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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An Udderly delicious ice-cream parlour to savour in Angel…

I love ice-cream. No really. I heart, adore and have a total devotion to ice-cream. It’s my favourite food. It’s serves as a comfort and a celebration and frankly, if either of the bearded, bear-gods of the dairy, Ben or Jerry ever announce they are single and living in London, sorry J, we may need to talk.

So imagine my slightly-scary-to-those-who-don’t-know-me-but-totally-understandable-to-those-who-do elation upon moving to the N1 postcode and finding an absolute gem of an old fashioned ice-cream parlour

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Walking in, your eyes can’t help but be drawn to the large glass fronted display cabinet showcasing of all the flavours on offer but you also notice all the other little touches that add to it’s undeniable cuteness…

…the fridge of ice-cream cakes that make me want come here everyday to buy you, yes you dear reader, a birthday cake. What’s that you say, I don’t know you or where you live? Fear not, the cake, I’m not in the slightest bit sorry to say, would never actually make it to you…

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…the creamy tin jugs full of bright, fat blossoms…

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…the jars of toppings wedged around stacks of crispy, golden wafer cones and chock full of rainbow coloured marshmallows or darkly rich caramelised nuts…

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…and then there’s the ice-cream itself. It is, quite simply, wonderful. It’s creamy, it’s served at the perfect temperature by smiling people who actually look like they enjoy their work and the flavours are sublime. Banana caramel and cherry tasted more like the real thing than any other brand I’ve tried and the cookies and cream and salted caramel were every bit as gorgeously indulgent as they should be. These flavours were the samplings of today’s visit and they made me want to come back and try something new before I’d even left the shop.

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In case this place wasn’t lovely enough already, they also have a real feel of being a local shop and a part of the local community – if you have a wizard idea – could I BE more Famous Five using a term like that? – for a new flavour, let them know and you may end up on the wall of fame with your genius idea in one of the tubs waiting to make people happy because let’s face it, unless you’re having a Miss. Congeniality moment and need a pint to yourself, that’s the purpose of ice-cream. To make you happy. To make your taste buds happy. To make your soul happy. And now thanks to Udderlicious, you can buy that happiness, top it with sprinkles and enjoy.

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Not so secret fabulous dining at Hush, Holborn…

Brasserie. Booths.

Macaroni cheese. Copper pans.

Eton mess. Prosecco.

Friendly service. Relaxed atmospheres.

What do these words have in common? They all make me happy. They all make me want to go somewhere that offers them. If you’re the same then Hush, a charming little brasserie in Holborn, is what you need to be popping into your Google Maps right now… Read More