30 Hours in Dublin

Hi there! Can’t believe I’m finally writing again the first post of 2020!

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to Dublin, flying in on the Saturday morning and leaving Sunday afternoon. We managed to pack a lot in a small amount of time so I wanted to do a quick round up of our short but sweet trip.

Firstly, we were SO lucky with the weather. And secondly, when having a small amount of time in a city – research before you go! That and speaking to our incredibly friendly taxi drivers meant we had several recommendations of where to go, which helped to narrow down where to eat/drink as in Dublin there’s a lot on offer.

We started at The Hole in the Wall which is the such a cosy pub, which also had their Christmas decorations up, which made it look incredible. Not only that but the food was fab too, Guinness bread and smoked salmon sandwich with a side of Irish gin sorted me out straight away.

Next we headed to r.i.o.t which is a pub/bar that sits right on the edge of the Temple Bar area. Three whiskey and apples down it was a perfect spot to sit and drink with pals, their selection of Irish beers and cocktails were a treat.

After several cocktails we headed to Brother Hubbard for dinner and chose the sharing menu which was a delight of a Mediterranean mezzo sharer selection (never enjoyed beetroot hummus so much but seriously, it was delicious). Followed by Persian fish stew which I wolfed down quicker than I could take a good picture.

We finished off the night in the Church bar and restaurant, which is as the name suggests, a bar and restaurant set in an old church. For more drinks and baby Guinness’.

The next morning led us on an unexpected walk down to Ryleigh’s bar which I had booked in advance, lured in by it’s rooftop views and brunch menu. I didn’t realise it was slightly outside the main part of the city but it meant we walked along the river and enjoyed the views of the clear and sunny day.

Ryleigh’s was a treat of a restaurant and the interiors were seriously dreamy. I hadn’t realised it was set on top of a hotel which also looked amazing, so if you’re considering a hotel to stay at in Dublin I’d definitely look at staying.

With a few hours left to enjoy in Dublin we hopped in a cab (seriously, Dublin taxi drivers are the best) and headed to the Long Hall pub. Where we were promised an old school, Irish pub where we could sit, chat and drink Guinness.

And that’s it, a short but sweet round up pc our time in Dublin. Safe to say I’d love to go back – which is always a great sign of a holiday right?

More Dublin posts will be coming to the pub soon, but safe to say this trip has ignited an urge to visit several more cities on short weekend breaks throughout the year. If you have any suggestions, please let me know ASAP!

Thanks for reading x

2019

Happy New Years! To all of you who are reading this as it’s been posted, and to all of you reading in the future – I hope 2020 is treating you well?!

After unintentionally taking a break from the blog for a few months – life has honesty just ran away with me – it feels good to be writing again, and what better to get it all out than looking back on pretty great year!

For the past few years now I’ve written up these round up posts, (like here and here), and even if no-one else is reading them, I love having them to look back on. So without further ado, I’ve a little travel round up of 2019 below:

Australia – February 2019

This was *the* trip I had been planning for pretty much all of 2018 (we actually booked the first part of the trip back in Jan 2018) so it had been a long time coming. We travelled around Australia, visiting as many territories as possible. After starting in Melbourne, we flew to Adelaide to visit my family, before travelling to Sydney – including a stay at Bondi Beach. We then ventured on to Byron Bay and Brisbane before finishing the trip at the Whitsundays.

It truly was a taste of everything in the space of three weeks, we stayed in a lot of different spots, and had such a brilliant time. It’s hard to pick a highlight of the trip, but we did really love our time on Bondi Beach, and if we were ever to return to Australia I think that’s where we’d head first!

Norfolk Broads – March 2019

I couldn’t write about this year without mentioning one of my favourite places, the Norfolk Broads. Booked on a whim as I was searching through Secret Escapes and found a night stay at The Norfolk Mead, with dinner, drinks and breakfast all included.

I would definitely recommend a trip there, as it was so cosy and welcoming. The Broads are such a lovely place to explore, whether you have a boat or not!

