Saturday, 22 February 2014

Bimbling in Northfields


A week or two ago I introduced you all to the term ‘bimbling’.

If you weren’t paying attention (naughty), bimbling is a term often used by my family to describe a generally aimless wander that inevitably results in one of the following: coffee & cake, buying gorgeous things or lunch with wine.

On a really good day, we do all of the above……who am I kidding, we usually do all of the above (especially the wine part!).

Anyway, the other day, we embarked on a gentle bimble with a foodie destination in mind and stumbled across a little path that looked too intriguing not to walk down.

This path is called Radbourne Walk and it runs from Mattock Lane down to Occupation Rd along the back of the allotments next to Northfields Ave.

It looks like there’s some conservation work going on at the moment via The Ealing Dean Allotment Society which is so encouraging to see (if you fancy helping out, contact allotmentsw13@gmail.com), but as it was the first sunny day for a long time I thought it looked great!





 

There are some cute cottages at the bottom, but I don’t think a lot of people walk past very often as both the lady in a dressing gown having a fag and her little dog seemed very surprised to see us!

After some sheepish laughter (it was rather awkward) we quickened our pace and hit Northfields High Street.

I’m going to be honest, I think I’ve always been a bit snobby about Northfields as I viewed Ealing as the superior relation and there’s also a place in Birmingham (where I’m from) with the same name that isn’t the most desirable area (apart from a few roads where some of my family still live that are lovely!).
 
However, I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw.

Firstly there are a lot of independent shops and cafes with most of them being rammed. It might have been because it was the first nice day for a long time, but Northfields was buzzing and I liked it.

We didn’t stop off anywhere this time, but it’s good to know that there are a lot of places to choose from as well as a lot of fabulous interiors shops.








 

I’m a bit obsessed with interiors at the moment so will definitely be back soon…………..roll on pay day!
I think it's fair to say that bits of Northfields are still rough around the edges, but it has something going on - I'm not sure if it's the shops, the fact there isn't a Starbucks (this makes me happy) or the passion people have for it that live there.
I will be frequenting it much more often as I obviously just scraped the surface but if you don't believe me that it's worth visiting you need to speak to the Lammas Park Crew (Tim Westwood's the lead guys dad.......)
 

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