Dinner at Bill's in Greenwich

What better way than to deal with the darker evenings than head out for a celebratory dinner? And that’s just what we did on Tuesday after the team at Bill’s got in touch. They’ve recently refurbished their restaurant in Greenwich and invited me along to experience it for myself. Working in Greenwich, I’ve walked past the restaurant many a time and having spotted they were having some work done, made a mental note to pop in at some point. Of course, I promptly forgot - my brain’s even more of a sieve than normal at the moment, and so I was pleased to have the perfect excuse to take a closer peek at their new look.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

Lights feature heavily in the decor, and the whole effect is characteristically quirky - the decor I mean - if you’re here to learn about the food, I wasn’t disappointed with that either. Sometimes I struggle to choose off a menu, but it was good to be torn between a couple of the options. I deliberated for a while, but in the end went for the burger as I often think you can tell a lot about a restaurant by its burger. This one with the extra cheese and bacon was good, and MOH helped me finish it all (and his own meal too).

 LARGE SHADES, DARK NIGHTS

LARGE SHADES, DARK NIGHTS

My photos don’t do the space justice, but it’s cosy with multiple light sources which you’ll know I think is important for any space. When we arrived at the restaurant we were pleasantly surprised to find it moderately occupied, it’s always a worry isn’t it on an early in the week night, that it might just be you and the staff in the place, but that wasn’t the case.

In fact arriving from a chilly, dark evening our welcome couldn’t have been more different. All of the staff were cheery and friendly in a way that felt genuine rather than forced, and that says a lot about the team at Bill’s. That’s hard to achieve and make natural if it isn’t, or if staff aren’t happy - we’ve all been to restaurants where they plaster on a smile and go through the motions, and this wasn’t that place.

 INDUSTRIAL VENTING, AND WHAT LOOKS LIKE A STATION CLOCK

INDUSTRIAL VENTING, AND WHAT LOOKS LIKE A STATION CLOCK

 MANY DIFFERENT LIGHT SOURCES, ALL OF WHICH I ADMIRED

MANY DIFFERENT LIGHT SOURCES, ALL OF WHICH I ADMIRED

We shared a calamari and Bill’s spiced tortillas to start and both didn’t hang around for long. I remembered to take some pictures of the food, yes I know that makes a change, but that all went out the window when our main courses arrived; mine was a burger with the trimmings and MOH opted for the pan-fried chicken with truffle and wild mushrooms. I didn’t need to ask him if it was good, as he wasn’t for sharing and that’s usually what it means, and I wasn’t wrong.

 CALAMARI

CALAMARI

 PRETTY CROCKERY

PRETTY CROCKERY

 TEALIGHTS

TEALIGHTS

 GIANT TORTILLAS

GIANT TORTILLAS

Of course, I was keen to check out the loos. Not only because that’s a good indicator of elsewhere in the restaurant, but also because given the decor downstairs, the signs were good. Once I got upstairs, the signs were better; the upstairs dining space had an air of a twenties-inspired French restaurant to me, with the same lights from the downstairs space used again here for continuity.

 DINING ELEGANTLY

DINING ELEGANTLY

 A COSY TABLE FOR TWO

A COSY TABLE FOR TWO

The loos had their own personality too with their almost arsenic green walls and gilt mirrors. The space was relatively small so I couldn’t stretch to its own #LooSeries post with just two photos, but perhaps on another visit. As I’m sure I’ll be back, whether it’s a team lunch, a night after work with my girlfriends, or with MOH after work when a decent meal is needed, but neither of us want to cook - I’m not the only ones that has evenings like that, am I?

 OF COURSE I CHECKED OUT THE LOOS!

OF COURSE I CHECKED OUT THE LOOS!

 YOU EXPECTED ME TOO, RIGHT?

YOU EXPECTED ME TOO, RIGHT?

Remember that I said lights feature heavily in the decor? Well, that’s before I’d even seen this chandelier which hangs above the staircase. Isn’t it grand?

 HOW ABOUT THAT FOR A CHANDELIER

HOW ABOUT THAT FOR A CHANDELIER

I said before the decor was full of character, but it’s also full of the unexpected. The chandelier above and the textured anaglypta-like bar below. I love this style, but I know it’s the style that makes MOH twitch, remember he is the man that tried to dust a bottle of wine once that had been given the “dust effect” treatment. I’m certain I’d struggle to swing this as decor in our own house, and so when we’re out it’s the kind of eclectic style I drool over.

 AN ANAGLYPTA TEXTURED BAR

AN ANAGLYPTA TEXTURED BAR

 BUTTERFLIES TOO

BUTTERFLIES TOO

Once I’d explored the restaurant, in my usual understated way (or at least I hope it was understated) the best dessert on the menu arrived, and clearly on the best plate of the restaurant too. Sticky toffee and date pudding which arrived with a golden date and clotted cream ice cream - I think we both had a moment where we wished we hadn’t agreed to share.

