Brunch & Lunch

REVIEW | Teddy Bears Picnic at Elements Coffee House in Derby

I had already heard good things about Elements. Despite only just celebrating their first birthday, they’ve been nominated for two awards in Marketing Derby’s food and drink awards (Best Newcomer and Best Customer Service). Thanks to their beautifully curated Instagram feed they were firmly on my Girl About radar. So when Elements got in touch to invite us to try their teddy bear’s picnic themed children’s menu I jumped at the opportunity. I can’t tell you the last time I enjoyed a delicious lunch out with my toddler. We have loads of fun but I’d pretty much resigned myself that civilised lunches at nice places were largely a thing of the past. I was intrigued to see whether this was the answer. In the week or so before, Lily was bubbling with excitement. I remained somewhat sceptical.

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REVIEW | DOMO Restaurant, Sheffield – A Superb Sardinian Tapas Banquet Fit For A Princess

There is nothing I love more than seeing someone follow their passion, take the leap and achieve success. This is what Sarah and Raffa have achieved at Domo. Opening a restaurant in a competitive part of town with a baby on the way, Domo offers traditional Sardinian cuisine in a modern environment. Not only is Domo unique with its offering, but it’s also brilliant and absolutely worth visiting.

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REVIEW | The Ivy Harrogate – A Safe & Sophisticated Bet For Date Night

The Ivy in Harrogate is a little less decadent than its other Yorkshire counterparts in Leeds and York but that’s not a bad thing. Expect an older crowd and a cozier atmosphere. It still oozes the sophistication that the Ivy is known for with the signature stained glass panels, art-deco lighting, white table cloths, enormous floral displays and fancy art.

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RECOMMENDATION | Food Truck Heaven at Platform At The Arches – Glasgow

Food trucks offering an epic selection of food flavours from across the world hosted under the iconic railway arches of Glasgow Central station. This place ticks all my boxes – kid-friendly, dogs welcome, great food selection, beer to keep the hubby happy (including a microbrewery within), play area to burn off some toddler energy – but not compromising on style, decent wine if required or cool location.

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REVIEW | LA Pop – Birmingham’s First Dedicated Gelato Café

LA-Pop specialises in handcrafted gelato lollies (ice cream on a stick). With flavours to choose from Milk to pineapple there is something to suit every pallet. Once selected the lolly is then dipped in a choice of Milk, Dark, White or Pink chocolate, before being generously sprinkled with up to three toppings and drizzled with more chocolate and finally placed inside a funky tray to avoid any unwanted spillages. With so many options the creations are endless.

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RECOMMENDATION | Brunch at The Kitchen at Manor House Lindley in Huddersfield

Tucked away behind a pretty average high street in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, concealed by a high wall of foliage is a beautiful Georgian Manor House – The Manor House at Lindley. Iron gates lead into a sweeping driveway and a fully functioning fountain takes centre stage slap bang in the middle of it, surrounded by perfectly pruned topiary. It all feels rather grand and a bit too indulgent for a Thursday brunch date with Girl About Yorkshire – Emma. The type of venue that surely comes with a hefty bill at the end of it all…How wrong was I?

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RECOMMENDATION | Darkhorse Stratford, East Village – East London

Hidden in the heart of the East Village, part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and just a stones throw from Stratford station, are a handful of restaurants and bars. And right in the middle is Darkhorse bar and restaurant. It’s described on their website as a ‘modern European restaurant with Italian and Spanish influenced food wrapped in a British attitude’.

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