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Flat Iron Square, London Bridge

26 Jun

Always on the lookout for dog friendly venues I was excited to find this little gem right in the heart of London Bridge. Flat Iron Square, based on Southwark road opened in 2016 and  a foodie hub in Bankside – taking over seven railway arches, Grade 11 listed building Devonshire House and the surrounding area.

With a large garden area, I had hoped it would be dog friendly – and it is! It was world cup night however (Nigeria / Argentina), and I was a little worried (especially with Lola’s larger size!) upon arrival to spot a 10 minute queue and bag searching. The queue went down quickly however and in retrospect the bag searching is for everyone’s safety, and probably just a tightened security effort after the 2017 terrorist attack in London Bridge.

It was awfully busy at first, but the drinks were cold and the food while expensive (around £8 for a burger) was delicious. Upon arrival a member of staff gave Lola a huge hug and stroke, and asked should he bring us a water bowl – which was very welcoming. And while lots of people there were plenty of seating areas to always find Lola a spot to lay down.  I would say all in all a winning venue, not as relaxed as a doggy pub type place, but as long as you are on guard to make sure your dog is safe they will enjoy it there. Lola certainly did – with swathes of attention from those there less interested in the football match!

Drinks: Pricey but good choices 7 / 10
Food: an array of choice (note most stalls close at 9) pricey, but delicious 7 / 10
Staff: Friendly, inviting and security conscious: 8 / 10
Toilets: Unisex and covered in pee, loo roll rapidly ran out 4 / 10
Location: Central 8 / 10
Dog fun: Due to fake grass and crowded nature 6 / 10
Human fun: with a strange loop and hook game to play, lots of seating, lots of food and a giant screen 8 / 10

Overall: 6.8 / 10

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Sunday Roast: Duchy Arms, Kennington

13 Sep

I’m always looking for a pub with a good Sunday roast. London may do the vegetables well, but you struggle to find the lashings of meat and gravy that you get in the north! One pub even charged me extra for my extra gravy. While watching an episode of Celebs go dating recently, I saw that Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosby actually took her own tupperware tub of gravy on a date – that seriously was my new mindset on how to go about my roast dilemma. Kennington is an odd one too in that there are nice places (take the Tommyfield and The Dog House) but they are so pricey, packed and hard to sit comfortably on a sofa or on a table a wee bit too small.

I came across the Duchy Arms on my way back from Tesco last month, Matt and I popped in for a pint and I was pleasantly surprised at the Edwardian decor, range of cask ales and spacious layout.
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I returned this weekend to sample their Time Out recommended Sunday Roast and I was suitably impressed. With one course at £12.95, two courses £15.45 and three courses at £17.95 I opted for the two courses with chicken wings to start and lamb leg roast. Firstly, the portions are great. After a busy day of cleaning, packing for holidays and gardening we hadn’t eaten and this filled the gap very nicely. The wings had just the right amount of spice and lashings of sour cream and pickled salad on the side. The roast was beautiful with so much tender lamb meat (pink how I like it) and actually they did ask how well done we’d like the meat which is great if like my parents you prefer the well done variety. It included a huge Yorkshire pudding (soft at the bottom crisp at the top as it should be!) and plenty of gravy. When I say plenty of gravy, this is a big must have for me – nowhere in London gives you enough in my opinion! To compliment it a glass of Merlot at £4.80 – not bad at all.

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Verdict: 9 / 10

The Duchy Arms – 63 Sancroft Street, Kennington, London SE11 5UG

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