We decided to visit London, after the JK Orienteering event (see previous posts) over Easter for a number of excellent reasons.
1. We LOVE the Science Musuem
2. We LOVE to try new restaurants.
3. It’s nice to spend some time together when we are NOT orienteering!
For Christmas 2014, I had got the family tickets to see Matilda the musical. Matilda is one of Nigel’s favourite films and to be honest, they all never forgave me for going to see it with my friend Aisling last year.
So first up was to find a hotel close enough to travel in and out of London, with parking for the jeep. Due to work, Nigel often visits Winnersh, so we chose the Holiday Inn there, it was only across the road from the train station and had a lovely pool to relax in. Very welcome after our arduous few days running.
Kitchen utensils of yesterday…
As usual there was a discussion about where to start our exploration. It was agreed that the exhibit on the Hadron Collidor was a must as it was only a temporary exhibit and would be a great insight into physics.
Jords at the Exhibit
We walked and read, and listened and discussed until it was time to leave for lunch. As I’ve said before we like visiting restaurants of chefs that we’ve either seen or heard of. I looked at Angela Hartnetts restaurant, but wasn’t sure if there was anything Jords would really like. I also looked at afternoon tea at “Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley”, but it was prohibitively expensive.
A friend had been to Tom Kitchin’s restaurant in Edinburgh, and had raved about it, so I went about booking a table in the London one. Or so I thought. When we arrived at where I had booked, it was “Tom’s Kitchen”, owned by Tom Aikens. Luckily, we also like Tom’s down to earth style, and were very happy with our destination!
I had looked at the menu online and had been very impressed with the sharing platters and the seasonal specials- all the while STILL not realising the “Tom Mix-up”.
I knew our youngest, being a complete and utter carnivore would love the sharing charcuterie plate as a starter, and she did. We shared it together in actual fact.
Charcuterie Plate to Share
Robert had the smoked Salmon and beetroot to start, and the colours were fantastic. The picture not doing it justice.
Smoked Salmon and Beetroot
Nigel chose off the seasonal menu, asparagus is a favourite of ours, and the fact that it came with a poached egg was a winning combination for him.
New Season Asparagus
Then it was onto main course. Tom prides himself on his beef suppliers, and a sharing chateaubriand was one of the specials. Nigel and Jords went for this dish, and they were most definitely NOT disappointed.
Chateaubriand with hand cut chips, watercress salad
I went for another personal favourite rose veal, while Robert went for the Chicken Schnitzel, both were really moreish, and the quality of the meat was very evident in the taste. I know it sounds boring, but there was absolutely nothing I could find fault with.
Veal with Orzo
We find lunch is always a good option in London, they atmosphere tends to be more relaxed, and the staff are still fresh! The serving staff in Tom’s Kitchen were also excellent, although there seemed to be number of trainees.
Dessert also had sharing options, Nigel and Jords went for the Baked Alaska, and they made a great show of lighting it for her. Robert won the “best Dessert choice” competition with his “Floating Islands”. The crème anglaise was one of the best I’ve ever had.
Baked Alaska to Share
At this stage we were full to bursting so Tea and Coffee were declined. My final thoughts on lunch.
Best lunch I’ve had in London? Yes. Better than Jason Atherton’s Maze, and also too different from Stuart Giles’ Boxwood Cafe (now closed) to compare.
Expensive? Yes but totally worth it for the occasion.
Would I return? Most Definitely.
We returned to the Science Museum and stayed until we were escorted out by security, as is our habit. So with our minds and belly’s full we returned to the underground and made our way to Matilda, which was on in the Cambridge theatre.
We all enjoyed it thoroughly, I enjoyed it even more than the last time as we were seated much further away and some of the acting nuances were missed by me.
The “Trunchbull” truly stole the show. The “Phys Ed” scene is hilarious. GO SEE IT!!!