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The Perfect Location For a Relaxed Afternoon in London

I’ve just discovered the perfect spot for food and drinks in London over the Summer.  Hidden away amongst the streets of London is St Ermins hotel.  Walk up the tree-lined drive to the beautiful large ornate entrance with an impressive split staircase, make your way to Caxton Terrace Bar and you’ll find yourself in the South of France.  Okay, not maybe not literally but they’re celebrating Provence’s signature drink – rosé wine.  Inspired by this, the terrace is now decorated with beautiful planters full of lavender, fruit trees and lovely lush green foliage.  It’s a hidden oasis in the heart of London that serves a fabulous selection of drinks and food.

Appropriately named DRINK PINK Provence Rosé on the Terrace St Ermins Hotel you can choose from their tempting selection of chilled roses from Chateau la Gordonne as well as Champagne, frozen cocktails and more.

First Impression

The setting is lovely, the staff welcomed us warmly on arrival and were very informative when asked about the various menu options.  This was just where I wanted to relax and enjoy a lovely Summery afternoon with a friend.  The terrace has a great atmosphere and music is played in the background so you can talk amongst yourselves without shouting.

The Menu

The menu itself isn’t large but it’s clear that the intention is to serve items of good quality.  The Provençal dishes are inspired by the seasonal ingredients grown in their kitchen rooftop garden.  Opt for light bites to enjoy with your favourite tipple, sharing platters for a full-blown meal finished with a deliciously divine dessert.

Starters / Light Bites

I couldn’t resist the:

Salade Niçoise

New potatoes, green beans, eggs, olives and anchovies with vinaigrette dressing.

This healthy yet delicious salad called to me when I saw it on the menu.  It arrived packed to the brim with fresh mixed leaves, perfectly al dente green beans, soft smooth potatoes, and perfectly cooked eggs with runny centres.  The salad had been tossed in a very light vinegarette so as not to overpower the dish.  Try pairing this with a portion of Panisse and your tipple of choice for tasty light meal.

Panisse

Chickpea fries with Roquefort cheese dip and herb sea salt.

My friend was keen to try these when our waiter mentioned they were very popular with diners there.  The Panisse consisted of chickpea flour, water, cheese which are made into a batter, set, cut and deep fried.  Yes, I did my homework.  The Panisse were nicely seasoned and had a wonderful crunch to them and a soft smooth creamy centre.  You could taste the cheese but it wasn’t overpowering.  The dip was also flavourful and went well with these.  It was clear to see why these are a favourite dish amongst diners.  They’re easy to nibble on whilst enjoying a couple of drinks with friends.

Larger Bites

St. Ermin’s Wagyu Burger

Pulled pork, cheese & chips.

This monster of a burger had other diners around us gasping at its size as it was escorted to the table.  I hadn’t expected it to be quite so big but it was great.  The burger looked as good as it tasted.  The tomato and onion were all fresh and accompanied by perfectly crisp green lettuce.  The size of the actual burger was large and the meat was good quality and not full of gristle.  The pulled pork that topped this was sweet and smokey and mouthwateringly good.  I wasn’t sure how to tackle this but after a considerable amount of squishing (note the technical terminology 😄), I managed to get through it, albeit extremely slowly.

Vegetarians, fear not, there is a yummy sounding Spiced Pumpkin burger for you to sink your teeth into.

Sharing Platters

The gorgeous terrace is the ideal spot for after get-togethers whether they are after work, with friends or family.  It’s a lovely relaxed location to spend an afternoon or evening enjoying drinks and snacks.  To make this easier they’ve even included two sharing platters included on the menu.  A platter to cover most dietary choices.

Dessert

Savarin aux Fruits

Orange blossom-soaked sponge with orange cream.

The Savarin aux Fruits comes nicely presented.  The dish consisted of a lovely light, moist and fluffy sponge.  The sponge is topped with the most amazing tasting orange cream which also had a lovely hit of vanilla.

Drinks

We started with sparkling water so that we could fully enjoy the flavours of the dishes we were to sample.  This was followed by a yummy frozen cocktail as it was a warm day.  I love fruity drinks and simply had to try the:

Watermelon Daiquiri

Watermelon, Ron Barcelo Rum Blanco, lime, Gomme. 

This frozen cocktail was delightfully refreshing, light on the alcohol and easy to drink on a warm Summers day.  It worked well as a palate cleanser after the meal preparing the palate for dessert.  I could have easily had another if I had gone for evening drinks with friends.  It was a superb choice for a warm summers day and I’d highly recommend it!

