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English Summer (part 1)

We recently spent 2 weeks in England and enjoyed amongst other things unexpectedly beautiful weather and gorgeous food. In between multi-generational football games, fossil searching, coastal walks and visits to the tower of London, and other famous places, I dragged my family from grocery store to market to restaurants. Not that they were suffering all that much since we did spend a small fortune on ice creams and other enjoyable treats wherever we went.  And one has to say, the grocery stores are sooo much better than here in Australia, and cheaper on top. Waitrose has to be my favorite, but all the others weren’t far off either. Whole Foods Market in Kensington was impressive, but lacking the atmosphere and colorful staff of its American counterparts. We enjoyed Marks & Spencer’s lovely sandwiches, exciting salads and delectable deserts which made for a delicious dinner in our hotel room while watching the World Cup. The famous Borough Market was even better than expected, and my mouth still waters remembering the French Salted Caramel Ice Cream.. Another highlight was sampling British farm cheeses at one of the world’s greatest cheese shops, Neil’s Yard Dairy,  where we devoured bits of  Montgomery’s Cheddar,  Colston Bassett Stilton and St. Tola’s goat cheese. We had dinner at some old favorite restaurants (Food for Thought) and discovered some new ones (The River Cafe, London, and The Town Mill Bakery, Lyme Regis) and never had a disappointing meal. While in Dorset, my husband and I shared a wonderful evening at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Member’s Party, which had been fully booked for months, but thanks to a last minute cancellation and my persistent phone calls, we got in. The garden’s were amazing and inspired me to take lots of pictures (see River Cottage post). We had a quick chat with the lovely host and picked some of his strawberries when he wasn’t looking.  The meal was perfect, simple yet delicious, with an abundance of colorful, fresh and local ingredients.

Leaving England was tough as was packing, what with all those Duchy Originals cookies, chocolates, cheeses, and raspberry jams. But once again, we made it through Australian customs without any of our delicacies getting taken away and every bite is taking me right back to England.


Borough Market

8 Southwark Street, London SE1 http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk

Neal’s Yard Dairy



6 Park Street LONDON SE1 9AB

17 Shorts Gardens LONDON WC2H 9AT    


More about our dining adventures soon on English Summer (part 2)


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