I have been to Bills a few times and have no idea why, but thought it was a chain, owned by someone from New Zealand?!
That aside, its not and instead has it’s foundations in East Sussex where founder Bill Collison started his “Bills” in a shed before moving onto the high street and then opening the restaurants we know and love today..
My Bills is located in Clink Street, Borough and this morning we went for breakfast to celebrate Karis’s birthday.
The food (as ever) was spot on. I had 2 poached eggs with a side of baked beans (£7.95) and the ladies had a sausage sandwich (£4.65) and scrambled eggs on toast (£4.95). For the price you really can’t beat it. I have spent £10.00 in Pret before for a coffee, juice and a baguette for breakfast!
The staff this morning were also wonderful (despite not letting me in before 8.00 am (their opening time) and having to do laps in the rain because I was early) and I have always found them to be so.
I really can’t fault Bills and hope to keep going back! You can find the story or Bills and their menu here!
Great article in Time Out on the best pubs in London. How many have you had a wine or two in? Me, I have only done two!
You can find the full list here….
I just met Mark Hix. By met I mean I saw him & shouted “Hi Mark” in the wine seller of his latest venture, Hixtor Bankside.
Hixter is now open on the Bankside, just south of the Borough Market and it is FAB. In fact so fab, I have literally been raving about it since I had lunch there earlier today to everyone and anyone, even the postman!
A few work colleagues and I headed over for lunch today and we loved it. The restaurant Manager Scottie Valentine (hope I’ve got this right) was so warm and welcoming as soon as we arrived. We asked to see the private spaces and were very impressed. The private dining area on the first floor has it own private bar and can seat 50 for dinner. There is a further bar downstairs that would be perfect for a drinks reception for up to 200. The whole venue boasts an array of specially commissioned art and the piece in the main restaurant covering the bulk of one of the walls is just mesmerizing.
I was starving by the time we arrived and we all went straight for mains. For only £9.75 you can treat yourself to “The Cock & Bull”(half steak, half chicken and a shed load of chips). For followers of my blog know, I do love me a tasty burger and I had the Ground Rib steak burger and chips (£9.95) which was served without bun (good for the wedding diet) and salsa that reminded me of something but I can’t quite put my finger on it…
The menu items for Monday to Friday are all priced within £9.75 – £12.95) which is on par with what you would spend on Pret and a whole lot tastier (I love Pret FYI, just not every day). Hixter also has a pre-theatre menu which is a set 3 courses including a can of Hobo lager?! Full menu’s can be found here!
I seriously have not been excited to go back to restaurant as soon as I walked out the door but with Hixter, I am. I can’t wait to take my fiancée back, I think he will love it as well!
If you know the area, it’s really not hard to find. You can find Hixter Bankside at the Metal Box Factory, Great Guildford Street, Bankside, SE1.
Will I go back? YES – hopefully next week if I can find an excuse for it.
“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a giant giraffe who’s head I can see on my morning jogs down the Queens Road in Weybridge, it had me intrigued. The giraffe (not real I should point out), is part of a new restaurant that has just popped up in Weybridge, and the area needed it.
The Tree House, which opened in July, already has some 13 reviews on Trip Advisor and I am soooooooo glad I didn’t read them before I went. The majority of the reviews are quite dire and personally, any bad experiences should be put down to them having just opened… I loved it.
The restaurant’s menu has a large selection of Gluten free options and their claim is that all of their vegetables and herbs are to be served within hours of harvesting. The menu isn’t large and for someone that doesn’t eat seafood, I didn’t have a lot of options for starters however I did go for the beef carpaccio which was really lovely and a good size. For mains, we were starving and whilst the rest of my party went for the burger with blue cheese, I had the rump steak with lovely tomatoes, onions and a portion of fat chips..
Service wise, the staff were wonderful, especially the manager Anca (hope I have spelt her name correctly), whom went above and beyond to wait on us. I even mentioned how much I loved the horseradish and she gave me some to take home.
Between the four of us, we got through a few beers, 3 bottles of wine (standad) a few gin and tonics, 4 mains, 3 starters and the whole bill was only £160. At £40 per head I think amazing value.
If you have children there is a children’s play area where you could leave them for hours. I am sure The Tree House will be big hit for those Weybridge Yummy Mummy’s whilst they “do lunch”.
Am quite looking forward to going back – don’t listen to those Trip Adviser reviews if you do go. Try it for yourself.