Overall Opinion

With great service, delicious food, lovely surroundings there is no question as to whether I would consider returning with friends.  I loved everything about the time we spent there even the fact that we didn’t feel rushed helped.   It really is the ideal location to spend a relaxed afternoon in the summer in London.

Dine With Me:

https://youtu.be/N9UpEK_UBS8

#ThirstyThursday

If you love rosé and great music, drop by for one of their monthly Thirsty Thursdays.  There’s a DJ playing a live set on the Terrace.  This month’s #ThirstyThursday will be on June 20th between 6pm & 9pm.

Find them at:

The Terrace, St. Ermin’s Hotel,

2 Caxton Street,

London

SW1H 0QW

 

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This Post Has 103 Comments

  1. Glad to hear there was a nice burger choice for us Veggies, looks very fancy 🙂

    1. It’s a lovely location. Ha, yes veggies have a great sounding burger to tackle. I’m guessing it’s as big as the one I tried x

  2. Oh wow! This looks like a perfect place to spend a Summer afternoon – I wouldn’t want to leave!!

    1. Ha, I didn’t. We were there for hours. Eventually, I had to leave as I needed to get back and help the hubby with the kids.

  3. Oo the chickpea fries sound really interesting and I know that my husband would absolutely love that burger! What a lovely place to enjoy and afternoon 🙂

    1. It was a lovely place to dine and enjoy the warm weather.

  4. Oh my goodness that burger! Can’t beat a wagyu burger – it’s been ages since I had one! What a fab place to enjoy some scrummy food.

    1. It was amazing, and enormous!

  5. Such a lovely treat, a real provincial looking building with lovely looking food!

    1. It was a lovely treat 🙂

  6. This looks like a lovely spot for a bite to eat and a drink! The watermelon daiquiri definitely sounds like a good choice of drink.

    1. The daiquiri was fantastic. A really good choice x

  7. Magnifique!

  8. That Watermelon Daiquiri looks devine, great post!

    1. Thanks Lizzy. The cocktail as really yummy!

  9. Those chickpea fries and dip look amazing! I fancy a pot of them now!

    1. They were good. I’d have them now too!

  10. It looks beautiful there! I’d love to visit the restaurant one day. Those burger look huge and filling!

    1. They were very filling and tasty too.

  11. Oh this looks absolutely lovely. And all that food! Yes please!

    1. I know. It’s really yummy!!!

  12. I will take that fancy watermelon drink please. I also would love that dessert.

    1. Ha, I don’t blame you. Both were delicious 🙂

  13. Now I want a watermelon slush and those amazing looking fries! Everything looked absolutely delicious!

    1. It was really lovely there. Certainly worth a visit. Make sure you try those fries!!!!

  14. All the food and drinks look amazing! I would love to relax here one day. I’ve always liked London.

    1. It’s a gorgeous hotel to visit and the terrace is perfect for a relaxed meet up with friends.

  15. I can’t believe i haven’t been there yet, shame of me!!! But soon i hope, very very soon.

    1. It’s ideal for drinks and a bite to eat with friends Chad.

  16. Loving strawberry daiquiris, I would have to try the Watermelon Daiquiri.

    1. It was lovely. Highly recommended x

  17. Rose all day!! I would be in heaven. I really need to make a note of all the great places that I can visit when I’m free.

    1. The food there is good too, enjoy!

  18. The foods look so delicious there. I wish we could pop in there soon. Anw, book mark your post now.

    1. It’s a great place to visit if you can. Make sure you try the cocktails!!!!

  19. The burger looks yummylicious. This looks like an amazing place to enjoy the day out.

    1. It really is a lovely place to meet up with friends for drinks and food.

  20. Wow the presentation of the food here is amazing. Sign me up for the frozen cocktail!

    1. The presentation was very good. I though it was all lovely 🙂

  21. Amazing! London is one of my all time favourite places. Great post!

    1. Thanks so much. Glad you liked it and you are tempted to visit x

  22. Amazing! London is my favourite. Thanks for the tip!

    1. No problem. Hope you get to go Lia x

  23. That Waygu burger looks absolutely mouthwatering and the pudding looks rather special too!

    1. The burger was really good. Large and tasty!

  24. That watermelon daiquiri is calling me! The food and the ambiance are very tempting. Glad you got an awesome afternoon. Cheers!

    1. Thanks Blair. I hope you get to try it too sometime soon 🙂

  25. I haven’t been there yet but I will put this on the list if I’m able to visit it this year. Seems, they have lovely food.

