Showing posts from June, 2014

#EalingFeeling - loving The Drayton

First things first. The Drayton Court  is massive.

It is a behemoth of a place.

It's a pub, it's a restaurant, it is a childs play area, it is a hotel and it is one of London's best comedy venues.

Being so multifaceted could result in a confused and disorderly experience, but for whatever reason (think the new refurb helps) it totally works.

We went for the pub / dining bit of what they offer and had a mixture of drinks and some pub grub.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter me on twitter you will know I am partial to a glass of fizz (and generally I'm not fussy - as long as it is dry, sparkling and alcoholic I'm happy), so a real test of how much I like a pub is if they serve something like prosecco by the glass and HURRAH they do!

Obviously it isn't just about me (FYI, it is), so there has to be something on offer for him too. 
As it is a Fullers pub, it wasn't too taxing to find something to keep him quiet.

We checked out the menu, pretty standard pub offer…

Sunny Syon

As you know, I venture out of my lovely Ealing stomping ground sometimes and wander down to the Thames.

Having shown you a few favourite spots, today's post shows you another fav......Syon Park & Old Isleworth, on t'other side of the water.
Terribly pretty with beautiful flowers, landscaping and architecture.
Slight shame about the monstrous planes that take the edge off the tranquility, but once you get to The London Apprentice a cold drink seems to take the edge off.......funny that!

After strolling (not a bimble as had no wine) we snuck into the garden centre (how rock'n'roll!!) where I got distracted by the purdee flowers

Heavenly sunshine chilling, even if I didn't get an ice cream!
Hope you've all had sunny Sunday fun

Ealing #SushiSeries

As part of my quest to find the best of the best in Ealing, I have widened my net to include Sushi

I have already written about Okawari (Turning Japanese post here) for my #SushiSeries and having received a few recommendations from the Twitterati, I just had to give Sumo Sushi a go.

For those that frequent the Ealing Farmers Market, you will have walked past Sumo Sushi as they are tucked away off the Uxbridge road in West Ealing on Leeland Rd, the site of our fabulous Saturday morning market.

Having seen their restaurant a few times, I must confess I haven't been into it as they deliver. 

Sumo Sushi deliver fresh, delicious, hand made sushi to your HOUSE!

For those London based readers, you will think - "yeh so what?, sushi delivered to your house, big deal!", but for those of you out of the big smoke I think you'll agree that this is pretty cool (and coming from the Midlands, this is most certainly not something readily available).

So, having the exciting combo of someone…

Best burger in Ealing?

I think you're all quite familiar now with my penchant for food and drink.

(This blog would be pretty much all pictures of candles from Kaboodles otherwise)

However, since I've started doing this I have realised that I don't have a taste for ANY food and drink, I've started searching for the best our area has to offer.

I appreciate that this could be opening a whole can of worms as everyone has their own favourites, but if you've ever spoken to me on Twitter (@RevealingEaling) you will know that I am not shy and welcome a healthy debate!

Anyway, back to this post - I think I have had the best burger Ealing has to offer (meat-free crew look away now) and I wanted to let you know about it.

I went to Maggies with my usual partner in crime and a friend who had surprised us (hi Blain!). I was looking for something quickish, but fabulous (so that our guest left with a good impression of Ealing) and Maggie's immediately sprung to mind.

I've had a lot of good experiences…

Thames-ing it up

Every now and again I risk separation anxiety and leave the leafy, wonderful haven of Ealing explore further afield.

Being West of London, we are best placed to make an escape if you want to go up north, keep going West or head down to the South East (I won't turn into a travel bore, but we have very close access to London's major train stations as well as the main roads out - M1, M40 and M4).

Anyway, as important as it is to escape every now and again, whilst we wanted a day adventure, we only wanted a little one so went on down to the Thames Path.

A few weeks ago I showed you a great circular route starting from Kew Bridge, heading East to Chiswick Bridge and back again (Bank Hol Bimble) which is a favourite of ours, but this time we wanted to head the other way and hit up Richmond.

We started off with the obligatory coffee (frappe as it was scorchio) at the lovely Munsons and then headed off on foot, down through Gunnersbury Park and straight over Kew Bridge to be suddenly tran…