Mildreds – A Vegan and Vegetarians dream

It has been a while since I had caught up with my friend so we decided to make dinner plans. As we are both vegetarian – and our other half’s are carnivores – we thought it would be a good opportunity to finally get ourselves to Mildreds. This had possibly been the quickest decision we had every made when deciding where to eat!

So earlier this week I made a quick dash across London to the Kings Cross branch.

Top tip – if you get coming via underground make sure you get off at the right exit! I’m pretty sure it took me 10 mins to get from one exit to the closest one to Mildreds!

This has been the first time I haven’t check TripAdvisor before I visited a restaurant as didn’t want  to taint my opinion of Midreds before I arrived!

We decided to meet at 6 as the Kings Cross branch doesn’t take bookings however as I soon as I got there I was seated quickly and the restaurant was surprisingly quite empty.

Once my friend arrived we decided we weren’t super super hungry so opt’ed for a few starters and thought we would see how we feel after that. Once the food arrived we realised 4 starters (and 4 glasses) on a table for 2 was not easy to balance, so we asked if we can have a bigger table.

Top tip – The tables are super small – so ask for a bigger table as you won’t be able to fit all the yummy food on your table.

For starters we ordered:

  • gyoza dumplings with sweet chilli sauce
  • rose harrisa hoummus, pine nuts, spicy tempeh and chargrilled flatbread
  • smashed avocado with lime, chilli and blue corn chips
  • sweet potato fries with basil mayo or chipotle ketchup

Each of these starters were absolutely scrumptious…..

Mildreds - Starters

Gyoza Dumplings, those of you who may know me know I love Gyzoa dumplings this obsession came from finding the Bloomsbury farmers market  where they have a tasty gyoza stand. So, when we ordered this dish I was intrigued if it would live up the standard that I had tasted before but rest assured it was so good! It was accompanied with a sticky soya chilli sauce which was incredible.

Rose Harissa Hummus – I would like to think I am hummus connoisseur as I LOVE Turkish and Lebanese food but this was definitely up there on my top 10 list of the best hummus. It was great to see even after not eating the chargrilled flatbread for 10 mins that it was still super soft rather than crunchy and hard,

Smashed Avocado with blue corn chips – well who doesn’t like guacamole and chips! It was really tasty and I loved that they had extra lime on the side if we needed more to taste (which it definitely did!)

Sweet potato fries – Crispy on the outside, soft on the side and sprinklings of green onions on top! Delicious!

After our starters we debated whether to get some mains however after looking at the table next to ours decided not to as the portions were huge and there was no way we would have finished a main each or even shared.

However I was super sneaky and earlier in the day I had a look at the dessert menu and was itching to try out a dessert to curb my sweet tooth!

We both decided to order a dessert each and share which was possibly the best decision I have ever made!

We ordered:

  • passion fruit crème caramel with ginger snap and passion fruit compote
  • poached peaches with fresh raspberries, vanilla ice cream, laced with peach schnapps and a shortbread biscuit

Mildreds - Pudding

They were both so yummy and the presentation of each one was so inviting that we demolished the desserts within 5 minutes!

Overall a great catch up, delicious food and quirky surroundings!

Would I go back? 100%

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Average price per person – £22

Location: Camden, Kings Cross and Soho

Website: http://www.mildreds.co.uk/

 

 

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The Dorchester Spa – luxury and tranquil

It’s not often I treat myself to an expensive beauty treatment however as it was my other half’s sisters 30th birthday I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to treat her to a day out to the spa and pamper myself. I searched the internet high and low and spent hours going through so many websites and came across The Dorchester Spa. I was impressed by the reviews and the website as well as their offering and booked as soon as I could.

Fast forward 2 months and finally our spa day arrived!

The Dorchester Hotel

When we arrived we were greeted by a lovely receptionist who took our details and then escorted us to the dressing room where we were given a locker with “the essentials” – a towel, dressing gown, flip flops and toiletries. The therapist showed us all the facilities (listed at the bottom) and left us to get changed and make our way to the relaxation room.

I cannot even begin to explain how beautiful the relaxation room was – I wish I took a picture! It was full of big comfortable – bed sized – sofas and fluffy pillows with magazines and newspapers for us to enjoy! The background music and herbal teas were just perfect. Given the fact that none of us girls had ever enjoyed a 5* spa experience we were gobsmacked by the room. As it was empty it felt like our own private room.

Our massages were booked at 12pm and like clockwork as soon as it was 12pm, 3 lovely beauty therapists walked in and escorted each of us to our private room for our Swedish massage.

Excuse the picture, it doesn’t do the room justice however the therapist was amazing (I wish I got her name!)

The Dorchester - Spa

The spa thought of everything! When I lied down for the massage the therapist asked me to place an eye pillow (an eye mask to anyone who isn’t posh) over my eyes and to breathe in lavender drops to relax. Once each part of my body was massaged with hot oil that area was covered with a hot towel and another on top. Its sounds weird but it kept my body warm in the cool room! The music was soft and classical that put me to sleep – I was in heaven and felt very relaxed!

The massage and dry head scalp was just amazing! I couldn’t believe the 55 minutes had come and gone so quickly! Once I had got dressed into my dressing gown my therapist was waiting outside with cold coconut water and a biscotti and then led me to the relaxation area where my friends were waiting.

We relaxed for a few hours and we were called for our afternoon tea. I was so excited to have afternoon tea in my robe!

We were led to a beautifully decorated room with dim lighting, candles and flowers – if I was able to decorate my house like this I would be the happiest woman in the world!

The Dorchester - Afternoon tea

We were given a fantastic tea menu with a variety of teas however we didn’t feel too adventurous and opted for the “normal” tea! As we all had different of dietary requirements, our waitress confirmed them with us and served us a variety of sandwiches.

I opted for vegan sandwiches and wow they were amazing:

  • Guacamole
  • Cucumber and soya cream cheese
  • Smoked Aubergine and veg

The lady said they were just a small selection and if we wanted more or different ones she would more than happy order them. After 2 rounds of sandwiches we were carb’ed up and needed a break. After a few more pots of tea and water we moved on to dessert.

The Dorchester - Afternoon tea 2

The desserts I was presented with were egg and gelatine free:

  • Raisin scones
  • Plain scones
  • Chocolate block filled with mouse and salted caramel
  • Raspberry sorbet
  • Carrot cake

These were accompanied with clotted cream, strawberry jam and apricot conserve. They were gorgeous, rich and melt in my mouth. I ate each one so slowly and savoured each bite!

The Dorchester - Afternoon tea 3

Once we finishes our afternoon tea we thought it was best to get ready and head back home. The toiletry bags were filled with the essentials to get glammed up and fresh before facing reality!

Would I go back? Try and stop me! For the price, quality and experience I would go again – I am just waiting for an excuse to book another spa day!

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Price – £130pp which includes a Swedish massage or facial, afternoon tea and use of their facilities

Facilities – a sleek relaxation room, male and female aromatic steam rooms and male and female experience showers.

Website link – https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/london/the-dorchester/spa/day-spa/