London living is non-stop. Between work, meetings, commuting and keeping up with day to day life, it’s sometimes hard to find any free time to catch up with friends. I had a meeting in Covent Garden last week, and grabbed the opportunity to catch up with my friend Jo, when our diaries aligned to meet for lunch.
We decided to pop into Bill’s Covent Garden, in the gorgeous St Martin’s Courtyard, as it’s just had a makeover. We both love good interior design and delicious food, so it was the perfect place for our lunch date. Seated at our table on the ground floor (there’s two floors and also outdoor seating), we turned our attention to the menu.
The staff were great, and brought me my very own gluten free menu, which makes my life soooo much easier. And unlike many restaurants, Bill’s has a huge selection of GF dishes, including a handful of desserts. We started with fried halloumi sticks & Bill’s chutney and hummus with smoked tomatoes and mixed seeds & gluten free bread.
Moving on to mains, we’re both suckers for anything with avocado on and ending up ordering the same dish – smashed avocado, feta and poached eggs, with baby spinach, red pepper dressing, coriander and chilli with gluten free toast. Our starters and mains were equally delicious, with all being a generous portion size. But I wasn’t stopping there, those gluten free desserts were whispering my name, so I placed an order for apple and gooseberry crumble with vanilla ice cream, which was seriously good and such a treat for a GF crumble to be on the dessert menu (trust me this is a rarity!).
The interior upgrade is gorgeous and glam, but with an urban edge, with beautiful velvet chairs dotted around the restaurant, chandeliers and exposed pipework on the ceiling. I love that it felt classy, yet you can still enjoy the down to earth vibe of Bill’s. From breakfast through to dinner, or even an after work cocktail, it’s a beautiful space to enjoy a meal or a drink anytime of day. In fact, it’s such a nice space to be in, that when Jo and I finally looked at the time, we realised if we stayed any longer we’d need to order dinner there too!
Bill’s Covent Garden is dangerously close to loads of great shopping in the area, but this makes it a good place for a pitstop when your feet are weary. I’ll definitely be heading back for more of that apple and gooseberry crumble, and there’s a burger I have my eye on too ;o)