Chicago – April 2019

I still can’t believe we went to Chicago this year, as this one was definitely booked last minute for my birthday, as we were both so shocked at how cheap the flights were (£240 return, and then we found a bargain in the Freehand Chicago on Secret Escapes)

I went there with low expectations, not for Chicago, but as I had barely any time to plan or prepare for the trip. Safe to say, we had a great time. We experienced some traditional Chicago deep dish pizza, live Blues music, we cycled down the lakeside to the planetarium steps and of course visited ‘The Bean’ several times. We had the best time trying out the batting cages at Wrigley’s bar, and of course sampled plenty of variations of frozen Margaritas. It was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had!

New York – May 2019

Two trips to America in two months is certainly indulgent, and I can’t believe I got to visit New York – one of my favourite places – again this year. I took my mum and sister (again on another bargain ride, £260 return with BA) and had an incredible time showing them some of my favourite spots.

I was very lucky they both allowed me to plan the itinerary for our trip, so I had planned out a rough idea for each day and they were happy to go along with the ride and enjoy themselves! We ate a lot, we spent time walking everywhere, from the Brooklyn Bridge at dawn to Central Park on a lazy Sunday with no plans but to walk and enjoy the view.

I of course took them to all my favourite rooftop bars, and tried out more (for the research of course) and whilst we were there we ticked a goal off my mum’s list, by bridal shopping at Kleinfeld’s.

Glastonbury – June 2019

Ah, my sixth Glastonbury! I’m so lucky to say this was my sixth time – and sadly it’ll be my last for a while as I won’t be heading there this year (as I have some exciting plans, more on those later…)

I feel like every year I return to Glastonbury it becomes my favourite year, and this time it was no different. I had such  a wonderful time – even in the heatwave, and I have to return one day!

Secondigny – July 2019

I’ve written about the area of Secondigny a few years ago, as my parents have a house there and we’re lucky enough to visit every now and then. This year we chose to fly out for a long weekend over Bastille Day celebrations, which was so fun and a real treat to experience.

I love a lot of things about France, but the food has to be the top of the list – stick my in a French supermarket and I can stay for days. I ate so much incredible food (and drank a lot of wine..) during our weekend there, and it’s one of the reasons I always want to return!

Cornwall – September 2019

And at last but not least, our final trip of the year and it was on home turf! My fiancé and I had toyed with the idea of going on a camping trip, and decided to finally commit at the end of this Summer.

I’ve always wanted to visit Cornwall, and our camping trip meant we got to experience different parts in one holiday – packing up the tent in the car and driving to the other side! There were so many highlights of the trip, but camping on the hill at Polzeath with the view of the surfers was a brilliant place to stay. I also absolutely loved our day trip to Mousehole, as it was so empty and cute it felt like a little area of Cornwall to ourselves.

Ah, WHAT A YEAR! One of my favourite things about 2019 is how half of the travel listed above wasn’t even in my mind this time last year! So glad I got the chance to travel so much this year, and will definitely be trying more spontaneous travel trips this year!

Next up I have a weekend way in Dublin, before my Italy trip honeymoon later in the year. And who knows what else!

Happy New Year everyone, and thanks for reading! xx

Mousehole

Not pronounced how you’d imagine, Mousehoule (mouz-hul) is a beautiful spot near to Penzane, sitting right on the edge of the water.

We found it purely by accident as we hired bikes from Penzance to cycle along the coast and initially thought we’d stop at Newlyn but found most spots to be closed (its was Sunday after all).

If you are visiting Newlyn then we were recommended the Duke Street Cafe and the Mackerel Sky Seafood bar. If it were another day and another time we would’ve definitely stopped by as they certainly looked great on our cycle past.

Anyway, if you find yourself in Mousehole I would definitely recommend a visit to the Rockpool cafe. It’s tucked away at the bottom of a carpark and right on the edge of the cliff that looks down at the rockpools below (you get the name now right?).

The cafe is a cute little spot which serves up either Cornish cream teas or more substantial lunches such as Cornish Crab sandwiches or Cornish mackerel pate. Personally, I tucked into an Aperol spritz and a mackerel pate dish and it was incredible. Not only that but we came back the following day for a Cream Tea (you really can’t beat that view!) and I managed to indulge in a proper Cornish dish – even if I apparently put the cream on first incorrectly – it’s the better option in my opinion!

