A British Street Food Pub Takeover At The Marquis of Wellington

I was recently invited to visit one of London’s new street food highlights,  the Marquis of Wellington which is located on the famous Bermondsey Beer Mile. The original pub had been shut down for around 2 years and has been brought back to life with a simple pizza menu and a wide variety of beers. The exterior is chic and simple and the interior is warm and cozy with a vintage edge. I liked the atmosphere and the overall vibe of the pub which I imagine will become a great favourite for locals and foodie fans alike.

The Marquis of Wellington has partnered up with the British Street Food Awards which champions some of the most exciting young British chefs in London. Every week,  new traders will be popping up next to the Marquis of Wellington, serving up the very best of British street food to hungry Bermondsey locals.  On my visit The BearBQ were cooking up a feast and offered up a very simple but wholesome menu. My companion had the slow smoked pork belly whilst I tried the smoked chicken with garlic mayo and srirarcha chilli sauce. I didn’t try the pork belly but it was a hit, great flavour and good quality meat which was the same for the chicken which I really enjoyed. It was smoky without being overwhelming and  the accompanying sauces went really went with the meat.

Slow smoked pork belly

Smoked chicken thigh

From The Marquis of Wellington’s own main menu we also ordered garlic bread and their hand-rolled pizzas which are fired in their huge oven. My garlic bread consisted of San Marzano tomato, grilled aubergines, finished with parmegiano reggiano, it was really delicious although I would have loved more garlic. It does look like a mini-pizza but I would definitely say do not be deterred by the number of ingredients on the garlic bread, it is a great starter and was not too heavy which is a reflection of the quality of the ingredients used.

My mushroom, baby spinach & black truffle pizza was perfect! The crust was not too dry and there really is something special about individually made to order pizzas which are not pre-made/frozen and reheated to order. You can taste the difference, not only as you eat but much later, I didn’t experience that bloated feeling one can sometimes experience after eating too much pizza. I also enjoyed my companion’s sirloin steak pizza, despite the meat being slices of actual steak the pizza did not get soggy and good quality beef was used to ensure there was a great balance of flavours.

Mushroom pizza

Sirloin Steak Pizza

I would definitely recommend this pub, it’s great for date nights, catching up with friends and generally exploring a different part of London.

For more information visit: www.marquisofwellington.co.uk

The power of falafel at Pilpel

The Power of Falafel at Pilpel

I was recently invited  as a guest to eat lunch at the new edition to the Pilpel group of eateries in Aldgate, bring a “taste of the Middle East to London’s East End”.  Aside from tasting great, falafel is super healthy and something that I happily use to substitute for meat when I’m taking a break from my usual meat loving excesses. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan this is definitely the place for you, if you’re a serious meat lover this might not be your immediate choice for lunch as there are no meat options but it’s worth a try.

Falafel box at Pilpel

These chunky chickpea balls are served with warmed pita bread, crisp salads, crunchy vegetables and houmous. The menu is simple yet creative, with a wide range of salad combination to go with the falafel. With no flour added, the Pilpel falafel is made with 100% chickpeas, fresh herbs and spices. The result is falafel that’s crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and goes so well with houmous, salad ingredients and warm pita bread.  I selected a falafel and guacamole salad box which was far more generous than I expected, given that you spend no more than £6.80 for a salad box, it really was great value. You can create your own box and if you’re not a salad fan you can have a Saabich (pita sandwich) or houmous box.

Here’s my brief video review:

The quality of the salad which was made  up  of Tabouleh, Red & White Cabbage, Carrot, Pickled Cucumbers and Jalapeños was truly top notch! Aside from the falafel it was my favourite part of the meal. The guacamole was good too and the only weak point was the chilli sauce which was not spicy enough for my taste.

The Pilpel interior is chic and modern which offers a cool juxtaposition to the authentic and traditional street food on offer. The team is friendly and helpful, I definitely enjoying my lunch experience which truly shows that the power of falafel is still going strong!

60 Alie Street, Aldgate, London, E1 8PX

Follow them at @PilpelForPeople.

A Great British Polish Bakery Christmas Party!

I was recently invited to a very special Christmas party hosted by The Polish Bakery. Aside from giving us the opportunity to sample a range of baked products from The Polish Bakery we were treated to other food delicacies in a beautiful space within Ognisko Polskie, The Polish Hearth Club. There was plenty of food, drinks and great people, all the ingredients which make a fabulous Christmas party. It was also good to learn more about the brand and the ethos behind their breads and baked goods.

The Polish Bakery Christmas Party Cakes at The Polish Bakery The Polish Bakery Christmas Party

The Polish Bakery was founded in 2003 and it is the oldest Polish bakery in the UK. It is a traditional company and they attach a great importance to the quality of their bread. I tasted a number of variations at the Christmas party and can definitely recommend their sourdough and rye breads. One particular type of bread which stood out was their Chia Seed Bread which is made using a prolonged fermentation process and has no additional preservatives or enhancers, it also provides significant amounts of iron, copper, zinc, magnesium and manganese. So in terms of healthy eating this is definitely a “go to” brand to pay attention to.

The Polish Bakery Christmas Party The Polish Bakery Christmas Party The Polish Bakery Christmas Party

One thing that particularly struck me was that as a British-Nigerian food blogger invited to celebrate the accomplishments of a British-Polish food company, it is so important to celebrate the very thing that unites the United Kingdom. There is so much that makes Britain a great place, diversity being the greatest thing. If we celebrate our diversity and the opportunity to come together with food and culture we will fortify our unity as a nation. Just my thoughts , I hope you agree.

For more information on The Polish Bakery visit: thepolishbakery.co.uk