The latest addition to Trafalgar Road’s eateries is Fay’s Heavenly Deli at 149 Trafalgar Road. I’ve been there twice now and have had two excellent cooked breakfasts and a lovely hot chocolate.
Run by Fay and her husband, the deli is open seven days a week and serves hot and cold food for breakfast, lunch and even dinner from time to time – see their Facebook page for full opening times.
The inside is warmly decorated with old wooden chairs and tables and there are plans to open up the downstairs to accommodate more customers.
And here is the lovely breakfast, £5 including a drink and fresh bread, lovely jubbly.
Back in January us Londoners had a bit of proper snow and it was lovely. Also that month, stories appeared on the Interwebs declaring that the Thames Path by the Lovell’s development was to be opened after being shut for years (that is how it felt at least).
These two exciting events coincided with a visit from my aunt and uncle the weekend after the snow, so what better thing to do in freezing January than go for a walk to the O2!
It was also another opportunity to crack out the new shiny camera so here are some photos…
My favourite local, The Pelton Arms
An amazing sight! One can walk beside the river!
I spotted these wooly bollard hats two days earlier and found out they were the work of the Guerilla Knitters, Greenwich branch. Part of this walk turned into ‘spot the knitting’ which was quite enjoyable.
After the first knitting spots we came to Enderby’s Wharf which is supposed to be turning into a cruise liner terminal
Yes, I do cruelly force family members to pose for embarrassing photos
The east side of the Isle of Dogs is in the background
Morden Wharf with its awesome lettering
Spotted this great bit of work, I would imagine the Greenwich Industrial History Society were involved
After walking the long way round we finally reached the O2 and went to Starbucks for a much needed hot drink!
We then went on the cable car but it was raining by that time and my photos are completely awful. It was fun though! Hooray for Boris’s dangleway!
French deli and cafe L’Artisan is one of my favourite ‘new’ finds. It isn’t particularly new to Trafalgar Road having been open since 2011, but it is new to my heart. :).
A friend of mine and her family were staying during the summer, and as Trafalgar Cafe isn’t open on a Sunday, I thought a French breakfast would be an excellent start to the day and a good excuse to finally visit this tiny but inviting deli.
We were in luck that day as there was just enough space for six of us plus a buggy. We took up half the shop but there was still space for another table of four.
Scrambled eggs, with mushrooms or ham and bacon, was the hot breakfast option and we were quickly served and seated with drinks whilst we waited for our breakfasts to be cooked. They all arrived about ten minutes later which was quite a reasonable wait time for five dishes.
My dish was the mushroom version and the mushrooms had been cooked in a creamy sauce which was absolutely divine. Also, the scrambled eggs were cooked perfectly – slightly runny and delicious. Heaven.
The ham and bacon version was enthusiastically eaten by my friend’s son and my my other half. A thumbs up all round and a slight pang of jealously from my other half because he wanted my mushroom and cream dish as well. :D.
The deli also sells French and Italian biscuits, conserves, cheese, meats and pasta as well as fresh baguettes, boules, croissants, pastries and tarts. Hot food and drinks can also be ordered to take out.
Since visiting in the summer, the deli’s owner Joris Barbaray has sold L’Artisan to a local couple called Grace and Dustin Lauw. The Lauws are also French, hailing from Paris, but have been living in Greenwich for the past five years.
As regular customers at L’Artisan, they took an interest in running the deli when Barbaray decided to move on earlier this year. Speaking to Grace three weeks ago, she told me that Barbaray is to be a father and might be moving back to France to continue his cookery training. All good stuff. :).
Dustin has been working with Barbaray to learn all the dishes served at L’Artisan and to continue the business in the same way it has been run since last year. They do have plans for the deli but want to get everything in order for themselves before changing anything.
Good luck to Grace and Dustin, L’Artisan is a wonderful additional to my local high street. Hooray for the French!
I’ve been attending various dance classes at Little Pilates Studio on Trafalgar Road for the past two months.
My favourite classes are Barre Fit and Zumba and I am really enjoying popping round the corner for a class after getting home from work. I used to do a lot of disco and contemporary dance at school but it has been a long time since I went to an exercise class!
Barre Fit incorporates elements of Ballet and Pilates and is more about stretching and toning than weight loss. Zumba on the other hand is fast, intense and you sweat a lot! However, both classes are great fun and I am enjoying improving my fitness little by little.
The two instructors I have been exercising with are really friendly and lead the classes really well. One of them is a bit of an exercise nutter and works you flat out but that is the point!
The studio offers a large variety of classes at different levels and classes are available all week at different times. Classes operate on a credits system so you only need to purchase credits to book and attend any class with 24 hours notice. Cool!
Discounted packages are also available and I signed up like a proper healthy person a few weeks back! :D.
So, if you don’t fancy the gym at The Arches or can’t be arsed with swimming either, go and dance and stretch and bend at Little Pilates!
In January I reviewed Bianco 43 Delivery, a new pizza delivery business in East Greenwich. Two months later one of the owners contacted me to offer me a free dinner for two at their restaurant in the centre of Greenwich to say thank you.
Obviously, I accepted. Free food?! What more could a girl want!
So, on a Tuesday night in March, the other half and I ventured into the tourist trap that is Greenwich town centre. Most of the restaurants around here are chains and the character of this area does suffer from bland and uninspiring food outlets. However, we still have the market (for now) and there are a number of independent restaurants that will hopefully stick around and encourage more locals to eat out.
On entering Bianco 43 I was impressed with the clean, fresh brightly painted interior. The scrubbed white wooden floor and pine tables gave the restaurant a wonderful mediterranean feel and the place felt homely instead of generic like Pizza Express.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the service immediately as we had to wait five minutes for our menus while the waiter chatted with various people. Most restaurants would give the menus to the customers as soon as they are seated, but in this case it did not happen which left me distracted and unable to relax. However, once our orders had been taken, our food and drink arrived quickly.
But, the waiter had got part of the order wrong and my boyfriend was given the pasta special instead of the pizza special he had requested. We decided not to say anything as we were having a free meal, but we had been looking forward to a pizza from the wood-fired oven. :s.
Hopefully he was just having a off night…
Sautéed fresh mussels with garlic and toasted focaccia bread, £7.90
Fried squid and courgettes served with tartare sauce, £8.90
Pappardelle with wild mushrooms and duck, £12.50
Pasta special, £13
Panna Cotta, £5.90
As to the food, it was very good and miles better than the takeaway we had eaten in January. The food was also served on beautiful mis-matched plates full of colour which added to the individual feel of the place. Everything arrived hot and perfectly cooked, and the portion sizes were just right. After three courses each we felt satisfied but not overly stuffed.
If Bianco 43 could shave a £1 or so off the starter and main prices I think they could bring in more passing customers as the Pizza Express across the road is undercutting Bianco 43 by a couple of pounds*. BUT, if you want really good Italian food then you should definitely choose Bianco 43 over Pizza Express’s yawn fest of food.
Thank you to Massimo for the excellent meal!
*Since eating at Bianco 43 in March, a lunch offer has been introduced. All pizzas are £5.95, Monday to Friday until 4pm.