With just a week left to go until the final curtain lifts on the London 2012 Olympics, thousands of people will be planning their trips to watch the sporting events – so there will be lots of hungry people around.
Although the venues themselves will have catering for visitors, we know that many will want to make a real day of things, perhaps rounding off with a nice meal at a nearby restaurant. So, we’ve come up with a few ideas for restaurants within easy reach of some of the Olympic venues.
Restaurants near Greenwich Park
The Olympic home for equestrian events, Greenwich Park covers 183 acres and is just 20 minutes from central London.
Davy’s Wine Vaults located right next Greenwich Railway Station on Greenwich High Road, Davy’s Wine Vaults is a traditional wine bar with sloping floors and lots of character. There is a hearty choice of English fare with main courses from around £13.
Bianco 43 is the Greenwich based route to a true taste of Italy and they boast at a custom-made Neapolitan wood-fired oven for preparing the celebrated range of pizzas. Main courses from around £10.
Restaurants near Eton Dorney
Acclaimed as one of the finest rowing venues in the world, Eton Dorney in Windsor will be staging the canoe sprint and rowing events.
Thai Square is a stunningly designed restaurant, situated opposite Windsor Castle. Dining is on two levels with a large conservatory area and garden seating on a delightful outdoor terrace.
Restaurants near Olympic Park
The transformation of an area of East London to create Olympic Park has created a green space for locals to enjoy for years to come and is the location for events taking place at the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, the Basketball Arena, the Velodrome, the BMX track, the Water Polo Arena, Eton Manor, and the Copper Box.
The Cow, Westfield is a traditional British pub, handily located right the Olympic Stadium. On the menu are a range of classic pub dishes, with an international twist. Main courses from around £11.
The Real Greek – Westfield Stratford City serving sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine, The Real Greek is set within the shopping centre development overlooking Olympic Park and blends retro charm with a gritty urban edge. Main courses from around £8.
Looking for somewhere you can take the kids for a meal in London where they’ll be fussed over rather than frowned at, or simply want to eat out with the family but avoid the fast food joints?
We’ve pinpointed five places that aim to offer a dining experience that can be shared and enjoyed by the whole family.
Babylon Restaurant – Kensington High Street
The ultimate in smart sophisticated dining, Babylon’s roof terrace restaurant is 100 feet above Kensington High Street, offering panoramic views of the city beyond. It probably wouldn’t be the first restaurant that parents would think of when heading out with their children, but Babylon caters especially for its young visitors by offering an inviting ‘Young Diner’s Menu’, which is geared towards the palates of children, without resorting to pizza and chips. With two courses for £6 or three courses for £8, youngsters who prefer this menu can choose from dishes such as salmon fish fingers with new potatoes or chips, or linguini pasta, whilst the main menu overflows with mouthwatering dishes such as roast Gressingham duck with creamed savoy cabbage and baked fillet of Loch Duart salmon with buttered curly kale.
Bumpkin Restaurants – South Kensington and Notting Hill
With restaurants in both South Kensingon and Notting Hill Bumpkin restaurants focus on good home from home style British cooking, served in a relaxed environment with a touch of rustic charm. Their special children’s menu has a good selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, designed to tempt children to eat and enjoy, whilst using wholesome ingredients. Examples include organic chicken breast with a tarragon potato cake, macaroni cheese with summer beans and bangers and mash with onion gravy. Adults fare well too, with an inspired choice of great British classics such as roast Cornish monkfish with baby grilled vegetables & lemon dressing, roast rack of Elwy Valley lamb with stovies, broad beans & mint and a salad of heritage tomato, roast beetroot & soft goat’s cheese.
Fire & Stone
With four locations in London and others outside the capital, Fire & Stone is a snazzy and stylish pizza specialist, with all pizzas made fresh on site in their huge wood fired ovens. It’s just the place to take the kids for pizza, whilst satisfying adult culinary cravings at the same time. For £4.95 the kids can build their own pizza, tuck into a bowl of pasta or nibble at a platter of anti pasti and their soft drink and ice cream pudding is part of the deal too. The grown ups meanwhile, are enticed with all manner of pizzas from the Koh Samui with coconut curry sauce and roast sweet potato to the Sydney with crisp oven roast smoked bacon.
This is the place to head to for a burger treat without restorting to the fast food chains. Sticky Fingers is co-owned by Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and is awash with a showcase of rock and roll memorabilia and renowned for its award-winning burgers. As well as burgers, they also have a good range of other North American and Mexican favourites, from steak to spare ribs, which will cause the inevitable sticky fingers …