The Albany – Thames Ditton

Unexpectedly sunny Sundays are made for a roast dinner in a pub garden – even if it is October… Plus when the views are this pretty it would be rude to sit indoors!

After a beaut stay on a boat moored near to Hampton Court Palace (blog post to come, ofc) we headed to The Albany at Thames Ditton for a sit and a dish! As it was Sunday, most of us opted for the roast menu; ordering chicken, beef and the veggie option.

The food came quickly – which considering how busy it was in the pub, was pretty impressive. I chose the roast chicken, priced at £13.95 – considering the location and the fact it was Sunday, I thought this was quite reasonable.

The roast was served with bread sauce and stuffing wrapped in bacon. There was also roast potatoes, seasonal greens and roasted roots, Yorkshire pudding and bottomless gravy. Overall this was worth the money – but me being greedy would have liked slightly more potatoes and veg!

I would definitely opt for this choice again, as the portion of chicken was large and the whole meal was really tasty! My friend chose the beef dish, which priced at £15.95 was slightly more expensive (to be expected) but we found that the portion of meat on the plate was much smaller, which was slightly disappointing; but only because it was so tasty we needed more!

One of the girls had the seared salmon dish from the menu – which looked absolutely beautiful, and was a great option if roasts aren’t your thing! The seared salmon was served on Chorizo mash, tenderstem broccoli and Bouillabaisse sauce.

All round the dishes were delicious – and I would suggest visiting on a Sunday to try these roasts and check out the amazing view over the river!

Love, Maddie x

Station 26 – Brixton Market

A sunny Saturday calls for a brunch, and luckily this week we did just that. The girls and I popped along to Brixton market and stumbled on Station 26 – a completely gluten free cafe in the covered market.

We ordered quickly and the food came to the table after a few minutes – the service was really efficient! We had a selection of dishes from the menu, including the Station 26 Brekkie, salmon and avocado and the eggs Benedict with either salmon or halloumi.

We commented that it was rare somewhere was completely gluten free and so you could choose from the entire menu!

The food was delicious and delicately arranged on the plates – plus there was the option to add sides of halloumi… which went down very well!

We would 100% recommend – especially if you are gluten free, but even if you aren’t!

Love, Maddie x

LUX* Le Morne – MAURITIUS SPECIAL

I’m back!!!!!!! After a ridiculously long break from doing any writing I figured it’s time to return and so I’m back with a Mauritius special!

For my parents 35th wedding anniversary (the coral year) Dad decided he wanted to visit somewhere with coral…. long story short, off to Mauritius we went! We visited in August which is towards the end of the rainier season on the island before it gets too hot and we would have literally started to melt…

LUX* Le Morne’s private beach which seems to go on forever!

In order to book this trip of a lifetime we used Travelbag, ‘who specialise in creating tailor-made holidays to a range of worldwide destinations.’ This company were a delight – helping to organise our trip including the flights, transfers and giving advice about how to choose where on the island to stay. Although this was our first time visiting Mauritius, I feel as though we stayed in the most beautiful, natural part of the island – surrounded by nature and the most INCREDIBLE views and coral reefs.

We stayed at the incredible LUX* Le Morne hotel which honestly felt like being royalty. I’ve never experienced a service like it and even two months on I still think about how fantastic the staff were at making us feel so special!

One of about 50 million sunset pics taken on the trip

The experience went above and beyond – the welcoming staff were happy to fulfil our every need, the cleaners were kind and made the rooms look absolutely immaculate every day and the beach staff offered a helpful service like no other.

We were staying in a room like the below picture, which fit two adults per room. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and plants, with views of Le Morne in the background and out to the sea, we literally couldn’t ask for more.

In terms of luxury and quality, the hotel was absolutely outstanding and as you can tell from my enthusiasm in this post, we enjoyed it an insane amount! But in addition, the commitment to sustainability which LUX resorts abide by was very inspiring to me. Their ‘tread lightly’ campaign is an initiative which is aiming for carbon neutral holidays – something which is so important for an island with such a diverse eco-system, both for now and for our future! From using recyclable products in each room, committing to using locally sourced ingredients and aiming to reduce the amount of laundry which each suite has to undertake, all aspects of sustainability are thought of at the hotel, which only enhances the luxury feel of the service.

The Beach restaurant – one of three at the hotel offering a range of stunning cuisine

From start to finish I would recommend a trip to LUX* Le Morne and since returning to the UK I regularly look at their website and pray I’ll be able to go back and get used to these stunning colours!

Le Morne – this pic was taken just after we finishing swimming with wild dolphins – best experience of my life!

Perhaps next time I’ll stay in one of their other resorts on the island! If you’ve stayed at a LUX* resort or anywhere in Mauritius to recommend please leave a comment – I’m so ready to discover more!

Love, Maddie x