Monday, 19 December 2016

Selfridges Forest on The Roof Restaurant

My best friend and I have a yearly tradition where every single Christmas we go to the Selfridges Forest on the Roof restaurant.

This year we managed to take a Friday off for a little break in our manic work schedules and headed to London for a bit of shopping (aka me panic-buying two dresses for the wedding I had on Saturday – nothing like leaving things to the last minute) before heading to Selfridges, the most Christmassy place in the world, probably.

There’s a lift that takes you straight upstairs to the gorgeous festive corridor leading into the restaurant - although if you're not in a mad rush like us, definitely head to the Christmas section for a little look first. I LOVE department stores at Christmas, they make me feel like I'm in the film 'The Greatest Store In The World' - which if you haven't seen it, you really must watch, provided you love cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies as much as I do.

We booked a table, and although you don’t have to, I recommend you do if you’re visiting at a busy time like we were –they did turn the couple in front of us away, and you don't want to miss it or have to go and sit outside (which some people do - mad).  We sat down and ordered a bottle of wine – well, it is Christmas (who am I kidding, I’d do this any day of the year...)

We usually just order starters and sides - they are massive and you can share everything. The waiter did forget out bread and butter, but quite frankly that was a relief as, unusually, I over ordered. 

We had stilton and endive salad, salt-baked chicken salad with crispy bacon and avocado…

Truffle fries –and swiss cheese fondue chips. A revelation.

The truffle chips are genuinely the best ones I’ve ever had and the thing I was most looking forward to from the year before – and I was not disappointed.

We had a long, leisurely lunch before we headed over to surprise my friend on her 30th birthday with cards, presents and cake in a pub by Borough Market, (which was absolutely full of pissed people on their work dos, but fun nonetheless).

If you’re enjoying a day of Christmas shopping in London, I really cannot recommend anywhere better for lunch – it’s somehow the sparkliest, most festive place and the prices are really not too horrendous for what feels like such a luxurious experience. Can I go back now please? 

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