Italian Enchantment at Locale Restaurant Blackheath

I had the pleasure of spending time with a dear friend in one of my favourite parts of London, Blackheath. Just a stone’s throw away from Greenwich, Deptford, Charlton and Plumstead, Blackheath Village is full of charming bars and restaurants that are always a pleasure to explore. There has always been one restaurants that I had wanted to visit for sometime but was always fully booked whenever I went there, Locale. Less than a minute away from the station it’s tucked away in a lovely building that is reminiscent of a small country manor.

The interior of the restaurant is decadent and thoroughly romantic. Each time I spotted a couple I nosily pondered as to whether there would a surprise proposal (the closest I got was someone requesting a song for his new girlfriend from the singer performing on the night)! It’s the kind of place that you would love to make your regular romantic getaway. Don’t be put off by this though, it is actually perfect for all occasions and the bar has the feel of a one which you would find in luxury hotel on holiday in the Italian Riviera.

Breaking bread at Locale Blackheath

Breaking bread at Locale Blackheath

Locale specialises in authentic Italian food and what a wonderful menu! I ordered Filetto di Branzino, Pan fried seabass fillet in a white wine and caper sauce with samphire, roasted cherry tomatoes and crushed new potato salad. It was utterly scrumptious, the white wine and caper sauce went perfectly with the fish. My friend had Fegato di Vitello, Pan fried calf liver with wilted spinach, crispy pancetta and jersey new royal potato. I need to take a moment here because once I had a taste I had some serious food envy. That was the best calf liver I had ever had.Seriously it literally melted in my mouth. We had to ask for the method that the chef had used to cook it because every time I have ever made calf liver, it always becomes tough! This dish was truly special. 

Calf Liver

Calf Liver

Seabass

Seabass

For dessert I tried something new, Affogato, Cinnamon ice cream, Frangelico liqueur and a shot of espresso. It was the perfect conclusion to a perfect meal, the flavours of the Frangelico liquer and the espresso combined with the ice cream were like a party in my mouth.

John Adeleye (J'Nay)

John Adeleye (J’Nay)

We were also treated to soul music classics from Jon Adeleye (J’Nay) with some accompanying vocals from Paris Ruel as the restaurant has a music season on throughout June – “Local Loves Live”. I had spent a while staring at Jon (I had to stop myself at times in case he got the wrong idea) because I was convinced I knew him from somewhere! I was right. On the rare occasions when I’ve watched The X Factor he was a contestant…I remembered him! Why? Because he’s superb.

I am SO glad that I was finally able to eat at Locale. It did not disappoint and is yet another reason why I love Blackheath so much!

Perfect for:

  • Romantic meals
  • Special occasions
  • Memorable meals with good friends

http://www.localerestaurants.com/restaurants/blackheath/

@locale_bh

A Merry Time at Plumstead Make Merry

I’d heard of The Plumstead Make Merry Community Festival always missed! This year however I was determined not to miss it, the twitter reminders helped (ohhhh how I love thee Twitter!)

It was a great day for a festival, the sun was shining and weather was, uhmmm sweet.

The Plumstead Make Merry Festival is a great event run entirely by volunteers and it really does bring people together. It was so nice to see all the local charities and initiatives as well as hear some great music and watch talented young dancers. I picked up some great bargains, knowing that all my money was going to a great cause.

But of course what I loved the most was food.

#Arepas

#Arepas

Isn’t it funny how when you discover something new, that you really like you suddenly see it everywhere. I had Venezuelan food not too long ago so it was great to see the Guasacaca London stall. I didn’t have a chance to taste some Arepas but they looked great!

All Things Saucy

All Things Saucy

I love my hot sauces, chutneys and jams so it was great to discover All Things Saucy, we bought some Green Chilli and Lime Jam which isn’t lasting very long…it’s so good you’d be forgiven to wanting to drink it!

Plumstead Make Merry

Plumstead Make Merry

These fruit models made me chuckle! Which one is your favourite? I hope the ship won! I didn’t eat any of these by the way…

Sensational Flava Caribbean Food

Sensational Flava Caribbean Food

2014-06-09 11.52.34 2014-06-09 11.52.36The jerk chicken at The Sensational Flavas stand was probably some of the best jerk chicken that I’ve ever tasted! It was absolutely DELICIOUS!  Everything about it was correct and of course the rice and peas and salad went with it perfectly. I’m still thinking about it!!!

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