Candy Rae Food and Drink


Little Bird Battersea

This month, the Battersea neighbourhood welcomes Little Bird – an eclectic cocktail lounge and restaurant introduced by acclaimed restaurateur and interior designer Lorraine Angliss.

With a sister branch in Chiswick, the South West London venue will continue in the spirit of Lorraine Angliss’ take on ‘stylish fun’. Little Bird, Battersea is set to ‘put the spice in summer’ with a variety of colourful and creative cocktails paired with innovative Asian come Mediterranean cuisine.

Little Bird, Battersea provides a laidback atmosphere with the offset of vibrant décor. The bar’s design features a range of striking prints, hanging foliage and large palm trees, with hand-painted wallpaper depicting birds of paradise alongside a number of mirrors and original artwork.

The front terrace creates a charming oasis right in the heart of bustling Battersea, with an array of lush plants. Whilst the open-air courtyard is set to become the perfect urban garden retreat for catching a few rays during the day or for a chilled session on a long summer’s evening. Just dreamy.

The locally sourced Asian-fusion menu prepared by Head Chef, Ricardo Villar, serves small plates and bowls of delectable Asian tapas, and several mains featuring far eastern tastes. Each dish promises to burst with great flavours, and set tastebuds alight.

The drinks offering is just as eclectic as the food menu and the venue itself with a cocktail menu that has been expertly created by one of the world’s most renowned mixologists, Benji Purslow. Drinks aficionado, Benji has combined an array of fresh herbs, spices and tropical botanicals to produce a well-balanced menu full of surprises.

For reservations, call 0207 324 7714 or head to the Little Bird website.

Summer, do hurry.

little bird battersea

little bird battersea

little bird battersea

little bird battersea


1 Battersea Rise
SW11 1HG

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday: From 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: From 12pm

Love, Ms.Raé xo


bunga bunga battersea

Yesterday, ‘The Nutty Italian’ aka ‘the pizza to rival all pizzas’ emerged from the stone ovens of Bunga Bunga, Battersea. I had the pleasure of sampling the new Bunga Bunga x Nutbourne creation, and it was nothing short of wonderful.

The concept comes from a great partnership between unrivalled chef talent from two of London’s top restaurants – Bunga Bunga, and Nutbourne. Bunga Bunga’s very own quirky kitchen team has officially added The Nutty Italian to its fantastic pizza menu (their pizzas are huge, both in size and taste).

As Nutbourne brings a taste of the countryside to the city, Bunga Bunga, delivers unrivalled Italian fare with generous (affordable) portion sizes and fun entertainment. The two kitchen teams have collaborated exclusively for the first time to create the ultimate cross-border crust.

At just £12, The Nutty Italian features a classic Italian stone-baked dough, with local English ingredients from Nutbourne’s very own chef team. The combination of ingredients include: red grouse, homemade mushroom marmite, Chanterelle mushrooms, Applewood cheddar, caramelised onions, garlic, and thyme. Red grouse? I hear you ask. I wondered the same thing, and was honestly surprised. A red grouse topping isn’t something I’d usually choose but change is here. The woody and smoky taste of the red grouse married with the zingy Applewood cheddar works a treat.

Combining Gladwin’s (the team behind Nutbourne) passion for serving Londoners the very best in seasonal, sustainable British produce with Bunga Bunga’s famous quirky Italian pizzeria atmosphere, has made The Nutty Italian recipe one for well-deserved success. The Nutty Italian will be on offer until Spring at Bunga Bunga, Battersea.

With noteworthy pizza, an extensive drinks menu including very Italian Prosecco, and Peroni, immersive live entertainment, and a real buzzy yet laidback atmosphere – it’s a dining experience like no other.

You won’t be disappointed.

For reservations, call 020 7095 0360 or book online.

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bunga bunga battersea

bunga bunga battersea

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Bunga Bunga Battersea
37 Battersea Bridge Road
SW11 3BA

Opening Hours
Monday-Thursday: 6pm-2am
Friday: 6pm-2am
Saturday: 11:30am-2am
Sunday: 12pm-8pm

Average Price per Head
£30 and under

Love, Ms.Raé xo


the frog e1

The Frog E1 will be pushing festive boundaries this upcoming holiday season with a sparkling winter terrace, dedicated hot cocktail list, and delectable feasting menus.

