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Pearl and Groove Gluten Free Cakes | Portobello Road
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For the most delightful, prettiest and tasty gluten free cakes you must prioritise a visit to Pearl and Groove on Portobello Road. You will find the bakery on Portobello Road, walk under the Westway past Golbourne Road and keep going a little further than you think you're supposed to and you will find it on the left side. Perhaps not somewhere you may stumble upon but a wonderful little bakery you will make every effort to visit once you know it's there. The window display is home to an array of delicately coloured rows of beautifully handcrafted and decorated mini cakes. Be prepared because you will want to try them all.

We sat on the candy coloured pink table and chairs outside, warmed up with a chai tea latte and feasted on these gorgeous edible pieces of art.

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Pearl and Groove notting hill gluten free
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Dippy Eggs | Sweet Things, Notting Hill

 

There are many excuses I have to wander along Westbourne Grove to Portobello Road, and here’s another. Sweet Things bakery. I’m so pleased you have arrived in Notting Hill. I am familiar with their very sweet bakery in Primrose Hill. It made the perfect coffee shop for playdates with the girls and of course they loved to share pretty looking sweet treats with their friends. I used to cherish those moments when I had a few minutes peace enjoying a cupcake and a coffee with a friend whilst the children would crawl into the toy box under the seats near to the window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Things may be known for their deliciously sweet cupcakes but they do a fantastic breakfast/brunch too. I was recommended to try the dippy eggs and I can tell you they are some of the best soft boiled eggs you will find around Portobello Road. I usually always drink coffee with breakfast but at Sweet Things it’s a little different, I have to enjoy their awarding winning hot chocolate, almost every time. Gabriella opted for a croissant to dip in her cup of hot chocolate. If you can, and you’re hungry, order it all, everything is executed just perfectly and don’t forget to finish with a salted caramel cupcake, they are divine. They also do so many different layer cakes, loaf cakes and crepes with all sorts of fillings, sweet and savoury. 

Bakeries and coffee shops like this are like little gems, they are places that we can hang out with a friend and catch up over coffee, sit and do some work on your own, pop in and buy a cupcake or two to eat whist strolling along portobello and feel welcome to take the little ones to breakfast and feel like we are not disturbing the peace. You can see how thoughtful they are, there are USB and plug sockets dotted all over, ready to be used and enjoyed whilst you enjoy and coffee and a bite to eat. One other thing, they are a cashless bakery, that means you need to used your card or contactless via your iPhone. What a great idea, it suits me just fine, I never have cash anyway.

Sweet Things

8 Blenheim Crescent
Notting Hill
W11 1NN

www.sweetthings.biz

Dinner at Le Pain Quotidien, Notting Hill
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le pain notting hill

Quite often I take the girls to Le Pain for hot chocolate and toast whilst I enjoy a coffee. They do bread and coffee so well, and most importantly, they are child-friendly. They do all sorts of delicious open sandwiches and cakes. Their approach to food is to keep it simple, the ingredients, the menu and the style. And, there is an emphasis on organic produce. I like this. I have to admit I had never tried them before for dinner. Expect a small, concise menu with a handful of dishes that resemble something you would expect to be served in a french farmhouse kitchen. Rustic and homely comfort food.

le pain notting hill
le pain notting hill

We chose the chicken and Leek Pie and British Steak & West Country Ale Stew. They do not offer a children's menu but there is plenty which you could make work. For the girls we opted for 2 sides each, mashed potato which is served with lashings of butter, which, they of course loved and avocado. It was perfect for them. They finished off which a flourless chocolate brownie.

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le pain menu notting hill
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le pain notting hill
le pain notting hill

Don't be shy to ask for crayons and paper for the children, they usually have some lurking about and are only too happy to provide you with some tools to keep them entertained whilst you sit back and enjoy your meal. Both Gabriella and Lucia Returned home with a masterpiece each.

Le Pain Quotidien - Notting Hill

* We was invited to sample a meal by Le Pain Quotidien

Breakfast at the Electric Diner, Portobello Road
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electric portobello road

Since having children breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day. I need that fuel to set me up for the lengthly fast paced day day ahead. I'm not one for cereal and milk, I'm much more of a fruit and yoghurt type of person if I'm in a rush, or, if I have a little time then avocado on toast with poached eggs, or, a fruit smoothie bowl with lots of health delicious toppings.

How could I not share one of my longstanding favourite spots for breakfast. In actual fact The Electric hits the spot for every meal in my opinion, breakfast, lunch or diner and/or cocktails. The Electric has grown with me over the years. Gosh, I loved this place pre-babies and settled life, but honestly, I love it just as much now. On the rare occasion we get a moment for a mid-week breakfast date Glenn and I happily sneak out without the children, we eat too much and drink lots of coffee and have a chat which usually revolves around work stuff, having said that, it's not a problem to bring the kids and they love it too. Request a booth, don't be put on one of their crammed tables at the back where you have no privacy, I couldn't even imagine sitting there with a child or two. My nerves would be on complete edge. I don't like sitting on top of other diners while i'm eating, even with another adult, the thought of having to restrict my conversation whilst paying for the pleasure never seems fair.

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What I love is they are not too cool, too American or too French to do a full English breakfast. And, they do it well. The quality of the produce is first class and the atmosphere is exciting, busy without being to much, and you can happily find yourself absorbed and entertained by the eclectic Notting Hill crowd.