 OFFICIALLY, THE BEST PUDDING (AND PLATE)

OFFICIALLY, THE BEST PUDDING (AND PLATE)

We had a great night, the restaurant had great ambience, the decor was just up my street, the service was good and MOH’s company was pretty good too. What’s even better is that the wait for the bus home was minimal too. I’m sure I’ll be going back to Bill’s and when we’re out and about I’ll be checking to see if they have restaurants nearby, hoping that they could match our “home” restaurant in Greenwich.

* With thanks to Bill’s Greenwich for the invitation to try out their recently refurbished restaurant. As usual all views in this collaborative post are my own.

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Post Comment Love 2 - 4 November

Erm, how is it November already?

Sorry, hello and welcome to this week’s #PoCoLo - but I’m sure you know what I mean?

If you were here last week, it was great to see you. If you’re new here this week, then you’re very welcome. Both Morgan and I are sure you’ll find some posts, and possibly new-to-you-blogs, that will keep you entertained. And if you do, don’t forget to share some of that #PoCoLo love and let them know.

How’s your week been?

Mine’s been ok, I’ve managed to shake a bit of the inertia smog but I’m not so keen on it getting dark so early. Or the rain. I don’t mind that it’s turned chillier so much, crisp autumnal days are great, the wet damp ones less so.

I’ve consoled myself with some craft shopping and now I’ve even more projects whizzing around my head and hopefully soon there’ll be some wooly and paper creations to share. I need to write a craft to do list as we hurtle towards Christmas, or else I won’t get anywhere close to what I want to do. Actually I might not get close to what I want to do even with a list, but the list will help me make sure what I’ll class as essentials are done. So that’s something at least.

I struggled to find a photo for this week’s post, but eventually settled on this one from this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, where goodness knows what that pose means, but I’m in the Chelsea hall of mirrors, or as it’s more likely to be, somewhere where I spent some time lusting after a mirror or two.

At the Chelsea Flower Show

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Becky is a Canadian blogger who loves fall and believes in karma. She says her blogging challenge is remembering to take cute photos, something I can identify with right now! She’s not a cake gal but has asked for toast with peanut butter instead, which is ok by me, especially as she describes herself as Introverted extrovert and hungry!

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A dark and citrus living room

Room sets are a great way to get an idea of how colours go together, or how they might work in your own rooms without actually doing the hard work of decorating. And they’re also somewhere where you’ll find me drooling over them at the home shows, such as Grand Designs Live. At the show earlier this year, the room sets were, shall we say, provocative and often a bit marmite. The rich in colour and pattern bedroom, which I shared a while back emphasises that point, I think.

Today’s room set, a living room, is also bit more out there than those at the Ideal Home Show, which are generally (but not always) more traditional. Grand Designs Live has it’s own USP which in some ways is a bit more edgy and encourages bolder decoration, with colour - or dark walls in this case, and soft furnishings that really have some zing.

And when they said citrus, they really meant it.

A tangerine chair against a grey background with storage from the roomset at Grand Designs Live

Yes, orange, yellow and green mixed with the grey - that has citrus covered doesn’t it? Or actually perhaps the colours are tangerine, lemon and lime to be more accurate. It’s the use of those three colours together, that gives it the zing, and makes you grateful for the grey. And it’s the grey that makes it work and pulls all the brighter colours together.

A different view of the dark and citrus living room set at Grand Designs Live 2018

It’s the rug though that my eyes keep coming back to. The orange tub chairs have the zing, but the rug. Its pattern. My eyes are constantly trying to work it out. What is that pattern? What era does it come from? Is it a pattern, or just splodges? Do I like it, or am I just intrigued by it?

… so many questions, and for that last one I’m really not sure if I like it, think I should like it or don’t like it at all.

a lime green occasional chair, a patterned rug and comfy throw

There is a touch of the seventies about it isn’t there?

And maybe that’s it, maybe it reminds me of something from our first home. I remember that the living room was yellow and orange at one point, and I’m certain we also had a grey and pink carpet much later on when the walls weren’t quite so citrus. Maybe this room has a bit of everything my mind’s eye remembers from my childhood home.

Dimming the lights for effect in the room sets at Grand Designs Live

For me, the lights have a touch of murano about them too. And the matching vases.

Again that could just be reminiscing, as our first family holiday abroad was to Italy - how cosmopolitan were we?

A closer look at the table lamps

The sofa though, now I have grey sofas (many of them) but back in my childhood there was an orange one (yes really) and one finished in brown velour, but I don’t remember anything grey.

What do you think of the room set, and what evokes memories of the decor in your childhood home?