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The Sphere 114 Silvertown Way, Royal Docks, London E16 1AE
I have just a great meal at Pepenero. It was pretty quiet when we went in at 6ish but we were welcomed warmly and it was nice and comfortable inside. By the time we left it was full with a queue at the front door! We had a lovely starter and the pizzas were great. A mistake was made with my order but the staff were very apologetic and made amends immediately in a very friendly way. We definitely want to go back again some time soon and the only disappointment was not finding it earlier.
Kensington Drive, Great Holm, Milton Keynes MK8 9AN
The Grebe is decent enough without being outstanding. I was there on a Monday night for dinner and the place was predictably quiet though the staff were friendly (and the girl behind the bar was maybe cute enough to add a star on here).
Food was good for standard pub fare with very reasonable prices. I was, however, disappointed that for a Greene King pub they only "proper" beer on tap was the IPA - not that that's a bad choice but I expected more.
100 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH
I've had a couple nights here and they've both been excellent. Both times the bar/restaurant/club mashup has had a great atmosphere.
The first was on one of their "Thinking and Drinking" nights where for a fiver I got to have a play with a robot hand as well as a glass of wine.
The second was a Friday night out (free entry before 9) and had a great time. Upstairs the table tennis keeps on going while downstairs there's a pool table, as well as a DJ and dance floor. Very cool - over the dance floor the ceiling is made of light bulbs - I don't think picking up a mate on the dance floor is a good idea.
It's the kind of place that you can go early and stay through to the early hours without ever feeling out of place. Had a wicked time and looking forward to my next visit.
17 Nelson Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9JB
Have now visited Bar du Musee for a Friday night drink or three, as well as an evening meal and I have to say it's a great place to be.
The music is good, loud on the Friday but still easily able to chat. The atmosphere is cosy and has a friendly vibe to it.
As others have mentioned it's a bit on the pricey side; a glass of wine is about £3.60-£4.00, a pint of Guinness was about £3.90ish. But the steak was beautifully cooked and came with a magnificently light horseradish creme fraiche. I can't believe anyone could be vegetarian after a meal like that - gorgeous!
Definitely a place to go for a quality evening to treat yourself
160 high street, deritend, Birmingham, West Midlands B12 0LD
Had a great night here on Friday. It's random place indeed, with the bar at first glance appearing to be nothing out of the ordinary. Soon realised the place is as eclectic as it's clientèle. The bar opens up at one end to a larger area with a DJ stand and space to dance, but through the narrow passage is the venue for the bands. Dark and low ceiling-ed, the gig was great. Cool atmosphere throughout meant we had a great night.
Service at the bar was friendly and reasonably quick, and a round of two glasses of Rosé and a Guiness came to about £9 so pretty decent too. Just don't expect a place a colourful as it's name.
29-31 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0TJ
Zero Degrees is a fabulous bar and restaurant! It's a microbrewery and they only serve their own (tasty) beer plus various wines/spirits. They also do food along the lines of pizza, pasta, risotto etc. which is similarly good quality and decent value.
The atmosphere is great with a buzz of conversation around the room. The service is really friendly and you can see even the staff seem happy to be there.
Zero Degrees is very popular so I suggest booking a table if you're going for dinner in a group.
Weidenweg 51, 10249 Berlin
The Raise a Smile hostel is a little hint of Zambia in the centre of Eastern Berlin. The couple who run the place (one English one German) are great and have set up the hostel to raise money for their charity supporting kids in Zambia. They both have a lot of information about the area and ideas for things to do around town.
Each of the rooms are animal themed and have been recently redecorated and furnished and are kept nice and clean. The bunks are surprisingly comfy too!
The location is great, with a tram stop just over the road and with plenty of cool bars and restaurants nearby. However it is in a residential block so not really the place for big parties.
In the mornings breakfast is laid out with a selection of bread, spreads, waffles, cereals, teas, coffees, etc. and the kitchen is more like a good family kitchen rather than an industrial one typically found in hostels.
The social room is cosy too with mattresses and cushions arranged on the floor- I will admit to dozing off there a couple of times.
All in all a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in a very comfortable hostel supporting a good cause - excellent!
32 Bedford Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 2DS
The Noodle Bar is always a popular venue for food in Loughborough. You won’t get a private table but a series of long tables and benches are shared. This usually creates a fun, lively atmosphere.
Meals are mostly £2 for a starter or £4.50-£4.80 for a main course. Drinks are about £2.80 for a pint of Amstel or £3 a pint of Staropramen.
Service is friendly and fast though not all of the staff speak clearly in English and we’ve had an occasional problem with bits like prawn crackers being forgotten.
15 Market Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3EP
One of the better places in Loughborough for a guy to get his hair cut. Prices are reasonable. Some of the staff are chatty and some are pretty quiet unless you engage them in conversation. Cut my hair but nothing out of the ordinary
6a Wards End, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3HA
As has been said a pretty typical Wetherspoons so expect naff food and poor service. Not too slow but don’t reckon on a clean table or getting it cleared. It’s cheap and that’s about as much as can be said for it
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