Bank holiday Mondays are always the ultimate lazy day. After packing Saturday and Sunday with errands and must-do’s its nice to have no agenda. I do realise I say this, alot! But this bank holiday was no different. I got up late with no alarm clock dictating when to roll out of bed! That has to be my favourite indulgence. To keep the hanger at bay (hungry anger!) I pulled on my holiest jeans (holey, not holy!) and headed towards Liverpool Street to try Patty & Bun. But then… the Queue… I just couldn’t do it. So we walked to my favourite steak restaurant- Hawksmoor- to settle the hunger pangs instead.
Hawksmoor have an express menu- 2 courses for £23 or 3 courses for £26. They’re pretty good deals- I’ve ordered from the main menu and the express menu is no different in quality. On Mondays, you can even BYOB for £5. They’ve branched out all over the city- but my favourite is the original Spitalfields restaurant- just for the atmosphere though, the food is amazing in every branch!
Robin had a 2 course Express meal but I thought I’d venture outside of the box and try something new, and ordered a Hawksmoor burger. I helped myself to Robin’s Ceasar Salad starter because…what’s his is mine and what’s mine is mine…or something like that! It was good- crispy lettuce, creamy dressing, crunchy croutons and just the right amount of parmesan cheese. They put anchovies into the salad, and although I don’t normally like anchovies, they worked well in the salad. I wanted to LOVE my burger, because Hawksmoor has never let me down yet. But it was just okay, nothing to rave about. The brioche bun was dry and the cheddar cheese was a little overpowering for my taste. But what the burger lacked, the triple cooked chips made up for! When eaten with Hawksmoor’s homemade ketchup- mmm, insert lip smacking emoji. Watching Robin tuck into his rib eye steak with peppercorn gave me super food envy. Peppercorn sauce is the best- brilliant for chip dunking too! The steak was tender and well seasoned and I wished I had gotten that instead of my lack lustre £15 burger.
After lunch, we happened to come across an All Saints sample sale!
The crazy thing was, it wasn’t even that busy. I had a good nose around all the shoes and bags marked down to £40 (!) and rummaged through the rails for some bargains. Of course, I found NOTHING for me. But Robin scored a few amazing deals- a coat, a jacket and a bunch of t shirts at a ridiculously low price. I did spy one girl wearing an Owain jacket that was in store a few years ago and is now impossible to find…I gave her a mental fist bump.
It started pouring down with rain, but when we stumbled upon these guys dancing just outside Spitalfields market, I stood in the rain for a couple of minutes to watch (sorry Mum!) Beyonce has nothing on snake hips up there. For Africa at Spitalfields, there were loads of food stalls and we managed to have a quick browse through- I’m sure I could smell some delicious banana fritters cooking but couldn’t find the source! Banana fritters remind me of home, my mum used to make them all the time. A quick train ride later, I was snuggled up at home with a hot cup of tea. As far as unplanned days go, this one wasn’t bad- accidentally productive! Anyway, more of these 3 day breaks please.
…how did you spend yours?