May Bank Holiday Weekend

This weekend, we had a taste of the (hopefully) summer weather we will be enjoying over the next few months in London – It was perfect for those sun worshipers to bask in the sun however for me , a beer garden enthusiast it was a great excuse to go for a “quick one down the local”. Along with the sunshine, and bright bright skies however it also highlighted the dire state of our house… dust everywhere…. so a spring (summer) clean was on the to-do list before the fun began.
We had friends over from Ireland this weekend and although there were sushi dinners and fine cocktail dining across London, there was still plenty of time to enjoy the good weather (and shops) in Earlsfield.

On Saturday, I met some friends in the Leather Bottle for a cheeky drink. As we walked around to the back we saw how busy the beer garden was (this is always a good sign right?)

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I am not sure if its a new thing/summer thing but they have opened Toms bar and BBQ in the garden and so yummy aromas drifted in our direction.  Immediately my friends were like “Right we’re getting food” – it did look yum! The staff in the outside area were lovely and helpful and although you had to pay and go on the spot, it wasn’t that disruptive! I thought a nice touch to the garden was that a) it is definitely child friendly (lots of groups of friends with their families, it seemed) and b) it’s dog friendly – Look at the doggie corner (I just had to take a picture)

Dogs Corner @ Leather Bottle

After a late night on Saturday, I dragged my housemate down to La Pernella on Garratt Lane for breakfast. What I found out from google translate is that La Pernella (Pernelle) translates to rock/stone.

A glimpse of what is on the menu..
A glimpse of what is on the menu..

I can confirm this place is definitely rock solid when it comes to serving up a great coffee and really nice food. It is run by an Italian family and you are always greeted with a smile. The food is cheap as chips (Poached eggs on toast is only  £2.50) too which is always good for those strapped for cash. It’s not just breakfast either, you can order some lovely pastas and sandwiches if you aren’t feeling the fry-up vibe…

Poached Eggs for only 2.50. Side of grilled tomatoes.

I have been here plenty of times already and I have not been disappointed to date. You’ll even see the local policemen eating their frys around 7am while on the way to the station in the mornings (Thumbs up)

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With full bellies, We took to the high street for some browsing; I was on the search for a vase (Yes, i know its criminal not having a vase) and found an absolute bargain in one of the charity shops for only £1.75…. So I obviously had to buy some flowers to test the waters 🙂

My new vase

Bunka was across the road so I thought it would be rude not popping in for a little wander. I always seem to lose control in this little gem of a place; it has everything from clothing to water bottles, children’s toys and Art. At the moment owls are a big feature in there (something which I am quite obsessed with at the moment). Everytime I pop in there the girls are always so friendly and chat away casually (it’s nice to be nice as they say) and its a nice little touch because you want to go back to those places. So, I treated myself to a really cool coral scarf  coming in at £19.99 (which goes perfectly with a cardigan I bought 2 weeks ago so “GOOD JOB”

Bunka Styling Earlsfield Residents

The Halfway House came to our rescue on bank holiday Monday as there were a few sore heads in the house. I’ve popped in here a few times now but I have never sat down to eat. It was quiet enough (which was a bonus for us). We just wanted somewhere to chill. The guy behind the bar is extremely friendly (again always nice to see) and we feasted on burgers and sharing plates. The sharing plates are £5 per item so recommended to get 4 items between 2 people. It was good quality food, especially the nachos (my guilty pleasure). They also were advertising a gin cocktail making competition which they are running at the moment (for all those gin lovers out there). All you need to do is fill out your details and pop it into the box by the bar for a chance to win a cocktail making session for you and 5 of  your friends (of course I did enter, don’t be silly :))

Sharing plates at Halfway House

We decided to quickly pop down to our other lovely local, The Wandle for a quick Gin and Tonic to wrap up and wind down from the bank holiday weekend but also to have a nose in the beer garden (they removed the outside/inside area so it is now all exposed). Baring in mind this probably happens every year but for me this is my first summer in Earlsfield (so I am still learning). I approve anyway, completely transforms the place and makes it EVEN better. Everyone loves a good session in The Wandle 😉

Gin and Tonics in The Wandle..

This blogging thing is so new to me that I don’t know which direction I am heading in but I am just going to go with the flow and see how it evolves (or evaporates).

Until next time, Have a “earlie” good week! 🙂