What were the highlights of your week? What did you get up to this weekend? x
Scallops at Aubrey Doyle, which I’ve enjoyed before.
Yet another ‘I love London’ moment earlier this week.
Ross X Bute fashion event.
Red Velvet Cupcake from The Chelsea Teapot.
Discovering Addies Thai in Earls Court, almost opposite Ping. Win!
Brunch at Carluccio’s in Kensington.
Picking up some magazines from My Fulham News – one of the only few newsagents left in Chelsea and where I bought my first issues of Just 17 and Smash Hits. These guys are local legends!
Today’s brunch from my fave chef, the bf!
Recently I returned to the Aubrey Doyle bar and restaurant, which is located in The Kensington Hotel. Since I last visited, there has been a change of menu which I was keen to try but before doing so, I first enjoyed sipping cocktails made by the wonderful Alessandro, whilst sitting at the bar.
After a couple of hours, we were led into the restaurant which I still really love. The green leather upholstered seats and the framed photos of legends I admire make this dining room such a stylish treat.
For starters, we enjoyed the rabbit terrine.
And smoked salmon starter.
As well as the scallops.
For main, we ordered the Chateaubriand which was cooked over 72 hours and then pan fried. So succulent, it was divine!
The triple cooked chips were amazing too and I loved the almond flakes touch to the broccoli.
And for dessert, the bf and I enjoyed the chocolate fondant and …
The bread and butter pudding …
At the end, we had just about room to try the cheeseboard.
The Aubrey Doyle is quite an unassuming gem in the area. When you walk through the hotel lobby, taking a left and then a right into the bar – you are greeted with a sumptuous interior. But as much as the aesthetics are impressive, so are the friendly staff who are genuinely lovely people. I also love coming here because you know you are always going to be welcomed with a smile and a really good cocktail.
The evening began with a glass of champagne on my Champagne For Life card:
And as the bf and I wondered where we were going to go for something to eat as well as the fact that we couldn’t leave without tasting the crayfish martini which The Aubrey Doyle had tweeted last week, we saw some food being delivered to a couple nearby and decided to stay put.
So I ordered the goats cheese salad, which I enjoyed:
The bf ordered the Aubrey Burger, which came with its own Kensington fries:
And we both sipped our crayfish martinis:
Mine was made from vodka and the bf’s gin. To taste a vodka soaked crayfish was divine. If you like savoury martinis, this one’s worth trying.
The whole evening was such a lovely end to the weekend. Just nice and chilled with some bubbles, a good martini and some good food. Bliss.
I also want to thank the team at The Kensington Hotel for supporting me and my blog this year and for feeding me many amazing cocktails. Thanks so much guys and wishing you all a very merry Christmas! xox