Knightsbridge is a haven for foodies

We stayed in London last weekend, as we went to see The Mikado at the Colliseum (brilliant performance by the way) and it reminded me of how much Knightsbridge is a haven for foodies.

The Rembrandt Hotel

rembrandtWe stayed at our favourite hotel, The Rembrandt which is opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum.  This is the description on the hotel website:

‘The Rembrandt is a spectacular Edwardian building with timeless ornate architecture. Situated in the heart of Knightsbridge it has a great location for both leisure and business travellers. Perfectly positioned to explore the local area, The Rembrandt is only a 5-minute walk from South Kensington station, which has great access to all the large mainline stations. With the V & A Museum right opposite, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum only a 5-minute walk away, it is perfect for culture. World famous Harrods and Harvey Nichols are only 10 minutes away for those who want to do a bit of designer shopping’.

That really does sum this hotel up.  It is a beautiful hotel that is perfectly positioned in a museum and shopping area.  It also has great staff, lovely rooms and a great bar that does really good cocktails and the breakfast is very good.  I can especially recommend the mushrooms.  I am not sure precisely how they are cooked but they are fabulous.  It also has a health club with swimming pool and jacuzzi for just £6.50 extra each per visit.  There is a beauty salon in the club so you can indulge yourself with a treatment.  It really is the perfect relaxing bolt hole right in the heart of one of the best areas of London.  We go up to London 2-3 times a year and always try to stay there if we can and have been very disappointed when it has been unavailable and we have had to stay somewhere else.

Book in advance directly on their website and you will get good rates that are good value for money for this special 4 star hotel:

http://www.sarova-rembrandthotel.com

The hotel address and contact numbers:

The Rembrandt Hotel
11 Thurloe Place
London
SW7 2RS

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7589 8100
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7225 3476
Email: rembrandt@sarova.co.uk

We are not much into shopping generally but we are definitely into food related shopping and Knightsbridge has the perfect kitchen shop which has been in business for 50 years!:

Divertimenti

Divertimenti, KnightsbridgeThis really is the place to find those hard to find kitchen items.  Everything from china and kitchen knives to olive oil bottles and a lot more in between. They also sell Agas and high end French stainless steel cooking ranges that are good to drool over and dream about.

We never seem to leave Divertimenti without buying something and last weekend was no exception as we bought a glass bottle to store and pour olive oil, some pork pie tins and some Spanish paprika.

They do sell a few cooks ingredients and the paprika they sell is very good.  In addition to their huge range of kitchen items, they also run a cookery school and it would be great to book onto one of their courses as it is a wonderful location at which to enhance your cooking skills.  They have an online shop www.divertimenti.co.uk, which is very useful if you can’t get to the shop but there is such pleasure to be derived from wandering round and being able to see things before you buy.

Here is the address and contact details:

South Kensington/Knightsbridge
227-229 Brompton Road
London, SW3 2EP
020 7581 8065
Monday: 9.30am – 6pm
Tuesday: 9.30am – 6pm
Wednesday: 9.30am – 7pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 6pm
Friday: 9.30am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5.30pm

Beillevaire

BeillevaireAs we were meandering round the side streets near Harrods on the Saturday, we discovered the most wondeful French cheese shop.  We didn’t have time to pop in that day so we returned the next day.  Pascal Beillevaire is a French farmer from Vendée Marsh, who started selling his own cheese 30 years ago in a Farmers’ Market.  He has chain of shops across France but a couple of years ago they opened this shop only about 100 m from Harrods.  It is a perfect piece of France in the middle of London.

They serve a wide range of traditional French cheeses together with yogurt, butter and cream plus they sell wine and a few other products that complement the cheese selection products.  You can also enjoy the delicious raclette, cheese plate and Mont d’or directly in the shop! Pascal’s son Fabrice served us and he couldn’t have been more helpful.  I bought some Fourme D’Ambert, a creamy blue delicate cheese and I was able to try it before I bought it.  If you are into cheese and good service and all things French, you must visit this little gem.  I will certainly be returning to sample some more of their wares.  Bon appetit!

Knightsbridge has no end of good restaurants and unique shops so I’m sure I shall be reporting back on this area in the future, watch this space!

 

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