    1. They sure do I am sure you’ll enjoy it.

  26. Oh, yum! Everything looks so tasty!

    1. They did do a great job with the food.

    2. Watermelon daiquiri looks like a refreshing drink and perfect for summer.

      1. It really is a perfect summer drink.

  27. Oh my, the food looks incredible – I am hungry now

  28. All of those dishes sound incredible. I’ve never had chickpea fries. I’d love to try them with that cheese sauce 😍.

    1. They were really good. I hadn’t tried them before that day!

  29. Yeah, it seems a perfect location in London for a relaxed afternoon. Also, not so far from my house.

    1. Wow, that’s convenient. I suggest you try them a few times too. They also do a great afternoon tea!!!

  30. The food looks great, I bet it also tastes amazing. I can’t stop thinking about the Pumpkin Spiced burger though.

    1. It does sound really good doesn’t it. I need to try it!

  31. I always love to see restaurant suggestions for places I want to go. That sounds like a nice place and that burger look amazing.

    1. It is a great place to try. Hope you get to try the burger.

  32. Thsi is on my bucket list. When I go, I have to check the food out especially the burger. This food looks amazing

    1. The burger is yummy. A must try!!!

  33. The whole experience sounds delightful! I’m curious, how where the chickpea fries?

    1. They were really tasty. They work well with drinks or with a meal.

  34. OMG.. this food looks so good. I have not been there yet, but I will certainly make it a priority to visit this place.

    1. It’s a lovely place to visit and enjoy a nice relaxing afternoon.

  35. Looks like you had a wonderful afternoon, I so want to try a watermelon daiquiri

    1. It was lovely. The daiquiri was delicious 🙂

  36. I quite like a smaller menu, makes deciding on what to have so much easier – the food looks amazing

    1. The menu is good. Although it isn’t large they do make it all very well.

  37. Yum the food looks delicious. Love the presentation of the food, the salad looks so refreshing and the burger is calling out to me as it looks so tasty and filling. Really wish I was visiting soon to visit here and enjoy the food and lovely surroundings for myself.

    1. It’s well worth visiting. The location is good too as there are plenty of shops nearby.

  38. wow, that food looks absolutely amazing! I’d love to visit there for a relaxing afternoon

    1. I’d love to go again. It’s lovely 🙂

  39. oh man I have yet to go to this hotel but always wanted to! I would love this place!

    1. It’s really pretty there. I loved the seating area and of course the food and drinks.

  40. I love a veggie burger, the Wagu burger you’ve photographed in this post looks amazing! 🙂 x

    1. I need to try the vegi one next!!!

  41. What a fun menu with so many options. I’ll have to add this place to my bucket list.

    1. It is a great place to visit. The food is yummy.

  42. Oooooo that does sound like one awesome spot!!! If I ever find myself nearby on my travels, I will check it out!

    1. It’s ideal to stop for a quick refuel.

  43. What a beautiful looking place! The food and drinks look utterly amazing x

    1. The cocktail was yummy!!!! I need to go and try a few more asap.

  44. I am looking forward to try that chickpea fries, food looks delicious.

    1. The chickpea fries were great. They go well with a nice big cocktail!!!

  45. Wow, that food looks absolutely fantastic

    1. It tasted great too!!!

  46. Definitely looks like somewhere I have to visit may be for my 40th birthday lunch.

    1. Sounds ideal for a birthday celebration. Have a lovely 40th.

  47. Coming up to London next week and was searching for somewhere nice to eat with the hubby. I’m going to check out St Ermins because I really want to try that panisse!

    1. Hi Claire. I hope you get to go and enjoy the food and drinks there x

  48. Oh wow, this place looks amazing! I was only in London for a few days when I went years ago, but would love to go back. That watermelon daiquiri sounds delicious!

    1. It really was. Be sure to visit on your next visit 🙂

  49. I literally love everything about London. The food looks fantastic. Everything seems nice even including the table presentation.

    1. The presentation was good although it didn’t last long that way lol

  50. Love this so much!

  51. After reading this post I went to visit Provence Rose for some drinks as I was hooked at the photo of the watermelon daiquiri and I can say it tasted as good as it looks!

  52. I like the look of the big salad in the glass bowl. would be a good option for my diet

  53. Yes this is perfect locations in london for relaxing and food is absolutely delicious …!

  54. Oh wow!! Looks so lovely and relaxing with great food!!

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