Sunday, 5 October 2014

Ealing Sunday Lunch League - THE GROVE

First up in my ESSL is The Grove, a pub known for its good quality food offering, comfy but eclectic decor and prosecco by the glass (big tick already!).

As this post is about the Sunday Lunch and not about the pub as such, I will save my critique of the place for another time and go straight in on the lunch.

What follows are key food photos and then our verdict of how The Grove performed against my judging criteria.

Bloody Mary station
The Mulbs always gets his own chair

The money shot

Was it something I said?

Food photos out the way, here's how they did:

Beef was Dexters but no clear provenance of anything else

    • SERVICE 6/10
'OK' - gave us the wrong condiments (they are meant to bring horseradish and mustard but we got mayo and ketchup) but fine apart from that.

    • APPEARANCE 7/10
See photos 

    • TASTE 7/10
Meat was quite chewy but this might have been because we asked for rare and the yorkshire tasted like it had been sat around for a while, but veg and gravy were nice

    • VALUE 7/10
£14.50 - you get a lot for your money but I think I could get it cheaper and potentially tastier somewhere else

    • SUNDAY VIBE 9/10
This is the real selling point for me, the pub was really chilled with Ella-esque tunes in the background. Also, the variety of seating means you can be more social or hide away in a corner like we did

Love that you get to choose how your beef comes and the atmosphere was great but the food was not perfect so they get 7/10 overall.

If you have any local favourites please let me know and I will add them to the list!


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Best Pizza in London - Santa Maria

A few weeks ago, me and the boy had a fantastic lunch to celebrate his Birthday at the fabulous Santa Maria. We started the day with a wander through the rather majestic Walpole Park with our favourite pizza place as our destination, on the way we HAD to stop to collect conkers and as it was his b'day, how could I say no?

So having denied some children of a few crackers, we were seated in the back of Santa Maria for a b'day lunch.

I have written about Santa Maria before - YOU CAN REFRESH YOUR MEMORY HERE - and everything I've already said still stands. It's highly regarded, got lots of awards and there's still a huge demand from the Ealing community for their wood fired pizza.

He had one with smoked mozerella (yum) and I had one with lots of proper chillis on (ouch) - we also had wine and finished off with gelato and coffee...........the gelato was technically medicinal due to the chillis.........

Love the passion even on the bill - FYI then don't like Juventus!
We had a wonderful time and then proceeded to enjoy our rare Friday off in the Ealing sunshine - ahhhhhhhhhh you can't beat a sunny day in Ealing.

Now, tomorrow is the start of October, or OctSOBER as some are calling it and while I'm not planning on asking people to sponsor me to not drink I (think it is a bit ridiculous) I am using this as an opportunity to have a little detox, so thought I'd share this post with you before I become a healthy hermit for a month!

See you on the other side!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ealing Sunday Lunch League

Sunday Lunch is a big deal in my life.

For as long as I can remember Sunday Lunch has been a tradition, it was the one day of the week you were guaranteed to have everyone sit down together for a meal and then go for a stomp through the woods to blow the cobwebs away before starting the work / school week again.

As well as the bonding time with friends and family, it goes without saying it was also probably the best meal of the week as Momma Rev cooks the best Sunday Lunch in the land (and if not the land, then definitely the Midlands).

Now, I don't live near enough to pop in to my folks for a single meal and, not being especially inclined to cook the monster meal myself, we have been known to go out for Sunday Lunch.

This being something I find very enjoyable (papers, glass of wine, yummy food, no washing good!) and something I want to do more made me think that I could make a feature of this and set up the Ealing Sunday Lunch League.

The premise is simple..........

I go and visit a different Ealing establishment (ideally every Sunday) with friends to get a group view on the venue.

The venue is then judged using consistent criteria with scores being given.

At the end of the season / when I run out of places to go / when I'm sick of roast beef, the League will be summarised and a winner announced.

Sounds fun doesn't it?

FYI here's the criteria I'm going to use for scoring with each one being scored out of 10:

I'm quite excited by this, so please let me know if you have any favourites that you think should feature in the League (or ESLL as I will be calling it)


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Walpole Park - what's the problem?

It has taken me a long time to get to this post. 

Not because Walpole still has bits to be opened / completed, but because I've been doing a few straw polls to try and get to the bottom of what people think about the revitalised Walpole Park.

While the majority of people are impressed with the way the Heritage Lottery investment is being spent, some people are being incredibly negative about it (someone on Facebook even referring to the whole park as 'crap') with the main (but not only!) bone of contention being the new gravel inhibiting kiddies on scooters.

Having written a really long post about this, I've deleted it and decided to not bother as we all have our opinions and I cannot be doing with people moaning at me, instead I will say 3 things:

1) I LOVE the park! I feel very lucky to have this and the other green spaces so close to where I live - it keeps me sane!

2) I believe the excess gravel will be swept away and removed once it has bedded into the layer beneath it. Therefore I suggest the scooter massive go to Lammas and those with prams etc just wait a bit longer before they have an easier surface to contend with. 

3) I have some photos of the new bits and some of the old bits - have a look and feel happy we live in such a great place 


Monday, 22 September 2014

Summer Flashback - Hindu celebration

Before I start this post, I just want to be clear that I am not going to attempt to explain what the Hindu procession (that runs in a circular route from the Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman Temple and round some roads in West Ealing) means, what the significance is or any other detail I will most probably get wrong.

So, all I am going to share is a flashback to a beautiful day, with the beauty coming from the theatre of it all rather than the weather!

Apart from the above pic, the below are in pretty much the order that it happens (sorry if I got a few out of sync) - enjoy!


I would love to know more about this so I can do a more insightful post next year, so if anyone can enlighten me please get in touch