Lawn Bistro, Wimbledon

Wimbledon is upon us… tennis, Pimms, strawberries and all the other jolly English summer traditions. Those enjoying a day of sport (or escaping from rain showers for a snack) will be pleased to hear of Lawn Bistro, a sophisticated restaurant in Wimbledon Village serving French inspired dishes.

The cool grey exterior stands out amongst the boutiques and pubs and the modern, stylish interior is instantly welcoming. Décor is simple and classic, not detracting from the quality and creativity of the food. Staff are professional and clearly proud of their workplace, greeting us warmly. For dinner, Head chef Neal Cooper serves two seasonal menus, the A la carte and the Taster’s (which gives guests the chance to try 3 starters, 2 mains and 1 dessert) perfect for those who experience food envy! We tried both menus between us, evaluating the difference in size and layout. Many of the recipes overlap, illustrating which creations are most popular.

To combat the summer heat, we cracked open a bottle of thirst-quenching South African Chenin Blanc, a lovely accompaniment to the light tapas style taster dishes. Before tackling the menu, ask for a portion of the Chorizo of Catalunya cooked in rich tomato sauce to devour with the freshly baked rosemary bread.

To start we shared an array of indulgent treats, a superior charcuterie platter with smoked bacon rillettes and cornichons, comforting roast tomato and red pepper soup, grilled tiger prawn and crispy leg of lamb with aioli. It was lovely to try such an assortment, each mouthful is different showcasing a new combination of flavours and textures. For main course, the Braised Belly of Pork with glazed potatoes, pickled carrots and spring pea mousse was exemplary – it was sweet and salty, the soft meat cooked perfectly with no excess fat and the crackling with a good bite. The Tagliatta of lamb was exquisite too, thin lean slices of fleshy meat topped with shaved parmesan, rocket and vibrant sundried tomatoes. The gnocchi cooked in French barigoule style with fennel and saffron sounded better than it tasted, rather bland and starchy in a nondescript sauce.

Desserts were the highlight, and I considered ordering every option, but we decided on three between the two of us. The lovely Strawberries with pistachio sponge and clotted cream ice-cream is a tribute to Wimbledon’s famous sweet and is the ideal summer pudding, light and sweet. Chocolate financier cake was dense and really benefitted from the sweetcorn ice-cream; salted caramel popcorn was a tad lacklustre sprinkled on top. Decadent White chocolate and coconut mousse with passionfruit sorbet was an innovative and exotic idea for a girly diner.

Lawn Bistro excelled in every department and really impressed me. The Taster’s menu is especially worth trying, a beautiful selection of six smaller portions, all for just £25. By the end of the meal you’ll be so smitten by the food, that you will have forgotten why you came all the way to Wimbledon in the first place and tennis will be an afterthought.

More information and book a table at Lawn Bistro here.

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TOPSHOP has gone all active with the unveiling of its highly anticipated sporty collection with Adidas Originals, which launches in stores on March 20. With fashion’s obsession with sports luxe at its peak, it this collaboration has come at a good time… perfect for all those Spring runs you were planning.

Vogue says “The 20-piece collection celebrates the sports brand’s heritage signatures – the logo, the triple stripe and the relaxed, slouchy shapes – while incorporating Topshop’s youthful femininity, as seen in the colourful prints inspired by London landscapes. The footwear is a highlight, featuring colourful printed hi-tops and trainers.”

“Topshop and Adidas Originals working together is a total celebration of the greatness of fashion and sportswear and how important and influential they are to each other,” said Topshop creative director and Vogue contributing fashion editor Kate Phelan. “We wanted to bring some femininity to the range and make the collection fit with all your fashion staples; the beauty is in how you combine it together. We’re in a sportswear revolution at the moment. Fashion is really driven by what’s happening in the sportswear world, it’s at the top of the radar in the fashion stakes – so to have Adidas Originals as a starting point was fantastic.”

Fashion friendly, comfortable sportswear sounds ideal to me. See the collection and buy here.

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Lorna Jane is Australia’s leading activewear designer, offering exercise gear that is both sporty and stylish.

More than two decades after opening her first store, Lorna Jane is now available in England, much to the delight of us Brits. The brand was originally created to bring together fitness and fashion, a clothing collection designed for women by women.

Lorna Jane aims to inspire women to lead a healthy active lifestyle, believing in a three pillared philosophy of ‘Move, Nourish, Believe’, “Lorna Jane is not simply a clothing label; it is a way of life.”

Sexy and modern, Lorna Jane activewear helps women to look their best whilst exercising. The garments are innovative and inspirational, made from high quality materials. The designs are flattering and comfortable.

As a neon pink lover and an exercise hater, I am hoping my new bright pink Lorna Jane running top will help encourage me to be more active. Wonderfully soft and stretchy, and joyously bright I will be seen for miles as I run around Holland Park.

Sweaty Betty will have to watch out, there is a new stylish sport brand on the British high street and Lorna Jane comes with sass and determination.

More information on Lorna Jane and buy here.