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The Prince Bonaparte, Westbourne Park, W2


This could be one of my favourite pubs, not pretentious. Mix of bat**** crazy Notting Hiller’s. Second time I’ve been here for a Sunday roast. Delicious food. The barman came and chatted to us, gave me and my bestie a free dessert and randomly kissed the top of my head. Very friendly bunch! 

Highly recommend. Supposed to be working but slacking off for once, now back to my spreadsheets 😦

The Commander Porterhouse & Oyster Bar, 47 Hereford Road

 img_0966The second time we’ve had our office Christmas party at The Commander on Hereford Road. Both times we’ve had a general knowledge quiz, with everyone putting money in, both times, the winners were great sports and put it towards our food & drinks bill at the end of the night.

In the heart of Notting Hill, this bar is somewhere I feel suits me well. I’m not into crowded noisy bars/pubs, and whilst this undoubtedly gets busy, it’s still comfortable enough to relax in. The Commander has a private room, which we rented out for the evening, it’s always beautifully decorated. There are glass doors which we can shut so as not to disturb the rest of the bar goers when we start to get rowdy over who’s cheated on the quiz 😉 The food and service was excellent.

This year our party also doubled up as a leaving do for my colleague Big Baby (James). The evening was both happy and sad, Big Baby (nickname just stuck) I’ve worked with for over five years. In that time, we’ve never argued or got on each other’s nerves. Not a mean feat given how small the office is. In nearly 11 years I’ve been there, I’ve worked with some many wonderful people. Big Baby though is my all time favourite. 

When the end of our party drew near, Big Baby and I had a bit of a deep conversation. He said it always struck him that he wanted to help me with work, but I would say I’m fine. Instead he would see when I was stressed and run across the road to get me a snack, or drive to my favourite chip shop, Georges on Portobello Road, and bring it back for us to eat. He did that he said because the office couldnt cope without me, it was nice to hear his words of respect. I will miss my little brother… 

Over all, the night was a success, enjoyed by all. I would highly recommend this bar.

Eight Year Anniversary

Where does the time go? I’ve been working in Notting Hill for eight years. I’m the longest standing employee in the office, and have seen quite a number of people come and go. There used to be more girls than guys when I joined, now it’s just me and all guys. I have to say, it’s always been a great environment to work in.

It’s nice when ex-colleagues drop by to say hi, I can’t believe your still here, Abi, they say! I tend to go out more in Notting Hill than Kensington, I’ll walk into most shops and someone will recognise me or know my name and what I want to buy. I quite like that, as sometimes London can feel like a soulless place.

Luckily when I got my lunch this afternoon, the lady that nearly always serves me complimented me on how I don’t look any different after all these years and that I’ve kept my slim figure – I don’t feel soo old now 🙂

Portobello Ristorante Pizzeria, Notting Hill

Location: 7 Ladbroke Grove, London, W11 3PA

Website: http://portobellolondon.co.uk

I went here recently for our office Christmas party. We sat downstairs and had a table reserved in advance for a group of us. The service was great, my main course was very tasty but my dessert had more pastry than fruit, but other than that, good food at a reasonable price. The location is fantastic, less than a minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate Underground Station.

If you fancied doing something after your meal, you could go catch a film at the Coronet on Notting Hill Gate, walk down to Portobello Road, or try some of the selection of bars on the trendy Ledbury Road & Westbourne Grove.

Electric Cinema

Electric Cinema, originally uploaded by kensingtonabida.

Located on the trendy Portobello Road, The Electric Cinema is a cool place to visit, and even great for a casual date (food is good).

http://www.electriccinema.co.uk

Notting Hill Brasserie – Kensington Park Road

Address: 92 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2PN  | Tel. 020 7229 4481 | http://www.nottinghillbrasserie.com

I recently dined here with friends and had a really lovely time. Located in the heart of Notting Hill, this chic restaurant has a romantic feel to it. The decor is neutral, ceilings high, and opposite our table there was a man playing on the piano. The service was excellent, I didn’t order a starter as I wanted to save space for a dessert 🙂

I had the Chicken main course – roast breast with wild mushroom risotto and artichoke purée – it was absolutely delicious. Followed by my favourite dessert combination: Fondant – warm chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream. One word – yummy!

I wasn’t sure what to wear but opted for smart casual, as this is Notting Hill! I wore my high-waisted J Brand Doll jeans with a silk floral blouse and heels. Everyone looked smartly dressed – men in trousers and shirt, and quite a few women were wearing cocktail style dresses, but it was a Saturday night. There was no pretentious feel to this place.

Location: It’s within walking distance from Notting Hill Gate Underground Station (approx 10 mins), or I hitched a lift from my friend as they have a K&C parking permit, so we ended up parking just opposite the restaurant.

Check out my review of Notting Hill Brasserie – I am kensingtonabida – on Qype

Paul Rhodes Bakery, Notting Hill Gate

Category:  Cafes  
Address: 26 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3HY  www.rhodesbakery.co.uk
Conveniently located on the corner of Notting Hill Gate & Linden Gardens, this bakery opened in July 2010.

Bakeries are my weakness, I love anything sweet like cakes 🙂 Inside the decor is modern, you can buy from a selection of fresh bread, pastries and cakes. I bought a medium slice of pizza and a warm croissant, both delicious, a friend had one of their sandwichs, but although he conceded it was a little pricey, he said it was delicious.

Although there isn’t much space for sitting inside, the premises has been cleverly designed with a small mezzanine level where there are a few tables and chairs, and outside on the street there are a few tables.

The only downside is that it can take a while to get served, it’s not the best in terms of service, but it’s certainly a yummy place to go to if you’re in the area.