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Julies Restaurant – 135 Portland Road, W11

Julies Restaurant in Portland Road, W11

Located in Holland Park, I’ve never eaten at Julies, but I’ve always wanted to try their Sunday lunch menu – one day 🙂


The Belvedere Restaurant

The Belvedere Restaurant, originally uploaded by kensingtonabida.

The photo above is of The Belvedere restaurant in Holland Park. I really wanted to dine at The Belvedere, after a friend took their parents here for Sunday lunch and thoroughly recommended it.

I finally had the pleasure of having supper here last week. The location is lovely in the middle of Holland Park, just off Abbotsbury Road with lots of expensive houses along the way. I liked that there was a small parking area near the restaurant (unusual in Central London). The building itself dates back to the 17th Century, as you walk into the restaurant, you feel relaxed (I didn’t find it overly pretentious like Zuma). The decor was neutral, high ceilings and elegant. I didn’t feel underdressed, I wore my high-waisted Maria J Brand jeans, Sydney Knits bow French Connection jumper, and Bertie high-heeled Brogue Boots – other diners were similarly dressed smart/casual but it was a Wednesday night.

As for the dining experience; I started off with a Very Berry Cocktail – as I’m a non-alcoholic drinker, this cocktail was the best I’ve ever had. I skipped starters and just went straight into the mains, I chose Braised Lamb Shank, Minted Pea Puree, Root Vegetables, Rosemary Jus (£18.95), plus a side of mashed potatoes – yummy 🙂 The lamb was cooked beautifully. I finished with Chocolate Brownie and Pistachio ice-cream for dessert, this would have been perfect if the brownie was warm rather than cold.

I’d definitely come back here again for Sunday lunch. I love Sunday lunch and three courses for under £30 is very reasonable.

Classy restaurant, delicious food at reasonable prices – perfect for treating a special person or the parents.


The Belvedere Restaurant, Off Abbotsbury Road in Holland Park, London, W8 6LU


Menu: Click here

Cath Kidston – Clarendon Cross (now closed)

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* UPDATE: Clarendon Cross shop now closed and replaced with one on Portobello Road.

I love floral patterns, and as soon as I enter this rather kitsch shop, I’m in heaven 🙂 From dresses to ironing board covers, this shop is for girly girls… Products are reasonably expensive, but well-made, and one of the ladies that works in there (I think she has worked there for years) is very friendly. I enjoy my little trips in here. Locationwise, Clarendon Cross is quietly tucked away from the main street, and is within a short stroll from Holland Park Underground Station.

Check out my review of Cath Kidston – I am kensingtonabida – on Qype