Once you’ve filled up on all the Cornish cuisine Mousehole is definitely worth an explore by foot (not by car, the roads are tiny and I’d definitely recommend sticking to foot and bike). It’s a beautiful seaside village that may appear tiny but has it’s own little beach and plenty of spots to stop for a drink or a scone.

More posts on Cornwall will be coming to the blog soon but in the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

Thanks for reading x

Porthleven

When I started planning our Cornish adventure I really didn’t think I’d be writing about Porthleven as it wasn’t even on our to-do list of spots to visit, but here I am! As our campsite was nearby the main town we could access was Porthleven so we found ourselves coming back several times.

Whether it’s seafood, wine or oven baked pizza you’re after, then Porthleven is a great spot to try. Our first venture was to grab some takeaway pizzas from the town to enjoy by our campfire, and luckily we stumbled across The Corner Deli which is a brilliant little spot for some incredible wood fired pizza or to pick up some Cornish delicacies – and by delicacies I meant Cornish gin and garlic mayonnaise.

If you’re after a trip to a beach that feels like you’re on the Mediterranean then Porthleven is certainly a great bet, as we happened to visit on a pretty good, Sunny day and it felt like we were properly abroad. Even if you don’t fancy a dip there are large concrete steps right at the beachfront which are a handy spot to sit with a book.

Some other spots to mention in Porthlevn are Amelies where we enjoyed a really love two course meal on our final evening. Or The Ship Inn which is a little, unassuming pub until you walk through the door and find a very colourful and busy bar with cosy tables and great views of the port.

Another pub to try is The Harbour Inn, across the other side of the port and a great spot with outdoor seating right next to the boats. Another thing to mention is they show live football with small screens on the pumps so you can still watch the game when you turn round to buy a drink, madness. Whereas we didn’t visit either spot we were recommended both the Kota Kai and Kota restaurants which are owned by a New Zealand man which incorporate New Zealand and Thai influences on local seafood dishes. If they weren’t closed (it was a Monday after all) then we would have definitely gone to try there.

I think especially as we were so lucky with some gorgeous weather it really made the place seem beautiful, and because it’s so quiet you really feel like you’ve got the sleepy little spot all to yourself.

More posts on Cornwall will be coming to the blog soon but in the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

Thanks for reading x

St Ives

St Ives certainly isn’t the capital of Cornwall, but it’s the places most people would mention when I spoke about our Cornish adventure. And I can certainly see why, as it’s an idyllic little village right on the coast. There are sandy beaches and plenty of spots to eat which makes it a brilliant place to visit, or stay at.

If you’re looking to visit Cornwall then St Ives is certainly a great spot to start. It’s a  beautiful town with little shops and cafes lining the port where you can grab a coffee or a Cornish pasty and go and sit in the sand. All I’ll say is be careful of the seagulls…

It’s easy to hear and laugh at that warning, as I did, but after ordering a scoop of Vanilla Kelly’s Cornish ice cream and tried to enjoy it by the pier but a seagull swooped in and comically made off with the scoop before I could even have a lick. So, like I said, be careful of the seagulls…

Whereas I didn’t have the chance to eat at St Ives I was recommended the Rum and Crab Shack which, looking at the menu, looks like a brilliant spot to enjoy some Cornish rum and crab! I did grab a coffee from Pels of St Ives and can confirm the Cornish Pasties on offer there looked absolutely huge. 

It’s such a shame the clouds were out on our visit as it gives these pictures a bit of a gloomy vibe, but St Ives is anything but that. As we were there on a Saturday afternoon the place was bustling with tourists, and small children playing on the beach.

If (actually, when!) I return to Cornwall I’ll make more time to stay in St Ives as it seems like a spot that would be gorgeous to stay at, especially in better weather.

More posts on Cornwall will be coming to the blog soon but in the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

Thanks for reading x

 

Padstow and Rock

I don’t think I’ve ever recommended two spots in one go on this website, but here we go – Padstow and Rock, perfect spots in Cornwall to be enjoyed on their own, but even better when you connect the two.

On our most recent trip we took the 1.2 hour walk from Polzeath to Rock along the cliff front, taking in the incredible views of the Cornish coast on our route. When we arrived at Rock we hopped on the connecting ferry to Padstow with a return ticket.

