mustard london
I was not sure how well I’d get on with an all-day British Brasserie concept (“…so, pub food with nicer cutlery?“), but Joe Allen owners Lawrence Hartley and Tim Healy piqued my interest by launching exactly that – Mustard in Brook Green.

The concept – which they plan to grow – dedicates itself to sourcing ingredients from the nation’s finest suppliers and producers before turning them into flavourful and mostly-healthy brunch, lunch and dinner dishes. Transparently trendy but alluring all the same.

I booked in for an early mid-week dinner and was fortunate to arrive in time to nab a sun-trapped window table.

Studying the menu over a glass of Furleigh sparkling wine (toasty peach aromatics from Devon), my dinner date and I decided to split our dishes equally across land and sea. To start, we shared the lightly-fried Cornish squid and crispy free range pork belly straws (served with spiced crab apple sauce) – the latter of which was so delicious I attempted to swap the remaining school of squid.

Gluttony prevailing, we paused to inhale a basket of freshly-baked fennel & linseed bread between courses. A bad move, in retrospect of the meal’s volume, but completely worth the food baby.

The real culinary expertise arrived with our mains; the ale-braised Scotch beef cheek (served with horseradish, glazed carrots & creamed potatoes) for myself and coastally-sourced natural smoked haddock (with potatoes and a ham & chive sauce) alongside crisp chips and raw shaved vegetables for my gentleman friend.

One too-tempting-to-resist flourless chocolate cake later, we licked the clotted cream from our lips and accepted defeat.

Albeit still in its infancy, Mustard cuts the eponymous.

mustard london
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Blair Waldorf White Coat
This week, we have some seasonally appropriate choices for Leighton Meester StyleGossip Girl was filming winter NYC scenes!

On the first day, Miss Meester wore a lovely, belted Diane von Furstenberg ‘Mikhaila’ wool coat, the striking orange Loewe ‘Amazona’ satchel, DKNY floral tights, Badgley Mischka satin pumps, and a soft cream-coloured scarf. Transitioning away from headbands, her character also seems to be on a hat-wearing track…

Blair Waldorf Green Cape

…that continued through to her next ensemble! The succeeding day of shooting, Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley were spotted filming new scenes together. On this occasion, she wore a covetable Gryphon olive-green cape, a flared Alice + Olivia ‘Oshi’ boucle skirt, burgundy Miu Miu Mary Jane pumps, and a mustard necktie blouse to match her Fendi ‘Peekaboo’ bag. A MUST.