Welcome to my blog


Hello friend, family and bloggers. Welcome to my blog. My aim is to enrich your lives with great photos, tips, inspiration and daily musings about life in Hanwell and hopefully some other places when I get to escape from the outskirts of W7.

To get started here are my favourite places in Northfields and Hanwell.

The Fox Pub – describing itself as a country London Victorian freehouse just sums up the true quirkiness of this place. It’s undoubtedly the best most old school pub in london. Expect fine fuller’s lagers, cosy roaring fires, big dogs, strange fox ornaments, delicious hamburgers and folk music. It’s not like a london pub. It’s like rural ireland rolled into Somerset and transported to urban Hanwell. Really quirky and fun. Kids welcome too which is always a bonus.

The canal – actually it’s a bit weird the canal and littered with dog-poo but sounds healthy to say I like it. The locks are interesting and you can walk all the way to Richmond if you’re feeling energetic.

Parker’s Bakery is stuck in a 70s time warp. It even smells seventies and serves up long-gone old bakery favourites like sticky buns, custard puds, eclairs, croissants that are slightly too yellow and have not even the remotest essence of anything french in them. The boys love the gingerbread men and the multi-coloured donuts. yum. not good for my waistline though.

The Cracked Pot is a stunning vintage feel flower shop in the heart of Northfields. Filled with tempting greenery, flowers, plants, gorgeous vases, glassware and bits for the home and now a select range of baby gear and a few toys. It adds a bit of glamour to the high street.

Maxim’s – the most delicious chinese restaurant. Strangely positioned amongst the curry houses, greasy spoons and kebab shops of Northfelds but seriously one of the best oriental palaces in london. Again, like so many places in Northfields, Maxim’s offers old school service and on entering you are swept back a decade – or two – to a world of dimmed lights, lanterns, white table cloths, black and gold decor. My menu highlights are the crispy seaweed and duck and the chili prawn sizzler. I’ve had memorable nights laughing and scoffing here.

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About Tara

Writer, explorer, mother, sometimes desperate housewife
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