Julie Hodgess founded and designed Julie’s bar and restaurant in Holland Park back in 1969 and it’s still going today.
We were there on Saturday when it was a bit breezy for the outside tables so we sat inside surrounded by Alhambra-esque plasterwork and mirrors.
I had a summery chilli feta with watermelon and Sue had a deep red gazpacho that was just right (yes – a sister blog concentrating on gazpacho could be required). Mains were vegetable tempura for me – lovely, light and crisp – and a chicken pie for Sue which got the nod of approval too, but was pining for a side which we forgot to order.
We shared an Eton Mess afterwards and then sat in the plush bar which is just one of the many different rooms there – I didn’t make it to the others, but the place is famous for them (Julie Hodgess also designed the first Biba store on High Street Kensington). For an afternoon drink or a great informal meal Julie’s is knock out. Chef’s Kiss!