on Fulham Road, Chelsea

So I carried on, on my merry way, and hoped that the issues were teething problems. Flashforward to about a year and a half later and finally I thought, I’d better go back inside – especially given that I walk past Goat everyday.

And in short, I really enjoyed my meal.

Goat on Fulham Road, Chelsea

To start with, I had the Redcliffe Martini as a nod to the days when I used to live on Redcliffe Square. Those were the days.  😉
Goat on Fulham Road, Chelsea

OH started with the calamari fritti, which he liked whilst …Goat on Fulham Road, Chelsea

… I had the tuna tartare, avocado and wasabi mousse, which I enjoyed too.

Goat on Fulham Road, ChelseaFor main, OH had one of their tasty pizzas which was a turnaround from his initial experience. He loved it.

Goat on Fulham Road, Chelsea

I had the pan fried monkfish with asparagus risotto. I love a meaty fish and everything was cooked well.

Goat on Fulham Road, Chelsea

As for dessert, I decided to keep it liquid and have a White Negroni which sadly isn’t on the menu anymore but because it was the waitress’s favourites, I was able to try it for the first time. I love it more than I love a regular Negroni, definitely.
Goat on Fulham Road, ChelseaAll in all, we had a lovely evening. And I’m so glad now Goat is one of my locals. Most importantly, I can’t wait to try their Kids Club on Sundays, which sounds fun for both Little Man and the grown ups.

Goat on Fulham Road, Chelsea

It took me this long to return to Goat. I hope it doesn’t take me just as long to get to their upstairs bar which has a great looking cocktail menu. Win!

Goat, 333 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL

This week involved pizza at The Camden Eye; yummy heart-shaped chocolates from Rococo Chocolates on King’s Road; eyebrow threading and a manicure at Blink Brow Bar inside The Shop at Bluebird on King’s Road; dinner upstairs at the recently refurbished The White Horse pub in Parsons Green; The British Museum – one of my favourite buildings in the world; Silver Linings Playbook at Cineworld on Fulham Road (which I wholly recommend!); and trying out an iPad keyboard case from Yoshie & Nico.

What did you get up to? x

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