Launching on 29th November 2016, the newly refurbished terrace will be transformed and decked out with Christmas decorations. This will be the perfect East London spot for hot cocktails including a Chocolate Martini, and mulled wine – served the proper way.

Experience The Frog E1’s ‘lightly theatrical touch’ with a range of merriment-inducing food and drink. For £40 per person, guests can choose from a range of starters such as Salmon, Peas, Sweet & Sour Wasabi, or Ham Hock, Pineapple, Parmesan, followed by traditional Turkey & All The Trimmings, a warm Christmas Pudding, and more. If you’d rather sample a variety of festive-inspired small plates, opt for the seasonal tasting menu at £45 per person. The tasting menu can also be paired with drinks for an extra £25-£35.

Exclusive Christmas hampers priced at £75 will also be available for purchase. Composed by Adam himself, the hampers will feature a signed copy of Adam’s first cookbook – ‘Smile Or Get Out Of The Kitchen’, a bottle of his artisanal olive oil ‘Olivia’, and a bottle of his very-own gin ‘The Frog Gin’.

Christmas and New Year bookings can be made online. Each Christmas booking will include a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and group bookings of six or more will receive a bottle of Prosecco to get the celebrations started.

To extend the party season, The Frog E1 will offer a complimentary bottle of wine or Prosecco for every January 2017 booking made throughout December (for parties of two or more).

Let the festivities commence!

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The Frog E1
Ely’s Yard
Old Truman Brewery
2 Hanbury Street
E1 6QR

Opening Hours
Tuesday-Saturday – 5:30pm-10pm

Tuesday-Saturday – 12-3pm

Note: The Frog E1 will be closed from 23rd December 2016  to 5th January 2017.  

Average Price per Head

Love, Ms.Raé xo


Nutbourne restaurant
Fellow foodies, there’s a new restaurant in town – Battersea, London to be precise.

The team behind the acclaimed restaurants, The Shed, and Rabbit have opened a new restaurant called Nutbourne, in the heart of Battersea. The talented culinary trio (who happen to be brothers) Richard, Oliver, and Gregory Gladwin are set to change the food scene, south of the river, with their warm home-from-home concept.

Nutbourne is an all-day brasserie and grill serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Aimed at the local community, the idea is to enjoy all the spoils of the English countryside without actually stepping foot outside of the city.

Situated in the historic restaurant site of Ransome’s Dock, Nutbourne takes its name from the Gladwins’ family farm and vineyard in West Sussex, well-known for its award-winning English wine. Nutbourne is supplied with produce from the farm that the brothers grew up on and that Gregory now runs, supplemented by seasonal, sustainable produce from local suppliers or foraged in the wild. The 65-cover restaurant offers guests a true taste of rural life with fresh all-British ingredients with a ‘what grows together, goes together’ theme used throughout.

The diverse menu features a range of breakfast and brunch favourites, trending salads, farm classics, signature meat-free small plates, and BBQ grills including Sussex beef fillet truffles duxelles, Pan-roasted hake with romesco and leek hearts, and Sharphem brie washed in apple cider brandy. Followed by an unmissable dessert menu, featuring The Shed magnum parfait, with salted caramel and chocolate, and lovage and whey ice cream with golden grapes and basil.

Well-rounded juice, smoothie, wine and cocktail lists are of equal brilliance with Green Detox juice, Mimosas, and Gladwins’ Nutty sparkling wine in tow. The wine offering enlists the best of breed handpicked from the Nutbourne cellar, and from the vineyard itself.

Nutbourne boasts a fantastic dining experience with nice twists including their tartar trolley where guests can personalise the exact quantities and level of onions, capers and seasoning they would like. Guests can also request cooked-to-order Nutbourne sourced and matured meat. Farm classics such as Grouse with Rowan berry Jelly, cheddar crumb and wood sorrel are served on hot salt rocks, brought to the table and cooked there and then.