Padstow is quite infamous as a little village in Cornwall, being the home of Rick Stein’s restaurants and cookery school after all. There’s plenty of spots to stop for a drink or a Cornish pasty, or even a small (ahem) bag of Cornish fudge.

Personally I wanted to give Stein’s Fish and Chips a try seeing as I’m a huge fan of his television shows. Luckily the food served up was really tasty, albeit quite pricey. Safe to say though, I’ve never been to a fish and chip shop and been encouraged to have a glass of prosecco to accompany my cod and chips, and I have to admit I certainly enjoyed that part. My partner ordered the battered mackerel and I can confirm it was delicious, with a side of aioli as well which put it top of my estimations.

After lunch it was time to explore the village, and if it weren’t for the rain we would’ve definitely stuck around for longer, perhaps enjoying a Cornish ice cream whilst at it. We did stop by a Cornish fudge shop, obviously enticed by the smell, and picked up some Rum and Raisin, just in case we were peckish on the walk back.

We then headed back to Rock on the boat, which is certainly quieter than Padstow, but that shouldn’t put you off as it’s a great way to enjoy the view of the bay in a quieter setting. Rock isn’t as chock-a-block with spots to sit and eat or drink, but we found somewhere that allowed us to have a drink and look across to Padstow where we’d jus been.

If you haven’t been worn out by the boat ride, the fish and chips or the fudge, then have a go at walking along the coast towards Polzeath to enjoy the view.

More posts on Cornwall will be coming to the blog soon but in the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

Thanks for reading x

Polzeath

Forget the ‘surfing capital’ of Cornwall – Newquay – and pack up your surfboard and head to peaceful Polzeath instead. The town located just above Padstow is a perfect little haven to enjoy a surf (or in my case… body-board) and still enjoy the laid-back Cornish lifestyle.

Being such a surf haven, you can’t miss all the surf rental spots dotted around the town where you can hire a board or a wetsuit and try giving the waves a go yourself. and if you’re a complete beginner you can of course sign up for surf lessons too.

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If water based actives aren’t you’re thing then luckily the beach itself is a tranquil spot to pitch up (with a wind break of course…). I’d say bring a book but you won’t need it, watching all the surfers ride the waves is entertainment that lasts for hours. And I mean hours, die hard surfers in Polzeath are there from the crack of dawn until the late evening.

Whether you’ve had a dip in the Cornish waves or not, there’s plenty of options to rest and enjoy something to eat and drink. Two spots in particular I’d recommend both have brilliant views of the beach and Cornish cuisine to offer.

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Firstly, The Cracking Crab is a great spot that is located right on the top of the hill with brilliant views over the beach – especially if you set up shop in their outdoor area. The inside is just as good as the vibe is very similar to a Greek Taverna, with friendly staff and absolutely huge portions to tuck into. When visiting we decided to order the seafood platter and were greeted with an entire crab, mussels, prawns, calamari and a side of fries – just in case we weren’t full enough. Along with a sand castle bucket ready to be filled with everything we could have. The food was incredibly tasty but the experience was really enjoyable – especially for me as it was my first attempt at cracking a crab, with red claw crackers and all.

If you’re after somewhere more low-key I would also recommend The Waterfront, which is as the name implies, right at the edge of the beach. You have a great view of the ocean and of all the surf stalls and surfers running out to the waves. When there I tucked into a big bowl of Cornish mussels and they were absolutely delicious. I would definitely recommend this spot, especially if you have good enough weather to enjoy the outdoor platform which has a brilliant view.

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If you’re a fan of surfing, or just sitting back and enjoying the breeze whilst everyone catches the waves, then Polzeath is for you. It’s the perfect size and with it’s laid back atmosphere it’s a brilliant spot to soak up Cornwall.

If you’re off to Cornwall anytime soon I’d definitely add Polzeath to your list of to-go spots. I’ve got plenty of Cornwall content coming up as luckily enough we spent our time there beach-hopping. In the meantime check out my Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

Thanks for reading x

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Camping On A Budget

Camping is synonymous with most as a ‘budget holiday’, and it certainly makes a great alternative trip if you’re after a change. After giving it a go this year on our own (read: with our own transport and kit etc) I wanted to see how ‘budget’ it really could be.

