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The Three Compasses meets the Devonshire Coast

  Where The Three Compasses, Dalston     What CLAW takes up residency in The Three Compasses for the next few months. Experience I don’t know any person who does not like the award winning Three Compasses in Dalston. With its dimly lit, French boudoir charm, you are always guaranteed a lovely environment to catch up with friends and loved ones while you enjoy a  drink from their wide variety of spirits and craft beers. The Three Compasses operates a residency-only kitchen to give its customers a wide net of rotating menus featuring different street food superstars. The latest delicacies come from CLAW. Since January this year, founder Fabian Clark has tasked himself with putting the passion for crab back onto British plates, as Britain exports something to the tune of 80% of its crab to the rest of Europe.  On Wednesday we attended the press opening and were far from disappointed. The bar ran as normal and we promptly ordered two white wines and squeezed into a seat in the corner. The whole place …

A Beautiful Escape to the Country!

Where The Hawk Inn, Amport Where Geography of this region is not my strong suit, so I would advise googling the below address, however it is a 2 hour drive (even on a Friday night) from Kings Cross and a 20 minute drive from the beautiful Winchester. City mapper has conditioned me into telling directions in minutes from a location, which is why I will probably never be in charge of google maps again. The Experience Last Friday we decided to escape the madness of London in search of a wholesome weekend. We got out of London at 6pm and despite traffic and terrible navigating by myself, found our way to Amport, arriving just after 8pm. It is a small and peaceful village, which looked especially beautiful by night as we drove down the windy country roads and past a number of wonderfully thatched homes. When we arrived at The Hawk Inn, we were kindly shown to our room, which was spacious in size, beautifully decorated and overlooking the magnificent British countryside. The bathroom was …

A Tasty Tipple at Temple Brew House

Where Temple Brew House, London What Artisan beer-loving Londoners are invited down to Essex Street where they will find Temple Brew House, an on-site brewery in the heart of central London. Experience Temple Brew House is now offering private brewery tours by their very own house brewers. Food for Think was lucky enough to be invited on a tour with head brewer Venesa de Blas Montoya. As she took us to where the magic happens, Venesa explained that beer originated back in 7000BC though “It was the Egyptians who actually mastered the beer making process. They had 80 different recipes to make different beers and they took it quite seriously”. We are so grateful! Venesa revealed her brewing routine and provided some trade secrets for those considering experimenting at home. Tours are held routinely every month and also on request. What would a brewery tour be without the tasting? Visitors can select a variety of tipples by ordering a ‘paddle’ of three 1/3 pint glasses. The Temp Ale, smooth and easy drinking, is brewed on …

Tune Hotels – King’s Cross

I don’t know if I’m just getting boring in my old age but going out just isn’t what it used to be. Over the last five or so years I have swapped the nightclub for the cafe and probably piled on a few pounds in the process. But even though I tend not to go ‘clubbing’ much anymore, I still enjoy a few drinks down the pub with friends. The biggest problem for me though is the journey home. I’d rather not spend two hours on London’s unpredictable and unsavoury night busses, thank you. Enter Tune Hotels. You may have read the review of our stay at the Liverpool Street branch and we liked it so much that we headed back to the King’s Cross branch. It was the night of our friends 30th and after one too many mixed beverages and definitely too many shots of tequila we stumbled back to the hotel for a few hours kip before check out at 10am. Tune Hotel King’s Cross is a short 5 minute walk from …

Tune hotel – Liverpool Street

These days you offen hear or see the word ‘budget’ dotted around. Budget flights, budget supermarket products and more. But recently I was introduced to something I thought I’d never sign up to – budget hotels. I was invited to try the newest addition to the Tune hotels portfolio in London’s Liverpool Street. At first I was skeptical but soon realised how handy it could be. I live in Wembley, which is right on the opposite side of London. So going out in East London is not exactly very appealing when you know you’ve got a two hour journey home at the end of the night. I decided to stay at Tune on an evening that I had planned to go to see my favourite DJ, Greg Wilson, play at Hoxton Pony. We were also heading to York the next day from Kings Cross, which is a few stops from Liverpool Street. As with most budget options, there are added extras. Remember that Ryan Air ‘pay to go to the loo’ saga? Well, Tune is …