The restaurant is set in an idyllic waterside location with an open kitchen, seating that overlooks over the water, and a 40-cover outside space complete with tree palms, festoon lighting, water troughs, a vine from the vineyard on the grounds itself, lush foliage and lily pads.

Dreamy, just dreamy.

For reservations, call 020 7350 0555 or email Nutbourne also holds tables back for walk-ins who are in the area.

Nutbourne restaurant

Nutbourne restaurant

Nutbourne restaurant

29 Ransome’s Dock
35-37 Parkgate Road
SW11 4NP

Opening Hours
Tuesday-Thursday: 8am-11pm
Friday-Saturday: 8am-12am
Sunday: 11am-8pm

Average Price per Head
£25 and under

Love, Ms.Raé xo


Brother Marucs

Last week, my foodie friend and I tried out the new evening menu at one of Balham’s best – Brother Marcus. We were not disappointed. If you’re a fan of hearty loaded buns, comforting sides, and full-bodied cocktails this will be be right up your street.

Brother Marcus will be opening their doors after hours to bring their Loaded Buns to Balham. Following the huge success of their brunch, the owners (who happen to be three school friends) Alex Large, Arthur Campbell and Tasos Gaitanos are taking their food and drink offering to the next level.

We had the pleasure of sampling the new menu in cosy low-lit surroundings with sixties rhythm and blues playing in the background (quite reminiscent of a Scandal episode in fact – Scandal fans or ‘Gladiators’ will know what I mean).

The loaded buns are indeed loaded. Not for the faint hearted, they’re made with freshly baked focaccia bread, and packed to the brim with flavoursome fillings.

We went for The Salty Wench – featuring 14-hour braised salt beef, two fried eggs, shredded potato crisps and gherkins with smoky paprika sauce. Followed by The Pollocks, which sandwiches together crispy lager and dill battered Pollock, celeriac and fennel remoulade, samphire, pea and mint puree with saffron aioli. Both turned out to be choices well made to say the least.

If you fancy a low carb option, you can request the loaded buns without the bread. The mains are served with optional but irresistible sides such as my personal favourites: Mac & Cheese Balls (aka divine deep fried mac & cheese balls of goodness), and Sweet Potato fries & Aioli.

In the beverage department, The Glover, and Miss Robinson took our fancy. The Glover is made with ginger infused tequila, grapefruit and lime, and the Miss Robinson boasts Prosecco, and lemon & lavender infused gin (picked from Brother Marcus’ very own garden).

With a seriously pocket-friendly menu featuring hearty dishes (£8-£9 per main), and a range of craft beer, cocktails, and wine there’s every reason to visit this café come cocktail bar.

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Brother Marcus

9 Chestnut Grove
SW12 8JA

Evening Opening Hours
Wednesday-Saturday: 6pm-11pm

Average Price per Head
£20 and under

Love, Ms.Raé xo


The Islington Townhouse

Hippo Inns have introduced their latest venture, The Islington Townhouse. The venue features an open bar, a unique food and drinks menu, and très chic surroundings that offer customers the chance to experience the idea of a traditional pub come trendy bar.

Set in the heart of Angel, located just around the corner from the iconic Chapel Market, The Islington Townhouse features a large bar, and a separate 42-cover dining area, with a selection of seasonal small plates, craft beers and creative cocktails on offer. Live music is also played seven days a week.

The light and spacious venue comprises three floors, including an intimate snug, a large open bar, and upstairs dining area available for hire for up to 26 covers. The interiors combine contemporary and classic notions, as modern artwork, and light fittings are juxtaposed with traditional British pub features including original wooden beer pumps, and wingback chairs.

The diverse food menu pushes boundaries with a selection of modern and creative small plates alongside loyal favourites. Head Of Food  Zoe Reed, and Head Chef Stan Perry have created a unique offering that features Twice-baked Gruyère soufflé, Octopus carpaccio, Monkfish kebab, 35-day aged steak tartare, Burnt sugarplums with marshmallow crumble, and more.

