Antlers and skillets and rugged cowboy chic at Elk in the Woods, Angel…

Happy Saturday y’all!

Okay, while I can’t promise never to say THAT again and I can’t guarantee that it’s actually Saturday when you read this, I can suggest that you at least start thinking now about what you’re going to do and more importantly, where the heck you’re going to eat on that next magnificent day of rest and if you’re within a stone’s throw – or at least an underground journey – of Angel, you should seriously consider allowing The Elk in the Woods to form a significant part of your weekend’s dining.

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It’s got immense antlers and beyond-girly mirrors, rustic wooden panelling, a bubblegum Barbie  pink wall, cowboy-style-swing-doors in the bathroom, plates and bowls and skillets of awesome food…consider it ski chalet-meets vintage-NYC-meets-Brokeback-Mountain chic in the middle of Islington and consider it the perfect place for a relaxed, laid-back start to the day…

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10 fingers going in…10 fingers coming out! The only real result you want from a knife skills course…

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Today was a good day. I am officially no longer the slowest chopper in the west. I’m clearly nowhere near being the fastest but it will no longer be the case going forward that grand, lofty, 50 feet oak trees will grow in the time it takes me to slice and dice a salad bowl.

God bless Leiths and the blade happy chefs who work there.

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Getting my oink on with absurdly perfect pastry and meat at the Ginger Pig…

The Ginger Pig has been around for some 20+ years now and it’s been on my must-visit list for the last 2. Synonymous with a superb quality of meat and an excellent choice of produce, it’s one of those places that you half wish you lived near and are half thankful that you don’t because you could spend a serious amount of money cultivating and tending to an addiction to this place…

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