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electric portobello road
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electric notting hill
Granger & Co, Notting Hill
Granger Notting Hill
Granger Notting Hill

The queue is quite often trailing down Westbourne Grove. To me, it's the first positive sign that you've stumbled upon a very desirable, well worth the wait eating place, even though there are at least 10 other quite delicious cafes and restaurants within 50 metres of where you are standing. For some reason, waiting in line on Westbourne Grove is an acceptable situation when it comes to Granger, I don't necessarily like it, but, I do it. The food and ambiance seems to outweigh the time spent waiting. Just a little peek through the windows at the buzzy looking scene keeps you excited enough to allow your feet to remain firmly in that queue.

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granger notting hill
granger london - Notting Hill lifestyle Blog
granger london - Notting Hill lifestyle Blog
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There is no option to book, so if it's busy you must wait. If there is space, they will offer you a seat outside and you can order drinks whilst you wait. Remembering back to when Granger first opened the long queue situation has always been there but usually only on a Saturday and Sunday brunch time. Nowadays, since the word has travelled about this perfectly relaxed yet lively restaurant which serves fabulously fresh food, the queue often overspills down Westbourne Grove most days.

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London Lifestyle Blog - granger notting hill

It's very popular with the locals and you can see a very international crowd travelling from far to experience the wonders of Granger & Co. I love this place even more because it's child friendly, making it the perfect spot to spend some quality family time. they are equipped with highchairs and although there isn't a children's menu (as far as I know) they are always more than happy to prepare a side of avocado for weaning babies or plain toast. There is plenty of the menu that my girls love, the pancakes are always a hit.

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Lifestyle blog - hotcakes
Lifestyle blog - hotcakes

I highly recommend the hotcakes, the scrambled eggs (they are amazing) and the pancakes.

Granger is a place I quite enjoy working from. I find the buzz very inspiring and seem to achieve quite a lot. It's also a great location to have informal business meetings or lunch or coffee. for me. Glenn and I often breakfast here, I take my mum for lunch (they can accommodate gluten and lactose intolerant diners) and I love to have lunch with friends here too. It's a one venue fits all kind of place.

The only down side is when you are visiting with children the queuing can be difficult, either get there super early on a weekend or be prepared to keep them entertained whilst you wait.

www.grangerandco.com

Daylesford, Notting Hill
Daylesford Notting Hill
Daylesford Notting Hill

I'm passionate about Notting Hill. Us locals are blessed to have the most amazing selection of restaurants. Just like it's residents Notting Hill has such an eclectic collection of restaurants, eateries and cafes. That includes the organic kind. It wasn't until I had my children that I became more aware about the benefits of organic food and products. Having said that we are definitely not 'organic only' type people, but, we do only give our girls organic milk and try to with most diary products.

If only organic goodness will do and you're looking for an organic feast, Daylesford is the place to go, particularly if you are in the Notting Hill area (although there are many more popping up all over the place). Combining the concept of a deli and restaurant under one very conveniently located roof has created the perfect hangout, pop-in and meeting point on Westbourne Grove. It's sort of become the focal point of the road. I love their coffee, pastries and, well, all their delicious offerings. I'm willing to walk past ten other coffee shops just to enjoy the taste of a Daylesfood coffee.

Daylesford Notting Hill
Daylesford Notting Hill

Whilst I enjoy my coffee I love nothing more than a little wonder around the seasonal veggies and fruits. An organic deli rarely get better than this, it has been cleverly designed to make you feel as though you have been transported to an urban farm shop. One of the four seasons can always be felt inside Daylesford. Now that the autumn is here, pumpkins can be found everywhere. All shapes, sizes and colours. The stunning centre table was topic of conversation as Gabriella questioned us about all the varieties of squashes.

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Daylesford

From time to time I indulge in a long alfresco brunch or lunch, the relaxed atmosphere leaves you feeling as though you are enjoying lunch at a friends farmhouse for the afternoon. I'm Usually with my mother on visits to Daylesford, who, is a keen organic foodie but I sometimes spend a little quality time with my eldest daughter and take her for lunch. A couple of weekends back, three generations of girls enjoy a beautiful autumn lunch together. I always know when autumn is truly here, as I get the urge to order soul warming soup. I may be enjoying comforting winter warmers but I'm not sure Gabriella is ready to move on from summer as she ordered ice-cream. Typical.

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Daylesford Notting Hill
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Ice Cream at Fortum & Mason's The Parlour
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Do you think we enjoyed our ice-cream? I think the picture above says it all. We've eaten so much ice-cream this summer. I have a sweet tooth so I need no convincing, Glenn will never say no to food, it's Gabriella's snack of choice (can't believe i'm calling ice cream a snack, a little worrying, yes I know!) and Lucia is slowly adapting to this very cold, sweet obession of ours.

Yet again the weather has changed and we have been once again enjoying indoor pleasures. I wanted to have a wander around Fortnums, I'm currently seeking inspiration for our new home. I'm actively seeking a new tea set so where better to ponder teapots and teacups? Of course there was bribery involved, the company of two toddlers and a man homeware shopping came in exchange for ice-cream at Fortnum's Parlour.

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Wonderful, exciting and a just a bit magical. It's every little person's dream. And, more than perfectly suitable for bigger people too. Makes a lovely setting to meet a girlfriend or two, or a perfect place for an informal business meeting and I can quite imagine coming here with my mum for an afternoon after a spot of light shopping. The menu is just a delightful as the setting. The children's menu is really creative. Gabriella chose The Hansel and Gretal, huge for a 3 year old but she managed to eat it all. Where on earth does she put it all!

Everything is amazing and they do a lovely selection of teas. Fantastically British!

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Gabriella Wore: Jacket - Scoth R'belle Jumper - Ilovegorgeous

Lucia Outfit - M&S Kids

I wore: Dress - River Island