My Favourite Places: Beverley Glock, Splat Cooking
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Beverley Glock is a celebrity TV cook, author and food writer specialising in cooking with children and families. Her children’s cookery school Splat now has five centres around the country, and last year she brought out her first book ‘500 Baby & Toddler Foods’ (Apple Press). Catch her on Saturday 29 September at the Thame Food Festival where she’ll be demonstrating her ‘Whizz Bang Food’ cookery for kids from 11am.
1. The Angel restaurant, Long Crendon
This place has a lot of history for me. We used to be really good friends with the people who ran it, so my husband and I would often go out to the cinema on a Saturday night, then dash back there for mussels and champagne. We’ve moved to Princes Risborough now, but we still go. I always eat the fish, it’s fantastic.
The Angel, 47 Bicester Road, Long Crendon, Aylesbury HP18 9EE, England. Tel: 1844 208268. www.angelrestaurant.co.uk
2. Punting, Magdalen Bridge, Oxford
I always think of lovely lazy summer Sundays punting down the river. I’ll never forget when my husband fell in. My God, so much hilarity. We couldn’t stop laughing ,but my daughter who was only six at the time, was very upset, bless her.
Magdalen Bridge, Oxford. www.oxfordpunting.co.uk/
3. Botanical Gardens, Oxford
We always go to the Botanical Gardens on New Year’s day – it’s lovely and crunchy underfoot and I love the bracing walk to get over the hangover.
High St, Oxford. OX1 4AZ. www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk.
4. Pulpit Hill, near Lower Cadsden
I spend a lot of my time in the Chilterns walking my dogs. It’s my daily hour of sanity after I’ve dropped the kids off to school, and often I get my best ideas when I’m out. My three kids (16, 12 and 10 years old) come with me at the weekends – I usually encourage them with the promise of coke and crisps afterwards. My absolute favourite place to go is Pulpit Hill, just up from Lower Cadsden. There are lovely woodlands and then you come out on Rifle Range Farm, where they used to do training during World War Two. At the moment there are loads of harebells there – kind of like individual bluebells – and in the spring wild orchids come out. It’s really beautiful.
My whole family loves Melati, a family-run Malaysian restaurant in Soho. It does the best egg fried rice on the planet. Great Windmill St isn’t a fantastic location – it used to be straight opposite a knocking shop and it was interesting trying to explain to my sons why the windows were blacked out! We’ve been going to Melati for 25 years, and it’s still the same lady owning it. It’s not poshat all, but the food is incredible.
Melati, 21 Great Windmill Street, Soho, London, W1D 7LQ. Tel. 020 7437 2745. www.melati.co.uk
6. Vivien of Holloway, North London
With fashion I’m either in very 50s boned full skirts with petticoats or tight wiggle dresses, or I’m in what my husband calls punk chic – Doc Martens, biker jackets and cut-off jeans. I usually wear 50s stuff on stage when I’m doing cooking demos. I have a wardrobe of originals that I started collecting my teens and I love to shop in Vivien of Holloway for that fantastic one-offs. It has a brilliant online store to0. For my punkish alter ego, it’s All Saints all the way, particularly the Regent St store which is total heaven.
294 Holloway Road, London N7 6NJ. Tel: 020 7609 8754. www.vivienofholloway.com