Tavistock Hotel, London

Tavistock Hotel is an easy walk from London Kings Cross station. The outside could do with some love (at night, the letters are missing) but inside, it looks nicer. The room rates are on the cheaper side for London, and there is the option of the breakfast buffet included. When booking, we also received a voucher for a 3 course meal on the first night in the hotel restaurant, which could be a good idea if you are looking to save and dine out.

The room is fairly small and contains all of the main amenities that you expect a room should have. The beds are oddly low to the ground and have plastic sheeting underneath, which can be very noisy if you tend to move around in your sleep. The bathroom is small but the shower works well. The TV didn’t really work – although you don’t expect to watch much TV if you are on holiday, it would be a nice feature to have. The rooms are generally clean.

The breakfast buffet is good value and there is plenty on offer – just avoid the tea and coffee!

I didn’t really love the room, but for somewhere cheap and in a good location, this is a good option. It is a basic room, you do get what you pay for, but it can be hard to find cheap accommodation in London, and it leaves more money for your holiday!

Amenities included – TV, shower gel, soap, body lotion and shampoo, towels, tea, coffee, kettle, hairdryer.

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Kuku and Lisbon, Plymouth 

This month, I went to Plymouth. We had dinner at Kuku, a Japanese restaurant on Princes Street. It has a lot of good reviews on TripAdvisor, which swayed our decision making.

For starters, we had the Maki Platter, which had three types of sushi. I found the decoration a little over-the-top, especially the California Roll (not one I would try again). The other types tasted good and were well-made.

Alongside the sushi, we also had the scallops, which come with a ginger and yuzu dressing. These were delicious, and pretty big in size!

For mains, my partner had the sirloin steak with vegetables.

I went for Yaki Udon. This was delicious, and the sauce was lovely. Again, a generous portion, I was very full at the end!

All in all, a great meal. The service was professional, and they explained the menu to us. The restaurant itself is nice, although it did look like there was a sauce (?) splashed on the wall next to us that hadn’t been cleaned properly. The menus are bits of paper attached to each other; a little sticky and crumpled, but hey, you don’t visit for the menus, you visit for the food.

Earlier on in the day, we also visited Lisbon, a Portuguese cafe and restaurant. I was attracted by the pictures at the front of the building as we exited the car park. There is so much to choose from! I settled for some Portuguese tarts (probably the best I have tasted so far) and a Portuguese muffin. The prices are quite cheap for takeaway too which is another bonus. Delicious, and when I come back to Plymouth, I would definitely make a return visit!

Birthday presents!

For my birthday, I got a Tiffany necklace. This is a sterling silver piece from the Return To Tiffany collection. I really like the blue – the colour pops and matches the Tiffany box!

I love the gift-wrapping too – such a delight to open!

I have always loved looking at Mulberry handbags, and this year, I bought a Small Zipped Bayswater in Oxblood colour. It is so beautiful!

 

 

Birthday in Bristol

For my birthday, we went for lunch at Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant is quite small and there are a few tables sat down to eat. We were taken to a table by the window by a friendly waiter, who asked us if we had any dietary requirements. We were then asked if we wanted some water before we read our menus.

We started off with some bread and salted butter whilst we waited for our food.

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I ordered the grilled plaice with potatoes and samphire. This was delicious and very well cooked.

My partner ordered the steak, as well as the scallops with orzo pasta and squid ink.


Presentation was beautiful and the food was delicious. Sadly, we were short for time. If we came back to Bristol, I would have liked to tried the set menu. For £22, you get a starter, main and dessert and a free cocktail, which is a really good deal!

We wandered around the shops (there are a lot of shops). Just before we left, we stopped off at Pop-Up, a small cafe serving Hong Kong street food, next to Ding Sing supermarket. I ordered a Hong Kong egg waffle and a bubble tea.

We also had dumplings, which weren’t the best. The bubble milk was ok and the waffle was nice.