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Birthday Weekend

October 11, 2013

I was going through all of my unfinished drafts (there are quite a few…) and realised that I never posted this one up!  So here it is, maybe six weeks after I began writing it…!

In the last weekend of August I celebrated a belated birthday after being awfully unwell on my actual birthday (surely there must be some kind of law that you cannot contract a stomach bug on your birthday?). Trout had organised a whole weekend of fun for us in London, which mainly involved eating, and staying over in a hotel. We finally tried The Mighty Fork – I’d been desperate to pay them a visit for months – and these dawgs were definitely worth the wait.

Their menu is entirely vegan and, from what I’ve tried so far, entirely delicious! I absolutely loved my choice – The Brew Dog (right), and Trout’s was really good, too – The Big Chilli (left). Next time I’ve got my eye on the sauerkraut dawg. I am in love with their branding – it’s perfect, simple, bold. It’s true love. When we were at VegFest we spotted their stall, and every time we walked past they had a queue of what looked like around 30 people – and this seemed to be consistent the entire time we were there. It was fantastic to see, although probably quite exhausting for them!

The weather was gorgeous, and we sat on Clapham Common soaking up the sunshine. Luckily for us Ms. Cupcake was selling her goodies at the same market, so we picked up a couple of treats for afters – I had the peanut butter snap bar and Trout had a Ferrero Rocher cupcake. We were so stuffed! Heading back to the tube we decided to pay a visit to The Third Estate – another spot I’ve been meaning to visit ever since I wrote about them back in May 2012 (!!!). Trout was looking for some smart shoes for my sister’s wedding, and I was after a new purse as mine really helpfully decided to break while we were in London. They had loads of Matt & Nat bags and purses, which I was super excited about as I didn’t realise you could buy them in the UK.

In the evening we had dinner at Manna. I love this little restaurant, but it kind of let me down this time. For a fairly pricey meal it just didn’t taste that amazing. My starter was really good (cheese jalapeño balls with garlic mayo) and my main course (carribean platter) was pretty good too, but Trout’s starter (cannellini bean slider) and main course (organic bangers and mash) just didn’t taste of anything that would blow your socks off.


The desserts were pretty good, although by this point I was beyond stuffed! Trout had lemon blueberry cheesecake, and I had the potted peanut butter crème caramel. This was absolutely amazing, but I only managed to eat half of it. My stomach was crying and I needed to be rolled back to the hotel immediately. We hopped in a cab and slept soundly, without the interruption of a certain whiskerface.


It was such a lovely birthday weekend! The next day we did a spot of shopping and wondering around London, before heading to a sports bar off Old Street to watch the football with friends. The perfect relaxing weekend filled with good food. I love going up and visiting London, especially when we stay over in a hotel. It seems like such a different city than the one I used to live in, and I love it so much more now that I can escape back to Brighton afterwards. London is such a hard, tiring city to live in (for me, anyway) and I could never afford to live anywhere nice, which didn’t help.

This week has just flown by! I feel like I’m saying that all the time lately, but honestly – how is it Friday! This evening we are cooking a Mexican feast for two of my favourite people. Trout makes the best food, and I’m making one of my favourite desserts; churros! Wish me luck!

Have you tried Manna or The Mighty Fork? Have you ever lived in London?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2013 7:38 am

    Such a gorgeous day. So
    glad that you managed to have a fab belated birthday after being ill. Those desserts look gorgeous! :-)

  2. October 11, 2013 3:38 pm

    That sounds like such a great way to spend your birthday! I can imagine London would be pretty tiring to live in, a friend of mine has lived their for a year but is moving back up to the north east as it just wasn’t her cup of tea. I would quite like to live there just for a couple of months to see what it’s like :-)

    • October 13, 2013 10:04 am

      I think it’s something that everyone should try if they can, it’s a fun and sociable atmosphere with so many new people to meet, new places to try, new restaurants, new galleries – that side of London I do miss. There’s always someone to meet for coffee or spend an evening with x

  3. October 14, 2013 6:03 pm

    Sounds like a perfect weekend :) I love Matt and Nat too. Their stuff sometimes crops up in TK’S Maxx and eBay is good too.

  4. November 6, 2013 7:22 pm

    I really need to head back to London for The Mighty Fork, their hot dogs are SO good! I’m with you on the finding Manna a bit meh thing, similarly priced to Terre a Terre but the food & service are nowhere near as good.

    • November 7, 2013 7:56 pm

      I’m having withdrawal symptoms for their dawgs! So good. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has noticed that about Manna – which is a shame because it’s such a sweet place. Their desserts are still awesome, though!

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