The drinks menu is diverse, with a long list of craft beers including Beavertown Neck Oil Session IPA, Goose Island IPA, Redchurch Shoreditch Blonde, and Fourpour Beathrooth Brown.

A comprehensive wine list created by Hippo Inns’ very own Master of Wine, John Clevely, showcases wines from both the new and old world, and a cocktail menu with old favourites, and new creations such as The Pirate –  a hearty mix of Sailor Jerry rum, almond syrup, chocolate bitters and fresh mint, The Shoreditch Blonde –  a combination of Beefeater gin, Aperol, mango juice, lemon juice and beer, and an Irish Martini – with coffee, coffee-infused vodka, and Guinness syrup.

The Islington Townhouse is set to become a destination venue, and a local gem.

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The Islington Townhouse

The Islington Townhouse
13 Liverpool Road
N1 0RW

Opening Hours
Monday-Wednesday: 11am-11pm
Thursday-Friday 11am-12am
Saturday: 10am-12am
Sunday: 12pm-10.30pm

Food Service Hours
Monday-Friday: 12pm-10pm
Saturday: 10am-10pm
Sunday: 12pm-10.30pm


Love, Ms.Raé xo



Calling all cocktail making fans and budding Mixologists, Chandon have a great line-up of refreshing recipes for you to try one summer’s day or night. From sweet yet sophisticated blends to zingy citrus concoctions with delicate notes, there’s something for everyone.




  • 15ml Blackberry Cordial (made with Blackberries, Caster sugar, Lemon juice and Water)
  • 300g Blackberries
  • 200g Caster sugar
  • 50ml Lemon juice
  • 100g Water
  • 15ml Chamomile Vodka
  • 85ml Chandon Brut
  • x1 Bay leaf
  • x1 pack of Ice cubes


*BLACKBERRY CORDIAL: Take 300g blackberries and add 200g caster sugar, 100g water and 50ml Lemon Juice. Gently heat the mixture just until the sugar dissolves, no more. Once cooled, fine strain the liquid through a tea strainer until all bits are removed. Achieving a clear mixture may take a few attempts.

Stir down 15ml Blackberry Cordial, and 15ml Chamomile Vodka in a cocktail tin or mixing glass over cubed ice until chilled. Strain into a coupette glass and top with Chandon Brut. Garnish with a bay leaf and a blackberry.





  • 20ml Manzanilla Sherry
  • 20ml Pink Grapefruit Sherbet (made with Pink Grapefruit juice and Caster Sugar)*
  • 300ml Pink Grapefruit juice
  • 100g Caster sugar
  • 5ml Peach Bitters
  • 85ml Chandon Rosé
  • x1 Sprig of Thyme
  • x1 Slice of Pink Grapefruit
  • x1 pack of Ice cubes


*PINK GRAPEFRUIT SHERBET: Simply shake or stir 300ml Pink Grapefruit juice with 100g Caster sugar – this would be commonly known as 3:1 ratio. Fine strain and put aside.

Build 20ml Manzanilla Sherry, 20ml Pink Grapefruit Sherbert, and 0.5ml Peach Bitters in a wine glass over cubed ice and top with Chandon Rosé. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and a slice of pink grapefruit.





  • 15ml Green Tea infused Cognac (made with Hennessy and Green Tea)*
  • x1 Bottle of Moët Hennessy Cognac
  • 10g Green Tea
  • 15ml Apricot Liqueur
  • 15ml Cloudy Apple Juice
  • 70ml Chandon Brut
  • x1 Slice of Lemon
  • x1 pack of Ice cubes
  • x1 Cardomom pod (optional)


*GREEN TEA INFUSED COGNAC: Take a bottle of Moët Hennessy Cognac and infuse it with 10g of green tea for 15 minutes. Fine strain and store back in the bottle.

Build 15ml Green Tea infused Cognac,  15ml Apricot Liqueur, and 15ml Cloudy Apple Juice in a wine glass over cubed ice and top with Chandon Brut. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a cardamom pod (if you’d like to add a bit more spice to your creation).



Love, Ms.Raé xo