So, below is a little packing list we used for a two-people trip. The items in bold had to be bought and I’ll explain further! If you’re planning a similar trip soon I hope the below comes in handy…

Campings Chairs x 2 – We already had these as we use them for garden furniture (lol). But you can get 2 for £8 in Tesco which is a pretty great bargain. Our camping neighbours had these incredible, inflatable armchairs and if I see them in the ALDI Specialbuys section then I will be all over them.

Tent & ground sheet – We bought a ‘4 person’ (they’re never for 4 people are they’ tent from Decathlon. It was a great tent and the size was impressive for the cost. It was super easy to put up and then pack down again! It didn’t come with a groundsheet so we used one bought from Poundland which was absolutely fine and worked a treat.

Mattress + Pump – We already owned this and it is an essential for a good night sleep. I don’t usually do that for Glastonbury but lordy it makes such a difference

Sleeping Bag x 2 – We already owned these but my tip would be to buy the cheap, wide sleeping bags and not the slim ‘mummy’ sleeping bags. That is if you like to starfish and move around.

Bed sheet – Essential if you have a plastic mattress or you’ll be sliding around like you’re on a water slide.

Pillow x 2 – We just used our own as nothing beats a normal pillow. If you’re packing light then you can also get inflatable pillows.

Camping stove – The cheapest Decathlon would sell and worked a treat! Would recommend if you’re a camping beginner as it’s pretty easy to use and large enough to hold a pan.

Gas canisterOnly £2 for one at Decathlon and lasted us a weekend break. Which for us was two meals and three kettle heat-ups and we still had some left.

Cooking Set – The stackable sets from Decathlon we’re an absolute treat. Very handy not only to pack but also to keep together in the tent as they all handily slot together.

Cool Bag – An absolute essential if you plan on cooking for yourself. We brought bacon, milk, eggs and butter. We have ice blocks already but we also used a giant ice block we were given from a free Hello Fresh box. Seriously, if you get those – keep hold of them!

Thermos – essential for tea drinkers. We would heat up water and store most of it in the thermos for later-on teas.

Mug x 2 – You can buy camping mugs but we just brought ours from home that we wouldn’t be upset about cracking.

Tumbler x 2 – Pack of 4 bought from Sainsbury’s for summer picnics came in handy for drinks and also scrambled egg prep!

Our Food shopping list was essentially, Bread rolls, Bacon, Butter, Eggs, Milk, Tea bags, Crisps, Wine + Beer. On the first day we also picked up some instant ramen as we thought we might have dinner at the pub and then were too full from lunch at the pub (lol).

If you’re going camping for longer you might want to bring less perishables and more dry food. On our next trip we’ll be bringing food we’ve already cooked and reheating it!!

Extra Bits

Lighter – If your campsite has campfires definitely give them a go! They make such a difference.

Washing up Liquid, Washing up bowl, Tea towel. If you’re cooking for more than one meal this is essential as without the right tools the cooking can stick to the pan. Scrambled eggs for example…

And if you’re with me after all of that, below are the three things we’d buy for when we go again:

Table – To keep the cooker still! And in case of bad weather, a great place to play cards.

Kettle – For when you burn scrambled eggs to the bottom of the pan but still want to boil water for a cup of tea…

Tent Light/head torch – Very important for getting to the toilet in the middle of the night..

That is a loooong list in retrospect, and all-together can certainly seem like it isn’t the most budget of holidays. However, a lot of what is in the list above are items that can pretty much be found and already owned by most people. The camping specific items (like the tent and cooker etc) are the really essentials here, but a bargain can be found if you look at ALDI or decathlon.

A post will soon be coming about our camping trip to Norfolk in addition to our upcoming trip to Cornwall, and I will report back on how well this camping list holds up!

In the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found! Thanks for reading x

 

 

Where to Find the New York Movie Spots

I don’t know about you but I absolutely love a rom-com, and more specifically the ridiculous kind set in the Big Apple. There is always, inevitably, a panning shot of New York city, preferably from many angles, to very good and empowering pop music (Trainwreck I’m looking at you).

