Tag: Blackheath

Christmas Day Lunch at Bella Vista

This Christmas my boyfriend and I invited his parents to Greenwich for a few days. As this was our first Christmas together at our home we decided to minimise everyone’s stress and go out for Christmas lunch.

So everyone could drink we looked about locally and decided that Blackheath was the place to be. I also fancied a good Christmas Day stroll up and down Maze Hill and across the heath because I am a nutter!

We first looked at going to Chapters in Blackheath as we had heard good things and as it is featured in the Michelin Guide as a Bib Gourmand recommended restaurant. Unfortunately it was already booked up for the 25th by the first week of November so we asked if Chapters could recommend somewhere else to go.

Chapters recommended Bella Vista, an Italian around the corner where Head Chef Alex Tyndall was formerly the Sous Chef at Chapters. Bella Vista had a table for four at 3.15pm so I said yes please!

This turned about to be an excellent second choice as the food, service and value for money was excellent. Cost for the three course dinner was £45 each plus a 12.5% service charge. Including quite a few drinks and two decent bottles of wine we spent £300 between the four of us.

Whilst some might baulk at £75 each for one dinner I would say that we had a very relaxed and enjoyable time, got to dress up in our glad rags and didn’t have to do any washing up! AND we didn’t argue once!

On Christmas Day that is…

Sam’s ‘Vitello Tonnato, Sliced Veal, Tuna Sauce, Fried Capers’

Myself and the in-laws couldn’t resist the ‘Baked Tiger Prawns With Garlic & Herbs’. I LOVE PRAWNS

Three of us had ‘Italian Style Roast Turkey With All The Trimmings’, well cooked and moist turkey with excellent stuffing and vegetables

The turkey dish came with a lovely side dish of brussels sprouts and pancetta

Sam had ‘Roasted Sea Bass, Crispy Potato, Anchovy & Caper Dressing’, it was gorgeous and came with calamari too

Sam’s mum had ‘Christmas Pudding, Brandy Sauce & Brandy Butter’ whilst the men opted for Tiramisu (the poorly focused photo has been binned, I blame him and the booze)

I had ‘Vanilla Pannacotta, Amarene Cherry, Panettone Crostino’ and it was frigging awesome!!! It was stunning, mmm raisins

This was followed my coffee and mince pies and a few silly photos outside the restaurant with us dancing about. They are on Google+ if you want to see…

Thank you Bella Vista for a lovely Christmas Day! Merry Christmas from Jem, Cinny, Lara and Sam!*


*A bit late of course!


Blackheath Fireworks 2011

Just a quick post to say how much I am looking forward to this year’s Blackheath Fireworks display. Since I moved back to London in 2007 I have been going to the display each year.

I used to live on Whitburn Road near Ladywell station and loved walking up Lewisham High Street and Belmont Hill with all the other locals. The atmosphere was always friendly and it was lovely to see so many little children with their parents staying up late for the display. Last year I walked up Maze Hill for the first time and the atmosphere was exactly the same, such a lovely event for the whole area.

Congratulations to Lewisham Council for keeping this free event alive with their contribution plus sponsorship from various sources. As a Greenwich Council taxpayer it saddens me that for the second year running my council aren’t supporting this event. The heath is a border for the two councils and the event was run jointly for many years.

This year I will be going with three Twitter friends and some family members, and we shall hopefully end up in the pub afterwards.

Fireworks 2007

If you would like to donate and support the event click the link at the top of this post or donate some coins on the night. The display starts at 8pm.

Update: Mayor Steve Bullocks’s chosen charity the Lavender Trust can also be supported when you donate by texting ‘Fireworks’ to 70007. For each £3 text the Lavender Trust will receive 70p. The Lavender Trust is part of Breast Cancer Care and supports younger women affected by breast cancer.

Update 2: A few photos from last night’s display:


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