A cold wintery Friday night in London. What better way to warm up than to spend the evening with some lovely VT ladies!
The venue was the Wine Factory, in Notting Hill, West London. This is a friendly, cosy feeling restaurant located on trendy Westbourne Grove. The menu leans towards Italian, with some pasta, pizza and other meat dishes. There is a decent wine list with plenty of reasonably priced options.
We were given the best table in the house and quickly relaxed into a great evening of gossip and travel talk.
Favorite Dish: We decided against starters...wanting to save room for dessert of course! For main meal I had a perfectly cooked steak with chips & bearnaise sauce. Maria & Anita had the King Prawn Linguini with basil, tomato, chilli, pine nuts and parmesan which must have been good as they both cleared their plates! Sarah & Petra opted for the Wine Factory fillet burger with chips, rocket and crispy onions.
While Petra & Maria stuck to their shandies, Anita, Sarah & I shared a bottle of a particularly tasty wine, the Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2001.
Of course we all had a dessert. Petra, Maria & I scoffed down the Hot Toffee Cake, Anita had the Hot Chocolate Brownie with vanilla ice cream and Sarah went back to her childhood with the Vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate sauce.
I had a great night - hope the others did too!
A modern Italian restaurant in Notting Hill was the venue for a lovely smallish VT meeting with good friends. The interior was a little cramped but this was compensated for by the friendly staff, good service and really good quality food at reasonable prices.
Favorite Dish: King Prawn Linguini and Sticky Toffee (date) pudding with cream! Others seemed equally satisfied with their burgers/steak and fries.
Notting Hill is full of pretentious bars with overpriced drinks and underdressed girlies. If that's your sort of thing, great, if not, head for The Wine Factory. Excellent Italian food - calzone, mushroom risotto, mozzarella & avocado salad. Prices are reasonable - ?8 or so for a large pizza; ?10-12 for a meat or fish main course.
But the real selling point is the wine. The restaurant is part of the Brinkley's chain, which also includes a wine merchants. So, at this and the other restaurants in the chain (see the website below), the basic Pino Grigio (fresh and tasty) is about ?8 and the house champagne ?16 - unheard of in London!!
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Open: Mon-Sun midday-3.30pm, 6pm-11pm (exc. Sun pm)