Anyway, I digress, but isn’t there something really great about visiting New York and spotting all the sights you’ve seen on TV? Or in your favourite movies? And it’s not like they’re hard to come by, the city is a living, breathing film set.

On my most recent trip to NYC, without even looking for them, we’d stumbled across somewhere we’d seen on TV or film every day. They’re so easily everywhere it’s not hard to find, but if you’re on the look here is where you need to go…

Central Park

I mean, Central Park is a pretty standard backdrop to a multitude of movies (ahem, I should say rom-coms) but there are particular spots to look out for.

The central ‘mile’ is a pretty pivotal backdrop to rom-coms that I can drop from the top of my head – Maid in Manhattan, Along Came Polly, the entire catalogue of Gossip Girl episodes… In addition, the The Fountain – is an iconic backdrop to many a scene.

There is also *the* fountain from the Friends credits which can be found near the central lake. It’s small so it’s very easy to miss.

If you’re young/old enough to remember the masterpiece that is Stuart Little then visit The Boat Lake in Central Park. It’s a great spot to sit back and watch the little boats go by, and happens to be next to a spot in the sun you can grab a drink.

Kat’z Delicatessen

You too can sit at the table where the infamous ‘I’ll Have what She’s having’ line was spoken, and there’s a handy sign to point you to it. Not only is it a famous spot for the movie, but it’s a bustling deli with no-nonsense staff who will serve up a mean pastrami sandwich

It’s hard to get in so if you do want to give it a go it’s best to visit when it’s not peak mealtime. We went just before midday and managed to get a prime table with waiter service.

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Mulberry Street

Not only great for it’s infamous Godfather’s scene spotting, but also because you can pick up some pretty tasty food whilst you’re there. Little Italy is an iconic spot in New York, but you can stop by an grab a cannelloni from the bakeries lining this street.

Ghostbusters Fire Station

How these firemen actually get any work done I don’t know… But you can certainly spot this fire station for the Ghostbusters signs spray painted onto the pavement in front.

From the infamous Ghostbusters movies, the firehouse sits in Lower Manhattan so it’s easy to swing by and spot the firehouse on your way to trendy Soho.

Tiffany’s

Of course, it’s in the name, however Tiffany’s features in the infamous Breakfast at Tiffany’s. If classic films aren’t your bag, how about classic rom-coms? The store is also the setting of the proposal in Sweet Home Alabama, you’re welcome.

If you want to venture inside and look at some expensive jewellery and this is your spot. If you’re after more affordable times you could possibly buy then head to the 4th floor.

Empire State Building

I mean, come on, it’s *the* spot in New York you can see from pretty much everywhere. Personally I like to look at it from a rooftop bar rather than go up the actual building, but it’s up to you.

I could name hundreds of films and tv shows it’s pivotal for, but the top one that comes to mind? King Kong! Imagine seeing a giant gorilla on that…

There we are! A slightly different post for me but it’s something I couldn’t stop thinking about whilst we were exploring New York. Guaranteed if you have a favourite TV show it must have some connection to this city.

Anywhere great I’ve missed? Please let me know in the comments or on my Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

I hope you enjoyed this post, more New York posts will be coming to the blog every week. Thanks for reading x

 

 

 

My Favourite Places To Eat in London

Trying to pick restaurants in London to recommend is a big and challenging task, and not something I can claim to be an expert on. I’m so lucky I get to live in this gorgeous city, and going out for dinner here is one of my favourite things to do here, and it’s a great way to explore. It’s fair to say I’ve tried my share of restaurants in the past couple of years of living here, but the below selection is a round up of some places I’ve enjoyed a lot recently.

This selection and round up of restaurants to go in London is a tiny drop in the large ocean of choice you have in the city, so I’ve separated them by occasion. On a budget? Need somewhere that also does good drinks? Fancy a blow-out fancy meal? Need somewhere to take your mum for a impressive meal? Well.. follow me…

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Pizza on a Budget

Voodoo Ray’s

If you’re after absolutely giant slices of pizza for a tiny price then look no further than Voodoo Ray’s. I genuinely haven’t seen slices of pizza this large outside of the USA. They can be purchased by the slice, and usually only one slice does it for me, but the various flavours and humorous names means you’ll be spoilt for you choice – and you can mix and match your slices if you wish!

