Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Darrell Visits Jamie Oliver’s Recipease in Notting Hill … Amongst Other Places

Jamie Oliver Notting Hill Portobello ShopDarrell’s next considered stop off in London, curtsey of Hugh’s fully loaded Oyster Card was Jamie Oliver’s Recipease in Notting Hill (almost in Hughes backyard).  He said his visit was tinged with a little guilt as he knew how much I would love to visit there myself, now that I am a fully fledged Food Technician ….
Jamie Oliver Shop.You can actually learn to cook in the middle of the shop with one of Jamie’s kitchen pros, how brilliant is that? While Darrell was there they were cooking wonderful breads with all sorts of exotic bits lobed in. Darrell said the smell and atmosphere was sooooo robustly romantic in a very London type way.
Jamie Oliver ShopHe also said that perhaps when we are next in London we could book a class for ourselves ….. and then we could “bish bosh, job done” just like Jamie and if Jamie was in residence on the day we visited I could perhaps show him one of my cupcakes.
http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipease/new shop in Notting Hill
It was all rush when Darrell got back to Hughes gaff, just time for a quick shower and secret splash of Hughes extensive wardrobe of fragrance and it was off for tea at  Hughes Thai Restaurant of choice – Thai Rice in Portobello Road ……
096Darrell was in seventh heaven watching Notting Hill fully embracing the spirit of Halloween …. what would Julia Roberts have made of it all with her infectious laughter he wondered?
099Hugh suggested they ordered a whole plethora of starters and share as everything was just “too darling” and told Darrell that he could use a knife and fork rather than chopsticks as he wanted Darrell to actually taste the food rather than having most of it finding its way down Darrell’s on trend stripy jumper.
100For mains Darrell selected Yum Ped Krob which was  aromatic crispy duck with a spicy salad. It would have been nice to show you a picture of them enjoying their meal but Darrell said that when the food arrived there was some serious chowing going on, accompanied by much nom nomming, and no one wanted to break off to take any pictures, what are they like?
nr36_264awAnd then to round off the evening Hugh asked Darrell if he fancied partaking in a small nightcap at his local, the very ambient Uxbridge Arms ….. Uxbridge Arms …….  where Hugh introduced Darrell to the very fragrant Landlady who welcomed him to her hostelry and made him feel very special.
notting hill pubDarrell decided there and then that if he lived in Notting Hill that this would be his local too and if they ever made a sequel to Notting Hill he would write a fan letter to Julia Roberts and recommend that she go and have a pint there too! Pubtastic!


Anonymous said...

All is sooo very romantic of a London type nature.....was there ever a more perfect pub than the Uxbridge Arms to finish off a great evening?? Darrell is looking very much the sophisticated (but wuth a casual air) London bon vivant! Seventh heaven describes it all so very well....wouldn't be surprised if Julia R. and H. Grant came strolling by!....Dianne

Mr.D said...

Bon vivant and an epicurean? From the title, I thought it was going to be about Pease Pudding but nothing of the sort.
The bread in the photo looks wonderful. This made me hungry!
The Uxbridge Arms looks great too - I now fancy a pint of cask conditioned real ale!!
I used to live near the Uxbridge Road, which ends not far from this pub. Now I am feeling nostalgic!!!
Are you telling me Notting Hill is not a true story? Oh no!!!! What are you doing to me?? Aagghh!!!!!

marc said...

We had a fab eveing even when the scary clown came to the resturant and it did not seem strange to see frankinstein was sitting having a small sherry in the pub we had such a jolly we miss you big love marc and Hugh

Mr.D said...

Maybe it is Dr. Frankenstein's monster's local pub of choice. Fullers London Pride anyone?

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