Troubadour Wines Earls Court
Earls Court is rife with fabulous places to get yourself a cocktail or an ice cold beer on tap, but sometimes I find myself looking for a slightly more refined experience.
I am by no means an expert when it comes to choosing a fine drinking wine although I have been known to consume with gusto whenever given the opportunity taste something really special… I like the help that comes in restaurants and often accost the nearest waiter or sommelier and pester him/her with the silliest questions in order to satisfy my wine wish list.
‘Will it taste like fairies with white flowers are dancing on my tongue?’ or ‘Is it oaky like a lumberjack has just finished sawing down a copse or does it have more of a French polish finish?’
So enthusiastic am I that I either become a wine expert’s best friend or worst nightmare, which is why I am so lucky to have Troubadour Wines slap bang in the middle of Earls Court!
The shop is always manned with an on site expert who is happy to field even the most ridiculous queries and make sure you find what you’re looking for. They do specialise in Argentinian wines and have been awarded ‘Best Argentinean Wine Retailer of the Year’ for their high quality wines from the region.
But don’t think this limits your choice, Troubadour Wines stocks some gems for anyone with a healthy curiosity for a slightly different vintage. Wines from India, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Lebanon all adorn the shelves here. However, if you just fancy a good old fashioned bottle of French they have you covered here too.
Also, if you want to have a quiet glass on the premises but don’t want to wade into the hustle and bustle of the cafe next door then just nip downstairs to the tranquil wine bar with your bottle of choice and enjoy.
How very civilised!Troubadour Wines 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court SW5 9JA
020 7341 6341
Poetry Night – The Troubadour
If anywhere is going to host a regular Live Poetry event it’s going to The Troubadour, Earls Court.
The quirky café plays host to some of the most innovative entertainment in the area and they never fail to deliver the goods they advertise. As proof, poetry night is often a sell out.
Running since early 1997 and set up by published poet and author Anne-Marie Fyfe, this long standing fortnightly performance takes on many shades of regalement by offering up a plethora of artists and poets from all levels of fame within the craft. Not only that, some nights turn into lively debates on the latest publishings or the celebration of past greats with the likes of Keats, Yeats, Rilke being performed, dissected and discussed live.
All of this takes place in the cellar club at the bottom of The Toubadour House and costs as little as £6.00 to attend. So grab yourself a beret and a studied look of deep thought and get thee down to a reading.
Readings are on alternative Mondays from 8 to 10 pm, doors open 7.30pm. For more information, please visit Ann-Marie Fyfe’s website www.coffeehousepoetry.org or contact her on 020 8354 0660.Poetry Night The Troubadour 265 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9JA 020 7341 6333
The Brownie Box – Earls Court Bakery
It’s a muggy and miserable day here in Earls Court and I’m sure the rest of London isn’t fairing any better. On days like these I often develop a determination to stay indoors and ratchet up the heating. That way I can still pretend that I am living in tropical climes and need not envelop myself in the nearest duvet and mope.
But sometimes even number eleven on my electric heater can’t do the trick and I have to turn to other creature comforts. Namely food. Mainly cake.
I’m gazing out of my window at a very neat and tidy opaque sky, light grey and so close I think I might be able to reach out and touch it. I need a hot chocolate, and something sticky and sweet and filling and delicious to go with it.
I’ve walked by The Brownie Box in Earls Court more times than I can count and, upon reflection, it amazes me that I haven’t yet succumbed to at least one or two of those tempting tasters laid out on top of the cake display. I’ve been trying to be good you see, since the birth of my baby girl, and The Brownie Box is relatively new and has suffered the myopic vision that comes with the Dukan Diet.
But I ditched that crazy diet a few weeks back, along with any dreams of fitting into a size 8 again anytime soon, and frankly there is just no excuse now for not giving this delightful little bakery a fair crack.
So here’s what’s going to happen: I’m going to close this laptop, wrap up in something warm and get me some cake. I will report back anon…
Brownies and Muffins and Cakes, Oh My!
I thought it only fair that I try more than one of the treats on offer in order to give a fair appraisal of the available goods. There is an argument for trying out one of their hybrid NYC Style Bronuts but I went for one Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownie (there is only one other combination on this planet as meant to be as PB and Chocolate and that is bread and cheese), one Black Velvet Cake (a moist, fudgy richness combined with a splash of Guinness apparently – Uh-mazing) and finally one Triple Chocolate Blondie (the much underrated sibling of the plain old Brownie).
Diet and weather be damned, The Brownie Box has cured my blues! And their hot chocolate ain’t bad either.Brownie Box 247 Old Brompton Road, West Brompton, SW5 9HP Mon-Fri. 8:00am – 7:00pm Sat. 9:00am – 8:00pm Sun. 10:00am – 7:00pm 020 7373 9111