Not only is the pizza pretty special, but their frozen margaritas are an absolute treat. If you an grab a seat outside (at the Boxpark location at least) it’s a great spot to watch the rest of London rush past.

If Voodoo Ray’s is too far out of your way then Pizza East is a great shout for cheap pizza either by the slice or in it’s entirety. There’s a spot in Kingley Court right in the middle of Soho, and it comes highly recommended to me, especially in the comments on my latest insta post

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Tapas

Hands down my favourite type of food to go out for dinner for, although I would say make sure you’re going with someone who shares your food tastes or it could end up getting pricey. There are two spots in Broadway Market I really enjoy going to for tapas, either The One for a good and reasonable tapas range with gorgeous Aperol Spritz’s or the El Ganso Cafe which has beautiful interiors and serves up delicious Sangria by the glass or jug!

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Jamon Jamon

Some culinary snobs may gasp at this suggestion, but Jamon Jamon is a personally favourite for my fiance and I. Not only do they do a mean selection of tapas at really reasonably prices, they’re never stingy with their servings. They also serve paella dishes to share for up to 4 people which is forever on our to do list to try. Give Jamon Jamon a visit if you fancy a good deal on no-frills but delicious tapas.

A Blow-Out Meal – The Tandoor Chophouse

If you’re going to give this a go, be warned – bring extra stretchy trousers. The Tandoor Chophouse Sunday Mighty Thali is truly a menu to behold. The amount of food you get – and it starts at minimum for 2 people as pictured below – is enormous. Better yet, it all tastes incredible.

Granted, I couldn’t actually finish half of my section, but I enjoyed it all the same. I love the no frills attitude, and guaranteed enjoyment as the amount of dishes you get is incredible for only £25pp. I also love how they include dessert as well, which is laughable to even think about having space after you’ve polished off the main….

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On a Diet but Still want to Go Out? Granger & Co.

This is the restaurant chain from Bill Granger – who also owns Bill’s in Australia which I’ve also had the pleasure to visit. Granger & Co is a chain with several options across London, where a delicious menu which leans towards the healthier side. It can certainly be pricey, but I’ve heard great things about their brunch menu too. Which leads me to…

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Brunch

I mean, how could I write a post about where to eat in London if I didn’t include brunch..? I’ve certainly visited my fair share of brunch spots, bottomless and otherwise.

If you’re after somewhere with a good location I would recommend Clutch Chicken on the edge of Columbia Road Flower Market, which makes for a perfect spot to watch the flower shoppers walk by before you peruse the market yourself.  Alternatively, Aussie cafe Lantana in Shoreditch has some scrumptious options, or if a huge American style blow-out breakfast is more your style then The Blues Kitchen is always a good shout.

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If you fancy a tipple with your brunch – or maybe you’re celebrating a big occasion – a bottomless brunch is a great shout, and there’s plenty of options in London! Personally I’ve tried two spots around Kings Cross and can recommend Bon Vivant and Bar + Block as good, cost effective options. Although if you fancy a bit of novelty, at Bar + Blok they take a Polaroid of your group to mark the time of your 2 hour drinking slot, and boy do they go heavy on the refills…

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A Sunday Roast

What a perfect way to finish this post… A Sunday roast always conjures up a cosy feeling for me, and even though nothing quite beats a homemade roast, every pub I’ve visited in London has always left me happy, and struggling to even roll myself home.

I don’t think you can actually find a pub in London that doesn’t do a Sunday Roast, but I have tried and tested The Spread Eagle in Camden, The Grafton in Kentish Town and The Bull in Islington and would recommend them all wholeheartedly. What’s better on a cold Sunday than a warm and comforting Sunday lunch? Nothing at all…

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and perhaps even I’ve inspired a meal, a brunch or a Sunday Roast somewhere in London. It’s certainly made me hungry writing it (and heavier researching it…)

More London to come to the blog soon, but in the meantime, you can find my other Insta snaps on my Instagram @GrundyTravels.

Thanks for reading x